Mitred Square Mystery

While I’m rather busy at the moment, I don’t have a lot of knitting on the go – just LH’s Christmas Sweater, a couple of pairs of socks and something I’m considering frogging. Time to start some new, but not too overwhelming.

I love mitred squares. They’re cute, clever, quick to knit and satisfying. For quite some time I’ve had an idea in my head for them that I’ve not found the space for.  But right now focusing on one square at a time feel a perfect  project to add to my WIPs.

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Yesterday’s Square

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Dartmoor Yarns Episode One on YouTube – rookie errors and a giveaway

Having taken a very deep breath, I’ve just published my first podcast/vlog on YouTube. (Would somebody please tell me what it’s called? I always thought podcasts were audio only, but see people now calling their YouTube stuff podcasts.)

Of course anything new is going to throw up a few challenges and I made a few rookie errors. I also took ages  to edit it, which was extended even further because we had visitors – it will be clear to anyone in the UK, from the weather, that it’s a few days since I started working on it!

So there’s a few ‘warts’ I’m well aware of.  I’ll also add that there’s a giveaway for the pattern for this sock….

… I say I’ve put the pattern on Ravelry, and I intended to do so before I made the episode public. However, the competition is to vote for a name for the pattern and when I went to put it up on Ravelry, I  realised I couldn’t do that without a name. Doh! So the pattern isn’t on Ravelry yet, but please do enter the giveaway (see below) and I will put it up on Ravelry when I announce the winner in Episode 2.

Anyway, for better or worse, Episode One is up on YouTube and, as always, constructive criticism will be appreciated.

And here’s an explanation of how to enter the giveaway, the rules of the giveaway and links to other things mentioned….

Sock pattern giveaway

How to enter: In the comments section below vote for one of the pattern names I’ve suggested on the podcast/vlog or make a suggestion of your own.

For each person’s vote or suggestion in the comments section , I’ll put one entry into the giveaway. Since I greatly value my regular readers, I’ll add two extra entries for them if they enter the giveaway here. I’ll also appreciate any new blog followers, so I’ll add one extra entry for any new followers who vote/make a suggestion below.

You can also make extra entries into the draw in the comments on the Youtube comments, Facebook, Ravelry,  Twitter and Instagram. Check the relevant posts about how to do this on each one here:

Instagram: DartmoorYarns

Facebook: The Dartmoor Yarn Company

Twitter: DartmoorYarns

Ravelry:  The Dartmoor Yarn Company

Giveaway rules

  • This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday 3th July 2017 British Summer Time. Entries into the giveaway received after this time will be invalid and not be included in the draw.
  • One winner will be drawn at random during the next YouTube episode of Dartmoor Yarns. The winner will receive a free PDF copy of the pattern for the pair of socks shown as a finished object on Dartmoor Yarns YouTube Episode 1.
  • Only one vote/suggestion per social media channel per person will be accepted.
  • Instagram and Twitter entries must include #dartmooryarns.
  • No other prize can be substituted for the prize offered.
  • My decision on the winner is final.
  • No correspondence will be entered regarding the giveaway once the winner has been announced.
  • The final name of the sock pattern may not be the one voted for or suggested by the winner of the giveaway.
  • Only entries that comply with the criteria stated above will be entered into the draw.
  • By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age and are adhering to the above rules.

Blogs/yarn stockists mentioned

Beads and Barnacles

Blacker yarns

John Arbon

Marmalade Yarns

Rosie’s Moments

Rowan Yarns

Watercolours and Lace

Knitting cast on world record

Cast on 15 stitches dressed as a French girl

Look forward to hearing what you think of my first vlog/podcast attempt.

Heartfelt Cardigan TA DA!

Many years ago, when I did not have the time to knit a cable cardigan, I bought a cream cable cardigan. I very much loved my cardigan, but over time it grew. As it grew, it moved from being a favourite cardigan to a pull on when it’s chilly cardigan. But still it grew and the cream began to turn a little grey however well it was washed. So it became a throw on when it’s chilly and you’re absolutely sure no one will see you in it cardigan.

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I’m looking down because if I move it slips either side of my boobs

I wished and wished my poor cardigan was still new, until one day I realised wishing was going to get me nowhere.  So I picked up my needles. I wanted to knit an near identical cable cardigan in my grey Dartmoor Yarn Company wool, but one that felt a little more feminine. I loved the idea of cabled hearts, but this was the closest I could find in a stitchionary.

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But it just wasn’t heart shaped enough and I certainly didn’t want anything as untidy as the way that one pulls at the sides – although I did wonder if that was down to the skill of the knitter who made the sample for the book.

There was nothing for it but take out my graph paper and design my own.

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The pink one is my first attempt.

And so I began knitting, until finally…

TA DA!

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Please excuse my hair, I’d been out in the rain all morning and I’m due at the hairdressers next week.

Heartfelt Cardigan

I’m very pleased with the finished cardigan, but not so pleased with the size of my hips and bottom.  I did intended it to be slightly looser fit and I did get the measurements right – I just failed to lose the weight I intended. So now my cardigan is finished, I’ve absolutely no excuse not do it justice by getting on with losing those extra inches, which I lost last year then put half of them back on again!

I also now need to get the pattern written up within a month as I promised in the goal I added to my 2017 list last month.

Knit your own country cottage

I’m determined this week to get several projects finished that have been almost finished for a couple of weeks. First up is an idea I had ages ago, knitted and blocked quite a while back, but never quite found the oomph to take off the blocking mat, finish and write up. But finally I have.  It’s another project for the DYC shop, Knit Your Own Country Cottage.

Knit your own country cottage

Apart from a couple of keyrings I need to write up, this is the last knitting kit I’m designing for the shop for a while. Hope you like it.

 

Project Progress

It’s been two weeks since my last progress update and in that time I’ve added two more boarders and two sides of the 6 1/2 squares to my quilt. However I haven’t always managed my hour a day – haven’t even touch it for a week – but I don’t think that’s too bad given that we have been doing rather a lot at home… Continue reading “Project Progress”