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My Favourite Scarf!

When I first got back into knitting a few years ago, I made several scarfs for people for presents (and a hat for one) but I realised I hadn’t made myself one since before I went to uni (which is now *cough* 10 years ago). I stopped wearing that scarf a long time ago as it was in a pale, baby shade of blue which I used to wear all the time but now don’t really like. It was made with spider stitch (I think it’s called), which is really loopy so it knitted up really quick!

This new scarf was also fairly quick, but it took me most of my Christmas holiday (yes, I’m a bit late posting it) and most of January here and there to finish. I’ve got out of the habit of knitting in my free time but I really wanted this scarf finished so I could wear it right away and it’s amazing how much time you can find when that’s the case!

I made up the design as I went along, but based it on this one I saw in Accessorize:

Deborah Autumn Stripe Snood Accessorize

Deborah Autumn Striped Snood, Accessorize

The only new wools I bought were the mustard yellow (which seems to be my new favourite colour), the wine colour and a nice ball of navy blue. I already had all the other colours in my (ever growing) stash.

Did I mention I love my scarf? And I’ve worn it every day that it’s been cold enough to!


I knitted the scarf/ snood (though my mum tells me it’s not technically a snood) on circular needles in size 5. I joined it into a loop on the needles and cast on 240 stitches as I figured that number could be divided by loads of different numbers (2,3,4,5,6,8,10 etc) depending on the patterns I decided to do. I knitted each end in rib of 3 knits, 3 purls in navy blue (like the inspiration scarf) and then made it up in between.


I did all sorts of different patterns with the different coloured wool, including diamonds, triangles, diagonal lines and plain old stripes. It’s kind of like a sampler!


I’m quite proud of the inside. My friend Fran taught me the technique to twist the different strands together on the back to make it more secure and to make it neater on the inside when doing colour work (I think that’s what it’s called rather than intarsia or something). It was a bit of a pain in the arse but totally worth it, otherwise the inside would have looked terrible and I would have snagged and pulled it so many times if there were big loops of wool everywhere!


I generally wear it wrapped around twice, for extra warmth but this is how long it is not wrapped around twice!

Did I mention this is a very snuggly, warm scarf? And I love it!


Strawberry Tea Cosy

So I seem to be in the middle of loads of things at the moment, which makes having things to blog about limited! I’m almost done with my first cardigan, I’m half-way through the boyfriend shirt from the Great British Sewing Bee book and  I’m about to cut out my first By Hand London Elizalex dress, in the hopes that it will be a wearable muslin, ready to make another one by August 3rd for a friend’s wedding. I don’t quite know how I plan to fit all of this in!

So for today, I have an old make to share with you, which I made for one of my 2 best friends a couple of Christmases ago. She loves strawberries and tea, so I had the genius idea to make her a strawberry tea cosy! I used this free pattern from ravelry. This was the first time I ever knitted in the round (before I ever thought of knitting the socks from hell!) I was very proud of this fact, so most of the photos I have of the tea cosy demonstrate that I was knitting it in the round:

Chloe's tea cosy 4

Chloe's tea cosy 1

Chloe's tea cosy 3

I love the little seeds and the top being all triangley! (And thanks to my lovely mummy for holding it for me to photograph!)

Chloe's tea cosy 2

This is it finished, but the colour looks kind of washed out, weird. Also, I really should have taken a photo of it on a teapot, but at that point I wasn’t writing a blog, so didn’t think that might be useful in the future!