Fairisle Friday: Rokeby

Posted: November 06, 2015

Fairisle Friday: Rokeby

Today I thought I'd join in wit Fairisle Friday, with my Rokeby mitts. It's that time of year, after all, don't you think?  These are rally simple - it's just a classic houndstooth pattern, which means you never have to strand across more than three stitches..very convenient.  I did somewhat overcomplicate things by adding in an optional flip top to the pattern though.  You'll need about 25g of each colour for the fingerless mitts, and abut 37g of each colour for the flip tops - although I think my samples here are all either small or medium so allow more...


New yarn!

Posted: November 03, 2015

New yarn!

I'm sure many of you will have seen news of these yarns floating around the ether, but for those who haven't - we have some new yarn! I'm trying to bring more neutral shades into our mill dyed yarn ranges, and if you're wondering why I didn't do that in the first place, well I just didn't have enough shades to choose to be able to fit in all the neutrals I would like! I felt I had to go for maybe one neutral, but the rest should be not-neutral. These days I might have had the confidence to pick...


Featuring: Embleton

Posted: November 02, 2015

Featuring: Embleton

Morning! I thought I'd introduce you to Embleton today,from the Drift collection. Designed by Tracey Todhunter, Embleton is crocheted, and the clever stitches create a fabric that is really smooshy, cuddly, and cosy.  Now, I'm primarily a knitter, but I made the samples in the photos here, and this pattern was super-easy to follow. Once you know what you're doing it's memorable and I didn't need to keep referring back to the pattern. This is a great stashbusting pattern - it's quick, and uses just 100g of DK. I'm intending to make a few for gifts this year. Here are...


Featuring: Ja Ja

Posted: October 26, 2015

Featuring: Ja Ja

Today I'm doing a little feature on Ja Ja, from our lovely Drift Collection. Ja Ja is a beautiful swing jacket by Åsa Tricosa, which is absolutely nailed by the details involved - there's Åsa's own Ziggurat method which first of all ensures a great fit across the neck and shoulders; there's the tuck on the back, which makes the jacket swing; there's the pockets, which are a good size without adding bulk; there's the double-knitted hemming for the button band, lower hem, and sleeve hems; oh and the sleeve hems are asymmetrical; and there's the super-cool buttonholes (ideal forlarge...


Fuchsia Friday

Posted: August 14, 2015

Fuchsia Friday

Following my last colour-themed post, when I noticed more yarn/flower colour matching happening in the garden, of course I had to play again. This time it's all about the pink. First up.. The yarn is BFL Sock in Alpine (for Kathy's Knits in Edinburgh) - it's named for the bright pinks of many alpines, e.g. saxifrage, pincushion flowers, and... That being said I have none in flower right now (just given the saxifrage a hair cut), so here it is along with sweet peas:    Hydrangea (this one belonged to my Grandma and is older than me):    And begonia...


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