Yarn loveliness for me!

The doorbell rang on Monday and I opened it to find our postman waving a satisfyingly squishy parcel at me. On opening it up, the inside looked like this. It is of course my mystery sock yarn stash swap package, from the hugely lovely Katherine from Fiber and Sustenance. Now, the only downside of a…

Second, third, fourth and sometimes fifth time lucky

It can be quite fun, this designing lark. It lets all those half-ideas I’ve had in my mind for years turn into tangible, touchable, wearable objects. Sometimes you picture something in your head, play around with some sketches on screen, and then it comes out exactly how you imagine it. Look at this! It’s the retro…

It’s happening – stash swap is go!

The deadline has passed, the swappers are paired with their swappees, and all there is to do now is sit back and watch all the happy yarn-swapping. (And stalk my swappee to get a feel for their personal likes and dislikes, natch.) I am writing this surrounded by sock yarn. I’ve brought out the yarns…

Sock yarn stash swap – sign-ups close tomorrow!

A little nudge if you haven’t signed up already – sign-ups for the sock yarn stash swap close at the end of tomorrow, Wednesday 11 April! It’s totally free other than the cost of you putting a sock’s worth of yarn into the post. If you’ve got a few skeins of sock yarn that you…

Sock yarn stash swap!

I can’t kid myself – I have waaaay more yarn in my stash than I could knit even if I did nothing but knit for the next several years. And my sock yarn stash makes up a healthy sub-section of the whole. When I was playing around with the mini-skein options the other day, it…

Once upon a sock in April 18 – rainbow dreams

Hello, sock-knitters and other interested parties. How’re you? The sun is out today in London and it is glorious. It is also that time of the month where I owe you all a sock update. Reporting on progress will be short but sweet because look! I have finished my latest helical socks. But oh! I…

Finished project(s) – all the sample shorties (ankle socks)

Hooray! The new Travelknitter colourway is out in the public domain and now you can all see that it is a doozy! Isn’t it gorgeous? The colourway is called Hogmanay and Larissa has developed it especially for this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Festival. But the really good news is that she’s adding it to her stable…

The beginnings of a new design

I’ve had this idea mooching about on the fringes of my thoughts for a while now (inspired by quite a lot of other patterns which are almost but not quite something that I would actually wear). Some kind of scarf or cowl which uses exactly the same amount of two fingering weight yarns. Garter stitch…

Once upon a sock in March 18 – sooo many ankle socks

I have been knitting my little socks off this month (DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE, KIDS) – once the Borage socks were done it has all been about getting those two pairs of ankle socks knitted up as samples in time for Travelknitter to take to Edinburgh later this month. And… I am…

Finished project – Borage socks

I’ve been so immersed in my sample knitting for travelknitter (latest: three socks down and fourth one on the needles) that I’d almost forgotten about my swiftly finished Borage socks. Here they are, though – the sun in my Mum’s lounge was killer this afternoon and I couldn’t miss the chance to take some shots….

Freedom and cables – free hat pattern

It might still be bloody cold, but NEVER FEAR. This easy hat with dense squishy cables will knit up quickly and keep your ears warm all the way through the cold months until Spring finally pitches up. If you’re an experienced knitter then you’ll knit this up in no time, and if you’re a beginner…