Chris’ Woollen Architect Scarf

chris scarfIf you live in the UK, (or indeed, Canada) you’ll have noticed that the nights are starting to get darker, mornings are starting to get colder and the car is becoming impossible to defrost in less than 2 minutes. Winter is definitely coming, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to make lots of chunky-knits!

My sister bought me the Greetings From Knit Cafe by Suzan Mischer book for my birthday last year and I instantly spotted this pattern for a chunky knit ‘architect’ scarf. The pattern is designed for a man, so the lucky recipient of this super-woolly scarf is my lovely boyfriend! I tried to pick the manliest colours possible – what do you reckon?!

striped chunky knit scarf

The scarf is made using a simple ribbed pattern (k2 p2) and has stripes in varying widths and colours. The yarn I used was Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Chunky in Aubergine, Cinder, Light Grey and Petrol shades. It measures about 6ft in length – quite long for a scarf but quite short when you consider the fact that the intended recipient is 6’6″!

What do you think of my finished article? Have you knitted yourself (or someone else) a scarf this year?

Knitted Eco-Friendly Dishcloths

dish cloth kitsIf you can cast your minds back to a few weeks ago, you’ll remember that I spent a sunny Saturday morning at Yarndale Knitting Festival in Skipton. Whilst I was there, and amongst many others, I visited this stall run by the lovely Fiona and Christine of Catch-e-Monkey and Rose Cottage Crafts and picked up my very own DIY Dishcloth kit!

The kit consists of a ball of cotton aran yarn, 5.5mm knitting needles and the instructions for how to knit 3 different dishcloths: one in garter stitch, one in linen stitch and one with a checkerboard effect. For a new-to-knitting beginner like myself this kit was perfect as it allowed me to create useful items very quickly as well as knitted dishclothspractice my knitting stitches at the same time!

The kits are available for just £6.50 and, although Catch-e-Monkey has no online shop, I’m sure that if you contact Fiona through Twitter or Facebook then she’d be happy to help.

What do you think of my finished dishcloths? Have you ever tried knitting something so simple yet so effective yourself? Now I just need to bring myself to actually use them for their intended purpose – there’s something inside me dreading the thought of them being used to wipe up tomato sauce!