Monthly Archives: June 2013

Princess and the pea shawl

I’ve got a family wedding to go to in a few weeks and found this rather lovely dress to wear at it.


And these shoes, which I’ve had for a while, match perfectly. Flappertastic!


I want to make a beaded shawl to go with it and, after much browsing, have decided to make the Princess and the Pea shawl by LilyGo. I confess, the name of the pattern may have played a part in my decision…

The yarn I’m using is Rowan Fine art in the colour Chiff Chaff.


509 stitches cast on and half a row knit so far…


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Sunnyside baby cardigan

There’s a new baby due in our family in July, so I’ve been busy.


The details:

Pattern: Sunnyside sweater
Yarn: Martha sock from Posh yarn. Gorgeous tones of French navy, turquoise, and many shades in between.
Needles: 3.5mm
Buttons: Sweet little bunny buttons from the lovely Bridport Yarn. They have turquoise tails!


This is a great baby cardigan pattern. Knit all in one piece  from the top down, with raglan sleeves. There is a lace pattern that can be substituted for the cable if desired.

I still have enough yarn to make a hat and even some booties so watch this space!


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The details:

Pattern: Catkin, by Carina Spencer
Yarn: Socktopus Sockushu Originals (forgotten which colours)
Needles: 3.5mm

I love how this turned out. The colour contrast is relatively subdued but, I think, enough still to be interesting.

The multi-coloured yarn has elements of the blue and turquoise that are in the main colour which ties them in well together. The pattern is excellent – I love the way the corners are worked.

And again, in even more detail:

The Socktopus yarn is truly beautiful. To complement it I was going to use mother-of-pearl buttons. But I actually thought the backs of them looked better.


If I were to make this again, I would use larger needles, and also add extra rows to each section, to make the whole thing bigger. Mine has turned out smaller than some other versions I’ve seen on Ravelry.

But I don’t want to quibble. I’m very happy with this and am sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of it.

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