Paper Dolls

So I’ve finally built up my knitting confidence to tackle my first jumper. I came across Kate Davies Pattern on Ravelry a few months ago and went about collecting all the materials I’d need to get it started.

I’ve decided to follow the colour scheme and modifications applied to the pattern that Ravelry user Pops did her version of the jumper in. Here is what her’s looks like:

As if knitting my first jumper wasn’t hard enough, I’ve decided to set myself the target of finishing it for International Women’s Day on 8th March.

I’ll also be helping out with a knitting workshop for Maryhill and Central and West Integration Network’s event to celebrate International Women’s Day, being held on Thursday 11th March, 11am – 3pm. I’ll post more details on this soon.


February 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Yap & Yarn

Back in October I started my first full-time job working in a homeless project for young women aged 18-25 years. Just before Christmas, my boss put me in charge of our art room which was in dire need of a makeover. The bulk of the materials consisted of pipe cleaners and stick-on googly eyes.

I decided to start a programme which would run in four weeks blocks to allow the women to try different activities and make sure they had input into what was running. At the same time, this would allow us to slowly stock up the art room and give the women ideas about what to make with what was in there.

This Wednesday sees the first day of the programme and we’re starting with knitting. Here are the two posters I made to put up in the project:

February 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

2-ply, 4-ply, why ply?

The few weeks before Christmas were pretty hectic as I was finishing off a lot of the presents I made for my family and friends. As a result, I’ve decided to treat myself to a new jumper. The only catch is that I have to knit it first.

I’m going to try the Paper Dolls pattern, which I mentioned in a previous post: Getting ready for Christmas. I made a note of the various wools and needles I need to start the pattern and headed into Glasgow city centre this morning, hoping that the John Lewis wool sale was what I’d expected. I waded through buckets of discounted wool only to end up completely confused. I couldn’t tell if the cashmere wool DK I had in my hand would be suitable for a pattern knit in 4-ply wool, or whether I could substitute shadow tweed for a Scottish tweed.

After spending 45 minutes in the wool section I left with one of the four types of wool I was looking for, some needles and my favourite Patons Shadow Tweed. I felt like I couldn’t knit again. I had a look online for some more information and came across this great wool guide by The Purl Bee. I’d advise anyone who is having similar problems to have a look at it.

December 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


I’d been hunting for 40mm x 5.50mm circular knitting needles everywhere, but the standard circumfrence appears to e 80mm. Anyway, I found some online and they arrived today. I finally get to try out the Patons Shadow Tweed wool I bought from John Lewis a few weeks ago. The wool is so soft that it felts as it passes through my fingers.

I can’t tell you what I’m making yet as it is a Christmas present, but I can show you a photo.

December 15, 2009. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.