You may have seen this post in which I showed you a lovely skein of Great Woolly Owl Bluefaced Leicester/Baby Alpaca named after Winifred Holtby's South Riding. Here it is again, now a pair of very cosy mittens.
Note to yarn dyers: name a colourway after a book, and some of us may not be able to resist ...
This is a skein of aran weight Bluefaced Leicester *(55%) and Baby Alpaca (45%) called South Riding. It should be just the thing for a simple pair of mittens, and I love the colours; the book is pretty good, too, as you'll see here.
The yarn comes from Great Woolly Owl where you'll find quite a few other literary favourites (some of which have also found their way to my house).
Another of Jane Brocket's literary hot water bottle covers from The Gentle Art of Knitting (details of the first, the one on the right, are here). This one has been made with four balls of grey-blue Rowan All Seasons Cotton - a gift with a Rowan subscription ages ago. It has turned out a little bigger than the Cashmerino Aran version but still fits fine.
I've paired the covers with some suitable comfort reading, Mary Stewart's Airs Above the Ground, one of the favourites listed here.
This is such a simple, relaxing knit that I'm very happy to have had requests for a couple more of the covers, and I'll be reverting to the Debbie Bliss yarn for both.
Edited to add: as I write, What Ewe Need have the Cashmerino Aran at 25% off the usual retail price.
Four years ago I was knitting a cabled hot water bottle cover. Despite being beyond the half way mark, I put it down for some reason and didn't pick it up again until recently when I took a hard look and decided I should have gone up a needle size or two for it seemed to be on the scrimp side.
Simple garter stitch with the yarn held double makes for a very soft and snuggly cover and a quick and straightforward knit; I diverged from the pattern only at the neck where I worked fewer rows than prescribed but still sufficient for ample coverage.
Jane explains in the book how her covers come to have literary associations, hence the picture of mine with my current reading, Laura Thompson's biography Agatha Christie: An English Mystery. Very cosy crime!
(Click here for a lovely quote from Dame Agatha herself on what one might call 'the gentle art of becoming the best-selling novelist of all time'.)
I've matched my reading to my knitting (or vice versa) before, now it seems it's the turn of my embroidery. The crewel wool for a project I've just begun picks up all the colours on the cover of Tracy Chevalier's lovely new novel The Last Runaway - which happens to contain a great deal about needlework, specifically quilting (which I've been wanting to try for years).
I feel the book should come with a "craft-inducing" warning on its jacket ...