Yarndale 2017 in Photos

This weekend (23rd-24th Sept) marked the 5th annual Yarndale festival in Skipton, North Yorkshire. This is the 4th time that I’ve been and I loved it just as much as every other time before! Here are a few photos of my day at this wool-lovers paradise:

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!

Knitting a Woolly Hat

Carol Meldrum woolly hatIt’s September, it’s almost Autumn and it’s very nearly the time to start wearing wool again! Normally when the winds are blowing and the rain is falling I turn to my knitted beret (shop bought, I must admit) but this year I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at making my own hat.

The pattern I’ve picked is one from the book ’30 Minute Knits’ by Carol Meldrum. I highly doubt it’ll take me just 30 minutes to make, but I’m going to try my best. I’ve also been assured by McA Direct (a knitting store who contacted me through Twitter) that wool, needles and knitting bookthe author, Carol Meldrum, creates patterns that are lots of fun to do! So fingers crossed…

The pattern calls for one 100g ball of super chunky wool and 12mm knitting needles. I don’t own either, so on my lunch today I popped down to the wool shop in my town and picked up the couple of things you can see in the picture. I’ve got some jumbo-size, plastic, 12mm needles (they look a bit like toy knitting needles!) and some Wendy Mega Chunky Wool in shade 2244 – this is apparently silver but I’d say it was more a grey-blue colour.

Now I just hope that it goes to plan, I can polish off the rust and I can remember how to knit!

Woolly Hearts & Cedric the Snake

knitted heartThis week I’ve been teaching myself some new knitting stitches as, unless I just want to knit scarves and snakes forever, I need to know how to read knitting patterns and do the relevant stitches in the relevant places. I decided to start easy, so chose a simple pattern for a little woollen heart from my Let’s Knit magazine. The pattern was asking me to sl1, kfb and psso which, to me, is complete gobbledegook. Learning the language of knitting would, therefore, be paramount.

To learn the stitches, I headed over to YouTube and simply typed in the stitch names. The result was the Deramores YouTube channel – a channel absolutely full of ‘how tos’ which will now, no doubt, become an invaluable resource to me. I memorised the techniques, followed the pattern letter by letter and here’s the finished result.

Cedric the snakeTalking of not wanting to knit snakes forever… when visiting my parents house this weekend (with the ulterior motive of ‘borrowing’ some wool) I came across this long, stripy scarf/snake (snarf?) that I began when I was about 8 years old. Using odd scraps of my mum’s wool I used to knit a stripe every time I felt like learning to knit. I never finished it, but having come across it 16 years later I decided to cast off what I’d completed, sew it up, fill it with toy stuffing and give Cedric the snake some perssssonality! (Sorry). What do you think?!

I ordered some new knitting books from Amazon this weekend too, so hopefully they’ll be posted out soon and I can get started on a multitude of woolly cats. Amazon are very slow with their delivery these days – if I can get to work in the snow, so should they!