Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 22-12-2014
Tags: Debbie Bliss, Dena Designs, hayfield, James C Brett, Rowan, sewing, Sirdar, SMC
In the lead up to Christmas we have all been eager to get our WIP’s (works in progress) and Christmas gifts finished ready for a fresh start in 2015. It may have been wishful thinking to completely blitz every project that’s patiently waiting on needles and hooks around the house. Finishing even a small majority can however be very satisfying and leave you feeling quite clear of WIP overload. Obviously Christmas gifts have to be a priority, if you hope to have them wrapped in time. I hope you are reading this with a cup of tea in hand and not a single knitted / crocheted present to be in sight, just lots of neatly wrapped presents ready and waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas day. In the past few weeks members of staff here at Black Sheep Wools have been bringing in finished projects.
Emma has been knitting a longline cardigan (Hayfield 9699) in James C Brett Chinky with Merino. She chose this yarn as she had heard so many good reviews from our customers. It also washes in the washing machine which is always an added bonus, especially with the cardigan being the type of style that you can easily wear with any outfit, so it will probably be worn over and over again.
Not only has Emma finished knitting her chunky cardigan she has also been doing a spot of sewing. This pattern is a Tilly and the Buttons design. Emma has added covered button fastenings and fancy stitch detail on the cuffs. The fabric Emma chose is one of her favourites in the Coats range, by Dena Designs – Fox Playground in grey.
Beth has crocheted a blanket using 3 strands of yarn together. A combination of SMC Cassiopeia in pink with two shades of James C Brett Chunky with Merino. The true size of the blanket is difficult to show. It is actually quite larger, the size of a single bed. Beth said as the blanket gradually grew bigger, the weight of the blanket also increased. I guess with something this size it can keep your legs warm as you go along.
Take a look at the texture created with all the yarns combined. Beth used a whopping 20mm crochet hook!
Stacey has been extremely busy making Christmas presents for family and friends. Crocheted slippers have been a favourite choice. This is a pattern Stacey has adapted from various crochet slipper patterns. The first pair are crocheted in Rowan British Sheep Breeds Chunky Undyed. Modelled by Jayne in her glitzy tights.
The two different textures create a bouncy, squishy fabric with a flicker of sparkle where the Ophelia bursts through.
Here is the finished scarf, complete with Rico fake fur pompoms.
She is also making a scarf following Stacey’s King Cole Cosmos & Opium scarf. This is a free pattern download on our website. The scarf is knitted with one strand of King Cole Opium and one strand of King Cole Cosmos at the same time.
Do you have any recent projects to share? Have you taken photos of Christmas knits before wrapping? Email in any photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.