FO: Leaf it Alone socks

FO: Leaf it Alone socks

Leaf it Alone Socks
Leaf it Alone Socks

Pattern: My own toe-up pattern (with standard gusset incs and heel flap).

MC: Easyknits Sushi Roll in Vlad. 330 yds per roll (used almost all of it).

CC: Posh Yarns Jeannie Sock in Froggy Went A-Wooing (remnants of Mad Eye Moody Socks)

leaf it alone socks fo1


  • Used Judy’s Magic Cast on with CC.
  • Continued CC through socks with simple intarsia-in-the-round technique.

leaf it alone socks fo5

  • On one sock I moved the green “stem” stitches across with the main fabric with cable-like moves and on the other I inc/dec either side of CC yarn.
  • Stems moved at random but in same general direction across the foot and then around the leg.
  • Included calf shaping
Calf shaping and standard heel flap
Calf shaping and standard heel flap
  • I never blogged about these in case I wanted to send them to a magazine for publication, but I’ve decided to either self-publish or just not bother at all! If I do write them up, they would be a paid pattern because there’s quite a bit of work involved (for me, anyway!)
  • Added a free-floating lace leaf at the end of the stems, and tacked it down at the point to the ribbing.


Leaf knitted at end of stem and tacked down
Leaf knitted at end of stem and tacked down


FO Friday: Cricket Cosy

FO Friday: Cricket Cosy

cricket cosy teapot cover

How cute is this?!

Pattern: Cricket Cosy by Ros Clarke, from p/hop.

[My Ravelry Project Page]

cricket cosy teapot cover
The back


Yarn & needles: Sugar ‘n’ Cream in white (90 m/58 g) and blue/cream variegated (15 m/10 g).

4 mm straights and 3.75 mm dpns

Dates: 24th – 27th Feb 2015

cricket cosy teapot cover
And one more for the road!


  • Only used 1 CC, instead of 2.
  • Worsted-weight cotton instead of DK simply because that’s what I had to hand.
  • Accidental modification of crossing the cables the opposite way. It’s now a design feature.
  • Another accidental mod of leaving off the stripes around the v-neck collar.
  • I’m going to be honest and say that it’s really difficult to get this on my teapot. I don’t know if it’s because of the yarn I used, but it’s really tricky. And it’s not easy to get the lid on, once the cosy is on the teapot.
  • However, it is super cute and I hope it will keep my tea warmer for longer!
FO: Crab Claw hooded cowl

FO: Crab Claw hooded cowl

or: The Skinned Ewok Hood

I finished this on Saturday and I’m blogging this on a Sunday. Will wonders never cease?!

Pattern: My own, made up out of my own sick mind, by Me [My Ravelry Project Page].

Crab Claw/Antler cable from the Harmony Guide of 220 Aran Stitches.

Sweet muppety Jeebus, this is warm!

Yarn(s) & Needles:

  MC: Sirdar Click Chunky in “Hustle Brown” (hehe). 3 x 50 g used

  CC: Laines Du Nord Duchessa in “Light brown/brown” (imaginative). 2.5 x 50 g used

This may be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever knitted. And I’m including the apple cosy in my calculations.

6 mm circ, 100 cm long and 7.5 mm circ, 80 cm long. I didn’t have a 15 mm needle for the CC so I used my 7.5 mm needle and wrapped the yarn around it twice, dropping the extra loop on the next row.

Dates: Jan 4th – Jan 17th 2015



  • Basically just made it up as I went along, with only a little mathematics involved!
  • Cast on at the centre top, using Judy’s Magic Cast on, and knit down.
  • Cowl cast on at centre back (using temp crochet cast on) and attached by knitting it on with the live stitches from the hood.
  • Liner is knitted in to hood.
  • Inspiration came from (may the Saints of Knitting preserve me) twig, by Tiny Owl Knits.
Hmmm… toggles…
Fingerless Glove Friday

Fingerless Glove Friday

A finished object! From … searches Ravelry … AUGUST?!?! Well, at least it’s August 2011!

In-out-in-out, you shake it all about!

Mojo Mitts in the remnants of the Zauberball I used for my Serpentine Socks (with a little help from another yarn for the thumbs).

And another FO, this time from January of this year. Positively on time.

Cables galore!

Evenstar Mitts designed by audm and made in King Cole Anti-tickle Merino.

Click on the links for more details/photos.

And finally, a work in progress!

I'm a hooker!

Clue 1 complete and Clue 2 on first glove covered up to prevent spoilers.

These are the Mystery Crochet Fingerless Gloves being done as part of the March CAL on the Fingerless Gloves Fanatics group on Ravelry. I’ve found my people …

Personal stuff: I’ve been to see my GP and she’s put me back on a low dose of my previous happy pills to try and sort the withdrawal symptoms out. So far, I’m like Tigger in comparison to my Eyore of last week.

One day at a time …

And you thought I was particular

And you thought I was particular

More on that at the end of the post but …

Sorry for the extended silence (like anyone missed me) but this ‘flu had a sting in the tail and it knocked me flat again.  Knew my recovery was too good to be true.  Not a lot of knitting/crochet done but here’s what I have managed to achieve:


No progress worth photographing, but I’m now done with the waist decreases

Watershed (thought I’d forgotten about this, didn’t you?)

I’ve now finished one side of the attached collar and started on the other side.

Crocheted contest item

I made a second one because I ran out of yarn on the border of the first and I really need to make sure you can make it with a set amount of yarn.  So the one I showed last time is now the prototype/chef’s privilege.

Blooming KAL swatch

After some heavy photo manipulation to try and get the true colour here it is:

I messed up a couple of parts of the stitch pattern but it’s more-or-less there.  It looks better with the light shining through so please excuse the ultra-glam photo of the swatch being held in place on my vertical blind by hair clips!

… you haven’t met my mum…

She is a speshul snowflake angel of the highest order. And I mean that in a nice way!

I’ve given up on the chunky chenille CARDIGAN OF DOOM (more on it’s fate in a future post) and instead I’m making Enid from the Winter 2006 issue of IK.

The prescribed yarn (Reynold’s Whiskey) is a sport-weight 100% wool yarn and I may have found a yarn which fits with her requirements.

Mostly cotton or acrylic.  Dark and versatile colour. MACHINE WASHABLE (that one’s very important). And not going to break the bank.

Come on down …

Sirdar Click DK in Deep Blue!!!

70% acrylic and 30% wool.

I’ll be digging into my DK and sport-weight stashes to work the circles on the yoke so I’m ready to go. What are my chances of making it for her birthday at the end of March?  Yeah, I know.  You can stop laughing now!