Friday, March 31, 2006

SP - who are you?

Well it the last day of SP7 and I have had a fantastic time. I still don't know who my spoiler is - she comes from New Mexico and I know she is watching because the cluster map show a big blob roughly from there. I am really looking forward to finding out who she is and reading about her....send me a clue....

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Childs roll brim hat

Child’s roll brim hat

This hat can be made easily in an evening either on straight needles then sew the side seam at the end, or in the round from the beginning. Have fun with stripes or simple Fair-Isle to use up oddments.

Using double knitting wool and 4 mm needles (either straight or dpn/circular)

To fit a 6 month old cast on 80 stitches (to increase for larger sizes cast on multiples of 8 stitches)

Knit in stocking stitch for 12 ½ cm or 5inches (or as required for larger sizes)


Row 1 *k6, k2tog* repeat from * to until end
Row 2 and every alternate row p to end
Row 3 *k5, k2tog* repeat from * to * until end
Row 5 *k4, k2tog* repeat from * to * until end

Continue in this fashion until 9 stitches remain then either

Cut yarn and draw it through the stitches – add pompom if required


K2tog until last st,k1 and using dpn needles I-cord for a few rows to create a ‘stem’

Weave in loose ends and sew up the side.

As you can Lily loves it too - looks like I will have to make another one for her to stop her from stealing it!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Treasure trove in Warwick

I have found an Aladdin’s cave of a shop right on my doorstep!! I have been to Warwick many times and walked right past Warwick Wools, without giving it much thought, but as Coventry Knit-Wits is consuming my thoughts I went inside and had to be physically pulled out by Aaron who thought he might loose me forever. I just stood and stared at the floor to ceiling displays of wool, crammed into every conceivable space in the shop - just the place to go when you have that 'not sure what to knit next' mood as there are so many different brands and patterns

well anyway they are Warwick wools 17 Market Place - 01926 492853

Mon-Wed 9.30am - 4.30pm
Thu 9.30am - 2.00 pm
Fri - Sat 9.30 - 4.30pm

Darn! - never took my camera, must get a photo when I'm there next

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Knitting for Orphans Challenge

Coventry Knit-Wits have laid down the Lutsk Ophan Knitting challenge

Ok - we have approximately 44 children aged 6 months to 3 years, to knit or crochet for and they all need the following :-

  • hat
  • socks or booties
  • gloves
  • jumper or cardigan

  • We appreciate that it is getting towards the spring (in theory anyway) and they will not be using them very soon, but the orphanage can store them until it gets cold again - and it does get very cold there. This is a chance to use up all the colourful oddments.

    So if you can help in any way, even if it is only a pair of booties then please go to the Lutsk Orphan Challenge blog or email

    to pledge what you can make (eg a 6-12 month hat for a girl or a 2 year old jumper in bright red) and we will send you postage information. This blog will be used up to date on the progress of the knitting.

    Thanks for all your support
    Coventry Knit-Wits

    Tuesday, March 07, 2006

    Medieval Spinsters Online

    The Medieval Spinsters Yahoo Group is now up and running! We have 16 members, 6 of which have joined in the past week.

    If you are thinking 'whats she on about', then we are a group of Medieveal Re-enactors who are also Spinners,Weavers and Dyers. Here we can discuss the various ways of spinning, weaving and dying using authenic methods and the types of sheep breeds that would have been around at that time.

    If you would like to join us then go to the Yahoo group

    Curly Whirly Creations

    Well, I have gone a little over board on the Curly Whirly scarf front - here are examples of my work to date

    Checked Blanket - Complete!

    Finally – this project has gone on forever. I had wanted to finish it for Uncle Brian’s Birthday back at the end of January, but it was bigger than I expected. The pattern worked – Aaron & I mapped it all out and it worked a dream – I’ll post the pattern soon. It is just the right size to go over Uncle Brian’s legs and thin enough so that he can easily pull it off if it gets too hot. Hey does this make me a designer?