You might have seen me re-launch the shop over on the virtual Yorkshire Yarn Fest last Saturday… my video is still on their page if you want to hop over for a watch. I had a couple of technical issues so apologies for the blurryness!
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Since making the decision a couple of weeks ago to temporarily close my online shop while we are in lock-down – I have received a number of queries regarding how to get hold of copies of Cosy Alpaca Knits.
You can buy my books and yarns to knit the projects from Rowan stockists – many of whom are still open online or taking orders via phone/email, so please continue to support them if you’re able to.
If you don’t have a local Rowan stockist or they have had to close for orders during the lock-down, I have listed a few below who are still open for orders…
Many moons ago I knitted Anastasiya from Rowan Magazine 48. When I saw it in the mag I loved everything about it. Unfortunately the finished tunic was super unflattering and I just didn’t wear it. But I still loved it and wanted to get it out of the wardrobe… so I decided to make it into a cushion!
I planned to do this a few years back, but I think I procrastinated because I was nervous that I would regret cutting it up. But after a few more years without wearing it was definitely for the chop – and I love it as a cushion!
I’ve also finished my mustard Alpaca Classic cushion. I cast this on just before the shoot for Cosy Alpaca Knits so that I had something simple to work on after all the pattern writing and knitting for the book! It also came it handy as a shoot prop.
I knitted it from corner to corner in the same way as the squares for the Moody Blanket and adorned it with poms made from oddments.
I’m planning to redecorate our living room this year so I’m going to save these cushions until it’s all new and lovely! I’ve also got a crochet cushion and a hexi patchwork cushion on the go… it’s gonna be so cosy!
So how’s your lockdown-making going? Have you got finishitus too?!
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Following on from you wanting to see my finished makes… I finished my first make-nine-2020 garment!
The pattern is Merry from Kim Hargreaves Winter Blooms and I’ve wanted to knit it for ages! The book is now discontinued but there are some copies available for sale or trade on Ravelry.
It’s knitted in Rowan Kid Classic which is one of my favourite yarns – it’s so light and fluffy, but also lovely and warm. This shade is Mulberry and it’s absolutely gorgeous – it’s like a ripe and juicy Victoria plum.
And yes… it’s huge! It’ll be super comfy and cosy for working at home and mooching around in. I made the smallest size, but added a bit of length. Because it’s so wide, the extra length ate up quite a bit of yarn and I needed an extra ball just for the neckline which was very kindly gifted from Ippikin (thanks Molly!).
So my make-nine-2020 has gotten off to a slow start… how’s yours going?
The Cosy Cardigan in Cosy Alpaca Knitsis my first self-published garment pattern and I decided to keep it simple with just two sizes – Small: measuring approx. 130cm (51 1/4in) bust and Large: measuring approx 150cm (59in) bust.
A friend pointed out to me that if someone with a large bust wanted to knit the Cosy Cardigan, they wouldn’t have the same amount of ease as someone with a smaller bust. She’s absolutely right and I really should have allowed for a generous ease on a larger size.
The cardigan is designed to be worn with between 25cm (10in) and 50cm (19 3/4in) ease – depending on how relaxed you want the fit to be. Therefore the Small would work for an 80cm (31 1/2in) bust to a 105cm (41in) bust and the Large for a 100cm (39 1/2in) to 125cm (49 1/4in) bust… so not really that generous.
This is a total oversight on my part and huge apologies to anyone who felt excluded by the sizing in the pattern. I have been working on two new sizes for the Cosy Cardigan and any garments I design in the future will be made to fit up to at least a 152cm (60in) bust, with ease on top of that.
The new sizes will be included in any future reprints of Cosy Alpaca Knits and I will also be changing the sizes to letters. Small will become Size A, Large will become Size B and I will be adding in Sizes C & D.
Size C will measure approx. 170cm (67in) actual bust – to fit from 120cm (47 1/4in) to 145cm (57in) bust.
Size D will measure approx. 190cm (74 3/4in) actual bust – to fit from 140cm (55in) to 165cm (65in) bust.
Sizes C & D will also be slightly longer from collar to hem with a slightly deeper sleeve.
I’m afraid there isn’t a simple addendum that I can share here as I’m fully incorporating the new sizes into the pattern, but if you own a copy of Cosy Alpaca Knits and would like details of the new sizes – please get in touch via my contact page.
After a slight fail on my Make Nine 2019 plan… I decided to be a bit more vague with my 2020 plan!
I do have some definite plans for the above – but I wanted to have some flexibility on the exact projects so that I can change my mind throughout the year.
The colours above aren’t necessarily representative of what I’m planning to knit/sew with, but I am trying not to make everything in teal (which is challenging!).
I started the new year with a jumper dress in Kid Classic on the needles – I can’t wait to finish it! Hopefully it’ll still be cold. After that – I really want to finish my Esme Cardigan which was on my make nine plan for the last two years… so I thought it would be unreasonable to carry it over again!
Last week I had a massive sort out of my yarn and current projects. Partly to get ready for a pre-Christmas sample sale (who’s up for some stash bags?!) and partly because I wanted to do an update blog on WIP’s and Make Nine 2019.
Somewhat disappointingly my WIP’s haven’t changed much since February! I’ve added a few projects to my chest, but haven’t finished anything that was there previously and haven’t ticked anything else off my Make Nine list – so I’ll do an update once I’m more on top of that.
At the moment I’m focusing on knitting my Esme Cardigan. Once that is done I’m determined to finish at least one project from my chest of shame before I cast on anything new – and I also want to make some time for sewing.
One of the unfortunate side effects of yarn sorting was that I now feel inspired to cast on lots of new things! I’m going to resist for now… but it doesn’t hurt to dream and plan!
I had a lot of oddments of Felted Tweed dotted around in various places so I brought it all together and I’m getting excited about knitting a fair-isle jumper or tunic.
I also have a garments worth of Seafarer and Watery so I can do something big! I’ve been wanting to knit Franziska by Galina Carroll for a long time. I would use Watery as the main shade and would possibly change the neckline.
I’ve also got my eye on Sage by Marie Wallin – There are some lovely versions knitted up on Ravelry. I think I would make it slightly A-line so that it’s less snug around the waist and hips (I don’t think this model is two sizes bigger on the bottom half!) and possibly do full length sleeves.
Are you working on new projects or finishing off old? Or a bit of both?!