Category Archives: knitting

December 13, 2014

knitting for him




Since I learned to knit over a decade ago, I’ve made my fair share of knitted gifts. One year, I cast off the final rows of a hat, just moments before midnight on Christmas eve! Nowadays, with limited time, I generally tend to knit things for myself, or occasionally the children. However, when Debenhams contacted me and challenged me to knit something for the man in my life, to coincide with the launch of their new knitwear range, I was happy to take up my needles. In all the years we’ve been together, I’m not sure that I’ve made a single thing for my husband, Dan. My brother has more than once been the recipient of my knitted gifts: hand warmers, wristbands, and a rather memorable cricket jumper tea cosy. As a result, Dan may have felt that he’d had a lucky escape, but I was sure that I’d found just the right pattern to knit for him.

I have had a picture of this manly cowl pinned to my ‘Knitting’ board on Pinterest for months, and I decided that it was the perfect time to give it a whirl. The pattern is the Lovely Ribbed Cowl from the Purl Bee. I chose some yarn from Loop: Madeline Tosh Vintage in the sublimely named shade, Composition Book Grey. It was a dream to knit with, and the cowl grew apace. A good percentage of it was knitted whilst catching up on my current addiction, the Serial podcast. Knitting and podcasts are a perfect combination, and the cowl was finished in no time. If you’re a knitter, and you’re interested, you can find the project details on Ravelry.

With the final ends sewn in, the cowl was ready to be tried on. I think it must have been a success, because I had to practically wrestle it off Dan to photograph it! So much for my secret thought that he might hate it, and that I’d be able to keep it for myself. Perhaps I shall knit more things for him in the future… although I don’t think I’ll be embarking on a Christmas jumper any time soon. Maybe I’ll start by making something else from my inspiration board.

Knitting on Pinterest

{disclosure: Debenhams provided me with the yarn for this project, and gave me a gift voucher for taking part in the challenge. All thoughts, opinions and knitting are my own.}


February 9, 2014

knitting basket


Over the winter, I usually don’t have much luck when it comes to vintage finds. The car boot sales are shut, and for some reason I’m much less likely to duck into the charity shops for a quick rummage. Last week’s jumble sale Dala horse was my first treasure for a long time, but as is so often the case, these things come in twos or threes. This little basket also found its way home with me, bought for a couple of pounds from a vintage market. The picture doesn’t show it, but it’s lined with a sweet ditsy floral print, edged with lace. It was quite simply crying out to be filled with my knitting.

Up until now, I have kept knitting projects in individual tote bags, usually stashed in corners of the sitting room. A basket is far prettier and a strangely satisfying storage solution. Three small projects fit inside perfectly: my (almost finished) baby socks, a cabled tank top (also for the baby), and two skeins which are destined to become a striped cowl. Like the Dala horse, the basket has found a home on the shelves above my desk. These shelves, made for me by my kind and clever Dad, are beginning to accumulate all manner of significant objects. Perhaps I shall photograph them for you one of these days.

November 24, 2013

knitting season


shale blanket

baby blanket

cabled hat

When I was pregnant earlier this year, I spent my evenings knitting a shale baby blanket for the baby. Just like the blankets that I had made for the elder boys, this blanket had love knitted into every stitch and, once again, the baby did not make an appearance until I had at last cast off the final row!

As the evenings grow colder, and darker I have been once again reaching for my knitting needles. I’ve started with a cabled hat for the baby, using the leftover wool from the blanket. I also have an ever-growing list of projects that I am planning to make next: at this time of year, there are so many lovely knitted accessories to lust after. I’ve been collecting a few of my favourites over on Pinterest.

In the meantime, I need to finish this hat before the baby’s head grows any bigger! I’m planning a big fluffy pom pom for the top of it…

{The pattern I’m using is this one, and if you are on Ravelry, you can find me here, and more details about the blanket here..}