25th Pattern Ahoy!

I’ve just released my 25th knitting pattern on Ravelry. For some reason this seems like a massive milestone to me. It may be because I’ve read about designers having great upturns in customers at 25, 50 and 100 patterns… but I don’t think this pattern is going to do that for me as it’s not a hugely popular category. I think it just feels like a good number of patterns to have. A quarter of a century of knitting patterns… It may also be because I’m so slow at finishing and releasing patterns, every round(ish) number feels like an accomplishment.


Anyway, to the pattern!

It’s a wee bag, I designed it for taking with me when I walk my dog…

Roary the dog


But it would work as a project bag or even for festivals (which was the original purpose of the bag I was replacing!)


It’s called the Highweek Bag after my favourite local dog-walking area.


Highweek Bag

I have been using it often since finishing it and it’s surprisingly sturdy (I wasn’t sure how well the pockets or drawstrings would hold out with heavy stuff in but they have been key, heavy purse and full juice bottle carrying heroes!)


As this is my 25th pattern, I decided to have a 25% off sale of all my patterns on Ravelry which goes on until the 25th of August. If you’re not keen on the bag, why not have a look a some of my other patterns while the sale is on…

Now, I’m already working on numbers 26 to 30…


For all you dog lovers, here’s one last doggy pic!


“What’s happening over this wall and why aren’t I invited?”


Warm and sunny days

Hello from beautiful Cyprus!

View of Pafos
View of Pafos

This is my knitting view at the moment. Not bad eh? The Big Man, Wee Man and I are on 2 weeks holiday in lovely Cyprus. Don’t be too envious though as I’ve been suffering with a cold since we got here. I’m trying to shake it by doing lots of sitting around and reading…it also meant I couldn’t accompany the Big and Wee Men to the waterpark today unfortunately (can you feel my disappointment?) The Wee Man thinks the waterpark is the main reason for coming here.

I’ve managed a wee bit of knitting while here…

Cooking up a new design and some new freckles at the same time!
Cooking up a new design and some new freckles at the same time!

I haven’t done much knitting in this kind of heat before but it hasn’t been too troublesome. Mostly because I’m using lovely light linen/cotton yarn and it hasn’t got to the bulky stage yet. The thing I’ve had most trouble with is the working yarn getting all stuck in between my sun creamed/sweaty fingers…

I also wanted to show you the holiday bag I finished ready for our trip.

Holiday bag!
Holiday bag!

I’m really happy with it – I even managed to sew a lining with a phone pocket into it – and a zip too! I’ve used it every day so far. (Well, every day that I haven’t been sitting about here looking at the view that is.) I haven’t decided whether to write up the pattern or not yet.

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and have managed a wee holiday too.


Something new…

My first bag pattern is up on Ravelry!

It is called Picos as I started the design when I was on holiday in the Picos de Europa (which was beautiful).

There are two versions – stocking stitch or garter stitch. I can’t decide yet which is my favourite…

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You can find the pattern for free at the Ravelry link above – but if you are a non-knitter I will be posting them for sale as made to order items on Etsy and Folksy soon.

Happy knitting folks!