Back On Track …

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Well hello, how are you? … seems like an absolute age since we last had a chat … pull up a cosy chair, fill your teacup and lets get down to some serious catching up …

by the digitalirisThis last month has totally flown by at record speed and I have hardly had time to catch my breath, can you believe that today is our first day of Autumn? Certainly feels like it too, the white horses atop the Solent have been galloping  all day and piles of golden yellow leaves are beginning to circle the ground around many of the larger trees.

September has been filled with knitting and family. My birthday treat at the start of the month was a lovely surprise evening out with my eldest and his girlfriend and every day since has been preoccupied by thoughts of the imminent arrival of my first grand baby … due on the 25th, or whenever she decides the time is right! I shall share the ‘little something’ that I made for her, after the event.

As for knitting, I’ve been on a bit of a roll! In my last post I bemoaned the financial crisis that is my life, lol, and so I decided that I really needed to get my designing cells working on overtime to refresh my Etsy and Ravelry stores and knuckle down to some serious business ‘stuff’, and of course Autumn is definitely ‘knitting season’ , I also have a couple of exciting project ideas in the pipeline that I shall share at a later date…. Speaking of my last post, may I just say a few words to the fabulous fibre friends who got in touch .. . the yarning community never fails to amaze me at their support and kindness … knitters, (and crocheters of course) really are the nicest of folk!

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As promised, I did a random pick from the people who were sweet enough to buy my last pattern and the name chosen was …  ♥MrsKirstyHoll♥ Thanks Kirsty, I have to put my thinking cap on but a little something will be coming your way over the next couple of weeks (I’ll email you once it is posted).

Talking of thinking caps gives me a tenuous segue into my first new pattern/s launch that I’d like to share.

Winter Hats! … There is nothing more lovely on a cold blowy day, than to have a well fitting, warm, cosy and flattering hat to pull on. This mini collection of three, provides just that for all the family.


Snowbaby is traditionally styled with simple fair isle patterning in two colours. Easy to do, knitted in the round without seaming and a lovely crown shaping to keep your toddler snug from the top of their head to the tips of their ears. The deep brim can be turned up or worn down. Example knitted to fit a 1- 3 year old but can be made larger by using bigger needles.

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Wintertide more pretty fair isle and again simplicity of two tones and knitted in the round. Sized to fit most teens/adult women. Flattering crown shaping and the option to extend the brim to turn your beanie into a slouchy.

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Winding Lanes is a modular construction of chunky cables inspired by our islands country lanes. The horizontal banding being made first and the ends grafted together. Stitches are then picked up along the edges and the body and the brim are knitted separately, in the round. The only potentially ‘fiddly bit’, is using the Kitchener stitch method to graft the cable, but once mastered, it is a really useful tool to have for other projects. The great advantage to this method of construction, is the design possibilities it offers. In the example, I have used one colour throughout, but it would look great in two or even three different hues, use subtle, heather tones or go bright for a funky, fashion forward look. If you prefer, you could knit the top of your hat in plain stocking stitch too. Sized to fit most teens/adult women but by using a larger needle size and perhaps, lengthening the brim, it would also look fantastic on the chaps. Of course, a large pom-pom could easily be added to any of the designs for a fun touch.

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CAM01895 (2)Patterns are available separately. Details Here.


Not just hats have been flying off my needles this month. The Asherah shawl is finished plus the second shawl in the collection is complete, blocked and waiting to be photographed, and a third is half-finished too! … been like the Duracell bunny … lol. Hoping to release two of the shawls within the next few days and of course I will tell you all about them here, when I do.

Determined to blog every two weeks minimum from now on, and if I’ve nothing interesting to say, I can always show you pretty pictures of yarn …  🙂

Lovely to be back, must remember not to sit on the track for too long …

Happy yarning lovelies ❤ x

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