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Really pleased with my new Fake Fur Gilet.  For the first time, I did all the tension squares, then worked out the sizes and designed it all in excel (a spreadsheet programme).  It was only after this was done, did I take up the needles and knit the garment in full.  I knitted the right front on a Friday, left front on the Saturday, most of the back on the Sunday and then finished it off on the Monday.  Now, I’m not a quick knitter, but this is one speedy item to make.  The fake fur trim is included within the pattern and is the same stitch as I use to make Al Paca.  Looking at it now,  I think that this shape will work as a jacket too, so may add sleeves as some point.

The model is Verity, my neighbour, with her natural flame red hair and the autumn colours, I was thrilled with the results.  Verity runs her own business looking after any animal within a ten mile radius (including dog walking, house sitting, looking after horses and helping me with toe nail trimming and injections for the alpacas). Photographer was Roger King from Peripatetic Photographer in Saffron Walden and the three of us had a hectic two hours.  We were so lucky with the weather, the gap in the rain was exactly the same as the time we needed for these images. So I hope you enjoy them – you will be seeing some again on pattern covers!


It’s made with our chunky yarn and I’m really pleased with the shaping, not only at the front, but also at the back.


The darts really work well.



All these different backgrounds are on the farm



Shadow didn’t really want to play nicely!



Unlike Harry, who was beautifully behaved (albeit with his lipstick out)!



This is a scarf designed by Bridget H


And this is an experiment that didn’t work but became a bun tidy!

It was also during the summer that I was asked to create covers for alpaca filled cushions.

This was requested by Penrose, the company that I sell my lowest grade fibre to.

These are the ideas I came up with and the cushion covers are all going to be on the same pattern for you to make.



Pattern writing next on the list.

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