Sunday, 26 February 2012

I was shopping in I Knit

Hello all, I'm back from my trip to England, and I had a brilliant time. My sister and I were visiting our friend who lives in Buckinghamshire.

We had arranged to go to London for one night, and we stayed in a lovely hotel called Park Plaza County Hall, which happened to be just around the corner from I Knit.  My sister picked it, but I was sitting beside her at the computer at the time, and may have agreed that it was definitely the nicest hotel she looked at, ahem.

We went to see a play called The Ladykillers, which was fantastic.  It was so funny!  But, it would have been rude not to go to I Knit.  It's a lovely shop, and the yarn is gorgeous.  There was a big table and lots of seats that I was able to leave Sister and Friend at while I browsed.

Want to see what I got?

I'll do the non-woolly stuff first.  On the top right is a packet of blocking pins.  I had wanted to get an extra packet when I ordered my blocking wires, but they were out of stock.  Below that is a purchase from Liberty.  I hadn't intended to go there, but my sister wanted to, so who was I to say no.  It's a little box full of buttons, with a pin cushion on the top.  Below that is a packet of three crochet hooks from I Knit.  These have wider handles which are designed to be more comfortable to hold for a long time.  I already have one crochet hook with a wider handle, and I found it much easier to hold, and stopped my hand from getting cramped.  And finally, on the top right is a pin cushion that goes around the wrist, this is from Liberty.

Now, onto the yarn.  First of all we have Fyberspates Scrumptious 4 Ply Sport Superwash.  I've never had Fyberspates yarn, and, oh my goodness, it's lovely!  It's 55% wool, 45% silk, and the colour is gorgeous.  It's going to be an All Seasons Cardi, I have already started one in green.  The pattern is available here, it's the fifth one down - I also like the Winterberry Shrug at the top.  They are from This Is Knit, the yarn shop I was in in Dublin a couple of years ago.  Oh, how I wish this shop was in Belfast. 

Next is Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend DK, 70% merino, 30% silk.  It is going to be a scarf, but I haven't decided on a pattern yet.  I'm thinking of a brioche stitch scarf, and have found a few patterns on Ravelry, but I haven't made my mind up yet.

And finally, Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop Aran.  This is for a hat for my sister.  You may recall this hat I made her for Christmas; well, about 3 weeks ago she accidently left it on the bus.  She was devastated, there was much weeping and wailing.  It's a long story, I'll maybe tell it another time.  So to stop the tears, and for the sake of the rest of our family's sanity, I said I'd make her another one.


As well as the All Seasons Cardi, I have also started another Angostura vest top.  I've just finished the gorgeous cable on the back, but I haven't taken any photos yet, but I should have some progress to show next time.

Happy knitting,



  1. I love the Manos Silk blend colourway. I knit a Saroyan scarf with a couple of skeins and was very happy with how it turned out. What a shame about your sister's hat. You are kind to knit her another one! I think you'll have to add a button to fasten it onto her coat!!!!

    1. I'll have to have a look at the the Saroyan pattern, thanks for the suggestion. Great idea about the button, or maybe I should just glue it to her head!! :)

  2. It sounds as though you had a really lovely time. Your purchases look very scrummy. What a shame about the ht, but these things happen! My eldest daughter shrunk the Central Park Hoodie I made her to doll-size on it's first wash!!! NO, I didn't knit her another one ;-) Love your new sewing machine, by the way. Have a great week. Ros

    1. Good grief!! No wonder you didn't make her another one - all those cables!! :O That makes a hat pale into insignificance!

  3. Oh look at all the pretties! The cable vest top is lovely, can't wait to see yours.

  4. oooh such pretties! Glad you had a good time. OH and I go to London once a year but I've never made it to I-knit yet.

  5. oooh what yummy things. looking forward to seeing what they become!


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