Earlier in the year…

….I knitted Bella by  Lene Holme Samsøe, from her book Essentially Feminine Knits -25 Must have Chic Designs. The original pattern calls for Hjertegarn Alpaca Silk but I made a substitution for something I had in my stash. The yarn I used, is Shilasdair Luxury 4ply Highland Inspirations. A cashmere, baby camel, angora and merino blend.Continue reading “Earlier in the year…”

Legato

Smooth and connected without breaks in the tones.   We all need something to whip up quickly when we need a gift for someone (especially this time of year), but as a hand knitter I always hesitate when considering my knitting for a gift if I don’t really know how it will be received. It isn’tContinue reading “Legato”

Autumn – Delicious Autumn

My very soul is wedded to it and if I were a bird I would fly around the earth seeking successive autumns. George Elliot. Is autumn not a beautiful season?  My favourite time of the year – until spring! Recently though we have slipped from the bright, crisp, colourful days of autumn where the lightContinue reading “Autumn – Delicious Autumn”

Scone or scon(e)

If you don’t know how to pronounce a word, say it loud! … Why compound ignorance with inaudibility. E.B. White However you pronounce the word, scone means different things to different people depending where you live.  There are scones that are served with jam and clotted cream; drop scones that are more like pancakes; potatoContinue reading “Scone or scon(e)”

Menet v2

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. As you know I have been knitting two Menet cardigans for gifts whilst re-working the pattern to give an option for long sleeves. Well I finally finished them a couple of days ago, gave them a wash and then waited forContinue reading “Menet v2”

Blowing the cobwebs away

I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else. Nikos Kazantzakis Since the glorious sunshine the other day, our weather has turned very wet and windy. On Saturday our usual shopping trip was cancelled becauseContinue reading “Blowing the cobwebs away”

Hathor Pattern

Finally I have finished the Hathor pattern and it is now listed here and on Ravelry for sale.  I know it has taken some time for me to put it together but I hope all the wait was worth it. I have added an option for long sleeves which makes Hathor a more versatile pattern. Continue reading “Hathor Pattern”

I may not have gone where I intended to go –

but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. – Douglas Adams   I pretty much decided that Hathor was done and sent the pattern off to the test knitters on Sunday. I added an option for long sleeves which took a little extra time to work out but I think itContinue reading “I may not have gone where I intended to go –”

Menet

Finally,  the pattern for the child’s cardigan, Menet, is done. A long time coming, I know, but I did play around with this for quite a while (as usual) and it has had a couple of reincarnations –  which I suppose is only fitting for something named after an Egyptian necklace and the daughter ofContinue reading “Menet”

Change is good

or so I keep telling myself. Change is one of the certainties of life. Someone once said “There have been some minor changes and a little tweaking of the project” I’m pretty sure they weren’t talking about knitting but still… if the cap fits. I started out with the intention of having this project moreContinue reading “Change is good”