Revealing My Knitting

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The madness has abated round here again at least for a little while now the second issue of Olann and is out there, floating around for all to see.

I’m happy, Deirdre’s happy, we hope you’re happy too (sorry I realised I was listening to David Bowie, when I wrote this).  I imagine our friends and family are slightly worried they’ll be the next to get a call to model for us.  A g♥♥d friend has already been persuaded to lend us a child or two and we’re going to be looking for a volunteer or two, later at knitting group.  (Ssh, don’t tell any of them yet 😉 they might decide not to come)

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If you’ve seen the second issue, you’ll know I’ve been incredibly busy knitting and although I shared snippets, I wasn’t able to reveal my work before hand.  I knitted the silver grey sample of Patricia Cox’s Sunset Cardigan for the photographs in the magazine.  It’s actually a lovely pattern, with it’s detailed stitch panels, complimented by smooth stocking stitch.  It was great to knit, the pattern has been extremely well written by Patricia, with a lot of care and attention to detail.  Little things like the few rows of short row shaping around the neck, really help the whole garment sit much better.

The eagle eyed among you, will notice that I worked the decreases to create an obvious raglan line as I favour that look.  Having used a solid shade in place of the beautiful Soft Donegal tweed Patricia used in her original, it also adds a little more detail.

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The yarn itself, Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted  was a pleasure to knit with.  It’s smooth construction, meant it just slipped through my fingers and as you can see, it knits with great stitch definition and produces a fabric with a lovely drape and bounce to it.

 

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The other knitting I’d been busy beavering away on, was the Turners Cross Cable Twist hat, one of my own designs.  I knew what I wanted to make, having drawn some rough sketches out and armed with Barbara G. Walker’s Pattern Treasury books, I got down to some swatching.

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Several samples and two and a half hats later, plus one test knit (thank you to my good friend Dr. Sock), I was satisfied with the design, except I wasn’t.  Having had the shop for 10 years and spoken to literally thousands of knitters during that time, I know the majority of knitters still prefer to knit flat.  However, there are a good few of us now that enjoy knitting in the round, myself included.  So I re-worked the pattern to include the instructions for knitting the hat in the round using circular or double pointed needles.

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Those of you that know me, know I love Tivoli Celtic Aran, see the review here if you don’t believe me.  It’s an extremely underrated yarn, it’s a fantastic workhorse yarn, that is till 100% wool, doesn’t cost the earth, wears well and feels lovely.  I’d love to see more colours available, but that’s only going to happen if everyone jumps on my Tivoli Celtic Aran bandwagon.

Anyway, it worked up just lovely for the hat, the stitches look great, especially the slipped stitch cable, which sits raised up proudly on the knitted fabric.  It’s warm, woolly, easy to wear and will keep your head nice and snug.

In case you’re wondering about the name?

It’s because the handsome fellow (Shane), wearing it in the photographs for the magazine is from Turners Cross in Cork City of course 🙂

There has also been more knitting….

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New socks, that I finished yesterday evening.  What a great way to round off a very good day ♥♥♥

I’m hoping to get a little weaving in today, after some more work.  Hope you get to spend some time doing what you love too.

Happy crafting!

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Tivoli Husk

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I wanted to quickly show you the new yarn Husk from Tivoli although I’m not sure the photo above does it any justice.

I’m not a massive fan of novelty yarns myself preferring the look of a good stitch pattern however, I’m a little smitten especially with the little bolero that you can knit in it (see the bottom pic).  I cast on the scarf last night and will have it knitted and hanging in the shop to squidge for next week.

Husk knits on 6mm needles and the hat and scarf pattern comes free with each purchase of the yarn.  It takes 1 ball to knit the hat or the scarf and the yarn retails at €6.99 a ball so it’s great for a gift.

This bolero pattern is also available in the Woman’s Way Magazine.

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Must go as we have a super busy day full of classes in the shop today.

Happy Knitting!

Countdown Beginning……………..

Are you ready?
Are you ready?

For those of you that have been before you’ll know what it’s all about, the rest of you would probably best to read this previous post here http://knitmidleton.com/2012/07/23/everybody-keeps-asking-me/

Basically, we cover up all the shelves and lay out as many tables as we can fit into the shop; on top of these we put all the yarn we’re discontinuing.  There could be whole ranges of yarn, shades of yarn and some you might not have seen before.  There will be odd balls, several balls and packs of balls, no matter what, all balls are €3 each.

There are things to consider: you have to book your slot, you only have 20 minutes (you’re timed), you have to prepare, dig out the patterns, check your favourites on Ravelry, make sure you know how much double knit/aran/chunky you need.  Have a look at the post linked above if you’re not sure and make sure you book your place quickly before they all go.

This is what you should be expecting.

Stash for the Dash
Stash for the Dash
Laceweight, 4Ply & more Dk
Laceweight, 4Ply & more Dk
Super Chunky & Novelty
Super Chunky & Novelty

Let the mayhem begin!