Monthly Archives: January 2016

Dayflower Cowl – updated

I am slowly working my way through my older patterns, re-writing them, re-working them, and adding extra options.

My first pattern to get this treatment is the Dayflower cowl. This has been completely re-worked and re-written for additional sizes.

A delicate cowl with a travelling leaf pattern designed to be made in fingering/4ply yarn. Fully adaptable for width and circumference. Pattern includes written instructions for stitch pattern, stitch counts at the end of each round and charted instructions for stitch pattern.

Updated October 2015 for more information about sizing and gauge.

Yardage requirements and finished dimensions:

  • single loop version (circumference 32”/81cm, width 12.5”/32cm) – 180 yards
  • double loop version (circumference 46”/117, width 12.5”/32cm) – 300 yards
  • triple loop version (circumference 64”/112, width 9.5”/24cm) – 320 yards
  • quadruple loop version (circumference 96”/244cm, width 9.5”/24cm) – 410 yards

2 pdf files are provided – a printer friendly version and one with all of the high-res images.

for £2.50 plus VAT.

 

Shetland sweater pack – part 2

I have previously posted about what happened to the first part of the Shetland sweater pack from Hilltopcloud that I spun up into 2,396 yards of fingering weight 2-ply yarn. The first part was turned into a sweater and I liked the pattern Chantalle so much (and having already paid for it) I decided to turn the remainder of my sweater pack yarn into a cardigan version of the same pattern.

This pattern is worked top-down, so once I had completed the yoke I was able to work the arms to the desired length and then just keep on knitting until almost all of the yarn was used up, finishing with some ribbing. I am very happy with the result, and look forward to using up some of my other handspun yarn on similar large projects such as this.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/chantalle-2

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/chantalle-2

I love how the variegation in the dyeing is shown off by the simple stockinette majority, but is not lost in the lace sections.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/chantalle-2

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/chantalle-2

 

Cold Sheep 2016

As I start 2016 I have taken stock (literally) of all of my yarn and fibre and decided that this is the year that I will go Cold Sheep. Going cold sheep is a commitment not to buy any more yarn (or fibre) and instead work from existing stash.

My stash is of a reasonable size

Stash January 2016

Stash January 2016

and can be divided out into my weaving stash

Weaving stash January 2016

Weaving stash January 2016

my dyeing stash

Dyeing stash January 2016

Dyeing stash January 2016

my hand-dyed yarn stash

Handdyed stash January 2016

Handdyed stash January 2016

my commercial yarn stash

Commercial yarn stash January 2016

Commercial yarn stash January 2016

my handspun stash

Handspun stash January 2016

Handspun stash January 2016

my undyed single-breed fibre stash

Undyed fibre stash January 2016

Undyed fibre stash January 2016

and my dyed fibre stash.

Dyed fibre stash January 2016

Dyed fibre stash January 2016

My plan is to only buy yarn if it is for a commission, and other than that to work exclusively from my existing stash. Unfortunately, as I use up my fibre stash I am generating more yarn and my plan is to knit 300g of yarn for every 300g of fibre I spin (a sweater coming in at about 300g or so). I am also working through my fibre stash chronologically, spinning my oldest fibre first, so expect to see a lot of undyed single-breed fibre being spun soon.