Winter knitting and what’s on the needles

In foreground, someone is knitting a grey scarf. In background is an iPad with the scarf pattern.

This winter, I knit a pleasingly large number of accessories. Most were from stash yarn, meaning I spent basically no money and received hours of fun and some fab hats and scarves. What I knit (click through to the Rav project page for more, you can follow along at shibz):

  • Cloche Divine from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran – it was unfortunately frogged as I’d chosen the wrong yarn for the project (too much drape) and frankly, the bow looked more like an alien had landed on my head.
  • Snapdragon Tam from a homebrand Spotlight yarn – a TOTAL failure. The hat was huge and looked ludicrous on me. Frogged to make:
  • Rose Red, aka yellow vulvas. Again, terrible. How so many knitters manage to look good in Ysolda’s huge hats is a total mystery to me. I know I should have chosen a yarn with more drape, but I was working with what I had, and frankly any hat that makes my oversize head* look bigger than it is already is bound to be a total failure. I did accomplish my life goal of knitting something that looks like vulvas, so there’s that.
  • With the yarn from Cloche Divine, I started a Ripley (apparently I insist on using Ysolda patterns?). My gauge is a bit different to the pattern so I’ve left it at the lace edging and might pick it back up again next winter.
  • I got the chance to wear my Chuck and Vianne jumpers I’d knitted over the summer, only to have my style change in a way which rendered them redundant (cropped cardis aren’t much use when you are wearing mid-rise pants). So I knitted an Owls jumper, which was amazing fun and hooked me on top down improv knits. This too, is sitting unloved in my chest of drawers. As it turns out, 12ply yarn makes a jumper which is too bulky and warm for an Aussie winter, and near too heavy to wear (especially when you are as weak as me)**.
  • I finally finished my Toe-Up Spring Forward Socks in the most gorgeous yarn you ever did see (Zauberball). I also discovered that I hate the feeling of wool socks with the burning fire of a thousand suns. So I sold these to a fellow Raveller who loved wool socks but not knitting them, and contented myself with cotton socks that have tacos on them.
  • Finally unravelled my beloved Hetty, which was far too small for me, and knit a Sugar Mountain hat and matching Wicker Cowl. This yarn is very special to me, as it came from a vest my nana (nonna) knitted. She passed away when I was 6, so I have very few memories of her. Whenever I put on this hat, I have a reminder of her, and the skill we share.
  • Knitted a Rockcliffe Scarf twice: first as written, but it was too short and wide for my liking. It took a lot of calculating to figure out how to fit the stitch patterns in a different number of stitches, until I realised I didn’t have to have a full repeat of each pattern (DUH SIOBHAN). The yarn is a delish 10ply cormo from the Ton of Wool project, which unfortunately did not meet its end goal of having wool entirely processed in Australia.
  • And finally, a basic beanie for my friend’s foster daughter on her birthday. She was gifted a crocheted hat from a charity which works with traumatised children, and loved it so much she kept trying to jam it onto her head, even though it was far too small. The good news is, this one fits, and she likes it just as much.


So that’s my winter knitting! Next up is Ysolda’s Blank Canvas jumper, made with KnitPicks Swish DK (100% merino). This is my first time working with KnitPicks yarn, and I am pleasantly surprised. It is higher quality than comparable Australian brand yarn, for a fraction of the cost. My plan is to cast on just under the arms using Judy’s Magic Cast On, and knit upwards to form the yoke. Then I can knit downwards to make the body as long as  I want. My first challenge is to figure out why my sleeves came out dramatically different sizes. Sigh.


*I truly have a ginourmous head. Even the XL hats from the shops are too small. I have to buy paper/straw hats and steam them over a saucepan so they will fit my big noggin.

**Again, I’m not kidding. I have to weigh my necklaces and handbags to see if my frail body can support them.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

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