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December Knits round-up

While I did not fall for the usual knitted gift madness this year, I have been finishing quite a few knits over the last few weeks including; A boomerang-style scarf for the Small Human, knit in a handspun yarn from stash.
A cardigan for the Small Human, based on Bella by Dani Sunshine & knit in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I omitted the cables & knit garter stitch bands around the yoke in contrast colours, & knit sleeve & body hems in garter stitch. I started knitting multiple colours in each garter stitch band, but decided this was too busy.... once I had finished knitting the body. I ended up ripping & re-knitting just the yoke, bottom up, by fudging a series of decreases as I went.

Another Zapote by Carol Feller.  Knit in Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran
18 month size, intended for my 3 month old nephew with (quite a lot of) room to grow...
Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood by Nancy Bush, knit in Noro Kureyon Sock. started almost a year ago & shoved in…

New pattern: Camden Twist Beanie.

Introducing the Camden Twist Beanie!
The pattern is written in four sizes from Newborn to Child. The hat is knit in the round, bottom up, using set of DPNs or a large circular needle for the magic loop technique. The hat consists of 2x2 ribbing for a stretchy fabric, and features a simple cable.   The pattern includes charted and written cable instructions. Sizes: Newborn, Baby, Toddler, Child. To fit head (35.5, 40.5, 46, 51) cm / (14, 16, 18, 20)” Yarn: Townhouse Yarns' Camden Tweed.  Pictured in ‘Too Rouge”, in the Child size, modelled on 19” head. The pattern requires approximately (85, 108, 132, 160)m / (94, 118, 145, 175) yards 4 ply / fingering weight yarn.
Gauge: 48 st / 42 rows per 10 cm / 4” in 2x2 ribbing, after blocking & relaxed.
Materials: 2.75 mm needles, or size needed to achieve gauge. (A set of DPNs or a large circular needle for the magic loop technique work equally well.) Cable needle or DPN Darning needle  The pattern came about as I was knitting the Camden…

Sparkly Things

I haven't had much knitting to show off lately, but have been working on a variety of sparkly things with the Small Human. She's been recently introduced to the joys of PVA & glitter glue, though most of these projects have involved preparation by me, for the little one to add adornments later.
First up; some tree shapes. I cut triangles of corrugated cardboard & wrapped some deep-stash unloved Noro Kureyon sock yarn around the shapes, with a little glue to hold in place. We then added a few different adornments. Star stickers proved the favourite activity.  
Next, some more tree shapes, cut from 'felt' sheets & stitched with a little wadding in the middle. The Small Human had great fun rooting through the button jar, picking out buttons for me. 
Next, some stars made of lollipop sticks. I assembled the stars, but had plenty of assistance painting a coat of blue poster paint, and then a coat of glitter glue. I hope to hang these near some fairy lights to e…

New Pattern release: Torc Scarf

Introducing the Torc Scarf.  The scarf begins with a gently curving garter stitch section, cast on along the top edge and shaped with short rows. The applied 12x12 stitch reversible cable edging is a reinterpretation of golden torcs on display in the National Museum of Ireland, and included in the book A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.  I've been a little obsessed with the notion of taking inspiration from extraordinary artefacts - high status, highly ornate displays of wealth, that we assume were just for occasional or ceremonial wear - and creating cosy, comforting & wearable accessories for every day use.  This scarf is very, very soft & squishy; definitely one of my cosier knits. It is also reversible. 
The pattern is written in two sizes: The small size measures 140 x 21cm / 55x8" at the widest point, and requires approximately 400 m / 437 yards of DK weight yarn.   It wraps around the neck once with ends to tuck into coats. It is pictured in Hedgehog Fibres M…

Dye experiments

I've been drawn to the idea of dying my own gradient yarns for a while, but was put off by imagined  lengthy & complicated dye sessions involving multiple of re-windings and dye baths. I recently dragged out the dyepot, inspired by this blog post & gave it a whirl. I wound my yarn blanks into very tight little balls, & placed them dry into the dye bath, using Ashford's purple dye. 

Two things that are immediately obvious: the 'purple' is really more a deep pink; and winding into a very tight little ball does not really give a gradient effect. More a graduated speckle on just a little bit of the yarn. The yarn is far too tight & too effective a resist for the dye to soak into the ball. 
I'm happy enough with the results though, especially after re-skeining & over-dyeing the yarn with complementary colours.  These three mini-skeins became pink, & are intended for a jumper for the Small Human. 
And I added a mixture of blue & purple to thi…

New Pattern; Camden Twist Cardigan

Introducing Camden Twist Cardigan! It is written in 6 sizes from 0-3 months to 2 years. It is sized with approximately 2.5 - 5 cm positive ease. It is worked from the top down, with raglan shaping. It features a simple cable design along the front & back of the cardigan. The button & button hole bands are knitted on after. 
The pattern is shown in Townhouse Yarns Camden Tweed in 'Too Rouge' colour way, in the 2 year size. I really enjoyed using this yarn. It is surprisingly soft & springy to knit (compared with how it feels in the skein). The 'Too Rouge' colour way has a wonderful depth & strength of colour typical of Townhouse Yarns.

Sizes: 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24 months, 2 years. Yarn requirements: approximately (100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150)g 4 ply / fingering weight yarn. Gauge: 28 st per 10 cm / 4'' in stocking stitch

Materials: 2.5 mm needle or size needed to achieve gauge. The pattern can be knit with a long circular needle - using magi…

Finished Knit: Zapote

I've just finished a new hoodie for the Small Human. The pattern is Zapote from Carol Feller's book Short Row Knits , & the yarn is Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red, from This is Knit.  The buttons are from fairly recent stash, probably bought in Hickey's. 
I **LOVE** this garment. It is worked from the top town, using short rows to shape the garter stitch hood. The garment features raglan increases at the shoulders, and slipped-stitch i-cord edging along the front.
The garter stitch cuffs can be folded back to allow the all-important growing room. The increases along the sides of the body allow room for nappy bulk in smaller sizes, or for dresses. The garter stitch pockets are perfect for stashing Important Things like pine cones found on walks. The pattern is graded from 6 months to 10 years.

This is the second time I've knit this pattern; I was lucky enough to knit one of the samples that appears in the book, & was itching to knit it again (In Fyberspates Viva…

Finished Knits: Bumble Hats

I've some finished knits to show off! 3 hats for 3 siblings, all are modified versions of TinCanKnits' wonderful pattern Bumble, knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK. With all 3 hats, I added extra length and worked the crown decreases over fewer rows. I knit the two-row stripes version, one each of the baby, toddler and child sizes (pictured right to left). 
The slipped-stitch fabric is very stretchy, which means it should fit little growing heads for a while. This also means that my obliging model could fit all 3 on her head for a photo!
I left off the pom-poms because the added weight tends pull a hat off the child's head; I didn't have a chance to check fit on the children these hats are intended for before handing over these knitted gifts.   I intend to make another version for my own small human with the pom-pom included, as (obviously) I will be able to check that the hat is snug-fitting enough to stay in place with the pom-pom.

I really enjoy browsing TinCanKnits…

Finished Knits round-up

I have been knitting away, but have failed to share any finished objects lately. 
First up, a pair of Ysolda Teague's Wee Envelopes, knitted in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Clotted Cream. The buttons are from stash. I think the darker ones were reclaimed from a pair of combat trousers. The finished garment is very sweet. I find squooshy garter stitch really pleasing for baby knits for its comfort & stretchiness. The pattern is very well written, with an interesting construction, & required just a little attention for the sleeves & yoke. The body section just flies off the needles. These almost matching jumpers will be making their way to two cousins' new babies. The cousins used to dress in matching outfits back in the day!
This hat is based on Woolly Wormheads IGBeanie & is knit using some handspun yarn. (Toddler's choice, it has sparkles - aka angelina!) I changed most of the hat to stocking stitch to try make the most of limited handspun, but this me…

Sculpture in Context 2015

It's Autumn!! Which means; Leaves are turning. The weather is getting colder - knitter season! Sculpture in Context is on display in the Botanic Gardens.  We had a little wander on a recent sunny morning. Here are some of the pieces that really caught our attention.
Another Place by Tara Butler Frey
It Tolls for Thee by Niamh & Brian Synnott  This was our favourite piece. It's really lovely to see something truly interactive in a public setting. 
Flotsam & Jetsam by Verona Stellet
Stalkers in the Midst by Orla Kaminska
Bird Song by Michelle Hannan
Zonitoides Nitidus by Michael C. Keane The Small Human is fascinated, if a little intimated by this piece. It's huge (for a snail).
Untitled by Genevieve Kiely The only yarn I spotted in this year's exhibition ... fun fur. It looks effective hanging  in a glass house though!
Hare Bells, Pond Life & A Nursery for Dandelions by Thomas Wollen
Snail Boy by Barra Cassidy
Gardeners Delight by Alan Boyle This is just a small secti…