All my friends know I knit and so when it came to my birthday last month, low and behold what one kind friend got for me:

Isn’t it beauteous (yes, that is a word)? A Cath Kidston bag…especially made for knitting! Amazing! And a picture of it filled with my yarn to tide me over until I get home:

And something else exciting, I saw someone else with one in a different pattern in a Starbucks in London. And she was knitting! I’ve really only seen people knitting in public twice: this woman in Starbucks, and a girl on the tram in Boston. I love it!

In other news, I have started on the Cap-sleeved cardigan from ‘Love to Knit’ by Bronwyn Lowenthal. Unfortunately, I left it at home while I’m at school so that I can concentrate on my schoolwork. I’m knitting it up in some Microspun that I had lying around and it’s deliciously soft. I’m not sure I’ll ever end up wearing it but it should be my first finished item of knitted clothing.


Yay! I have finally finished a few of my projects even though it seems I never finish any of them. Anyway, onto the pictures…

This is the Short ‘n Sweet from The Happy Hooker and I made it using a 400g/14oz skein (approx 655m/710yds) of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Baby Blue (100% cotton) and I still have about half of it left. I made it exactly as the pattern said except I shortened the sleeves by four rows. I do like it but the cotton was cheap so it’s not that comfortable and it’s heavy. The whole thing took me about three days although I haven’t blocked it yet.If I made it again I’d use something much softer and lighter like acrylic – maybe Caron Simply Soft. Also, I’d use a stronger colour. All the best Short ‘n Sweets that I’ve seen posted on Craftster are in strong colours. Anyway, I recommend the pattern!

Next is my very first pair of socks. I didn’t have any fingering weight yarn so I used two skeins of Bernat Natural Blends Cashmere (65% acrylic, 30% nylon, 5% cashmere; 94m/103yds per 60g skein). I think they came out quite well and although they’re too bulky to wear with shoes, they’re really comfortable so I can wear them around the house. I used the Easy Worsted Socks pattern (pdf) and I’m very pleased with them although the ribbing is too loose so they refuse to stay up.


And last, but not least, my Saturday Market Bag using the alterations from Disdressed. I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (100% cotton; 73m/80yds per 50g skein) in Ivory and I think I used about one and a half skeins. The pattern is very easy and is a really fast knit so I definitely recommend it. The bag is wonderfully stretchy and fits loads in it!