what to wear to toad hall

October 28, 2013

I’ve moved!

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Well, Messing About in Boats, of course!

This is a drive-by posting to announce the release of this perfectly pocketed pattern.



Messing About in Boats is a sweater to live in – or mess about in.* From a design perspective, it was one of those rare projects that simply worked from beginning to end. My lived-in sweater turned out with just the right amount of ease, slouchiness, length, and comfort. Things appeared where I wanted them (neckline, cuff, bumforgiving hem split, pocket placement) without a single frogging or rethink.

And I had 2 yards of yarn left after casting off… Phew!
(I’m knitting a second one, while trawling the internet for yarn for a third.)

* Annabel, a valiant test knitter and Island Knitting Retreat creator, invented the name – an homage to Ratty and Mole, and possibly to pooling.


Dido in Scrumptious 4ply from Fyberspates

Thanks to the brilliance and generosity of Natalie Fergie of The Yarn Yard and Pete and Clare at MSF (Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders), knitters are raising much-needed funds via p/hop — Pennies per Hours of Pleasure. Knitters donate patterns, knitted items for raffles, yarns, pattern books. These are made available to other knitters (or non-knitters for that matter)  in return for a donation to MSF — as much as they think the item is worth or as much as they can part with.


Dido in Clan from The Yarn Yard

Dido is one such pattern. If you would like to knit it, you can find it now at p/hop (along with other interesting patterns).

Dido can be knit as stole (requiring about 700-800 yards/metres of fingering yarn) or as scarf (requiring about 400 yards/metres).

There is more information on the pattern here (as well as a link to p/hop and the download link).

dido in fybersspates scrumptious

Dido in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply

v i t a m i n s

February 9, 2010

February screams for colour. And vitamins. Perhaps I’ll make a new batch of Seville Marmalade before the Seville oranges rot and we slather the last from last year’s batch on a piece of toast.

Nah. I’d rather knit.

And finish the chart for no hesitation gloves.

It is necessary to knit.

February 8, 2010

My knitting obsession fervour has lately morphed into a desire to design things. I still like to knit other people’s fantastic patterns. And I still waste hours trying to work out a pattern I’ve seen — not because I’m cheap and don’t want to pay for it, I’ll have you know, but for the challenge of working it out.

The latest challenge is to start from nothing. Nothing?! I’m lying. Nothing comes out of nothing. There’s always something. Such as a fantastic YARN in a fantastic colourway, that lands next to another colourway — and ZOIIIIING!

A glove. Callisto.

callisto glove

And a mitten. And a mitt. And so on.


My obsession can perhaps now be called a worthy (pre)occupation.

callisto mitt

With a big, big thanks to Natalie of The Yarn Yard.

(It’s all her fault you see.)