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Hansel Hap

Hansel Hap

This is my latest project (I am still working on my Braid Hills Cardigan and a pair of socks).

It is from the Shetland Hap Shawl class at Craftsy. It is a nice squishy garter stitch. I am using a 4ply patons baby dreamtime merino – machine washable and it comes in lots of shades.

I am currently working on the inner triangle section – I love how the yarn overs at the start have a lace-like effect (we are going to pick up along these edges).

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Field of Flowers Project Bag

Image of a black quilted zipper bag with white flowers embroidered on it.
Field of Flowers Project Bag

I made myself a new project bag – for my Hansel shawl.

The embroidery is from Urban Threads. I made embroideries for the front and back, then quilted each piece and then made a lined zipper bag.

I might have made it slightly too small – you can see it’s packed, but if it doesn’t work for this project it will work for other projects (maybe a cross stitch project)

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A Finish

Image of hand knit socks made from fiddlesticks yarn
First finish of 2019

I made these socks for a friend. It is my take on the Wildflowers and Honeycomb socks. I used the stitch pattern for the cuff, leg stitches and heel flap, but worked out my own numbers based on my gauge and did a wedge toe.

The yarn is Fiddlesticks socks bamboo (a mix of merina, bamboo and nylon).

They turned out well and they fit.

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This Thing of Paper – Karie Westerman

Cover image of this thing of paper
This Thing of Paper – Karie Westermann

I have had this book since it was published and the fact that it has taken this no long to read is no indication of its quality more a sign of my book piling.

This is from Karie’s website


This Thing of Paper is a knitting book that urges you to make stuff. Karie Westermann was inspired by her lifelong fascination with books and how all her favourite volumes all fit just so in her hands (much like her favourite pair of knitting needles!). Eleven knitting patterns explore the connections between books and knitting, while the accompanying essays take you from medieval monasteries to contemporary libraries.
What does it mean to be a maker? What do handmade things mean to us? Who do we become as we read and knit? All these questions and many more are discussed in a knitting book quite unlike others.
The book comes complete with the patterns written in Karie’s signature style, lush photography shot on location, and bespoke graphic design.

This is a fabulous book if you are interested in knitting, books, and the history of books. The essays are interesting and thought provoking and don’t take long to read. You could dip in and out of this book – just read an essay now and then. I read it from start to finish in a couple of sittings.

I am keen to have a go at a Hap shawl and thought I might attempt the Woodcut Shawl – although I am going to start with a simpler one first. I am doing the Shetland Hap Shawl class at Craftsy.

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Project Bag – Pi

Project Bag

The Pi embroidery is a design I bought from Urban Threads a while ago (maybe a year) with plans to make a project bag. Originally I planned black on white, but then I saw this embroidery and thought white on black was very effective (I have this design too – already stitched out).

I just made a simple lined draw string bag – Martha Stewart has a great video tutorial.

It is the perfect size for a sock project.

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A Sock Finished

One Finished Sock

I finished one sock – this is probably my best fitting sock.

Here are some of my notes

Above are the notes I made while I was working on it. I think I should be able to replicate it for the second sock.

The yarn is a Rhichard Deverieze and it is my take on the Hermione Everyday Sock.

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Hermione Socks

Hermione Socks

The pattern on the leg and the top of the foot are from the Hermione Everyday Sock pattern, but I used my own ‘recipe’ for the sock. The yarn is Rhichard Devrieze – Peppino. One skein is 65g, which might be enough for a pair of socks, but I didn’t want to risk it, so bought two skeins. I’m using 2.25mm knit pro zings (magic loop method).

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Christmas Socks Finished

My christmas socks are finished

I finished my Christmas socks. The yarn is the Christmas yarn from WYS. I just did a plain sock – twisted rib cuff, eye of partridge heel flap and I used Kate Atherley’s wedge toe instructions (I like how the toe is rounded rather than pointy).

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More on the Socks

Christmas Socks

I am still working on my Christmas socks – although I might have to move onto some secret squirrel things before I get finished.

I went to Knit Purl – it is a beautiful store. Definitely worth a visit.

And then on the way back to the come I passed Laneway Quilts – so I had to pop in and bought more sock yarn (of course). I am so amazed that two stores can co-exist so close to each other in a relatively small community.

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Christmas Socks 2018

Christmas Sock Progress

I have turned the heel, but still to pick up the stitches for the gusset.

Yarn: Fairy Lights from WYS, I am making the pattern up as I go along (very vanilla though).

Check out the knitted and crocheted poppies at the War Memorial in Kings Park.

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