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Mini Polar Bear

Have you started your Christmas knitting? I've made this adorable mini polar bear.  



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Catherine x

Finished: Sweater in Marble DK

Another finished object.

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Catherine x

Finished: Sirdar 9164

Another finished object. 

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Catherine x

Finished: Baby Tank Top

I've finished a little bit of knitting.


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Catherine x

Some more socks!

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 d…

Vanilla Latte Socks

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 p…

The Faerly shawl

Today I have a finished bit of knitting to share with you - the Faerly Shawl.


I purchased this pattern at the Knitting and Stitching show back in October last year.  It's designed by a company called Tallyarns who I'd not heard of before.


 It's a simple shawl so suitable for a beginner to make as the lace pattern is very straight forward.


The pattern calls for only a 100g of 4ply yarn and is knitted up on 6mm needles so grows really quickly. The shawl is knitted from the top down and the starting point is the mid point at the back of the neck. As you knit, the shawl grows in width.


The yarn I used for this project was Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift, which is a lovely 100 percent pure Shetland wool, that comes in a huge range of colours. The shade I used was 1390, Highland Mist.


I knit the shawl as per the pattern, but mine seems to have come out smaller than the intended size. The finished size stated is 140-160 cm across the top and 60-75 cm down the centre back depend…

2016 - A Review of the Year

Hello everyone

I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick review of 2016 as I didn't join in #sewingtopfive  this year. 2016 has been an okay year but not that successful in sewing terms.  I started a new job in January 2016 which has gone really well, and initially I managed to find some time for sewing.

In April, I  spent a long weekend in Bath and visited the Fashion Museum which is well worth paying a visit.


I spent a gorgeous two weeks in France in August and I was full of plans to make a summer wardrobe but it never happened.

We had gorgeous weather while we were away and my family and I enjoyed strolls on the beach every evening. Here is one of the lovely sunsets...

I found it increasingly difficult to find time to sew in the second half of the year, and neglected the blog as life got pretty busy.

I also went to the Knitting & Stitching Show in both March and October and bought lots of nice goodies to add to my stash....

So what have I made this year? I did manage…

A project bag and more socks

Hello everyone

Today I have two things to share with you.

The first is a little project bag made using Simplicity 2830 from the It's So Easy range.


I bought this pattern as I have never made any bags before and thought as it was labelled "It's So Easy" it would be a good make for a beginner bag maker.

While I am fairly pleased with the finished make, I think the pattern was quite tricky to follow and it was not that easy really! The instructions were hard to follow at times, particularly when it came to making the strap and the instructions for inserting the zip were practically non-existent.

The pattern is for a bag in two sizes - 9 x 12 inches or 8 x 10 inches.  I decided to make the smaller of the two as I thought it would be a perfect sized project bag for storing my sock knitting.


I made the bag from a cute cotton that I bought at the October 2016 Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. I only bought a metre as I bought it with bag making in mind.  U…