Wednesday, 30 April 2014

All for Lea

I've just released a new pattern with a very special background. 

Lea and her husband Sterling are active members of the Itty Bitty Knitters group on Ravelry and I consider them to be friends of mine (online at least!). Towards the end of last year Sterling made the announcement that Lea was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and was in for quite a battle. Of course the call went out for funky hats, socks, shawls etc that could be little Random Acts of Kindness that would keep her cozy during her treatment and stays in hospital and of course remind her that there were many knitters out there that were sending her all the extra strength she was going to need during this fight. 

And so I decided to knit a hat and sat down to think about a special design especially for Lea. I had a look in my stash and came up with some oddments of Debbie Bliss Rialto DK that were lovely and soft and well if they were soft enough to use on a baby hat then they were definitely soft enough to keep a post chemo head warm. So stripes were in order but stripes can be a bit boring so I decided some texture needed to be added and so All For Lea was born. I've written it up for a range of sizes from 0-6 months up to Adult Large. I hope you enjoy it.

From now until the end of May the profits from the sale of All For Lea will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.

P.S: That's my wonderful niece Laura modelling the hat in my garden way back in chilly January. The honeysuckle behind her is now covered in leaves and just about to flower. You can see the progress in the background of the photo of himself modelling Rathcoran in March and me modelling the Little Pines hat in April. Isn't nature and Spring wonderful!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Make Over

After almost 2 years of play, poor George the Giraffe was starting to look a bit worse for wear. His tail and horn pompoms were starting to come off and with little hands around it was time to give him a bit of a make over. 

I no longer had any of that orange yarn in my stash so an alternative needed to be found. I had a look in my fabric stash and discovered that I still had some of the fabric I had originally used for his spots on his back and to line his ears.  

So a little bit of sewing later, George now has a new look.

..... He still needs a bath though!! 

Monday, 21 April 2014


I'm currently taking part in a swap in the Itty Bitty Knitters group on Ravelry. The theme this time is rainbows and we have to include something representing each colour of the rainbow.

When it came to something violet I had the idea of knitting a washcloth with some purple cotton I had in my stash. To further stick with the theme I thought about having a violet motif on the cloth. I had a look on ravelry but didn't find a pattern matching the idea I had. So what's a girl to do but write one herself! 

The Violet washcloth pattern is available as a free download from my ravelry pattern store. Enjoy!

Sunday, 13 April 2014


I've just released a new hat pattern. Rathcoran is a colourwork beanie in sizes 0-6 months up to Adult Large, knitted in Worsted/Aran weight yarn.

I knit a hat as part of the Fuego MKAL for my brother at the beginning of the year and having tried on the result so that I could see if would fit my brother himself requested one. As he rarely makes knitting requests, I happily obliged. He liked the yarn I used for my brothers hat (Malabrigo Worsted in Paris Nights) but wanted to use the colourwork pattern from a hat my sister in law E knit for the little man when he was 6 months old instead of the cables of Fuego. So using the Malabrigo base and some hand dyed yarn for the constrast, I took to working out charts and numbers and Rathcoran is the result. Here he is modelling it! Thanks to E for letting me use her colourwork design!

The name Rathcoran comes from a prehistoric burial cairn (also known locally as "The Pinnacle") on top of the hill here in Baltinglass. I see that from my house everyday and the changing colours of the Malabrigo reminded me of the lichen covered rocks up there on a misty day.