• ForKids,  Hat,  Knitting

    Les Chapeaux des Animaux

      For Christmas 2013 I got this amazing knitting book called Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie which has loads of knitting patterns for different animal hats, and from that point started a year long obsession with knitting animal hats for small people!   I started knitting the hats in June, but had actually spent much longer consulting with the small people to find out which one they wanted and also deciding the best yarns to use! In the end I used Drops Alaska and Drops Boucle for all of the hats, as this yarn is really well priced and so far I haven’t been disappointed with the quality.   The…

  • Accessories,  Hat,  Knitting,  Scarf

    Winter Woollies

    Last week was a serious uphill struggle. I have the January blues, or rather, so what better way to cheer myself up (and hopefully you!) than by looking at the lovely woolly items I have knitted for winter! Last winter I remember enviously looking at all of the glorious knitted accessories that came out with a flourish during the cold months, and was determined that next year I would knit some of my own, so I did! As a newish knitter I hadn’t quite fathomed that you always need to be knitting a season ahead if you ever want to wear it during weather appropriate months! The first item I…

  • Cardigan

    A Labour Of Love

    Several months ago I started a black cardigan using Drops Nepal. I chose this Rico Design pattern as I wanted a really plain and simple cardigan. I decided to use Drops Nepal instead of Rico Design Essentials Merino Aran as I’d never knitted with alpaca before and it was a bit cheaper! This was my first attempt at an adult garment and it turned out to be a really big lesson! Soon after I began my first attempt I realised that knitting the cardigan in fisherman’s rib as the pattern wanted would end up with a much bulkier garment than I was after. So about 20 rows in I took…

  • Patterns

    Gorgeous Drops Mittens

    I’ve fallen in love with these AMAZING Nordic mittens using Drops Lima from Garn Studio. They’re knit in the round using four 50g balls of this alpaca and wool blend DK yarn. Having previously fallen in love with Drops Nepal ( Lima’s heavier weight aran sister) I can’t wait to get started on these! I’m hoping they’ll also be a good introduction to knitting in the round and knitting from a chart. And with the pattern being free and the yarn available for the bargain price of £2.00 a ball from Wool Warehouse I don’t have to worry too much about completely messing them up!!