Saturday, 6 February 2016

Project Catch Up

Wow - I can't believe I haven't blogged since September. Life has been busy, what with decorating, courses, work, Christmas and turning 50!

To be honest I haven't had much time to be crafty, but I do have a crafty room now for all of my bits and bobs.

 So here are my finished items from the last few months:

The Hanseatic Hat

Made with yarn bought at the Christmas Market in the Hanseatic port of Bremen, to wear in another Hanseatic port - Bergen.

Here we are on the funicular in Bergen.

The Hot Water Bottle Hat

This was made with yarn I from a hot water bottle cover kit that my son bought me for Christmas.

The Ice Cream  Scarf

A lovely cotton crochet summer scarf.

This scarf was the project I took with me to Bergen - well all that time sitting around on a plane - you've got to do something.

Snowflake Cushion

Made for my backroom from left over yarn and an old blouse. As this is a Christmas decoration it will only be seen in December really!

I have also been working on a cabled jumper - which I might just turn into a tank top as I need a black tank top. I also have a pair of socks nearly finished, another pair of socks barely started and another tank top just begun. Too many wips!

Well it was nice to be back:)

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Knitting Knotes - Eros

Pre-blocking as usual:)

Rib - 6mm
Main body - 6.5mm

I wanted to make this top for sometime but I wasn't keen on the Rowan colours apart from white and I have only just made a white jumper. However - when I saw this purple passion in Wendy Supreme Cotton I just had to order it and make it work. I ordered 16 balls but I only used 11. I think a nice chunky scarf will ensue at some point.

Marie Wallin - Eos

Finished Measurements

Length - 62cm
Chest -124 cm
Length to sleeve 41cm

Adaptations to pattern

I did the 3rd size and changed the needles to 6.5mm.


  • 16 rows 2x2 = 10cm rib.
  • I decreased for the arms at 1 pattern repeat plus 10 rows.
  • The shoulder decrease was done at 1 pattern plus 44 rows. (22,23,22)


  • The neck shaping was altered. (27,13,27)
  • It was done at 1 pattern plus 32 rows. 
  • Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 5 alt rows.
  • K3 rows - Row 44
  • Shape shoulder as per back. 


  • 30 sts 2x2 12 rows.
  • Increase 5sts on last row. 
  • Change to st st and 6.5mm.
  • Increase 1 st each end of 3rd row.
  • Increase 1 st each end 6th row x 4. 
  • Increase 1 st each end 8th row x 4.
  • Continue to 46 cm - 5 more rows.
  • Cast off 2 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 
  • Dec 1 st each end next row.
  • Dec 1 st each end to 43 sts. 
  • Dec 1 st each end of next row = 41sts. 
  • Cast off

  • Use 6mm circular needle.
  • Pick up along back 8/23/8
  • Pick up along front 22/13/22
  • = 96sts
  • 2x2 rib - work 1 row. 
  • On next 6 rows dec 4sts (1 each side of shoulder line). 
  • Work 1 row
  • Cast off

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Mid-September Garden

The autumn blooms just keep coming and my "cool bed" has now become a "jewel bed" take a look below:)

Dahlia Mero Star - my favourite dahlia:)

I have enough blooms to fill my house and my office:)

An orange dahlia has found its way into the cool bed - so now I have a jewel bed.

Another gorgeous dahlia

So many shapes - I love this pompom dahlia.

Eros has a back!