Monday 1 January 2018

A Clean Slate

All the kings horses and the kings men couldn't have kept me awake to see the new year in last night. I got all the detritus sorted, no left overs in the fridge. No laundry in the bin, ditto with the ironing. 
I made good headway with my new cast on and hope to finish it today, as you can see I have almost finished the little stranded section.

This hat is from my Arne & Carlos book, I am hoping that it will be toasty warm, sometimes when I am walking the dogs the wind just blasts through my single layer hats. This is in Aran weight, all from stash and all from Debs wool shop.

I wanted something simple to begin with as I am trying (very trying) hard to knit continental style. My left hand needs to build the right muscle memories as it keeps switching into crochet mode.

The cream yarn is an acrylic and Alpaca blend  and the pink ( and the green for the top section) is an acrylic and nylon blend so not really the best yarn for stranded knitting.
It is working though and I am committed to using as much stash as possible before buying more yarn. I do have my eyes on a Marius pattern and will be buying that, if I buy the Norwegian yarn from the same company I get the pattern free. I will be doing some price comparison work before pressing the "buy now" button. 

There are lots of free patterns out there but the Marius is a paid for pattern and is steeped in tradition. I would prefer to use British wool and will be having fun trawling the net (pun not intended) this afternoon.

It is raining steadily here, after yesterday,s rain which was of Biblical proportions. The last time that I was in rain so heavy was in Perth, Western Australia a few years ago. Traffic came to a standstill as there was no visibility, you could not even see the front of the bonnet.

On that cheerful note I wish you all a happy, healthy and crafty New Year and pray that you all get everything that you need and some of what you want.

                TTFN                                                          Pam


  1. Happy New Year and good luck with the continental knitting.

    I've been trying to knit English but it just doesn't want to work, I'm all fingers and fumbs. Haven't tried it yet but I heard the Norwegian purl is easier and faster in the continental knitting.

  2. Happy New Year, Pam. We are clearing away the Christmas decorations ready for my sewing machine to come out. Catriona

  3. Love the hat. I am a thrower when it comes to knitting and no matter how hard I try I can't switch. It is foggy and raining here, I love that it is a quiet way to sart the New Year. Happy 2018.

  4. I'm so glad to see the back of 2017 and move forward with renewed interest in my hobbies.
    I'm in total awe of your stranded knitting.
    Hope you have a very happy and crafty new year.

  5. Have a wonderful, happy and fruitful 2018. I look forward to reading of all your crafty makes :)

  6. Happy, healthy and crafty New Year back to you Pam! The hat looks very nice, I love the colours.

  7. Happy New Year Pam, I hope it is all you hope it will be!

  8. Loving the hat and the colours chosen.

  9. I am just finishing my first Fairisle yoked cardigan, with steeks on the yoke. My steeking to be honest did not come out very well (a bit of unravelling) but I think I can bodge it. Next up a Fairisle yoked jumper without steeks. I love the idea of two handed knitting with the continental knitting in the left hand and the English throwing for the right hand, but I keep going back to English for both hands. Too many years of English is hard to give up on and if you are only doing a small piece it really doesn’t take much longer.

  10. Happy New Year! Sorry I forgot. Xx

  11. Happy New Year.

    Wow the stranded knitting in your hat is going very well.

    God bless.

  12. Happy new year. I want to try the Continental way of knitting too.


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