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.

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

HdF 2014 Day 17 2014-21-07

Music Monday: Queen edition

Music Monday: Queen edition

A bit of a last-minute one but I’ve been busy finishing this fibre and turning it into yarn!

A light DK-weight 2-ply mixed BFL yarn.
A light DK-weight 2-ply mixed BFL yarn.

All details on my Ravelry stash page.

Anyway, in keeping with the Tour de Fleece/France theme…


FO: TOFUtsies Trilobite Trainer (t)Socks

FO: TOFUtsies Trilobite Trainer (t)Socks

Sorry about the title, but I wanted to keep the alliteration going!

Wearing black socks to show off the pattern better.
Wearing black socks to show off the pattern better.

Well once I’d rediscovered these socks in my UFO (UnFinished Object) pile it didn’t take me long to finish these bad boys.
Pattern and project: Trilobite Socks by Wendy D Johnson from the book “Socks from the Toe Up”. My Ravelry Project Link.

Fits perfectly with these cotton tennis shoes!
Fits perfectly with these cotton tennis shoes!

Yarn and needles: South West Trading Company TOFUtsies (50% Wool, 25% Soy, 22% Cotton, 3% Other) in colour 723. Light Fingering/sock weight. Approx. 37 g used (172 yds/157 m). 2 x 2 mm short circular needles. Set of five 2 mm bamboo dpns.
Dates and dimensions: May 10 2010 – February 17 2014 (well that’s embarrassing). To fit UK 6.5/Eur 40 foot, size M made.

Close up showing the lace trilobite pattern
Close up showing the lace trilobite pattern

Notes and modifications:

  • Obviously, I omitted the leg!
  • Short row heel, no gusset increases.
  • Set of short rows worked on back of leg, immediately above the heel. This was done to raise the back of the sock up to help keep it on the foot.
  • A few rounds of 1/1 rib worked at the top.
  • Russian cast off method used.
New Pattern Release: Wooden Heart Gloves

New Pattern Release: Wooden Heart Gloves

Wooden Heart Gloves - an overview
Wooden Heart Gloves – an overview

These cosy gloves are knitted with decadently soft hand-dyed yarn – because a pattern this pretty deserves gorgeous yarn!

Ravelry pattern page.
Yarn: Skein Queen Desire DK/8 ply merino (kits will be available).
Gauge/tension: 23 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches in St st in the rnd on 3.25mm needles (stranded patt on 3.75mm needles)
Sizes: S (M, L, XL)

The patterning on these gloves was inspired by Eastern European cross stitch-embroidered fabrics and wooden boxes inlaid with heart, cross and leaf motifs. These motifs lend themselves very well to stranded knitting, although there were many trials and tribulations involving lots of charts and a fair amount of abandoned swatches before the design was finished!

I’m really pleased with how these turned out. There was quite a bit of “back and forth” on getting the charts just so. It’s funny how memory works because looking at these just reminds me of what I was watching while designing and making them; series 3 of the US version of “The Killing”!

Wooden Heart Gloves - details
Wooden Heart Gloves – details

Issue 30 of Knit Now is on sale from today (9th January), in print and digital format. It is available from newsagents, supermarkets, craft shops and