Poolbeg

When a friend and fellow blogger, JenbearDublin had a baby girl recently, I decided a new little girl deserves a new little baby cardigan. What I eventually came up with for her is Poolbeg. It is knit from the top down in one piece, with short rows at the neck line, and a slipped stitch raglan yoke. The pattern includes variations for short and long sleeves, and is sized up to 14 years.

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Little baby É was even kind enough to model it for me, and she was a lovely model! You can see the slipped stitch pattern continues down the back of the sweater for a bit of visual interest. The pattern is available from Raverly, and the short sleeved sample is at my booth at the Knitting and Stitching Show (J52) until Sunday.

Kaeling

My Painted Woolly Topper hat needed some matching mitts. And coincidentally, I was extremely curious about a new pattern from Ysolda (Kaerlig) which seemed like a perfect match. So I quickly gave in and bought Knitworthy 2.

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Yarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Malice

It’s the unique construction of these mitts that really got me. They’re knit side to side on the hand, and it wasn’t something I could quickly figure out on my own. Knitting them I did have some worries about the hand size, but I think that’s because I should have cast on for the large instead of the medium. To compensate, I knit the hand section bigger, and as a result the thumb smaller. But since I thought the thumb was bigger than I usually like, I was happy with this change. I ended up with what is (for me) the perfectly sized snug thumb.

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I do love the palm and thumb gusset, it’s very comfortable.

It’s Monday, so another Knitworthy pattern is due in my inbox any minute now! Hopefully something pretty to cheer me up at the beginning of what looks like a windy and wet week.  and as I was writing a new Knitworthy pattern arrived! Saudade, it is indeed very pretty, and maybe someday I’ll conquer my fear of colourwork 🙂

Don’t forget the Knitting and Stitching Show starts this Thursday. I’ve been working away, getting everything sorted for what will hopefully be an amazing weekend. I hope to see you all there!

Blue Stripes

I had last week off the day job and lots of knitting time, enough time to finish a pair of socks. Critical to this was my husband also having the week off… so I actually got to sit occasionally, and not just run after children all week. Bliss. I read a whole book in 3 days too:)

Last year I knit a pair of socks for my Aunt, the family matriarch. When I saw her in July she was very complimentary of her hand knit socks, and (kindly) asked for more. When I asked what colour she’d like, she said ‘any’.

stripey bluesYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock

I think blue qualifies as any, so these are going to her. She’s visiting me this month, and it’ll be nice for her to have a fresh pair of socks before winter really sets in. Pattern is the usual, make it up as I go along. This time toe up, the exact oposite of the traditional top down sock with a slipped stitch heel. I could easily have done these top down, but I thought black toes made more sense than light blue, and that’s as good a reason as any. I’ve probably got enough yarn left for fingerless mitts, she may get some to match if I get around to it.

That is the same wall I took last year’s sock photo against. Apparently the ivy is not so slowly taking over. And here we thought we were winning the battle.