FO Friday: Duotone Cowl

FO Friday: Duotone Cowl

Just hang-er-ing around!
Just hang-er-ing around!

Pattern: Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn.

[My Ravelry Project Page]

Can be wrapped 3 times around my neck. Makes it super warm
Can be wrapped 3 times around my neck. Makes it super warm

Yarn(s) and needles:
C1: Misti Alpaca in 0790 – 360 meters (395 yards), 45 grams
C2: Malabrigo Lace in Charrua 259 – 348 meters (380 yards), 40 grams

Either 3.5 mm or 4 mm circular (can’t remember which) – magic loop

Wrapped twice
Wrapped twice

Dates: Jan 27th – Mar 7th 2015

Size: 15 cm/6 inches wide by 160 cm/63 inches long.

Can also be used as a headband/cowl combo
Can also be used as a headband/cowl combo

Notes & mods:

  • Changed DK-weight to laceweight.
  • Cast on 88 sts as per pattern, to make a narrower cowl.
  • Made entirely from stash yarn (go me!).
  • Thanks to the alpaca, this is a really warm cowl.
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 Friday: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent

FO Friday: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent

Surprisingly comfy!
Surprisingly comfy!


Pattern: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent 2014 aka Joulukalenteri 2014 by Where We Once Knitted (Neulisti and Vyyhti) [My Ravelry Project Page]


Various scraps of sock-weight yarn too numerous to mention!

The ends! The ends! So. many. ends.
The ends! The ends! So. many. ends.

Weight of finished socks is 88 g so I estimate an approximate total yardage of 350 – 370 m (based off an average of 400 – 420 m per 100 g of sock yarn)

2.25 mm needles for stocking stitch sections, 2.5 mm for stranded colourwork sections.

Strike a pose!
Strike a pose!

Dates: 1st Jan 2015 – 19th Feb 2015

Techniques (those new to me are marked with an *):

  • Knitting in the round
  • Bosnian Toe*
  • Crystal afterthought heel*
  • Stranded knitting in the round
  • Intarsia in the round
  • Mosaic knitting in the round
  • An (unsuccessful) attempt at jogless stripes
  • Twisted rib in the round
  • Duplicate stitch*
  • Russian cast off
Sock A (see list below for details of each section)
Sock A (see list below for details of each section)

Not all of these relate to me directly (some are inspired by family).

  1. Favourite album: Jagged Little Pill [Sock A]
  2. Yarn stash size: 20-50 kg (guess) [Sock B]
  3. Image search of your name: Pink [Sock B]
  4. Closest piece of art: Painting of two sheep in a field [Sock A]
  5. Colour from first letter of mother’s maiden name: B = brown [Sock A]
  6. Country of your birth: England [Sock B]
  7. Internet test thingy: Red [Sock B]
  8. Family: We are all family (and I’m a damn hippie!). My favourite colours of purple and orange [Sock A]
  9. Earliest memory: Lego box covered in black/white checked paper [Sock A]
  10. Favourite carol: “The Holly and The Ivy” [Sock B]
  11. Favourite tree: Silver birch – chart inspired by/adapted from Dogwood socks pattern [Sock A]
  12. Favourite walk: Farmer’s field [Sock A]
  13. Reverse acronym generator: Red [Sock A]
  14. Other hobby: Spinning wheel (chart adapted from Fileuse pattern) [Sock B]
  15. Favourite cartoon: X-Men colours (cartoon/comic version) [Sock B]
  16. RGB birth-date: Dark blue [Sock A]
  17. Chinese zodiac: monkey [Sock A]
  18. Wikipedia random article search: result was Hornick, Cornwall, so did Cornish flag [Sock B]
  19. Favourite flower: Red roses  – chart from Rose Mitts [Sock B]
  20. Favourite socks are purple, so yellow [Sock A]
  21. Favourite cartoon character: Leela from Futurama (purple for her hair) [Sock A]
  22. Sports team colours: Yellow and blue [Sock B]
  23. Favourite constellation: Orion [Sock B]
  24. Colour from comment section: Forest Green [Sock A]
Sock B (see list above for details of each section)
Sock B (see list above for details of each section)
FO Friday: Cria cardigan

FO Friday: Cria cardigan


Pattern: Cria by Ysolda Teague, from Little Red in the City.


Yarn and needles:

Debbie Bliss Prima (DK; 80% bamboo, 20% merino) purchased from Black Sheep Wools*. Unknown yardage used, but I bought 14 balls and used most of them!

3.25 mm needles.


Dates: November 2012 – April 2013


  • Although I love the finished object, I hate this yarn. There were at least 2 knots in every single ball, it’s pilled horrendously ever since it was first washed and it takes an absolute age to dry. Over all, really not happy, and I’d have been even more upset had I paid full price for it. Although I now know why it was on sale! (It’s since been discontinued).
  • Made lined pockets.
  • Well, my mum likes it, so I suppose that’s the main thing!


* not affiliated, just a satisfied customer.

Pashley Tulip Wrap

Pashley Tulip Wrap


Ta da! I have a pattern in the new, Best of British, issue of Knit Now (issue 44) and it’s the Pashley Wrap.


Despite having hayfever I still love flowers. The solution? A knitted wrap strewn with blossom! This wrap is named for the Pashley Manor tulip festival held in East Sussex to commemorate the arrival of the first tulips into Europe in the 16th Century.

You can buy a physical magazine in newsagents and some supermarkets in the UK/Eire today (and possibly elsewhere at a later date), order one online or download a digital version. [More details here]


I had fun designing this; making all the elements work together and flow into one another. I think it may be the most delicate and “ladylike” thing I’ve ever designed!


The yarn used for this project is Ripple Crafts Bluefaced Leicester 4-ply in A Dangerous Shade. It was a lovely yarn to work with; very smooth and with a great drape. And I used pretty much every last centimetre of it!

The pattern has charts and written directions, so there’s no excuse!