Monthly Archives: April 2016

Review of “Knitting Pattern Essentials”

I’ve been reading Sally Melville’s guide to altering and drafting knitting patterns, called “Knitting Pattern Essentials”.  It doesn’t cover the artistic elements of design, but rather the more practical aspects: how to write a pattern once you have decided on … Continue reading

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Harder-to-lose stitch markers

I made a set of knitting stitch markers about a year ago – the Knitting Stitch Markers tutorial is on Instructables.  I’ve used them a lot.  They are tiny, with beads of only 6mm (¼”), and they work very well … Continue reading

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Fish Lips Kiss conclusions, and a cushion

These socks, my first pair with Fish Lips Kiss heels, are just about finished.  They’ve taken only two weeks, about half the time it normally takes me, but they are very plain with no complicated stitch pattern.  I didn’t even … Continue reading

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The big reveal – Kelmscott and slippers

Arne & Carlos felted slippers It took two one-hour, gentle washes at 40ᵒC to get these slippers to felt the right amount.  Now they are thicker and a good fit, but I wish they were a little thicker still.  I … Continue reading

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Crocheted buttons and funny feet

It’s starting to look a lot like Spring, with trees in bud and rabbits hopping in the fields.   I love the look of these pussy-willow branches.  They just cry out to be touched. I’ve just about finished my Kelmscott cardigan.  … Continue reading

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