Knitting all the things


If you are like many in Knitting Land, the advent of December has suddenly induced the uncomfortable thought: “How much time left until Christmas!?”  I hope holiday and Christmas plans are going well!

The lack of a day job means that despite the end of year rush,  I am able to take as much advantage of the time while it is available to me to knit and especially to develop more of those designs that have been swimming around in my head for ages!

As a result, a lot is happening in my knitting world and there is a lot to show you!  So get yourself a nice drink to sip, make yourself comfortable and settle in for some eye candy!

I wanted to first say thank you for liking the Slipped Hat I designed for Zealana!  Had to show it one more time… so pleased with how it has been modelled and photographed! It is actually a quick knit, and if you do not choose to make a pompom, then you only need one ball of each colour for this pattern.  There are so many pretty colour combinations you could choose to knit this.  Another combination I thought of was Kale and Peppermint – dark teal and light mint together.  Yummy!  You could also go slightly off-grid and use Sugar and Deepwater – creamy silver and ocean blue variegated.  The combinations are many!

Image courtesy of Zealana

This year,  I have also taken it upon myself to do a limited amount of Christmas knitting. I’m choosing my recipients carefully.  I have recently been hearing “more socks!?” and “I have too many knitted things from you, it’s such a pain they take up so much space”, and to those family members, none they shall have! (I forgive them, because you have to be able to speak your mind when you are with family.  :-))

However, I do know for certain that there are a few people who should appreciate a knitted gift.  My son’s teacher will receive a hat.  From experience, teachers usually love to receive knitted things, so I hope he likes this thank you gift for being such an awesome teacher to my son this year…

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Compliant young man modelling said finished hat before it was washed and blocked.

It is knitted out of pure, naturally coloured New Zealand wool. The young man picked it out as he said his teacher would look good in it.  I’ve decided to be lazy and use a free pattern that seems to work well for many people.  Bonus points for being quick to knit!  I converted it to knitting in the round.  It works just as well, and then you don’t have a seam to sew afterwards.

I might also knit a similar hat for my brother, who spends a lot of time at sea, and likes my knitted things, and for my brother-in-law who works outdoors and is very knitworthy and makes my knitter’s heart burst with happiness at how he wears my knitted things into oblivion.  Better hurry though… time is ticking!

I’m also starting work on a new fingerless glove design that will also be a gift. More to come about that later.

Some socks have also been knitted as gifts.  You have seen most of them already.  One of them is a new design that I will introduce soon.

In addition to Christmas knitting for others, there has been some sock knitting happiness for me…

Joyeux Noelle

I have always fancied a Christmas sock, and Stray Cat Socks in Joyeux Noelle is just amazing!  The colours glow with a richness that isn’t properly captured by the camera.

Apart from gift and Christmas knitting, I want show you a new indie dyer from Australia, Circus Tonic Handmade. This is an indie dyer who is new on the market, and I rather like her approach to using Australian bird colours for inspiration.

Galah in Circus Tonic Handmade

This one is called Galah.  The yarn and I are having a difference of opinion at the moment.  It wants to be the design I’ve just drawn up.  I want it to be Melisandre. I have a feeling the yarn might win.  I’ve thought of another yarn that will look stunning as Melisandre, while Galah will be quite lovely in my new design (the yarn tells me I am being sensible).

Speaking of sock planning, here’s a peek at some gorgeous lovelies from Vintage Purls that I was playing with last week.  One of them is destined to become a sock design very soon. I hope!

Vintage Purls

I do not think I have told you yet that I have started Biophilia.  I am on the third lace set, which ends in nupps. Such a pretty, pretty, shawl!  I only allow myself to work on this on weekends, which is now my official ‘me’ knitting time – the rest of the week is designated to designing and knitting things on deadline, looking for a day job and doing parent stuff. It is very hard to keep my paws off it! Roll on Saturday!


Biophilia is being knitted in Knitsch 100% merino Sock in a colourway called Rocky Shore. It is very ‘oceany’ and lends itself well to the theme of the design!

I have been feeling the need for a summery cardigan, and after much looking at patterns on Ravelry, have whittled my choice down to Drops 95-21 Cardigan in Lace Pattern. I like how it looks on others, so I am confident it will look as good as it appears in the pattern.  Mostly importantly, there are not acres of dreaded stocking stitch to knit! I’m going to knit it in this super lovely Madelintosh Pashmina in Tart that was very generously gifted to me by a special friend:


Whether I get the time to do this before Christmas, in addition to starting on several gorgeous shawl patterns I have acquired (will show you next post) is highly unlikely!

You may be wondering what happened to Two Hearts.  The back has been ripped out three times as I have adjusted stitch count for a non-cabled back (too much cabling for my taste to have it on both the front and the back of the sweater, so I have modified).   Now that I have finally got the right number of stitches to suit my gauge and match the size of the front, it is progressing nicely!  It is not finished in time for the end of Wovember, but I shall have it in time for next winter! I won’t show you a picture of the back.  Stocking stitch is not the most interesting thing to photograph.

Speaking of Two Hearts, the knitter mentioned in my last post about this was mortified about reader reactions to her pointing out the mis-crossed cable.  She said, “Well I certainly didn’t mean it like that! I guess if it was me, I’d be much happier that someone had pointed it out when I had a chance to fix it – which is what happened. And what a brilliant job, and a new knitting skill picked up! At the start of the conversation, I guess I was fishing about to see if it was something I could mention – therefore giving the opportunity to fix, or whether I’d just get thumped. I may have done it inelegantly, but I credited WS with making phenomenal garments, and figured she’d probably want to know – while it was still a very easy fix. I would definitely want to know, and have dropped down around 100 rows to fix a miss-crossed cable.” (And knowing her, yes, she certainly would have done that!)

I am glad that she pointed out the error, and have expressed my thanks, because I learned so much in the process, and as she said, I did want to know while it was still an easy fix!  Some mistakes can be left, but that one was just too much over the line for my tolerance levels!

There is so much more to talk about, but I’m going to stop here and save it for another post.  Thanks for staying with me, and thank you for sticking with me over this year.  I really enjoy reading your comments.  You often make me laugh or smile in delight at what you say.  You have been good company!

A bit of non-knitting to finish.  The hay makers came last week.  It was nearly dark by the time they got to the field next to the house, which is why the photograph looks like this:

Hay making

This is the field now:


You can see how long the grass was by the fact that it nearly hides the calves grazing the edges!

Calves in field

I’m rather enjoying seeing all the different looks to this field over the year.

21 thoughts on “Knitting all the things

  1. Eye candy is right! what a treat, love that Madelintosh colour. Milesandra is a gorgeous pattern, and Joyeux Noelle is totally fun! At first glance that field looked like Lavender. Very nice. thank you.

  2. I love your blog! I’ve just spent 3 days teaching 22 secondary students to knit. – lets hope they catch the bug and continue to develop their new skills.

  3. Evening, its warm here today and I am trying to turn the heels on my Veronica Speedwell socks as I have friends coming to stay and want something plain to knit. Really enjoyed your thoughts and patterns this year. Good company Thank-you. All the best for the festive season. Look forward to working more garments next year.

  4. I know it wasn’t fun for you, but I happen to have just started a cabled Jersey and now I know how to fix any unnoticed mis-crossed cables without ripping back. Thank you!!!

  5. Christmas is cold here, so love to see the spring colors and pastels in your photos. Lovely! My allergist clinician commented on a recently finished poncho and mentioned she’d love one in winter white. So that’s my Christmas surprise knit this year! Luckily it’s knit with bulky so hopefully quick 🙂

  6. Wei, so happy for you that you have the time to do all things with needle and yarn. You have gorgeous yarn and I would cherish a handmade gift always. BUT I guess family should be able to say I have enough……..but how can one possibly have too much handmades and socks of all things!! Love hearing all about your work in progress and your surroundings.
    Happy day to you, xoxoRobin

  7. I didn’t like reading about ungrateful family members. Shame on them. You are so forgiving. Well, at least you don’t have to waste your precious time. The teacher will love his new beanie. They’re appreciative of homemade/handmade items. They work so many hours and appreciate how parents respect that and show the same for them. All that new, smooshy yarn. I covet! And the Joy Noel yarn reminds me fondly of Captain America. I love Madelinetosh Vintage. I have a skein of Tart that didn’t make it as a cowl so I’m saving that for myself as a jumper. I need four more skeins at least tho.

    1. It is a bit hurtful to be told that your knitting is not required, but I guess I’d rather know that than have it quietly dumped at the local charity store when I wasn’t looking. 🙂 Plus, my family are reasonably minimalist and I guess there does come a point when there is too much that can reasonably be worn. I wonder if I’ll end up being one of those charity knitters! The Tart colourway is lovely – it would look nice on you as a jumper.

  8. I find it quite frustrating if I spend hours and money (on yarn) making something – and in a design they chose – only to find that they don’t end up wearing it. It may be because I made it too big or the yarn was too scratchy though, so I can’t really complain. Though I would like to be able to reclaim the project so I can re-use the yarn for something else!

    Its reassuring to read about your gift knitting because I have held back from doing this myself when it comes to Christmas presents. It’s so warm by then and I worry it seems inappropriate to give something they won’t able to use for another 5 months. But you’ve just shown me that I shouldn’t worry about it.

    1. That would be horribly frustrating. I do choose my recipients carefully, and apart from those who say they have too much, the others are always happy to receive something I knit them. I’m fairly sure your recipients would feel the same way.

  9. Happy December! I have come to appreciate my family members saying, “Thanks, Mom, but I have enough hats right now.” Nevertheless, I am admiring the slip stitch hat pattern and am going to make it for somebody, especially because I have a terrific faux fur pompom burning a hole in my stash. Could you enlighten me about the gauge of the Zealana COZI yarn you used? It’s not listed in Ravelry – yet.

    1. A faux fur pompom would be awesome! The official gauge for this yarn is 28 sts to 40 rows over 10cm/4 inches using 2.25mm needles. I knitted it at a gauge of 26.5 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in stockinette over 2.75mm needles.

      1. The Zealana site says it’s sock yarn. Which I could have looked up myself without bugging you.

  10. I love all of your projects! 🙂

    I would also like to apologise – not to you, but to the knitter who pointed out the miscrossed cable (I am sorry, but I don’t know exactly who it was). What I said was very strong and hurtful, and it lacked respect and politeness. I didn’t mean to hurt, I was just surprised that somebody you have a conversation about something negative (i. e. knitting errors) and then go on and say: “Oh, and by the way – you made one, and I saw it immediately.”

    I know that you were not hurt by that, but I think I simply connected this with some of my experiences along similar lines – and during these experiences, words like that were always spoken with malice. And this must have come up and I wanted to defend and I got angry and I should have read through my response again and I sould have reworded it.

    Please forgive me, unknown knitter, for you meant no harm, and I overreacted.

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