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Cabling in the Country

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There are buds on the lilac.

lilac buds

Spring is nearly here. Snowdrops abound, several daffodils have opened their sunny selves, and I have seen hawthorn on the very brink of bloomage.

I am designing a pair of knee-length cabled stockings, which I am enjoying immensely. Cabling is always more fun than I remember. I’m considering naming these ‘Country Stockings’, as I think they will be perfect for wearing under skirts on country walks, or even as wellie socks, and besides they have a (pleasant) ‘peasant heel‘. I also thought of ‘Cottage Stockings’, but I think it’s time to move away from the ‘house’ theme a little. The yarn is Rowan Pure Wool DK; soft, lofty, superwash, and comes in a wonderful variety of colours! My boyfriend already has his eyes on them, but I have ribbon garters in mind, to trail in the wind.

I hope you make time to go for a nice, long walk this week.

cabled stockingscabled stockingswork in progress

25th February, 2009  // Houselock, Knitwear Design // tags: , , , , .

A Knitted InVESTment

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I found out via the Berroco Design Blog that a group of Ravelers are celebrating Vest-uary, by knitting a vest (or slipover for us Brits) during February. Punning is obligatory. I am working on the baby version of the Houses Slipover, but the temptation is great to knit another slipover for myself. They are very versatile and I wear mine constantly.

baby vest

In between knitting, I have also been working on starting my latest adventure, the Laylock Press, a private electronic press, charged forthwith with publishing Laylock knitting patterns. The aim is to give the PDF-design side of the Laylock patterns the attention it deserves, while providing an outlet for publishing various other pieces I have in mind. I will be posting postulations about pattern layout over there, so I hope you will take time to visit & subscribe.

7th February, 2009  // Houselock, Knitwear Design, Laylock // tags: , , , , .

Houselove

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Chirurun's Houses SlipoverThank you for all the Houses love & support! I was delighted to see Ravelry user Chirurun‘s finished slipover, knit in Rowanspun DK in a gorgeous pale pink. She has kindly let me show her photo here, but please see her Ravelry page & her (Japanese) knitting blog. I love Chirurun’s knitting & I’d like to thank her for her help in spotting an error. If you purchased before the 22nd of January, you should have received a link to the updated PDF. Sorry for the hassle!

There will soon be a baby version of the Houses Slipover. The simple, almost childish house motif really resonates with me, especially in this economically troubled time when so many houses are being repossessed. I hope to see many more people cosying up in their houses!

28th January, 2009  // Houselock // tags: , , , , , .
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