On the Needles #18 The Short Sleeve Top


Oh my dear needles, how could  I have neglected you and put you to rest for such a time.   “Why, oh why”  I hear you cry.  The answer my dears, is that you can too much of a good thing and time and tide wait for no man even if he is sporting a lovely fisherman’s rib. So here I am with too many UFO’s which I decided to give up the ghost on, sadly they all went in the bin;  and a stash that has seen it’s last legs and been sent to charity to be transformed into blankets and jumpers for orphans.   I have vowed in front of Daddy Rivett to only use yarn for the project that I am working and not hoard a stash that reproduces faster than you can say, “Watership Down”. Spring is here and the Rivett’s are in the middle of moving, hence the purge, and while flicking through the latest copy yarn2_medium2of Woman’s Weekly Knitting and Crochet Special May 2015 in W H SMITHS, I came across a lovely pattern that took my eye:  A Short-sleeve top by Pat Menchini,  purchasing the magazine I took myself off to Hobbycraft Sunday afternoon (on my own) and found this lovely new yarn branded by the Women’s Institute, Hobbycraft Valuecrafts Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic.  Yes the snob in me says that this yarn is acrylic, but not does not have that harshness of a cheap yarn, the colourway is beautiful for this brand.  I fell in love with this gorgeous spring green 24889 Lime.  The yarn was on a 3 for 2 offer so the whole project only cost £4.40. Click, Click, Click, I’m casting on and working up a rib while, Daddy Rivett is sitting next to me glued to the first episode of season 5 of Game of Thrones.   If you want to knit along with me pop down to your local newsagents and click away. womans-weekly-lacy-t-shirt_medium2  

On the Needles #004: The Alan Dart Desperate Dan


Desperate Dan is on the needles at the moment.  An interesting knit with darts and gusset pieces cast on and off throughout the pattern.   Desperate Dan is an original Alan Dart Doll from the early days when Alan worked with Gary Kennedy under the Intarsia Brand.

The pattern is part of the Beano and Dandy Toy Collection by Intarsia.  It  is long out of print, however copies pop up on Ebay, Abe Books and Amazon from time to time, be warned the Intarsia Toy patterns can be quite  expensive, but the results made from the designs are worth it.

If you would like to find out more about the Intarsia Toy Patterns including a full list if of images of the front and backs of the booklets take a look at my editorial page:  Intarsia Toy Patterns.

Happy Knitting,

On the Needles #003: The Debi Birkin Sack of Mice Tea Cosy


It’s Daddy Rivett’s Mum’s Birthday on 10th May, so I decided to knit her a Debi Birkin Tea Cosy.

The Sack of Mice is just so sweet, you cannot resist it.  Quite an easy knit this one, however as it is knitted with two balls of wool together, quite a workout for your fingers.

Purchase the pattern direct from her website, and join the fun.

Happy Knitting,

On the Needles #002: The Shortstuff411 R2D2 Beanie


This is my very first commission. The son of one of my work colleagues is Star Wars mad and she asked me if I could make a R2D2 Beanie for his Birthday in May.  I found this free pattern on Ravelry, designed by a Raveler named Shortstuff411.

So far so good as I managed to knit it in a day.  I like intarsia so this one has the big thumbs up from me.

I will be presenting the finished garment to my colleague on 4th May.

So needles at the ready as by May the forth it will be with you!

Sorry, couldn’t resist it.

Happy Knitting,

On The Needles #001: The Debi Birkin Royal Garden Party Tea & Egg Cosy Set


At the moment, I’m knitting the royal crown tea and egg cosy set by Debi Birkin.

These Anchor artiste metallic crochet threads are amazing and give the whole composition a regal feel, the weight so heavy yet springy, the silver thread would make great chainmail for a knight doll.

The cosy is coming along nicely. It will be finished well in time for the Royal Wedding Garden Party at East Greenwich Pleasaunce.

Happy Knitting,