Conquering the snood.

I finally finished it!!

Nope, not a book, nor a maternity dress…..


Karen’s snood has inspired many a sewers to try their hand at knitting…..yours truly included. Earlier this year I tried my hand at knitting, failed miserably, and settled into crochet. My efforts there were more successful (only just), as I managed to make this and this.

So after seeing this lovely pink number from Pincushion Treats, I decided to go out and buy some yarn. Yarn in the bag, I still did not start knitting. It took seeing Jane’s version to get me knitting the first 5 rows. Then I promptly cast it aside. The final kick came when i saw Marie’s version. At this point I was salivating really badly at all the lovely snoods slowly creeping up around my fave blogs. So I decided enough was enough, and decided to go for it.

Ignore the fingernails please!!

I used turquoise Sirdar Big Softie, following Karen’s lead, and boy do I love it. Following the pattern from the Guardian’s website, I bought 200g and used size 12mm needles. I ended up using only 100g of the yarn, much to my annoyance. That soon turned into a positive thing though, because I decided to try my hand at knitting a hat as well. I used this free pattern from the Guardian.

I am really happy with the outcome of my knitting efforts. I now know how to do this (not very well yet mind you):
  • Cast on
  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • Stocking stitich
  • Ribbing
  • Knit two together (K2tog)
  • Purl two together (P2tog)
  • Mattress Stitch
  • Slip, slip, knit (Ssk)
  • Cast off
Not bad aye?
Needless to say, I can’t stop smiling…..
Can you notice my “Baby on Board badge?”

I wonder what I will knit next.

Mr.Dibs mentioned in passing he needed a new scarf. I just might go yarn shopping this week. Gosh!! This could get so addictive. Does anyone know of any nice yarn I could use to knit him a scarf. Left to my own devices, I’m positive he will be spotting a very angry yellow scarf all winter.

Enjoy your week everyone!!



  1. November 13, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    OoOoOoOoOoh, very nice Dibs!!! So glad you got the snood finished and impressed that you made a hat too! Thanks for sharing the hat pattern, could well be one I give a go soon ;o)

  2. November 13, 2011 / 10:25 pm

    Thanks Marie. The hat is not as difficult as I thought it would be, plus I made it in less than 3 hours. so its pretty easy.

  3. November 13, 2011 / 11:10 pm

    Looking fab! Love the hat. Now I want one!

    Ray sells yarn and at a great price since she's trying to sell all her stock. You should stop by some time. I'll let you know when I'm in next so we can have a bite and cat up.

  4. November 14, 2011 / 7:38 am

    That's brilliant! I can't believe the number of snoods flying around the blogosphere. I love yours. And you conquered a hat! Very impressed. Re wool for a man's scarf, I'm currently knitting a scarf out of Malabrigo wool – it's gorgeously soft because it is merino. It's not cheap, though. I bought it from the fabulous knitting shop, Loop in Islington. Details of my scarf make are here:
    But you could for sure find a free knitting pattern on the Internet, or just make up your own pattern for a scarf!

  5. November 14, 2011 / 8:57 am

    Dibs it's wonderful! Well done on not just learning the techniques, but translating the code too!! We're snood sisters!!

  6. November 14, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    Yey!!! They're both fantastic! 🙂

    My crafting has gone in the opposite direction to yours. I learnt to knit as a child, but started again nearly seven years ago. I've only started sewing this year, so I'm still very much a beginner, I haven't progressed past skirts yet!!

    I can second Karen's recommendation of Malabrigo Merino, it's gorgeous! But I would keep it for someone who will treat it properly (ie, you!). For something hard-wearing and machine-washable, I would recommend Sirdar or King Cole. Good luck with your knitting!

  7. November 14, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    Thanks ladies for the lovely comments. I wore the set to work today, and got complimented on it.
    Karen and Lynne thanks for the recommendations. I'll have to go into a shop and touch them to decide on which one to go for.

  8. November 15, 2011 / 11:37 pm

    Your snood looks great! Such a pretty color and I love the matching hat!

  9. November 16, 2011 / 2:28 pm

    Fab! 😀

    How about a self-striping yarn for Mr Dibs? That way it changes colour without any faffing about with different balls of wool – bargain!

  10. November 16, 2011 / 2:30 pm

    Thanks Alessa.
    Roo that's a good idea. That way the yarn does all the hard work for me.

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