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!


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Bits and bobs: 2014 edition Part 1

Bits and bobs: 2014 edition Part 1

I’ve been knitting on things old(ish)

Re-Wrapped Cardigan has part of a sleeve. Terrible quality photo due to poor light conditions
Re-Wrapped Cardigan has part of a sleeve. Terrible quality photo due to poor light conditions

and new

Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 - Clue 1 complete
Torirot Mystery Mittens January 2014 – Clue 1 complete

and crocheting up old yarn into something new

Crocheted Spiral Motif bag
Crocheted Spiral Motif bag

and I dug up some washcloths that I don’t think have seen the light of day before

Mysterious slip-stitch bias knit cloth - pattern unknown
Mysterious slip-stitch bias knit cloth – pattern unknown
"Domino" Washcloth. I can't find a source for the pattern anywhere.
“Domino” Washcloth. I can’t find a source for the pattern anywhere.
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!

I wasn’t, then I was, then I definitely wasn’t and so now I am!

I wasn’t, then I was, then I definitely wasn’t and so now I am!

(Note: this would have been brought to you sooner if I hadn’t done my back in putting on my jeans on Saturday and followed that up by falling in the supermarket car park and twisting my knee on Wednesday.  I’m hoping that all my bad luck is piling into January and the next 11 months will be plain sailing.  I know; but I can hope!)

I’m so weak-willed when it comes to a challenge and the Ravelympics is no different. I had some success the last time  I participated in 2008 and I’m hoping to replicate that this year.

I have entered myself in to two events; WIPs-Dancing and Sweaterboard Cross.

Here are the willing entries:

Knotty Gloves for WIPs-Dancing.

knottygloveufo (by dyedinthewool)

Completed: One glove and part of the second glove
To Do: complete cable on second glove, finish hand, work 4 fingers and a thumb.

Cupcake top in Sweaterboard Cross

cupcake swatch (by dyedinthewool)

Completed: Pre-tournament training swatching
To Do: well, all of it!

Sandvik Shawl in WIPs-Dancing
(This is my over-achieving entry in case I finish the other two in time)

sandvik2 (by dyedinthewool)

Completed: cast on, one chart repeat
To Do: at least another 2 or 3 chart repeats to make a decent-sized shawl.

Mopping up

Mopping up

A few loose ends to tie up before heading into 2010 (can you believe it?! I remember when I was a child thinking that the 21st Century was so far away and now we’re done with the first decade of it!)

I made (with some difficulty due to illness) a pair of Dashing wrist-warmers for my brother

Here he is modelling them in a very professional style!

Dashing mosaic (by dyedinthewool)

I used some very “inexpensive” acrylic/wool aran-weight yarn right up until 8 rounds before the end of the second mitt when I ran out! I quickly dived into my stash and came up with some acrylic camo-coloured DK-weight that 2Paw sent me a while back and made the best of it.

I’ve been reliably informed that Americans don’t “do” Christmas cake (the mind, it boggles) so I took some photos of it decorated and on of it sliced and ready to be eaten

xmascake09 (by dyedinthewool)


I made a pile of snow balls from icing and made it look like Father Christmas was throwing one! The top was done to look like a snow drift and I create icicles to hang down the sides.

xmascake09 2 (by dyedinthewool)

The cake itself is a Dundee cake (a light fruit cake with raisins, currants, mixed peel and cherries) covered with marzipan (almond paste) and royal icing.

As the year started, so shall it finish …

At 5:30 am on Boxing Day I woke up rather abruptly and then spent the next hour and a half desperately trying not to be “ill”.  I assumed I got a chill on Christmas Day, but it seems to be an inner ear infection.  I’m really dizzy and feeling quite sorry for myself.  I’m currently consuming fruit tea with ginger and honey in it every few hours and that really does seem to work to alleviate the symptoms for a while.  One thing I’ve discovered is that when I’m knitting and watching the TV I flick my eyes up and down a lot.  Can’t do that at the moment, so I’m either watching or knitting, not both. It’s driving me a bit loopy (who’d tell, I know) and I’ve manage to get a doctor’s appointment this very afternoon.

And onwards

The new year will bring me unfinished objects, more long-planned crafting projects and new yarn bought with my Christmas money.