Beach Pebble Paperweight

Just imagine… you’re sitting on Lettergesh Beach knitting a sock and the pages in my notebook keep fluttering over in the breeze. I was ready for a break from knitting socks… so what to do next?

I found myself lying back on the patchwork quilt to enjoy the warmth of the sun on my face. Sitting up, I pulled back the quilt, and dug a pebble out of the sand. It had been digging into my back in a rather uncomfortable way.

Pebble Paperweight

Eureka!

A fun idea had come into my mind. Knit a woolly pullover for a beach pebble… voila… a paperweight! [Read more…]

How to Knit a Mitred Square Blanket

There are lots of different ways to knit a mitred square. This is how I knit my Mitred Square Blanket. I chose to use an analogous colour scheme of green, turquoise, teal, blue, purple, cerise as much as possible. Most of the yarns are either hand dyed: semi-solid, tonal, variegated, or commercial self patterning. A few other colours did creep in as part of a multi coloured variegated yarn or commercial sock yarn. These just add an extra sparkle to the finished blanket. I loved the tiny touches of orange, red, brown and zingy green.

Mitred Squares Blanket Pt3 5

This is a long post as I’ve taken lots of photos. I know that for many people I may go into too much detail, but I like to do the tutorial posts so that they will enable a beginner knitter to be able to do the project. This is actually a great project for a beginner as the mitred squares are easy to do. [Read more…]

Cashmerino Aran Crochet Throw – Pt 1

I’ve a very exciting holiday coming up this year. My mum and I are going on a road trip together around the Southern part of Ireland. It will be the first holiday that we have had together and I’m really looking forward to it. We have the cottages booked for a week in County Kerry and a week in Connemara.

I always love to have a few projects that I can photograph when I am on holiday. As I only have a few months before we go I decided that I’d like to crochet a throw for the trip.

Cashmerino Crochet Throw 2

I haven’t done any crochet for a long time, well not since I turned my granny square blanket project into a granny square scarf… [Read more…]

Mitred Squares Blanket – Part 2

Mitred Squares Blanket Mavis Grind

Imagine tossing a stone across land from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea. We stopped at Mavis Grind on our way to Northmavine, where Shetland Mainland is at its narrowest point measuring only 33 metres. So if you are a good aim, it should be possible. I’m not sure if that would be feasible anywhere else. It was windswept. It was cold. It was beautiful and wild. [Read more…]

Mitred Squares Blanket – Part 1

Last year, I spent a little while looking through my stash of 4 ply and sock yarns, and decided that I needed to use some of the leftovers. With this in mind, I started thinking about different projects for using up this beautiful yarn. I’m really enjoying thinking about and planning all the projects that I want to make using this gorgeous yarn.

Mitred Square Blanket 6

For a very long time I have been knitting using 4ply and sock yarn. When I first started knitting clothes for the Sasha doll girls, boys, toddlers and babies, I began amassing a collection of these yarns in a myriad of colours. I have many part balls and scraps ranging in every colour in the colour wheel. All stored in airtight plastic crates and sorted by colour. In addition, I have boxes of small quantities of scraps from projects that I have finished over the years. [Read more…]

Moss Stitch Sewing Needle Case

When I asked mum what she would like for her birthday, she requested a sewing needle case so I started planning the design for the Moss Stitch Sewing Needle Case.

Moss-st-sewing-needlecase-1web

After thinking about it for a while, I decided to make one with a moss stitch knitted cover. I based the size and style for the design on my grandmothers old leather covered one that I use all the time. [Read more…]