Category: Knitting

Tuesday Treat

Magazine Love

I don’t buy many magazines for two reasons. 1: They’re expensive. 2: Most of them don’t appeal to me. I either can’t afford/don’t fit into/don’t like/don’t want what they’re selling. This changed with Mollie Makes. I’ve been a long time fan of the craft magazine. With its free gifts & great photography, it always brightens my day. My OH renews my subscription every birthday! So when they brought out The Simple Things magazine, I was desperate to give it a go. Always an eye for a bargain, I bought three magazines for £5. I really didn’t think that I would enjoy a magazine more than Mollie Makes, but I do with The Simple Things. It has a great mixture of things I like – from craft to gardening, travel to nature. It is definitely a firm favourite in Crafty Chai towers, with even my OH taking a peek every now & then!

Magazine Love

When I went to Renegade Craft Fair, they had a special offer on their knitting magazines, 3 issues of The Knitter & Simply Knit for £1 each. Bargain! I signed up immediately! I’ve never really read knitting magazines before, but I am glad that I bought the subscription, as it’s greatly increased my desire to improve my knitting.

They’re all great magazines & I love reading them. They all sit at the table, so I read a bit as and when I can, usually over breakfast & lunch. I try to make them last as long as possible! They are full of inspiration and definitely get my creative juices flowing! I won’t be able to keep having all of them, but as Christmas is coming, I’m pretty sure at least one full subscription will be on that list!

Tuesday Treat

Toft Alpaca

A week or so ago, I saw the image below. And I can’t get it out of my head. I love wool and I really love scarves so this one from Toft really caught my eye. I love the chunky knit of this scarf – it looks really toasty.

Toft Alpaca

This is not the only gorgeous thing available from Toft – I could quite happily buy every kit from their shop & be very happy for months on end. I think that knitting chunky knits is my favourite so would be very happy to receive this kit for Christmas *hint hint* from anyone! Plus, you can go & visit the alpacas, something which I would love to do. I have a real soft spot for alpacas & llamas so will have to take a trip up there soon. Enjoy!

Polly Pullover

Spud & Chloe Pullover

I have achieved something that I never thought I would – I have knitted myself a jumper. Yep, I’m ready for Winter! Ali over at Domesticali recommended I try knitting the Spud & Chloe Polly Pullover. She assured me that it was easy & I’d be fine. She wasn’t wrong! I ordered my giant needles & lovely yarn and set about to making my jumper. I wasn’t really sure how I would get on, but it was really easy and grew really quickly.

Spud & Chloe Pullover

The wool is gorgeous, soft and warm. It’s lovely to knit and the whole jumper grows really quickly. If you want to knit a jumper, this is definitely one you should try. It’s not cheap – I used just under 7 skeins of yarn and they cost £12.99 each. But this is something that will keep forever – as long as I’m careful how I wash it!

Polly Pullover

The pattern is really easy to follow and the whole thing was really great to knit. I only had to undo it once & that’s because I’d missed a stitch. If I can find a cheaper alternative to the wool from the pattern, I’d happily have another go at this jumper. It wouldn’t take long and looks great! Have a go – you won’t be sorry that you did! x

Rock + Purl Mystery Knit a long

sock knitting

As you know I like challenging myself when it comes to my knitting. So when I saw this knit along by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud of Rock + Purl a few months ago, I signed up straight away. Sadly, I didn’t get involved in the knit along at the time, but I’m doing it now – better late than never eh?!

sock knitting

So I’ve finally started, using some lovely sock yarn that I won on Twitter from Pip at the Sock Yarn Shop. I’m half way through week 2 so thought that I could update you with my progress. I’m hoping to finish my Spud & Chloe jumper soon too, as I don’t like having more than one project on the go at a time. It’s quite tricky as I have to knit with 5 double pointed needles and I’ve learnt how to make a new stitch right and left! I’m really enjoying it and hope to knit them well enough so that I can give them as a gift! Check back for updates on these new socks! x