FO Friday 09.11.18

My Nautilus is finally finished! It’s so pretty.

And also enormous; I’ve had to pin some of it to my carpet because the blocking mats aren’t big enough.

I can’t wait for it to dry out so I can start wearing it!

In non-yarny news, one of my colleagues is leaving for a new job today so I made her a leaving card.

It’s inspired by Claire93’s F2F quilt, with the added bonus that my colleague used to live in Amsterdam so windmills have special meaning to her.

That’s what I’ve been doing this week, and now I’m wondering what to knit to fill the Nautilus-shaped hole in my life. What’s everyone else up to? Got some FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!



WIP Wednesday 07.11.18

Current WIP count: 7

I was doing so well with my mittens. Even if I’m not doing the pattern exactly right, I’m at least doing something that works.

It’s actually purple yarn, but my phone is determined to pick it up black
A more accurate picture of the colours

But now I’ve hit a snag again. Does anyone have any idea what “dc+htr-tog in first dc” (UK terms) might mean? I don’t understand how I can do all of those things in one stitch! A round-by-round stitch count would be super helpful about now, but of course there isn’t one so I’ll just have to figure it out. In the meantime I’ve done a couple of rows on the right hand mitten cuff.

My Nautilus is only a few rows from cast-off and I’m getting really excited about it. I can’t get too carried away though, as every row in this section is a knit row so if i don’t pay attention I could just keep going and going!

What’s everyone else working on this week? Any suggestions about the mitten pattern? Let me know in the comments!



WIP Wednesday 31.10.18

Happy Halloween everyone!

Current WIP count: 8

I forgot to mention that during the weekend away we had a favours auction to raise money for charity. I offered a small crochet item of the bidder’s choice, and the winner asked for some mittens.

I found this pattern on Ravelry and I’m persevering, but it’s really not the easiest pattern to read.

This is all I’ve done so far, after spending about 50% of my crafting time trying to work out what the pattern means.


I’ve picked gorgeous colours if I do say so myself, and I love the lozenge shapes in the photos so I’m determined to make it work.

A day off yesterday meant I got the leaves done on all my roses so far.


And I’ve cast off another wedge of my Nautilus so each section goes a bit quicker. The end is almost in sight!

What’s everyone else working on? Got plans for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!



WIP Wednesday 24.10.18

Current WIP count: 8

After pretty much nonstop knitting for two days at the weekend, I have made some serious progress on my nautilus shawl. Not that you can tell with it all bunched up on my cable.

Apologies for the photo quality. It’s a dreich day in Glasgow.

I’m just over two thirds done and getting excited about reaching the finish line.

I’ve also made a start on a little robin bauble for my Mum. She loves robins, as they’re a reminder of her Mum (my Grandma), so I’m thinking of making a wee set of three for her.

It’s a very different experience to amigurumi, I must say. Lots of blindly following the pattern without really understanding where it’s going, then having an AHA moment when it all comes together. The sewing up is still definitely my least favourite part though.

Hobbycraft supplied me with some enormous skeins of cream yarn so I can get back to my Roses for Grandma blanket again. I want to make some real headway this week. It would be good to aim for some form of completion, like ‘make all of the roses’, but that’s a bit difficult as I don’t know what size I want it to be yet. Maybe I’ll focus on completing all the squares I’ve started so far.

So that’s what I’m working on this week. What’s everyone else making? Let me know in the comments!



Weekend away

What a weekend I had. Of course I knew it would be good, being in my favourite place in the world with my favourite choir, but the reality was even better than I imagined.

It was held in Millport, a tiny town on the Isle of Cumbrae just off the west coast of Scotland. Travelling over there was a very different experience to my usual summer bank holiday trip; we almost had the whole ferry to ourselves!

We arrived at the College of the Holy Spirit, connected to one of the smallest cathedrals in the UK, and our home for the weekend. I was assigned to Gentleness, and my friend was next room along in Joy.

I’m undecided as to how fitting this is!

And this was the beautiful view from my window.

Not that I spent much time in room at all! As soon as the bags were dumped we headed down to the common room/library and met up with people who had already arrived.

There was much drinking, chatting, and a whole lot of laughing, with a brief interlude for tea time. In the evening we snuggled into the leather sofas, lit the fire, and had a singaround. At first I couldn’t think of a single song (which is silly, considering the hundreds I’ve learned over the years), but then we got a row of three or four slow ballads about death and a wee funny song popped into my head to balance it out. So I sang Baby Sardine by Spike Milligan. (That link takes you to a performance by my other choir by the way. I’m the one in the hat!)

After stumbling to bed at some unearthly hour in the morning I was not exactly in peak form on Saturday, but then neither was anyone else. We soldiered on and learned some songs, then had a long break for lunch and free time.

It looked like a nice day so me and another friend decided to cycle round the island. It’s about 10.5 miles and usually takes me an hour. However, that nice weather did not last, and I hadn’t realised quite how exhausted I was. At one point, pedalling into the wind and horizontal rain, I only kept from crying because I was already having trouble seeing with the water dripping off my eyebrows! at least I can laugh at it now and I’ve got a story to tell.

Then there was more singing (once I’d changed into dry clothes), a quick nap before tea, and then more evening entertainment with the first ever Voicebeat weekend away quiz.

Bless the quizmaster, she must have spent hours and hours getting everything ready. But this was me and my friend pretty much throughout:

Every question was common knowledge…if you’re over 40. It turns out quizzes are really boring when you don’t know a single answer. We lost.

After that we had another singaround and more drinking and another very late night!

Sunday was extra special because we got to sing in the cathedral for a couple of hours. It sounds amazing in there!!

And then we went home and I face-planted my bed for 10 hours.

An added bonus was that I managed to get a lot of knitting done while we were singing. I’m onto the final section of my Nautilus.

So that was my weekend. What did everyone else get up to? Let me know in the comments!



WIP Wednesday 17.10.18

Current WIP count: 6

I bought some yarn from Mothy and the Squid, colourway Zombie Bloodmoth, with the intention of knitting it into a Hitchhiker for myself.

I even cast on and did about 50 rows, but for some reason I wasn’t entirely feeling it. Looking back now I know it’s because my needles were veeeery slightly too small, so the resulting fabric was stiffer than I like. I mean you couldn’t have knocked nails in with it or anything, it just didn’t have the same flowy drape of my first Hitchhiker.

Then I came across the Nautilus shawl by Orla Howard on Ravelry and the interesting shape intrigued me.

(C) Ainewillow

It took no time at all to frog the start of the Hitchhiker and cast on (with slightly larger needles) a Nautilus.

This is another easily memorise-able pattern that I’ve been working on while watching various films and series on my laptop, but it has one feature that I know will put off some of my knitting friends: the even numbered rows are almost entirely purl stitch.

I can already hear the groans! But I actually quite like the purl stitch, in fact I feel like I can purl faster than I can knit. Tell me I’m not the only one?

Roses for Grandma has stalled a little, as I ran out of the cream yarn. The plan is to run to Hobbycraft during my lunch break at some point this week, taking a square with me, so I can get a good match for the colour and make use of the 3 for 2 offer they’ve got on at the moment. I shall try very hard not to get distracted by all the other yarn on offer while I’m there…

So that’s what I’ve been working on! What’s everyone else up to? Got some WIPs to share? Let me know in the comments!