New Year: Old Mittens & New Socks

Well I don’t know about you but I feel like I’ve been catapulted into this new year, or as everyone keeps emphasising, new decade, and rather than having any grand plans or dare I say it ‘resolutions’, I’m still trying to get my arms and legs in order and rub that bruise on my arse … More New Year: Old Mittens & New Socks

The Finishing Line: Christmas Knitting Pt 5

I won – This year I completed all my Christmas knitting in time and avoided having to wrap any half finished knitted gifts. What’s more I did so with an hour to spare! OK, it was Boxing Day, but it was done before our extended family arrived and no food was sacrificed in the completion … More The Finishing Line: Christmas Knitting Pt 5

Raising the Bar…n: Christmas Knitting Pt 3

January 2015 saw the birth of my great nephew* and to mark the occasion I knitted a baby sized barnraising blanket. It was well received and I got feedback on how many compliments it had received. Perhaps the most pleasing, if not a little daunting, was that from my 8 year old niece who asked me … More Raising the Bar…n: Christmas Knitting Pt 3

Afterthought Heels from Yesteryear: Another ‘Nothing New Under the Sun’ realisation

I’ve written before about how easy it is to overlook how innovative and creative previous generations of knitters were. Putting it like that I’m sure many of us would say, ‘oh no, not at all’, but then we come across something that reveals, in our surprise, exactly that. Today I want to share a pattern … More Afterthought Heels from Yesteryear: Another ‘Nothing New Under the Sun’ realisation

Socking it to Christmas : Gift knitting Pt 1

Last year’s gift knitting experience was a chastening one. The final knit gifted was completed on the 8th January. Whilst the fact that my nephew received it wrapped up with the sleeve stitches on waste yarn does not appear to have dampened his enthusiasm for his sweater, it dampened my enthusiasm for last minute gift … More Socking it to Christmas : Gift knitting Pt 1

Socks for Christmas: Christmas knits 5 and 6

It used to be a bit of joke in our family that if you couldn’t think of a present for my Dad, then socks were always useful. Each year my Dad would get a selection of socks, some serious, some jokey and there were certain relatives who could be depended on year after year to … More Socks for Christmas: Christmas knits 5 and 6

Christmas Knits No.4 – Straightfoward Mittens indeed

My fourth Christmas knit is now completed. These are Mone Dräger’s aptly named Straightforward Mitts and they are exactly that. Just enough pattern not to be completely boring, but easy enough for car knitting as we made our way south for Christmas. Here’s one waiting at the Channel Tunnel Check in: The pattern is worked up … More Christmas Knits No.4 – Straightfoward Mittens indeed