Gift Knitting

Now that all the Christmas gifts have been gifted… I can show you what I made!

A beautifully soft scarf in Rowan Selects Cashmere for my Mum.

A super soft and squishy scarf in Rowan Selects Cashmere (held double) with Rowan pom poms for Beardie’s Mum.

Socks for Dad – knitted in gorgeous Fruitful Fusion hand-dyed 4ply. This was so lovely to knit with!

And a last minute addition of some little Origami Booties for our new nephew. I love this pattern by Sarah Hatton so much! I was planning to make five pairs, but time ran away from me.

It’s been a while since I made this many Christmas gifts – I was just in the mood for doing a few small projects, and it was lovely to be able to gift my knitting time! It then felt like a real treat to work on a garment for myself over Christmas.

Did you knit/make gifts this year? Did you get them finished in time?!

Rowan Selects Cashmere & pom poms – gifted from Rowan Yarns.

Rowan SS19

This week saw the launch of the new Rowan Spring/Summer collection. That means that sitting in the garden sipping a spritzer in a floppy hat is just round the corner yes? Come rain, snow or shine – I will be doing some work in the garden this weekend and dreaming about summer knitting!

Here are my favourites…

Mareel by Sarah Hatton in Cotton Cashmere from Rowan Magazine 65.

Witter by Martin Storey in Softyak DK from Rowan Magazine 65.

Yatlen by Grace Jones in Kidsilk Haze from Rowan Magazine 65.

Puffin by Georgia Farrell in Summerlite DK from Rowan Summerlite Horizons.

Blenny by Martin Storey in Summerlite 4ply from Rowan Summerlite Horizons.

Tern by Georgia Farrell in Summerlite 4ply from Rowan Summerlite Horizons.

Happy Knitting!

Rowan Autumn/Winter

I’m still hoping we have some summer left, but the cooler weather has got me looking forward to Autumn and snuggly jumpers!

August brings us the launch of the new Rowan collection and Magazine 64 is a special ruby anniversary edition to celebrate 40 years of Rowan!

Here are my top picks…

Cinnabar by Galina Carroll

Cinnabar by Galinna Carroll

Knitted in Cashmere Tweed and Alpaca Soft DK with Kidsilk Haze embroidery, this is a gorgeous bit of cosy winter wardrobe luxury!

Redwood by Sarah HattonRedwood by Sarah Hatton

A lovely classic jumper knitted in one of my favourite yarns – Kid Classic

As well as the anniversary edition of the main mag, Rowan have launched a gorgeous new yarn – Alpaca Classic. It’s so soft, fluffy, lightweight and lovely to knit with… I have patterns in the planning!

I’m also loving the new Around Holme book – a collection of classic, wearable garments by Lisa Richardson using Felted Tweed, Valley Tweed and Cashmere Tweed.

Malham by Lisa Richardson

I always like to have a simple knit on the go and I love this really simple, classic cardigan knitted in Valley Tweed. The yarn creates such a lovely texture that it doesn’t necessarily need a textured stitch.

New Vintage DK is a great collection of designs from Lisa Richardson, Martin Storey, Sarah Hatton, Vibe Ulrik, Georgia Farrell and Quail Studio.

Mullion by Sarah Hatton in Softyak DK

How beautiful is this?! I’m in love with that lace panel in the back.

Gallerie by Georgia FarrellGallerie by Georgia Farrell in Alpaca Soft DK

I love the relaxed shape of this cardigan and it would be so gorgeously soft and cosy in Alpaca Soft.

Are you planning your Autumn/Winter knits yet?

Knit Break

I’ve had a bit of an enforced break from knitting this week. Partly because I had a lot of late night beading sessions working on my wedding top… but mostly because of wrist pain!

I don’t know if I twinged it, slept on it awkwardly or if I’ve just knitted through repetitive strain injury for too long… but it’s feeling much better after not knitting and wearing a wrist support for most of the week. I got a lot of sewing done and I’ve managed to do a few rows over the last couple of days.

Whenever I can’t knit – all I can think about is knitting! I’ve got lot’s of new designs planned that I want to start swatching and while taking part in Me Made May I realised that I’m really short on summer tops.

The new Kim Hargreaves book launched this week and it’s gorgeous! I want to knit all the things! But I’m staying focused on knitting the yarn I have and making garments that fit into my capsule wardrobe.

So I’m mostly dreaming about knitting all of these…

Burnt by Kim Hargreaves from Indigo.

I love the keyhole detail at the back and just happen to have exactly the right amount of Cotton Glace in a beautiful green! This will be the perfect little summer top with skirts.

Beaches by Kim Hargreaves from Echoes.

I’ve had a pack of the now discontinued Siena 4ply in black kicking around for a while and I think this would make a really useful and flattering top.

Sarah Hatton summer top from Simply Knitting magazine.

I adore this top and I’m hoping to have enough Summerlite 4ply left over from my wedding cardigan to knit it!

Tally from Sway by Kim Hargreaves.

Not a summer top as such… but I’m really excited about knitting a coral cardigan to replace my tatty old shop bought coral/orange cardigan!

With all the wedding makes I need finish and work knitting I have to do – it’ll be a miracle if I finish knitting any of these before the end of the year… but I can dream!

Rowan Mag 63

I don’t know about you…but I’m very ready for Spring now!

I’m keen to get out to do some gardening without the risk of chilblains, walk around in flip flops (or at least less than two pairs of socks) and to do some summer knitting!

The new Rowan Magazine is now in the shops and I thought I would share my top picks so you can join me in dreaming about long days, warm feet and blue skies…

Nabeela by Martin Storey

I love the colours and stitches in this cardigan – and the different textures created by combining Softyak DK, Felted Tweed, Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace.


Barlin by Sarah Hatton

Knitted in Creative Linen – I love this beautiful and simple everyday cardigan.


Beswick by Sarah Hatton

I want this whole outfit! But particularly the cardigan – it’s blooming gorgeous. Knitted in Original Denim.


Garima by Marie Wallin

Yummy shoulder detail and a lovely shape for the soft drape of Summerlite 4ply.


Which brings me onto the other exciting news…

There are lots of amazing new shades to play with in Summerlite! I even felt compelled to stick little hearts on my shade card.

I would definitely recommend popping into your local Rowan stockist to check them out in person.

And just look at this new shade of Handknit Cotton… I’m pretty sure they made this for me?

Are you ready for Spring to arrive or are you still getting Hygge?

 

What to knit next? (It’ll be teal though…)

In this weeks blog I was planning to share a completed project, but I’ve had virtually no knitting time this week so you’ll have to wait!

But I am at that blissful point of being really excited about finishing what I’m knitting and equally excited about getting something new on the needles! In teal of course…

So what shall I cast on next?

Buttrick by Martin Storey from Rowan Mag 62 in Hemp Tweed? Would keep me cosy while knitting…and hopefully I would finish before it gets warm!

Retrofit Sweater by Sue Stratford…which I’m planning to knit in Felted Tweed? I can see this being my new working at home uniform.

Mazarin from Kim Hargreaves new book Bitter. There are so many lovely designs using Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace stranded together that I keep changing my mind – but this is the current winner! It has a facing to give a lovely front edging.

Or Lund by Sarah Hatton from Rowan Mag 62 in Patons Diploma Gold DK? This will be such a handy jumper through to Spring…but maybe I have time to knit something else first and still get this done for Spring?

What do you want to see me knit next? It’s up to you! x

Emma’s Dress

2016-10-14-11.54.34.jpg.jpgThe last month has seen the arrival of two new little ones amongst my friends and family.

As soon as I found out that there would be new arrivals I started knitting the adorable Marta dress by Sarah Hatton from Rowan Studio 30. I love the book and had been waiting for an excuse to knit this lovely dress! Soon after starting knitting- I found out that my friend was having a boy and that Beardie’s sister didn’t want to know the sex in advance….so I was very happy when little Emma arrived!

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I had a bit of a stash of Pure Wool Superwash dk so I used that instead of Baby Merino Silk dk. I’m not normally a pink person but I do love this shade for babies and I’m sure Emma will look lovely and feel warm & snuggly in it!

Yarn provided by Rowan

Capsule Summer Knits Wardrobe

Calico-full-length

Living in England, I don’t have much need for summer clothes! We get a week or two each summer where it’s safe to leave the house without a cardie or jumper. This means I often end up knitting more winter garments – but we do have a lot of ‘in between’ weather, where a cover-up is definitely needed but it’s too warm for anything woolly.

After taking part in Me Made May, Ive been looking at my wardrobe differently. Instead of knitting things because I’ve fallen in love with the image – I’m thinking more about the outfits I wear the most and feel comfortable in and what I can knit to go with them.

I really struggle to find trousers that fit so I mostly live in skirts and dresses, with the occasional pair of stretchy jeans! So I’ve got in mind a few things that would fit in with my Summer/’in between’ weather wardrobe and have linked to my favourite wearable summer knits below.

I love floral summer dresses with long comfy cardigans over the top. It makes the outfit more casual and is essential for a summer day in the UK! I’m currently knitting a long winter cardie and would love a cotton version too. The image at the top is Calico by Kim Hargreaves and the three images above are Jane by Sarah Hatton, Wilder by Kim Hargreaves and Lessing by Martin Storey. I’m veering towards Wilder – and I do have a cowboy hat so I just need to find a grassy field to pose in!

A lot of my dresses and skirts flare out from the waist and look best with a shorter cardigan. My fave summer picks are Violette by Martin Storey, Karen by Sarah Hatton and Coral by Kim Hargreaves. They’re all  really classic and would go with most of the things in my wardrobe.

I’m more of a cardigan knitter than a jumper knitter. I think this is because they’re more versatile for layering in the winter, but I do like a good cotton jumper in the summer! I particularly love Bev by Sarah Hatton, Posee by Marie Wallin and Prairie by Kim Hargreaves. I already have the yarn for Posee (in teal of course), but I think the others are beautiful and love how Sarah has styled Bev with the denim dress.

I’ve been planning to knit a cabled summer jumper for years! I love Tide by Kim Hargreaves, Lunaire by Martin Storey and Faye by Kim Hargreaves. I think Lunaire is probably the right sort of fit and would look great in cream. I can see myself wearing it with denim shorts, skirts or over a dress. But I also think Faye would be gorgeous with a full circle skirt.

During Me Made May I rediscoverd a t-shirt I knitted years ago! I stopped wearing it as it was a bit short and snug – but it looks good under my pinnafore dress and has made me want to knit a new t-shirt. My favourites are all by Kim Hargreaves – Shore from Echoes, Raquel from Honey and Dree from Wilder. Shore is very similar to my original t-shirt so I think that’s the one I’ll go for, but perhaps without the stripes.

I think a long cardie, a short cardie, a fancy jumper, a cabled jumper and a t-shirt will give me an excellent capsule summer knits wardrobe. But this will definitely be a long term project!

What would be in your capsule summer knits wardrobe?

Kaneshon Cardigan

After knitting Kim Hargreaves Captivate cardie from North on teeny tiny needles – I was ready to do something a bit quicker!

Cotton LustreKaneshon is designed by Sarah Hatton and knitted in Rowan Cotton Lustre. I’ve never been much of a fan of tape yarn, but this felt so soft in the ball and I was in love with the cornflower blue, so I decided to give it a go.

To start with – my dislike of tape yarn wasn’t cured! Whilst knitting up the back I felt that the stitches were coming out quite unevenly. I think this was partly due to it being a tape yarn, but it being cotton didn’t help. Many knitters are a bit looser on one row than the other – for me I am slightly looser on a purl row. I never notice this with wool, but cotton is less forgiving and with this being a heavier weight yarn I could really see it!

I also haven’t knitted a garment using circular needles in a large size before. I’m a pit knitter (as Sarah Hatton calls it), meaning I tuck my right needle in my armpit. I started using circular needles for my selfish knitting a while ago as it’s easier on my wrists, but I still do all of my work knitting on straights so that I can pit knit. I’m much slower on circulars and find larger sizes rather fiddly, which I think was a factor in my uneven tension.

I stuck with it and by the time I was on the front I had got used to the yarn and needles and was rather enjoying the tape yarn!

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I’m really happy with the finished cardie. I was worried it might ‘grow’, because the yarn is heavy, but the seams have given it structure so it should be fine. It looks lovely with my bird and butterfly dress and is the perfect summer replacement for my lost Teal cardigan.

Have you finished anything recently?

Yarn provided by Rowan