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Knitbot Trail Jacket

Hannah Fettig Trail Jacket in West Yorkshire Spinners Croft yarn

Having done very little knitting last year after a couple of dissatisfying projects, I had a really productive few months over Christmas and into the start of the new year. One of the projects I completed was this Trail Jacket, by Hannah Fettig (Knitbot). I finished it shortly before leaving for a trip to New York in February, and I bought and attached the buttons while on holiday. These pictures were taken a few days later while visiting the Museum of the Moving Image (see picture with muppet below!).

Hannah Fettig Trail Jacket in West Yorkshire Spinners Croft yarn

I bought the pattern in 2016 and the yarn (West Yorkshire Spinners Croft Yarn in Boddam colourway) from BritYarn (RIP) in 2017, so I’m glad to finally bring the jacket to fruition. The yarn is aran weight and the pattern easy to follow so the jacket knits up really quickly.

Hannah Fettig Trail Jacket in West Yorkshire Spinners Croft yarn

I don’t have much of a yarn stash. I have the odd ball brought back from a holiday, leftover odds and ends, and a few more substantial amounts of yarn bought for a project, such as this, which it has taken me longer than expected to get around to knitting. I’m hoping to work through those project-quantities of yarn this year, and then buy yarn as I’m ready to knit with it. We’ll see how I do. The same is NEVER going to happen with fabric/sewing patterns.

Hannah Fettig Trail Jacket in West Yorkshire Spinners Croft yarn

My button placket isn’t the neatest (I had to position the buttons quite far across in order for them to sit centrally once fastened), but I know I’ll wear this jacket loads. I definitely wear knitted cardigans/jackets more than sweaters, since they can be worn as a layering piece year ’round. I really like the cropped sleeves (although inevitably they want to ride up when I put a coat on), and I love the specked ‘tweed’ effect of the Croft yarn, which is made with 100% Shetland Island wool.

Hannah Fettig Trail Jacket in West Yorkshire Spinners Croft yarn

The next project I’ve started using my existing yarn stash is a hap in lace weight yarn so I’m expecting that one to take quite a bit longer than this jacket. Wish me luck in keeping on track!

Hannah Fettig Trail Jacket in West Yorkshire Spinners Croft yarn
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Chunky Knitted Rug

Handmade Knitted Rug
Yippee, after a busy few weeks (including two work trips to Istanbul in two weeks) I’m on holiday from work so I’m finding the time to complete some projects. Back at Christmas when I taught myself to knit I bought all the supplies to knit a chunky rug featured in Makery by Kate Smith. I thought it would be a safe beginners project since the sizing isn’t too important. However I do most of my knitting while travelling and a rug isn’t a very portable project so the supplies sat around for the next 9-10 months and I knit a jumper and a cardigan (to be blogged soon) first. Oh well, what I learned knitting those made knitting this rug much faster!
Handmade Knitted Rug
This is a great quick & easy project. It’s knit in moss stitch and I managed to complete it in a couple of sittings while watching episodes of Project Runway (although I’m watching them online via mylifetime and they include so many adverts that you could probably knit a whole jumper during an episode…). The rug is going to be used in our living room and will replace the previous Urban Outfitters rug which is now looking pretty faded. I might knit another for our bedroom. It feels lovely and soft on your feet so I think it would be nice to have one beside the bed.
Handmade Knitted Rug
Supplies wise I used four balls of super chunky wool (I used Patons Fab Big 200g balls) and 20mm needles. The only down side to knitting with such big needles is that it feels more like wresting with wool than knitting. I found I was moving the wool around the needles rather than strictly knitting with them. Not the most relaxing knitting but certainly quick. I might knit a cushion next before starting my next jumper/cardigan. Not that I strictly need more cushions (I bought two this week as they were on sale in Habitat) but there are some lovely pattern in the Knitted Home by Ruth Cross that I fancy giving a try.

Handmade Knitted Rug


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Knitted Lavender Bags

Knitted Lavender Bags
After I finished my Owls jumper I wanted a quick project to keep me busy while travelling. I got the idea for these knitted lavender bags from the lovely The Knitted Home by Ruth Cross. The book includes some great cushion designs I’m planning to try. The book includes a pattern for an irregular striped lavender bag, but I just cast on 18 stitches and then winged a stripe design. I have a lavender shrub in my garden (actually purchased at Château de Villandry in France) but it doesn’t flower nearly enough to fill these bags, I think it misses the south of France! So instead I bought some lavender sachets & placed one inside each before sewing them closed. I gave these bags to my family, hopefully they keep the moths from their wardrobes.
Knitted Lavender Bags
Knitted Lavender Bags