October 01, 2014 4 Comments
A few months ago, I created our newest colourways called 'speckle dyed'. I was very interested to see how these colours would knit up, so I took two skeins of the colourway 'Neon and Grey' off the shop and, at the very same time, spotted a new shawl design called Dotted Rays by Stephen West - perfect! I immediately cast on and over the course of the next few months, knitted happily away on this project. There's lots of short rows, comforting garter stitch and an easy to remember pattern - the perfect equation for chilled-out couch knitting. I have said this before but the speckled yarn is a delight to knit with: each stitch knits up into a new colour, which creates a knitted fabric that is lightly sprinkled with bright pops of colour; it's fun to watch which colour will appear next. As you can tell I had a lot of fun knitting this shawl, so much so that I'm almost sad to say that I have now finished. Almost sad, but very happy to have a wonderful new shawl to wear.
Pattern: Dotted Rays by Steven West
Yarn: Skein - Merino Cashmere Fingering in the colourway 'Neon and Grey' (two skeins)
Needle Size: 4mm/US6
Pattern notes: See here
October 30, 2013
...or Be My Hot Water Bottle
I've only ever knitted one other hot-water bottle cosy, and I gave it to someone for Christmas. Usually my hot-water bottle is wrapped in a towel and pillow case, which lacks the cuddliness of a knitted cosy. Every winter I break out my much-loved hot- water bottle and think 'I really must knit you a cosy' - well, this year, I did!
I used some leftover sock yarn, knitting two strands together to make a thicker fabric.
I knit the yarn into a cuddly 2x2 rib, and I made sure it was knit all in one piece.
I'm so pleased with my new cosy, that I thought I'd offer the pattern up for free. If you know some other poor sod (or if you're like me) who uses a makeshift cosy, knit them one for Christmas! I promise it will warm the very cockles of their heart.
The pattern can be downloaded for free on ravelry - hope you enjoy!