Just finished the Beautiful Day blanket I crocheted for the new baby! Worked in Plymouth Yarns’ Encore Worsted, it used half as much blue as the pattern called for and ended up absolutely huge! It’s certainly lovely and snuggly though.
Pattern: Beautiful Day by Susan Kennedy
Guess what the new baby brought my little Bingster?
Pattern: Hoppity Voosh, by Catherine Waterfield
Knitting this jumper was a real labour of love! First I had to translate the pattern from Norwiegan – thankfully google translate did 75% of the work. Then, I sourced the yarns from Europe. When I’d finished, Kristen herself sent me the matching buttons because the shop wouldn’t ship to the UK!
It’s knit in the round from Peer Gynt, with a steeked opening. Steeking is where you secure the knitting (using a crochet chain, or sewing machine) and take your scissors to it to turn a jumper into a cardigan. You pick up the stitches down the opening and add button bands. On this cardigan, a border is crocheted all the way around to neaten the hems. Lastly, it’s embroidered with flowers, which I did using little £1 skeins of tapestry yarns from Hobbycraft.
Pattern: Wiolakofta, by Kristin Wiola Ødegård
Bing. In our house, it’s a double edged sword – Sibby adores her black bunny friend and it often buys me time for a hot coffee and a quickl shower. However, her adoration goes as far as emulating certain scenes from the programme, including episodes “mural” and what should be entitled “sula’s shoe ends up in the toilet”.
The pattern was created by me, and is available free as a pdf download on Ravelry (link below)
Pattern: Bing Bunny Hat, by Catherine Waterfield
I usually knit and crochet with 4ply/sock weight yarn, because I feel it gives a neater finish than DK or Worsted/Aran yarns, so this project was a bit of a departure for me. I loved how quickly the thick yarn knitted up, but if I’m honest I feel it would’ve been improved had it been designed in 4ply! The birds are intarsia, and the scallops are fairisle. I worked out it took a whopping 44 bobbins of colour to work the birds!
Mods: I knit it bottom-up instead of top down, because I didn’t like the way the increases stood out in the thick yarn; I also added short row shaping to the back of the neck. I also added scallops to the sleeves, which made a nice touch I think. The heart was swapped for an anchor, a la Viola Gee.
Pattern: Birdie Fair Isle Cardigan, by Hannah Fettig
I love Starmore patterns. The colours are always stunning, and it uses a beautiful fluffy 4ply yarn which I adore. I made two of these cowls – one for myself, and one for my sister.
Mods: I omitted one repeat and decreased an extra time after chart B, to make it more snug around the neck. The second time I knit it, I added an extra repeat of pink to make it a wee bit taller, too.
Pattern: Oregon Cowl, by Alice Starmore
Another steeked cardigan! I think I’m addicted. Steeking is just so much fun!
I used Brooklyn Tweed “Loft” yarn – in a colourway chosen by Heptron – which was incredibly expensive. If I’m honest, I wouldn’t use it again – it pulled apart very easily, and I’m dubious as to how hardy it will prove. This cardi is beautiful, but sadly has been given “special occasion” status to prolong its life.
Pattern: Plum Frost Cardigan, by Elinor Brown
A yoked jumper knit in random stripes using Kauni and Noro yarns. The design was inspired by Tooti’s; I’d love to knit another one, it was so much fun just letting loose with the design! Maybe a steeked cardigan to feed my addiction?!
Pattern: Top-down yoked sweater, by Catherine Waterfield
I’ve started drawing again. It’s been lovely, picking a pencil up for the first time in, oh, 7 years? It’s been like meeting an old friend and, what with the rush of daily life when you’ve got a one-year-old, I’m really appreciating the foundations I put in place as a teenager and I’m really grateful I’ve been able to pick it back up without too much relearning.