Knitting favourites for Palliser DK yarn

Last Saturday I spent the day with the Palliser Ridge team on their stand at the Martinborough Fair. It’s always super to talk with people who come along to see the wooly goodies. I’ve learned from past markets that there’s always going to be conversations about ideas for what to knit with the Palliser Ridge wool so I now have a selection of my favourite things to show. Last weekend reminded me that I need to share some pics along with links for where to find the patterns and to stop procrastinating with listing Palliser DK yarn cakes in my on-line shop. Thank you to the people who asked about buying my yarns on-line – it was the prompt I needed and it’s finally done. Hurrah!

So, here’s a few of my favourite things to make with Palliser DK…. the hats and mittens are perfect for summer knitting – they’re small, quick and easy and if you’re a pressure knitter they can even be knit for Christmas gifts! Best of all these hats and mitts are great free patterns from the lovely Tin Can Knits design duo. The patterns are written for different yarn weights. and multiple sizes; children to adults.

World’s Simplest Mittens – I made a child size sample, one pair used a total of 38grams of Palliser DK. So, if you have a few cakes you can make a few pairs in multi colours, or make a pair in a single colour with one cake. Here’s a link to the pattern on the TinCanKnits site, or here on Ravelry

Hats – I’ve used TinCanKnits’ Anthology hat pattern as a basic recipe and made my own randomly striped versions with bits and bobs of yarn leftovers and dye pot experiments. You can get a hat for an adult out of one 50g cake, or mix it up with a few colours. Again, this is a free pattern. Here’s a link to the pattern on the TinCanKnits site, and here on Ravelry.

Bounce Blanket – now this is one of my MOST favourite knits, probably because the stroller blankets I made were for very special little ones. This is another design from TinCanKnits – here’s a link to the pattern on their website, and here on Ravelry. Please be aware that you will need to purchase the pattern separately, I do not have rights to sell it .

There are many ways to organise the stripes, I’ve made mine with 4 colours striped in repeat sequence with natural white (undyed) ripples in between. I’ve put together some yarn sets in 4 different colour combinations and listed these on my on-line shop. You are welcome to ask about other combinations – I’m happy to send photos of different options.

MKAL 2022 – fear or FOMO?

Anyone else thinking about joining Westknits MKAL Twists and Turns this year?

I confess, I’ve never participated in any Westknits MKAL, or anybody’s MKAL for that matter. I’ve always succumbed to the “Eeeek – what if I don’t like it when it’s finished” worry that bounced around in my mind. But during the last few MKALS watching from the sidelines, the FOMO builds as knitting friends post pictures of their gorgeous MKAL WIPs. So, this year I’m in!

The timing is right, there’s no other pressing projects, Westknits MKAL 2022 will be on my needles in just a few weeks. My rational brain has reminded me that even when I know what the design is, sometimes I don’t like the finished project, and that’s OK. I’ve either given the thing away to someone who does love it or re-wound the wool and made something else. No worries.

After faffing about with skeins and colours for days I’m leaning towards the trio of my Kindly Dyer yarn (photo on left) but wondering if I should have just a touch more colour with the coral as the accent (photo on right).

I’ve got time to percolate on the options and maybe even swatch a little. It does feel a bit exciting to be venturing into this project using my own natural-dyed yarn.

Now, if anyone out there is still thinking about joining in and fancies going the natural dye way there are some lovely colour combinations possible with the Kindly Dyer yarns. I’ve put a few skeins up in my online FELT shop here.

Stephen @Westknits advises the requirements are 2x 100g skeins each of Main Colour and Contrast Colour plus 1x 100g skein of Accent colour. Ideally that will allow contrast to show up well.

Here’s some ideas……………if you’d like to see other combinations or have questions please message me.  I am happy to take and send you photos.