project :: all wound up

Early this summer, I was happy and delighted to be asked to knit some samples for my favourite yarn shop All Wound Up. I joke that’s my local LYS even though it’s in another country.

I had to keep these projects under wraps until the Christmas showcase that happened last weekend, and so now I’m going to highlight what I got to work on.

Brittania Toddler Sweater. The pattern is by Tin Can Knits and this pattern, as with all of their patterns I’ve worked with, was a delight to knit. The yarn is Berocco Vintage DK.


A simple cable pattern up the centre with diagonal eyelets and garter stitch. It was interesting to knit and got me back into some cabling grooves.

Modular Christmas Stocking. This pattern is by Nona Davenport, one of the owners of the shop. In her pattern she offers many different design options for you to choose from to make your own stocking unique to you. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash.


It’s been awhile since I did colourwork and it was fun. I need to do more of it, although I had to research again how to hold the yarns to get the dominant colour knit. I can’t even remember which it is, but I did save a youtube tutorial for the next time!

Freeport Cardigan. Oh my, this was a bit of a challenge and got me to work on my cabling skills as well as other things that I haven’t done in a long time. With Nona’s suggestion of colour coding the cable charts, it actually went very smoothly and the yarn, an aran weight, made the project go quicker than I thought it would. The yarn is Berocco Remix.

Of course I decided to start this when we were having our hottest weather. I would situate myself at my dining room table so the sweater would rest on the table and not me and I then pointed the fans in my direction. Iced lattes helped as well.

Wussypillow Beret and Mitts. Actually I made only one mitt, and it was a long one! This had a very simple charted pattern and despite it being fingering weight, knit up pretty fast. The yarn is Anzula Nebula and it’s sparkly!

Tiny Window Cats. These little puffs of kittens were so fun to do! I was provided with four different colourways and tried to come up with some different combinations of kittens. A lesson learned however, don’t use wood DPNs as they might (will) break when trying to fiddle with the ears. Metal will do nicely.  The yarn is Berocco Vintage DK and it’s being sold as little kits at the shop.



So that has kept me pretty busy the last few months, trying to make the deadline and get some of my own projects worked on. My hands have knitter’s fatigue right now, so I’m taking at least a week, maybe two, break before I cast on for a pullover sweater for myself.


But that doesn’t mean I can’t crochet! Moorland Blanket.

The blanket was inspired by the moors of England. From the green hills to the purple wildflowers to the blue skies. The pattern is by Lucy at Attic24 and the yarn is Stylecraft Special DK, sold as a package through the Wool Warehouse in the UK.

My goal was to get it finished and I did get it done! It’s amazingly big even though I made it smaller than the pattern. There will be lots of cuddling and cocooning under this blanket this winter.

wip wednesday – I love lucy bag

Almost there…

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It’s not quite finished.  I’m undecided about whether I should line it (probably should), add handles (that would be handy..hah), and change its purpose from a bike bag to an all-purpose handy bag (it snagged the first time I plopped it in the bike basket…bleah!)


For now, I put my well-used quilted bag I received in a swap from Chawne inside it, just to give it support…and I love how it looks like that.  The quilted bag needs to live on its own though…I use it all the time… so now I search for fabric to line it (maybe a little-worn cotton blouse) and decide whether to crochet handles or make them out of the lining fabric…which would probably be the better idea, for strength and stability.  I do love the look of the quilted bag handles popping out of the top, looking like bunny ears.


Anyway, just talking my way through this…. I will probably change my mind a few more times. It’s the journey, not the destination sort of thing.  hah.


Lucy Bag.  Clicking on the photos takes you to my Ravelry page.

wip wednesday – blanket update and a lucy bag

The blanket is now 28″ and still growing.  No, still not tired of working on it!

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It’s getting kind of warm to work on with the hotter weather, hence I started a Lucy Bag with some Berroco yarn hanging around.  I’d like to make it a drawstring and use it for my bike’s basket to hold my things while I ride around.  I’ve had a few things try to jump out of my basket when I’ve gone over a bumpy area, so this will hold things securely and colourfully.

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carry on!

Summer Flowers Throw

Hey, here I am!  As I predicted, I’m a very unfaithful blogger.  I almost deleted the whole thing yesterday, but then I thought of all the effort that’s gone into it over the last couple of years, and decided to keep it after all.  It may change direction from what it’s been, but that is still undecided.

What I can do is show off my latest accomplishment and write a few notes about it.  I got this idea to do this blanket from the great inspiration found at flickr, ravelry and blogs of incredible crocheted blankets.  I knew I had to make one, I loved the look so much, and I want to make more.  Maybe larger squares this time and with wool.  But this is a perfect little cotton blanket for the warmer months, because despite my surges of heat these days, I still get cold in the evening.

I used knitpicks shine sport, and it has a great sheen to it and is so very, very soft.  It is heavier than I thought it would be.

I did run out of white to do a proper border. I have 1.5 skeins left of the white.  I have lots of all the other colours; that took far less than I estimated, but I underestimated the white.   Now, it should be easy to just order more white from knitpicks, but no.  White is back ordered till April 5th.  I’m just hoping that there isn’t a big dye-lot variation in white.  If so, then I’m screwed and will move on to plan “b”, but first I have to think up a plan “b”.   I’ll take any and all suggestions you may have for a plan “b”!

I had wanted this to be 36″ x 48″ but unblocked it is 30″ x 40″.  I hoped each block would be 3″ square (they seemed to be when I did my first test square), but they are 2.5″.  I’m not sure I can block it to the size I originally intended, but hopefully the border will add to the overall dimensions.  And if not, who cares!  And maybe with the leftover yarn I’ll make a throw pillow to match the blanket.

I better order lots more of the white.