Rowan exchange

Now Morag has received her gifts I can safely post some pics of what I made for her in the Rowan exchange. The theme was ‘all the seasons’ and Morag had listed autumn as her favourite.

First I knitted an autumnal rust-coloured cushion, in Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky on 6.5mm needles, using the ‘sand cables’ pattern in vol. 3 of Vogue Knitting Stitchionary:


The cables – and the yarn – softened up considerably when blocked. I finished it off with some brown buttons from Duttons for Buttons in York.

Then I drew a simple design to be embroidered onto the cover of a nice blank book (for pattern notes etc)


It is (in case you’re asking) meant to suggest an autumnal tree in the wind. I really enjoyed the crewel work, but finishing up the book cover on the sewing machine was a little more tricky. Despite flattering myself that I have become an adept sempstress since being given the gadget at Christmas, the machine and I are clearly not yet AS ONE. I hope Morag does not examine the seams too closely….


Finally, I finished off the package with a couple of skeins of Debbie Bliss pure silk in a deep brown, with which to create a seasonal treat, when Morag has time and inclination: