I never used to knit shawls, but then a couple of years after I made the first one (a Fantoosh by Kate Davies Design), the bug well and truly got me. Now, I tend to knit shawls with fingering yarn. But when the stunning colours of Wren & Ollie’s Spin DK popped up on my Instagram last year, I knew I had to find a suitable shawl for this particular yarn.
And this stunning Lake Effect Shawl by Cheryl Toy from Little Church Knits was just the ticket!
I knitted this beauty on our holiday in Byron last year, and it was the perfect project. An easy to follow pattern that I could knit while sitting on the beach and watching my kids. The fact that it called for DK yarn, made it a beautifully quick projec, despite a large size when completed.
I love the colours, they are perfect for Autumn, which is when I started wearing this beauty. People never realise how cold it can get during the changes of season here in Australia!
Funny story about these pictures, a good friend of mine took them for me, on a stinking hot Summer day in Sydney.
I am almost embarrassed to say how long ago I knitted this cardigan…January 2014. It was made for a good friend of mine back in the UK.
I love this simple but elegant cardigan. It’s a DROPS Design pattern, I remember knitting a lot of their patterns back in 2014. In fact, I don’t remember much else about this knit (hangs head in shame)….but I know my friend loved wearing it.
Shawls were something I started knitting in about 2018 and this beauty, the Fantoosh pattern from Kate Davies Designs was my first ever shawl.
It’s such a straight forward pattern that creates a beautiful shawl. I can’t remember exactly which yarn I used, but I do know that I ran out of yarn and had to get another lot for the border, which is why that is a slightly different shade of red.
It might look intricate and complicated, but once you have mastered the repitition of the pattern it just flies off the needles.
And the best thing about this shawl, it keeps me wonderfully warm!
This one is a gem. I have made this cardigan a few times already, but I love when the intricate pattern is coupled with a sophisticated grey. It just looks smart!
It’s a pretty genius pattern by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed. Not only does it call for tubular cast ons to make the hem and the sleeves look very polished, those cables are to die for!
Pretty special this construction, don’t you think? I love collection the team at Brooklyn Tweed comes out with, they always have that special something!
And you know what makes me even happier? A warm and happy recipient!
Making: a new crochet doll for a new baby girl.
Cooking: a friend is making pumpkin risotto!
Drinking: hibiscus tea, which is meant to help lower blood pressure. It also tastes great.
Reading: The 100th issue of Frankie.
Wanting: to update my Ravelry projects, so I can hit that magic 1,000 project mark (I have made many more…)
Playing: with the latest Kiwi Co box that arrived today.
Liking: the cooler mornings. Autumn is here.
Deciding: on what to pack for a short trip over the Easter weekend.
Wishing: everyone safe!
Enjoying: yesterday’s trip to the Southern Highlands and that I was able to wear my Slipstravaganza Shawl.
Wondering: why post my mum sent to the boys for their birthdays back in February and March is taking so long.
Loving: the Eggstravaganza (Easter hat parade) at school this morning.
Pondering: what activities to plan for the holidays.
Considering: whether to break my ‘yarn buying’ hiatus on Monday when we go to visit Blackwattle Yarn for an Alpaca tour. Does anybody want to comission something?
Watching: still Outlander.
Hoping: for good weather while we are in Canberra.
Marvelling: at the beautiful country we live in!
Cringing: at nothing…
Needing: a new crochet hook after over 30 years!
Smelling: beautiful essential oils at a workshop with my gorgeous friend.
Wearing: my shawls.
Following: new friends.
Knowing: the holidays will be fun!
Thinking: about friends.
Admiring: a new to me crochet designer’s work: Marina Chuchkalova.
Sorting: through my yarn.
Bookmarking: patterns, always patterns!
Coveting: yarn, always yarn!
Disliking: having to make a decision about my impartial high grade tear of the ACL.
Opening: bottles of wine as I have a friend staying with me.
Snacking: not at the moment.
Helping: where I can.
Hearing: really annoying small planes (we live close to a small airport).
Celebrating: the start of the holidays!
Forgetting: nothing…or am I?
Winning: at life!
Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.
Easter is just around the corner and while I have never tried baking Hot Cross Buns, this lot from Tom over on the Kate Davies Design blog makes me want to try!
A great overview of how to make i-cords…and not just by knitting them!
The formidable hat architect Wolly Wormhead has started her own Teachable school and I am here for it! If you haven’t knitted any of her incredibly hat designs, I urge you to try them! They are stunning!
Colourblocking can be so wonderfully dramatic. Like some of the patterns in his book, Vertex from KnitPicks.
Easter is almost upon us… we are going to be away, but every year we make sure to dye some eggs (it’s tradition). I love the 40 different ideas from Mollie Makes.
I just adore these embroidery make your own jewelry kits from Alicia Paulson…stunning!
Have you ever wondered what the right knitting needles or crochet hooks are? Check out Vickie Howell’s guide!
Simply Maggie’s knitter-specific key chains are to-die-for!
Oh this basket (maybe not just for Easter) is perfect!
A stunning pair of socks by Helen Kurtz in the latest issue of The Knitter.
Save the date: Sit and Knit for a Bit Spring Podcast with Arne & Carlos. This is what they say about it:
“To mark the first anniversary of our quarantine podcast, we have decided to do a daily “Sit and Knit for a Bit” Spring Podcast and KAL from March 17th to March 28th, so make sure to save the dates!”
Easter is just around the corner and the guys at Mollie Makes have a couple of sweet Easter crafts.
First off these needle felt egg cosies…they are just too cute for words.
And this fantastic Easter Card.
Some patterns I am loving on Ravelry…
The Brighton Tank and Shorts by Julie Robinson.
The Shorty sock Set by Summer Lee.
Last, but not least, a roundup of the best knitting kits by Mollie Makes. I want to buy them all!
Making: the Bernie Sanders from Tobey King.
Cooking: I have really enjoyed smoothies last month, probably because I had the post for a dental implant put in, so could only eat soft stuff for a little while.
Drinking: Gorgeous Slow Wine Co Pinot Noir.
Reading: Excellence Wins by Horst Schulze, very interesting read!
Wanting: really badly to see my brother and his family, and my mum!
Playing: with yarn!
Liking: that my knee is starting to feel much better, thanks in part to my fantastic physio!
Deciding: on new projects (crochet and knitting) for next month!
Wishing: see Wanting further up!
Enjoying: A wonderful painting class with my girlfriends today (their birthday present to me).
Wondering: what next month will bring!
Loving: all the love I received for my 40th birthday last month!
Pondering: when I get to hike again….
Considering: all the obstacles that are in place for my work…
Buying: nothing! I am being very good!
Watching: New Amsterdam and Outlander.
Hoping: for more time for knitting and crocheting!
Marvelling: at my beautiful roses!
Cringing: at nothing this month!
Needing: more time…always!
Smelling: above mentioned roses.
Wearing: my Birkenstocks…always!
Knowing: less than my boys most of the time ;-).
Thinking: about all my friends back in England!
Admiring: Woodlucker’s absolutely stunning paper flowers. Go check her out!
Sorting: through my yarn stash to make sure I have enough yarn for all my planned projects.
Bookmarking: patterns to make my brother a jumper.
Coveting: pretty happy at the moment!
Disliking: see above…pretty content.
Opening: a bottle of Slow Wine Co Pinot Nior earlier!
Snacking: on som Ritter Sport chocolate, a little taste of home.
Helping: whoever needs my help!
Hearing: the cicadas outside.
Celebrating: my 40th birthday this month!
Forgetting: some things off my work to do list….
Winning: at life!
Sneaking: some chocolate while the kids are watching TV.
Embracing; middle age.
Taking inspiration from The Little Room of Rachell.
Socks are one of those projects that are easy to carry around, for that reason I like to always have at least one pair on the go. It’s nice to be able to grab them for any potential #knittingwhensitting time. As any knitter will know there is nothing worse than having some free time and nothing to work on.
This absolutely gorgeous pattern: Flibbertigibbet by Lisa K. Ross aka Paper Daisy Creations had been in my Ravelry queue for a good few years. I finally made this pair in January 2020. I am pretty sure I used some gorgeous 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co sock yarn, but unfortunately I didn’t note it down so I can’t be 100% sure.
I made them as a gift to an Instagram friend in Germany. She had shared some of her wishes and one wish was for some handknitted socks.
I am very happy with how they turned out and would knit this pattern again any day, if I didn’t have such a long sock queue on my Ravelry ;-).
Pattern: Flibbertigibbet by Lisa K. Ross aka Paper Daisy Creations
Yarn: Sock Yarn by 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co. (I believe).
Needle size: 2.5mm
Knitting time: 4th-21st January 2020.