Thursday, 26 December 2013

Bough !

I first saw wool people 6 on my facebook page , liked it immediately of course and my like button action was spotted by my dear sister who inboxed me straight away for a nice green hat to match her eyes :)
It is indeed a lovely hat with just the right amount of cables and twisted stitches. It called for Jared Flood flag worsted yarn Shelter but I was in a mood for a springy and smooth MCN favourite by the uncommon thread lush worsted in Envy.
I followed my sis instruction to half the size of the ribbed rim so compensated by adding another cable repeat. Also no pompom was made.
My 12 years old reluctantly modelled the hat for me .However, I managed to get couple of cool photos out of her :)
Now my mother wants the same hat, dear dear..

Monday, 16 December 2013

Choclate stout - detail close up

I'm so loving this. The pattern is chocolate stout by Thea Colman from Baby Cocktails.
It just ticks all good points for me for this time of the year. Nice thick and springy aran weight with a shawl ribbed collar, quick but interesting textured patterning , comfy turned over cuffs and two useful front pockets.


It was hard to photograph as every small tilt of the camera totally changed the colour It is more dark purple , like a dried up purple grape, almost a raisin shade. Semi variegated dyed but the expertise hands of Beata from Hedgehog fibres. I just love all those purple and brown notes and the yarn quality is superb.

I used tubular cast on and bind off everywhere: on the bottom rib hem, cuffs, shawl long bind off and even the pockets' top edges. It take more time especially with the tubular bind off where you use grafting (I don't use sewing needle for that) but for me that little finish touch just lift the garment to another level.

Sleeves are done so I'm almost ready to show you the end result .. x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

The lovely Rivington Cowl

All blocked and dry I ventured out in a chilly wintry day with my neck double wrapped in greyness and strawberry red.
I admired for a while the sample Loop made and had in mind to knit it in a twisted sock yarn similar to the uncommon thread's tough sock. I used stash yarn , a favourite hedgehog fibre twisted sock in 'winter thaw' which is a lovely pale shades of grey, lilac and sage as main yarn. I started knitting the cowl with a purple yarn but was encouraged by my knitting group to pair it with a bold red strawberry soft 4 ply from knitwitches.  
The main body is quick to knit but the edging need attention and is slow but is so worth the effort. Both edges are grafted together with life stitches.Very beautiful indeed.  
 I intend to re-knit it for my self as this cowl will be gifted to my nan, yes my 86 year old grandma fancies a cowl :) .I intend to add a lace repeat to the cowl to slightly increase its diameter and increase needle size when knitting the edging to make the cowl more flared at the bottom.
By the way the little red cardigan was blogged here.