Creativity · Designing · Knitting · Life


I LOVE this yarn. I’ve knitted the cable ear warmer and am making a start on the hat.

My brain was jangled after a busy day and I needed some quiet after the girl went to bed. In the quiet of the living room I sat on the floor and worked out how the decrease might work. I say might because things can sometimes change in the actual knitting. Feeling already quieter, I did some yoga with my favourite YouTube channel yoga with Adriene …. and now I feel positively serene!

Have I mentioned that I LOVE this yarn. The picture doesn’t do the colours justice ( I’m all about colour). The cable looks amazing and I’m actually inspired to knit a jumper… anyway now to keep the quiet in my soul with a bit of knitting ❤️🙏🏼

Creativity · Designing · Knitting

Great expectations!

This is a wonderful Italian chunky wool/ alpaca/ acrylic yarn on 6.5mm needles. I’ve knitted the tension square to help me with my design for a close fitting hat with detachable ear warmer.

I really love the definition of the stitches and the soft mossy colours. It’s funny, I react strongly to colour. A while ago I was using some brown chunky yarn. On the face of it the yarn was attractive, and I’d knitted other items in differences colours of the same yarn. Once I started with it I was disappointed but I just couldn’t put my finger on why. Eventually I realised, there just wasn’t enough warmth. So anyway I’m really looking forward to working with this yarn.


Ooops I Did It Again!

I finished the leg warmer yesterday but once off the needle it looked a little too wide. Hmph….

Let me explain… I have what can be generously described as ‘strong legs’ I wanted to make sure my calves weren’t busting out like some Incredible Hulk so I added a few stitches… Hmph…

I had planned to cast on the second before sewing up the first but I thought I’d better check the fit before making a start on the second…..And BINGO! Leg warmers for a baby elephant…. Yey.

Unlike the glove I recently made fit for a giant, there was no alternative use for it…. champagne bottle warmer…. vase warmer???? No. Nothing else for it but to frog 🐸.

By the time I’d done that I’d lost my leg warmer mojo. My husband suggested we watch Gravity because Sandra Bullock is my favourite actress…. good film but not at all relaxing in fact harrowing so I started knitting this Peter Pan hat.

The snow finally came in properly yesterday and was still there today so we built an igloo and I finished this little hat. I like it. I need to improve the decrease but apart from that I like it… what do you think?

Designing · giving · Life

Knitting for Nikki

I’ve knitted a hat for my friend and yoga teacher. It’s a lovely soft hat in a vintage heathery Aran. I hope she likes it. I certainly do which is a relief after the run on ‘Bad idea knits’ I’ve ended up with of late…

Today is about writing up the pattern so I can knit it again. I didn’t keep any notes while knitting except the bare minimum eg number of stitches cast on, when the pattern repeat started etc so it’s best I write it up quickly so I don’t forget.

I’ve got to be honest, it’s a flaming ball ache… it involves counting – lots. Have I mentioned before that I hate counting. I lose track all the time and so have created all sorts of weird and wonderful methods of annotating the work prior to writing it up in more traditional knitting terms.

Then in the middle of it all, just when I wanted to print off what I’d got so far (I’m not very good at reading from a screen) the internet went down and the printer is one of these wireless affairs. I get so cross which is I know is counterproductive and anyway it’s not like it’s a surprise; technology breaks down all the time. Why do I expect it to be faultless?!?!

Anyway I’ve done it now. Time to do some knitting and relax I think!!!


Creativity · Designing

Work in progress.

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything ; I’ve not been idle. A few things have come up so I’ve had to think creatively. Some of the colours in the super chunky range have been discontinued by the supplier. The blue, the orange so I’ve been looking at other colour combinations and also another suppliers of a similar yarn and seeing how it compares. So far it’s very favourable, working through the patterns,making sure they knit up the same size, feel good, look good.

I’ve found a really rich red, and a powder blue that sing to me and work well with the other colours. Also I’ve been working with some different chunky colours. Also I’ve been working on some new designs.  I can’t help feeling somewhat distracted, disconnected. It’s not a great feeling but sometimes I think we have to sit with our feelings. See where they lead us, Sometimes I learn more this way, new things present themselves, things I wouldn’t have found otherwise. There is also a risk however that I take a route that has no benefit at all other than to be a mistake to learn from!

So while I dilly and dally (or at least that’s what it feels like) I’m working on nice little lined summer bag and I’ve been asked to knit a hat for a friend. I’ve got a new design in mind – aran weight knitted top down.  I’ll share the pattern when it’s finished.

Creativity · Designing · Life

FLASH! …aaaahhhhh!

I’ve just finished the second of the fairy tale cosy collar – still working out the fastening when my husband comes in the room….

“Oh look” he chuckles “Ming The Merciless” …. Oh. I guess he might have a point if it was red and black…. which of course I am going to have to try now, I’ve got some red, I’ll get some black next time I’m in town.

Creativity · Designing · giving · vintage


A super successful trawl through the charity shop button box! A bit of a clean and they’ll look good as new. These are quite different from the buttons in the shops right now and often things like this inspire the designing process.

Next time you’re out why not nip into your local charity shop. They often have all sorts of haberdashery items and knitting needles at a fraction of the price, saving precious world resources AND you’re helping a good cause.

A friend of mine buys pure wool jumpers and unravels them to make new ones, now that is commitment! The only thing I steer away from is old balls of wool which could be riddled with moths etc. Having said that I take yarn in that I know I’m never going to use rather than it sitting in my stash reminding me of my bad yarn choices!

Also, lots of the charity shops have knitting groups making things to sell in the shop. Often they’ll stash the yarn that people bring in and dish it out to the knitting groups to use. Everyone’s a winner!

Creativity · Designing · Life

If at first you don’t succeed…. redesign!

Hmph! This is the 3rd time I’ve frogged the cosy collar because the button holes frankly look rubbish!

So, back to the drawing board; the problem seems to be that because I’m using two strands of yarn there’s all sorts of weirdy gaps and lumps and bumps. Now that might be because I’m not terribly good a knitting double sided yet or maybe because I’m missing some particular technique. Maybe it’s because I’m using super chunky yarn… although the Erika Knight yarn looked ok so maybe it’s the type of super chunky ….who knows! I’ve searched on YouTube and I haven’t found anything…. hmmmmmmm…..

Thing is, I need it to be easily achievable with nice looking results if it’s going to be a pattern in my book. I’m sure we’ve all tried a pattern which has given far from desired results and blamed ourselves when actually the pattern was off. That’s not what I want. I want people to enjoy the knitting process like I scenic journey and to be delighted with their results, regardless of the yarn they use.

If you have any ideas of how to do button holes I’d love to hear about it. I the mean time I’m going to reconsider the closure…,

Cooking · Designing

Tried and tested

Im a bit of a perfectionist…. if it’s possible to be ‘a bit’ of a perfectionist! I test each design and patten I come up with The first time I make something I rarely write anything down, apart from the occasional scrappy note.

Once it is made I write a pattern based on what I can see and then knit to the pattern checking whether I’ve written it out correctly.

Sometimes I give the pattern to someone else to try out, sometimes I don’t. Then I try it out with a different yarn to see how it works. Sometimes I decide that it’s not something I want to pursue, other times I do.

It’s a game of wait and see. I’ve knitted more duds than not! Life is like that, frustrating as it is. We all want to get things right first time – well I do. But that’s unrealistic and actually there’s a great deal of enjoyment and learning in the mistakes.


Perseverance & Slow progress

This two sided knitting lark is slow. I keep getting my yarns (and my knickers) in a twist; I’m sure there must be a trick to keeping the yarns apart. Any suggestions are most welcome!

I’m used to my work taking shape quite quickly…. not this time. I love how it feels though and it’ll be super warm. If only I could wear wool!

I’m wondering how I’d do yarn overs and knit two together???!