Dwell by Martin Storey

I’d been knitting Dwell for about a year, although I took a break over December. It’s now finally completed! It’s certainly got that new jumper feel. This pattern was originally printed in the Rowan book ‘Pioneer’ but I got my copy of it from issue 64 of The Knitter where it appears on the cover.

Overall it’s a nice pattern, I did get really nervous when knitting the back because it looked huge but the final piece looks really good. The honeycomb style cable pattern creates quite a stretchy piece which creates a flattering back without having to do any shaping.
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Knitting Fayer by Kim Hargreaves

Back in October I decided it was time to raid the stash for a Christmas knitting project. I had some beautiful Silk Twist by Rowan in my collection which has long since been discontinued. It’s a lovely variegated yarn of blues. Originally this yarn was going to become Amore from one of the Rowan magazines the only pattern I had for this yarn.

I did start knitting it but sadly it just wasn’t to be. Amore is a cable pattern interspersed with lace and although its easy to follow and would be a fabulous introduction to lace the colour variation was visually off putting.
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Knitting for men

Recently I completed a jumper not for myself but as a gift. Sometimes its hard to tell how a jumper is progressing while your actually making it and when your putting in the hours making a larger mans sweater you want something that’s going to look good and that he’ll actually want to wear.

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Palindrome – a scarf for autumn

Recently I’ve noticed the nights drawing in a little earlier with the long shadows of Autumns golden light. I’m anticipating colder days ahead and it’ll be time to get the woollens out in ernest soon.

I was about to go on a train journey a couple weeks ago and decided to do some knitting, I’ve knit on trains before and its funny the number of people who stare or comment when your knitting! I guess knitting in public isn’t as common in the UK. From experience it’s best not to pick a project that is too cumbersome to carry around, that has a pattern that’s too difficult to remember but at the same time not too dull!
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Knitting Rowan Moorhouse

Knitting from charts has never really been my thing, I avoided knitting from charts for a long time instead preferring line by line instructions. In my mind I always equated charts with sloppy patterns and was suspicious of the quality. Until you get used to the pattern and instructions you spend an awful lot of time squinting too especially if the repeated pattern is quite long!
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Hello Woolfest!

Last weekend was Woolfest and I enjoyed it so much! It was lovely to meet so many people and especially surprising to see how many of you had already heard of Little Wren Pottery and Yarn Bowls.

If you’re a new visitor to the site after Woolfest, welcome! Don’t forget you can add me on Ravelry too. It was a really wet and wild weekend over in the Lake District, but it was good to see that even on the torrential Friday people were still braving the elements.

In addition to all the people I met there were of course the animals too, from sheep to alpaca it was hard to resist their wooly charms. Public art group ‘Flock’ were also there with just a small sample of 2,000 of their pom pom sheep!
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Making up

You might find this a little weird since it’s easily hitting 20 degrees everyday but I’ve been making up my latest jumper. It’s the Cabled Jumper from ‘Glamour Knits’ by Erika Knight, I’ve been knitting it in a lovely forest green shade of Rowan Big Wool.

As you’d expect it’s knit up super quick and while I was sewing this together I was thinking about all the different making up techniques for jumpers. I’ve never been fond of the making up process, I feel I need to learn to love weaving in all those ends!
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