28 September 2009

A Quick Knit Note

For any of you lucky enough to live in the Dublin area, myself and playing with fi(b)re have decided to start a knitting group in the city centre. The plan for the inaugural meet-up is to meet at the Tea Garden at half six, for fibre, tea and a lovely atmosphere!

The place itself is very unique - though I believe there are many similar places on the continent - and serves the finest teas from around the world in an array of pots, glasses and gourds.

The place itself doesn't close until around midnight, so it very much has the advantage of not rushing us out of there early.

If you fancy attending, why not drop us a line, or if you just happen to be passing by, pop in and say hello. We'd love to see you!


Edit, thanks for Aileen:

Err, yes, I am an idiot...
This Friday, the 2nd of October...

...2009.

23 September 2009

Update

September in Ireland is gorgeous to witness.
The sun shines, the rain pours and the two combined leave the land clean, crisp and verdant. It's like the island's last party before autumn finally takes over. And this atmosphere always has an effect on the amount of activity I get into a day.

The last week or so have seen a lot of crochet fall off my hooks.

I have made this wonderful little lemming, from Planet June.

I'd certainly recommend it as a gift for any retro-game loving friends you may have. It's clearly written, well illustrated and fast to make up. It went down a treat.

On top of that, I have written two glove patterns, in preparation for the colder weather.




The first, Signal Lights is a versatile mitten pattern in ladies' sizes small, medium and large, mostly using a clever little crochet stitch that isn't too thick, but will certainly keep the freezing gusts away from the fingers. It's also easily adaptable to larger or smaller sizes.

And the second is called Penny Feather:




I love this pattern. I used super-soft Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn that just fluffs up a little when you work with it, making a cozy, lacy glove that looks elegant to boot!




Both and available on Ravelry, and in my Etsy shop, too.

I've been busy.

14 September 2009

Free Super-Simple Sock Pattern



For the organised crafters of the world, it's now the time of the year to start thinking about Christmas crafting. The presents need to be planned, the craft fairs need to be populated, and the pre-Christmas personal knitting will soon be started. There really is nothing like the first crispy-gold leaf underfoot to ge a knitter's fingers itching to make a nice, cozy jumper, or to start into a pair of thick, chunky socks. There's nothing like the first chill breeze on the neck to get crocheters to put down that lace and pick up their trusty 5mm hooks, to make scarves, or to start into that winter's granny-square blanket.

Yes, autumn is all but upon us in all its schitzophrenic glory. And I love it! For me, autumn means winter is just around the corner. Cold fingers, face lashed with icy rain, winds that won't leave your hood alone? There really is no better way to ensure you'll appreciate the warmth of your home at the end of the day.

I've had a lot on lately in terms of crochet; most of which I can't speak about just yet, but I took a rest from the break-neck speed I've been hooking at the last while, to make something very different. On my wheel, I spun up some of this:


...into lace-weight yarn, which I then navajo-plyed into this:


...and test knit into a small sample, which grew, and grew and grew... into this:


It's a light 4-ply, knit up on what I think are 3mm needles, so it's a light sock, but would work great as the outer layer of double-socked feet in winter. It's a super simple pattern:

Thread Bear's Super-Simple Sock.
This makes a UK Size 5.

Cast on 8, pick up 8 on bottom of sts and spread over 4 needles on the round, increase at ends every second row, until you have 14sts on each of four needles on the round, then continue knitting for about 50 rows. On two of the needles, work back and forth, reducing every knit row at the edges (slip-knit-slip at start of row, k2tog at end of row), until you are left with 10 sts in total on the two needles, then start to pick up the sts at the edge of each row, to create the heel. (This is my way of doing a short row heel, as wrapped stitches still confuse me). Once you have regained all your stitches, continue knitting on the round until you run out of yarn, or get bored. Add a few lines of ribbed stitches to the cuff to stop it from rolling.

Lovely!

02 September 2009

The floodgates will open, now...



My family is your typical Irish-sized family; I have relations coming out my ears. My Dad has 10 siblings, my Mam has 4, I have a total of 45 first cousins (at last count) and way, way too many second cousins to try and do a census. I went to the same secondary school as my grandmother, three of my aunts, 4 of my older cousins and my younger sister and the same primary school as my 7 uncles, 3 aunts, 7 cousins, my father and my little sister. Everywhere I go in Ireland, saying I'm an O'Sullivan from Meath invariably gets "Oh! Are you any relation to Murty Matt?" Yup, my family is so big we don't use our surname; just the name of our fathers. I'm Aoibhe Ger, my Dad is Gerard Matt, his Dad was Matthew Murt (well, he was Murty Matt, but his name got jumbled 'cause it was easier to say...).



So, when I say I'm making a bithday present for my aunt, you can see how big a deal this may become. If my aunty Ella gets a home-made present, the flood-gates will open.

I'm a sucker for punishment, it seems.

This is a self-designed neck scarf, made in the laciest crochet I could think up. It's made out of my own lace-weight homespun, the fluff of which was gifted to me earlier this year. Man, I hop eshe likes it!

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