Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


It's snowing!!! Unheard of here :-)  Note the little cat's opinion of it all...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Stash acquisition

I admit to acquiring new yarn recently: some from lovely Bevy in a swap, and some for a manly gift project which has been rumbling along unproductively for quite some time now!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

More Garden Pix

I spent a little more time enjoying the Indian Sumner in my garden recently :-)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunseeking Cats

The furry feline flatmates caught enjoying a precious patch of late summer sun.  Prrr prrr...

The last roses of Summer - and some daisies.

 Dublin Bay

 Double Delight

Shasta Daisy Banana Cream

 Pink Flower Carpet

 Unknown :-)

Another unknown

The title says it all really.  We have had a lovely Indian Summer after a less than wonderful summer, but the weather is going to break soon, I am sure, so I took a quick look at the last pretties in my garden.

Mattie's Blanket

Finally sewn together, just some ends and the border to do: woohoo!!

My Mum knitted the squares before she passed away 18 months ago, and it has taken a while to be able to bear to do it, but the worst is over and the end is within reach :-).

Friday, February 17, 2012

Baby Blankie

These are the first 2 squares in a 6 x 4 baby blankie for my new niece. It is a made up pattern comprising ideas from several different patterns, but I am pleased with the way it is working out. Can't say the same about some peach/apricot wool I recently bought to use: it simply screams at the other colours! Back to the drawing board...

Cloth Pattern

Angel Wings Wash or Dish Cloth

Pattern Stitch:

I started with the broken cable stitch pattern used it in a cloth and as I was knitting it I thought of how I could change it to look like wings, so I tried it and it worked. :-)

The pattern has 10 stitches and 26 rows, so to make a reasonably square pattern I cast on 46 stitches to do 4 repeats across, and 2 repeats vertically.

I made a border of what NZ knitters call moss stitch and US ones call seed stitch, but you can use garter stitch if you prefer. I just happen to like the look of the moss stitch, though it slows up the process a little. I made the border 4 rows at the beginning and end and carried 3 stitches up each side.

I also did 2 rows of reverse stocking stitch (stockinette) at the top and bottom, as the pattern keeps at least 2 stitches of this up each side.

Special Instructions:

C3B - Cable 3 Back. Slip next 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 3 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle.

C3F - Cable 3 Front. Slip next 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 3 sts from left-hand needle.- then knit sts from cable


CO 46 stitches
Work 4 rows in border: Moss stitch/garter stitch
Work 2 rows reverse stocking stitch, keeping first and last 3 sts in border pattern

R1 (P7 K1 P2) four times
R2 AND ALL WRONG SIDE ROWS P the P stitches and K the K stitches
R3 (P6 K2 P2) four times
R5 (P5 K3 P2)
R7 (P4 K4 P2)
R9 (P3 K5 P2)
R11 (P2 K6 P2)
R13 (P2 C3F P2)
R15 (P2 K6 P2) [This is correct, it allows the twist of the cable to shape up properly]
R17 (P3 K5 P2)
R 19 (P4 K4 P2)
R21 (P5 K3 P2)
R23 (P6 K2 P2)
R25 (P2 K1 P4 K1 P2) [Start of next pattern block. The wings overlap slightly and "look" in opposite directions]
R27 (P2 K2 P6)
R29 (P2 K3 P5)
R31 (P2 K4 P4)
R33 (P2 K5 P3)
R35 (P2 K6 P2)
R37 (P2 C3B P2)
R39 (P2 K6 P2)
R41 (P2 K5 P3)
R43 (P2 K4 P4)
R45 (P2 K3 P5)
R47 (P2 K2 P6)
R49 (P2 K1 P7)

Work 2 rows reverse stocking stitch

Work 4 rows moss stitch/garter stitch border. Cast/bind off. You've done it!

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