Still Clicking Away

Things have been busy here so I have been rather quiet on the blogging front, we have been lucky with fantastic weather so we have been here, there and everywhere, but the needles have been clicking.

We took a trip to Glastonbury a few weeks ago, I sat at the bottom of the Tor knitting while my tribe climbed up it with some friends we bumped into. With the odd knit here and there and some work on my WIP’s (work in progress) I have kept clicking.

baby cardi pink

pixie faery knit

pixie faery fairy autumn cardi
pixie faery autumn cardi

lace flower knit

Colourful May Knit – Pictures So Far!

I have been sharing my colourful knit I was working on during may, this is my own pattern though there are lots of similar ones out there.

I have nearly finished this it needs blocking then is ready to go, I love this because it is easy to get on and off, with my EDS I often struggle to get cardigans on, but this is easier with the low mobility I have.

I will defiantly be making more of these, I loved making it and while knitting I was thinking of the different colour combinations I would use, I would love to knit these for people as I enjoyed it so much!

I think i will call them ‘Festival Waistcoats’ or something similar.

This one will be for 3 wishes faery fest in a few weeks

Festival Waistcoat 1

Festival Waistcoat 2

for when it gets chilli

Festival Waistcoat 3

and the back, I realise now that maybe I should have moved the hair!?

Festival Waistcoat back

Pirate Knitted Crossover

A few weeks ago we went to pirate day, we had lots of fun doing pirate things and doing treasure hunts, but it was cold, very cold, I wore a lovely shawl I knitted and some arm warmers, unfortunately none of us thought to take a photo of me!

We did however get to take a photo of my son wearing his knitted crossover!

I knitted one of these for the film “tell them of us” a WW1 film and we love them, I did a blog post about how they are good items to ‘grow into’

This is a really easy knit, all in garter stitch making it a great pattern for beginners.

What I hadn’t realised is how well this looks when it is part of a pirate costume!

pirate knitted crossover

It does fit down snuggly over his arms covering his shoulders but Pretzel boy had been flinging his arms around so it bunched up, he was happy with it that way though

pirate knitted crossover costume

Going back to last summer my little faery borrowed this when we were at the new forest faery festival, she was 4 and it fitted her really well, she chose to wear is a little differnly and this is another great way to wear it!

knitted crossover shawl

knitted crossover shawl a

as you can imagine it was hard to get a picture as she was on the go!

knitted crossover shawl b

I will be making her her own one of these, I have bought some lovely Rowan wool for it, but finding the time is a whole other thing!


centenary stitches

You may have heard me mention the pattern book for the items I have been knitting recently, this is for the film ‘tell them of us’ many people have put a lot of work into this pattern book and it looks like it is going to be fab!

There are loads of pictures to look at and loads more have just been added, just a taster of the knits that you will be able to knit up yourself have a look for your self in this lovely Gallery.

“One Size Fits All”

The Knitted crossover I posted yesterday really is “One Size Fits All”

On an adult it feels more like an extra warm Knitted shawl it keeps you much warmer than a shawl and is snug,almost like a shawl being warped around you but you don’t have to pit it, or worry about it falling off!

On a child it is more like a jumper, that feeling every mother wants to give to a child when they are cold, just wrap them up all snug and warm in a blanket, this gives that sort of comforting and loving feel!

What I like about this garment is that it is so comfortable to wear and it does not restrict movement at all. You can wear this doing almost anything, often shawls can slip or restrict how you move but this is great!

Great for busy mums, or people who move about a lot, in my minds eye I can see a farm girl milking a cow or going about farm work in this!

I really do love it and I look forward to making more of them for people of all ages!

This is on an adult

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film, knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edge

This is the crossover/ shawl on an 8year old, as you can see it fits nicely and he can move his arms about fine, and on a child the back really is more shawl like, similar to the triangular shawls (he didn’t seem to mind the edging but said on his he doesn’t want edging…seems i am making him one!)

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film,child, children's 8 years knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edgeDebbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film,child, children's 8 years knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edge from the back

And finally how lovely it looks on a 3 year old, I think this looks really nice, like a really snug jumper, I can see a mother in the early 1900’s, walking along with a cold child in the wind,taking her knitted crossover off and warping her child in it so they stay warm.

She could really move about in it too!


I was a little worried that it would restrict arms but it is fine

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film,child, children's 8 years knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edge from the back

And it looks lovely from the back too

Debbie Bliss yarn, wool  knitting garment for 'tell them of us' WW1 film,child, children's 8 years knits in wool, Knitted crossover back, Victorian, vintage shawl/jumper crochet edge from the back

I love this because of so many reasons, but one that sticks in my mind is that I can make it for children as well as adults and for children it will last them their whole life! a lovely item that will stay with them as they grow!

I will be sad to send this off for filming, but then I have said that about every item!

boy’s knitted WW1 jumper ready to go

As some of you know I have been knitting for the tell the of us project,

I have just completed this boys jumper, I think this is for other things planned along side the film, for ww1 events, i think this jumper is for a boys choir who will be singing songs from the past!

I really enjoyed this I love the way that the jumper can be put on any way, there is no front or back, so they got more wear out of it! I think we would love jumpers like this these days as it will stop child confusion and more ware is always good!

here is the finished jumper!

WW1 boy's knitted jumper

for more knits and info on this project have a peek at the Orkney to Omaha blog


Can Knitting In the Round Reduce Pain?

I absolutely love knitting in the round, I hate seams,  mostly because I am lazy! I thought it was just a lot easier not having to sew up seams and time saving too, as well as that I have a son who hates how seams feel against him so it ticks all the right boxes for me!

I have been knitting a jumper this week that has seams, it’s no problem I am confident sewing them up and it can be quite therapeutic, but after doing half a side seam I did notice that my shoulder was aching quite a bit and my neck has been playing up! The more I sew the worse it is getting, I think this is because I am looking down a lot so I can stitch in the right place , it is a bad position for my neck and that then means it is pulling on my shoulder too! I tried having my work higher but then my arm and shoulder ached more, but my neck did improve a little, I wonder if it is the same for others or if it is because of the unusual things my body does? (because of my EDS)

Also knitting with metal needles lately (as I mentioned in my last post) may not have helped, but I do think I am mostly recovered from that now 🙂

In conclusion – knitting in the round, so that I avoid sewing seams, defiantly reduces my pain, and is well worth it for me.

Just another great reason I love my circular needles 😀

for more on knitting needles and pain and a little of my story;

Knitting Needles For EDS & Pain

Some Children’s Knits

As you can imagine it gets a little chilly in the evenings so when we were at the 3 wishes faery feat we wrapped up warmer to listen to the great music in the evenings

Here is a matching set I made,knitted  tunic, leg warmers and arm warmers

matching set knitted tunic,knitted leg warmers and knitted arm warmers

And this is a jumper (blue/green) with hand warmers over them

knitted jumper (blue/green) with hand warmers over them

Then just one barmy step further! (on another night)

Wrist warmers too!

DSCF32knitted jumper with hand warmers AND wrist warmers over them! 62

All snug and warm listening to fab music 😀

These sets are great and can be made in almost any colours and last many seasons just ask me if you have something in mind 😀

Another Little Knitting Conundrum!

I am going away for the weekend, only a few days traveling Friday and Sunday afternoon, and I am sure it goes without saying, I want to take some knitting! But I want to take ALL my knitting! I have a fair few projects on the go, maybe a few too many, as I got a but creative this week and played about with blanket designs so now I have a few part started blankets…not really a good idea but I couldn’t rip back perfectly good blankets! I will go back to them one at a time…I have some scarfs, and jumpers, as well as fairy’s and flowers! and so many little bits.. but what do I take with me!?

How are we meant to chooses exactly which items to take away? I can’t take them all but I don’t want to be left with something I cannot do all the time (the jumper is white, so a nono around drinks or children!) or worse still, finish something and have no knitting! 😮 oh just the thought of that brings me out in a cold sweat!

Ideally I would have a roof box on our car and carry all my knitting essentials and current projects around with me wherever we go!

So taking a step back and taking a realistic look at things, I will take the white jumper with me…but as I cant do it the whole time I will take the fairy’s and flowers, they are for the ‘woolen woods’ tree for the charity group Knitters and Natters Charity Matters these need to be finished and sent off in the next few days so really need to crack on with them, but should I take more? like I said I want to take the whole lot!

I guess we will see just how many items I can grab on my way out of the door… ‘just in case’


Villager Shawl Is Coming Along

(picture By  Judith Brodnicki)

(picture By Judith Brodnicki)

Now that I am feeling much better I have a few projects I need to crack on with, the first is the other shawl for the film, this is coming along nicely now and I can start on the stripes that make up the boarder.

villager shawl

villager shawl

and I have that snowy jumper that is a replica of something seen in a shop, this is making slow progress and I am worried that the whole garment will stretch after being worn a few times, mostly around the shoulders, I have already had so much trouble with this and ripped it back so much to get the tension right that I am at the point of really not caring if I have to rip it back again….apart from the fact it is heartbreaking and I could cry into it…at least it would be soft I guess! for now I have put it aside and will work out just what to do soon…no piccy yet I’m afraid

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