Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and every good wish for 2021

What’s going on at Woolly?

Those of you who receive our email newsletter may know that I was unwell between Christmas and the New Year with suspected Norovirus. We won’t discuss it, you know what it is and we can just leave that in the past.

I’m back to full health and catching up with correspondence, working on some patterns and filled with hope for the coming year.

What’s on my needles/hooks?

I didn’t knit or crochet a single thing while I was unwell and it took me until the middle of January to really get back into the swing of things.

I finished another Ribbed for MY Pleasure Hat, to test the pattern again before sending it to the Tech Editor and having it proof read. The brim uses a provisional cast on and is folded inside the hat and worked together with the live stitches for a double thick brim. Links to how to do this will be included in the pattern.

Ribbed for MY Pleasure Hat pattern, hat laid flat on a wooden table, shown in James C Brett Woodlander yarn in colourway L9 blues, sand, light brown and cream.
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Ribbed for MY Pleasure Hat knitted with James C Brett Woodlander in colourway L9 muted blues, sand and beach colours with cream and light browns.

Another hat was finished, knitted in a couple of evenings using Rowan Yarn Company Cashsoft Aran in light blue, it’s another Bay6 design featuring simple knits, purls and easy decreases to shape the crown and give it that quilted appearance.

I’m stuck for a name, I had thought A Girl’s Best Friend (for the diamonds). But maybe I should continue the theme and go with Quilted for MY Pleasure? What do you think?

Bay6 Quilted hat using Aran weight yarn in light blue.
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Bay6 Quilted hat using Aran weight yarn in light blue.

I finished another hat before Christmas, as part of the Indie Design Gift Along, called The Big Crush by Faye Kennington, it’s a free pattern and is designed as a swatch for one of her sweater designs.

It’s a quick knit and I enjoyed the stranded colourwork. I also found this amazing pompom for the top.

The Big Crush Hat by Faye Kennington, shown in Japonica Pink for the main colour and light blue for the contrast with a pink faux fur pompom.
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The Big Crush Hat, shown in japonica pink with blue colourwork band.

I am still working on Alameda by Clarice Gomes, it’s a lovely pattern and I really enjoyed it. The shawl will be fabulous and it’s a really enjoyable knit.

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I had the urge to knit socks – what is wrong with me?

I started with the James C Brett Woodlander and used leftovers of the L9 colourway to knit some basic dk weight vanilla socks, top-cuff-cown and really enjoyed knitting them.

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Basic Vanilla socks in dk yarn in beachy colours

I then cast on another pair, my friends think I’ve been replaced by an alien, but I am enjoying them. Another basic vanilla pair but using some West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK in a blue/teal colour, gifted by a good friend. Perfect for socks.

Basic socks knitted in Teal yarn, Aire Valley DK by West Yorkshire Spinners
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Basic socks knitted in Teal yarn, Aire Valley DK by West Yorkshire Spinners

What’s next?

Well, I cast on some more socks, using Stylecraft Jeanie Aran in Denim Blue, the pattern is Ultimate Answer Socks by Mary E Rose Designs and I am loving them. Top-cuff-down and an easy knit, only one cable crossing per repeat, basic knits and purls and simple decreases/increases. Easy, well explained and I love them.

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