Thursday, 21 February 2008

Hats hats hats hats hats hats

I have hats floating before my eyes, been hatting frantically and we think we might just be about ready for the LARP fair this weekend. We've even bought a satnav system to help us get there in one piece! Anway, here are a couple of recent wossnames for you, the little sister of the Dwarven Battle Bonnet, and a pointy hat with detachable fully poseable felted dragon.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Rainbow Welly Socks

Made on my Circular Sock Machine then dyed after finishing, I did the dying for this batch in the microwave. Worked really well too, I normally use pans on the stove for these dip dyed socks but I'm pleased with the clarity fo the colour on these.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Monmouth Hats

There are a lot of patterns for Monmouth Caps on the net, none of them really work to my mind. I base my interpretation partly on the excellent description of the type in the article in Costume by Kirsty Buckland, but mostly on first hand personal examination of the surviving cap at the Nelson History Museum in Monmouth. Every time I knit one I try a slight variation, and after a dozen or more hats I’m starting to feel that I’m getting very close to replicating the key features of the original. I’m sure I can improve further though, I’m hoping to go back with my best efforts to compare them directly to the original again and see if I can refine further. Funny little hat, its amazing how constantly fascinated with this one I am.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Rib Tickler Wristlets

I made these for my sister in law's birthday, and the pattern is now available to download. They are a complete doddle to do, there are only four rows per mitt that you need to pay attention to, and those use simple cable type stitch manipulation to make the sections of ribbing smooth into each other nicely.

The really nice thing about these is that they use less than a skein of yarn and can be worn either way up or even inside out- the pattern is identical if you use a cast on and off that looks much the same.
Do let me know if you find any errors in the pattern or if you can think of a better way to represent the stitch manipulated rows, but its all pretty simple stuff. Just right for cool spring mornings.

Monday, 4 February 2008

Big Skeins

I needed a way to wind really long skeins for some dye projects, so Gareth kindly made me this today. It winds skeins 1.5m long/3m around, do I can do wider stripes in variegated yarn.
I've tried it for one skein so far, a red and dark grey custom dyejob as part of a trade, just need a chance to do some for my own use so I can try how it all comes out.