Vintage Fan Ripple Stitch

If you’re a yarn addict like me, no doubt your Facebook page will display lots of suggested patterns and yarns. I don’t take too much notice of them as I have plenty of patterns and yarn to keep me busy this lifetime and the next! One that did catch my eye was the Vintage Fan Ripple Stitch. Now I’m not much of a crocheter; very basic in fact but I was intrigued with this pattern so I decided to give it a go.

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This picture fails to capture the vivid colours of this gorgeous wool I used which is Bendigo Woollen Mills’ Classic 8ply. I love this wool; it’s beautiful and it’s Australian too. The colours I used are Broadleaf, Burnt Orange, Celery, Guava, Marigold, Mulga and Pumpkin.

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I used a 4m hook and I’m very pleased with the finished product. I’ve just changed all my bed linen and have placed this afghan on my bed for the winter months.

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It’s funny when you’re crocheting or knitting something this size you immediately think it’s going to be huge because it takes up quite a bit of room on your lap when you’re making it. However, once it’s spread out on a queen size bed it doesn’t look that large! Consequently, I’ve had to put it off centre a bit so I get the benefit of it 🙂

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I made this afghan a while ago but have only just photographed it as it’s been in my linen cupboard waiting for the cooler weather to arrive.

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I’ve noticed it’s been about three weeks since my last post. I can’t believe how quickly the time goes. I always seem to be so busy that my posts fall behind. I’ve been knitting and spinning as well as buying an old spinning wheel, refurbishing and onselling it. This always keeps me busy.

Next weekend I’m going to a weaving camp where I hope to get a little weaving done although I will also be taking along a number of baby garments I’ve made that don’t have their buttons on them yet as I hate sewing on buttons which means garments can sit there for months before they’re completed. I figure being at camp will be the ideal place to finally sit down and finish that pesky sewing 🙂

That’s my news for now.

Until next time.

Melanie

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The Shambles Socks – Pair # 61

It’s not often I write a pattern for socks; usually I’m testing other patterns or searching for patterns on Ravelry. I’m pleased to say, here is one of my patterns.

When I visited York in the UK in the 1980s I distinctly remember visiting The Shambles. I was fascinated by the uneven cobblestone paving. This pattern reminds me of those cobblestones: a bit wonky and uneven.

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All the more reason to call this pattern The Shambles Socks!

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These socks are knitted cuff down. The pattern is easy to memorise as it just consists of some knitting, purling, k2tog, ssk and yo.

My sample is a Size 9 women’s (Australia; European size 40). Because this is a 16 sts repeat, it would be easier to go down a needle size if you wish to make a smaller pair or go up a needle size to make a larger pair.

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I always like to read through a pattern and highlight any instructions that I think I’ll need to be alerted to when I reach a particular section. This tends to save time and hopefully will avoid the need to frog any knitting 🙂

I used the Eye of Partridge heel flap which gives a lovely subtle pattern.

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The toe is a standard one: alternate rows of decreasing and knitting until you have five sts left on each needle and then simply graft close.

Shambles Socks 10These socks are not tight fitting; they have quite a bit of ease in them so if you like your socks to fit very firmly I would suggest you go down a needle size or two. I find my socks are very comfortable for wearing around the house, especially now the mornings are getting cooler as autumn fades into winter.

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I used Patons Patonyle 4ply in the colour Tangerine Dream for my socks. The solid colour really shows off the pattern.

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Hopefully, you’ll  enjoy knitting these socks as much as I did.

I’m now starting another test knit. Between that and knitting my Find Your Fade shawl/wrap and trying to do lots of spinning, I am quite busy! Here are my yarn selections for the Find Your Fade shawl/wrap. This is a massive knit and is going to take quite a while but it is easy and fun.

Find Your Fade choices

And to finish off, I pick up this little beauty at the Olde English Fair at Birkdale where I and some of my spinning friends were asked to demonstrate. As you can gather, I love these little bargains 🙂

Sheep from Olde English Fair

Here we are doing our demonstrating as well as lots of talking 🙂

THE FOUR OF US AT ST GEORGE'S. 6.5.2017

Until next time…

Melanie