Fixing a Mistake :(

So… I was wrong. Ignoring that fact that people probably shouldn’t give advice unless they really know the answer, I realised the day after I posted that my Vikkel Braid was wrong. I put the shawl on the naughty step, and took a couple of days to convince myself that fixing it was the right thing to do, and here it is:


It’s not a huge difference, but I would have hated to leave it and carry on. Never mind, I think it looks great now, and I’m loving how some of the others are turning out too.

I haven’t got any more Seadragonus to show you, (though I have finished turning the heel and decreasing) but I am working on a little something else which is quite exciting; two pattern tests! Just a sneak peek for today :)



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Stitch marker tutorial


I’ve got an update for later, but I HAD to share this excellent stitch marker tutorial with you all. Even for jewellery making newbs like myself this makes the process look pretty easy!

Originally posted on Crafty Tails:

Stitch markers 125Before I started knitting I used to make jewellery. Pretty rudimentary stuff – nothing complicated. In the same way that I love the colours and textures of yarn, I love the colours and textures of beads too and amassed a small-ish stash. In a recent post I shared photos of my stitch markers.

Stitch markers 161These stitch markers are really straight forward to make and give you pretty much instant gratification. Above you can see how I set up my work station (coffee table) before getting started. Clockwise from top left I have my crimping pliers, a selection of beads that I want to use, tigertail wire, a bowl for the finished markers, a bowl for the ends to be discarded and a wire cutter, which in this case is a flat nosed pliers with a wire cutter.

I actually bought the tigertail wire a few years ago without realising what it…

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Quickie Update


The Seadragonus Sock was released two days ago, and though I’m joining in with the KAL, starting in September, I decided to get a head start on the first pair, as I’m making matching ones for me and Litt’lun. I got this far tonight, and hope to finish the first one tomorrow. Sorry about the picture quality, the light is awful in here (which is incidentally also the reason I’ve stopped knitting it for the night). Check out the designers blog post (and much nicer pictures) Here.

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*Spoiler Alert!* Clue 1 of Family Tree Shawl


Clue One Completed! I am loving the look so far, and I’m really pleased with the colour choice, they grey is a nice cool complement to the variegated pinky purples, and I’m sure it’s going to work well together as long as I keep my tension under control. The main ting to watch out for is that the Noro is very curly with little bounce and the Drops Baby Merino is super bouncy. So far though the fluffy property that the baby merino has (which is common in a lot of cheaper merino yarns) actually complements the Noro as I hoped it might. So that’s all good.

A couple of things I will say as far as the pattern is concerned:

The Vikkel Braid instructions are a bit confusing. You are directed to an online video and from the webpage, it’s not actually super clear which video you are meant to watch, but the one I watched indicated that you should knit each colour into the same colour from the braid set-up. From reading the KAL thread, I gathered that you are actually meant to knit into the alternating colours. This isn’t clear on the pattern sadly.

Also, I was very confused by the colour descriptions, as the pattern refers to MC and CC and also Background Colour, Colour A and Colour B. It’s fairly intuitive, but I do like these things to be really clear in patterns or I worry that I’ve gotten them the wrong way around.

All in all, I’m really enjoying the pattern so far, and my niggles are fairly small, bearing in mind that all my questions were answered in the KAL thread. I’m really looking forward to Friday!

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A Tentative FO and an Experimental MKAL

This morning I finished knitting this:


In case you are wondering, I based the image on Little Man’s favourite character from a family favourite, ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’. The titular characters mascot, a sarcastic black cat is called JiJi, and we love him, so this jumper has been a big hit. I used Rowan Big Wool from a sale (ages ago) at my LYS, and some Rico Eco Chunky (doubled up, as it’s really more of an aran weight) from my stash, so it’s been quite the stash buster. I used this pattern as a base, though the gauge changed, I knitted the sleeves in the round, changed the neckline shaping and finishing completely, and knitted some ribbing around the hemline. It’s fairly different I think.

My favourite of the Birthstone Shawls, another series from Fiddle Knits.

So, my next project is the Family Tree Shawl, by Fiddle Knits as part of the You & I Shawl series. I finished my Catkin some time ago, and am really enjoying my textural shawls at the moment so when I saw this I was pretty excited to see what the MKAL would bring.


The yarns I’ve chosen I’m a little tentative about, as they are very different. It’s Drops Baby Merino in Grey, and a lovely skein of Noro Sock (which was, as ever, hell to wind). The first clue came out yesterday, -and it was very hard to soldier on with the jumper and wait to cast on, but I’m going to do so now I’ve finished something and can justify it. Wish me luck!

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Sneak Peek: Fall/Winter ’14 Atmosphere


What a great look into the photoshoot process for hand knit design. Really interesting, and what a collection!

Originally posted on berroco design studio:

While fall weather is (thankfully) still a few months away, the time to talk fall knitting is now! We’re just a week away from officially unveiling our new collection for Fall/Winter ’14. Can’t wait that long? Here’s what you need to know…

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Summer Begins!

So the fashion show is over, GFW has been visited, and I’ve been knitting like crazy on some hobby projects to get my summer started. Just a peek for now, but tomorrow I’ll be bringing you pictures from the show and GFW, plus over the weekend I’ll be showing you pics of my recent FO’s, final year collection inspi and Graduate Fashion Week, yeah! For now though, here’s a pic of my Camp Loopy yarn, which I’m running a little behind with Casting on for.


It’s Madelinetosh Merino Light, a yarn I have been lusting after FOREVER!!! Loopy Ewe’s Camp Loopy does a discount week for their summer camp, and it was the perfect opportunity to give the yarn, and this project a go at long last. It’s a US shop, but they were extremely helpful in getting my order sorted despite an embarrassing techie mistake on my part. I’ll do a post on my inspiration and how I’m getting along very soon. Xxx

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