A friend asked me to knit this lovely vintage-style headband. The pattern called for DK yarn and my friend wanted it in dark red so I chose Drops Karisma, shade 48 Wine Red. This gorgeous yarn is 100% suoerwash wool and costs only £2 for 50g. It was an easy knit – the mainContinue reading »
As I mentioned in my last post, my weekend project was to make a pair of Elfie slippers in Drops Big Delight. The knitting part was quick and easy – just garter stitch and the finished slipper looks like this: It was hard to believe that this would become anything resembling a foot shape andContinue reading »
I love the versatility of sock yarn and think it is perfect for making baby clothes and blankets. The colours change as if by magic and the finished items make unique gifts for cherished babies. My current work in progress is a mitred square baby blanket knitted in Opal Rainforest XI, shade 8973. IContinue reading »
The Produce Show is an annual event in my village that enables locals to showcase home-grown and home-made produce. Although we are only a small village, the show is very well supported with lots of entries. There are over 65 classes covering vegetables, fruit, flowers, baking, preserves, wines and spirits and photographs. There isContinue reading »
As England are poised to win the Ashes, it seems fitting to talk about cricket today. I must admit to a total failure to understand all the rules but I get the general idea and have watched matches at the Oval and Headingley. Well, to be honest, I mean watched in the broadest sense ofContinue reading »
The weather certainly wasn’t on our side when we drove through the pouring rain to Ampthill in Bedfordshire on Friday evening. We were heading in convoy to Redborne Community College for Fibre East – I was driving the transit van full of wool and John was driving ‘Snowy’ (our camper van and my home forContinue reading »
I love the fact that are so many fabulous knitting and crafting shows in the UK. I can’t get to Woolfest this weekend as I’m going hiking in Derbyshire with a group of girlfriends. Well, I say hiking – the plan is that we will walk 10 miles on Saturday and 12 miles on SundayContinue reading »
As soon as the sun comes out, I start thinking about how nice it would be to get away for a few days in our trusty old motor home. However, I can’t drag myself away from the shop for a wee while yet so I’ve done the next best thing and knitted a campervan cushion.Continue reading »
Once again Innocent and Age UK have teamed up to raise money to help keep older people warm this winter. The call is out to knit mini hats for innocent smoothie bottles. Age UK get 25p for every be-hatted bottle sold. The money raised goes to help make winter warmer for old people – providingContinue reading »
To celebrate Burns Night I have just finished knitting some kilt socks for John. Actually, they were supposed to be for Christmas but I got side-tracked with other projects so tying them in with Burns Night seems like a reasonable excuse (to me anyway!)
I bought the wool on a trip to Inverness because I had been searching for a pattern for kilt socks for a while and this wool came with a free pattern. The pattern, originally hand-written on brown paper, was found in a knitting bag in a house sale. An old receipt showed that is was from the Scottish Western Isles and the date on the receipt was 1937. There was no name to put to the pattern but it was obviously a pattern for ‘stockings’ for the whole family with instruction for infant, child and adult sizes.
The socks are knitted from the cuff-down on double-pointed needles. The cuff is knitted and then turned inside out by pushing it through the middle of the needles so that the wrong side is facing before continuing with the leg. I found the only way I could make this work was to push the cuff through the needles and then knit in the other direction but maybe that was just me.
The socks did seem to take forever but I’m pleased with the end result. I think John will probably wear them under motorcycle boots rather than with a kilt (he’s wears tartan ‘trews’ when he’s in formal Scottish dress) but, nevertheless it seems fitting to finish knitting a bit of Scottish history on Robert Burns’ birthday.
In his poem, Tam o’Shanter, Burns writes:
But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed, Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white – then melts forever
One of the things I love about knitting is that the pleasure involved is more long-lasting than this. Well, most of the time anyway; I’ve had some projects – often abandoned before completion – that have provided very little, if any, pleasure at all. For the most part though, I get pleasure from the actual knitting, a sense of achievement at finishing the project and the enjoyment of seeing someone else appreciate the end result.
What have you most enjoyed knitting and why?