#30dayknitchallenge Day 11

Day 11: Do you have a “Knitter Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!

I find this a hard question to answer, there are certainly knitting individuals out there (and groups too) which are admirable, but I think ‘hero’ may be slightly over the top! So in no particular order…

  • Kate Davies I love her patterns, but furthermore I admire the blend of knitting and historical / cultural studies she incorporates into her work. As an academic, I find this approach adds immeasurably to my enjoyment of a project.
  • Wovember / Campaign for Real Wool: Something I really only came to last year, but incredibly interesting.
  • Crazy Sheep Lady: Found this blog a couple of months ago, and I’m hooked. She’s been documenting the surprise arrival and subsequent raising of an out-of-season lamb – now that is dedication!

#30dayknitchallenge Day 10

Day 10: Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

One of my favourite designers is Stephen West. I like the strong geometric shapes and textures which feature in his designs. At last count I’ve knitted about 10 of his shawls, have yarn for another, and have just purchased his new Westy’s Besties KAL which starts on Feburary 8th (Full info can be found via the Westy’s Besties Ravelry Group).


#30dayknitchallenge Day 8

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

Hmm… tough question to answer. I have a few projects which are challenging in their own ways. Probably the most was Nightsongs. I had never knitted lace before and ran into every type of issue I could manage, I couldn’t follow charts at this point, so had to use an uncharted version and also ran short of yarn and had to customise the edging.

FO: Abalone

The first finished object from February! Abalone, a shrug-like cardigan. Originally the pattern was written as a bottom-up pattern. But me being me, I reversed it and made it top-down. I blogged about this already – including the rather unfortunate mistake which was thankfully easily rectified. It still needs blocking, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

I used some yarn which I’ve had in stash for some time. I purchased the Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica back in 2009. It got knitted up into a jumper (Ski Lodge Scoop). Then I lost weight, that jumper became too big, so it got frogged and this has been waiting to be reknitted for some time. It is fabulous yarn, and has stood up to being knitted, worn, frogged and reknitted really well. Quite an economical purchase in some respects! I was also able to spit-splice the separate balls of yarn back together, so there were not too many ends to sew in.

From my Ravelry Project Page – My Modifications and Notes


  • Knitting this top down.
  • Adding set-in sleeves (using top down short row sleeve method).
  • Switched to 5.5mm needles – fabric looks better at that tension.

Fronts: Provisionally cast on 15 stitches, knitted in stockinette, slipping 1st stitch for 7.5”. Then increased 1 stitch on one side only three times on right on knit rows only. 18 stitches total. Repeated for left front, increasing on left-hand side. Slipped live stitches on holder.

Back: Unpicked provisional cast on left front, knitted across 15 stitches. Using backwards loop cast on, add 28 stitches. Unpick provisional cast on right front, knit across the 15 stitches. 68 stitches total. After 7.5 inches, increase 1 stitch on each knit row at each end 3 times. Purl back and turn work to RS. New total 74 stitches.

Body: With RS facing, knit across back, at end backwards loop cast on 2 stitches then knit across right front. Turn work (WS facing), purl across to opposite end of back piece. Backwards loop cast on 2 stitches, then purl across left front. 78+18+18 stitches = 114 stitches. Work in stockinette until work measures 12” from underarm.

Shaping: Follow shaping only on RS rows (sl1, ssk, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1) (WS, sl1, p to end), decreasing 2 each RS row, repeated this several times, then switched to decreasing on both knit and purl rows once at each row end (RS: sl1, ssk, k to last 3, k2tog, k1, WS: sl1, p2tog, p to last 3, p2tog, p1). After a few more switched to decreasing twice (RS: sl1, ssk twice , k to last 5, k2tog twice, k1, WS: sl1, p2tog twice, p to last 5, p2tog twice, p1). 42 stitches left.

Edging: Knitted across live stitches at base, pick up 1 stitch in each slipped stitch and across collar. Continue with edging as written in pattern. 8 ridges, used decrease bind off.

Sleeves: 55 stitches picked up, start with 15 stitches centred at sleeve top, work short rows back and forth until all sleeve stitches are included. Edging as pattern, decrease bind off. Repeat twice.

#30dayknitchallenge Day 7

Day 7: Your least favorite?

Probably my Mawata mitts, there is nothing wrong with the pattern. But my motivation for knitting them was an experiment. I was playing around with some silk hankies, knitting directly from them. This was back before I even started spinning so that may explain a lot of the issues with them.

On the other hand, they do make useful mitten linings…

#30dayknitchallenge Day 6

Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

It is probably my January Morning cardigan, it is warm and cosy. And during the colder months, I pretty much live in it permanently. In fact I’m wearing it now.

I am actually thinking about knitting another one, maybe modifying the charts a little to give a different pattern but I’d use the same yarn again, love the Drops Nepal.

Having said that, I do tend to wear these mittens pretty much daily as well….

January Round-Up: The Finished Objects

Since I’ve been lax actually talking about what I am knitting at the moment. And since I actually knitted quite a bit in January, it seems better that I summarise the January finished objects into one post.

Test-Knit Cowl

Test-knit for a friend. Used 1 full skein of sock yarn, and overdyed it when I finished knitting it up. The original colour can be seen on my project page. Pattern will be available sometime soon.

Grown Up

The pattern is by Justyna Lorkowska, and is available to purchase via Ravelry. I knitted it up in Drops Andes – a wool /  Alpaca blend. I love jumpers like this, which are perfect for layering over long-sleeved T-Shirts. I’m not a big fan of longer sleeves (I like them for warmth but tend to roll them up the first chance I get), so this design is perfect. I love the asymmetric details on it too, especially the hem. And the pattern has a few optional details, you can choose whether to include the asymmetric hem and collar and the pocket too. I made a few mods to the shaping, details are on my project page.

Jewellery (Cable Braided Necklace & Entwined)

I had a small quantity of handspun tussah silk, and wanted something small and slightly luxurious to knit with it. I quite like the outcome of these.


A cozy little headscarf-type hat, and a free pattern too – available from Knitty. I used some of my own handspun for this one.

Flightless 2.0

This is the shawl I’m having test knit at the moment. I won’t say too much now, but you’ll be seeing more of this in the near future.