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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

Colour knitting, tiny things and a book recommendation

I’m aware that a while ago I promised updates on my knitting projects and skills, and despite copious amounts of bows, I haven’t done much else. Oops! If i’m really honest nothing has really caught my imagination for long enough.

I did attempt a basic cardigan pattern as my first complete garment but found the yarn, and working on straight needles, quite tedious. Without Sky Movies I was left with  ITV’s top (read: only) three films as knitting companions; Jurassic Park, The Italian Job and The Transporter, and needless to say they didn’t help!

That was until I bought these books. Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec and The Knitted Odd-bod Bunch by Donna Wilson. Who knew there were so many techniques and so much cuteness in tiny inanimate objects?

I definitely like instant gratification from my work along with variation… you could say i’m a little needy. So the couch, mini mountains, baked goods and cuter polluter power station towers were perfect, if not completely impractical but, hey!

Above is Olive Owl from the Odd-Bod Bunch. She’s my first attempt at colour knitting and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. There were a few messy tangles but she still came out super cute. Score one more for me! <- 10 points to whoever can name the musical reference.

I’m now trying to get my fingers around working on a really small number of stitches in the round using a seamless cast on. It was nigh-on impossible to find a good instructional video for this but I will post the results of my dabbling soon. Must try out the knitted Doughnut from the odd-bod bunch next, it looks scrumptious!

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