Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

Oooo, tricky!


I can’t decide which one I prefer but I think I’m leaning towards the blog pattern (on the right) with tassels instead of the fur fringe
What do you guys think?
I’ll be working on the fur effect tension swatch while we decide so wish me luck!

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A ponderance on unusual yarns

I have to admit to being a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to yarn. I tend to use yarns between 4ply and chunky, rarely super chunky and all these new novelty yarns hold absolutely no interest.

However, I’ve fallen in love with a pattern from the latest Mollie Makes. They’ve posted the pattern on their blog so check it out here.

The yarn in question is Louisa Harding’s Luzia but at £15 a ball, it’s way out of my price range. Well, okay, I could afford it if I scrimped on the other yarn and Steven has offered to buy it for me for Xmas but I resent paying so much for something so small (the pattern calls for two balls of Luzia plus some DK)

So, my ponderance is: what yarn, if any, could I replace it with?

Randomly enough, I dug out my knitted glove pattern (mine have gone astray) and one version uses a discontinued yarn from Stylecraft (Gypsy) which has a similar effect but the yarns seem to be categorised differently with Luzia as ‘fur’ and Gypsy as ‘eyelash’

Can anyone help me please? I’ve got no experience with these yarns but I fear my lust for the stole is too great to resist

Please please please?


Owl-ing with laughter

Sorry about the pun in the title but these goodies really do make me giggle

A while ago, I bought my first ever copy of Mollie Makes, mostly because I fell in love with the mittens on the cover



(I have to point out that I have sneakily borrowed this image from the Mollie Makes website, click on it to head over there)

Now, I don’t normally buy magazines like this because I’m primarily a yarn crafter and, while I enjoy other crafts, general craft mags like this just can’t satisfy my craving for patterns!

But I just couldn’t resist this.

Never one to be too traditional, I decided to use some of the chunky yarn that I was given by a friend (check out How do you stash yours?)

And here are the finished articles



I also made a pair for my mum as a late xmas/early birthday gift. Again, not too traditional as they were pink!

I’m so impressed with this pattern, it’s a really genius way to use cables to create something different.

I’m also a big fan of cabled rib and I think it really gives these mittens an extra dimension.

The pattern is pretty easy to follow although I think there could be more guidance on reversing the shapings, to make the pattern more beginner-friendly

For anyone who struggled here’s what I did:

Follow the pattern up to row 26. On row 27, work the pattern but replace the ‘p1, k4, inc1, k11’ with p1, k11, inc1, k4

Do the same on row 31 (p1, k11, inc1, k5) and row 36 (p1, k8, slip6 onto stitch holder, cast on an extra three, k8)

I don’t think I’ve stopped wearing mine since I finished them. I can even drive in them so they’re really useful this time of year.

I’m really big on owls and loving that they’re so in fashion right now.

I also thought they were brilliant fun to knit.

So… I designed some ear muffs to match.

Steven and I love walking along the beach but I suffer dreadfully with ear ache and ordinary ear muffs are too rigid (they hurt my ears).

Ear warmer bands are quite in at the moment as well but I was worried that these would also be a bit tight.

I remembered that in one of my many knitting books, I’ve got a pattern for a pair of sequinned ear muffs that tie under the chin.

So using these as my inspiration, I began to experiment.

I don’t want to bore you with too many details so here’s the finished result














I will admit that (depending on my mood) I sometimes feel a little silly – they’re a bit Little House on the Prairie but they can also be tied behind the head












Looks a bit better, don’t you think?

They’re a bit unpolished at the edges but I’m pretty chuffed I have to admit

What do you think? I wonder if I should redo them as a band instead…

Also, is it worth publishing the pattern?

Oh, I bought the latest issue of CrossStitcher magazine today, they’ve got an owl themed article with lots of lovely patterns… where’s that aida?