Monthly Archives: January 2010

UK knit camp

Since the start of the month all the UK knit classes are up for sale at

I’m so  looking forward to teaching at this camp, I’ll be teaching two full day classes and two half day classes and you can find them all here.  To book them you need to go to here and can book them by day.  So go check them out!

Casadh Socks

I’ve just published my first pair of socks on Ravelry – Casadh.

I have been playing with this stitch pattern for quite a while before I reached my final version.  The first time they were toe up socks in stripes for my 6 year old.  While they were cute the stripes didn’t really add to the design (and the combination of cables and a short row heel was tight to get on) I wanted to keep working on the the pattern.

I redesigned it to be cuff down and  knit a version for my husband.  Second time round I really like how they work.  The cabling is interesting enough to keep you alert but not too taxing!

The brown version was knit by my friend Sue for  her husband, I just love the color of the Krafty Koala yarn.



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Until January 31, 50% of the sale price of this pattern will go directly to relief for the Haiti earthquake.

The name ‘Casadh’ is the Irish word for “twisted” which is what I was thinking of as I knitted these socks. The cables weave in and out of each other organically forming an intriguing all- over pattern.

Although designed as men’s socks, the all-over ribbing pattern makes these socks stretchy enough to be used by women too, just shorten the foot length by half an inch or so to your desired length..

Knit from the cuff down, these socks are worked using the magic loop method, however if you prefer double pointed needles they can be substituted. I have also included dpns for use with the heel flap, the circular needle is used here as the stitch holder for the instep stitches.

If you have experience with cables these socks are fast to work.

Needle size: 2.5mm/US size 1 1/2

Yarn used:  Green version – Cascade Heritage solid; color moss

Brown version – Krafty Koala BFL; color, Log Pile

Help for Haiti

Until the end of January I am donating 50% of sales from Centrique ALL Stolen Stitches patterns directly to relief for the Haiti earthquake.  There are also many other designers on Ravelry doing the same so take a look at the new ‘Help for Haiti’ filter on Ravelry at the top of the pattern page.

Back in action

We came back from our holiday at the end of last week.  At 7 in the morning we came into Shannon airport to -7 degree temperatures, freezing fog and a dead car battery.  10 minutes from landing the pilot announced ‘ we are coming into freezing fog, with minimal visability.  We are going to attempt landing but if it’s not possible we’ll circle around and land in Dublin.’   Now this is probably not a big deal if you are not travelling with 4 kids from 3 to 11, mountains of bags and a home that is not in Dublin (we would still have to get back to Shannon for our car!).  Luckily we still landed, hacked our car open with a credit card and got a jump start for the dead battery.  My poor frozen husband couldn’t even get a coffee at the first petrol station we stopped at as their water was frozen!!

Strangely we must have all been in a very good mood from the holiday because somehow it just didn’t seem like that big a deal.  Even coming home to a frozen (brand new) pump, leaking heating system and broken shower….. at least we  had our new wood stove, it really came into its own.  Having parents living next door helps a lot too, you are never stuck!

The boys all got to enjoy some great snow on Sunday, the first we have had in years.  The slid down the front lawn, built snow men and tossed snow balls at each other.  Now today we are being battered by rain storms with flooding.  Life is never dull.  Now if only the schools would reopen and I could get back to work.

I got lots of knitting done while I was on holiday (and bought lots of wool!).  My sister in law gave me two big bags for alpaca from peru so several pairs of mittens were finished before we came home to be prepared.

I finished (and photographed) a wrap with some more lovely Fyberspates Scrumptious yarn (sneak peak below), photographed a cotton cardi and knit up my first sample of a vest idea I’m working on.

Sneak peak of new Fyberspates Wrap

A little while ago I finished up a pair of socks with an entwined cable pattern I love.  It took a lot of experimenting and several pairs of socks before it worked out just right but it is almost ready to publish now.  They will be called ‘Casadh’ which is the Irish for twisted which seemed rather fitting for them.  This version was knitted by my friend Sue for her husband.  These socks are designed for a man but as the pattern is ribbed there is an awful lot of stretch.  With the foot length shortened they fit me fine as well.

I’ll post a few more photos of our holiday and the holiday knits in a few days when life starts getting back to normal.