Ella Austin Knits

If you’re a knitting addict one of the results is the ever growing stash – mine is officially out of control and if I live to be a 110 there’s not enough hours in the day to knit it all.  This doesn’t stop me from buying more!

Anyway trying to use up my unfeasibly large stash I’m always on the lookout for little projects to use up the bits and bobs of yarn.

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Intrepid Fox – that’s a sheep heid hat in the background

Ella Austin from Bombella designs has some lovely little stranded animal patterns and kits.  I bought her fox kit at Yarndale a couple of years ago from Skein Queen and eventually got round to knitting it a few weeks ago.  It’s a fine silky yarn (a 4ply merino superwash). It’s a  beautiful yarn and I was very pleased with the result but did find it a wee bit fiddly.  He’s a dapper little chap.

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Intrepid Fox
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Intrepid fox

 

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Intrepid fox

 

I then bought her tawny owl pattern on Ravelry and that proved to be a satisfying little knit too – makes a change sometimes to knit something quick .. used some odds and sods of Jamiesons and Smith.   I started out knitting toys but now spend most of my time doing garments so made a nice change to see something beautiful and pointless fly off the needles.  I’ve got another dog pattern from the same designer that I bought too but not got around to doing that yet.  Can recommend her patterns – very well written and easy to follow.

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Tawny owl
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Tawny owl

 

 

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A Walk round Tatton Park

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I suffer from bad arthritis in my knee – to the point where I’m going to have to have a knee replacement soon – in April I had a steroid injection in my knee and for a brief period afterwards I feel almost normal so lots of walks until the pain gradually returns.

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Deers

Tatton Park in Cheshire is one of my favourite places, big enough to take up all the visitors without you ever losing that feeling of space and country and Molly the dog loves it too.

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Molly the dog surveying the deers

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Suffering with arthritis has really made me appreciate simple pleasures like a country walk – make the most of it you never know what’s round that next corner ….

Navia jumper in orange …

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I spotted this jumper on Susan Crawford’s “Call Me Ruby” blog – Susan is a great knitwear designer with a specific interest in vintage patterns and if you’ve not seen her work before I urge you to check out her website and blog.

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Anyway Susan had knitted this design as her ‘enjoyment’ project for the year – nothing to do with her her work but knitted purely for her own pleasure and because she liked the design and I fell in love with it on sight.

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It’s a Faroese pattern using Faroese wool from the Island Wool company imaginatively called Model 6 – Woman’s jumper in orange from Navia pattern book 17.  Knitted in the round from the bottom up, the sleeves are then also knitted in the round, then all joined together for the yoke.

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The wool is Navia Duo, a pure wool blend of Faroese wool, Shetland and Australian lambswool.  It is similiar to Jamieson and Smith if you’re familiar with that but softer.  It’s knitted at a pretty loose tension so grows pretty quickly but blooms beautifully when blocked.

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The pattern only comes in three sizes but for anyone who’s knitted a yoked jumper before it’s very straightforward.  The pattern is pretty basic – I think they take a basic knowledge as read so doesn’t really lead you by the hand but if you can do stranded knitting and knit in the round you’ll be fine.  The people at the Island Wool company were lovely to deal with – the book was out of stock but they sent me a copy of the pattern anyway because I ordered the wool – their customer service was excellent.

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I’m very pleased with it .. I love the colours it’s bright but not overpowering, the grey tones it down somewhat.  Looking forward to wearing it when the weather cools down in the Autumn!

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