My mother sent me a French knitting dolly in the post and inspired by “Wild Knits”, I have been exploring it’s possibilities. I had always thought of french knitting as something for children but add grown up yarns (silk/alpaca blends, mohair, variegated sock yarns) you can get some strangely luxurious results which can be used as an embellishment to your knitting.
I’d love to use the mohair rope as a trim for matching hat and mittens, you could also sew it onto a sweater to create contrasting shapes and texture (a bit too 80s maybe..?) or experiment with fine wire to create jewellery.
I even found some old wooden sewing spools that I am going to attempt to make into spool knitters with extra pins so I can experiment with different gauges.
Ninotchka by Partricia Roberts from Patricia Roberts Knitting Patterns, 1978
I thought I’d do an update on my progress on the Short Raglan Sweater by Rowan, which I have been knitting. Pictured above is the original image from Rowan Book Eight. Apart from the knots at the bottom which were quite tricky to get right it is a really straight forward pattern. I didn’t really like using the chart for the first side I knitted, the back, I thought I much preferred written instructions but once I got onto the front and had to repeat it all again I found I was much better at reading the chart (so I guess I learnt something!) The yarn I choose, Drops Alaska by Garn Studio looks great, it’s quite coarse but I think it really lends it’s self to the stitch pattern. If I’d chosen a slinkier yarn I don’t think the cables would have ‘popped’ out of the fabric so much and the knots might have sagged. I’ve posted some photos of my project below – hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to knit next week and have it finished soon!
Remaining Yarn for front and sleeves.
In progress on circular needles
Back of the sweater with knots and zig zag pattern.
Needs smoothing out but looking good!
I am a big fan of making my own knitting accessories, having already made my own needle roll I no longer have to worry about losing my needles or finding the cat chewing one of the tips off. However storing your projects and yarn in plastic carrier bags and baskets is not very chic at all so I decided to go on the hunt for a knitting bag I could make myself which was practical and didn’t look like something your granny would store her knitting in. Here are a few ideas I’ve come across whilst searching the web…
1. Purl Soho’s Inside Out Bag is simple… maybe too simple?
2. The Sometimes Crafter’s Amanda’s Knitting Bag. This is my favourite pattern. It’s quite pricey but worth it as it looks professional and is very stylish!
3. You could knit your own tote and line it like these bags by Eccomin.
4. These zippable knitting bags by On My Honour are so cute and really good for keeping moths / cats / kids out.
5. This zingy number is maybe a bit mumsy – lose the button and modernise the colour scheme and you could be onto a winner – from Limeriot
I’ve just bought (another) vintage knitting book! This one is a called Wild Knitting by Angela Jeffs. It’s going to take a whole month to get here from America but hopefully it will be worth it! Judging by the photo from above it will be…