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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Knit for Britain!

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Have you heard about knitting Britain from above? It is a fantastic venture by Sandra Brauer to do with Britain from Above, which presents the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953. You can register to zoom into these amazing pictures, identify unlocated images, and share memories.

As part of World Wide Knit in Public Week from 8th to 16th June 2013, we have invited people with a love of knitting help us form a woolly squadron to invade Britain’s public spaces. Here they all are! Are there any near you?

This project will be going again this year over Knit in Public day on June 14th. I cannot wait to get involved with my own bi-plane knits πŸ™‚ There is a pattern that you can work from here: KnitforBritainfromAbove2 or alternatively you can do your own thing?

There are loads more wonderful pictures at http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/groups/knit-britain-above (where you can upload your own images) as well as information. Have fun taking to the sky’s and getting involved!

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Ostrich Plume Swatch

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The first lace pattern that has caught my attention is this one:

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The Ostrich Plume Pattern! I am taken in by the swirls, and love the name πŸ™‚ But will it work in lace?

I’m using Rowan lace weight wool for swatching (as it’s currently what I have in my stash boxes), and 3mm Knit Pro needles. I did try on larger needles, but any pattern was lost. I am also repeating the pattern twice, so as to see how it would flow across a drapey shawl.

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Hmm not quite the same pattern as displayed by Vogue, but rather pretty none the less don’t you think?

If you have fallen in love with it, then here is the pattern for you to try out:

multiple of 16 plus 1

Row 1 and following alternative rows: (wrong side) Purl all stitches.

Row 2: Knit all stitches.

Row 4: (K1, yon) three times, * (sl. 1, k1, psso) twice, sl 2, k1, p2sso, (k2tog) twice, (yon, k1) five times, yon; repeat from * to last 3 sts, (yon, k1) three times.

Rows 6, 10, 14 and 18: Knit all stitches.

Rows 8, 12 and 16: As row 4.

Row 20: (K2tog) three times, * (yon, k1) five times, yon, (sl. 1, k1, psso) twice, sl 2, k1, p2sso, (k2tog) twice; repeat from * to last 11 sts, (yon, k1) five times, yon, (sl. 1, k1, psso) three times.

Rows 22, 26 and 3o: Knit all stitches.

Rows 24, 28 and 32: As row 20.

Note: with regards to row 4, I have taken it to mean only doing 3 (yon, k1) instead of 5 (yon, k1) on the last repeat. Also, yon is the same as yo.

I’d love to see how your swatches turn out! πŸ™‚

Heirloom

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In about a year and a half I will be getting married! Very exciting! But I should properly start the preparations…right?

I think I’ll start off with the fun bits πŸ™‚ and that means knitting!! One heirloom shawl to be exact. Technically I think these are meant to be knitted by a relative of the bride to be, but why give them all the fun!?

One of my favorite books is a stitch directory from vogue by Anne Matthews, and it is full of knitted pattern swatches to pick from. I am always delving into it and picking out ideas to swatch.20140211-140003.jpg
This time I’ll be concentrating on the lace section, as I reckon I should design from scratch to make this truly unique- although as Vixen said on Ravelry:

ANY pattern/shawl that you handknit yourself for your wedding will automatically become an β€œHeirloom”

Although I have no idea what shape to aim for yet, I can mull that over whilst swatching, and then of course there’s what colour to go for? Should it be my something blue? Traditional white? Bright and happy? Maybe it will depend on the dress…

If you have any ideas please let me know! All help is very, very welcome! πŸ™‚

Knit & Natter

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I just wanted to put a humongous THANK YOU to all you lovely people who attended knit & natter this week!
It was such a wonderful turn out, I felt positively overwhelmed (in a good way), and in fact ran out of knitting needles and crochet hooks for you all! You came from so far away as well- Chilli and France to name but a few locations, I think I may have to improve my language skills…
I do now fear that once a month may not be enough meet ups in a year though! We may have to schedule in more meets πŸ™‚
I hope you all had as lovely time as I did and will come along again?

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Deep in concentration…

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…for some of the time! πŸ™‚

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