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.

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.


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.

The pink one is my first attempt.

And so I began knitting, until finally…


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.

Happy 13th Birthday Mr Hicks!

A year ago today, I wrote a post in celebration of Mr Hicks’ twelfth birthday. I talked about his health challenges and said that if I was honest, I’d never thought he’d make twelve, let alone be as healthy as he was last May. So I can hardly believe that today we’re celebrating his thirteenth birthday!


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Estimating if have enough yarn left to knit another row

I’m sitting here wondering if you’re all already doing this, because it seems so simple, but it’s something I only thought to do the other day.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m knitting a curl…


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Gift Vouchers – seeing what’s right under your nose.

It’s funny how you so often don’t see what’s right under your nose. Last November when I was being asked what I wanted on my Christmas list, I though about asking for vouchers for a particular wool shop. When I looked at their website they didn’t sell them, so I trundled away and forgot about it.

But last November I was also setting up the Dartmoor Yarn Company Website. So why, oh why did it take until last weekend, when someone asked if I did gift vouchers, for me to create them?


Anyway, that’s the long way of me telling you gift vouchers are now available in The Dartmoor Yarn Company shop. Just in case you know anyone who knits 🙂

It’s also a way of me putting off telling you my personal creative goals for 2017, because I still haven’t decided what they are. Better hop to it!

Hope you’re having a great week.




Knitted Santa Sacks: Free knitting patterns for advent – day 22

Still running a day behind – but hopefully I’ll catch up with myself this evening.


Here’s the pattern  for day 22.

For more info on The Dartmoor Yarn Company’s advent calendar of Free Santa sack knitting patterns, click here.


If you knit up any of the Santa sack patterns, please do share pictures of them. The Dartmoor Yarn Company Ravelry page is here, and we’re here on Facebook.

Happy knitting!

Bekki Hill