A few of our favourite things: 4th October 2015

Hello!

We’re back after a bit of a hiatus – it’s been hectic at Cable Girls HQ in the last few weeks, so grab a cuppa, get comfy and settle in for a bumper edition of our favourite things from the last couple of weeks.

The main reason that we’ve been away from the blog is that Cable Girl Hannah got married!  We were all celebrating and helping set up the wedding (and one of us was learning to crochet for it – that took a while!), hence our absence here.  Congratulations Hannah, we wish you a lifetime of happiness and a yarn stash that never runs out 🙂

We’re now four weeks into our current learn to knit course at the fabulous Whole Foods in Cheltenham – if you’ve decided you want to join us on our next course stay tuned as dates will be announced here very soon.  If you want to know before everyone else, you can sign up for our mailing list here 🙂

Like a lot of the knitting world, The Cable Girls are excited to celebrate #SOCKTOBER!  We knit socks all year round, but in October we really pick up the pace.  More pairs, new techniques and a really good excuse to finish up those second socks that have been lingering slightly too long…

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Sheila’s afterthought heel for #SOCKTOBER, (c) The Cable Girls, 2015.

Sheila’s started off well with her #SOCKTOBER goal to try new ways of knitting heels – her first attempt at afterthought heels is above and she’s cracking on through her list – the fish lips kiss heel is next and we can’t wait to see her finished socks.

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Kate’s Simple Skyp Socks with her beloved Knit Pro DPNs, (c) The Cable Girls, 2015.

Kate’s goals are to finish the prototype of the pilates sock with grippy bits (if it works out you might just see the pattern here soon!), finish up a Simple Skyp sock that’s been lurking a while (second sock syndrome – in the picture above) and to cast on and finish the second of her Kalajoki socks (sensing a theme yet?).

Hannah’s aim is to finish her current sock, although we suspect that more than one pair will be done this month now that she’s back from her honeymoon!

Meanwhile, over on Twitter…

And from our blog reading…

  • We love the idea of “Knitting In” from Knit Luck – when things are getting stressful, knit it out – it’s what we do!
  • Tanis’ Veronika top is simple and beautiful
  • The purple yarn in this line break shawl by Nook is fabulous
  • Woolythyme’s Axis shawl is amazing – love the orange and grey together!

And this was our favourite Pin of the week, in honour of Sheila’s Socktober goal.

How have you been?  Are you celebrating Socktober?  Let us know in the comments…

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

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A few of our favourite things: 6th September 2015

Hello!

We took a week off last week to enjoy some extra knitting time over the bank holiday weekend (or public holiday, if you’re not from the UK).  But we’re back with another round of our favourite things, so grab a cuppa and settle in!

Our favourite thing this week is how much fun we had teaching five lovely people how to knit socks.  They were awesome and so were the finished articles:

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Finished socks by our fabulous students! (c) The Cable Girls, 2015

Our next learn to knit course starts this week – somehow it’s our third course!  We’re holding it at Whole Foods in Cheltenham – if you want to pop down and join us we’ll be there 6.45pm on Tuesday for the start of the course.  Tickets are still available here.

In terms of our knitting, it seems the change of season has spurred us all on to finish things over the last fortnight – or perhaps it’s the opportunity to cast on all the new things.  Either way, a small drop in temperature and the big projects are all out!  Alpaca, bulky yarn – we love summer, but it’s nice to get bigger projects underway once the first hint of autumn appears.

Sheila finished her amazing Tree of Life Afghan – we know she’s a seriously talented knitter, but she likes to raise the bar every now and again!

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Sheila’s Tree of Life Afghan (c) The Cable Girls, 2015

She has also knitted some fab tiny mittens as part of a display in our lovely friend Jemma’s shop The Crafty Hands Company in Chipping Campden – they are a wonderful idea for an advent calendar.  If you’re starting to think about knitting for the Christmas season (yep, it’s almost that time of year again) you can join us for Christmas knitting sessions in October or November.

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Advent Calendar mittens by Sheila (c) The Cable Girls, 2015

Hannah has finished her second Schmeichler shawl in fabulous shades of turquoise and pink and while checking through her stash she fell in back in love with some 4-ply merino.  She’s giving in to the Hitofude fever that Sheila inadvertently started a few weeks ago… This is the problem when you work with fellow knitters – patterns can be contagious!

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Hannah’s second Schmeichler Shawl blocking (c) The Cable Girls, 2015

Kate has finished the knitting on her Low Tide cardigan and picked out the buttons, she just needs to get them sewn on and start blocking.  Kate’s on a mission to knit up some of her stash, so after finishing a Honeycomb Cable Cushion that had been lurking half-finished, she cast on for a Still Light tunic in the lovely (and very affordable!) Drops Alpaca in a very pretty pale grey that she bought longer ago than she cares to admit…

Meanwhile, over on Twitter…

And from our blog reading this week…

  • Andi’s blog about knitting in public was spot on!  We are prolific knitters in public – on planes, in waiting rooms and in pretty much every coffee shop we visit together.
  • We thought The Purl Bee’s Rectangular Colorblock Bias Blanket was beautiful.
  • And so is Julie’s Grey Mist cowl – the yarn is glorious and the dinosaur sheets are pretty amazing too!

And this was our favourite pin of the week!

How was your week?  Are you also experiencing the need to finish everything and cast on new projects for the new season?

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

A few of our favourite things: 23rd August 2015

Hello!

We’re still enjoying writing our favourite things blogs (the first one is here, with the glittery milkshake, and the second one is here, with the knitted owl…) so here is what we’ve been raving about this week…

Firstly, a big happy birthday to our very own Hannah – wishing you lots of yarn and no dropped stitches 🙂

It’s still all about the socks at Cable Girls HQ, with at least two new pairs being cast on this week, including Kate’s Kalajoki socks in a lovely blue shade of Sport from PT5, a yarn she picked up on holiday in Norway last year.

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Kalajoki socks in progress (c) The Cable Girls, 2015.

Sheila is knitting away on her Tree of Life Afghan at her usual breakneck speed – it will be done well before it gets cold again here in the Cotswolds!

This week at Cable Girls HQ we had a surprise present in the post – a vintage knitting book and set of patterns!  We’re starting to read through them (very carefully) and can’t wait to see what patterns are in store for us:

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Vintage knitting patterns (c) The Cable Girls, 2015.

Meanwhile, over on Twitter…

  • We had a good chuckle at the things people posted with #thingsknittersdo – and we identified with quite a few too!
  • These labels for hand knits from Knit Picks are perfect!  Their gift tags are pretty funny too…
  • We were seriously impressed by Woola OOPS’ knitted car cover

And from our blog reading this week…

  • We loved reading Tin Can Knits’ post about how their patterns get made.  We’re working on a few patterns and it seemed quite a daunting process, but reading about their process made it seem a bit more accessible.
  • Andi’s explanation of why she keeps knitting was lovely – it really resonated with us.  We definitely agree that it’s relaxing and love that it’s productive too.
  • We were wowed by the yarn Bethany used for her Fluid hat – and her website design is fabulous too!

Our favourite pin this week was the map of “cuts of lamb” – very clever!

We can hardly believe that the summer is almost over – it’s our final knitting surgery this week in Cheltenham and our next learn to knit course starts in just 10 days’ time!  If you want to come along and share the wonderful world of knitting with us, you can book here – if you have any questions about it leave us a comment below.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

A few of our favourite things: 17th August 2015

Hello!

We really enjoyed writing our favourite things post last week (the one with the glittery milkshake) so we thought we’d write another one!

Our favourite knit this week is Sheila’s Chouette hat – the owl is so cute!

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Hannah has finished a Schmeichler shawl this week and has already cast on another one in pink and turquoise.

A few socks are nearer completion at Cable Girls HQ and Kate’s Low Tide cardie is almost done.

We’re starting to think about autumn knits and maybe even what we’ll be knitting for Christmas presents (sssh!).  What are you planning for your autumn/winter knits and stash this year?

Meanwhile, over on Twitter…

And from our favourite knitting blogs recently…

And our favourite pin this week was a list of emoticons for knitters – we’d use them all the time!  If you want to pop over and see our Pinterest boards they are here.

If you’d like to share some of your favourite knitting things, let us know in the comments.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

A few of our favourite things

Hello!

It’s been a while, but grab a cuppa and some knitting – today we’ve rounded up some of our favourite knitted things to share. We’ve been long-time fans of the “Pin Ups and Link Love” series by Julie over at Knitted Bliss and Franziska’s weekly Top Three posts on Franish so we thought we’d join in.

Kate is knitting a Low Tide cardigan in some gorgeous pink yarn from Fyberspates, and the other Cable Girls have got a serious case of yarn envy…

We had a great time visiting Smokey Joe’s in Cheltenham today – with glitter on the milkshakes what’s not to like?!  And of course we knitted while we waited for our lunch to arrive…

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Glittery milkshake and handknitted sock by Hannah (sock by Kate!)

There’s a lot of sock knitting going on at Cable Girls HQ this week, mostly with our trusty favourite sock yarn from Drops – we’ve all got lots of pairs of socks knitted in Drops Fabel, and we like it so much we use it in our sock knitting workshops!

Here are two pairs of the socks in progress (Hannah’s and Kate’s – both in Drops Fabel!) from lunch today:

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The Cable Girls’ socks in progress August 2015 by Kate (socks by Hannah and Kate!)

Meanwhile, over on Twitter…

And from our favourite knitting blogs recently…

And finally, this pin made us really laugh this week – while Sheila can crochet without batting an eyelid, Kate can only just about crochet if Sheila is there to tell her what to do and Hannah goes a bit pale at the mere mention of the word “crochet”…  It inspired us to start a knitting humour board on Pinterest – if you want to take a look (it’s a little sparse for now, but ever-growing), we are here, and there’s lots more pins to browse.

If you’d like to share some of your favourite knitting things, let us know in the comments.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

Meet The Cable Girls: Kate

In a mini-series (well, there are only three of us!), we want to introduce the world to The Cable Girls: Hannah, Sheila and Kate.

In this final post in the series, Kate is in the hot seat…

How did you get started with knitting?

Kate: My nan taught me how to knit, so I’ve been knitting on and off since I was about four years old.  Sadly I lost my nan a long time ago, but knitting reminds me of her every day.  I have been really in to knitting for about the past ten years, starting with accessories to keep me warm when I was travelling as a student.

What is your earliest memory of knitting?

Kate: Sitting on my nan’s knee putting the yarn around the needles for her to “help” with her knitting!

What is your favourite item you have knitted?

Kate: My cream and red Sundottir jumper.  The pattern is by Diana Walla and was my first attempt at colour work knitting – I love it.  I used Cascade Eco+ and really enjoyed it – fewer ends to sew in and a great fabric.

What is your favourite knitting stitch?

Kate: I love the simplicity of garter stitch.

What is your next project?

Kate: Probably Low Tide by Tincanknits or Still Light Tunic by Veera Välimäki – I have the yarn ready for both but can’t decide. I’m also coveting Sheila’s Hitofude

What are you currently knitting?

Kate: The Pendulum shawl by Amy Miller and some ankle socks from my own design to use up some leftover sock yarn.  I also have a Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang on the go for little bits of leftover sock-weight yarn – it comes out of the cupboard every now and again but it’s a long way from finished!

What’s your most recent finished object?

Kate: Several pairs of socks 🙂

Knitting or crochet?

Kate: Knitting – my brain can handle five double-pointed needles but not one crochet hook!

Why do you knit? Are you a process knitter or all about the finished object?

Kate: I find knitting really soothing and really enjoy finished objects – so probably a bit of both.

Do you have any questions for The Cable Girls?  Let us know and we’ll try to answer them in upcoming blogs.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls

Meet The Cable Girls: Hannah

In a mini-series (well, there are only three of us!), we want to introduce the world to The Cable Girls: Hannah, Sheila and Kate.

In this second post, Hannah is in the hot seat…

How did you get started with knitting?

Hannah: My grandmother was a prolific knitter who kept knitting until she was 97.  I didn’t become a fully-fledged knitting addict until late 2013 when Kate introduced me to the dark art of sock knitting.  (Kate: You are welcome.  Mwahahaha.)

What is your earliest memory of knitting?

Hannah: Knitting with plastic needles that I had chewed, aged 4.  I would knit unintentional lacework in front of the snooker with my granny.

What is your favourite item you have knitted?

Hannah: I loved knitting Myrtle by Miranda Jollie.

What is your favourite knitting stitch?

Hannah: good old stocking stitch!

What is your next project?

Hannah: a pair of socks with a cable pattern in them.

What are you currently knitting?

Hannah: bunting for my wedding and a somewhat-abandoned blanket in the Rowan knit-a-long.

What’s your most recent finished object?

Hannah: lovely purple socks from a pattern that Kate will be publishing soon (at least that’s what she keeps promising…).

Knitting or crochet?

Hannah: Knitting, although I’m learning to crochet

Why do you knit? Are you a process knitter or all about the finished object?

Hannah: I am all about the finished object.

Do you have any questions for The Cable Girls?  Let us know and we’ll try to answer them in upcoming blogs.

Bye for now,

The Cable Girls