Monday, 18 April 2016 Original Denim

Loving Denim as I do, it makes sense that I'd love the Original Denim yarn by Rowan. It washes just like denim....the indigo dye fades off of the wear points...wash it in the machine, throw it in the dryer on hot and out it all it's indigo glory!

I love the contrast of the stocking stitch body
and the textured sleeves!

I fell for the Thursford design in Magazine 59 the first time I saw it and knew that I had to knit it! While it is a basic sweatshirt style knit, raglan sleeves, wide's the little details that take it to a whole other level!

The textured sleeves! The subtle shaping in the back!

When Magazine 59 showed up here at Life LDC, I walked down to my yarn stash and pulled out some Denim, and cast on! 4 weeks later it was done and I've been wearing it....well, I've been LOVING it, ever since!

Since it was still winter here, there are no pictures of me sitting in a boat.....but I did have denim jeans with buttoned slash pockets to wear with my Thursford.

Looking at this, I wish I'd made one size smaller!

(I did follow Amy's recommendation and picked
a size based on my under arm chest measurement...
vs my full bust measurement...and it's still too big I think)

Knit up into a long-sleeved pullover like this, I'm planning on wearing this all year round! Even when it is too hot to wear it in the day time, summer evenings can be cool and this will be perfect!

I do find it extremely comfortable to wear under a light coat in the car...with a scarf and gloves I was snug and unburdened by a heavy coat when popping in and out of the shops!

More details on my Ravelry project page! Thursford!

Knitting with Denim yarn NEVER gets old!!!! Here are just a few suggestions for you...

Kim Hargreaves does fabulous denim designs......

Jess, by Kim Hargreaves....still available in...

I LOVE THIS new design from Kim!
This is Vale from Kim's book Wilder!

(available now!)

Martin Storey has a long relationship with Rowan Denim. He designed denim garments for Artwork for many years before designing for Jaeger then Rowan. 

This is a free design by Martin,

Denim, The Next Generation 
by Martin Storey himself!
a collection of 7 designs sized for everyone in the family!

Check out the designs in the slideshow video below!
(love the music, so late 60's early 70's)


"Vintage" Rowan Denim style....
with a young Eddie Redmayne!
(you can still find this around, I did!)

Slouch by Kim Hargreaves!

I LOVE this turtleneck from Denim People!
I am intrigued, but scared to death of knitting
this sweater, then doing a wild bleach treatment on it!
Would you do it?

Patrick...for me this is the ULTIMATE Denim sweater...

you need a yacht to go with this one!

Patrick is from the Rowan Denim publication,
long OOP, but you never know!

Gosh I wish Rowan would bring back the Ecru denim!

You might look at these fabulous cable denim designs and feel your hands start to ache! Well, you don't have to worry about that, because Rowan Denim is designed to be knit at a looser gauge....which when washed in hot water and dried on hot, shrinks up (only up, not in) and tightens up your knitting so that the stitches are perfectly defined!

Using a pattern designed for Rowan Denim takes the guess work out of it...but as a general guideline, Denim shrinks approx 4 rows per 10 cm. Check out the label, do a bit of math, you'll see I'm right!

Rowan has a great selection of free patterns if you're hesitant about buying a whole collection of can find them here.

I found this on so describes my relationship with denim!

by Cathy Young

get Every Now and Then 

from Chapters Indigo here!

Happy Knitting!

x Anne
(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet....always :) )

Monday, 4 April 2016

Sock Surgery

This is a photo of a happy Husband...seriously happy...why?

Last week? Not so happy....that was me....
not so happy to see this hole in his sock!
These are his ONE AND ONLY pair of hand knit socks!

These are perfectly good socks.....I knit them back in 2006!
Yes I did....I checked my original photo of them...2006!

So I couldn't throw them was time for Sock Surgery!
First I used tiny 1.5mm needles and picked up a round of stitches,
just below where the sock shaping started!

Then I cut the toe off! Yes I did!!!
I tinked back a row to make sure I had 

Knit a couple of rows and reknit the toe!
This is +Rowan Yarns Fine Art in the shade "Rowan"

This was left over from the "Follow The Arrow 2" shawl
by Ysolda Teague...check our my 
"Purple Rose of Cairo" blog post!

When I got to the the last 7 stitches on each needle
....I knew I had to graft...
or Kitchener Stitch those live stitches!

I always have to look up how to you?
This video by +Pom Pom Quarterly  is THE BEST!

I found him on the couch today, happy as a clam :)
wearing his newly repaired socks.....reading OMG what's he reading?

He looked up and told me that he really liked the socks
on page 36, the Chunky Ribbed Walking Sock
done in the shade Chiff-Chaff (308) which would look
GREAT with his "Zen" sweater, done in
Fine Art Aran shade Bachata!

but first, he thought the other toe needed to be.....

OK OK, I give in! 

Happy Knitting!

xx Anne
(with Lackie and Daisy at her feet - on this snowy April 4th!)