Knitting

Build your own jumper

I think it might be interesting to expand upon my plans for the Coconut Ice jumper and explain how I use the elements in the book One Thousand Sweaters by Amanda Griffiths to "build" a sweater. First, a bit about the book. It is spiral bound and the pattern pages are split in two horizontally… Continue reading Build your own jumper

Knitting · Reading

Of wool and words

Mid-week brought with it a couple of new adventures. I picked up a book that's been patiently awaiting a re-read for more than 20 years, and I started a new jumper. The moment I decided to combine the pink wool with leftovers from previous cream jumpers, I knew that I would be referring to this… Continue reading Of wool and words

Knitting

Every one’s a winner, baby

Yippee!! The Heather Slope Rib Sweater is finished!! Astonishingly, given my history with this wool, I really like the finished product. I think that is a strong indication of just how good this pattern is. I've found over the years that it is very hard to come up with a version which falls short of… Continue reading Every one’s a winner, baby

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Off the slopes

Don't worry, I haven't been skiing, it's just that I've completed all of the sloping ribs on the Slope Rib Sweater and am now onto the finishing straight. I've paused at the point where I will begin the neck shaping, but I intend to get that done today and perhaps have the whole sweater completed… Continue reading Off the slopes

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Mad March hares along

I'm not a fan of knit-alongs, but if I was I would be one hundred percent keen on taking part in something called the MadMarchHares-Along. Just a random thought. If you run knit-alongs yourself, please feel free to use that next year. However, my title actually refers to the fact that the Slope Rib Sweater… Continue reading Mad March hares along

Knitting

Make it easy on yourself

During the past week I've made a couple of changes to how I was working the Slope Rib Sweater, with an eye to making the process more enjoyable. You can see both of them in the above photo - wooden needles and a bit of scrap wool. I like to live at the cutting edge… Continue reading Make it easy on yourself

Knitting

Under-inspiring

I'm going to apologise in advance because I think this might be a slightly underwhelming blog post. That said, I don't expect you generally visit with high hopes for earth-shattering marvels... there are limits to just how exciting knitting and ink are ever going to be, after all. I have succeeded in completing the second… Continue reading Under-inspiring

Fashion · Knitting · Stationery · Vintage · Wardrobe

Every day’s a school day

I was pretending again on Friday, but there's a lot to be learned through playing make-believe. On the most practical level, I pretended to be at the coffee shop, lapping up the ambient noise, with my laptop and my cereal bar and my Espresso House coffee flask providing those Scandinavian coffee chain vibes. It wasn't… Continue reading Every day’s a school day

Knitting · Kojak

Come back, Kojak, all is forgiven

I have a finished object! See - here I am wearing it. Isn't it super? I love it! There's a couple of things I'd do differently if I made it again: most importantly, I would probably use a size smaller needles to give the fabric a slightly denser texture, but all in all I'm really… Continue reading Come back, Kojak, all is forgiven