Monday, 27 August 2018

Linen Drape

What a summer it's been with the hot dry weather here in the UK. There's been no need for extra layers and shawls. 

Back in February I had an idea for a design using the new Linen Drape double knitting from Stylecraft. The design was completed in May. Since it's now August, I though to write a short post about it before the summer turns into Autumn.

There are 8 shades currently available (from the top down): Peacock, Sangria, Cranberry, River, Coral, Lime, Wheat, Natural.

Some more yarn details:
70% Viscose, 30% Linen
186m / 203 yds
4mm (US6) recommended needle size
Tension 22sts over 28 rows 10x10cm (4x4ins)
Machine washable at 30 degrees

The fresh clean colours of Lime, Natural and River, were picked when it was snowing in February. I was looking forward to summer, blue skies, fluffy white clouds, green fields. There's certainly been the blue skies but I couldn't have anticipated the heat and the parched brown fields of England's green and pleasant land. 

The shawl is knitted from the top down working a combination of stocking stitch and yarn over knit two together eyelets. So far I haven't written up the pattern for this but hopefully I'll get round to it soon. 

The yarn lives up to it's name, in that it does drape really beautifully when knitted up. It is also lovely to work with and has a silk like sheen to the fibres. 

August is almost at end and the evenings, dare I mention, are drawing in somewhat cooler than of late. I'm looking forward to  wearing this shawl before summer is officially over. As I write it's been the Bank Holiday Weekend and of course, raining! The grass outside is slowing returning to it's more usual shade of green.

The weather forecast for the working week is for blue skies and fluffy white clouds...

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Red Roof Croft House Knitting Kit

After much preparation, I'm delighted the knitting kits for The Red Roof Croft House are now available online from my Etsy shopPackaged in a sturdy cardboard box, this kit make's a lovely gift for a knitting friend or relative.

The pattern, originally published in 2010 was inspired by the house with the red roof on the Applecross Peninsular, west coast of Scotland. 

The kit is aimed at intermediate knitters or confident beginners. Make as a child's toy, add extra weight for a doorstop or bookend.

Knitting skills:
cast on
cast off
knit and purl stitch
knit two stitches together 
pass one stitch over
make stitches with a backward loop
work with changes in colour
pick up stitches

The kit contains everything you'll need:
Printed knitting pattern
Yarn - 3 colours of premium acrylic double knitting yarn
Pair of straight 3.25mm (US3) bamboo knitting needles
Blunt tapestry needle for sewing
100g polyester toy filling

Finished size:
18cm x 30cm x 10cm (7ins x 12 ins x 4ins)

If you already have yarn and knitting needles there's a digital PDF pattern available to download from Ravelry

If you are planning a visit to north west Scotland the lovely cafe  Nanny's at Sheildaig is a short drive away from the real red roof house which inspired the knit. The cafe serves delicious coffee, cakes and also stocks the knitting kits in carry handle bags.