So many late nights.

With the Cricket World Cup and the recent Giro D’Italia I have had many late nights.  Last night for example was three o’clock.  Fortunately I also manage to get quite a bit of knitting done while watching the television so I have something to show for the late nights other than tired eyes.

This is a fingerless glove, not quite finished.  I am trying to use up some of my scrap wool.  This has ended up being smaller than I thought so perhaps it will suit a grandchild.

I am finally onto the fair isle part of my cardigan.  I can’t do this while watching the cricket as it requires too much concentration.


This wasn’t one of my favourites

I have been knitting a cardigan for my younger daughter.  The wool is really lovely and soft but difficult to work with.

wool If you put too much tension on the wool it would tear apart. I also made sure that I joined in a new ball at the end of a row as it was far too obvious if it was joined elsewhere.

cardigan patternThis is the pattern my daughter had chosen.  She didn’t have time to knit it herself so I offered to knit it for her.  It was certainly a quick knit but not a satisfying one.

I hope my daughter likes it.  The two buttons just need to be attached.

Twilleys cardigan

Experimenting with colourwork in knitting

I am slowly reducing my stash of wool but still have a long way to go.  The difficulty is knowing what to make with the odd balls of wool as generally there is not enough of one colour to make a complete garment.

I have a Pinterest board for woolwork

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 8.09.41 AM and one for yoke sweaters.
yoke sweatersI was interested in making a sweater completely on a round needle and using fair isle all the way up the sweater but I don’t have the confidence yet to try that so I thought I would give a cardigan a go and move on from there.

I found a fair isle pattern archive on Pinterest and I chose a classic high buttoning cardigan pattern and then worked out how I could fit in the fair isle pattern.

The pattern I chose was this one.

patternYou can see fro the markings on the paper that the pattern I used was the one on the right hand side.

grid pattern I transferred the pattern to grid paper so I would have a sheet I could mark as I went along.

I am happy with the finished product but I still have a lots of wool to use.

fair isle cardigan

The buttons are rather bright but they were in my stash so I put them to use.


Knitting goes quickly when the cricket is on television.

This particular pattern is from a stack of patterns I have accumulated over the years.  I had finished my previous project and was looking for a new one when I found that this cardigan had been marked with a post-it-note.  I assumed that my elder daughter had marked it when she had been looking through the patterns so I took it upon myself to knit it as I had suitable wool in my stash.

I have completed this particular project in record time as I have been watching cricket while I do my knitting, that way I don’t feel guilty about sitting down all day to watch the cricket.

Today Michael Clarke made his 200 runs and Michael Hussey made 100 against the South Africans so it was a good day for the Australians.  It was a good day for me as I finished the cardigan.

I do get there in the end. . .

The granny square shrug is finished.  The colours look a bit washed out here but I am delighted with the finished product.

It will look much nicer on my daughter than it does lying on the floor!

I finished this little neck scarf that I started a while back.  It had been put to one side. I think it is called an Ascot Scarf.  It is toddler sized.

My elder daughter asked me to knit it for my granddaughter.I have also been doing some Christmas craft. This is a little bag that I started last Christmas and have finally got around to finishing it in time for this Christmas!

I have also managed to finally finish my cardigan!

Gilet noeud noeud

I have just finished a cardigan for my granddaughter and am now undecided as to whether to attach the bow or not. Usually I search Ravelry for a pattern but this time I found the pattern for the cardigan when I was looking at one of the knitting blogs I follow.  

The pattern was free so I decided to give it a go.  This was such an easy knit compared to the red jumper I did for my grandson.  It only took me a couple of days to finish.  Now I need to decide whether to attach the bow or not.  Perhaps the bow is a little bit too bulky for the cardigan.  I think I will wait until I visit my daughter and let her decide.

With bow

Without bow