2 December 2014

Hat Mittens and Scarf

There are now 3 knitting patterns to use with our Shetland wool yarn, a hat, mittens and scarf (though the patterns could also be used with any double knitting weight yarn). They are free to download from Ravelry.

Simple Mittens is written for 3 sizes: small, medium and large. They are worked in the round with a rib cuff. As the name suggests they're simple in design, quick to knit and practical to wear. Click here for download.

Simple Mittens Free Pattern

Stellar was originally designed for Travelling Yarns Artisan Yarn. I knitting a sample in our black and grey  Shetland yarn and thought it worked quite well. This beanie style hat is knit in the round with a colour work design of triangles and intersecting lines. The pattern is free to download from Ravelry.

Stellar Free Pattern

Birch Trees is the first pattern I designed specifically for our Shetland DK yarn. It's knitted on straight needles and has branching pattern repeats with a moss stitch border. It can be downloaded free from Ravelry. This is proving quite popular, published in April 2014, last time I checked it had been downloaded over 1400 times.

Birch Trees Free Pattern

29 November 2014

Knitted Work of Art

I had planned a cycling trip over to the Gallery in Torridon yesterday and hoped the weather would be okay. Here in the west of Scotland and it's been sunny and mild. The sky was cloudless and blue, the views were amazing across the loch. Far better weather than I had hoped for my trip.

While I was over at the Gallery in Torridon I met up with the lovely artist Lisa O'Brien. She has a studio there where she works in mixed media. I usually enjoy looking around her studio which is open to the public. 

However, yesterday, it was a knitted masterpiece not her art work that caught my attention. Lisa showed me a Kaffe Fassett jacket her mother knitted for her 20 years ago. It was still looking amazing. Lisa was persuaded to remove her painters smock put on the jacket and let me take a photo.

The main body of the jacket is a black and white design with feature borders of beautiful colour work. The colours still pop out and look stunning. In my mind I tried to calculate the amount of time, skill and patience her mother had put  into this lovely garment.

The colour borders are highlighted by a striking sky blue. The yarn was from Rowan and looks very much like the fine tweed they are still producing.

On the journey back home I pondered about a knitted cardigan project I started nearly twelve months ago and still haven't finished. I resolved to dig it out from the back of a cupboard where it has been neglected and start work.  

Was I a little envious of the knitted masterpiece? 
Yes, definitely!

26 November 2014

Anyone for Tea?

My delightful Bobbles Tea Cosy by Sian Brown is a cheerful addition to the tea table. Sian sent me the knitting kit from her Make at Home range to review. It came in a lovely cotton tote bag with a printed pattern and the yarn. It was easy and enjoyable to make and the yarn is 100% aran weight wool. This would make a great gift for either a beginner or experienced knitter.

Here's Sian's description of the kit from her website,

"This is a knitting kit for the Bobbles Tea Cosy, part of the Make at Home range of knitting and crochet kits and patterns for the home. The range is inspired by growing up in the 60 s and 70s. This has a fun, nostalgic feel and combines a classic tea cosy with a pompom with added multi coloured bobbles which look like sweeties. The colours are cream, rose, olive, fuchsia and saffron, in an aran pure wool. The top is shaped using simple decreases, and the bobbles are knitted in randomly, the sample has 16 on each side. There is a pompom on the top.

Measures 22 cm wide x 18 cm high not including pompom. This is a simple cosy to make and will add colour and fun to the table, fine for a beginner knitter and a great gift for any knitter. The includes yarn, pattern, and is packed in a cotton tote bag. You will need; 5mm needles, and a teapot."

The vibrant bobble colours work well together and reminded me of those little iced biscuits I used to enjoy as a child.

Everyone knows how to make a pompom don't they? Well it's a while since I made one. I knew I needed to cut out some card templates. I found this interesting free download template from Home Made Gifts made Easy.

Pompom completed...

Finished Bobbles Tea Cosy...

Time for tea, a sit down, admire my lovely tea cosy and relax with pompom quarterly

Sian's Make at Home Range can be found on her website and her Etsy shop.

Hope you enjoyed reading about this project.