12 January 2016

Knitting up a Storm

The weather here has turned decidedly colder and there is something quite comforting about knitting in front of the fire. I find knitting with wooden needles really helps my hands, so for the first time ever I have two projects on the go! I know a dangerous precedent...

I cast on this cardigan before Christmas, the pattern is 'It's the Berries' by Carol Sunday, you can purchase it on Ravelry here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/its-the-berries

This is Carol's photo of the finished item
I am knitting my version in this gorgeous Cherry Red coloured yarn, it is Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran a mix of 55% Merino Wool and 45% Silk, it is lovely to knit with and shows the pattern really well.
So far I have knitted the back, both fronts and have started the first sleeve.
I really like the front edge detail

I put this project on hold for a few days while I knitted clue one of the Mystery Shawl by Alana Dakos of Never not Knitting. You can find the info on Ravelry here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mystery-shawl-knit-a-long

Alana is releasing one clue each week, I know I am making a shawl with cables etc, but I don't know the finished design. It is a lot of fun and there is a support group on Ravelry to help. I have finished clue one and am back knitting my cardigan while I wait for the second clue on Friday.

I am using a Rowan Fine Art Aran Yarn which is 50% Wool; 25% Alpaca; 20% Mohair; 5% Silk.

I bought it on sale with no real plan for it, I had the last few skeins of the discontinued 'Squirrel' colour. The yarn is a bit 'hairy' due to the mohair but I think it shows the pattern up quite well and I am glad to have found a use for it. The shawl should certainly be warm.

This is clue one, I have ordered a longer cable for my interchangeable needles as I am running out of room already!

I don't really like having more than one project on the go knitting wise, I seem to spend ages trying to work out where I am on the pattern each time I stop. I will keep going with these two for now but then go back to one. I really want to have a go at Fair Isle next. My Ravelry queue seems to get longer daily...


  1. A long list of projects in the pipeline seems to be standard practice!

  2. I love the colour you chose, the pattern is beautiful as is your work,

  3. Both of your projects look great and both will keep you cosy when they're done! Love the colour of your cardi.

  4. Love both pieces, but the sweater especially! I need to learn how to knit bobbles!

  5. That is going to be one gorgeous sweater! LOVE your color choice!

  6. Sitting in front of a fire in that beautiful thatched cottage of yours, knitting, sounds absolutely perfect, Elaine!

  7. The cardigan is looking gorgeous, I love that colour :)

  8. What a lovely style cardigan you are making - love that rich burgundy colour!

  9. your knitting is so pretty - I wish I had the patience to learn how to follow a pattern and learn these stitches

  10. Those two projects are gorgeous, I love the reds and the cables are fab.