I finally finished knitting the husband’s Longfellow cardigan and handed it over to my friend Liz today for seaming.

If you ever wonder if you love someone, knit them a cardigan in 4ply.  If you finish it and can still look them in the eye, then they’re a keeper!

Knowing that I was on the home straight with that particular project I’ve recently spent some happy time online selecting my next projects and patterns.  Whilst Liz and I chatted today I borrowed her swift and ball-winder (mine are in storage) and spent a happy hour converting skeins  into jolly cakes of yarn ready and waiting to hit the needles.

Sadly it’s impossible to get a picture of them as it’s so heavily grey outside today.  A typically northern day, but I’m just glad it’s not raining!

Now, back to the knitting. In no particular order of what will be cast on first we have:

Fleur Bleue by Christal LK designs


This will be knitted in the leftovers Drops Alpaca from Hubby’s cardigan.

drops alpaca navy

I do love my girl in a navy cardigan!

Lemongrass by Joji Locatelli


I’ve been looking for something cosy to pull on over a tee or shirt for school runs and park date and this really fits the bill.  I love a good cable as you know and I’m enamoured with the unusual shaping of it.

I’ll admit it’s a bit of a risk shapewise…I’m not sure it will work for me.  But, if it doesn’t, I’ll frog the yarn and reknit it into something more conventional.

Speaking of the yarn, I’ll be knitting Lemongrass in this gorgeous Malabrigo Merino Worsted Azul Bolita.

Malabrigo Azul Bolita

The colour has slightly more purple in it than I’d anticipated online, but the colour is so saturated and luscious that I can’t be disappointed with it.  And the texture of the wool is sublime….slubby and soft and lofty.

It leaks colour like mad, so I’ll have blue hands whilst knitting it, but this is to be expected with kettle dyed yarn. It’s a price I’m very willing to pay!

And last but not least….

Socks by Regia

Winter is coming.

(GOTs pun entirely intended)

Recently over coffee Liz was knitting the most perfect pair of socks.  I loved the colour. I loved the feel of yarn.  Considering imitation to be the sincerest form of flattery, I quizzed her about the yarn and ordered a skein the same day.

It’s Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Tannat (A6729) and it is really quite lovely.


Hub’s is thrilled!  He has quite bold taste in socks.

So…that should keep me in stitches for some time to come.  And who are we kidding…you know those socks will be cast on tonight! 😉

11 Responses to Abundance

  1. Am interested to see how those socks progress! I love the tops, and love me anything poncho-ish…..should be fab!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I do hope the sweater is fab in real life! The socks are well under way…I knitted Friday night and whilst we travelled to Hebden Bridge for a visit to the quilt shop there yesterday. They are gorgeous. I’ll share an update this week.

  2. You spoil your husband with socks. I think the ones that you knit are lovely. I love both your pattern choices, especially the Fleur Bleu jumper. I would love one like that. You are a great knitter. Xx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Haha…he spoils me so much he deserves a few socks! He bought 4 more lots of yarn yesterday…I’ll share this week. He keeps me busy but loves them so much how can I resist?

  3. Jane G says:

    looking forward to seeing these made, lovely patterns. Love that jumper too

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Thank you. It’s going to be a fun Autumn in front of the fire with the needles and movies.

  4. K-Line says:

    I love that little girl sweater – how elegant! – and I do think the cable sweater will work on you – with a slim bottom, it will be very chic.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Button has a penchant for anything pink, glittery and featuring Monster High or *shudders* One Direction! I’ve got to balance it all somehow with the handmades. I think this cardi will work equally well with pretty dresses and jeans so it should get some wear.
      I’m planning the sweater to be a throw on with jeans as a jacket replacement. Hope it works out…the yarn is stunning!

  5. Kim Hood says:

    Found you again!
    I love all of the things shown but I must,must,must get that Lemongrass pattern.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Hi there! Lovely to have you back 😀
      I’m hoping to cast Lemongrass on this weekend. It’s getting chilly here now!

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