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.


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!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Knitting Knotes - Wizadora

Loved this pattern when I saw it in The Knitter, Issue 71.

I had some yarn left over form other projects and I picked up the Sirdar Ella in a bargain bucket for £1.60 a ball. The pattern calls for 8 colours but I decided to double up in the purple and only use 7.

A = Purple - King Cole Giza
B = Lilac - Sirdar Ella
C = Pale Blue - Sirdar Ella
D = Turquoise - Bergere Estivale
E = Dark Blue - Sirdar Ella
F = Green - Adriafil Giada
G = Denim Blue - Sirdar Calico
H = Purple - King Cole Giza

Here is the order:

These yarns are thicker than the pattern so I did a smaller than usual size on 3.25mm for the 1x1rib and 4mm for the body.

Finished measurements:
Length = 62cm
Chest = 120cm
Length to arm = 33cm


For the rib I cast on 109sts and did 10cm in 1x1 rib.
On the last row I increased to 121sts which was the 2nd size.

I did the pattern for 29cm - then began the increases. One pattern repeat + 14 rows
I did the divide for back neck at three pattern repeats + 10 rows.
I followed the pattern for the shaping.


Same but I did the front divide at two pattern repeats + 30 rows.


10 down each side at the back and 55 along the middle back.
20 down each side at the front and 45 along the middle front.

This gave me 170sts - much more than required by the pattern.
I used a circular needle and did decreases at the seams between back and front on rows 3 to 13.
I did this by decreasing 2sts at each seam = 4 a row.
Then knit 1 row in 1x1 and cast off.

Arm Cuffs

Pick up 53 down each side with a circular needle = 106sts.
2cm rib 1x1

I hardly used any yarn at all - I could make another out of what is left!

Here is my version of Eldora - I called it Wizadora:) I love it. 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Knitting Knotes - Bollywood Top

I have always admired Sue Bradley's Travellers' Yarns pattern book from the 1980s and in particular the pink dolman sleeve top in the India section.

Here I am ready to go.........

Cascade Ultra Pima 3 x blue and 1 x grey
Hayfield Fiesta 2 x white

3.25mm for ribbing (circular needle for neck)
4mm for main body

Beads for embellishment

Finished Measurements:
Length = 62cm
Chest = 120cm
Length to arm = 33cm

I made quite a few changes to the pattern - some for sizing and some because I ran out of yarn.

I reduced the batwingness!

On the pattern in the book you can see the centre panel is a fairisle band, however I realised I would need it bigger. I added another blue panel and another fairisle panel, so that the centre panel became a blue panel.

However that then meant that I ran out of yarn about 8 rows from the end.

Luckily by that point I had realised the sleeves would be too long for me anyway and so I was happy to reduce the sleeve length by removing a fairisle band and a blue section.


Sideways knit.
Cast on 62st 1x1 rib for 4 cm
Start at row 41 and follow the chart but don't do the dolman increases.
On row 63 increase for main body.
Follow chart.
After row 135 repeat from row 95 again to add in the extra panels.
Follow chart to match - at row 215 change to 3.25mm and white for rib.


Same as back apart from neck shaping in middle front - not forgetting the extra panel as above.

Row 121 - decrease at neck edge on the next 23 rows = row 144.
Knit 4 rows = row 148
Cast off 10sts at neck edge on row 149
Knit row 150
Cast on 10sts at neck edge on row 151.
Knit 4 rows = row 155
Increase 1st at neck edge on next 23 rows.

Complete front as per back.

Waist Rib

Circular needle - 218 sts 1x1 10cm - cast off
(Picked up in blue and then changed to white.)


Pick up 52 along middle back and 32 down each side = 116sts - leave a gap in the centre front.
1 x 1 rib for 2.5 cm

Gap = pick up 10 down each side and 1 in the middle = 21 sts
1 x 1 rib for 2 rows - cast off.

Sew button on - mine doesn't open but you could make a loop if you wished.
Sew on embellishments.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Summer 2015 - 31st August

Day 39

The inevitable has happened and the last day is here. Not going away this summer has made the holiday seem lovely and long. In addition my garden has a lot of attention and I have also been able to sit in the garden and enjoy the blooms. I have had lovely days out with friends and family. I have also finished two crafty projects: Bollywood Top and Wizadora. 

Here is one last look around my garden this summer, it can be compared with Day One.

The Patio

This is largely still a mess due to our building work - however there are some pretty areas.
This green shelving unit will be going into my new craft room soon - but I have enjoyed it here this summer. 

The Cool Bed

This area is where the buddleia was and still needs some attention but in it now are: a hebe, hellebores (from my friend), a hydrangea, heather, penstemons and an aster.

My woodland glade!

The shed with the climbers climbing. 

End of the cool bed. 

Mero Star bursting forth.

Middle of the cool bed.

Not many blooms left now.

This bit still looks flowery. 

The Shady Bed

The shady bed is probably my favourite bit right now. 

The Shady Bed extension - still blooming well. 

The Decking

Very pleased with this - I think the plants have added a superb touch.

I would like to thank for Janet at Yellow Pink and Sparkly for following me right through my marathon of blog posts this summer. 

Hopefully I'll be able to post again before half term and I have enjoyed keeping this diary throughout the summer holiday.

Keep crafting and gardening everyone:) x

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Summer 2015 - 30th August

Day 38

Well it seems I miscalculated back in July and day 38 is not the last day - I have day 39 too - although it's a Bank Holiday so may be that's why I didn't count it. 

Crafty News today............

I finished the lovely Wizadora and it fits perfectly. (I will write up my notes soon). 

I hardly used up any yarn - only the purple went into the second ball, as you would expect with all that ribbing.

So what will I do with the leftovers - well I have a plan for a crocheted bag with a denim lining, but first I shall be sticking with Marie Wallin designs and embarking upon my version of Eos.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Summer 2015 - 29th August

Day 37

Just a couple of garden pics today. I planted 3 plants my friend gave me yesterday from her garden. 

Red dahlia in the Cool Bed - hmm - well it is nearly autumn so I'll let it stay.

Patio shelf display still blooming well.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Summer 2015 - 28th August

Day 36

I went for a lovely walk with a lovely friend today, she took me across the fields and meadows to a 15th Century church and a pub for lunch. 

We picked the day earlier in the week and it was perfect weather. 

In the church we met a lovely lady doing the flowers and stopped for a chat.

I love teasels:)

We ended the day by wandering around Ingatestone shops - so quaint (and a bit too expensive if I'm honest) but it was nice to browse. 

Crochet Notes - Tudor Rose, Cappuccino Lace and Daisy Loop Bed Topper

Using Wendy Supreme Cotton Chunky and Rowan Aran Cotton with a strand of lace added. 6mm hook. (8 balls of blackcurrant and 1 teal.)...