Brighton Craftaganza

Big news.

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I will be selling my knitted wares for the first time ever this coming Sunday (1st Decemeber) at Brighton Craftaganza.  The fair is running between 11am and 5pm in Fabrica Gallery which is on the corner of Duke street and Ship street in Brighton.  I will have on offer an array of snoods in various graphic prints.  Perfect to slip into the top of your coat to keep your neck toasty and warm against those harsh winter winds.  Here are a couple of example but there will be many more to choose from on the day.

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I am sharing my table with the lovely Bedroom Factory Knits purveyor of the finest bobble hats in all the land and there will be plenty of other delights to see so please come and say hello if you’re around.  

Complete: Bull City Shawl

Bull City 4Hello lovelies.  Another completed project for you.  My first ever shawl.  I made sure I picked a smallish one, and this turned out even smaller than it should be because of my poor planning.  The phrase ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ comes to mind.  One day I’ll learn that an actual full size gauge swatch is needed, especially when the yarn you are using has no convenient tag telling you “Hi, I’m a DK weight. Nice to meet you”.    The pattern called for a worsted weight so I compared it to some of the DK yarns in my stash and it just seemed a bit bigger.  But no, it’s not.  Clearly it’s just a less tightly spun DK, so now I have a shawl that doesn’t quite make it all the way around my neck…

Bull City 1But do I care?  Nah.  Because look, I can just do this,

Bull City 3So that’s alright.

The yarn is a lovely lovely tealy green colour, which I don’t think these pictures are really showing off properly.  I bought it on my trip to the Isle of Skye a few months ago, which you can see pictures of here.  The yarn shop was in Broadford and sells lots of lovely hand dyed yarns dyed by the owner.  It’s well worth a visit if you are in the area, although I have heard on the grape vine that it may not be around much longer.

The pattern is Bull City Scarf by Sarah Sipe.  It was my first time attempting a lace pattern and I really enjoyed knitting it, it was fairly quick and the chart was easy to follow.  The only thing I would change – other than the silly sizing – is the bind off which it said to do tightly.  The tightness does mean that you get that lovely crescent shape but there is no stretch and so sits a bit oddly around the neck.  This of course is only highlighted it being being too small so maybe it would less of an issue if it was full size.

Bull City 5Sorry for the crappy photo above, I just wanted to show  off the crescent shape.

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Mon Jeu

Mon Jeu

Mon Jeu

I got some lovely lovely alpaca yarn last Christmas and I have finally put it to good use.  I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while and it has turned out just as nicely as I’d hoped.  The pattern is “Scarf-Cowl Double Jeu” and can be found on Ravelry.  I like that it is reversible, which, although made for confusing knitting when trying to pick it back up after a long absence, is the best look for cowl neck scarves I feel.  I used two skeins of yarn (I forgot to note down what it was before I threw the information away, sucks to be me!) and it is the perfect length to wrap around twice for uber warmth or just once for a more casual look.

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