podcast

Knitting Podcast – Episode Two

My second episode is now on YouTube!

In this video I talk to you about my latest WIPS, share a couple of finished objects and discuss my future knitting plans.

Show notes can be found in the description box on YouTube.

I’d love to hear from you if you enjoyed my latest video so please leave me a comment below.

Happy knitting

Catherine x

podcast

Knitting Podcast – Episode One

So I have taken the plunge and started a Youtube channel. In this video I share with you my latest WIPS, some finished objects and discuss my future knitting plans.

Show notes can be found in the description box on Youtube.

If you liked the video, please leave me a comment and remember to like and subscribe if you enjoyed my video.

Happy knitting

Catherine x

knitting · Shawls

FO: A couple of shawls

The other day I got round to blocking a couple of shawls I finished absolutely ages ago. Both had been languishing in a project bag for months waiting to be blocked.

First I gave them a gentle wash in Soak which is great as it smells lovely and doesn’t have to be rinsed.

I decided to just lightly block the shawls so after I’d washed them, I just lay them out on towels and gently stretched into shape to open up the lacework. I didn’t want to block them too aggressively so didn’t use pins.

The first shawl is the Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter of Hedgerow Yarns. It’s a free pattern that you can get on Ravelry. I knitted this in 4ply by Biffsugar Yarns Demelza colourway. The shawl is a beautiful simple garter stitch pattern with simple lace eyelets down the middle and with a lace eyelet and picot edging.

Simple Shawl

The second shawl is the Faerly Shawl by Tall Yarns. I bought this pattern at the Knitting and Stitching Show and unfortunately I can’t find them online. It’s knitted in Shetland Spindrift by Jamiesons of Shetland which is a lovely rustic yarn.

Faerly Shawl

I’m really happy with both of my shawls now they are blocked and so happy I can finally wear them both.

I’d love to know how you block your shawls and if you have any tips?

Catherine x

knitting · socks

FO: Simple Socks

Hello there. Popping by to share some socks that I have finished recently.

The pattern is called Simple Socks by Sue Morgan which was a pattern that came free with the purchase of a ball of sock yarn. This was the sock pattern that I used when I first made socks and it is a lovely simple pattern that I have returned to several times.

The yarn is a favourite of mine for sock knitting. I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in the colourway Woodpidgeon.

The socks were knitted on 2.5mm needles. I made them with a 2 x 2 rib and then they are knitted in simple stocking stitch with a grafted toe.

I’m really pleased with how they turned out and how well I matched them. I’m very happy with them and they are lovely and cosy.

The link to my Ravelry project page can be found here.

I’d love to know if you have any favourite simple sock patterns that you return to time and time again.

Catherine x

knitting · socks

FO: Lemon Squeezy socks

Hello it’s been a while!

So I have finished some socks. The pattern is the Easy Squeezy socks which is a sock pattern which can be found in Knit Now issue 98.

I made this from yarn in my stash. The yarn is Stylecraft Life DK Vintage Look. I wanted a warm pair of socks to wear around the house and these fit the bill nicely. It is a good stash busting pattern too as the socks only uses 62g.

The link to my project page on Ravelry can be found here.

Its a very simple pattern and as it’s knit in DK it knits up really quickly. I couldn’t believe it though as I made a mistake on the second sock and found out that I had 58 stitches on the needles when I got to the toe instead of 52! The second sock is a bit loose because of this but as I made these for keeping my feet cozy around the house, it’s not too much of a problem.

I’d definitely make these again.

Catherine x

crochet · toys

Crocheted bunny girl

I have a new crochet project on the go 😊

I am making a cute little crochet bunny from Emma Varnam’s gorgeous book “Cute Crocheted Animals”.

The designs are super cute and you can even create a whole wardrobe of clothes for your finished toy.

So far I’ve made the ears, head and arms.

Loving how quickly it’s coming together.

I’ve love to hear from you if you’ve made any of the toys from this book or perhaps if you can recommend any other cute crochet toy patterns I should check out.

Catherine x

knitting

My Ravelry Queue

I thought I’d share with you the first five patterns I’ve got lined up in my Ravelry queue to make in 2020.

1) Point Edwards Mitts

The Point Edwards Mitts is a free pattern by Fairlight Fibers for cuffed fingerless mitts. I like this pattern as I find this type of mitt ideal for when I’m walking my dog, Loki. They look like a quick and simple knit and I can’t wait to crack on with these while the weather is chilly.

2) January Hat

Next up in my queue is the January Hat. I found this hat recently when doing a quick Ravelry search. It is part of a free collection of 12 hats published in a Year of Hats. I love the ribbing, diamond cables, and the cute bobbles. It should be a relatively fast knit too as it is knit in worsted weight yarn.

3) Raven Beanie DK

The next project I’ve got lined up is another hat – the Raven Beanie DK. It’s a simple knit which uses a 2 row repeat using only knit and purl stitches. Perfect for TV knitting!

4) Lemon Squeezy Socks

These simple socks are were published in Knit Now, January 2019. I kept the pattern as they are for DK socks and I have some DK weight sock yarn in my stash. Think these would be nice thicker socks for my wellies!

5) Stripey Arms

My final pattern is the Stripey Arms by Amoena Online. I love the idea of these arm warmers as I can get quite cold in the winter on my dog walks and also think that they would be good for keeping warm in the house (and saving on central heating bills!)

I suppose I had better get the needles out and crack on. I’d love it if I could finish two or three of these projects in January.

I’d love to hear what you think of the items in my queue or what you’ve got planned to cast on next!

Catherine x

knitting

Back to blogging…

I had brilliant intentions to update this blog regularly but as you can see I have woefully neglected it. Not sure what happened but life just got in the way. I love blogging my makes and have missed posting about them on here.

Anyway I am back and I am hoping to make time to regularly post on here.

I have cast on my first project of 2020 – the Cold Spring Cowl by Edition Knits. You can find all the details on my Ravelry project page which I have linked to above.

I’ve also got a couple of knitting related New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Use up my stash. It’s probably not that big by some people’s standards but I’d like to try to reduce it further in 2020.
  2. Have a go at creating some of my own designs. I have lots of ideas that I would like to try out.
  3. Finally get round to making that podcast I mentioned before!

Let me know if you have set yourself any knitting related New Year’s Resolutions. I’d love to hear from you!

Catherine x

knitting

WIP: Simple Shawl

My little bunny is still not finished 😞. Instead I’ve been working on a 4ply sock yarn shawl.

The pattern is Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter, which is a free download on Ravelry. It’s a simple pattern, mainly garter stitch with some simple eyelets and then a picot edging.

It’s a very popular pattern, and is the perfect pattern to show of a lovely skein of sock yarn.

I’ve using some lovely yarn from Biffsugar Yarns, who you can find on Etsy. She also has a Youtube channel which I recommend watching if you enjoy knitting podcasts, as she comes across as such a lovely lady. She’s only recorded a few episodes so I do hope she makes some more.

The colourway is called Demelza, and is a superwash merino nylon mix. It’s so soft and gorgeous, and lovely to knit with.  I originally planned to make socks with it, and even cast one on but frogged it after completing the rib as I thought it would be better for a shawl.

Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter - Biffsugar Yarns - Demelza

I’m hoping to get this finished by the end of the month, I can’t wait to wear it.

The only thing with shawls and scarves is I still can’t wear them when Loki the dog is about. Anyone else had this problem? I’m hoping he will grow out of it as he is slowly getting more sensible.

Here’s a photo I took of him the other day on one of our muddy walks. Gorgeous boy!

Loki the flatcoat cockapoo

Catherine x