Experimenting with blogger themes

September 20, 2017

So as I mentioned last time, I have decided to give the old blog a bit of an overhaul and I have been experimenting with the blogger themes.  Since I created my blog there are now some cool new themes available from Blogger.

I've chosen one of these new themes, but I have not done any customization yet.  My first thoughts are that the new  themes are great, they look really modern and render really well on a mobile.

My blog looks a lot less cluttered and streamlined but I kind of miss the old side bar. With the new theme, the side bar pops up when you click at the top.  

Has anyone else changed to one of the new themes. What are your thoughts?

I think there will be some more experimentation before I settle on a new look!

Oh and I have posted a short blog post on my new blog which you can read here if you are interested.

Catherine x

Update 23/09/17 : After a bit of tinkering around I have changed back to a more simple style, but have downloaded a customizable template. Still a bit of work to do, but looks great so far! Let me know what you think!


My new blog

September 18, 2017

Hello dear readers

If you read my last blog post, you will know that I was not sure about continuing with this blog. My thanks to those who took time to comment and share their thoughts with me, it means a lot to me.

So what have I decided?

Well, I've decided to freshen up this blog, and I've already started working on this, starting with changing the blog layout and look. It might be fun to take the blog in a different direction, so I may post about some different stuff here over the coming days...

However I have also set up a new blog, which I am going to experiment posting on and see how I feel.

I've written my first proper post tonight, if you are interested in reading it you can find it on my new blog Little Rosy Knits




Should I start a new blog?

September 15, 2017

If you follow this blog you might have noticed that it's been a bit neglected of late to say the least!

When I started blogging I started out with the intention of writing about my new hobby, sewing.

My aim was to write a sewing blog, featuring pattern reviews, my makes, share sewing hints & tips I picked up along the way and links to my favourite sewing tutorials.   

A few years down the line, whilst I still love sewing,  I seem to be mainly knitting and when I do blog, I blog about knitting! I've always been a knitter, and I now find myself wanting to knit rather than sew.

So I've been wondering.  Should I start a new blog?  Should I just continue with this blog? Somehow the name "The Stylish Stitcher" doesn't seem to suit me anymore.

I'm not saying I don't want to sew any more, but I don't have the urge to write about it at the moment. I would like to blog more regularly, so think taking the blog in a different direction would be a good idea.

Any thoughts would be gratefully received!

Catherine x


Some more socks!

September 14, 2017

Just popping by to say hi! It has been a while since I last posted. Today I am going to share with you my latest work in progress, "Lazy Sunday" socks.

The pattern is from Simply Knitting Magazine, issue 157.

The socks feature a stripy zig-zag pattern which is achieved using a crossed stitch.   The stitch pattern is quite easy to do, once you know how,  but I have to admit I was totally flummoxed by the lack of explanation!

Luckily my trusty "Knitter's Handbook" came to the rescue. It looks a bit dated now but it really is an excellent resource for any knitter!

The stitch pattern basically involves working into the front or back of the second stitch on the needle, drawing the loop to the front of the needle, then working the first stitch as normal and slipping both stitches of the needle. Easy when you know how!

I can't find this pattern on Ravelry but if you wanted to knit something similar I found this pattern on Ravelry. Business Casual socks is a free download. I have't knitted these socks but they look very similiar to me.

I'm knitting my socks in the recommended yarn, which is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply. The colour I picked is called Blue Lagoon. I've not used this yarn before, but I think I will buying some more as it knits up well and it comes in a lovely range of self patterning and plain colours!

The original socks are knitted in Passionfruit Cooler which is another gorgeous shade.

Hopefully I will be able to crack on with these soon and have some finished socks to share with you.

Also I'm on Ravelry, feel free to add me if you like.

Happy knitting




Vanilla Latte Socks

May 10, 2017

Today I want to share with you my latest socks! I started these back in January and I probably finished them in February but I have only just got round to blocking them and photographing.

The pattern is Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes which is a free pattern that can be downloaded from Ravelry.  I recommend this pattern as it is a great beginner sock, or a sock to knit when you don't want anything too complicated! It is simple to knit and has just enough detail to keep you interested.

I made the medium size which involved casting on 64 stitches, and the socks were knitted on 2.5 mm needles.  The socks have come out slightly too loose so I think next time I will make the small, casting on 56 stitches.

The pattern is very well written and gives you lots of options. I chose to knit a knit 2, purl 2 ribbing as I think it the best ribbing for socks cuffs, and the stitch pattern for the leg is really easy too, as you alternate plain knit rows with a knit 6, purl 2 rib.

The pattern even offers three heel flap variations and two different toes.

I knitted the standard round wedge toe and then grafted the stitches together with Kitchener Stitch to close the toe

I knit a slip-stitch rib heel.

I've got some other knitting projects on the go which I hope to share soon.  I have not had any time for sewing but I am hoping that I find some time soon.

Catherine x

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