Cotton Wool Balls

  1. Into a Magic Circle, 1ch, 6sc, sl st in 1st sc to join.
  2. 2sc in each sc, around. (12 sts)
  3. 1sc, inc in each sc, around. (18 sts)
  4. Sc around.
  5. Sc around.
  6. Sc around.
  7. Sc around.
  8. 1sc, dec, around. (12 sts)
  9. Stuff ball with pure wool.
  10. sc2tog, around. (6 sts)
  11. Break yarn, thread through remaining sts, pull tight, fasten securely

Repeat 200 times.

That was the main part of a project me and Chris were working on, the idea being to make our own pillows as neither of us wanted to be poisoned by formaldehyde from the polyester pillows we had been sleeping on. (note: we do not vouch for the validity of the article, just something else to consider in the sick polluted world in which we live.)

We could have bought feather pillows, but as we had the ability to make our own, we did.

And failed.

It just did not turn out as comfortable as we wished and so the pillowcases that Chris knitted so exquisitely in Jumbo Cotton White,  from Yarn Paradise were frogged, and no, that is NOT an affiliate link, but clicking it may well force you to purchase unknown quantities of yarn 😉

As for the 200 Cotton Wool Balls…

I’m sure that one day, when I’ve recovered, I’ll think of something to do with them!



A Lesson In Existential Knitting by Knitzsche

The Sentinels, formidable ktbl stitches, kept a firm control over the knit and purl rib.

The Ribellion Cable

One day the rib stitches could take no more and after a fierce battle with the Sentinels, made a bid for freedom.

The Ribellion Cable

Their victory was short-lived. The Sentinels quelled the rebellion and bought the rib stitches back under their control.

The Ribellion Cable

This epic saga is retold in The Ribellion Cable. Now you too can relive the battle everytime you knit the pattern, and with each row, remember the bravery of the oppressed rib stitches.

The Ribellion Cable
The Ribellion Cable

The Ribellion Cable

k – knit
p – purl
st/sts – stitch/stitches
ktbl – knit through back loop
ptbl – purl through back loop
CR6b – sl next 2 sts to cable needle, hold at back of work, p2, k2 on left needle, ktbl2 on cable needle
CR6f – sl next 4 sts to cable needle, hold at front of work, ktbl2 on left needle, k2, p2 on cable needle
CR6B – sl next 4 sts to cable needle, hold at back, ktbl2 from left needle, p2, k2 from cable needle
CR6F – sl next 2 sts to cable needle, hold at front, k2, p2 from left needle, ktbl2 from cable needle

Cast on 24 sts.

Row 1: P5, ktbl2, (p2, k2) twice, p2, ktbl2, p5.

Row 2: K5, ptbl2, (k2, p2) twice, k2, ptbl2, k5.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 three more times.

Row 9: P5, CR6B, p2, CR6F, p5.

Row 10: K7, p2, ptbl2, k2, ptbl2, p2, k7.

Row 11: P7, k2, ktbl2, p2, ktbl2, k2, p7.

Repeat rows 10 & 11 once more, then row 10 again.

Row 15: P5, CR6b, p2, Cr6f, p5.

Row 16: As row 2.

These 16 rows form the pattern.

© Shana Rae 2016

The first of a hundred waistcoats

I am now the proud (also toasty 🙂 ) owner of a woollen waistcoat that Shana has spent quite a while knitting. Shana certainly had her work cut out for her, what with having to put the knitting to one side for some considerable time, due to a mega spell of mystery illness. It was a sizable task too as, without giving away my waistcoat measurements, I can safely say I am definitely not a size zero. (Or even single figures, come to that 🙂 )

I won’t say too much for fear of causing a stampede, because now I have one, everyone will want one. However, I did help to choose the colours. The back panel is a sort of variegated light and dark brown (made from Emu yarn, no less) and the front is in a lighter contrasting hue.

As usual, when Shana has made me something, whether small or large, I often say, ‘Excellent. I’ll take a hundred of them please.’ This is a risky strategy though. One day, Shana may take me at my word and what will we do then? Only one thing for it: we’ll have to get our own flock of sheep and I’ll have to look up instructional vids on how to shear them!

The curious case of the missing crochet mojo

It was sometime after I’d published the pattern for my Crochet Hook Tidy that it happened, my crochet mojo left the building, I couldn’t even face looking at a crochet hook 😦

I’m not the kind of person who can just stop being creative, so I turned to knitting. My Grandma taught me to knit before I started school and I think she was always a little disappointed that I never got into serious knitting. Well it’s never too late, I’ve now taught myself the Magic Loop method, much easier for knitting socks than fighting with DPN’s, and I’m in the middle of knitting Chris a nice warm woollen waistcoat, as well as a pair of socks and a cowl for myself.

Maybe one day my crochet mojo will return, but for now I’m a nutty knitter instead (or as well as) a crazy crocheter!