My name is Charlotte, and I have been knitting, crocheting, embroidering and sewing for over 25 years. After knitting a pair of fingerless mittens many years ago, to keep my hands warm when typing in a stupidly cold office, I found them so invaluable, I started knitting them in different yarns and colours, invented new designs, and found them useful in so many different situations.
I made them for friends as gifts, and people would often comment that they couldn't believe they were home-made. When I became a full-time mother some years ago, I started knitting and crocheting blankets, baby clothes, jumpers and toys for my son, and I loved it so much, I wanted to spend much more time on it.
Having a fab Autumn: enjoying the countryside, buying new yarn and designing a new sweater for Boj.
Buying new yarn =
Found a colour that he likes!
Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK in Poppy. I've knitted a cardigan for myself in it before. It's very sturdy, drapes nicely and keeps its shape. Also very warm, which
is useful for cotton.
(Got it from Loveknitting, which I usually avoid, as the yarns are too nice and too expensive, but this was on a special offer. Comes in a nice organza bag.)
Then the knitting starts.
Designing: My Process
Spreadsheet! My guilty pleasure.
Usually a jumble of confusing numbers and workings (I've tidied this up a bit, so I can use the basics again).
This is for working out
Boj = my five-year-old son
Forgotten to knit a tension square and the torso is WAY too big for Boj.
8cm too big, to be precise.
Measure a portion of what I've knitted, redo my numbers and maybe have to start all over again...