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I lost steam on my knitting again after getting near the end of my Wowligan. That  project is on my summer to-do list, so hopefully I’ll get around to finishing off the button bands in the next couple of weeks.

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I’ve got a couple of summer trips coming up where it will be nice to have a fairly straightforward project along with me. Something that caught my eye immediately was this beautiful Wonder Woman shawl. I’m not especially into comic books but I am into bold, graphic designs and getting more red into my wardrobe. I picked up some yarn on the Love Knitting website but the red was completely the wrong colour. I decided to finally head to I Knit London, which is currently my LYS, to pick up a suitably cartoonish shade.

I’ve been aware of IKL since my days as a fledgling knitter, when I accompanied them to Camp Bestival to volunteer in their tent one summer. It was good to finally get a chance to visit the store just eight short years later (seriously where does the time go?). I’ve got to say that I liked IKL. Gerard dyes his own yarns and I will definitely have to go back as his speckled wool would make a great jumper. I still have a speckled Humboldt sweater in mind.

Anyway, I picked up some red- a bit more cherry than I would have liked, but I couldn’t be bothered to trek to another yarn store. I had some fun using the swift and ball-winder to wind the yarn, helped by the ladies in the knitting group that was running when I visited. I hate hand-winding so much, it was great to be able to skip that step and be left with a professional-looking yarn cake.

So far the knitting on this pattern has been going well. I’m really enjoying the fact that this project is mindless enough for me to work on while I finally catch up on Game of Thrones. I didn’t get a chance to watch series 5 or 6 (though I did read the books a few years ago) and I’ve been loving bingeing them. The other advantage of knitting is that it stops me from checking my phone and therefore missing bits of the action.

It’s not that easy to get a decent picture because of how the shawl is constructed, but here’s how it’s looking so far. You can see that the W shape is starting to emerge.

Pattern: Wonder Woman Wrap (FREE on Ravelry)

Yarn: 1 skein each Ella Rae Lace Merino (Pineapple Soda) and Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply (Kiss)

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I’ve called these the Loud and Proud socks on Ravelry because of the fabulous colour scheme of this yarn. The pattern is called Marmolejo, and it’s good in that it’s free but not the best sock pattern I’ve used otherwise. I chose it because I wanted to knit a contrasting heel, which looks best when knit as an afterthought.


I’ve never tried this type of heel before. I don’t think it fits as tightly as a turned heel but apparently it means you can replace it if it wears out. Here are some pics showing how it’s knit.




I felt like I should offer my mum something nice for Christmas this year. Our relationship hasn’t been the easiest over the years but it’s in a pretty good place now. What better to mark that than a hand knitted present? Mum requested socks in her favourite colour and I scoured Ravelry for a suitable pattern. I’ve always made socks in stocking stitch in the past (appropriate) but found that they can get stretched out and baggy. So I wanted something ribbed. There’s something about ribbing that’s quite annoying. It’s such a useful pattern for keeping things flat yet stretchy, but the extra element of concentration required to move the yarn between knits and purls irks me. When I found the pattern for these Nemesis socks, I thought the garter rib might be a nice compromise. And since it’s on Knitty, it’s a free pattern (bonus). Here’s how they turned out.


The eagle-eyed among you may notice that the socks are a little baggy on me because mum’s feet are a couple of sizes bigger than mine.

I’m very pleased with how they turned out. I used Wool and the Gang 100% Baby Alpaca, which is the softest and snuggliest yarn I’ve ever worked with. It makes for lovely thick house socks. I just hope they won’t wear out too quickly. For anyone who wants to see a speeded-up depiction of the sock construction process, check out this GIF. Most edifying, even if I do say so myself. Overall, I would definitely recommend this pattern. The socks took about 3 weeks to make, working between 1 and 2 hours per day on very small needles.

Just to clarify, this is the name of the pattern rather than the recipient. Although I was reading something about considering the meaning behind the patterns we crafters choose and it’s interesting that for many years I probably did consider my mother my nemesis. Anyway, this is a beautiful pattern that does require more concentration than your standard sock but I think it’s worth it.

I’ve done a little messing with the pattern. I really like satin stitch for my heels because it seems much more durable so I did sl1p1 on the WS of the heel flap rather than P. It did alter the texture of the pattern a bit but I don’t think a non-knitter would notice.