Selfish Knitting Season is here!

Hi Everyone, Deanna here (a.k.a new proprietor of Needles in the Hay). I don’t know about you guys, but I knitted up a storm over the last few months getting some pretty hefty Christmas projects finished. I had promised both my mum and my sister cardigans so I got down to work and managed to get them done in time and am really happy with how they turned out.

Continuing on with my love affair of Brooklyn Tweed patterns both of the cardis are from their collections, and were excellently written patterns as usual. BT leaves no stone unturned – I’ve never used one of their patterns and had to make any assumptions, they always spell everything out clearly and guide you to the best techniques to use for each particular project.

The Exeter cardigan by Michele Wang was a gift for my sister. I swatched 4 different yarn options before finding the perfect one in Ambrosia Woolen. The Ambrosia really lets the cables shine, and is also springy and light with oodles of yardage. One skein of worsted weight is 350 yards! It only took just over five skeins to complete the project. I finished it with contrasting hard leather buttons from our brand new inspire collection.

Ambrosia Woolen – $27.85 per 114g/350 yds









My mom’s cardigan was Marylebone by Bristol Ivy. This was a pretty comfortable knit with the exception of the cabled saddle sleeves which I had to work through a couple of times before getting them just right. The staghorn cable pattern was easy to memorize making the sleeves really breeze by. Bristol is also very clever in how she hid the decreases for the a-line shaping in the cable cart for the back. My mom really wanted Berroco Inca Tweed which we don’t carry in the store, but this cardi would also look amazing in Cascade Ecological wool which makes a really good substitute for Brooklyn Tweed Quarry.



So now that these wonderful cardigans are complete, it’s time to start selfish knitting season!! I’ve already jumped right in and started a nice and easy knit for myself, the cozy Timber Cardigan by Shannon Cook. We have Shannon and Jane Richmond’s book “within” here in the store, but the pattern is also available on Ravelry. I’m doing mine in Quince & Co Osprey which I had in my stash, but this project would also work well with Ambrosia Woolen, or the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran which is 25% off this week.


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I’ve also bought myself a skein of Fleece Artist Cottage Sock to take a run at a satisfying instant gratification project. Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy wool sock when it’s cold outside?

Now I put the question to you – What selfish knitting are doing these days? Let us know in the comments or share on the Needles in the Hay Ravelry group or Facebook page. If you’re looking for more inspiration drop by the store, or stay tuned for our winter knit-along and workshops which will be announced soon.


  • Lee-Ann Poole
    Posted at 20:37h, 09 January Reply

    Wow! Your family are so lucky. What amazing gifts you have created! I am totally with you – now is the time to knit something for ourselves. Shannon Cook’s Timber Cardigan looks so snuggly and who can go wrong with the Fleece Artist Cottage Socks! Enjoy. Thanks for sharing the warmth.

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