Saturday, 31 October 2009

Cornflower Cowl Pattern Release!

It's here! All downloaded and now in the Ravelry library :) The Ravelry link is here and if you're not on Ravelry you can also get a PDF version by clicking on the download button in the link here. This is a super quick knit and ideal for a last minute Christmas present!

My bright sunny Citrus version is now finished, as well as my Pincersocks, and hopefully I'll get around to blogging about them tomorrow :)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Silverdale Cornflower Socks

Pattern: Cornflower Socks (my own)
Needles: 2.50 mm
Yarn: Wildfire Fibres Bambino in Silverdale colourway

All finished at last and ready for test knitting. After completing my blue Cornflower Socks, I decided to knit another pair as there were one or two things I wasn't happy with; the sizing for one and I also wanted the gusset decrease stitches to blend more into the twisted knit stitches along the side of the foot. I also re-wrote the pattern for Double Pointed Needles. So after a hectic few weeks of writing and then re-writing the pattern I can now relax a bit and leave the worry to my little band of test knitters ;)

Don't forget I have my Cornflower Cowl, almost ready for release - this is a really super quick to knit and ideal for a last minute Christmas present. I have just started it again in a fluorescent yellow/lime and will be knitting it in a bright shocking pink too for the Christmas box :) Well, you need a splash of colour in winter, don't you?!

I'll blog as soon as the patterns are released, I'll be so excited I won't be able to contain myself! ;) I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Elaine; she is test knitting both my Cornflower Cowl and socks and at the same time madly dyeing yarn and working really hard to set up her shop. If there is any of her beautiful yarn left, you will find it for sale on her blog La Belle Helene, until she gets her shop set up.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Cornflower Cowl

Pattern: Cornflower Cowl (my own)
Needles: 4 mm, 16" circular needle
Yarn: Rowan RYC Baby Alpaca in Southdown colour-way

All finished. It is looking likely this will be my first pattern release (as my Cornflower Socks are currently being re-knitted by myself in a bigger size, then off to be test knitted). How exciting! Knitted in super soft Alpaca, this cowl is sumptuous and gorgeous and hangs beautifully around your neck. I can't wait to knit one for myself in a really bright colour!

It is just about to be test knitted and all being well should be released as a freebie pattern on Ravelry in time for Christmas.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Cornflower Socks

Pattern: Cornflower Socks (my own)
Needles: 2.25 mm
Yarn: Wildfire Fibres Fantasia in Cornflower colourway

It's been 3 weeks since my last blog, I'm getting very lax! My Cornflower Socks are now complete. Trying to get a decent photograph of these socks to show them off at their best has been a real nightmare! However, I'm really very pleased with the way these socks have turned out and they were a pleasure to knit. The yarn was beautiful for work with and shows off the stitch definition beautifully. The name of the socks was initially inspired by the colour of the yarn, but as I was knitting them up I also thought the little cable design looked like rows of little Cornflowers - look closely they really do!

I will be publishing the pattern at some stage, but in the meantime I feel I need to play around with the sizing a little. These socks have turn out small/medium, which is perfect for me but I feel would be too small for the average foot size. I'm going to knit them again in a slightly larger size and I'll feel much happier. Then I'll be looking for test knitters if anyone is interested?! I'm also trying to find a little image of a blue Cornflower on a white background (Copyright and download free) to put on my published pattern - please let me know if you can find such an image on the Internet anywhere...

In the meantime, I'm knitting up a cowl in the same design. This is working out wonderfully and I hope to have the cowl finished and the pattern written up by the end of next week. I think I have a test knitter all lined up too ;) The cowl is knitted in DK/8 ply, is a fairly quick knit and therefore an excellent last minute present, hence why I need to get this all published before Christmas! More info on the cowl next week :)