Frankie’s Blankie: a great project for 2018

The fact that I have got several works-in-progress on my needles and hooks hasn’t stopped me embarking on another year-long project. This one is a lovely sampler blanket, designed by Frankie Brown. I was initially drawn to the project by its name ‘Frankie’s Blankie’, as my youngest niece is also called Frankie, but on reading

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Hitofude Cardigan

I have just finished knitting the Hitofude Cardigan, designed by Hiroko Fukatsu. Hitofude means a single brush stroke in Japanese and this open front cardigan is worked in one ‘yarn stroke’ – one continuous strand without breaking the yarn. The yarn stroke starts with the upper body and sleeves worked together in a rectangular piece,

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On with the old…..

there is an old superstition amongst Gansey knitters that if a Gansey is not finished by midnight on 31 December it needs to be unravelled and left for a year otherwise it will bring bad luck to the wearer. I’m very relieved that this diesn’t apply more generally to knitting and crocheting as my tendency

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I must go down to the sea again….

I grew up living by the coast in the north east of England and, now that I live in the Midlands, probably couldn’t be further from the sea if I tried. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the countryside but do miss the sea and the spectacular beaches of our Northumbrian coast. So

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Knitting with Yarn Cakes

Yarn cakes are everywhere these days and are a great way to see all the colours in a variegated yarn – with balls wound in the traditional way you can often only see some of the shades and it can be difficult to see how long between colour changes. Wool Zone now stocks two yarn

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Sockalicious

Calling all sock knitters – March is Sockalicious with a massive 25% off DROPS sock yarns until 31st March. DROPS Fabel is a 4-stranded yarn that is treated to be machine washable. It is available in 3 different types of shades: uni colour, a selection of solid colours; print, where each shade is made of

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Sampler Time

Isn’t it strange how sometimes your projects take on a similar theme? My theme this week is sampling different stitches. Last week I wanted to start a stash-busting project and was delighted to find the Peeping Cowl, designed by Joji Locatelli, on Ravelry.  It is a lovely deep cowl, knitted in 4 shades of fingering weight yarn and combines

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To knit or not to knit

That is rarely the question as far as I’m concerned as I’ll knit whenever I get the chance. However, this was the question that was posed last night at the Open Mic night at the Dog and Gun in Keyham. I play bodhran in the Main Street Band and knit whilst listening to the other performers. One of

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Chunky Cable Poncho

Spring weather in the UK can be very unpredictable so I’ve finished this poncho just in time. It’s a great garment for days like today when it feels too warm for a coat but there’s a definite nip in the air when the sun goes in. It has taken me about three weeks from start to

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