A handknit hat: Lapsang

Posted: November 11, 2015

A handknit hat: Lapsang

Today I thought I'd talk a little about Lapsang; a pattern by Clare Devine, as part of the Tea Party collection. She has also blogged today about the story of this lovely pattern HERE. This is my second Lapsang (Raveled HERE); it took me about four hours to make.. So it's one that you can come back to over and over again. Need a gift for tomorrow? Cast on tonight,and you can have it blocked overnight, ready for tomorrow. Awesome! The yarn I used is the same as in my previous post (and I'm sure will feature in many, many...


FO: Tailcoat

Posted: November 09, 2015

FO: Tailcoat

So this is the main reason for our little soirée around Kirkstall Abbey yesterday: to get some pics of my Isis Tailcoat. It's a Purl Alpaca design - HERE on Ravelry, which I made to wear at a winter (on the Thames) wedding, and a ball the week after. You can see my Ravelry project page for it HERE if you should fancy having a nosey.        The yarn is Whitfell Chunky in Steel, which is HERE (with an automatic 10% off more than 500g). Actually the pattern is meant to be worked in DK on 6mm needles, but...


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...


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