Saturday, 31 December 2011

7th Day of Christmas

Here is a scarf knit on 'my fingers'.  I was shown how to do this by an octogenarian at the machine knitters guild and was quite fascinated.  I knit three wools at a time to create a thicker scarf and then finished each end with beads.

This would be ideal for a knitting fix on an aeroplane!

Friday, 30 December 2011

6th Day of Christmas

This is one of my favourite patchwork bags. It is simply knit in strips of squares and then joined together to make a bag which is lined as well. This makes it quite sturdy.  To finish I have added a clear button. When I wear it, it always cheers me up.

I plan to knit another in summer colours and maybe add a flower or two.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

5th Day of Christmas

This is a snood or mobius scarf. I made it on my ribber in fisherman's rib.  It is fairly straightforward - you just knit a long piece like a scarf and then twist it and either graft both ends on the machine or on a hague linker. Whichever you prefer.  This can then be put around your neck - twice like below or once and then up the back of your head to keep it warm - like a snood

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

4th Day of Christmas

This is a cap which was hand knit using aran wool. It only takes 2 balls and is very satisfying to knit. You knit the round and then 2 pieces to cover the peak which was made from a plastic file cover.

Thanks to my son who took the photos

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

3rd Day of Christmas

This is a scarf I made on my loom. It is made with 4ply wool and made a close weave.  It is a bit hard for a scarf but would make a nice table runner.

Monday, 26 December 2011

2nd Day of Christmas

This is a waistcoat which I knit for my mum.  It is the first item I have knit on the garter carriage and put together with a hague linker.  She wanted some pockets and it worked out quite well.  I was even able to make the button bands with the garter carriage.  I sewed on a large button and then sewed a popper behind it which saved me having to make a button hole.

This was knit with double knitting King Cole Mirage and so is nice and thick and warm

Sunday, 25 December 2011

1st Day of Christmas:Merry Christmas to Everyone

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and hoping Santa brought you some wool or something nice to enjoy. 
This is a little Santa which I knit when my children were young and he sits under the Christmas Tree every year.
Merry Christmas

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

About my loom

First of all I have not blogged for a while.  I just could not get time between work and family.  Anyway, I had an enquiry about my loom.  It is an Ashford Knitter's Loom - which basically means it folds in half and can therefore be easily stored away when in use or not in use as the case may be.  It is a 12" Regid Heddle Loom.

Folded Loom

Opened up with heddle inserted.
 I bought it while on holiday in England as I could not find a stockist in Northern Ireland. I got it from Norfolk Yarns at  The lady had a loom set up in the shop and ran through with me how to thread it up and start to weave which was really helpful.
I have found the loom easy to thread up and weave on, as I am a complete novice.  So far, I have just made scarves.  The heddle supplied is for fancy wool - I have used double knit, chunky and a fancy yarn.  On hindsight, I should have got a wider loom so I would not be restricted by width - although I suppose I could join 2 lengths together if I want a wider material.

Woven scarf with Curly Wurly Wool
I am still experimenting with the loom but am enjoying the learning curve.