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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WIP Wednesday: new, current and old edition

First, the current:

Still working on my new sock design.

new sock design 15th Oct 2014

I knit stranded stuff “inside out” when working in the round, so this is wrong side.

The new:

Terraform 15th Oct 2014

A Terraform scarf (by Cheri McEwan) in some Mean Girls Yarn Club sock yarn that’s been marinating in my stash for a while.

I needed some mostly-mindless TV knitting and this fit the bill.

And, finally, a very old UFO.

swartbos WIP 15th Oct 2014

BEHOLD THE RETURN OF SWARTBOS!!! It’s Rooibos from the Winter 2009 edition of Knitty.

According to my Rav project page, I started this in May 2011. Twenty eleven!!! All I had to do was the ribbing on one armhole, the front bands and sew the pockets closed. sigh. At least I’m actually working on it now!

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