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…

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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.

 

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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?”

 

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A cowl or two

I’ve been busy finishing off a few designs recently – one is published as a pattern on ravelry and one is a very easy one which I would like to share with you for free.

 

It’s for a simple cowl, it’s knit in the round but it’s an easy first project in the round if you’ve never tried it before.

 

Here is the finished item…

 

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You will need:

2 X 50g Sublime Extra Fine Merino Dk in each colour (4 X 50g in total) – I used shade 015 (Clipper) and shade 348 (Faye) in this version – see the Etsy link below for other colour versions.

6mm circular (up to 24″ length) or dpns if you prefer.

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

 

Pattern

 

Using both colours of yarn held together, cast on 112 sts

Join in the round

Work in garter st in the round (K one rnd, P one rnd) for 61 rounds.

Cast off.

Weave in ends.

Simple!

This makes a cowl which is 75cm/30″ in circumference and 22cm/8.5″ in height. If you would like it to be more fitted, cast on less stitches (Tension/gauge is 13sts and 29 rows to 10cm/4″). Or if you would like it to be longer so you can wind it around your neck a couple of times, add on more stitches. You will of course, need more yarn for the longer option. I used most of 2 skeins of each colour for the pictured size so work out how much longer you want it to be and multiply the amount of skeins accordingly!

 

Of course, if you don’t knit, (or would prefer me to do it!) you could always pop over to my Etsy shop and order a custom knit one…

If you fancy more of a challenging knit, you could try my Oran Mor cowl…

 

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The pattern is for sale on Ravelry here or there is also a custom knit version for sale in my Etsy shop here.

 

I am in the middle of another cowl at the moment – I seem to have caught the cowl bug. It may have taken over from wrist warmers as a favourite design…

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End of the shawl aversion?

There has always been something that’s puzzled me about knitters/Ravelry…the insane predilection they seem to have for knitting shawls.

 

I have never worn a shawl. I don’t know many people who do. I thought they were frumpy and about as useful as a chocolate teapot to be honest.

 

But in recent months I’ve found myself admiring certain shawls more and more…even adding them to my favourites (shock!). Here are some of my recent picks…

Drachenfels by Melanie Berg on Ravelry – I love the colours and stripes – I can even forgive it for being a triangle!

 

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Claire’s Shawl Wrap by Handsty on Etsy – This looks sooooo cosy and fabulous.

 

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And Textured Laguna Wrap by Chandi Agee on Ravelry – this is such a beautiful colour and texture.

 

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I’ve also realised that a shawl is a fine thing to sit and wrap yourself in when it’s not wintery anymore but there’s still a wee nip in the air.

 

I’m still not convinced by the floaty, lacy, triangular/crescent/scalloped edge things that a lot of ravellers seem to lap up…but I am officially coming out as a shawl fan.

 

Confession: I have actually knit a shawl/wrap type thing and am sitting cosily wrapped in it as I type…more of that another day!

 

Noodles of knitting

I’m having a knitting problem. Too many projects…too little time. This isn’t a new problem but I don’t think I’ve ever had so many designs on the go before.

 

I’ve almost finished a couple of simple wee ones…

 

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This is a headband – only problem – I might have to find a neater way to do the edges. It looks fine when it’s on a head but a bit wavy when off…

 

Here is my latest wrist warmer design – also almost done:

 

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There were two reasons this design was left for a bit – I ran out of one of the colours and couldn’t find my tapestry needle for weaving in the ends!

 

Next is a design for a spring/summer top so I’ve got a bit of time to finish that:

 

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I’m almost done with a more wintery top in yummy chunky undyed wool:

 

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I’ve either got to finish it pronto or keep it on the backburner until Autumn. This one was left for a bit because I needed more wool for it and it wasn’t cheap…

 

And last but most importantly I’ve started designing something specially for my Mum who is very unwell at the moment. I’m hoping to finish it soon and sell the pattern through Just Giving to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It’s a scarf/shawl knit on the bias:

 

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Hopefully I can finish at least a couple of these over the weekend and I won’t feel like I’ve got quite so many balls (of wool) in the air!

 

Anybody else overwhelmed with too much knitting?

 

Lossie Mitts

Fingerless Mitts. My favourite. I can’t help going back to them again and again.

 

I have some new ones and I think these might be my favourite ones yet…

 

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If you like them and you can knit you can download the pattern for free from my Ravelry store, or if you don’t knit (why not??!) you can always ask me to knit them for you in my Etsy or Folksy shops. I canna do that for free though I’m afraid…

 

I got a lovely bundle of new wool from the postie today so I’m off to fondle it!

 

Bye for now! x

Scotland, Halloween and more MITTS

I took The Wee Man to visit relatives in Scotland recently, mainly my Mum as she has been a bit poorly and hasn’t managed to visit us this year. The Wee Man had a great time seeing all his cousins and being thoroughly spoiled by Nana…

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We searched for Nessie at Loch Ness. (Didn’t find her)
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We ran from the waves…
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At Lossiemouth’s West Beach
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We climbed and played at Carrbridge’s Landmark Centre
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And we were very spooky at Halloween
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(Yep, another home-made costume – just can’t bring myself to buy one…)
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We had great fun dookin for apples at Granny’s house

But it’s back to school, work and the old knitting grind now…here’s my latest pattern.

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They’re Gabla Mitts and you can buy the pattern in my Ravelry Store. Or have them made to order for you from my Etsy or Folksy shops.

Happy knitting everyone!

A damn fine idea

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My favourite pastime and my favourite TV programme have come together at last!

This looks like a fabulous knitting project. It has no less than two (Two!) Log Lady (my favourite TP lady) patterns.

The designers, Leah Coccari-Swift and Teresa Gregorio, are running a kickstarter campaign to fund the project if you are interested in becoming part of it… I know I am.

The owls are not what they seem.