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How the yarns wore part 2

Three of the yarns featured in this post

Back in 2014 I did a follow up post on how the various yarns I had used for garments had faired after a bit of wear and wash. When I am choosing the yarn for my next project, I always read any reviews that may have been posted but these are, for the most part, written just after a project has been finished and so only cover the workability, feel and colour etc. which is all very well and good but so often I’ve bought yarn based on these good reviews, only to find out that in the real world, the yarn doesn’t fair so well. This is what led me to write my original ‘how the yarns wore‘ post and I have commented here and there about subsequent yarns I’ve used but I thought it might be helpful to do another follow up post on the yarns used since the 2014 post. Continue reading

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A Parliament, an array and a dress for me

These little chaps are actually quite big

These little chaps are actually quite big

Following the completion of Middle Mudlets’ complicated sweater, I felt the need to do something a little less challenging and so opted to dig out the King Cole tinsel yarn I had purchased a few months ago and make up a couple of sparkly owls ready for the Christmas Fare. I had come across the owl pattern a short while ago, in the local garden centre of all places, and had bought both it and another couple of balls of the tinsel yarn, plus some pastel coloured double knit for faces, ears etc. Now with some time on my hands and no major project waiting in the wings, I gathered my materials together and before long I had completed a little blue owl, much to the delight of the younger Mudlets. Continue reading


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Yarn for multiple projects

Little Mudlet wants this dress again but with short sleeves

Little Mudlet wants this dress again but with short sleeves

Having finished Eldest Mudlets birthday top a few weeks ago, I haven’t actually been knitting anything since but I was starting to get itchy fingers and when an email offering 20% off all DK yarn arrived from Deramores, I was spurred into finding the yarn and pattern for Middle Mudlets’ next garment and ordering the yarn for Little Mudlet, who had already asked for another Sirdar jumper dress but the short sleeved version this time. I opened the page for the Sirdar Crofter DK yarn that the jumper dress was knitted in and she made her choice from the colour ways available. Continue reading


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Eldest Mudlet models her top

Boxy Sweater Eldest Mudlet and her boyfriend came home the other day for a belated family celebration of her birthday. Presents and a cake awaited her and Mud had planned a veritable feast for her birthday tea. Every Chirstmas and birthday for the last three years or so, I have knitted her something special to wear, for which she has always been incredibly appreciative but the present giving is a time when I worry that I’ve made a terrible mistake and she wont like my latest creation. So far, she’s loved them all. Continue reading


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Wendy Lace Edge Top in bluebird: front piece

Wendy Lace Edged Top As the growing season progresses, knitting time becomes scarce but I have managed to complete the front section of my lace top. The lace band had to be pulled back a few rows a couple of times when I realised I had made a mistake with the direction of a couple of stitches but on the whole it went well. Continue reading


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Baby jacket and hat in Marble DK

A slightly unusual colour choice but it works really well

A slightly unusual colour choice but it works really well

With one of the teachers at school due to go on maternity leave in a couple of weeks, I’ve taken a few days off from my gorgeous lace top and, instead, have focused on making this lovely little jacket and hat for her baby boy. Continue reading


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Wendy Lace Edge Top in bluebird: back piece

The finished top will definitely need blocking.

The finished top will definitely need blocking.

It took me four attempts to pick up the 150 stitches evenly along the edge of the lace border, that I needed, to be able to start work on the rest of the back section. With 186 row edges to spread the stitches along, I finally worked out that I had to pick up stitches along 4 row edges then leave one which although not exactly a perfect fit, left me with about as even a spread of stitches as I was going to get. So with the correct number of stitches on my needle, I began the first section of pattern on the remainder of the back section. Continue reading


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Wendy Lace Edge Top in bluebird

The back lace band.

The back lace band.

Here it is, my latest knitting project and this one is for me! I came across the pattern on the Deramores website a couple of months ago when I was choosing Middle Mudlets’ pattern and yarn, instantly fell in love with it and decided to have a go. It is by far the most intricate pattern I have attempted in years but I really, really liked the look of it. Continue reading


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Poppy Red Jumper in Cotton DK: finished

It's finished and she likes it!

It’s finished and she likes it!

I finished the jumper off on Thursday morning and handed it over to Middle Mudlet to try on. I could see that it needed  either to be blocked (although the pattern didn’t call for it), or to be lightly pressed but once she had it on, Middle Mudlet refused to take it back off again. In spite of my repeated utterance that it would look much better if I had the chance to at least give it a press, she was adamant and so when we headed out a little later on, she was looking resplendent in her new jumper and to this day, I still haven’t had chance to iron it! Continue reading


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Poppy Red Jumper in Cotton DK: superb customer service

The first sleeve is finished

The first sleeve is finished

In between greenhouse cleaning, onion planting, seedling care and seed sowing, I have been working on Middle Mudlets’ poppy red jumper. I finished the front section a week or so ago and cast on the first of the sleeves but was mildly concerned that with only one full ball of yarn still to be opened and only about a third of my fourth ball left, I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish the project, even though I had ordered the correct amount of the recommended yarn at the start. Continue reading