21 Aug 12

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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25 Jun 12

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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28 May 12

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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3 Apr 12

What’s in your yarn bowl?

I’d been knitting beatnik for what felt like forever and as the pieces came together I was worried that it wouldn’t fit. I’d never knit such a slim fitting jumper before but from the moment I tried it on I loved it.

I knit my version in Rowan’s Superwash Aran in a steel grey, since it’s a free pattern and a lovely knit I’d encourage you to give it a go too!
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15 Jun 11

Let me show you my stash

A few months back I posted that I’d made a start on knitting Beatnik, well I’m still going with it but I’d like to share some hanks of yarn that make up my knitting stash.

Whenever I go somewhere I try and pick up a few balls of local yarns, particularly if they’re from breeds of unusual sheep or have pretty colourways. The yarns here are all from Finland, unfortunately since I sometimes have that impulse buy instinct when it comes to yarn I haven’t quite found the right patterns for these yet. I’d love to read your suggestions for me if you know any great patterns.
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