Music Monday: 1990s Sheryl Crow edition

I’ve been on something of a ’90’s music jag lately, re-listening to AlanisĀ et al, but one song that’s stuck in my head is this beautiful number from Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow.

But I’ve also made progress on the Cobblestone Pullover. Although I will admit it does resemble a rah-rah skirt in this photo!

cobblestone WIP2The line of white along the bottom edge is the waste yarn I used for the temporary cast on (I knit up from this to the collar).

I was originally going to do 4-colour stripes (just to use up the yarn I had) but I couldn’t think of an elegant way to achieve this. Luckily, the main yarn is still available so I’m going to order another GIANT ball and make this an all-tweed number.

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Baby’s First Brioche

stephen west mkal2014 WIP2

This is, in nearly 13 years of knitting, the first time I’ve done the brioche stitch. I haven’t been avoiding it, I’ve just never come across it before, or had any great desire to try it out.
So far, so good. I might be a convert. You have been warned!

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Work In Progress Thursday?

It’s not alliterative, but it will have to do!
I’m plodding along on the Stephen West MKAL shawl

stephen west mkal2014 WIP1

Red paper clip is marking a stitch where I didn’t catch all the plies. I’ll go back later and duplicate stitch over it.

Part way through clue two.
I’ve also cast on a Cobblestone Pullover for my dad.
cobblestone WIP1
I’ve started at the yoke with a temporary cast on which I’m working in the main colour (that’s a 400g ball there) and I’ll then work down in alternating stripes of the three other yarns. That’s the plan, anyway!

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WIP Wednesday

Quick post today.

I’ve finished all the knitting on my Swartbos waistcoat. Just have the pockets to sew up and a kajillion ends to weave in.

And I’ve finished the Terraform scarf but blocking and that good old weaving in of ends remains.

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Whose idea was it


to hand-sew an invisible hem on a pair of black trousers, at 8 in the evening?
Mine. Obviously.
Stupid girl!
:dons glasses:

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WIP Wednesday

Quick post today

Making excellent progress on the Terraform scarf

Terraform 22nd Oct 2014

Ideal TV knitting!

But I’ve rather stalled on the colourwork sock.

new sock design 22nd Oct 2014

Again, showing the inside of the sock, because this is how I knit colourwork (colorwork!) in the round.

I’m now having doubts about the design and my ability to make a good quality pattern for my own semi-self-imposed deadline. But it would be for a great cause. I’m unsure, is the long and short of it!

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FO Friday: Cariad Cushion

Available in issue 40 of Knit Now magazine.

cariad_fo2Well, that came around quickly/it feels like ages since I finished this! Such are joys of designing that you can forget you made something at the height of summer for publication in Autumn!

Inspired by all things Celtic, I designed this intarsia-technique cushion cover.

It’s knit in a lovely, buttery-soft, Aran-weight yarn from Bergere de France called Magic+.

Here you can see it in repose:


And! Baby got back


No fabric backs on my cushions!

cariad_fo3Check out that texture!

Knit Now issue 40 is available in supermarkets and newsagents across the UK (and possibly further afield) and you can also purchase either a paper or digital copy online.

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