Needles that Knit – an excerpt – by Rev. A Russell Tomlin

The following is an excerpt from the booklet – “Needles that Knit” – by the Rev. A Russell Tomlin. This charming booklet I found in a second-hand book shop. The date is unknown.

The Message of the Needles

“We are to listen to the message of the needles – the message of the needles that knit.

What a fascinating diversion knitting is. How lost the ladies, in particular, would often be but for the happy occupation. how it supplies them with many hours of interesting, captivating thought and labour. How it redeems, with pleasant exercise, moments that otherwise would be heavy, tedious and long. “What do you do to pass away the time, ” someone enquired of an old Scotch couple who lived in a quiet little cottage in some far-away corner of Scotland. “Well, ” came the reply, “sometimes we just sits and thinks, and sometimes we just sits.” But on the whole, ladies do not like that quiet type of life. They like to be busy, and to be busy even in those moments, when they need not be busy. So they take up the needle, the knitting needle, and by its swift and clever use, turn the empty hour into redemptive, if diverting activity.

“Silent is the house. I sit
In the firelight and knit.
At my ball of soft, grey wool,
Two grey kittens gently pull-
Pulling back my thoughts as well
From that distant, red-rimmed hell
And hot tears the stitches blur
As I knit a comforter.

‘Comforter’ they call it-yes,
Such it is for my distress.
For it gives my restless hands
Blessed work. God understands
How we women yearn to be
Doing something ceaselessly.
Anything but just to wait
Idly for a clicking gate!”

But what is the message of the needles? It is a message that tells us we are all ‘knitters’ – weavers. That consciously or un-consciously, we are bringing together a pattern, a fabric called life, character, soul. That, like a garment in process, our lives move on to some completed plan, some definite design and end. We are weavers, knitters, and someday life will reveal the whole.”

Season 12 Dr Who Scarf – Cascade 220 Superwash

The original Dr Who Scarf colour combo in Cascade 220 was found on the wittyknitter.com site, but it is no longer running. However, thanks to the internet’s Wayback Machine, there is a png copy of the colour scheme available in the Cascade 220, and specifics on number of rows etc…

All we have done is substitute Cascade 220 colours for our own choices in Cascade 220 Superwash. Use our colour choices in the lovely Cascade 220 Superwash machine-washable wool and Witty Knitter’s colour chart to knit your own light worsted weight Dr Who Scarf from Season 12!

Cascade 220 Superwash Colours:

220: 9463B – Gold – substitute 220 Superwash – 877 Golden

220: 9488 – Christmas Red Heather – substitute 220 Superwash – 1922 Christmas Red Heather

220: 2453 – Pumpkin Spice – substitute 220 Superwash – 858 Dark Ginger

220: 9499 – Sand – substitute 220 Superwash – 1961 Camel (x 2)

220: 8885 – Dark Plum – substitute 220 Superwash – 880 Marionberry

220: 9459 Yakima Heather – substitute 220 Superwash – 865 Olive Heather (or 1912 which is now discontinued, but may be able to get some on Ravelry or EBay)

220: 9473 Gris – substitute 220 Superwash – 900 Charcoal

Please note that our colour choices have been based on the actual color card from cascade, as their website colours are not entirely accurate in real life

New Customer Project – Christmas Stocking

One of my regulars, Maureen, sent me this picture of her Christmas stocking knitted for a new grand-child coming soon:

She used 2 different brands of wool – Patons Classic Wool in Cream and Cascade 220 Quatro in Pink Cameo and Blue

You can find this adorable pattern on Ravelry.

Patons Lace Crochet Ruffle Scarf

If you run a small business, you will know how hard it is to get things done!
I have been working on this crochet ruffle scarf for 4 years now and finally it is finished! You know how it is, life gets in the way, other projects and new yarns take precedence and older projects get shoved aside, right? This year I made a promise to myself to finish all of my WIPs. This one is the first cab off the rank – lol! And 2014 is almost over. 🙂

Anyway, the pattern is a free crochet one from Patons USA/Spinrite Yarns. The yarn is Patons Lace – and I used a plain cream one called Vintage along one side and the variegated/self-striping colour is Sachet – purples and greens with some white. It is surprisingly warm and very lightweight as the yarn is a blend of acrylic, wool and mohair. It also works up very quickly as you crochet in double-trebles for most of it.

Patons Lace also comes in a Sequin version if you prefer some bling and this would be great in this scarf too.