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How do you store your hooks and needles? Is it possible for them to ever be organised!? I know has a section where you can list everything you’ve got so you can avoid buying yet another pair, but it doesn’t actually tell you where they are- or if they’re currently stuck in an ongoing project!
I can never find what I want 😦
I have several ongoing solutions:

(The trusted jam jar)

(My gorgeous hiya hiya pouch)

(Fantastic wrap my lovely mum made me!)

(The wonderful knit pro interchangeable circular needle set- stuffed with as many other needles as I can!)
There has got to be one solution for everything though! :s I just wish I knew what it was…



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Do you have a favourite increase? When your pattern reads “increase”, what’s your automatic go to?
My favourite double increase comes from a wonderful book called “Knitting from the Top” by Barbara G. Walker. When worked in stocking stitch it creates a smooth, flowing increase with out any holes- perfect for raglan seams.


Unfortunately I have no name accept Double Increase #4 :s but here goes:
Knit to the stitch you want to increase on either side of, your “seam stitch”.


Knit into the back of the stitch in the row below the “seam stitch”, inserting needle downward into the purled head of this stitch on the wrong side of your work.



Then knit into the back of the “seam stitch” itself.


Then with left needle draw up the left side loop of the same stitch you picked up and knitted into in the row below, and knit into the back of this strand for the third stitch.



Ta da! A neat double increase 🙂



Unfortunately this stitch can only be created when working a knit row, but if you’re working in the round you can easily use it to increase on every row.

Best foot forward!

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Are you a sock knitter? If so, do you often find yourself making the same design over and over again?
I get so fed up with socks that a pair often gets made in two colours (just to peak my interest) and God forbid any one pair should ever be re-created!
Saying this though, a sock is a great way of learning different shaping techniques, can often be made out of one skein only, and is easily transportable for on the go! Not only that, but socks never go to waste- there is always some one you know who would love a pair of foot warmers for their birthday or crimbo.
So how to get us doing more of them? And getting them to fit!?
Well here are a few alternative heel choices for you to give a go, taken from the wonderful books “socks a la carte” by Jonello Raffino and Katherine Cade.


They also have wonderful flip pages so you can try designing  the perfect sock for you 🙂



The Dutch heel is probably the most commonly used style, as it is so hard wearing and durable.


The band heel seems to be often forgotten, which is a shame as it gives a lovely neat and tidy finish.


If you want to learn short rows then this is the perfect first garment to try them out in- but practise does make perfect where these are concerned. It’s great for keeping the continuity of self striping yarn, and for carrying any pattern from the body a cross to the top of the foot.


The origami heel is the perfect alternative to the short row heel, as it has a very similar look and characteristics, but is much easier to create.


The v-heel is also referred to as the half handkerchief heel, and a great way to escape the monotony of Kitchener stitch.


The round heel is perfect for your lounging socks. It shapes perfectly to the human heel, so maximum comfort is assured!

So my challenge to you all is to go and try out a new style of heel- break free from the norm and learn something new- whilst creating that perfect sock you’ve always dreamed of!


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I want to start a craze, a craze of mad multicoloured fun and fantastic jumpers- Spangle-shirtens!

The world seems full of greys and blues and beige, why not bright pink clashing with luminous green? You know you want to be out there having fun in these colours secretly!


I was checking out Simon West’s blog the other day (a fantastic knitting designer) and his knitting “gang” the fun squad have started a craze for Swants (aka trousers made out of sweaters).


Ya’ know what? I’m really tempted! And loads of others have been as well! Check out the tutorial and his amazing designs at

The first spangle-shirten is based on a pattern by Drops Design, called Cleo. (available to all on Ravelry or at

Don’t get me wrong, i love it made up in this purly grey; I just have the urge to step outside my comfort zone a bit- well a lot!

I’ ve started my plight with a combination of yarns, colours and stitches- is this too much? I won’t know till it’s made, and by then it will be too late to do anything but love it!





If all goes well I’ll be putting up a blog about the finished Spangle-shirten next week, and by then world domination can only be just around the corner, surely?…


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How many projects do you have on the go at the moment? Or Work In Progress’s as they are often known?
I must have millions! They are very much taking over my life- not to mention every available iota of space 🙂 but I just can’t help myself, I’m one of those people who finds chaos in their life inspiring.

20140407-102734.jpgI wonder if the chaos theory applies?

Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.

Also I tend to get bored when working on just the one project…plus I am very easily sidetracked- no one really knows how I get anything done 🙂

I feel I should start working on finishing at least some of them off though, and try to stop getting side tracked. (Well apart from starting that set of baby socks…after all, I already have the wool and an idea of what I’m going to create.)



Maybe I should do a hat as well…


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 🙂 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 (where you can upload your own images) as well as information. Have fun taking to the sky’s and getting involved!

Ostrich Plume Swatch

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


The Ostrich Plume Pattern! I am taken in by the swirls, and love the name 🙂 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.


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! 🙂