Knitting 2011

Scarf for Betsy (choir director)

Yarn: Stash Yarn

Pattern: Garter Stitch
Betsy's Scarf

Diamond Sparkle Socks

Yarn: Speshul Snowflakes Yarn Club Dec 2010 Mulled Wine on Sparkle Feet

Pattern: Toe Up with Diamond Pattern
Diamond Sparkle Socks

Blue Diamond Socks

Yarn: Knit One Crochet Two Sock in Denim

Pattern: Toe Up with all over diamond pattern
Blue Diamond Socks

Blue Skirt

Yarn: New Lanark Mills Donegal Silk Tweed DK in Blue Heather

Pattern: Olive Skirt by Veronik Avery
Blue Skirt

Prayer Flag Batt Hat

Yarn: Handspun on miniBosworth from AbbyBatts Prayer Flag 2 and 3 ply

Pattern: Top down hat
Prayer Flag Batt Hat

Large Cable Cowl

Yarn: Stash Icelandic

Pattern: September Mystery 220:  Quick Cabled Cowl by Gabrielle O’Leary

Mystery Knit

Water Bottle Holder

Yarn: Autumn House Farm Finnegan’s Rainbow

Pattern: September Mystery 220: Hempathy H20 Tote by Leanne Brown

Mystery Knits

Moz’s Socks

Yarn: Sockina Cotton in blue colorway

Pattern: Toe Up Socks using Chrissy Gardiner and Cat Bordhi’s worksheets in twisted rib

Toe of Moz's Sock

Nicky’s Dishcloths

Yarn: Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream in cotton

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason and Dixon Book 1

Dad’s Cardigan

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash Wool

Pattern: Top Down Raglan based on Barbara Walker’s with major adjustments

And from the front:

Knitting 2010

In 2010 I attended the UK knit camp in Stirling University and was lucky enough to have classes with Lucy Neatby, Jared Flood and MaryJane Mucklestone.  I visited New Lanark Mills, went on a boat on Loch Katrine and toured the Famous Grouse distillery.   I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool and I taught classes at Knitter’s Day Out. I took a beginning [wheel] spinning class at the Mannings and bought my first fleece.  Needless to say I bought yarn and fiber while at these events. Oh I also did some knitting too.

I started the year knitting Mum a pair of mittens using Anna Zilbourg’s Turkish stitches:
Mum's Mittens

For the Winter Olympic Challenge I knitted a Baby Surprise Jacket:
Baby Surprise Jacket

At the beginning of March I finished my top down adaption of Vivian:

And later on that month I started the first project knitted from my own hand -spun and completed it with no yarn to spare in May:
Shell Scarf

I knit Mum a fun pair of socks so she could be comfortable and think about the garden at the same time:
In Your Garden Socks

I knit a Baktus for Lisa:
Lisa wearing Baktus

I practiced some Orenburg lace making samplers:
Orenburg Lace Samplers

For my guild I tried double knitting with two colors and made a washcloth with a heart which I gave to my friends Jessica and Robert:
Double knit washcloth

I also knitted two pairs of hunter’s mittens (or should that be Huntress’s). The first pair were part of a workshop at my local LYS and I made them delibrately too big for me. I then decided my hands were cold and I was bored of this so I made myself a pair. Here is one of the first pair:

I knit myself EZ Green Sweater in purple Ultra Alpaca:
EZ's green cardigan in purple

For a colleague at work I knitted a baby jacket in the same yarn with the same buttons as the BSJ:
Baby Rickards Jacket

I completed the second project from my hand-spun. This time a gorgeous Abbybatt became a gorgeous scarf:
Raha Scarf

Finally I have four pairs of socks without photos.

  • Our guild had a knitasockalong and in November I finally finished knitting my Fiesta Feet.
  • I knit myself a pair of “in your garden socks”.
  • I knit Mum a pair of socks based on conifer trees.
  • I knitted my brother (size 13 US feet) a pair of socks in cotton. The yarn was self-stripping and my proudest moment came when my sister-in-law commented that the stripes on each socks matched.

I am vaguely impressed as that means I completed sixteen different projects in 2010 or 23 if you count each mitten, sock and Orenberg lace sampler!

FO Friday: First Handspun Knitted Project

Shell Scarf

Shell Scarf


Project Details

Pattern: Adapted from Gail Tanquary’s Fan Shawl.
Yarn: Hand spun
Fiber: Susan’s Kitchen FiberArts BFL Groovy
Needles: US 6/4.00 mm
Started: March 18 2010
Finished: October 20 2010 if you count blocking


I finished knitting my Shell Shawl back in May, but did not have the space to block it as the spare bed was covered with boxes. Even though the boxes have been gone from the bed for a while, I only found the time to block it last week.

I purchased the fiber at Sock Summit last year directly after Abby’s intro to spinning class.  After all she had said to buy something that you love and want to spin.   I spun the fiber with both a Saacht Hi-lo and a Wildcraft Chillis spindle as they have the same weight.  The singles were chain plied to maintain the colors.

Shell Scarf close up of first shell

Shell Close Up


The shell patterns were adapted from Gail Tanquary’s Fan Shawl.

FO Friday Mum’s Mittens

Mum's Mittens

Mum's Mitten


Pattern: Adapted from Anna Zilbourg’s Fancy Feet

Needles: US 4, 3.5 mm

Yarn: White is Classic Elite Yarns Classic One Fifty; Red is a mystery ball given to me at a guild meeting sometime.

Started: December 11th 2009

Finished: January 4th 2010


The great thing is that they match Mum’s coats.  The bad news is that she is worried about losing them so she doesn’t wear them.

The mittens were worked top down with waste yarn for the thumb, which was knitted top down and grafted in after wards.  The palms had the same pattern as you can see in the thumb:

Mum's Mittens: Back and Front

Mum's Mittens: Back and Front

I had hoped to knit them inside out (purl stitches out) but instinct took over and the rest, as they say, is history.

FO Friday: Coriolis Socks

Coriolis Socks from Cat Bordhi

Coriolis Socks

Pattern Information

Pattern: Spiraling Coriolis Knee Highs by Cat Bordhi
Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball
Needles: US 2/2.75 mm
Started: October 24 2009
Finished: December 24 2009

They look as if they are different sizes, especially at the top. As they don’t wear as if they are different sizes, their different appearance must be a optical illusion caused by the different colors. They work great in boots, but I think they are falling down if I don’t have the boots to keep them up.  It is probably all imagination.

Lucia’s Scarf

Last October my LYS, Stitches with Style, had a basic Lace Knitting Workshop with Franklin Habit.

Franklin at Stitches with Style

At that time he gave copies of his pattern Parterrre Brouderie which I started knitting and decided it would make a good christmas present for my niece, Lucia.  It was the only knitted present that I gave this year, so I hope she likes it.  If not I hope my sister-in-law takes it and uses it instead.  It came out very nicely, even if I say so myself.

Lucia's Scarf

Pattern Info

Pattern:  Parterre Broderie with added nupps

Size: ~5 ft long

Needles: US 3 / 3.25 mm

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Helen’s Lace Solid in Pink

Started: 10 October 2009 at Franklin’s workshop at Stitches with Style

Finished:  19 December 2009


I added the nupps because we were practicing them in class, so I decided they could stay.  They do not show up very well in this yarn but are between the straight lines of pattern in the center.

I found this pattern very easy to remember.  So it was not too challenging that I could not knit it when I was tired like complicated lace patterns and not too easy that it got boring.