Category Archives: Workshop

Knitting and Tippling Again!

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To all you Mancunians,

Don’t forget that the Knit and Tipple is happening this Sunday at half three again, this time we’re taking a look at lace!  £7 in if you byo yarn and needles.  See you there!

I’m Back! With a Sheep!

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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!

A pair of coasters to make: another free pattern

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Another pattern, just for you guys beginning to learn how to knit.  These coasters are simple, but cute!  And they make great presents.  They use simple stitch patterns in knit and purl and the pattern is easy to follow.

Honeycomb/Mini Basketweave Coaster

Materials: 4.5mm needles (4mm or 5mm would also work)

Oddment of DK acrylic

Cast on 16 stitches

Row 1 and 2: (k2,p2) repeat til end

Row 3 and 4: (p2,k2) repeat til end

Repeat these four rows these rows 10 times until you have 24 rows.

Bind off in pattern, weave in ends.

Basketweave Coaster

Materials: 4.5mm needles (4mm or 5mm would also work)

Oddment of DK acrylic

Cast on 16 stitches

Row 1 – 4: (k4,p4) repeat til end

Row 5 – 8: (p4,k4) repeat til end

Repeat these eight rows these rows twice more until you have 24 rows.

Bind off in pattern, weave in ends.

For detailed pattern terminology, I have gone through a pattern in detail in a post from a few days ago.  Happy knitting!

 

 

New Pattern: Cabled Headband

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Here we go, a new pattern.  I’m going to call this the 80’s throw-back cabled headband.  But I love it!

Pattern:

3mm needles

100g dk acrylic (you won’t need the whole ball)

some seed beads or other trimming

Gauge: Not important

Cast on 16 stitches

Row 1 RS: K2, P3, K6, P3, K2

Row 2 WS: K5, P6, K5

Row 3: K2, P3, K6, P3, K2

Row 4: K5, P6, K5

Row 5: K2, P3, Slip next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit the next three stitches off the original needle, and knit the stitches off the cable needle, P3, K2

Row 6: K5, P6, K5

Keep repeating this six-row pattern until the headband is long enough to fit your head.  Afterwards, either cast off and sew some elastic onto the bottom, or do what I did and add a little stockinette stitch band after you have finished the cable pattern.  Bind off and sew ends of strip together.  Embellish with seed beads or other trimmings.  Tada!  To get an idea of the size of this headband I am wearing it in the workshop photos a couple of posts down.  This is not an ear warming headband, it’s more decrative.  It could easily be made an ear warmer by going up to 7mm needles and using a bulky yarn.

If you have stumbled here because you want an easy cable pattern but don’t want to make a headband, this could easily be turned into a mobile phone cover.  Just increase the amount of purl stitches either side of the cable stitches so it is as wide as your phone, sew a strip so that it is long enough to be seamed up and create a sleeve for your phone.  Enjoy!

What do you want to knit?

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An update on the jumper – getting there!  If only it wasn’t the same colour as the carpet, though!  Anyway,  I have a question for all you lovely folks that read my blog: I’m going to be developing some patterns over the next couple of weeks, what would you like to learn to knit?  I have plans for a Missoni-inspired cowl, some coasters, and of course a phone cozy.  Any burning desires to knit something different?  Let me know!

Knit and Tipple, and some lovely soft yarn

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Well, I hope everyone has recovered from the workshop on Sunday!  I certainly had fun!  The lovely ladies that came gave us permission to take some photos, so here is one of all of us (thanks to Ruth for being the photographer):

And another shot of some very fast-looking knitting:

Hehe, speedy knitters!  We learnt casting on, knitting, purling and casting off, and other people also learnt pattern reading basics and new knitting stitch patterns.  Good news: there will be another one!  Date yet to be announced.  We’ll be doing more advanced pattern reading in that one, keep your eyes peeled on here for some more free patterns being posted…

Update on the jumper situation: I think I’m 3/4 the way there with the Frilly Jumper.  And from the pink jumper I unravelled I got 950 metres of this:

Unfortunately it’s not quite enough for the jumper I wanted to do, which requires around 1300 metres, so I’m on the look out for another pattern.  It’s lovely yarn though, really floaty soft, can’t wait to knit with it!

Spring is here! And so is some more yarn…

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Well, today is turning out to be a good day!  For a start, look what we have growing!

Aren’t they just stunning?  I turned up a bit early for my teaching this morning so went for a walk in the Marie Louise Gardens.  Everything is really beautiful there at the moment, but the spring flowers there are mainly over, so it’s lovely to have some of these growing just outside my living-room window.  Also, somebody seems to have stolen a sundial from the Marie Louise Gardens.  I’m assuming it’s just for scrap metal, but what a real shame.

So, on my way back from teaching, I just *happened* to go into a few charity shops, and may have *accidently* bought another jumper for yarn… ahem.  Well, it was only £4!

It’s an acrylic, wool and angora blend and is really soft, so was definitely a bargain!  And because of that big turtle-neck and long sleeves I can definitely get another jumper out of it.

It’s a bit pinker than you can see in these photos, I really like it.  I think it’s a DK, I’ll let you know when I have unravelled it.  I have to go into town now to get some supplies for the workshop on Sunday, so I’ll deal with this jumper next week, I think.