FO Friday, Knitting, Pattern Release

New Pattern Release – Preppy Shawl

Just in time of the weekend! Grab a skein and a half of your favourite colours and join us in casting on this addictive new knit!

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An easy combination of cables and simple lace the repeatable pattern is knit from the top down ending with a strong preppy striped ribbed boarder.

All you need is 100g of your main colour and 50g of your contrasting colour.

The pattern is now available though our Ravelry shop and with the code PREPPYWEEKEND you can buy the pattern this weekend only for £1 (+ your countries VAT)

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Happy knitting everyone and have a great weekend.

Nu x

 

FO Friday, Knitting

Pattern Development – Inspiration and Where We Find It

When it comes to pattern designing there are so many ways inspiration can come to us… I love Instagram for this, Especially when it comes to watching designers like Caitlin Hunter @boylandknitworks, her jumper designs are wonderful and watching her progress through various photographs is magic.

I would love to say that I have a really deep and meaningful process behind my designs but mostly they all stem from something that I would like to knit… It starts with a basic idea and then grows from there, mostly thought various cast on attempts and unless it’s something specific it rarely involves switching first…. ops!

My green leaf cowl is no different – It started as a free form pattern shortly after I had learnt to knit in the round. I came up with a pattern that I loved knitting but for some reason I didn’t write things down in full… I remember it being a really fun knit and in need of some refinement but I always intended to get it written and published. Each time I knit it I made up different variations!

Fast forward 5 years and I am exploring this pattern again. I just couldn’t get my head round this one… I really couldn’t. I wrote it up again and again trying to make the pattern fit… Trying to get it to stick…. The leaf sizes wouldn’t fit and the charts were all wrong.

I bought some very beautiful yarn from The Kettle Yarn Co and I couldn’t be more impressed with the yarn or their customer service, but I digress. 200g of beautiful yarn and an idea… I was hoping to have some time to knit and put this together on a holiday with my in laws but I didn’t manage to find the quiet time.

It came to the point where I was going to either have to stick with it and give it one last try or give up… I was not about to give up! So a very large grid later and a random collection of stitches and a lot of cutting and pasting things finally started to come together. The final process ended up being both more complicated and much simpler than I thought it would be… The pattern was easily refined after a couple of swatches but I ended up adding a more advanced stitches than intended. Overall though I’ve kept it as true as I can to the original design (which I still have and wear regularly) but with a couple of additional refining touches.

I hope you enjoy knitting this pattern as much as I do and get many happy years from it. This pattern will launch soon and I will call for testers even sooner than that! There will be an announcement on the blog and Instagram when I need testers.

Thank you for reading can’t wait to share the pattern with you all soon.

Love Nu

Xx

P.S – If you would like to be notified of the cowls release then please pop an email over to me in the ‘Contact Us’ section of the website and I’ll add you to the release list. There may even be a wee money off code!

FO Friday, Knitting

Azula for Fionnghuala

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have another FO! I’m on a roll this month… Well maybe not a roll, more of a gentle tumble down a grassy bank but we are getting through projects slowly!

This project was a bit of a cheat however as I cast it on and completed it in two days… So no further with my mountain of WIP’s but damn I’m chuffed with this one!

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It’s from a recently released pattern collection by Woolly Wormhead and is available on her website and though Ravelry. The collection consist of 5 hats, each with an element as inspiration. The hats are constructed sideways, shaped with short rows and then grafted together… genius!

I couldn’t be happier with my hat… Woolly’s patterns are incredibly easy to follow, very intuitive and for a first time sideways hat knitter I’m really impressed with the outcome. I can’t recommend this collection enough. Knitted in DK weight yarn too they would be the perfect christmas knits for friends and family… That might be dangerous though as I really can’t see me gifting any of this beautiful collection.

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“Graftin” – After spending a lot more of the summer than I care to admit sucked into ‘Love Island’ (I blame my husband… He started the car crash TV watching with last years!) Grafting to me means working hard to win someones affection… Woolly you’ve saved me from this terrible slang! Grafting is actually a pleasant experience and (as long as you have the right amount of stitches on each needles) is easy to complete, satisfying and finishes off a project neatly without drama… It in no way includes sordid love triangles and half naked 20 somethings with a whole summer burn… literally! I digress…

Everyone needs to knit one of these, they really are a  new and engaging way to create and shape hats… Just fantastic.

Happy Knitting!

With Love

Nu

 

P.S – In case you’re all wondering – Fionnghuala is my full name, it’s Irish and not as all as unpronounceable as it definitely looks – “Finoola”

 

FO Friday, Knitting, Socks

FO Happy Feet Friday!

So last week I introduced some of the mountain of sock I have on my needles.

Today I am pleased to announce I’ve made headway into clearing the backlog!

We have an FO!! (Finished Object)

I’ve finished my Squirrel Socks! My first pair of finished socks in months and I couldn’t be happier with them! I’m even considering knitting a lot more socks of 2mm needles, I really like the density and finish of the final fabric. I’ve been a 2.25mm girl for a long time but these might have converted me just a little!

For those of you in the dark, I’ve named these squirrel socks (not because I have attached a large fluffy tail to the heel) because of the yarn name… Earlier in the year one of my favourite dyers Riverknits the amazing floating dye studio, released a colour way passed on the Giant Indian Red Squirrel… It has fast become one of my favourite colour ways. I also used new needles too… Addi Sock wonder needles. They are the best mini needles I’ve found, especially for use with my slightly larger hands. Great needles these socks flew by! I’ll definitely be using them again soon.

These are going to be an autumnal pregnancy staple with leather boots I can feel it already!

Thank you for sharing in my FO happiness, I’ll write again soon and hopefully have more to share!

Nu xx

P.S. I used a really simple basic pattern for these socks they weren’t hard to make at all, for more information you can find stitch counts on my Ravelry project page