Spontaneous Snowflake Cast-on

It must have been the sudden drop in the outdoor temperature that made me want to cast on a pair of warm mitts this week – it’s not as if I haven’t got several WIPs on the go already ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m using King Cole Masham DK for the cream base, and Drops Lima for the contrast green, and it seems to be working well so far. However, I am running a very real risk of not having enough green yarn, as the ball was a left-over from a previous project and only weighed 45 grams, so it’s a bit of a gamble!

The pattern is Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer, and uses a stranded knitting technique to create a snowflake design on the back and a small diamond pattern on the palm.

I have finished the body of the first mitt, and will make the thumb when I know how much (if any!) green wool I have left after working the second mitt.

At the halfway point, the scales suggest I will have enough green for the main body of the second mitt, and hopefully there will be a little left over for a touch of colour on the thumbs … Plan B will be plain cream thumbs, or who knows, even a surprise third colour for added impact! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m enjoying the pattern so far – well-written with clear charts and helpful explanations – and I’m pleased with the tension and sizing too.

What are you working on this week? I’d love to hear about it!

Have a lovely week!

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Just knitting in the rain

The heavens opened today …

… so I was grateful to have my knitting with me while I waited for 10 minutes in the car park …

It is a shawl based onย Louise Tilbrook’s 4 ply Fuss-Free Festival Shawlย pattern, except I’m using Sirdar’s Sylvan yarn, which is very soft and described as “a thick and thin chunky yarn” so I’m using 6.5 mm needles.

I love the colour and the texture, and it’s a lovely warm project to knit on a cold, rainy day!

Have you knitted in the car this week? I’d love to hear about it!

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Hand-spun Surprise

A kind friend made my day by gifting me this fabulous hand-spun yarn ย this week – the photos don’t do it justice!

It is merino and silk, and appears to be an aran weight, although I’ll only know for sure when I do a tension square or swatch. The skein weighs 75g and I estimate the meterage as 120 metres. The slightly rustic texture means it will be perfect for mitts or a hat … Ravelry here I come!

I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Wishing you a lovely weekย ๐Ÿ˜€

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Hold the DPN!

I managed for years without this knitting gadget, and now it’s an essential part of my kit … I hadn’t known what I was missing!

It’s a DPN Holder, to keep stitches safe on double pointed needles while in storage or in transit. Ideal for travel knitting, and this size is perfect for socks.

I bought this cheerful design fromย Atomic Knittingย at Wonderwool Wales a few years ago and it is surprisingly robust. A useful buy!

Are there any knitting gadgets that you can’t live without? I’d love to hear about them!

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Beautiful Blue

Hello!

What do you think of this week’s inspiration?

This photo – no filter – captures the ornate metalwork that greets visitors at the main entrance to Hanbury Hall, showcased here against a cloudless blue sky.

I was inspired by the stunning aerial colour, by the intricate scrollwork design, by the sunshine on the historic brickwork … and of course by the inverted shawl shape ๐Ÿ˜€

What has inspired you this week? I’d love to hear about it!

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Mugs!

I’ve been cleaning out my cupboards and finding new homes for anything that I haven’t used in a while …

These mugs have a lovely Celtic knot designs which remind me of knitted cables!

They were a holiday purchase some years ago, as I liked the design and wanted to support the local business. But … they are relatively small (9 cm tall) and are always overlooked in favour of larger tea-holding vessels, so I think it is time for them to move on to someone who will love them and actually use them. Into the charity shop box ๐Ÿ˜€

As a final musing … Is it coincidence that ‘knot’ and ‘knit’ are such similar words? Finding these mugs has set me thinking ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll look into it. In the meantime, I know some of you are knowledgable wordsmiths – can you help?

Now, is it time to put the kettle on? ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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Inspired by a day out

When you’re feeling a bit jaded, a day out with friends can lift your spirits and rekindle your creative inspiration!

Here are some of the things that made me think of knitting and got those creative juices flowing again …

Hand carved scroll decoration

Hand carved bench

Book accompanying the William de Morgan exhibition

Original fireplace tiles, such depth of colour

Structural shapes and stunning autumn colour

Tiger stripes! Marmalade the Cutest Cat

Gorgeous hand-knitted sweater, echoing the cable plait

A lovely day out!

Where have you been this week that has inspired you? I’d love to hear about it!

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Knitworthy – the sequel

Having recentlyย posted about the concept of being Knitworthy,ย I began to wonder if there was a similar term relating to other crafts …

How about crochet and candle-making?

I’m grateful to have been given these lovely hand-crafted items by two generous and talented friends. But Candleworthy? Crochetworthy? Doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Maybe a generic term of “Craftworthy” is the solution … Does such a word already exist? Or do you know of a suitable alternative?

I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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Wonder Web

This wonderful web was shimmering in this morning’s mist – a work of art, combining skill and dedication, and producing a piece with a practical purpose …

Echoes of knitting? We might not be able to compete with the talented spider, but we can certainly be inspired by her!

What has made you think of knitting while you’ve been out and about this week? I’d love to hear about it!

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We have Cast-Off!

Today I’m happy to be sharing a Finished Object with you ๐Ÿ˜€

Remember the camel 4-ply from my deep stash?

It had been passed over and ignored so many times, yet had survived periodic clear-outs, so perhaps it was just waiting for the right moment to shine?

Thanks to Ravelry, Iย decided on Baileys Irish Cream by Thea Colman, aka BabyCocktailsย andย cast on straightaway.

Fast forward a few weeks … With just 12 grams spare, it is now complete!

I’m relieved and pleased in equal measure – so while the joy of a successful cast-off is still fresh in my mind, I’m off to see what else I can find in my stash!

Have you experienced the joy of casting off a project this week? I’d love to hear about it!

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