Category Archives: Patterns

The Owl and the Pussycat teacosies

I remember finding a magnificent book in the library a while ago – Really Wild Tea Cosies by Loani Prior. Before then, I hadn’t thought much of tea cosies except that they were either the functional ugly sort or the … Continue reading

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Happy Easter to you All!

It’s a holiday weekend so I will keep this short – I made this daffodil to share with you for Easter. I adore yellow and I have an aran weight speckled cotton mix yarn that I think is perfect to … Continue reading

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Spring Inspiration – a collection of patterns

Now that Spring is officially here,  I’ve been looking around for inspiration for lightweight spring-like patterns. I’d like to share them with you. My current favourite is called Spring Cloud – the shawl neck and the combination of mohair and merino … Continue reading

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Super-Easy Soft Toy Pattern to make BaaBaas, Thumpers, Teddies and More!

There are so many wonderful patterns to make soft toys of all shapes and sizes but many of them tend to be quite complex and/or fiddly. I wanted to create one pattern which could be used to make almost all … Continue reading

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Dog Coat – a Quick Pattern

Last week I asked whether I should knit my spoilt pooch a coat and the response was an overwhelming “Yes”. So I got on with it and for the time being, I left the work-intensive angel wings intarsia for another … Continue reading

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Spring is for Flat Caps – a Pattern

Flat caps are known by many names: longshoreman’s cap, scally cap, Wigens cap, ivy cap, golf cap, driving cap, Jeff cap, in Scotland, bunnet, in New Zealand, cheese-cutter. The main thing is that they are for Spring! They give just the right coverage to protect against that North-Eastern … Continue reading

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Knitting in Colour

For me using yarn is about having knitting in colour. I don’t think I could ever craft with a colour I don’t like. Or something entirely in black – a colour I have a love-hate relationship with. However I’ve found … Continue reading

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Easy Boot Socks – a Pattern

I’ve been flirting with knitting socks for quite a while. I’ve even bought some hand-dyed sock yarn for the purpose. Of course, life intervened on my dreams of cables and lace entwined in knitting harmony. I have four pairs of … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Knitting

It’s almost that magical day. Are you stumped for that special present for your loved one? I’m a bah-humbug person around Valentine’s Day – although I was the lucky recipient of a very romantic, down-on-one-knee-with-ring-in-hand proposal a good number of … Continue reading

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Cowl Inspirations from Spring Cleaning my Stash

I’ve been having  a little clear out of my yarn stash and pattern ideas recently. Like many, I have a number of one/two skein “wonders” and it is difficult to know what to do with them all. With the change … Continue reading

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