Macaron Purse

I’ve been in the mood for knitting for me again recently, as opposed to working on new designs.  So I’ve been doing the Macaron Purse by Cotton and Cloud, a kit I purchased at the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally last autumn.IMG_7595

 

It’s knitted in gorgeous Jamiesons Heather Aran – lovely British wool of course.  What a pretty ball band.

IMG_7594The yarn feels very special to knit with and has a subtle colour variegation, which makes it interesting to look at.

I wouldn’t say the pattern is easy.  It’s knitted in the round and has quite a few repeated sections, so you need to read carefully and keep track of where you are.  It’s not TV knitting, as I have found after several froggings.

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The top is shaped by the clever use of short rows, which I thought was quite magical, and I’ve learnt a 3 needle cast off to finish it off – very easy and quick.

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Now all I have to do is fix it to the frame.  There is a helpful tutorial on how to do this on the Cotton and Cloud website, so I’m looking forward to having a go at that.

What are you all knitting at the moment, Lovely Readers?

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About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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5 Responses to Macaron Purse

  1. Ooh I have the pattern for this! I can’t wait to try it, yours looks beautiful! I need to buy the yarn!

  2. Claire Hoey says:

    I love this purse! I adopre cabling but i the round EEK bit scared of that! I am knitting Magnus and Love Ewe at the moment! loving both of them cannot wait for them to join the flock!

    • madebyewe says:

      In the round was OK. It would have helped if I had read the pattern properly to begin with – I missed some repetitions so it didn’t come out right. You just have to keep track of where you are so you can cable in the right places. Knitting 2 sheep at once sounds very clever ha ha – or should that be baa baa! L x

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