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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Camouflage" Loop-d-Loop yoke vest jumper on: May 12, 2014 06:19:51 AM

I haven't been on Craftster for such a long time, but lurk every now and again.

I'm especially proud of this jumper which came out better than I expected. The pattern is from Teva Durham's "Loop-d-Loop" book, the yoke vest, and I added sleeves by picking up and knitting stitches at the armholes and then knitting in the round with occasional decreases.

The yarn is  the textured King Cole Waves (part wool, part acrylic, part nylon) which I bought lots and lots of in a pound shop a few years ago and didn't know what to do with it. It's really soft and easy to wear, if a little heavyweight.

I'm really pleased with the camouflage effect of the yarn.

Thanks for looking

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Remembrance Day Poppy knitting pattern on: September 22, 2012 12:53:41 PM

Hello to all my Craftster friends worldwide, I'd like to share with you all my knitting pattern for Remembrance Day 2012.

It's been a momentous year for us Brits with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, and we have another Remembrance Day approaching when we remember the fallen soldiers and civilians in many wars in our recent and past history.

There is a tradition in the UK of wearing poppies during the months of October and November to commemorate those who have fought for the freedoms that we enjoy today. This culminates in a ceremony on the 11th November at 11am when we remain silent for 2 minutes to remember those who lost their lives in historical wars ("the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month" as quoted by Winston Churchill, I think).

In honour of that pledge, I have designed a poppy to raise funds for the Royal British Legion in the UK, a charity supporting the retired and disabled soldiers who have fought in conflicts for the sake of the UK.

Thank you for your time, and an additional thank you from the Royal British Legion.

Phyllis (80schick)

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help with splitting plies on: June 14, 2007 05:56:44 AM
Oh wise Crafterites!

Please forgive me for being dumb but can anyone suggest an easy way to split plies? I have some Rowan All Seasons Cotton that I want to use for knitting socks but because it's spun I can't find any efficient way to unravel the plies. I started at the top and slowly pulled but it just gets twisted. I'd appreciate any suggestions. I've already searched the board for help and checked knittinghelp.com but to no avail. Boo hoo!

P x
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lily's Sunshine and other FOs (IMG heavy) on: June 11, 2007 12:06:39 PM
I've just finished Lily's Sunshine Sweater in Patons Diploma Gold DK. I decided to make the sleeves full length. Washed, blocked, lovely and soft. I highly recommend this pattern, it's an easy knit (lace drove me wild though), it's a good pattern for the sewaphobes among us and Lily is really helpful and responds quickly to queries

This is the yoke vest from Loop d Loop in Sirdar Click. Too warm but looks good and the shape is lovely

Very Berry t-shirt from March's MagKnits in Sirdar Denim Tweed DK, modelled by Georgie, my daughter (aged 9, ain't she purty?)

Briar Rose from Knitty Spring 2007 knitted by my sister in law in Patons Diploma Gold DK. We love this yarn, machine washable and dryable! Ddn't dare put it in the tumble dryer though, it's hot enough here in the UK to dry naturally at the moment (brownie points to those who notice that Georgie couldn't be bothered to take off the Very Berry t-shirt)

Finally, julsey728(?)'s anthropologie inspired capelet in Rowan Polar. Georgie took this photo on the day that I attended the ceremony to announce the UK's new children's laureate Michael Rosen, author and poet. I was lucky and honoured enough to be a member of the selection panel. I went on the underground, knitting all the way there and all the way back home. Got some funny looks but mostly smiles

P x

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Marnie Maclean's "Deciduous" on: September 08, 2006 11:31:13 AM
Just finished the 'Deciduous' camisole which I got from:


I'm really pleased with it except that you can't really see the tree pattern in the colour I used. It would probably have looked better if I'd shot the picture outdoors.
I used the recommended yarn Rowan Calmer after a failed attempt with another yarn which wasn't so stretchy. For anyone attempting this pattern I would advise the following:

1) Use the recommended yarn. It goes really far and is very stretchy and I believe well worth the price (6.50  a ball in the UK, about $12 USD)

2) I have a 36DD bust but I made the 32" bust size because of 1)

3) If you don't have a perfect stomach (like me, post-babies or whatever) add 9 rows as recommended

4) If you are determined to use another yarn double the quantities (see reason 1) again).

It's a fairly quick knit once you get a hang of the chart and gets admiring looks and comments (and I've only worn it once).

Thanks for looking


P.S. In the 2nd picture the  bottom looks weird because I had to pull my bra down to get the full effect and it's poking through. oops!!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hardcore knitting on the edge on: August 27, 2006 04:10:31 PM
I read about this art student in my knitting magazine and decided to check her out on the Crafts Scotland site here:


Her name is Jenny McHardy and she has produced some interesting pieces. i love the incorporation of metal objects in her knitting. I have a self-made studded neckpiece in a satiny fabric from the 80s when I was a teenager and didn't know any better. It was easier to buy studs in those days from Kensington Market (aaah, those were the days). I was thinking of extracting said studs and incorporating them into a knitted piece. This woman's work gives me some inspiration even though she's probably half my age  Huh

What do you guys think of her work?

BTW I can't remember whether it's her or the knitted Ferrari woman doing a Masters degree in knitting, but an MA in Knitting?Huh There's progressive.


Oops!! She's 29 so not quite half my age but old enough to be my much younger sister!!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / To Trellis and beyond...... on: July 28, 2006 08:18:47 AM
So many Trellises I thought I'd join:

Just waiting until I find some nice buttons. It's for my neighbour's grandson and he's not big enough for it yet. In the meantime, I've got one ball of yarn left (Rowan All Seasons Cotton) and manage to pick up 2 more balls in a sale at my LYS, voila:

and make this based on the Instant Gratification top at http://www.jenanne.com/instantgratificationpattern.htm. I did a different cable pattern so it's centrally based:

Thank you for looking
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another Shimmer on: May 14, 2006 04:47:44 PM
I was looking for a shrug to knit for my friend s birthday. Shimmer on knitty was the prettiest thing I saw so here it is (on me, not my friend):

Thanks for looking. This was a really fun knit. I used Cygnet wool mix aran (75% wool/25% polyamide). It's really quick because you knit it all in one piece on circular needles ( I conquered circular knitting...yay!!). I've bought more of the same wool in other colours to knit one each for me and my daughter. Cygnet wool rich is available from John Lewis in the UK for 3.75 (about $7.10) for 100g. Bargain!!


9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Little girl's furry bolero on: April 09, 2006 10:45:02 AM

This is one of my early projects on my return to knitting. It's from a Sirdar pattern for Funky Fur (pattern no 2078), knitted in Funky Fur Magic self striping yarn. I tried to discourage Georgie from going for this yarn as the stripes are obviously inconsistent but she was adamant. I originally made it to go with a posh dress I bought her in a sale at the department store John Lewis but she wears it all the time over strappy dresses and tops. I'm delighted that she likes it so much. Thank you for looking.


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cute furry bags for lil' girls (cross posted) on: March 16, 2006 01:30:48 PM
These are bags I knitted early on in my return to knitting.They are made from Sirdar Funky Fur Magic. The one on the right was the first for my daughter Georgina. She thought it was a bit boring just knitted and suggested the heart on the front. I had a bit of lining fabric left over and used that. I did motifs on the other 2 as well, they were Christmas presents for my friend's daughters. I'm really proud of them they're really cute and get admiring glances everywhere. I'd like one in black to relive my gothic teens, maybe with one of Georgie's old Barbie heads attached to the strap for a macabre twist! Not so cute huh?

Thanks for looking
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