On the Needles

It’s been a busy few weeks, so I thought I’d take time out to share some of the projects I’ve been working on … including … wait for it … a pair of socks (pause for all you sock knitters to mock me and remind me of what I’ve said in the past about socks). I take it all back, since I discovered that toe up socks are much easier than the internet will have you believe (simple in fact)  I can’t stop making the darned things! You get all the knitterley gratification of a toe to cast on, then a heel to turn. Unlike cuff down, where you have to endure all that ribbing before you get to the interesting part, toe up is far more interesting. Expect to see many more socks appearing here (and maybe even in the odd Christmas parcel).

Toe up socks, knitted in Regia Circus yarn

Crochet has been a little bit neglected, but I have found time to finish a lovely poncho in Debbie Bliss Andes, which is a gorgeous blend of silk and Alpaca. It’s far too warm to wear just now, but it will be a great autumn cover up. I will write up the pattern evenutally, but to be honest it’s so easy, even a beginner could probably work it out from the photo.

I’ve also had the sewing machine out – not a regular sight in our house – I’d love to sew more often, but as I’m not very good I tend to put off sewing projects until I’ve psyched myself up for failure. These turned out surprisingly well!

Tiny birds cut from Laura Ashley duvetWe had a small celebration at Brownies this week as Snowy Owl is getting married, this called for pink bunting and a few love birds, both adapted from issue 2 of Handmade Living Magazine (if you haven’t come across it yet, seek it out – I much prefer it to Mollie Makes – which has beautiful photography and styling, but is a bit lacking in actual content for my taste).

Simple bunting, using an old Laura Ashley duvet!

Also on the knitting needles is an Ishbel, inspired by the ladies at Fibre + Clay who are knitting various adaptations of Ysolda’s pattern, I decided to plump for the original pattern, which has been in my Ravelry Library for over a year. I first cast on in Lorna’s Laces, but quickly remembered the short comings of knitting with variegated yarns and I’m sorry to say it’s been frogged.

Instead, I’ve cast in with some Indigo dyed Shilasdair Luxury 4ply. This is a truly luxurious yarn and the stitch definition is gorgeous. I’ll share a photo of that with you next week. Finally, I’ve made a start on another Cinnamon Grace, this is a lovely scarf / wrap pattern which is lovely to wear in cooler weather. This one’s in a wool / silk blend I found in a bargain drawer for £3.00 a ball and couldn’t resist. Any DK yarn will do – in fact you can use a 4 ply or sock yarn – both of which work equally well.

So, there you are, socks, bunting and  a wrap (or two). I told you it’s been busy here! But, there was just enough time to come up with some button themed cakes for Snowy Owl’s party (with thanks to Emma, who has much better finished versions than mine).

What’s on your needles? I know some of you are much better than me with a sewing machine, got anything to inspire me??

I’ll leave you with a final pic of the love birds, swinging in the breeze.


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  1. you make knitting look so very glam ! ……G&T on the lawn daaarrrrrlink x


  2. Julie Schofield

     /  July 6, 2011

    Love the poncho!!!


  3. Tracey Todhunter

     /  July 6, 2011

    Thank you – shame seeing me in the flesh kind of ruins the illusion though :)


  4. Tracey Todhunter

     /  July 6, 2011

    It needs an outing Julie – maybe it’s time I came over to visit.


  5. Golly, you have been a busy bee, Woolfest clearly inspired you even more than you already are.
    Love the socks, poncho and can’t wait to see the finished Ishbel.
    See you Friday, I hope x


  6. I have a small shawl/scarf similar to Cinnamon Grace, but knitted in aran – I think the pattern was in Knit Forward. I can feel some sock knitting coming on – after a positive orgy of sock production earlier in the year, I took a well-deserved rest …….. but I may have to start a pair soon. At knit’n’natter this afternoon, I knitted several rows of a baby shawl, then had to take it back, as I made a mistake somewhere (there was a new woman there who talked constantly and loudly – I’m blaming her for spoiling my concentration!!)


  7. Ali

     /  July 10, 2011

    You have been busy…and what lovely creations Tracey …Love the birds… and I must say I never thought I would be so excited by an image of socks…they are so darned colourful, stripey and I expect soft!! You are sooo clever!! Keep on socking!!
    Ali xxx
    PS getting used to some new computer stuff…slowing down the craftiness though…as is all the end of term excitement and extra events! x


  8. Sue

     /  September 1, 2011

    Would love the pattern for the poncho, i can’t work it out from the picture sorry. Or even just a quick summary of how you did it, hook size, amount of yarn, starting chain would be great. I love debbie bliss andes and think this would a lovely poncho to wear.


  9. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 1, 2011

    Hi Sue, I’ll send you something by email. Thanks for dropping by the blog.
    Tracey x


  10. Susan

     /  September 14, 2011

    I would love the pattern since I can’t make anything out for the picture is blurry. It looks lovely from what I can see.


  11. Tracey Todhunter

     /  September 16, 2011

    Hi Susan, it’s foundation chain, joined to make a ring, then worked in trebles “in the round”, the increases are 3 tr into a ch at 2 equally spaced mid points on each round. The pattern isn’t mine to give away, but a similar one is available from Fibre and Clay with yarn purchase. I made mine purely by experimenting with yarn and hook.
    Hope this helps.


  12. Kitty kinsley

     /  September 14, 2012

    Great website Tracey , love it xxx


  13. I love the Debbie Bliss Andes poncho. It’s one of my favorite yarns. Is is a rectangle or are the sides angled up? Thanks!


  14. Tracey

     /  March 12, 2013

    It’made in the round with increasing at 2 points on each round.


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