Christmas Time and Resolutions!

Just a wee post to update you on all the lovely knitting goodies Santa kindly brought me at Christmas!


I got a lovely book called 200 Fair Isle Designs by Mary Jane Mucklestone. This book is amazing and makes steeks (cuts in knitted fabric to create arm holes) look less daunting! There are lots of lovely patterns that can be used to design sweaters, scarves, socks etc and the charting is in black and white but it also shows different colour combinations. I hope to be able to adapt/design a pattern with it soon. There are instructions on how to design a Fair Isle jumper in the introduction, but I’m worried about how to do shaping. Fair Isle sweaters are more boxy than fitted so this may negate the need for shaping… we will see!

A copy of Interweave Winter 2011 magazine (not shown)! Betties Pullover caught my eye when I was browsing through patterns, so I was very happy to get this as a present. I have already ordered my wool – I really wanted to get the same yarn that was used in the magazine from the Alpaca Yarn Co, but I didn’t realise how expensive it is to import yarn into the UK from the USA. So, instead, I have chosen a similar colour from the extensive palette at Jamiesons of Shetland. I really hope it comes this week as I have been super patient! I also really want to make the Livingstone cardigan in the Interweave magazine too, but that one will need to wait for now.

I got a lovely crocheted flower pin from Andys cousin who has just started to crochet. I love the pink/orange wool used and will be great for Spring and Summer to add some colour to my coat.

I am a little behind but as everyone on the blogsphere seems to be making New Year Resolutions, or re-sew-lutions, maybe I should too..! So here are my resolutions:

1. I want to knit 6 items this year. I already have a list of jumpers the length of my arm on my list (see my previous post) but I would like to tackle a skirt too after seeing this lovely one on Golden Scales blog. There isn’t a pattern for the skirt so I might need to do some experimenting to get it right…

2. I want to sew 6 items too. I made two tops last year but one (the Colette Sencha) I’m not so keen on and I haven’t finished hand sewing the arms yet… My other top was the Colette Sorbetto. I really like this top and it was made with Liberty Arts fabric, so pretty! It does fit but I think I could tweak it just a little to make it better though.

3. I want to learn to crochet! Lots of people I know have started to crochet and it looks really fun so I would like to try my hand at that. I plan to join a knitting club this year too so hopefully will get some pointers there but if anyone can recommend a good website with crochet tutorials and easy beginner patterns, let me know!

Hopefully I will be able to stick to all of these! What are your New Year Resolutions?