I loved knitting this pattern! Selkie by Woolly Wormhead, is available as a standalone pattern or from her book Playful Woolly Toppers. I knit the smallest size in Lanaloft Sport in Manhattan Mist (sadly discontinued now), and the gorgeous Buoyant Blue.
Selkie on the side
I haven’t got a model to hand for this size, so some careful balancing of a bowl and some treacle tins are my stand-in.
Selkie from the front
I made the pompom using Eskimimi’s Fork Tutorial – which is a great way to do it, no faffing about with cardboard circles etc.
Selkie Awesome Pompom
I love how it fluffs up. It’s a single ply wool yarn so the fibres unwind a bit once they’ve been cut, and some brisk washing and drying felts them slightly for the result you can see here. I’ve heard putting pompoms in a dryer fluffs them up amazingly, but I did mine by hand and I like the result.
The only modification I did was to add some cords to attach to the fear flaps.
Pattern, yarn and FO: top marks!
Is FO Friday a cheat when you have finished the FO a while ago? Well, I’ll just have to cheat this time, because I couldn’t show you this FO until now. It is my sock design for the Magpielly Solid Sock Club (sign-ups are closed, but I’ll be running another one, watch this space!).
Here are my Zitch Socks, in Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn.
Zitch Socks in Lime Deco
They feature a round toe and a heel flap, (I talked about the texture for this heel flap in this post). The stitch pattern is a fairly easy one to remember once you’ve worked it a few times and found it’s rhythms. Once past the heel it’s a quick whizz down to the toe.
I really like the round toe, I found it much more enjoyable than the usual decrease-at-the-sides-every-other-round-then-kitchener-shut tow, they seem to really drag on, and then you have to work the kitchener stitch. I don’t mind kitchener stitch so much, but it does get in the way of the *wave in the air “finished sock!” flourish*.
A couple of resources that might be useful when knitting this pattern:
- Youtube video of Eunny Jang demonstrating how to work twisted stitches without a cable needle (there are a LOT of twisted stitches in this pattern!)
- I use the alternate cable cast on as shown in this pdf tutorial (second one) by the super Woolly Wormhead.
Raindrop Slouch © Practical Publishing
Raindrop Slouch © Practical Publishing
1: My latest pattern release, Raindrop Slouch can be found in Knit Now issue 5. It takes one ball of Lanaloft Sport, and the sample shown is in Buoyant Blue!
2: I’ve started a ravelry group for Magpielly, drop by and say hello!
3: I’m looking for test-knitters for my patterns – see the group for more details!
4: I’ll be in Manchester tomorrow at the Knit Now meet up at Purl City (meeting first in Sugar Junction at 1pm) – See you there?
Another first for this week – my first FO Friday post – thanks to Tami and her Amis for these ideas
Today’s FO is my first pair of finished socks for Socktober. These are the ones I posted about a week ago. Oddly enough these are also in a Brown Sheep yarn (it is a coincidence, I swear ) – Wildfoote Luxury Sock yarn, in the Rhapsody colourway. I can’t remember where I bought it, but it was several years ago.
I started these socks on the knitting machine about a year ago – got the ‘body’ of the sock done, then abandoned them, toeless and cuffless. Well I cranked out the ribbing while watching Hanna the other day (not bad, fab performance as ever by Ms Blanchett!), and finished up the toes while listening to some podcasts. So, ta-da! Toasty toes I’m halfway through the first sock of my next pair, but I’m not sure I’ll get them finished by next week. We’ll see! I’m sure they’ll be next weeks WIPs.
If you fancy trying the Wildfoote sock yarn (see here for the colours – thinking of getting myself some of that Lime Green!), or any Brown Sheep yarns (such as Lamb’s Pride, or Naturespun to make Ruth’s lovely jumper), let me know before lunchtime Tuesday, as I’ll be placing an order in the afternoon. Just leave a comment with your email address, or email me elly (@) magpielly (.) co (.) (uk), telling me what you want, and I’ll get back to you with a quote.
Have a fab weekend – and if you are going to Ally Pally, have a great time – I’m jealous!