Month: October 2015

Watching the chickens with my Nanny

TULIPS

Yokes.  Yokes is Kate Davies amazing book. It contains eleven of Kate’s designs inspired from many parts of the world including Iceland and Scotland, two of my favourite countries. I first came across Kate Davies when I started following her blog.  What an amazing woman. Check out her blog and her gorgeous designs on Ravelry if you haven’t already done so.

I don’t really like knitting for myself. I prefer the instant gratification and the cuteness of babies and toddler knits. But I fell in love with Yokes and decided I just had to make something for myself from this amazing book.

It was hard to choose which of the beautiful patterns to make but I had narrowed down my choice by wanting to use some 4ply cashmere I had in my stash. I narrowed down the choice further still by wanting to make a sweater and not a cardigan. So I chose Bluebells.

But my sweater is not called bluebells. My sweater is called Tulips. It is called Tulips because the flowers are not blue so I couldn’t call them bluebells.

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I love this sweater. I love wearing it. It is warm and even fits me well.

The first picture is of Mia and Nanny (that’s me) watching the chickens. She is afraid of the rooster (Alister) and won’t go outside when he is near. But she has come a long way. A month or so ago  she would ask me to pull down the blinds when she saw the rooster, so that she could pretend he wasn’t there or she would take me into another room far away from the sight (and crowing) of the rooster.

So to be sitting with Nanny with the doors open and the rooster just outside, is a big step for our little girl.

Pattern book – Yokes by Kate Davies
Pattern – Bluebells
Yarn – Filatura Di Crosa Hyrcus and Zeleana Performa Kiwi Fingering
Link to Ravelry project here

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A toddler cardigan using bulky yarn and a free pattern

A very long time ago, I bought some bulky weight cotton on sale and then for many months, wondered if I would ever use it. Then one day I decided our little toddler needed a long sleeve light cardigan for Autumn when it can be warm and cold all on the same day.

So I went to my stash and had a dig around. No, wool in double knit or chunkier would be too hot. Wool in a light 4ply could be good but let me see what else I have. Then I opened the cotton stash box and I spied the bulky cotton yarn that I had bought on special all those months ago. The bulkiness of the yarn would add that extra warmth that a lighter weight cotton cardigan wouldn’t.

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OK, so now I have selected the yarn, what about a pattern? I don’t have any bulky weight toddler patterns. So I did what any smart knitter would do and searched the multitude of free patterns on Ravelry.

This is what I found. The pattern is a free Lion Brand cardigan and is called Fairy Tale Cardy. It is written for their super bulky cotton / acrylic yarn, Baby’s First yarn and was a close match to my stashed yarn. After a quick swatch and needle adjustment, I started the cardigan.

I am so happy with it. I love the colours and I love the pattern. This free pattern was very easy to follow and there were no mistakes. Maybe I should knit with bulky yarn more often. This only took a night or so to make.

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Pattern book – Lion Brand Yarn website
Pattern – Fairy Tale Cardi by Lion Brand Yarn – (free pattern)
Yarn – Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton Chunky
Link to Ravelry project here