Owls and teapots

So best hubby ever got me fancy knit pics knitting needles for my birthday and alao a knitting kit…  The little knit company sleeping owl tea cosy kit (available on Etsy). Got dragged along on one of his car club weekends so had plenty of time to get stuck in. Quick chunky pattern and enough yarn to make 2 cosies, one for me and one for my fellow owl fan Jo. Read an idea on facebook to have a different tea cosy every month, so that’s my new plan.

Going Cross Eyed with Capering Cables

I decided that springtime called for a more lightweight cowl, smart enough for work. Making the most of my Best Christmas Present Ever knit pic circulars and some wool donated by mother in law I set off… letting the cables decide where to meander as I went. First versionĀ in pale lilac has a slouchy feel, but not quite warm enough on frost mornings. Version 2 had a smaller circumference and so a snugger fit. Both now being used regularly on the morning commute.

I hadn’t realised untilĀ I started this that doing cables in the round, that cross over the round beginning/ end is a bit tricksy… but got there in the end after a moderate amount of unpicking and bad language.

Pattern available on Ravelry

 

 

Sewing school

Another Aunty Val’s sewing school last week… But everyone making gifts so couldn’t post until they were distributed. Car tidy, needle felted fox, wine holders… No end to the talents of my friends. Quote of the week from Lorraine.. “Oh no, I’ve made it wrong the pockets should be on the outside”   Me “you’ve got it inside out”. To be fair we were probably all a bit high on sugar after the cake fest.

Double sided knitting

One of my other new years resolutions wasto learn how to do double sided knitting. On e again tutorials on you tube were fab for this. Of course for my first project I couldn’t go for a small dishcloth… My father in law is a big fan of the Forth rail bridge in scotland, so I’m making a scarf with the bridge on. Famously it takes 5 years for the maintenance crew to paint the bridge. Might take me that long to knit it too!