A plain toe-up sock with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel has very quickly become my ‘Prozac Knit’. I love it, and when I feel stressed, it’s the perfect project; no counting or complicated patterning. All I need is my knitting, a row counter and my template. I have mastered Judy’s Magic Cast On and, for my first pair, cast on my stitches, then increased every other round until I had all the stitches I needed. From the start, I found the FLK Heel easy to work. Read the rest of this entry »
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According to Douglas Adams, 42 is the answer to “… the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”. This simple garter stitch scarf has 42 points, so designer, Martina Behm, called her scarf Hitchhiker. My eye has passed over this pattern many times, (it’s perfect for variegated yarn – we all love them, buy them, then wonder what the hell to make with them!), but I found the idea of making a whole project in garter stitch off-putting. I love the smooth V’s in stocking stitch, I wasn’t so keen on lumpy, bumpy garter stitch. I also have memories of learning to knit as a child – when my tension was all over the place and I was probably using the wrong size needles for the wool – when I used to get really gappy rows of garter stitch; I hated them. How wrong I was! Read the rest of this entry »
2015 Has been quite the year and seems to have flown by. I started the year obsessed with crochet, having finally got the hang of it in 2014. In 2015 I started flexing my knitting muscles again and soon got back into it. I’m finding that I like ‘quick knit’ projects like shawls and socks, but prefer crochet for bigger projects, particularly blankets. At the end of 2015 a lot of people on Instagram were compiling a collage of their 9 most-liked photos. I decided to compile 9 projects from 2015 that were particularly meaningful to me in some way. Read the rest of this entry »