Baby bootee recipe – 84 Cylinder

My version of a felted baby sock/bootee.

Cranked on an 84 cylinder with 4 ply yarn.

Only 7 gms per sock. that’s a lot of socks out of one ball….yah

Using 100% Hand Wash wool.  Super wash wool will not shrink.

The wool I used was cascade yarns – cascade 220…/cascade-220-fingering…

Tension 1 stop looser than normal.


Cast on with every 3rd needle.

Knit 32 rows.


Knit heel as normal until 6 stitches left.


Knit 12 rows for foot.


Knit Toe as normal until 6 stitches left.


Cast off.

Kitchener Toe.

Crochet slip stitch top leg.

Wash on 1 hour wash at 60 degrees.

Roll top, pull into shape whilst Damp



Make in the normal way, finish toe and top of leg.  Pull into shape before washing.  Before washing size will depend on yarn, tension etc as will felted size and how it is washed.


Don’t be put off by the stringy sock you end up with before washing. Its like knitting a string bag.



Knitting – slip stitch cardigan

Knitting – slip stitch cardigan….. I saw this pattern and just had to knit it.

Earhart by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton

It uses a combination of two yarns.  For mine I used Noro Kureyon for the variegated yarn and Rowan Cocoon for the plain yarn.

The cardigan is knitted throughout with knit and slip stitches which gives it is unique look.  to achieve the correct tension I had to go up to 8mm needles using 1 strand of each wool.  The body of the jumper is knitted in one piece up to the armhole shaping so my trusty Knitpro IC and one of my longest wires came into use.

Not 100% happy about the buttons but will sleep on it.


One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

My Nominator:

A big thank you to fsszj from householdartsandscience for the nomination.  This is my second award in a couple of weeks.

A big thank you to everyone who follows me and takes the time to read my blog.

7  Facts About Me:

  1. I have been with my partner for 30 years, the years have flown by.
  2. I did work in IT for 25 years but am lucky enough not to have to work any more.
  3. I now spend most of my time selling wool etc, showing other people how to knit, crochet and sew and will shortly be joining a co-operative to sell my crafts
  4. I live in Dorset, England which is an amazing part of the country, the seaside and local area where I live is the best place in the world, I can see me ever moving anywhere else.
  5. Going out for a long leisurely lunch with a couple of my friends is one of my favourite things to do
  6. Living at the seaside we obviously get very busy in the summer and very quiet in the winter, I have to say Winter is my favourite time as I get all my favourite places to my self again – very selfish I know
  7. I am always amazed by the bloggers out there who find the time to share their lives, woes, skills and tips with us, please keep on doing so, I hope I can get better at blogging and become like you.

My Nominees:

not your normal 9 but 2 great ones I’ve found recently:

All She Wants To Do Is Knit

Happy blogging.


1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
3. Tell them 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 9 other blogs you like for this award
5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated

Versitile Blogger Award

I’ve only been blogging for a few months and

count myself as a real novice compared to some

of the great and prolific bloggers I’ve found.

How do you guys get the time to blog every day.

Thank you to  Crochet Queen and to Feel Good Knitting

for nominating me for the award, so glad you like my blog.

Seven random facts:

1. I worked in IT for over 25 years and was given one of

the first IBM PCs to play before they were on sale to the

public, so many years ago.

2. If I had my time over again career wise I would be an architect

3. I’m an Essex girl (UK people will understand this one) who

now resides in Dorset

4. I hate Christmas with a vengeance

5. Plain crisps are my absolute favourite nibble

6. I’ve always wanted to have a proper bartender made

Martini and never have got around to it – must have one one day

7. I just love the UK show Miranda

Name 15 other blogs to pass the award on to.

  1. knitnrun4sanity
  2. Make it messy
  3. Made by mim
  4. Hooked by me
  5. Woolhogs
  6. Random Musings
  7. Unique Crochet
  8. craftynowy
  9. rainbowjunkiecorner
  10. zombiestitch
  11. Inexpert crafter
  12. Knit the hell out
  13. Gone to the dogs at seastrands studio
  14. nice and knit
  15. bobbidiboo

Well done to you all for great blogs, those of you who have

just started – keep on blogging.

The rules:

1. Add the award to your blog.
2. Thank the blogger(s) who gave it to you.
3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.
4. List the rules.
5. Award to 15 bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.

New Knitting workshop for all abilities

I will be working with Julie and Jane Colquhoun to teach a knitting workshop in June.

The Yarn Academy are running a mixed ability workshop on the 16th June.  The location will depend on final numbers but will be in Swanage, Dorset.  The cost is £35.

Don’t worry if your skills don’t fall neatly into learning or improving we will cover the areas you need to move your knitting on.

Knitting Workshop on June 16th, 2012
A workshop for all abilities – Learn to knit or to improve.

Learn To Knit

  • Learn how to cast on
  • Cast off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Rescue dropped stitches
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Cope with the most common pattern abbreviations
  • Make a button hole

Go home with a mug hug

The next Stitch

  • Recap of previous skills learnt
  • Additional ways of increasing and decreasing
  • Cables
  • Sewing together
  • Tension and Tension Squares
  • Stitch Markers
  • Advanced Pattern reading (abbreviations and reading a garment pattern)
  • Circular needles
  • Pattern Charts
  • Intarsia

Go home with bunting flags and instructions for a bunting garland

Workshop details

Time: Starting 10am – ending 4 pm
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, Cake/Biscuits supplied all day
Materials: All materials provided
Tutoring: We offer a high teacher student ratio
Location: Workshops are held in and around the Swanage/Corfe Castle area (different locations are used according to workshop participent numbers)
Other: Yarn, needles, hooks and accessories available to purchase to take home

Knitting workshop

e- Tea party invite

Thank you Black Cat Originals for inviting me to your tea party.  I’m delighted to join you.


No tea party can be complete without cake – Cupcakes that is, and of course knitted ones don’t have any  calories – yippee.

Here is a link to my free knitted Cupcake pattern – it uses scraps or DK yarn and takes about an hour to knit.

Use it for a decoration or you can use it as a pin cushion.

Click on the cake for the pattern.

Happy Knitting


Recently finished

I had a sample of Noro Silk Garden Sock Wool from my suppliers.  It was an underweight ball (which is probably why it was a sample) so I needed to knit something that wasn’t  too picky about the amount of wool required.  I decided a scarf was in order, so I knitted an everlasting scarf that could be doubled up to make a cowl.

The pattern is available at the following website

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