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Hello Mollie! Crochet flowers and egg cosies galore

10 Mar

Happy weekend! After a morning spent beavering away in the garden, getting ready for spring (hurrah!) I gave myself permission to tear open the wrapper on my yummy new issue of Mollie Makes. Thanks Mr Postman!

Even better, there are several patterns in this issue that I lent a helping hand with on the tech editing front.

First up is this month’s star project …

These lovely egg cosies by Suzie Johnson of The Wool Sanctuary, are lickitysplit quick to knit up, and will give you a nicely sample sized challenge, with a little bit of Fair Isle and intarsia knitting needed to make them up.

I also provided a little assistance with the adorbs (as Mollie would say) cover gift – a pretty crochet flower brooch in pink cotton yarn, designed by Anna Rakoniewska, who has a super-cute Etsy shop.

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You only need to be able to do double and treble crochet (single and double in US speak) to put this together. It really is very simple – don’t be scared!

The garden is waking up to spring, so I spent a lovely hour outside after I’d finished digging, weeding and re-potting, sat in the warm(ish) sun with Mollie and a nice cool drink.

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Ooo, look, buds! Hooray for sunny days! Ttfn xx

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Oooooo, new design in The Knitter!

31 Aug

The latest issue of The Knitter is out and I’m super chuffed – my design is on the cover!

Here it is…

It’s knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze and is called Rothko.

In all good newsagents as of Monday. Hurrah!

Thanks to Frances, who did such a splendid job of knitting it, and Belinda and Sarah, who helped with the first and second drafts, when I couldn’t see the wood for the trees…

Robin Cousins wristlets

5 Mar

This weekend I’ve been making these…

It’s been wonderful to have a break in the design/submit/knit process (although I’m lucky to be part of it – am not really complaining). Unfortunately the other half has been poorly so I’ve not been able to finish these quite as quickly as I’d like but I’m still delighted with the end result.

They are from¬†a design by Stephanie Dosen, aka, tinyowlknits (Ravelry link), whose work I’m an enormous fan of. I’ve bought half a dozen of her patterns in the last year, but this is the first chance I’ve had to make any of them.

I’m normally not a big intarsia knitter, as I prefer the logical elegance of fairisle generally, but Stephanie may yet have converted me. If you’re not on Ravelry, please do check out her work on Etsy (where you can mix and match her patterns for a mini-bulk discount – v clever), and also her delightful blog. She’s just had a couple of designs in Yarn Forward, and was also the featured designer for that issue – and very deserved it was too. I can’t wait to see what she does next!