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Today I’d like to share a picture of my latest project, this is my third shawl and I just love it.

Healing hugs shawl, my third shawl.

Healing hugs shawl, my third shawl.

The yarn is Sirdar, Connemara and the colour way is Wayfarer. Sadly this colourway has now been discontinued and it was thanks to a friend on Pheonix Knitting forum, who told me about Hejhog that I was able to get some to make this shawl. I fell in love with this colour-way when I saw it on a garment but the shop had already sold out of it.

Sirdar Connemara Chunky Colour way Wayfarer

Sirdar: Connemara; Chunky. Colour way Wayfarer

The pattern was a freebie from Lion Brand Yarns. Its called Simple Triangle shawl. If you haven’t knitted for long its a great step up project. The new techniques I learnt with this pattern were yarn overs, which is what creates the holes. Its everso simple to create and the finished result makes it look so much harder and more complex than it is. There was only one row that was one to keep a very close eye on, the rest were either knit, pearl and a few knit two together’s along the way.

Links

Three separate links to Sirdar there, the first will take you to Sirdar website’s home page, the next to details about the Connemara yarn and the last to the colourways available in the yarn.

I see they have also discontinued Horn Pipe which is the lovely natural tones I made my long slipper socks with :(

Have my eye on the next project, but more about that another time.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of some LONG slipper socks I recently made. I picked this yarn coz I liked the colour way, I’ve since found out that Tweed is all the rage at the moment. Coo get me, cozy and in fashion, that’s a first! Just in time for the cold snap, weather people say snow is on its way! {Update came down this morning & there is a ducting of snow on the ground and more forcast for this afternoon}

Long winter slipper socks

Long winter slipper socks

  • Yarn: Sirdar Connemara, Tweed effect chunky, Colour 355 Hornpipe. These slippers took 3 balls total 150g
  • Needles: Knit Picks Sunstruck Options; 5.5 mm

The original pattern was Non Felted Slippers from Ravelry by Yuko Nakamura,  which I loved and have made as the pattern suggested before but I get very cold in the winter and have previously added a few rows of 2×2 rib to make them into ankle boots. This time I went OTT and added 50 rows of the 2 x 2 rib to give almost knee-high slipper socks.

Perfect for curling up on sofa in the evening, no more gap between slippers and ends of my trousers ;)

Links

How about you, have you had chance to create yet in the new year? What new craft will you be trying in 2013.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Sirdar Knitting Pattern

Sirdar Knitting Pattern

  • Title: Sirdar Knitting Pattern 9135
  • Publisher: Sirdar

My Reason for Buying

This was an impulse buy but a great one. I wanted to knit legwarmers and this pattern looked doable for a new knitter like me. There is an added bonus that the pattern has a sock patter that I can knit on two needles not 4. So in time I’ll try that too.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

This pattern has three designs on it in, sizes for children as well as adults. There are also instructions for how to adapt the pattern for different sizes.

  • Leg warmers
  • Socks
  • Gloves

Pros/Cons

Pros

This is a great pattern for newbie knitters! My late Mother taught me to knit when I was little, and although years ago I did knit a jumper (and never wore it). I haven’t knitted since. People always say if you can do knit stitch and pearl stitch you can knit anything as all other stitches are combinations of that. Well although that’s true there are a lot of patterns too hard for newbies, but this one is GREAT.

I have knitted the leg warmers, and although I had to check out how to do a couple of stitches for increasing and decreasing when it got to the change between rib to pearl other wise I got on just fine. The gloves look like they would be equally achievable for a newbie, but I haven’t tried those yet.

There are sizes for men on the socks and sizes for children and adults on the gloves and legwarmer patterns.

I’ll be honest and say the socks are beyond me at the moment, but I reckon that is a case of sitting down and just working it out. I always re write patterns in long hand, K1P1 gets written out to knit one purl one and so on. It’s so much easier when you are new to do that. I understand why the makers write it in the condensed format and they fully explain what their abbreviations mean.

This particular pattern has text that is a quite a good size too, not as small a print as is often available. Which is very useful. :)

Cons

Not got any

Value for Money

Excellent, I have paid much more than this for a single design on Etsy and on this pattern you get three and all in multiple sizes. Great value for money and the garments all take so little wool they make very affordable makes.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! I’ve recommended this pattern to everyone who will listen. Any of these garments would make lovely gifts and you could also make them as a matching set if you choose.

Summing up

This is the only the second ‘real’ knitting pattern I’ve bought and I’m very impressed. Etsy is great for one of a kind knits and you get back up from the authors but it can be an expensive way to buy patterns. I was very impressed with the price point at under £3, I’d be paying more than that for a magazine on knitting just to get a single pattern I like.

Although my dexterity issues mean knitting is something I can only do for very short periods of time, when I sit and knit it is as relaxing as people say and really calms me down :) Personally I’m a summer knitter as the light is better. The knitted gloves I’ve made people for Christmas 2010 went down well and it has encouraged me to create more handmade gifts in the future.

Knitting patterns have sure moved on from the ones my Mum used to use, there are lots of fun, funky modern designs to suit all ages. It is very satisfying to take time to create something for friends and family as you think about the person you are making for and how they might use something as you go along. These knits will make lovely gifts and if you start early you take the pressure of Christmas. MUCH better than a mad rush round the shops for the same old stuff that has always been around, just in different packaging.

Take the Handmade Pledge and create something with love. Time is the one gift that no one can buy and really makes the person feel special. Far better than the commercial stuff really!

Links

Here are links to the manufacturers and the pattern details.

Sirdar Sirdar Yarn manufacturers. Although they don’t sell direct from the site, there is a store locator on there.

9135 This is the pattern details.

This pattern is for a DK yarn but there is also a variation on the pattern for the Chunky version of the yarn available.

If you check out Ebay you can often find sellers offering patterns and also yarn as well.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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