Posts Tagged 'knitting'

Sock Yarn Scrap Shawl – Progress

I just wanted to share 2 progress photos of my sock yarn scrap shawl.

This project is just so much fun and I love the element of ‘swapping’ yarn to make it.  I am keeping in contact with everyone who donates yarn or swaps with me so it is becoming something of a ‘friendship shawl’.

If anyone is interested in donating very small amounts of sock yarn for the project please email  Anything you send will be shared out between other sock yarn blanket/shawl-makers that I am in contact with.  If you are interested in completing a similar project you can also drop me a line to find out how to get involved.  Sock yarn swappers can also join the thread on the iMake Podcast Ravelry forum.


Time to Celebrate!

At last…  Cerus Scarf is complete.  I finished it last night.  It probably wasn’t was wide as it could have been, and I managed to cast it off pretty badly (I was so desperate to get it off my needles!)  I should have cast off in pattern but didn’t – rookie mistake.  Nevertheless the finished article really is quite beautiful. Here is a slideshow of images:

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Now I can focus on my sock, which is getting longer and my sock yarn shawl.  I cannot wait.  I suspect I will spend all of Christmas day knitting…

All that remains to be said is Happy Christmas to all my readers that celebrate the big day.  I’ll wish ‘Happy Holidays’ to those who don’t.  I think that, regardless of faith, this is quite an exciting time of year – the end of the old one and the start of the new.  I certainly look at it as a time for new challenges and that excites me a great deal.

I won’t get a chance to blog tomorrow but hopefully I’ll have a little time to post before the new year hits.  Thank you to all my blog readers and podcast listeners for their continued support, it is really appreciated.

Sock Knitting Adventure

Watch me now try and justify the fact that I have cast on my first sock today (very exciting) and have not yet finished my final Christmas project…

It’s not as bad as it sounds, honestly. Today I spent the day with a dear knitter friend, Kate, and we decided it was time to try a sock. So armed with pointy sticks and some excellent You Tube videos, we managed a toe each!

My toe:

Kate’s toe:

We were extremely excited about this progress.

The problem is now that I need to finish my final Christmas knitting project tonight but all I want to do is knit my sock!  I am going to be good though – I really only have another inch to put on the scarf, and then it will be cast off.  So tonight is the night – I will finish Cerus scarf (despite claiming on Twitter a few nights back that I was going to stay up knitting it all night if I had too…)  Then I can knit socks to my heart’s content.   Watch this space for photographic evidence.

Christmas Knitting Update

Well I am not going to say too much as I am recording my last podcast of 2010 this weekend, however for those of you who like to see photos of my work, I thought I’d do a little update post.  I’ll explain this on the podcast anyway but, just briefly, I am on my last Christmas knitting project!  Hurrah!  I cheated slightly and decided to not do one of the hat projects I’d pencilled in, as I was having real issues with the sizing and was adamant that it would be a stash busting project.  So the cable hat is gone.  But the Cerus Scarf is coming along nicely.  Here are some photos:

I am using Rowan Tapestry, which I understand is a discontinued yarn (I got it as a bargain off Ebay).  Here is some information from the Rowan website about the yarn:

A beautiful blend of 70% wool and 30% soybean, Tapestry is a warm soft yarn that has excellent wearability and a soft gentle drape. This self striping yarn is easy to care for and knits to a standard DK tension.

It’s a shame the yarn is discontinued as it is lovely to knit with and the colourway is gorgeous.  The project is knitting up slowly.  Basically the scarf is knit horizontally so each row is 140 stitches.  It’s going to take a while… hopefully no more than 2 weeks!  The linen stitch is a lovely pattern and extremely simple.  You’ll have it memorised after a row or two.  The other great thing is it is a reversible scarf with both sides looking attractive.

This is the right side:

This is the wrong side:

It this photo you can see the nice edge the long tail cast on gives.  If you aren’t familiar with this cast on I suggest you give it a try.  It’s my favourite.

The other confession I should make is that I have actually purchased a couple of gifts now – not many though.  I was running out of time to complete my final few handmade gifts.  So I estimate that I have made 75% of all my Christmas presents.  I’m pretty happy with that.  100% was a little too ambitious perhaps.  Let’s hope people like their gifts.  More on the podcast!

I Love Packages!

Packages by Mark Falardeau via Flickr

It’s been a week of packages… how I love packages!

As I have handmade the majority of my Christmas presents this year (more on that in the podcast at the weekend) I seem to have had Christmas shopping withdrawal symptoms.  I seem to have treated myself to rather a few crafty bits and pieces this week.  Today I took delivery of 2 stunning skeins of Malabrigo and some sock blockers.  I will take pictures at the weekend when there is some decent light.  This is for my attempt at knitting socks in the new year.  The trouble is, I want to knit them now!!  MUST RESIST!  I have to complete Cerus scarf first (my final Christmas knitting project).  I really have to be strict with myself… watch this space.

There was my recent book purchase which I talked about in the last post and also, today, my third copy of Making Magazine arrived.  It’s ‘the vintage issue’ and it is divine.  The best bit about it is that iMake gets a mention on page 9.  How very exciting.

Finally, my Ravelry friend Ceri (and iMake podcast listener) sent me some small balls of sock yarn for my sock yarn blanket that I am starting in the new year.  This was so generous of her that I am posting her a little handmade something at the weekend.

Yes packages are very exciting.  I’d better crack on with Cerus…

Snow Week

Snow Crystals by Thomas Bresson, via Flickr

It’s been a bizarre week.  Snow in Guernsey – in November!  Click here to see some photos.  Everything has been disrupted – the airport was closed, schools were closed – the island even ran out of low fat milk due to panic buying!  You’ve got to love the white stuff (snow, that is, not milk!)

I had a Christmas card making workshop planned this week which I was due to teach on Thursday.  Unfortunately this was postponed due to snow – I really hope that we will reschedule for next week and I will post some photos of the cards that we make.

As I work for education, it meant I had a few ‘snow days’ working from home while the College was closed.  Between wading through my piles of marking I have managed to do a little knitting.  My Cerus Scarf is coming along nicely – I’ll take some photographs soon.  I have also fallen off the wagon as far as purchasing knitting books is concerned.  I was browsing Amazon, while taking a break from marking, and accidentally purchased:

I didn’t really think about it at the time, but these books all relate to things I’d like to achieve in the new year (once the Christmas knitting is out the way).  I’d like to learn how to knit socks and I’d also like to try a jumper, and the Zimmerman method appears to be the best starting point.  In the new year I will also be cracking on with my brand new sock yarn blanket, as mentioned in episode 10 of my podcast.  I am just waiting for 2 packages of sock yarn to arrive (one from Jesse in New Zealand and one from Ceri in the UK – thanks to both ladies for contributing to my blanket.  I cannot wait to start!)

The other thing I have been doing this week is listening to the audio book of ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society‘ by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I am starting to see what all the fuss is about – it really is a charming read, well, ‘listen’.  I adore knitting while listening to audio books or podcasts.  It is, quite simply, the ultimate in multi-tasking.

This weekend has been manic, with very little time for crafting.  I was out Friday and Saturday night (quite a feat now I am over 30) and on Saturday we switched on the Christmas lights in St Peter Port.  I am Chairman of the local charity that funds our town Christmas lights so am heavily involved in the big switch on.  It was awful weather but we got a remarkably good turn out despite conditions.  At least the snow stopped, but it was replaced by torrential rain.  As I result, today, Sunday, has been a complete right-off.

I am hoping for a more crafty weekend next weekend, and I am looking forward to putting the podcast together.  Have a great week everyone.

Episode 10 – Teaching and Craft

Welcome to episode 10 of the iMake podcast.  This episode includes a run down of my Christmas making, specifically my Christmas knitting projects.  I also talk about my journey into teaching, in particular, craft teaching.  Finally there are some new crafty websites to check out and a short introduction to the Guernsey ormer.  I hope you enjoy it.

So without further ado, here is the podcast: Episode 10 – Teaching and Craft

Show notes

Making Magazine

Mitten Cuffs (Ravelry link)

Cerus Scarf (Ravelry link)

Irish Hiking Hat (Ravelry link)

Pasha (Ravelry link)

Jogless stripes video 1

Jogless stripes video 2

Hand-stamped key rings

UK Handmade Crafts Directory

One Pretty Thing

Ormer Casserole

As many ormers as possible
A strip or two of belly pork
2-3 carrots
2-3 shallots
Guernsey butter

  1. Soak ormers in cold fresh water for 30 minutes.
  2. Shell the ormers.
  3. Scrub off the black parts.
  4. Beat the centre of the ormer with a mallet.
  5. Flour the ormers and brown in a frying pan with the Guernsey butter and a little oil.
  6. Place the ormers in a casserole dish with the cubes of belly pork, sliced carrots, bay leaf and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place in pre-heated oven at 160/170 °c for two hours.

Turn down the oven and allow the casserole to simmer until cooked.

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