Monthly Archives: August 2013

Finished! Serendipity Cardigan

image © Jesse Wild

I LOVE this cardigan. The only problem is it’s been too warm to wear it, but I can’t really complain about that!

The pattern is Shapely Boyfriend by Stefanie Japel, worked in Serendipity Tweed by Brown Sheep.  Favourited in May, cast on in June and finished in July. I adapted the pattern to work with my DK gauge – it’s written for aran but I wanted something more lightweight.

The cardigan is worked top down in the round, it was so quick and enjoyable to knit, and it fits great.  This photo was taken for “On My Needles” in issue 62 of The Knitter.

I just wish I could get all my FO’s photographed by Jesse Wild!


BT Men

We’ve been a bit giddy in the office recently, since the new Brooklyn Tweed collection, BT Men was released. When you work in a team of women with a passion for knitwear and a thing about beards, what’s not to love about these?


The photography is just stunning.  I’ve told my other half he’s not getting a jumper anytime soon because of the sweater curse, but these are making me seriously reconsider!

Mission not impossible (but really annoying)

Back in May I started this cardigan, which in hindsight was a stupid time to cast on.  It was the hottest it’s been in years and I took it on holiday to knit on the beach.  Somehow I thought it would be fun to knit with 500g of aran weight pure wool draped over my lap while I sat around in a bikini.

The pattern is Aleph from Twist Collective and aside from the heat, I really enjoyed knitting it. I wasn’t keen on the asymmetrical cable detail on the top and didn’t have enough yarn for pockets, so I charted out the cable and flipped it to work on both sides.

Ta da! But wait..

Somehow I convinced myself that it would fit differently in the winter as I’d be cooler and therefore have skinnier arms.  I think really what was happening was that I was sat knitting in a field with only a tent for shelter from the sun, and the thought of trying on something this wooly for more than five seconds made me want to die a bit.

Still something should have twigged that the sleeves shouldn’t leave an imprint of stitches on your arm when you take it off.   No biggy, I hear you cry.  But this cardigan is bottom up, and the lovely cabled yoke is worked with the sleeves.  It’s been sat in my yarn basket since we got back from holiday while I decide what to do with it.

I just couldn’t work out, when the rest of the cardigan fitted so well, why the sleeves were so tight.  It’s not like I have particularly beefy arms.  And then it clicked.  The sleeves are knitted with larger needles, and I had made a total FAIL by not spotting this.  I’m blaming heat again (and probably holiday beer).

I’ve got two options here, rip back to the armholes and redo the sleeves and the yoke, OR, I could cut them off, rework them and then kitchener stitch them back on.  Neither sounds appealing, so I’m knitting socks and blogging about it instead.

Add Some Punch!

This nifty gadget was given to me recently.  It’s simple, two pieces of card, one of colours and one of holes.  It was designed by Gail Callahan, aka The Kangaroo Dyer, and I can see already it’s going to be really useful!

The idea is that you choose the main colour of your project, and position the largest hole over it.  The guide then shows you the closest colour relatives in the holes surrounding the main colour.  And if you want to add some pizazz, then five ideas show up in the narrow window along the side. Very simple, but genius!  It can be really hard sometimes when you are presented with so many lovely colours to choose from. You can order a Color Grid here.

Also check out Gail’s gorgeous yarns – I’m loving the Tangerine!

Weekend Knitting

I’ve been really productive this weekend, doing a bunch of odd jobs that I’ve been meaning to get around to for a while, a bit of freelance work and a lots of knitting!

I started making this shawl on Thursday night and got really into it.  I’ve never really used lace weight for anything before, as I have a tendancy to snag things, so always avoided projects like this. However I was given this skein of Fyberspates Gleem Lace, which has been sat around for sometime now, glowing it’s lovely yellow colour and begging me to do something with it.  So I started looking at patterns, and finally settled on the Lace Evolution Shawl by Tetiana Oruna.  It’s good fun, I just can’t wait to get on to the next chart pattern!

Yesterday, however I was up for something mindless, so I cast on my second project this week, some toe-up socks in Regia Mix-It!  My friend Jen at work is also making socks with this and I have been admiring them.  Thou will not covet thy neighbours yarn.. Oops!

Finally I caved and bought myself a ball last week.  I’ve been enjoying knitting socks on the bus to work, but anything too involved makes me feel a bit travel sick.  I’ve a feeling these shall be ready to wear in a week or two, they’re knitting up pretty quickly already.  Bring on Autumn!