Category Archives: On The Needles

I’m Back! With a Sheep!


Hi everyone!  It’s been a while since I blogged, life has got a bit mad recently!  And I didn’t have any anti-virus on my computer so had to wait until I got some more.  Been visiting family, working, but finally got time to take some photos and show you what I’ve been up to!

Firstly, I’ve been experimenting with yarn wrapping.  I made a sheep!:

So art isn’t exactly my strong point… but I like the way the yarn looks.  I also made a picture:

I left off the glass from the frame (actually it was only plastic so I just wrapped around it – maybe don’t do this with glass), I think the added texture makes it a bit different.  I am also making a yarn wreath but haven’t finished it yet, will take a photo when I have!  I think I could get into this yarn wrapping thing!

Never fear, I have been knitting as well!  I started a hat and a cowl, not matching.  Here’s the hat:

It’s from this pattern.  I didn’t start it for any particular person, it was just I needed a simple knit for a long car journey, same with the cowl – I’ll take a photo of that for you in the next few days.  But you can never have too many warm clothes!  Unless you live in the Sahara, I suppose!

And now I’ll leave you with some pictures of my flowers:

Aren’t they pretty?!  Happy Knitting!

Been sewing some yo-yos


It’s been a while since I’ve posted, life has suddenly got a bit mad!  So, the jumper is still going..!  I’ve needed something quick and easy to do to compensate for the slow progress of the jumper, and so I’ve been doing some sewing.  This was triggered by the fact that I have completely sorted through my bedroom, and let me tell you, it looks like a palace!  A quite small palace, I’ll admit, but I really like being in there now because it’s so tidy and relaxing.  So, I decided it needed things on the walls, so I have started to make a wall hanging.  Out of my old pyjamas.  Well, they had shrunk so much they were unwearable, and I liked the pattern.  This led me to dig out other old clothes that are not fit for anyone to wear, even in bed.  I found a red t-shirt.  And further digging has thrown up a purple nighty I had when I was 15 with ‘night party’ written on it.., and some black velvet left over from some trouser legs.  Here are some of the yo-yos I have made out of the pyjamas and t-shirt:

I’m going to sew them together into a heart-shape for my wall, and if I have any left over I will make matching cushion  covers.  I have quite a lot already – 29 –  and that’s only from the pyjama top and t-shirt, I haven’t started on the trousers or other fabrics yet.  Lots to do!  More knitting updates over the next few days!

Back to the knitting and a new book


Well, I’m back in Manchester after having a lovely week in Ireland.  I’m going back to Belfast in a week for two days (work though, not a holiday this time!) so any crochet pattern recommendations would be much appreciated!  It’s lovely being back with my knitting, though!  I’ve been slaving away at the Frilly Jumper since getting back, and am over halfway there.  It’s not much to look at at the moment though, so I’m going to post a picture of  my latest purchase instead:

The background is the Frilly Jumper.  I got this brooch in St George’s Market in Belfast.  It’s a bit chipped, but I think that adds to its charm, and it was only £3!  However, I now really want another one, so I hope this doesn’t start to turn into some kind of collection!  I think it will go with my jumper, though, when it’s eventually finished!

I also bought a book which I thought I’d tell you about.  It’s The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe.  It’s great!  I’ve been flicking through it, and it has so many tips and tricks for beginning and more experienced knitters.  I’ve even learnt a new casting-on technique (I never, somehow, learnt the loop cast-on), and I recommend it to every knitter and aspiring knitter!  I’m certainly going to be referring to the Finishing section when I’m sewing up my jumper.  The sections are: Casting On, The Basics, Binding Off, Tools, Yarn, Reading Patterns, Pattern Stitches, Circular Knitting, Colo(u)r, Shaping, Fitting, Finishing and Embellishments.  So it really does seem to cover everything!  I’ll be back later this week with some pics of the jumper, hopefully.

More Socks


Artichoke Socks on the needles at the moment:

I think they’re turning out quite nicely.  The yarn is Wendy Happy, I’m hoping this time that they won’t grow as much as the last ones I did in that yarn, the patterns seems to be a bit tighter so we will have to see.

Unfortunately, since I took these photos my knitting needle has snapped, so these are going to be on the back burner until I can sort it out!  I’m hoping it can be a repair job with superglue and I won’t have to buy a new needle as these ones aren’t the cheapest.  However, they are brilliant needles, they’re Knit-Pros and there is no snagging over the join so I would fork out for another set if I had to!  I think these are the 2.25mm ones, but I also have a 2.5mm set for socks.  Oh well, wish me luck!

Frilly Jumper


I’m in the process of making the Frilly Jumper from Jane Waller and Susam Crawford’s A Stitch in Time and I love how it’s coming out.  It’s a simple knit, and I think the effect is very pretty.  Here it is reclining on the sofa:

And here is a close-up of some of the stitch-work.  It’s from recycled yarn so I’m  glad it’s turning out so well.