Project pandemonium

Oh my lordy, Grammazoo has got herself so busy she doesn’t know where to start next. She has so many projects on the go and so many lined up, it is time to stop, take a giant breath and put some order into the things she wants to share with you all.

Back of Arthur's tank top
Take two

Little Arthur’s retro tank top is finally about halfway done and I have a confession to make. I did a retake on this one.

The pattern I originally designed to break up the simplicity of the design just did not work with this particular yarn. To cut a long story short, I ripped the whole thing out and literally started again.

I feel this project has been doomed from the start. Firstly there was the mess I made with the hank of wool and then the pattern mess. But I am underway again using simple garter stitch stripes to break up the very plain look. It has worked much better in this yarn and I have finally finished the back and made a good start on the front … phew!

The yarn I used for the tank top was a 4ply alpaca. Beautiful to feel, it hasn’t knitted up as nicely as I had hoped. This is one yarn that would have benefited from me knitting a gauge swatch for sure.

Peter the Penguin is slowly growing.

His lovely white shirt is in place, the front and back of his head sculpted and now I am knitting down the back. Knitted all in one piece, it shouldn’t take too much longer.

Even without his eyes and beak, he is looking very upright and proper, and I can’t wait to get him finished.

LoveKnittingDid Grammazoo tell you she is in the throes of opening an Etsy shop? Well if she didn’t, she is, and she is hoping to be in business by the end of next week.

Work is currently underway putting the finishing touches to her shopfront and work is progressing on a range of products that are quick and easy to knit so she can stock her store and really get her name out there. Watch this space for opening day and get in early as items will be going out at bargain prices.

I hit the yarn shop through this week and discovered cones of commercially produced t-shirt yarn. I immediately thought of the pattern for the lovely little clutch purse I was supposed to knit my recycled t-shirts into. I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can make a start.

There is another pile of yarn sitting in the corner waiting patiently to be knitted into a little hoodie for Arthur. I just hope that winter isn’t over before I get to it.

I could go on and on as the ideas rattle around in my head, but I won’t. I need to get those needles clicking or nothing will ever get finished.

And don’t forget the new pattern offered on Facebook during the week.

With a new tiger in my household, I couldn’t resist this set by Melody Rogers.

The pattern is available here for you to download.

Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

Felting – or, more properly, “fulling” – is the act of taking a knitted object and submersing it into hot water and agitating it. The fibres in the wool hook together to form a firm, dense fabric that no longer resembles knitting. This process makes good bags, slippers and hats. It is only known by its other name, “shrinking”, when it is done by accident.

I will respect the laws of Murphy when allowing my knitting near water.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

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In 1611 Johann Siebmacher published a book that documented 126 knitting patterns.

One example of the many pages in the book.

Who was Johann Siebmacher? He was a 16th Century, German, heraldic artist, copperplate engraver, etcher and publisher from Nuremberg. His works became an important source of heraldry of the German-speaking regions.

I honestly couldn’t find why he had published a book of knitting patterns, but when you look at the patterns, many would have been used in his heraldic work and could be easily translated to an incredibly detailed piece of colour work.

The book has about 100 pages and is a ‘definitive resource of textile charts’. Each  pattern is drawn out on a graph and it wouldn’t be hard, with a little work, to replicate.

It is worth slowly scrolling through these centuries old graphics to view the detail and maybe find something you would like to adapt for your use.

A digitised version of this 16th century book is held by the Sterling and Francine Clark Museum in Massachusetts and can be viewed here.

And there will be plenty more, so be prepared!

This week it is “Horseshoe” stitch. I am sure I have used this as a great all-over pattern, in fact, I distinctly remember a very favourite purple jumper I knitted a million years ago that used this very stitch.

Did I know the name (of the stitch) at that time, absolutely not! But just occasionally, what is old is definitely new again.

The “Horseshoe” stitch needs a multiple of 10 sts plus 1 and is made up of eight rows. The pattern is easily learned so referring to the pattern is minimal.

Rows 1 and 3: (WS) Purl
Row 2: K1, *yo, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo,k1; rep from *
Row 4: P1, *k1, yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k1, p1; rep from *
Rows 5 and 7: K1, *p9, k1; rep from *
Row 6: P1, *k2, yo,k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k2, p1; rep from *
Row 8: P1, *k3, yo, sl1 k2tog, psso, yo, k3, p1; rep from *
Repeat rows 1 to 8.

Keep your ball band!  

That handy-dandy piece of paper wrapped around the yarn is chock-full of essential information (fibre content, color, dye lot, yardage/metrage, per grams/oz), including the recommended needle size and gauge.



In this week’s video AJ explains how tension in your shoulders could be connected to your hips. She shows two variations of the crescent lunge that will open your hips and help relieve tension in your shoulders.

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s post. I will be back next week with lots more news and hopefully some finished projects to brag about.

Until then, have a great week,