Raspberry Beret



For days now, the death of Prince Rogers Nelson has dominated the headlines, airwaves and thoughts of the world. Not only was he a multi-platinum selling musician, he was a truly original and boundless artist. His productions were both a treat for the ear as well as the eye and fans were ever inspired by anything Prince created.

We became incredibly nostalgic on Friday night. Out came the 1985 vinyl, Around the World in a Day and we listened to the hit, Raspberry Beret. Naturally, the next thing that happened was a search for a pattern on the internet. I went straight to Ravelry and found one using the Bee Stitch.

The Bee Stitch is a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1 over 4 rows. It is made by “knitting 1 below (K1b)” and you need to have an odd number of stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: (Right Side): *(K1, K1b); Repeat from * across to last stitch K1.

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: *(K1b, K1); repeat from * across to last stitch, K1b.

Repeat these 4 rows for desired length of fabric. This 4 row repeat creates a diagonal patterning.

I have never tried the Bee Stitch before and I am looking forward to trying it out. I looked into my “stash” that I call My Yarniverse and found a lovely raspberry coloured wool but it is rather fluffy wool. To show off the stitch, I really need to find something different. I thought perhaps it could be cotton from Sugar n Cream. I did the silly thing of announcing this to The Husband who pointed out that I had three WIPs going, a yarn bomb coming up and “orders” for winter hats for the family etc…

Well, I never said that the Raspberry Beret would be for me, per se, an my daughter is a member of the family. She often forgets her hat at home since she uses the hoodie of her parka so I often use her hats… So I am off to the Yarn Store to check out raspberry coloured yarns.


Bee Stitch Beret Courtesy: http://www.lindysknitslaces.com/tag/bee-stitch/


Voila! Veolia!


Life throws us some pretty random curve balls, my friends. It’s wonderful when we actually catch the opportunity and run with one!

A few months ago, I wandered into a knitting shop just happy that it was right in my neighbourhood. The knitting shop owner was looking to host a knitting circle and I was the unlikely leader of a rag-tag nomadic group who went from pub to pub on a semi – regular basis. Next thing I knew, we had a weekly group in our very own club house with the most colourful bunch of lassies  (and from time to time those rare knitting/crochet dudes) this side of the Atlantic.

Suddenly,  YARN BOMB! Talk about whirlwind escapades! We found ourselves knitting & crocheting patriotic  items to string up in Mansfield Town centre for the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Our little yarn store has become Queenie Knits HQ. This is a bonafide event sponsored by the local oooooficials. Which leads us to…

…our group on hand to help out members of the public who might wander in looking to learn a new skill. Our group were invited to use Veolia ‘s meeting room to use as a venue to teach.

We will be there on Fridays with our needles and hooks ready to teach, chat and beguile newcomers with our whimsical conversation. In addition, the public will be offered the opportunity to have a look at the Veolia Recycling process. You can learn more at http://www.veolia.co.uk

We are looking forward to the next date. We were able to entice a new recruit to our motley crew… just like the Darkside of the Force. And just like the Dark side, we have cookies.

Courtesy of Veolia

The dates of our sessions will be posted on the calendar of this blog. They are free to the public. All we ask is that you bring your own yarn. However, if you are a complete novice and just want to have a go, we will have yarn, hooks, needles and tools for you to borrow. image

Hope to see you there!


The Things We Do For Love


Like knitting in the rain and the snow where you know where to go and you feel like a part of you will die…if you don’t get this stitch right!

I had a terrific wash of inspiration at our last gathering in preparation for the impending Yarn Bomb. It calls for a flourish of national pride as well as a little vanity for talent. To accomplish this,  I pulled out a vintage book given to me by my beautiful friend who inherited it from her mother.


The pages are slipping into sepia. However, the magnificent knowledge within these delicate pages feels exciting and new. There are directions within that feel rather archaic. But I think this lends to a rather legendary feeling of belonging to an ancient society.


I have been mentally skiving for days at work thinking about the patterns in Helen ‘s mum’s book of stitches. I have come to regard it as a kind of Knitters Grimoire. A Crocheters Book Of Shadows. It has me spellbound. It is almost as if I have been ruminating on an unrequited love!

I can see myself— later and possibly years from now— sitting at a desk like an old monk copying out these beautiful stitches with venerable titles: Harris Tweed Stitch, The Spindle, Pennant Pattern, Hatchets… all in an effort to keep the art alive! I can see passing it along within each generation of our little Knitterati circle.

But today, my only wish is to labour on with Interwoven Cables in delicious scarlet. This will be the vertical strip on the England flag. I will take short energy breaks (my Bounty chocolate and a cup of black coffee). I will relish this rainy day taken for myself to be with my knitting. My craft. My old love.


Here goes nuttin’

Last night at our weekly stitch and bitch we started our Stylecraft crochet along, because what was all need is more projects!! 😁

I was told I’m cheating because I do all the centres, then the flower, and the last bit all at the same time. I find it easier that way for some reason. It’s nice to have others do the same project with you, I’ve never done that before. I think when you’re doing a blanket the middle gets a bit tedious, but I foresee this being exciting as we will keep each other motivated… I don’t even mind the name calling. *quietly sobs*

Here’s what I’ve done so far..

 -N. Kitty