Cool Happed

Well just thought I’d show you I have finished the Welsh Hap in Cambrain Mountains Wool. It looks so different with a fringe in the bright colours!

Today is probably the last day you would think to use it though “too darned hot”

The shop isn’t the warmest of places, in winter is can be freezing but today it is probably the coolest place (especially in the facilities) in Lampeter. Enjoy the sunshine keep taking the water.

The Duffy Duck Escapade

We have a sewing session on Tuesday evening. This group of ladies has been with me since almost the begining of Red Apple. They are a lively bunch always looking for new ideas to sew – last week they had a copy of Yours magazine with a cute little crochet duck….


On Tuesday afternoon (I had forgotten the rainbow cardi and still haven’t decided on the fringe on my hap),  I took a look at the pattern for the duck….  Fun to make it said, easy crochet rounds, DK yarn, 3.5mm hook, at 7 1/2″ tall shouldn’t take too long……. By teatime I had a head, a beak and part of the body and things were looking slightly arye…

It got worse this morning.. I have the rainbow cardi with me and want to get going with it . However I decided to be good and the ducky would not take me long to finish!!!

The pompoms were a puzzle from the start I have a pompom maker that makes quite small pompoms but those would have to be minute. I began to consider alternatives. But as the stuffing progressed I thought maybe that isn’t going to be a problem. Having sewn it up I realised the issue was big rather than small!! The parts all fit together and it looks like the pictures apart from the odd eyes a characterful addition to the plan, I thought, and the pompoms were in proportion. looking good.

Scarf ah ah .. whos a silly Billy then? DC  means double crochet hook in, pull through loop pull through both loops – there is no wrap first. I have completed the poor ducky in half trebles what a numpty!!! The pompoms however fit just right.

It is now 3:30 and said duck is finished but well he is not 7 and a half inches tall. I’ve upsized again for the shop. This is Duffy  – named in honour of some little Scots visitors we had today in the shop -who wanted to see him finished with his hat on !!!


Little Peter my grandson, has a very old and wise head for a two year old. Yesterday he travelled a very long way in the car with us for a very serious grown up reason. He was serious too. On the way home he pointed out some little pools of sunshine on the hillsides as we drove by. It was raining on the car and he wondered if there would be a rainbow. He very solemnly told me all about rainbows how they are made by sunshine and rain and only appear for a little while. He had seen one at home and it was “so beautiful” he wanted to keep it forever – his mum and he had managed to take a photo but “the rainbow went away”. It had made him a little sad.

It was OK though, because he and mum would paint one on his bedroom wall so he will always have his own rainbow. It reminded me of a song “I can sing a rainbow” and the words came flowing back to me. So I sang it to him in the car on the pass above Corris.  I think I got the colours in the right order but with that particular ditty it doesn’t matter. And a small happy memory was made.

.As it happens I am knitting my own version of a rainbow – and soon I will knit him one and one for little Jacob too. The order of colours doesn’t match a rainbow but that doesn’t matter either. The stripes need to go long ways not across so, it is knit from side to side. the pattern is K2 rows colour, K1 row, P1 row in the main colour. It is in my current favorite yarn the DK Cambrian Wool (I have no shame) – I have a sleeve, a front and am working to the centre back. Then I will start the other side….

Knit Night Thursday

Sadly I will have to cancel tonight’s (30th June 2016) event. I need to be in North Wales tomorrow early.

The regulars will know that some people are not due in for various reasons – Pauline get better soon

We will be taking a break in August (2nd to 25th ) so those of you who aren’t regulars why not drop in over the next few weeks get to know us see if you like us …. bring a knitting buddy… and share your current project.


Welsh Hap

Well it is nearly finished ..I can’t decide whether the fringe is going to work yet. It is a classic triangle in the Cambrian Mountains Wool 4ply slate with single rows of mineral, ironstone and Welsh red.  It has the usual start – make a slug of 4st 3 rows pick up 3 st along each side (10st). After that its all knit, with increases (knit into the front and back of st) on alternate rows. Increase row (Inc, K2, Inc, K2 Inc, K1, Inc K1) the increases fall 1st in from eacg side and make a nice rib down the centre of the shawl. Next row K. repeat……for …..ever


The single rows of colour (on the K row) are put in after 56 rows and have 3 rows worked between each one. The edge is made by working a row of K1, (YO, K2tog) repeat to last st, K1. followed by cast off row. I think there were 200 plus st to cast off (but it might have been more) I didn’t count it didn’t matter.


Just need to be brave and cut the fringes….


Gooseberry Club

I do not have the best of short term memory and if recent research is to be believed we none of us have perfect recall.One memory for me has repeated itself in my head this week. I share it because …….

Imagine a disco 1980, a Valentine Ball I believe, I was a skinny first year in my second term at uni, he was a post grad captain of my Badminton Club (and I had a crush). We bumped into each other on the dance floor – the chat up was —

“Oh fancy meeting you here” (yep, the chat up expert!!), “Oh yes”, I said, “I’m here playing gooseberry ” (I’d come with my best mate and her boyfriend ,and he with the couple he shared a flat with), “Me too, we should knit green fluffy jumpers and start a club!” This was the era of mohair sweaters (remember George Michael). That was the begining of a lifelong friendship and a connection with a lovely, funny caring man . He is one of my life’s anchors, who I will alway think of as a big brother.

I can’t think of gooseberrys and not think of him.  I never asked him if he remembered that conversation. But green fluffy jumpers have been mentioned more than once over the years. Even when he married my best mate 10 years later and both flatly denied they had met that night. Now I never can ask him. He left this world too early, last Monday, my heart goes out to all those who loved him and so many did. Gareth you will be missed

Bear Parts …knitted of course

Yesterday’s game was bear parts (read that carefully!) and by knit night I had all the parts for a Bertie Bear not the usual Bertie he is small and cute. DSCF5476

Here at Red Apple we are inclined to enlarge. As customers might know the window of the Old Post Office is at least 4m long and 2m high and to cap it all, it starts at waist height. Good for privacy if you are PO not so easy to furnish with small things like balls of wool. It also has small panes so making a display is a challenge. Small bears like Bertie need numbers to make an impact which is time consuming even though they are quiet easy to make or …….

Enlargement ….we have tried this before with a lovely pattern for DK wool called Bramble bunny from Cameron James Designs  ( see Ravelry page) with much success. They are always being picked up and cuddled not always by small people either!


We used a Super Chunky Brisith wool Big Brit that knits to 10mm patterns (9st x 12rows) and used 6mm or 8mm needles ( we have 2 ) to get the dense fabric you need for toys. So the proportions worked out, I know a bit hit and miss but the shaping toys is fiddly to do   and with toys anyway it is worth a try…..

Well off I set with a Bertie Big Brit and 8mm needles, I have made Bertie before and the pieces grew…. and grew .DSCF5470Small Bertie is 24cm on 3mm needles… and grew….


His/her body is 40cm long, the arms are 25cm long??? The features are small stitches which on a small bear look neat – on a big face …? and the small Berties legs are pivoted on lengths of yarn. Big Bertie is currently pinned together with big knitting needles which work very well as a pivot but are not very cuddly


The big probelm when its sewn up will be getting it to sit!!! Back to construction and an update to follow

After thinking about it I went for button joints and several lengths of dk wool. The stuffing is wool too, so it should hold and it isn’t a toy so I didn’t need to pull the legs with weights to check they won’t come off!!


The character of any toy sort of grows with the making and a face is always tricky. Berties pattern has clothes and is a boy bear. But will have to play with the sizes now he is finished. His arms are a little long but that might deminish with clothes. I went with his need to lean over and a slight inclination to look Koala and I have considered a sterotype G’dayBruce as a name but maybe thats for another day…. after I’ve made some pants!