Side tracked

Well once the Christmas trees were completed I was going to get cracking on the decorations but……… then we had a book delivery and an email from the University (Website). Needless to say I got side tracked…. the book was Knitted Dolls by Lousie Crowther Boo-biloo not that I do toys except maybe I do come to think of it there are quite a few here. Maybe they are the things I finish!!!! And the email got me thinking…. The University are celebrating 150 years since the first rugby match was played in Wales …. they were looking for mechandise to promote in the town.

Well the first thing I associated with rugby and knitted… of course I thought – scarves, well bit obvous and not if you see what I mean. The current fan scarf is manufactured in some factory somewhere at 2p/100 and sold for the supporters to wave and a profit.

Go back 100 years and when everyone wore black wool coats, caps and thick wooly everythings the weather was colder, the grounds more windswept and a hand knit scarf in team colours was about the only outward sign of supporting ferver you could account to. There you are – behind every good manly game is the team of handknitting geniuses who kept body, soul and the heat in your body on a cold wet terrace!!

I could make a pattern for a scarf ….cast on 75 st, stocking st 10 rows one colour, 10 rows another but where is the challenge in that?

The next idea came from the book.. adapt the pattern it said…. meet Algie….


At the moment the one leg Victorian rugby player. Complete with moustash and in University colours ( I think they said stripes but it could have been hoops) circ 1900? In local wool all but the black hee hee Welsh Rugby mascot anyone? Next a red jumper I think…..



A Christmas Tale

If things around the world were not surreal enough ….. . it was hard to start thinking of potential Christmas things in July. I  took to watching Christmas films, drinking ginger beer and dressing for the weather….. well it was that sort of summer. It didn’t work, so by the end of October  I have a big window and nothing Christmasy to show in it.

Big needles time…….. a little application and big tree, little trees and window tree…

Over the next few weeks I plan to do a star for the top, some ‘tinsel’ and crochet baubles. The socks and robins are from last year there are patterns somewhere.

The little bitty trees:dscf5824

5.5mm or 5mm needles, chunky wool, and stuffing.

The stands are made from a block of wood or modeling clay (or old spindle parts), with 20cm of dowel (10mm)


Cast on 30st, work 2 rows (K1,P1) repeat to end (double moss st)

row 1 – K2tog, P1, K1 to last 2 st P2tog. Row 2 – (K1,P1) repeat to end.

continue working these 2 rows until you have 4st (making sure to work the last row 2).

Next row (K2tog,P2tog); Next row K1,P1; Next row K2tog and pull yarn though loop to secure.

Make a second tree side. Whip stitch the two side of the tree together leaving a small hole at centre of base (stuff lightly before completing the base so you have room to move and pad the tree so not rounded). Push the dowel into the stuffing firmly and tie the ends round the dowel.