A darned jumper


So it would be super duper fab if you, yes you! would join me at Unravel in Farnham Maltings, at which I will be hosting a workshop on rejuvenating your unloved knitwear on Sunday 22 February.  I would really love to see your unloved and unworn knits, and work with you to resuscitate those jumpers, hats, scarves or whatever you may have around that needs a little work and affection.

In the spirit of making do and mending, I thought I would show and tell a jumper I worked on not so long ago.

Inspired by the gorgeous work of the lovely Julie of Knitted Bliss and, of course, Tom of Holland, Master Darner, I was keen to repair a particularly holey sweater I came across.  It was one for the bin rather than the charity shop, so I figured there was no risk in trying some visible mending.

ELK darned sweater 1

I didn’t mind the process, although I hadn’t considered my old eyes when I decided to darn a fine-gauge sweater. It seemed to get finer as the darning when on, and there was always one more hole than I thought there would be.

ELK darned sweater 2OK, it’s not the most beautiful craftsmanship ever.  I had imagined very neat and beautiful darning, but mine turned out rather more, err, rustic.

Nevertheless, I am pretty happy with it.

ELK darned sweater 3 ELK darned sweater 5 ELK darned sweater 4

I do hope to see you at Unravel.  If you can’t make the workshop, it would still be great to see you. I will be loitering at the Kettle Yarn Co. booth–please come and say ‘hi’!

Happy knitting,



Effervescence Cardigan


I reckon it’s about time to show off a finished object.  There have been so few!

EastLondonKnit's Effervescence

I began the Effervescence Cardigan bOlga Buraya-Kefelian some time ago.  Months? Years?  I have no idea. 

The yarn is a beautiful sport weight merino by Kettle Yarn Co. If I remember correctly, it was a bribe of some sort…

It is not a difficult knit, but while finding the time to knit someone else’s design gets harder and harder, it’s so worth it!  All that lovely knitting without thinking about a pattern to be written up is so nice.

The body knit up relatively quickly. I find this is often the case–the largest part of the project is finished and then I see something shiny and I’m off.

ELK's Effevescence cardi-1

Months later, I realise it would take just a few minutes to put on the sleeves, but then I have to sort the button band…. This process can go on for years!  I don’t think it lasted quite that long this time.  However long it took, I finally have a new cardigan and am pleased with it.

I tried a new technique with the button band that I haven’t quite decided on.  It may be a great idea that I didn’t execute well, or an idea that is difficult to do well, and there are just better ways.

EastLondonKnit's Effervescence 2

This was it: I picked up and knit the band as per instruction, then pinned a stabilizing grosgrain ribbon to the inside and marked the button holes. effevescence (1 of 1)-4

Then I removed the ribbon, machine-sewed the holes and sewed it back into the knit-band. First with machine,

effevescence (1 of 1)-5

and when that went slightly awry, by hand…effevescence (1 of 1)-6

This produced the result I was after–a stablized band that doesn’t buckle when I wear it buttoned up.  However, the holes on sewn and knit band only mostly match up.  There are definitely deviations, which aren’t particularly noticeable, but do make for a fun little challenge when trying to button it up while wearing it.

EastLondonKnit's Effervescence cardigan


-Knit the band without holes, and sew the grosgrain and knit at the same time.

-Do it the way I did, but making sure the button holes all matched up more carefully.

-Divide the grosgrain in half lengthwise, and sew it either side of the knit-in buttonholes.

-Dispense with grosgrain altogether and knit a double thickness band.

-Something else altogether…… What do you do?  What are your recommendations for the non-bucking, stay-straight button band?? Dear reader-please share your advice!

Happy knitting,



Happy New Year 2015


Two weeks into the new year have slipped by already! As with every year, I think I will get much done during the holidays (reading, knitting, plotting my global takeover, etc.) but really only manage to eat, drink and be merry, which is really the point of the holidays–taking a break to spend time with people you love and even some you like, right?

Well, I am in full-blown planning mode for 2015, and am really looking forward to this shiny new year. Good stuff is going to happen!

This includes teaching a workshop at Unravel in Farnham Maltings all about resuscitating and recycling your unloved knits.

jumper recycling workshop at Unravel

The rest of the weekend I will loitering at the Kettle Yarn Co. stand to flog my patterns and Linda’s beauuuutiful yarn. This is the first of several events I will be accompanying Linda to to help out on the stand, meet knitters and sell patterns.

I will also be visiting the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March as a layperson.  I am excited to have signed up for 2 classes and the market place looks like it will be great.

Those of you who know me will know that I loves me a resolution. This year it’s all about 2 words: participation and consolidation.

I tried new things in 2014 & I liked them.  I really enjoy designing hand knits and feel like I have found my tribe with crafters of all sorts, and especially knitters.  So this year I want to work on that relationship.  I have to admit here that I am not much of a joiner.  I have not actually participated in a knit-along yet, or been much for forum chat on Ravelry.  But this year, I am going to connect by taking part in new things, such as knit alongs, and events and not be afraid to just introduce myself and make new friends.

The consolidation is one of skills and habits; I tried new things in 2014 that I want to continue in 2015, but better. Pattern writing, and grading, my blog and social media are all things I want to smooth out, improve and really delve into, with more tutorials, more finished objects (!), more patterns and maybe some interviews with some of the amazing people I have met in the past year in this industry.

It’s going to be a good year. I have a feeling.

Happy knitting,


p.s. there are still 2 days left on my 2 for 1 pattern sale! Have a look at my previous post for the discount code.