Monthly Archives: August 2009

Roseland Bags

Posted on 31 August, 2009

I’ve recently bought a couple of knitting bags from a website called Roseland Bags, which I am really impressed with.

I bought the first one in July after seeing one of their bags featured in ‘The Knitter’ magazine (it was part of the competition that you can enter via text). So I had a wee look at the website, and I fell in love with two of Julie’s bags. I bought the ‘Scaredy Cats’ Luxury Linen knitting bag right away.

I was so impressed with this bag when it arrived the NEXT DAY!!! It really is ‘a great bag for knitters’. It’s approx. 40cm x 36cm, so has plenty space for knitting needles, yarn, etc, and it had an inside pocket large enough to hold patterns/magazine – no more books and patterns sliding to the bottom of the knitting bag.

There’s also outside pocket for your purse or mobile:

And a place inside to store a couple of sets of knitting needles, crochet hooks , stitch holders and a pair of scissors!

The bag is machine washable on a cool wash, and the printed linen is a one-off design from Germany so this is a limited design that won’t be repeated once Julie from Roseland Bags has used up her stock of fabric.
The postage and packing was FREE, and the bag arrived by recorded delivery the day after purchase! Now you can’t beat service like that!

So, a couple of weeks later, I bought my 2nd Roseland Bag. This time the ‘Topiary’ knitting bag.

This bag is approx. 42cm x 31cm. The outer covering is chenille and is lined with a cream coloured cotton drill with a layer of wadding. It doesn’t have the extra pockets and storage areas for needles and scissors, but is still a great bag for storing and transporting my knitting.

A few of the bags are on sale just now, so well worth having a look at the Roseland Bags website!

My New Beret!

Posted on 30 August, 2009

Remember that wee beret that I started knitting in Paris? The Katie Beret from the Rowan 46 magazine.

Well I managed to finish it last week! So thought I would have a wee photoshoot while my daughter was at her show jumping lesson. But no matter what I did with this beret, I think I came out looking like the wee toadstool from Super Mario Bros.

Separated at birth!? lol

Thankfully, my DD did a lot better at her show jumping!

Well after a bit of jiggery-pokery – tucking part of the trim inside and then slouching the beret down at one side – I think this is the best I’ll get this to look on me!

Sitting on a fence somewhere between Stewarton & Fenwick

I’m really pleased with the way this beret has turned out – it’s almost as nice as my beaded beret! But I was a bit peeved that I had to buy 4 x 50g skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed, and then only used just over 50g. Better planning next time, me thinks. I’ve passed the yarn onto another lady at my local knitting group, as I think there’s enough yarn to knit 3 berets in total.

Four Seasons Blanket

Posted on 29 August, 2009

For the last seven weeks, I’ve been knitting the Four Seasons Blanket by Debbie Abrahams, and I’m just about a third of the way through this blanket now (completed 21 of the 64 squares). I’ve not been knitting it a lot – only three squares every week, as I want to be working on other stuff at the same time. There are eight different picture squares in this blanket, and I managed to get the last one knitted this week. I’m not sure which is my favourite. I think the wee Snowman keeps jumping out, but that may be because I do love anything with beads or a wee bit of bling! All the blanket squares have been knitted with Rowan Handknit DK Cotton.

There are also some self-coloured cable squares in this blanket. I haven’t got round to knitting one of each of these yet, but here’s what I have made so far:

There are still three more cable squares to be introduced, a pale blue (from the Sunshine square) and the two different shades of green (from the Chick and the Leaf squares).

And here’s a wee peek at what I’ve knitted of my blanket so far:

This blanket is coming together really quickly. I’ve completed the first column and the bottom row too. If I get the last three squares of the 2nd column completed this weekend, I’ll be able to sew the first two columns together! Yippee!
I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of 2009, and then I would love to start Debbie’s 2010 Mystery Blanket. That’s if I get an invitation – I’m on the waiting list just now! So, I’m keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed! xx

Mystery Cushion 2

Posted on 29 August, 2009

The first part of Debbie Abrahams’ 2nd Mystery Cushion has been published in this months ‘The Knitter’ magazine (Issue 9). I loved the first Mystery Cushion, so it comes as no surprise, that I’m really eager to do this one too!

And here they are – the squares from Part One:

Square 1 – This Square reminds me of a Christmas tree.
Rowan Felted Tweed, Rowan Summer Tweed, Rowan Cashsoft Aran, Rowan Lurex Shimmer and oddments of double knitting were used for this square.

Square 2 – You can’t really see it in the photo, but the black stripe has a lovely shimmer to it.
For this square, I required Rowan Summer Tweed, Rowan Cashsoft Aran, Rowan Lurex Shimmer, Rowan Cashsoft DK and Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

Square 3 – This one is lovely and soft.
Yarns required were Rowan Cashsoft DK and Rowan Kidsilk Haze, and also 9 red beads.

Square 7 – This is the similar to Square 3, but using different coloured yarns and the cables twist in the opposite direction.

This is the first four squares pinned out on a blocking board:

I’m really looking forward to the next issue of ‘The Knitter’. I can’t wait to see what the next set of squares look like. There may even be part of the back of the cushion in the next issue!! Roll on the middle of September!

J’adore Paris!

Posted on 17 August, 2009

I’ve recently returned from a wee trip to Paris with my OH and my kiddies. We all had a fantastic time, especially me as I took some knitting and crochet along with me. I checked with security at Glasgow Prestwick Airport before traveling, and they allow knitting needles and crochet hooks to be carried in your cabin baggage, as long as they are wooden or plastic! I had no problems at Beauvais Airport or Dublin International Airport either on this trip with my bamboo needles and crochet hook. The weather was glorious – 35 degrees on the first day – and I got to knit or crochet at a few famous landmarks too!

Here I am crocheting on the steps of the Grande Arche at La Défense, and in front of the Arc de Triomphe.

After a cruise along the River Seine, I visited La Droguerie. This has to be the best yarn shop in the world!! The yarn can be purchased by the gram, and they give you the pattern for free as long as you purchase the required yarn. Only downside, the patterns are all in French, but it should be simple enough to translate them online. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and they also speak very good English.

Outside La Droguerie with my bag of goodies! Check out that big, cheesy grin!

And here’s what I bought:

1st photo – 70g of Laine du Terroir and 70g of Kid Mohair to knit Le Col (a collar scarf). The pattern for this can be found on Ravelry.
2nd photo – 90g of Alpaga to knit Le Beret Jacquard. The biggest skein was 50g and all the others were 10g. I thought that only having to buy the exact amount of yarn required was amazing. Although I won’t have much leftovers to incorporate into other projects.

The 2nd yarn shop I found was on the 3rd floor of the department store Le Bon Marche. They had a good selection of Rowan yarns, but the cost was almost double what we would pay in the UK. One skein of Rowan Kidsilk Haze cost €14.20 – we only pay £7.50 in the UK.

Here’s what I bought:

12 skeins of Phildar Pilou – hoping to knit a hat and gloves with this.
2 skeins of Phildar Phil Pop – my daughter wants to knit herself a scarf with this.
I skein of Phildar Express – to knit another ‘Le Col’ collar.

I managed to find some really nice buttons too:

The top one was purchased in La Droguerie, and the other five I bought in Le Bon Marche.

After a hard afternoon yarn shopping, we went to Jardin du Luxembourg. I cast on the stitches for my Katie Beret with the Rowan Felted Tweed that I had brought along with me.

Next day, and here I am knitting my beret on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, and then on Le Metro.

And after lunch, knitting again at Sacré-Coeur:

Here’s all that I knitted and crocheted in Paris:

I didn’t get as much done as I hoped, but I did make a start to my Katie Beret and Helon Dress. Both of these patterns can be found on Ravelry.

And the pi̬ce de r̩sistance Рmodeling my Pascale Beret (from Rowan 36) in front of the Eiffel Tower!!

I knitted this beret especially for my trip to Paris, and have to say I think it looks pretty, darn good!