Two at a time!

It’s two things, on the same needle, being knitted at the same time! (I may be unreasonably excited about this.) I’ve wanted to learn how to knit two-at-a-time for a while now. Since I seem to have turned into a sock knitter (and designer) despite my early reservations, the idea of being to knit two identical… Continue reading Two at a time!

Once in a lifetime*

164,000 stitches + 1500m of silk thread + 350 hours of work = one cobweb-weight wedding veil and a delighted bride. I’m so pleased with how this turned out. It was an insane amount of work and it isn’t perfect but it is beautiful and everything I hoped it would be. Remember those stitch patterns… Continue reading Once in a lifetime*

Under pressure

There are approximately 11 days, 23 hours and 18 minutes until my sister’s wedding. The ivory-coloured blob in the picture below is intended to be her veil. In theory, there are the equivalent of about 14 rows of knitting left to do including the cast-off which, at the speed I’ve been averaging on this project, is about 12 hours of… Continue reading Under pressure

Farewell, ’14

It’s hard to believe that this is only my second post of the year. I have three or four posts sitting in draft from throughout the year about things that I’ve been up to: a new sock design; some embroidery inspired by a day trip to Culross Palace; new recipes using the fruit from the garden (including… Continue reading Farewell, ’14

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Easy like Sunday morning

I enjoyed a thoroughly domestic Sunday morning this morning. Not pictured: my cup of coffee and a plate of crusty bread spread with home-made elderberry jam. Today is my last day of a week’s holiday before going back to work tomorrow and I’m squeezing in as much relaxation as is possible. My day-job got particularly… Continue reading Easy like Sunday morning

Indie Design Gift-a-long and pattern sale

Apparently, there are people out there who are already contemplating their Christmas shopping and crafting (not me — I’m in total denial about the fact that it’s already November). So, a group of independent designers decided to get together and help make Christmas knitting and crocheting a bit more fun and exciting! The fun comes… Continue reading Indie Design Gift-a-long and pattern sale

Glasgow School of Yarn 2013

It was the Glasgow School of Yarn this weekend and as usual it was chock-full of interesting classes, beautiful yarn and lovely people. I attended the Two-handed Colourwork class taught by Jon of Easyknits. I originally learnt to knit English-style but I’ve been meaning to learn Continental for a while. The class was great. Jon… Continue reading Glasgow School of Yarn 2013

Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness – part II

In spite of the time and effort involved (and the number of jars and bottles that I’ve ended up buying!) it seems I may have gotten a little carried away with the idea of harvesting and using produce from our garden, since I found myself last weekend picking rosehips and elderberries as well. These are… Continue reading Season of mist and mellow fruitfulness – part II