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It is interesting to me that I am able to knit four 100-stitch rows much more quickly than I can knit one 400-stitch row.
The lower body of Woodfords consists of very long rows indeed and they are not terribly exciting. I need 12″ of knitting and I am at 4.5″ at this point.
But on the bright side, once I finish this part, the sleeves will seem all the quicker since they consist of far fewer stitches.
I need to suspend work on Woodfords for a bit this week. I need to wh
I am slowly making progress on my Woodfords Cardigan. I apologize for the quality of the photos that follow — the piece is not as yellow in real life, but the photos were taken at night in artificial light. Here is Woodfords spread out as much as I can with the bottom stitches mooshed up on the needle:
I have just finished working the braided “welt” on the lower back:
Here it is with the braid completed:
Next I need to work the lower body. This will be 12 inches of rel
I recently was sent a lovely little gift bag of Cleckheaton yarn:
This a special new yarn, Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton. This yarn is made in Australia from 100% Australian superfine merino sheep.
Inside the bag was a cute hat kit and the yarn to knit it:
The yarn is, as advertised, incredibly soft.
I did a quick gauge swatch, and it is not only a dream to knit, it has wonderful stitch definition as well. It is an 8-ply yarn and is DK weight. The
I’ve been working on a new project for the past week. It’s the Woodfords Cardigan, designed by Elizabeth Doherty and it is from Wool People Volume 8.
The original was made form Brooklyn Tweed Loft, but I wanted a softer yarn, so I opted for Madelinetosh Merino Light. I am using the “paper” colorway. Here’s my progress so far:
This is not a design for beginners. It is such a clever design, worked in sections with lots of short rows for shaping. Because of this, the pattern is 1
Thank you so much for all your nice comments about my Sanquhar Cowl! The pattern is now available for sale on Ravelry, here.
For a limited time, until noon eastern time this Friday, December 5, the price of the pattern will be $3.00. After that time it will go up to its regular price of $5.00.
The design can be worked using any two colors of fingering weight wool. You just want to make sure you pick colors that have enough contrast to show the pattern to its best advantage. I
I finished my cowl on Friday night.
I started by googling images of Sanquhar knitting, and then charting out individual patterns based on the old photos I found.
I ended up with 7 “background” patterns and 7 “squares” pattern.
My cowl is knit in the round, using Woolfolk Tynd yarn and a U.S. size 3 needle. I started with a provisional cast-on and upon completion I grafted the live stitches at each end together to make a big tube.
I worked each of my pattern cha
The winners of my giveaway copies of DIY Holiday: the Crafting Life are David, Kaye, and Robin, who have all been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!
I continue knitting along on my Sanquhar Cowl.
I’m between two-thirds and three-quarters done at this point. Still lots of knitting left! And I am thoroughly enjoying it.
For those of you who are interested in Sanquhar knitting and its history, Tom of Holland posted a lot of great information about it in
I have in my greedy little paws a review copy of DIY Holiday: the Crafting Life, a magazine with 25+ holiday projects, including quilting, sewing, beading, knitting, crochet, weaving and mixed media. This magazine is available now from the link above, in either hardcopy or as an electronic download.
There are complete step-by-step instructions for each project shown. With the gift-giving season fast approaching, this would be a very useful magazine to have — most of the projects
I love Sanquhar knitting patterns. Don’t know what Sanquhar knitting is? This site has lots of good information and great photos.
I decided to knit a Sanquhar style cowl. Because I loved the Woolfolk Tynd yarn that I used for my Ashburn wrap so much, I wanted to use it again. I ordered more, in black and white.
Then I charted a bunch of Sanquhar patterns from old photos found online. I do have some Sanquhar charts, but thought it would be fun to re-create charts solely from ph