Yarn House knitters

Ongoing projects and yarn mainly originating from the Yarn House in Caterham, Surrey.

Monday, July 24, 2006

So long and thanks for all the yarn

With apologies to Douglas Adams for paraphrasing the title but it's the first thing I think about when I reflect on spending time at the Yarn House. I'm not sure how much more time I'll have to post before the move next week. Or even how much more knitting I'll get done! Here is just a few of the things done with my Yarn House yarn. I'll be able to post a lot more as my stash gets converted to finished objects. Thanks to all for the help with choosing yarns, colors, projects and providing much needed friendship to me and my children.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Finished Objects

Finished shrug from May Simply Knitting Cotton Glace and Kid Silk Haze, it took 3 balls of glace and I just had to break into a 2nd ball of KSH. In my colours! The pattern puts a icord of KSH round the sleeves to gather them up but I don't think it needs it. I used a 3 needle bind off to join the 2 sides rather than sewing as recommended by Katherine and I think its worked really well, plus bonus of no sewing up.

Plus Easy Jacket in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim Aran. Sewing up yesterday in that heat was a bit much. No button yet. Now its finished I don't know if I like it very much. Its very boxy with no shaping, I wish Debbis Bliss did schematics with her patterns it would be easier to work out what it was going to look like.

Now I'm working on a sock for Pete, Jinny from Rowan 39, cushion cover from the first Rowan Denim book in ecru, Thyme in Summer Tweed from the Summer Tweed book and a mitred sqares throw in Noro Kureyon. I've done 9 squares and I initially thought I'd need 48 but now reckon 60. I have also bought some all seasons cotton for a cardigan for a friends baby, I'd better get on with that. Plus some wool cotton for a cardigan for Phoebe, I'd better get on with that as well. Trouble with kids, they grow!

Sorry about both photos coming out at the top, I don't know how to move them around.

Scream if you want to go faster

Some of you know of my daughter's fascination with the swift and yarn winder. She would have me wind all the yarn of the world into balls and likes seeing the swift go around. I finally had some more yarn to be wound up yesterday and we sat down to do it after dinner. It was sock yarn, some laceweight cashmere/silk and Sam's Rowanspun Aran. We wound 1560 meters of yarn before my arms gave out! All the while she's urging me to make the swift go faster and faster. The things we do for our children...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Too Hot!

It's too hot to knit. Even cotton yarn. Can't wait until the weather breaks.

Friday, July 14, 2006


Having started this at the last knit & relax, I'm pleased with its progress. Aran weight does move fast and most of the rounds are one color. I'm about halfway to the underarm shaping and hoping to finish this before the move.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


I have nearly finished the shrug out of May Simply Knitting. Using cotton glace and kid silk haze in olive. One of my colours, so far taken a week and a half. Have done all the lace and now have to pick up 220 stiched and knit in rib for 10 rounds. I am going to do 2 x 2 rib rather than 1 x 1 as I think in looks better. The quantities are all out I am doing small size and will need 3 balls of glace and 2 of KSH which is more than they say.

How do I post pictures?? Its not so good without pictures.

Also finished Phoebes flamingo using Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Worsted and sirdar novelty eyelash something. Looks really good and the eyelash makes it!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Lickety Split

I suppose it would have happened sooner or later but it seems that I have been more monogamous to this iddy biddy pair of socks than I have ever been to any other. I don't know why but they just seem to have brought out the best in me. I started the first sock Friday night and finished it around 7pm on Saturday. That is the fastest I think I've ever knit anything. I then had a little break because the intarsia of the zodiac symbol took a lot out of me. It was long, it was tedious but I suppose it was worth it. I cast on the second sock today. I hope to have the pair for the end of the week *fingers crossed*. I may however have jinxed myself now.

Carol, you asked what yarn I used. It is Regia sock yarn in black and rainbow (for the toes, heels and intarsia). It's actually funny how comfortable this sock is and kind of appealing because of the seperate big toe.

The Blanket

Here are all the finished squares so far. I've got another on the needles to add. I think they look great! I might add a few more and then start sewing up. Any suggestions on the lay-out? Should I log-cabin around the outside? Thanks to everyone for contributing. I'll remember you whenever I use this!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

New Knitty

This always means the possibility of a new project and though most of the patterns for the new knitty did not inspire me to much elation I did find one that was so irresistable that I just had to do it. Lickety Split has caught my attention, based on Japanese Tabi socks I could not resist the seperate toe casings. I tell you I have never worked so fast on a project, I am about 3/4 of the way through.

But hold on to your hats there may be a snag. Yep you guessed it the dreaded second sock syndrome. We shall see if this rears its ugly little head.