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Lemon & Almond Biscuits

Lemon & Almond Biscuits

  These tasty biscuits for an easy recipe to make with the ingredients I happened to have around the kitchen. The almonds bring a scent and taste of sweet marzipan without so much sugar, and the lemon adds a summery fragrant zing. Print Lemon & […]

Knitting The Brambling Shawl

Knitting The Brambling Shawl

The second month’s instalment of A Year of Techniques focusses on the favourite skill of 1980s jumper fans: Intarsia. Bristol Ivy’s Brambling Shawl sets out to separate intarsia’s reputation away from images of a grinning Giles Brandreth in a striking and bold colourblock design. Knit in […]

Sing A Rainbow

Sing A Rainbow

Here are a few pictures of a recent(ish) jumper that I knit for Baby Awesome. It has everything I could want in a baby jumper: Squishiness, rainbows, and a smiley miniature person wearing it.

These photos were actually taken all the way back into September. I’d actually been sitting on them a little while as I did think about writing up and releasing this as a pattern, but I don’t know if the practicalities would be worth it. The sweater came about as I had bought the yarn to make a rainbow yoked cardigan that I had seen one grey day. Foolishly I did not read into the details far enough as though it was a raglan shaped cardigan, each of the two front pieces, back and two sleeves were knit separately. Each of the pieces carried each of the six rainbow colours and the base colour, so:

7 colours x 2 ends x 5 pieces = 70 ends, plus the need to seam up all those raglan shapings, lining up the different colours, in garter stitch. Ha ha ha ha no. It’s not that it would be difficult, but then reading the phone directory isn’t difficult. Deciding that I didn’t need something so soul-destroying in my life I instead decided to design a sweater, with a good sized and styled neck for adorable giant toddler heads, still using raglan shapings but (crucially) knit in a single piece. Seven colours, two ends each. Easy peasy. Actually, I then added a rainbow garter cuff to each sleeve to give myself an additional; 24 ends because I secretly hate myself, oh, and the garter border at the hem, but these were both completely optional, and at least added to the goodness to brilliance awesome rainbowy-ness of it. Frankly, we need more rainbows, and I sewed those ends in for the good of us all. If I had stuck solely to the rainbow yoke (as the pattern I had first intended to knit) then I would have taken the sweater from 70 to 14 ends, saving 80% of end weaving and eliminating all the seaming, and that was good enough for me.

Since finishing the sweater I have started on an accompanying blanket with the remaining yarn, and my erstwhile friend Mr Crochet Hook has come to visit. I don’t crochet very often (because my wrist clicks so much that it sounds like someone has lost a very confused tap dancer in the vicinity), but for a quick and satisfying way to whizz through your embarrassingly large quantity of leftover yarn, it’s perfect.

Once the blanket is complete I will get a picture of both the sweater and crocheted throw together, and bring more rainbows into the world.

My Knitted Doll Blog Hop

My Knitted Doll Blog Hop

This post is part of the My Knitted Doll Blog Hop. For other other stops on the blog hop tour, please see the links below: Monday 10th October – Sneak Peek at My Knitted Doll with SewandSo Tuesday 11th October – Interview with Louise Crowther on SewandSo Wednesday 12th […]

WIP: Another Month, Another Tank Top

WIP: Another Month, Another Tank Top

Autumn is with us here in the UK, and leaves have started to turn to gold and lay fallen at the foot of trees. For the first time in many months there is a slight chill in the breeze that makes you want to pull […]


My Open Window

New Name, New Start

New Name, New Start

A new website identity is a big thing, and a big step to make. Will people be interested, will they be able to find me? It’s not easy, but it is necessary. Like many people, I’ve made a number of difficult ‘new starts’ in my lifetime, from minor ones to a major table-flip-your-entire-life change, where I started again with no clothes, no possessions and no idea of the future.

The greatest thing that has ever happened in my life is my little nuclear family. Myself, my husband and my little boy. Though we knew from long before our wedding day that we wanted to be together, forever, I think the moment that put the seal on a permanent difference in my life that I would never again want to change was when I took my new name when I married. Changing a name at marriage is a very personal thing, and not everyone wants to or even agrees with the concept; both points of view I can totally understand, but it was the one bit about my wedding day I most anticipated. I’d carried two different surnames as a child; both inherited from people that had flown into and back out of my life before I was old enough to remember them, and I’d carried the second stranger’s name for my life up until that moment, when I took to share the name of someone I could truly love and admire. Now three of us share that name, and it’s a name that I am very proud to wear.

My family life is all-encompassing. I have left work for a few years to spend the first formative years with my child. All other parts of my personality and life are still intact, but now they are often covered in jammy handprints, or have the corners gnawed by particularly munchy toddler teeth, and I am happy.

So, it has time to cast away the pseudonym and step into the world as a ‘me’ that I am proud of, and so here I am, Mimi Codd, with my new website. I hope you like it.