Music Monday: Queen edition

A bit of a last-minute one but I’ve been busy finishing this fibre and turning it into yarn!

A light DK-weight 2-ply mixed BFL yarn.

A light DK-weight 2-ply mixed BFL yarn.

All details on my Ravelry stash page.

Anyway, in keeping with the Tour de Fleece/France theme…


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Hoar de Fleece: the first week

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Following the “fun” of last year’s Tour de Fleece contest over on Ravelry (don’t ask or post-dive if you want to know), the “mean girls” set up our own no-stress, challenge yourself, spin-a-long with Le Tour. Hoar de Fleece!

I hadn’t so much as looked at my spindles or fibre since 2011 but I thought I might as well give spinning another twirl (haha, I’m so punny).

I’m doing pretty well, I think!

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Surprise! FO: Finlay the Firefox



Kit details: Finlay Fox kit by Barbara Prime, free with issue 36 of Knit Now.

Got the magazine on the 20th of June, cast on the next day and finished on the 23rd. And most of that was sewing and stuffing!

Wildlife Film-style!

Wildlife Film style!

This was a quick knit for me but I only worked on it a bit each day due to bathroom and shed-related renovations.

Shake ya tail feather?

Shake ya tail feather?

There are, shall we say, issues with the ears. Entirely my fault, but I sewed them on in the wrong place and they aren’t as perky as the designer intended.

I embroidered all the facial features with DK-weight black yarn, as opposed to using safety eyes as suggested in the pattern.

If I were to make this again I’d convert all pieces to knit in the round, except the ears.

...and one from the side

…and one from the side

And off he goes to live next to my dad’s computer to keep his Firefox browser company!

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33.33% down


Only another 66.66% to go.
Whose stupid idea was this design? Oh yeah, mine. :weeps:

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WIP Wednesday: A Whole 2 Things Edition

Going from buying the yarn to casting on was a scant (for me) 9 days! And most of that was swatching and purchasing a knitting needle!
image It looks like a snake!

I do, however, have a new design in the pipeline so I suspect that the Chrysanth Vest progress will take a nose-dive soon!
I’ve also just got the toe to finish on this sock, photograph the two pairs I’ve made, write up the pattern, get a second test knitter to try it out, tech edit and then publish the pattern. Oh, is that all?



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Music Monday: Courtney Love edition?!

No, really! I’m not sure of you see me and think “nu wave punk” but my musical tastes are pretty eclectic!

Following an emergency knitting needle run, I’m now ready to cast on the Chrysanthemum Vest!

Needles, yarn and an enlarged copy of the main chart (because I'm getting old and everything is too small, too far away and not loud enough/too loud.

Needles, yarn and an enlarged copy of the main chart (because I’m getting old and everything is too small, too far away and either not loud enough or too loud).

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Sew be it


All will be revealed when the gift has been given.


The important point is that I’ve unearthed my sewing machine (again) and I have the bug back! Stitching ahoy!

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