Twiddlemuff no. 4: how green was my valley

Based on the assumption that there are a significant number of male dementia patients I thought I would produce a twiddlemuff in a more masculine colourway.

Made in Rowan wool-cotton Moss grey, Deepest olive and Lichen, with Stylecraft Life 2420 (grey) as the background.

Surely a muff any man would be proud to use?

Map page

With thanks to Wild Daffodil for this idea, I have started an interactive map of where the lovely folk who read this blog are.

If you would like to add yourself go to ‘map’ in the header bar and follow the link.

I am right up in the top left hand corner of the UK. Where are you?

24/4/17 Welcome to four readers from England, Wales, the Netherlands and Ohio USA!

The perfect yarn

Although this comment might make me unpopular in blog-land I cannot bring myself to like acrylic yarns. I understand the practicality of easy-care yarns, and the luxury of having so many colours to choose from, but I hate the idea of spending hours of my precious time making something which ultimately I am not going to be pleased with, because I didn’t like the starting material. Plus, given the choice, I would rather use a yarn that contains natural fibres and is recyclable and renewable.

Cushions made in acrylic yarn

So this leaves me with a dilemma. When I am making something for myself I can justify the expense of buying good quality yarn by how long the item will give me pleasure for (both in the making and the using). However if I am making something to sell, the cost of ‘good’ yarn becomes an issue.

Cushions made in wool

So who can help me out? I would like a yarn range with lots of not too harsh colours, which contains at least a percentage of natural fibre. Ideally this yarn would be available in 50g balls, from a British retailer. Oh and as a final bit of prejudice I don’t like shiny yarns – so no mercerised cotton I am afraid. Suggestions please!

Charity blankets no. 14 and 15: Crofter and Drifter

Two long train journeys over the Easter holidays saw the production of this pair of charity blankets:

Both made in Wensleydale Longwool ‘fennel’, on the left with Sirdar Crofter ‘seabird’ and on the right with King Cole Drifter ‘Wyoming’. They both took 200g of yarn, but the Crofter blanket ended up bigger, as it turns out to have more yards per ball.

Twiddlemuff no. 3: Scheepjes stripe

My third twiddlemuff, and I think my most successful so far:

Made in Scheepjes stonewashed XL in moonstone, crystal quartz, lilac quartz. deep amethyst, yellow jasper and coral on a 6mm hook.

I did it in half trebles, and varied which loop I went into on different rows so I could introduce some texture to the inside:

As it is an Aran weight yarn it came together fairly quickly. In fact the only disadvantage I can see is that it is actually warm – and I think most hospitals are somewhat over-heated.

The bobble-ripple scarf

I thought I had better post this one before the weather improves so much that people forget scarf-wearing weather entirely!

The pattern is based on a bobble-ripple in a cardigan that one of my friends is making, which I adapted to give a somewhat more repetitive pattern, and a suitable width for a scarf.
The yarn is Designer Yarns La Paz Aran colour 04 ‘flame’ and I made it on a 6mm hook. It took 200g of yarn and measures 106 x 30cm.
The stork scissors were a present from my daughter – aren’t they lovely?