Month: April 2016

#28 On the Needles in April!

I have been desperate to get this post out for a while and without further ado here it finally is.

We moved flat earlier this month and are experiencing some delays in setting up ie broadband and switching utility companies etc. Throw in an energetic 3 year old and boisterous 18month old to the mix and i hope you will imagine the challenge we had on our hands? …but nevertheless we have moved and are more or less settled 🙂


Plenty of crafting was still going on especially on the knitting front. I know, i dont think thats happened to me before! RE-discovered some old podcasts i avidly followed once in my pre-baby days and i learnt a few new skills here and there. As we still have no broadband connection, 1 month on, i feel this might be a great opportunity to cash in on more skill development time…and why not?

[I have to apologise for my previous March post- it was admittedly a little rushed and the imbedded pictures left a lot to be desired – the impending move had a lot to do with that im afraid…but its something i’m working on]

So here’s what i got up to in April…..

Vintage Granny Shawl

Completed! I flew threw the last few balls and managed to crochet on an improvised scalloped edge to give it a more vintage-esque aesthetic… and im happy to say i have it on my sofa all the time, ready for me to wrap over my shoulders when it gets a little nippy and it hasnt disappointed. A couple of gold vintage inspired buttons given to me by an aunt added a further touch of retro glamour to my shawl. Cosy cosy..



My Fair Isle Fascination

Fair Isle designs have always caught my attention…the colours, the skill…completely awe-inspiring. However this seemed to be a whole different world of knitters and knitt-ing to a novice as myself. Recently, for some unknown reason i had become a sort of woman possessed…it was like a fair isle obsession from nowhere, i just really wanted to give this phenomenon a go!. (Running before walking as such is a phrase that comes to mind)…but whether i was going to be any good was another matter…i wanted to at least try it.
One night with the kids tucked up in bed, husband working late, i got hold of some needles and a few balls of yarn in different colours…armed with my phone i sat down and let you-tube teach me a bit about fair isle for beginners….. Voila!


If i had to name this ‘scarf’ would be my trainspotter scarf (no offense to trainspotters)..simply because it brought out a happy geek in me! Essentially, its just free-styled fair isle and the colour scheming is proving to be a helpful exercise- inspiring other possible scarf projects and helping me to visualise what yarns work together and which definitely don’t.

And contrary to my sister’s advice, i might even consider wearing it myself once its complete….again, why not?

Its definitely not something i would only try once, i fear Fair Isle might become a little addictive once you do get the hang of it…. time will tell.

The pink scarf request

April is still very much cold enough for big coats, fluffy scarves and woolly gloves so when my almost-4yr-old specifically requested a ‘pink scarf mummy’ the pressure was on.


I haven’t completed a scarf before but being a great beginner project i had tried a few times…but then ripped them out shortly after too.
Hopefully this time i will get one finished for her. Will fair isle sneak in there somewhere?….Never say never 😉

Some YouTube videos i found usefull if you are interested in beginner fair isle knitting:

1. Knitting tutorial by iKnits

2. Tutorial by KNITfreedom

3. Reading patterns, adding colour and 2 colour fair isle by Kristen Leigh