Saturday, 25 March 2017

Introducing the Limited Edition of


the Three Tenors  Bunnies









Riley






Rawdon







Rhiannon







All knitted using Woolly Chic's Rabbit pattern (Riley from the full Kit)

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Great Easter Egg Hunt








Hitchin Bid had asked Hitchin Stitchin' to participate in the Hitchin Easter Egg Hunt, by providing 10 Easter Bunnies. Several members of the group promised a bunny, so I thought I would challenge myself to learn something new.

I bought a kit from Woolly Chic (member of Hitchin Stitchin')





Never having knitted a toy before, I was thrilled with my first attempt at Woolly Chic's Rabbit Kit.


As the deadline approached, I lost contact with the group due to prolongued illness. I took Riley Rabbit into Hitchin Bid's new premises in Churchyard, and discovered that there were very few bunnies on their way to take part.
















My second attempt was less successful, due in no small part to different yarn than that included in the kit.

Add to that a broken darning needle and this is more like Piglet than Rabbit.




















He does, however, have a carrot.





















I have Rabbit number three on the needles, in grey. He (or she, haven't decided yet) may be finished just in time to take part in the Easter celebrations, joining this pair.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Imagine Blue Skies


It's certainly what we need at the moment.

But this is a knitting blog. What have blue skies to do with knitting?

Imagine Blue Skies is the name of a cardigan I had finished in January 2014. I adapted a top-down raglan cardigan by Laura Chau, making it longer, and adding a mandarin-style neck.

It's knitted in two different aran weight yarns



Aran / 10 ply
80% Merino, 15% Mohair, 5% Nylon


Colour "In a world of pure imagination"






and 




Aran / 10 ply
55% Merino, 33% Microfiber, 12% Cashmere goat
90 meters / 50 grams

Colour charcoal




I never got around to sewing on the buttons and the finished garment languished in my knitting cupboard for over two years. I'd bought some pretty heart-shaped shell buttons, but sewing isn't my forte. I find lining up the buttonhole with the button very stressful.










Then Festiwool, 2016 needed items for the fashion show, A fellow Hitchin Stitchin' member sewed the buttons for me, and here is the result.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Knitting Poppies


for the Triangle Community Garden Open Day.




















My Sis-in-Law, honorary member of Hitchin Stitchin' living in Germany, was quietly knitting this afternoon.. Ron was 'helping'.























First-time poppy-crafter, Sis-in-Law made this beautiful beaded poppy-onna-stick.























Three poppies down, lots more to do for the 10th,












Poppy pattern courtesy of the Australian poppies display at Chelsea Barracks.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Camus










Finally finished the plaid I started back in 2012.








This is worked in 100% New Lanark Wool. It must have a lot of lanolin in it because it caused my hands to go red, swollen and painful. Lanolin makes it water-resistant, though, so it will be very useful for the boat,


















It's quite a prickly texture and reminds MWNN and me of the Western ponchos worn by Clint Eastwood. (I think it's something to do with the material, colours and fringing)













Saturday, 9 April 2016

An Elliott-inspired tartan










I started knittng this plaid shawl in October 2012. Then, life happened.








I picked up the needles again this week and finished it, darning the vertical stripes with one strand of Cold Harbour Mill Aran weight wool in 'flame'. It worked better than the pattern's suggestion of four strands held together.








For wearing, it needs a heavy shawl pin. What better than one of Wendy Fowler's ceramic pins















MWNN has already claimed the shawl, so I am keeping a lookoout for a traditional fly plaid brooch for him to use,

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Holiday snaps



By now, I normally have a few photos to post from the first couple of days in Southwold. I have the pics - they are on my camera - and there they will have to stay until I get home, because the usb cable is there.

Here are the two I took with my phone.









I finished knitting the Owl Tea-cosy yesterday, having started it last November.
















Pattern is Morning Owl










I discovered I needed glue to stick the wobbly eyes in place. We went into town this morning and bought some.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Everything's cosy

at Hitchin Stitchin'.

These two quirky tea cosies were finished for this morning's meeting at The Sun Hotel.








Alicia brought her Nurse Cosy along with its very own teapot.






















My Big Top2 cosy then replaced the Nurse for the photo shoot.




















Other members of Hitchin Stitchin' may make their own versions.





















Vicar Cosy was one idea suggested.




















As for me? I've finished Big Top3 for the little Brown Betty at home.

It's a different colour scheme from the ones destined for the boat, but uses the same Welsh Wool from Woolly Chic.








Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Big Top







In preparation for our participation in the Northampton Waterways Festival, I'm knitting some carnival tea cozies for the boat's tea pots.






















The pattern calls for DK yarn, so I'm using some of Woolly Chic's Welsh wool in pretty colours. The pattern is for a slighty larger teapots to the two vintage enamel pots-for-one, and I was a little worried about adjusting the size.













It was a very quick knit, being mostly garter stitch. Attaching the 'bunting' to the lid was a little fiddly, but not impossible.




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MWNN decided he didn't want tassels or a pompom. I may have a look for a small button to finish the top.




One down, one to go.

I must have a search for a suitable pattern for the coffee pot.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hitchin Festival

begins today - a month of art, music, theatre, and other fun events.

©Woolly Chic





Yesterday, I was part of the team from Hitchin Stitchin who  set up the art installation in St Mary's Churchyard.























Health and Safety at knitting was much in evidence












It attracted a lot of attention during the day. Hopefully,all the photos taken by people walking through the churchyard will hit social media and bring more people in to the Festival.








Knitting installation. All done with plastic bags.

























Come and sit and knit under a tree,
























Crochet - granny squares.














Cotrary Mary by SueH, Swing with shells,  by me.








Mine is the Nursery Ryhme tree. Mary, Mary, quite contrary.

























With silver bells, cockle shells, and lollipops.



















Fruit tree - oranges and lemons (and cherries and apples)






















Hickory, Dickory, Dock.






















Festival of wool.




































Picking pompoms.




















This way to St Mary's - a medieval wool church.

















The local solicitor's bench.

















Lollipop tree.


















Flowers in the sun.