18 November 2013

Winter Blues hat by Brook Taylor

Yes, say I!

Click here  for a link to the pattern. It's not free.

7 November 2013

Firmoo Glasses Review

I know this post doesn't really belong on this blog, as it has nothing (little) to do with knitting or hats, but I just got my first pair of Firmoo glasses, and they're great. (I say first pair, because I'm already scouring the site for my next pair!)

If you have your prescription, you can order prescription glasses online for a fraction of the cost. My last pair form a regular optician cost over 2000kroner (around £200+) These new ones cost $21!!!

 You get your first pair free, so you only have to pay postage, but they're are so many low cost frames... I was like a kid in a toy shop! :)

I'm putting an ad banner on my site, which might actually generate some cash for me towards a new pair of glasses! If you wear glasses, or even if you just like them as a fashion accessory, I seriously recommend you check out Firmoo!

You'll find the ad banner at the top right hand side of this page. 

2 November 2013

Christmas Is Coming!

More knitted toy ideas for gifts... although there isn't much time left for more complicated projects!
These are just a few free patterns I came across on Ravelry. If you're not a member, sign up - it's free and wonderful!
All the images should have click through links... click on the image to go the Ravelry page.

9 October 2013


Learner Knitter Starter Pack

Another great gift idea from Purl Solo.


I love this simple snake pattern.

I will definitely try this on a few nephews.

Owl Again

Here's a great pattern for an owl. It's basically two hat crowns!

Purl Bee's Great Gift Selection

Purl Bee's blog has some really beautiful photographs of beautiful knit designs, all for free!

I found some cute little knits that would make reat Christmas gifts. Some are more complex than others.

Including, of course, the famous giant owl! Free pattern.

Christmas Gift Ideas (i)

I'm going to start looking for good idea for Christmas presents. There are only so many hats a head can wear, so I need idea. I'll share all the good ones with y'all. X

Such as this owl!

There's no pattern available that I can find, so I'll try and figure out a version of this myself.
If I do find a pattern, I'll post it.

Also these lovely dishcloths. Great gift idea!

Both found on Aunt Em's studio.

25 September 2013

A New Stitch

P4, K2, repeat from * til the last 4 stitches,  K4. Kenneth came home from London with a lovely knitted jumper (several,  in fact).

I've made a swatch of something that resembles the stitch, although there's something fancy going on that I can't figure out - some machine witchery!

I will post more/better pictures when I have some.

Cast on a multiple of 6 +4 stitches.
(My swatch is 22)

Version 1: (first picture)

1st row: *K4, P2 repeat from * til the last 4 stitches, K4
2nd row: *P4, K2, repeat from * til the last 4 stitches,  K4. 

Repeat 1st row

4th row: Knit

Version 2:

1st row: Knit

2nd row: as version 1

3rd & 4th rows: Knit

24 September 2013

Hats & Scarves for Orphans in Mexico

As one who knits hats, endlessly, I have a stockpile of hats, some of them sale-worthy, some of them hats that I've knitted to try out a new idea. All of these hats are rolled up and sitting in a cupboard upstairs. What a waste!

I'm going to send them to the this lady, Yolanda Soto Lopez. She's helping orphans in Mexico, asking for donations of hats and scarves. I don't knit scarves, but if you do, it wont take long to knock out a few smaller sized ones, or neck warmers, for these kids.

They have enough hats and scarves for smaller children, but they still need larger sizes for the older kids, aged 12-18.

Send donations to:
Yolanda Soto Lopez
P.O. Box 211750
Chula Vista
California 91921

Here's the video.

7 September 2013

Hattie Hat Joy

This new hat pattern is so simple and easy,  a one day, no sweat project... it's a joy! I started this one yesterday, with no intention of finishing the same day, and yet, almost before I knew it,  I was ready to decrease!

Each hat uses 70 - 80 grammes/metres of super bulky/chunky yarn. Each ball I've bought is 50g/m, so I'll make a stripy, stashbuster with the remaining yarn. That'll be fun!

Also, I've finally found the right cast on for this pattern - it's the Old Norwegian cast on, but worked in both knit and purl, to go with the ribbing. It takes some practice!  I'll post a link in the pattern post.

3 September 2013

Hattie Shop

My shop on DeWanda has on ly four hats in it at the moment. As I'm not going to the chance to list any new hats on there in the immediate future, if you're interested in buying a hat that you see in this blog, contact me and we'll try and work something out together.

Mandolin Cable Motif Hat

Findings Hat

Nepal Reversible Hat

Striped Light Hat

Double Twist Hat

New Rose in Town Hat

2 September 2013

Hattie Hat knitting pattern

A super simple, single colour slouch beanie hat.

Needles: 7mm or 8mm circular for the rib, 10mm circular and 10mm double pointed needles (DPNs)
Yarn: Super bulky (5-6 wpi)

Using 7 or 8 mm needles (and the Old Norwegian cast on method) cast on 50 stitches.
K1 P1 until work measures 5-8cm (personal preferance)
Switch to 10cm needles and knit until work measures 18cm (from cast on edge)

Switch to double pointed needles when necessary. Place Marker

*K8, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Knit every other row/round.
*K7, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
*K6, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
*K5, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
*K4, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
*K3, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker

(The next two rounds*** are optional - I've had feedback that the crown can be a little pointed.)
***K2, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
***K1, K2tog. Repeat from * 

K2tog until there are 6/8/10 stitches left.

Cut yarn, leaving a 25/30cm tail.

Thread the loose end onto a darning/tapestry needle.
Beginning with the stitch you would knit, if you were to knit, thread the tail through all the stitches and remove the knitting needles.
Pull the tail tight to close up the hole.
Sew through to the inside of the hat and sew/weave in the loose end.
This finishing technique is demonstrated beautifully in this video by Judy Graham.

23 August 2013

New Hat

The cushion cover I started is a slow burner, so I've started this.  It's a hat!  :D

20 August 2013

Starting a new project today!

It's been a while. I've been thinking about it now for weeks. I know once I start,  so starts the obsessive 'just one more row' attitude which leads to eye and hand strain.
I'm going to try and avoid that happening this time. I'm going to treat it like any other form of unhealthy behaviour and keep it in check. ... Hm, we'll see.

10 August 2013

The Very Fine De Fine

I met Hilde de Fine today at Fitjar Festival,  selling the most amazing yarn! And this beautiful crocheted poof.
If you're interested in buying anything from her, get in touch here and I'll make enquiries. :-D

22 March 2013

Bolsos en Fique

Some groovy, fun handbags and possible inspiration for craft projects... Google Images search results for 'bolsos en fique'. From what I can gather, that is Spanish for 'sisal handbags'.

"Sisal is an agave that yields a stiff fibre traditionally used in making twinerope and also dartboards. The term may refer either to the plant or the fibre, depending on context. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as sisal hemp because hemp was for centuries a major source for fibre, so other fibres were sometimes named after it."
from Wikipedia

It sounds and looks a bit scratchy, something I am not a fan of in any way shape or form, but the ideas, patterns and colourways could be applied to knitting or felting!

Finger Knitting, iCord and Arm Knitting

Finger knitting and icord knitting produce the same kind of long, thin rope of 'plaited' yarn.

Jump to the bottom of this post for links to video tutorials on how to finger knit, icord and arm knit.

Knitted icord rope.

Finger knitted rope.

Here are the main differences between the two. 

The icord is knitted with double pointed needles into a closed tube. Knitting over three or four stitches, you can choose what size needle you use and what weight of yarn, so there's room for a wider variety of expressions. You can easily put your work down and pick it up again.

Finger knitting is a three or four stitch, flat strip that curls, the way all stocking stitch work curls. This curl gives the illusion of a tube. With finger knitting, you're limited to the size of your fingers! You can still vary the weight of the yarn, but a very fine yarn, for example, would result in a very loose knit. With finger knitting, it's not so easy to put down your work, and finding a way to hold the live stitches is something to consider.

The end result, though, is pretty much the same. The finished rope can be used as it is or incorporated into other projects in a variety of ways. Here are some examples.

(All of the following images are sourced from the net, using 'icord'
All images should have a click through link.)

The edge of a garment.

The handles of a bag.


Straps to tie something on/closed.

As a decorative feature. 
Sale Pillow Knitted Appliqued Quilted  I Cord Gold Celtic

It can also be used alone as a scarf.
Gray i-cord cowl, scarf, necklace, infinity scarf, neck warmer

Even jewellery!
Women's Wrap Bracelet - KNITTING PATTERN - Rustic I Cord

The possibilities are endless!
knitted shoelaces made from i-cord

My favourite use of the finished product, is to knit it again, using arm knitting.

Here are the best video tutorials I've found demonstrating finger knitting, icord knitting and arm knitting!