Having finished these a couple of months ago, I definitely didn’t think I would be getting use out of them in July! However, I am sharing some pics of these to push me to write up the pattern and get it onto Ravelry. The wool used was our ethically sourced, mulesing free Aran weight wool, which I dyed up with the natural dyes of logwood and cochineal.
The current circumstances have allowed for a lot more knitting and spinning now that I am not travelling around, which is one of the positive things that has come out of the last few months. So I have a flurry of finished objects and patterns I want to share, including this beginners attempt at lace stitches. I made this design up as I went, and although not strictly symmetrical, I like the way it wanders and meanders around. This was knitted over such a long period, that it definitely accompanied me all over the place whilst I was getting time to knit a couple of rows here and there, so I think it is more than likely a product of my subconscious that made its way out and onto the needles! I thought I would share a few photos of the finished garment, and some places I have been lately in our little nook of the Chiltern Hills that have inspired this design…
Knitted in a wool and mohair DK blend, the fading striped yarn, made the lerfect backdrop for winding lace zig zags up the length of the scarf.
I will write this very simple pattern up, as it is perfect for beginners to get to know a vital lace stitch that is the foundation of so many intricate lace designs. For such a simple technique, it makes for a really striking pattern overall, so I am really pleased with it 🙂
Seeing as wet and windy weather seems to be staying with us well into Spring, I decided to knit up another warm and cosy bobble hat. Using the maroon colourway that I named this pattern after, I cast on the stitches whilst tucked up next to the fire with the sound of lashing rain outside.
Using our Aran weight yarn, a super soft Merino wool, means this pattern really glides off the needles fast! I have written it for x4 different sizes, from 6-10 years to adult, so you can make one for different friends and family members. I have also included instructions and tips for pom pom making, and a notes page on the back for your own amendments and thoughts.
100% wool makes this hat really warm and cosy, and is perfect for those that can’t handle rough yarns on their forehead- I can’t so need something really soft and luxurious, and save my lovely rustic yarns for jumpers and cardigans.
Dyed up, this colourway takes it inspiration from the wild, slow-growing arctic bramble and its fruit found in arctic and alpine regions of Alaska, northern United States and Canada, northern Scandinavia and Finland, Russia, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Mongolia and northeastern China, amongst others. The bramble belongs to the Rose family and the dark red fruit is considered a delicacy. This ethically sourced and mulesing-free hand-dyed yarn can be purchased in the shop on our website, and the pattern is available in our Ravelry store and linked below!
The hat worked up quickly and each evening as I sat next to the fire to knit, the days became noticeably longer and birds louder. Spring is definitely on it’s way but there is still cold showers and winds to battle before the long, hazy days of summer.
I have been journaling the progress on my hat and other projects in our leather journals, available in the shop. In the meantime, I will be wrapping up warm in hand knit woollies and injecting some colour into my wardrobe and the surrounding landscape when out on my walks!
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