Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Seven Skeins - Buachaille Yarn

When I heard Kate Davies was developing her own yarn range, I was interested to find out more about it and decided to sign up for the Seven Skeins club. It included the yarn, a book of patterns along with a project tote bag.

The new yarn range is called Buachaille, the wool is sourced from Scottish sheep and then spun in a mill in Yorkshire. The yarn selection that arrived in the post included three natural colours and four dyed shades. The yarn and patterns all have a Scottish name theme such as Haar, Squall and Highland Coo. I especially like the name "Between Weathers" (mid blue, second from the left in the picture).

The book includes 12 patterns for knitted accessories, 5 traditional Scottish food recipes and a detailed description of a walk around the West Highland mountain Buachaille Etive Mor.

Recently completed  were the "Pawkies" stranded mittens in the "Between Weathers" and "Ptarmigan" colours, I'm pleased with the way these turned out. The yarn is a pleasure to work with, it has a rustic look without feeling coarse, in fact it is very soft.


Enjoyed making these gloves and they fit well. I might be making another pair in a different colour combination.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Snowy days and winter knits

The weather has turned wintry. After feeding the sheep, a brisk walk in the snow, it's time for a cup of tea and sit by the fire, browse a magazine, finish a few knits and start a new project.

Typical view from the window over the last few days...

Typical view inside over the last few days...

The latest project is under way, another pair of socks. However, I did some research into a different pattern and found the Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku on Ravelry. Very similar to my favourite Simple Ribbed Socks pattern by Kate Atherley but with a herringbone type design incorporated into the rib. I'm using the Blue Moon hand dyed Indigo by The Border Tart. The stitch pattern is worked over two rows and very easy to remember. It's good to have something that's not too demanding, I can still look out of the window at the changing scenery and knit at the same time - in theory. 

Monday, 4 January 2016

New Year New Project

Beginning of the New Year and I have a completed knitting project - a pair of socks. The pattern is by Kate Atherley, the Basic Ribbed Socks. Regular readers may notice it's not the first time I've used this pattern. Just had a quick count and I think this is the forth pair. It's an easy, quick pattern to follow and knit. Most importantly all the socks have been a perfect fit, I like the structure too for comfortable wear in hiking boots. 

Now about the yarn. It's 'Swing Sock' yarn by Dublin Dye in colour way Water Sprite. I picked this up at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March 2015 along with two other skeins - see image below. 

Water Sprite is a mix of blues and greens, is very soft, contains 75% wool / 25% Nylon / 100g hank / 425 metres. Recommended needle size 2.0mm - 3.25mm.

Will probably cast on the Blue Moon hand dyed Indigo by The Border Tart next.  I'm tempted to stick with the pattern I like but maybe I should have a change...

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Looking Back at 2015

Thank you to everyone for your kind words and support on this blog over the year. Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year 2016.

Here are a few knitting projects completed in 2015. Some designed by me, some designed by others and one knitted and designed by my lovely neighbour in Scotland (centre image). Bertie's Shetland Wool Jumper image gained the most likes on Facebook of all the photos I took in 2015!

Stranger Cardigan - Pattern by michiyo
Pathfinder Hat - in Stylecraft Yarn
Pathfinder Hat - in Shetland wool yarn

Basic Ribbed Socks - Pattern by Kate Atherley
Bertie's Shetland Wool Jumper
Scots Pine Fingerless Gloves

Baa-Baa-Ble Hat - Pattern by Donna Smith
Couronne Cardigan- Pattern by Helene Rush
Woodstack Cowl - Pattern coming soon in 2016.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Red Roof Croft in Landscape Magazine

Since my last post there's been a bit of knitting going on but I can't show any items in case I spoil some festive surprises. I'm still making preparations for Christmas so the New Year is only just on my radar. I have though, been waiting patiently to share news of the Jan/Feb 2016 edition of Landscape magazine. It's available in newsagents today and includes a three page feature and instructions for the Red Roof Croft knitting pattern

Inspiration for the pattern came from a croft house with a red roof over on the Applecross peninsular. You can see a picture of the real house taken by Wester Ross photographer Ed Duncan over on his Facebook page - click here. The pattern is also available to download as a digital file from Ravelry.

If you don't know 'Landscape' magazine click on the image below for a preview of this edition. It also features articles about the British countryside, heritage, crafts and cookery along with great photography.
Click on the image for preview