Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mystery Lace

Here is a little teaser from a lace design I’ve been working on for the last few months.  The piece is finished but I’ve still got a bit of work to do with the pattern.  I haven’t worked with laceweight much before, and while it really is hard work with small children the results is like wearing air!

Raspberry Layers in the Park

Anyone who has been in Cork (or lives here) will probably have come across Fitzgerald’s Park.  Last Sunday we went down there with the boys and while they played in the playground Joe took some photos of my new cardigan Raspberry Layers.

Just outside the railings there is an entire wall with the most brillant graffiti.  This photo was my favourite from the lot:

There were several more interesting ones also:

and here is a close-up taken in front of a dead tree that is covered in a mirrored mosaic:

We had so much fun it nearly made up for how silly you feel trying to model with people around!  When you are in your own garden it somehow does feel quite as daft.

I have added the full details about the new pattern on my For Sale pattern page, or just click below.

UK Ravelry day

Is there anyone out there going to the Ravelry UK day on the 6th of June?  I’ll be going over with Sue from Cork and we’ll be there from Friday until Sunday and would love to meet up with (you don’t have to be from Cork!).  I’m looking forward to having an indulgent, yarn filled weekend.

Jen from Fyberspates will be there with a stall.  I just love her yarn – in fact my next design to be published is made from her Chunky Squisy Red and plums.  I’ve talked about this yarn before and really loved working with it.

Here is a photo of the finished piece, it’s great for in between weather (which we get a lot of here). 

I must get some modelled photos this weekend and finish the pdf and I’ll be able to get it up for sale.

I’ve called it Raspberry Layers.  It somehow seems quite fitting to me, with all of the variations of pinks and purples in the colors.  It’s knit starting at the center of the back with a provisional cast on.  You work across the back (with short rows to create the bottom flare), cast on stitches for the front and finish with some tidy short row sleeve caps.  I’ve used an interesting variation on garter st for the edging and decorative rows that uses slipped stitches, almost as easy as garter st but adds a lot of color variations in a variegated yarn.

Siesta errata

I don’t know if any of you are working on Siesta from Knotions but there are some errata for the pattern.  You can the updated pattern here.  For the lower portion of the chart there are some ‘no stitch’ symbols missing.  Jody from Knotions has also divided the chart in two so that it can be printed out a larger size making it easier to read.  Thank you Jody!

New Knotions up

I’m very excited to have a free pattern up in the Summer 2009 issue of Knotions


This pattern is knit from Debbie Bliss ‘Prima’ which is really beautiful to knit with (even it it does have a few knots in the balls!).  It’s a top down raglan with a cable detail running down the neck and front and has waist shaping.  I knit this when I was visiting my in-laws in Sarasota last Christmas, the photos were taken on ‘Siesta Key’ – hence the name ‘Siesta’.  Not very inventive I know but it does evoke happy memories for me!

There are some wonderful patterns in this issue, I’m especially fond of Emma by Janine Le Cras.  Having recently begun knitting with laceweight yarn I’m in awe of her knitting a full cardigan in laceweight!

I don’t have time to add them now, but I have got some more photos to show you later from ‘Knitting in the Sun’ which is now in the shops!