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My First Steeks: Knitting Oorik

My First Steeks: Knitting Oorik

When Jen from A-C Knitwear announced the A Year Of Techniques project, there was one subject that I really, really wanted to appear in the line up, and that was steeking. Steeks are perhaps one of the more jovially divisive techniques in the knitting skills […]

Why I’ll Never get A Decent Photo Of My Boy

Why I’ll Never get A Decent Photo Of My Boy

I’ve had a horrible few days where every time I think about Tuesday, a couple of days ago, I feel nauseous. I thought it would pass and that I’d be over it by now, but though I have been telling everyone that I’m OK, was […]

Introducing Morganite: A Cabled, Colourwork & Smocked Hat

Introducing Morganite: A Cabled, Colourwork & Smocked Hat

I am pleased to be able to release my latest pattern, Morganite, a design that has been a long and meticulous time in the making.

Named for a complex but robust gemstone, Morganite is the perfect hat project for combining a number of simple knitting skills into a stitch pattern that delivers more than the sum of its parts.

Morganite hat knitting pattern in grey and pink & grey and white

Though the cabling, smocked stitches and colourwork are each relatively simple elements in themselves, working them together results in a stitch pattern that looks more challenging than it truly is. Pleasing crown shaping is designed to look like the converging facets of a cut jewel, and the hat is topped off with an optional pompom.

Knitting instructions are given in both written and charted forms with descriptions for each of the cable stitches used as well as full details on the smocking stitches. The pattern includes written and illustrated instructions and templates for creating two sizes of pompom (larger pompom shown on white & grey hat, and smaller pompom shown on grey & pink hat) as well as full schematics.

grey and pink cabled hat

The two shades of yarn chosen for the hat will determine the look of the finished project. Subtly contrasting yarns play with the texture of the garter stitch fill in the colourwork diamonds to emphasise the areas of differing shade, whereas stronger contrasting yarns draw a more immediate attention to the colourwork aspect. Knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, each size hat requires 2 skeins of the chosen MC and one skein of CC, which provides enough yarn for both the hat and a pompom in either the main or contrast shade. The model hats above show the grey and pink hat with a MC pompom and the cream and grey hat with a CC pompom. The hat may, of course, be left without a pompom if the detail of the crown decreases is desired left uncovered.

morganite hats

This hat has a cushiony, comfortable warmth due to the colourwork, cables, and the soft texture of the garter stitch. It’s the perfect quick and interesting project to launch the cold weather knitting for warmth.

To buy the new Morganite hat pattern, simply add to cart and check out using the cart link above, or buy now.

To view Morganite on Ravelry, please visit the Ravelry page for the Morganite hat.

The Things That Have Been Stolen Are More Than Just Property

The Things That Have Been Stolen Are More Than Just Property

Recently we have had a bit of a tough time at Castle Codd, with life throwing a few stones at our windows and some of them leaving damage, and one of the things that’s still affecting us in a number of ways is the loss […]

New Patterns, Ancient Friends

New Patterns, Ancient Friends

I have been busying away behind the scenes recently putting together a new pattern template for upcoming pattern releases as well as to allow me to start the process of re-formatting and re-writing some older patterns. The new pattern format is far cleaner and all […]


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Our First Two Years Together

Our First Two Years Together

It’s been two years since our family grew by one. I think we were always a family, Russell and I. From, perhaps, the day that I felt like I trusted in his goodness to let go of that little bit of certainty and security of the path I was on, soon to have my own little place to live, and took the leap that I could trust in this human to be good and to care and love enough that I could uproot once more and move in with him to a pokey little cold flat in Whitley Bay. Boy it was cold. And it was so tiny! But perhaps it was my favourite of all the places that I have lived due to it being where our story began and the first place in which I had felt safe in a very, very long time.

But my favourite chapters of the story so far all burst into colour two years ago when a tiny human popped into our world, a mixture of Russell and I. This whopping great blackcurrant stained baby shot into the world at a faster rate than I could really handle it. But after all the worry and panic there lay this 9lb bruise with a wrinkle for a nose and Russell and I cradled pure love in our arms. It had not been so very long previously that I did not think that I could trust anyone to truly love in my lifetime, and now I had these two pillars of love, one huge and protecting and one (not so very) tiny, heartbeat fluttering fast upon my chest, and I knew that I would never feel the same again. And our family was strong.

I truly love being a parent, but as so many people will tell you, parenthood is tough. Gosh, yes we have our off days. Tired, grumpy days, days of illness and the mystery maladies of baby and toddlerhood, sometimes that write themselves apparent three days after the screams and sobs with a scarlet rash and sometimes which manifest on no physical symptoms that you will ever detect and are put down to some mystical condition which may or may not have existed. And you are always, always doing it wrong. So says that lady in the supermarket, or the health visitor who you’ve known for four minutes of your life, or that relation who’d do that differently, or the neighbour who is old enough to remember when babies did not cry because in those days 10 month old babies did as they were instructed, and probably earned their keep down the mines at the same time.

If my little boy knows or feels anything I would hope it is just how perfectly I love him and that I love learning from him more than from any of those people. I hope that Russell and I can teach him, above all else, how to be kind, how to be thoughtful and how to have empathy for all the people whose lives touch on his. I do not expect that as he grows and natually makes mistakes for him to always be good, or that he will always make the right choice, but I do so hope that we will always have time to put three chairs around the table and to talk about how we feel and how others might feel, and the effect of our actions on others. And from him I am learning how to best see the world anew. How the most basic and fundamental feelings that I have can be best nurtured and put to use. I am tougher in my resolve to surround myself with good and kind people and to not let damaging influences into our lives without guard, and to that end I have a strong determination to stand up for my family and to know when to say ‘no more’.

I hope that our third year together will be one of greater learning and growth. I hope it will be full of rainbows and colour, but when there are grey days that we can make things better with love and understanding. I hope that that there will be laughter, kindness, and, importantly, dinosaurs.