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Despite the many, many mistakes I made when knitting these little mitts, they are finished and have been presented to my friend for her birthday.

Unfortunately I had a senior moment and forgot to take any pictures of the finished item apart from this one of them blocking. Maybe I will get a chance for a snap in the future.

Here is a slightly dodgy phone pic showing how they look on the hand. The blocking evened the mitts out a bit, and my friend’s hands are a little smaller than mine, so I think they will fit her beautifully.

The only substantive change I made was using a smaller needle. I also did a tubular cast-off because I am obsessed with fancy cast-on and cast-off edges. I have a second kit so there is a strong chance that I will make another pair of these little beauties.

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I loved this pattern for a cute pair of rainbow mitts ever since I saw it on Ysolda’s Instagram well over a year ago. The kits popped up again, probably because it’s Pride month, and I couldn’t resist this time. My good friend Paula’s birthday was coming up and I thought these would make a great gift for her.

I’d also seen some wonderful pins that Ysolda was stocking, so the purchases justified one another and enabled me to get free shipping. I just had to get this pin of a woman with beautiful natural hair. Representation matters! I bought two Joy kits in the end because I can see myself making this project for someone else too.

There are mistakes on both flags, which is a bit of a pity because the flag is probably my favourite part of the pattern. On the first, I misread the pattern and somehow missed that each colour row is two garter rows rather than one. I’ve never done double knitting before, but I’m still a bit mystified as to how I failed so badly at reading. I managed to do the process correctly on the second mitt, but somehow did two rows of red rather than one (facepalm). Maybe I read the same section of the pattern twice?  Another shocking reading failure on my part.

I was on a tight deadline for this project because I wanted to give them to Paula on time. This meant that I did not correct the errors. I didn’t notice the mistakes in the first flag until I was working on mitt 2, though I had noticed that it looked wonky. Paula doesn’t knit and I’d be surprised if she notices anything untoward.

I did, however, manage to make yet another huge error that could not be ignored. I accidentally made two left mitts once I had finished the fair isle on the second one. This was a mistake that I couldn’t really let go so I unravelled.

Weaving in the ends was a slight pain but these mitts are finally on the blocking mat. I should be able to give them away at the weekend.

Pattern and yarn: Joy kit from Ysolda

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I finished knitting the modified spindrift shawl I’m making for my aunt with the yarn I picked up at Countess Ablaze when I was in Manchester last year. I decided to omit the eyelet rows because I didn’t want the shawl to look busy. I think the yarn speaks for itself. However, it did mean that knitting it was unbelievably boring. I just don’t like knitting stocking stitch flat, but I do really like the way that it looks.

I took these pictures when I was at Hampton Court Palace for my embroidery workshop.

I ended up doing quite a few rows of garter stitch for the border since I had quite a bit of yarn left. I didn’t want to risk running out of yarn but I needn’t have worried. I actually finished the knitting and cut the yarn in Finland, before realising that I didn’t have a darning needle with me for the sewn bind-off.

I have no recollection of how I did it the last time. I’m fairly sure I used this technique on my Bad Day shawl, since I got the idea from looking back at the boneyard shawl pattern. I used this technique. It took HOURS.

Anyway, I hope that my aunt will appreciate this gift and get a lot of use out of it.

Pattern: Spindrift shawl (modified)

Yarn: Viscount of Spark by Countess Ablaze in Bienvenue

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Cost: £20


I am coming to the end of knitting my galaxy shawl, for which I am grateful. The endless stocking stitch has been deeply uninspiring to work on. I had a holiday coming up and felt that I might be able to finish the shawl on one of the plane journeys. My mind turned to new projects.

Since I was going back to Finland, it seemed appropriate to use the yarn I bought when I visited in the summer. The beautiful ice blue also seemed appropriate to the freezing weather conditions.

I had planned all along for this skein to become a third pair of convertible fingerless gloves/mittens (striped pair, rainbow pair). These are intended to go with the Kelly anorak I am working on.

I found an hour to wind the skein before my trip and packed my 2.5mm DPNs and a spare for any casting on/off that might be required.

I am trying to recreate the most recent (rainbow) pair of these mitts that I made. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have taken any notes beyond mentioning that I improvised a size in between medium and large. I wonder if I maybe took notes in Adobe reader (as you would take notes on a physical copy of a pattern) and they have been lost. I am trying to recreate the same process I followed.

I used a 3.25mm needle for the tubular cast on. It looks a little bit loose so I will try to dig out a 3mm or even 2.75mm DPN for the second glove. It’s not bad enough that it’s worth redoing.

At the moment, I am working on the fingers of the first glove. Things are going well so far. I’m enjoying working on something smaller, and with more thought required than my last project.

Pattern: Modified version of Smartphone Friendly Mitts

Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres

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I’ve been working on a shawl using the skein of yarn I picked up from Countess Ablaze when I was in Manchester a few weeks ago.

It’s very hard to capture the colour of this yarn on camera. This shawl is going to be a present for my auntie but it’ll be late for Xmas, partly because I’m working with a broken finger.

The shawl is growing quite slowly. It’s been a while since I made a plain stocking wrap like this. The last time was probably my stormy skies one. It’s pretty dull knitting but I think the final result will be worth it.

Pattern: Spindrift shawl

Yarn: Viscount of Spark by Countess Ablaze

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I went to a workshop at the Knitting and Stitching Show to learn how to make a padded and lined boxy bag. I feel like these would come in handy as knitting projects bags, or make good gifts. They are a great project to use up fabric scraps too. This project can easily be done on a domestic machine with an overcasting foot. An overlocker would make it even easier and quicker.

I haven’t attempted to sew anything like this in four years (documented here) and again it was nice to see that I have come a long way as a sewist in that time.

Since it was actually super easy, I had time to photograph each step. So here is a photo tutorial!

Materials

  • Main fabric backed with fusible fleece- 15×10″
  • Lining- same size
  • Lining fabric- 2×6″ (I think 6″ of 1/2″ wide ribbon would be even prettier)
  • Long zip- 16″ or longer

If sizing up or down, ensure that the zip is significantly longer than you need, for ease.

Mark the centre of the long edges of both main fabric and lining with snips.

Make the bag pulls (skip if using ribbon)

Pin and stitch along the long edge with 1cm seam allowance. Press flat and then cut in half so you have two pulls.

Install the zipper

With zip teeth against RS of main fabric, sandwich with lining fabric along short edge. Leave roughly even amounts of zip either side.

Overlock or stitch with overcasting stitch.

Fold up and repeat on the other half of the zip, again with zip teeth facing RS of main fabric.

Grab the end of the zip and fold so the lining is on the outside.

Stitch the non-pull end of the zip

Line up one of your tabs with the zip teeth, with the folded edge pointing down.

Pin the raw edges together, ensuring that the centre marking snips line up with the zip teeth, and with each other.

Stitch with overcasting foot. Go carefully over the teeth.

Now work on the other end of the zip. Move the pull down so it is below the stitching line. Tack the two sides of the zip together to ensure it remains even.

Pin and stitch as above.

Trim the ends of the zip.

Finger-press the folded edges flat to act as a guide. Fold the bottom of one corner, matching the finger-pressed line with the side seam. Measure down 1.5″ and mark a line across. The line should measure 3″.

Stitch along the line and then trim off the excess.

Repeat with the other corners.

If you marked with a Frixion pen, make sure to iron away the lines. I probably wouldn’t have bothered for myself but I gave this bag away and the recipient checked the inside. It definitely looked messier with my pen lines.


I finished knitting my Shore Street hat while travelling northern India.

I initially got near to finishing the hat on the way to Jaipur. I’d been attempting to gauge the length by trying on at different points, but the hat still ended up way too long because of the way I did the brim. I eventually followed the shaping for the smallest hat using the stitch counts for the largest.

The next challenge was deciding what kind of pompom should adorn my new hat. I had an idea of making a giant rainbow pompom (see this post for more details) but I was unhappy about the idea of using up all of my remnants (I actually had enough for another Shore Street if I wanted).

I did end up making the pompom, but probably should have listened to my gut feeling that the colours weren’t quite right together. I might switch out for a plain yellow pompom one day, but wearing as is for now and I think it looks pretty cute.

An advantage of the extra size is that it fits all my hair!

 

Yarn: Leftovers of Baa Ram Ewe Titus and Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight

  • Main colour- Endeavour
  • Red, orange, blue- Gobstoppers
  • Yellow- J&S 91 Pumpkin
  • Green- J&S 11FC

Pattern: Sraid A’ Chladaich (Shore Street) by Kate Davies

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