Thursday, 17 May 2012

An ode to Owls

What needs to be said really? Owls by Kate Davies is one of the most popular jumper patterns on Ravelry. Everyone loves Owls, and who wouldn't it is a jumper with a yoke of cabled owls.

I'm quite renowned for my Owls as I have 2 , the both have no eyes, but I love them dearly and here is why...

I love my Owls (1) because it is warm and snuggly, yes its looking a little bobbly these days but it was my choice to knit it from a loosely plied wool/mohair blend. I can pull it on and feel instantly comforted and cosy, plus I think it is the only jumper I own which has sleeves long enough for my spider like arms.

I love the shaping of the jumper, it is so pretty and helps give my impish frame a bit of shape.

I love the way that every time I wear it and enter a wool shop people point and say 'Owls!' and this is great as it gives me the opportunity to talk about this fantastic pattern.

I love my Owls (2) as I knit it in super chunky at a dense gauge so it keeps me really warm when I go skiing and when I am out on site with work. Yes it can stand up of its own accord and yes I made it in cream so when I wash the darn thing (all the time)  it can take up to a week to dry but its my freakishly thick jumper of happiness.

I love my Owls because they have no eyes. I admire everyone out there who has had the sheer willpower and determination to sew all those eyes on the little blighters, I admit I am not one of you so for that I salute you.

I love how quick this jumper is to knit and how fabulous it can look in a variety of yarns and colours. I feel I need a grey one, my bank balance doesn't agree quite yet. It hasn't forgiven me over the recent Malabrigo purchases.

So yes I love my Owls jumpers, I think they are my favourite makes so far in my knitting journey, thank you Kate for designing such a fabulous, wearable and cosy jumper. I am off to apologise to the rest of my knitted wardrobe for the lack of love...well maybe not just yet, I am cosy sat here all wrapped up in owls.



Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Design Ideas

Well it has been an interesting week to say the least, I can only say so much now but it will all be revealed soon I promise!

I've been a bit meh on the old knitting front, not knowing what to knit and a lot of the time not wanting to knit anything I have on the needles. At times I have turned to spinning and this scratched my crafty itch a bit but I don't know, I have been a bit unsettled.

I know other podcasters have also had a knitting funk so I think it may just be the time of year...we'll see.

On a more positive note I was pondering whilst driving home this evening. I am not usually a fan of summer knitting, I don't love cotton as much as wool and well looking at the weather lately wool is more fitting for a British summer! I pondered designing a garment a while ago, I bought some yarn and had big prospects for it, yes I thought I will make another little tee and I will stripe the yarn and all will be well with the world.

Well after knitting two rondeur tees the appeal seems to have worn off so I have reconsidered what this yarn will be when it grows up. The yarn in question is 'Aimee' by Louise Harding, perfect yeah? It is even spelt the same as my name and I always thought if I were to be a yarn I would have a little cashmere in the mix. It is a 90% cotton, 10% cashmere mix and it is an extremely soft yarn, our eyes met across the room and we knew it was meant to be.

I have sat at my desk tonight with a little jotter and a smudgy pen and scribbled down some ideas. At the moment it looks like an A line summer top, with straps or without (haven't got that far yet), with a cabled rib hem at the top to keep it up and then a gradual A line flare. Predominantly pink but with a grey stripe here and there for good measure.

The figures are working out at the moment, I have swatched with a number of needles and am settling on a 4.5mm for a nice loose gauge, floaty light for summer when I run through fields of corn with flowers in my hair and sometimes riding a horse....oh hold on that is the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume advert....ahh

I will keep you all posted regarding its progress....

Oh and one final note, why did nobody tell me that the ribbing on Audrey in Unst takes FOREVER? It's pretty though

Happy knitting everyone x