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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Knitting a Daisy Duke . . .

A little while ago, some lovely Jesse cotton yarn from Louisa Harding caught my eye, so - as one does - I duly bought the yarn and the pattern book to match, and stashed it away, determined not to start yet another new knitty project before I'd finished the previous one.




Fast forward a month or so, and I hauled it out again thinking it'd be the perfect project to keep me occupied on our road trip north to Scotland for Christmas. 
And it was.  
I pretty much knitted all the way there, and all the way back, and a wee bit in between as well.   




 It's just a simple little cotton top knitted in a lovely lacy stitch.  The front and back are identical so once you've got used to the pattern, it's pretty straightforward.  And the pattern is very clear and well laid out row-by-row, so if you can operate a row counter, you're all set ; - )






 I like the little scalloped edge effect too.


 And whilst we're talking all things knitty - I received this lovely book as a gift at Christmas . . .


It's been on my wish list for a wee while and it's filled with a myriad of knitty seasonal patterns 
- 52 in all.  Wouldn't it be lovely to have the time to knit a project a week for a whole year ?
One can but dream . . . 
But I am loving the wavy striped scarf on the cover so that's definitely going on my list.

Linking up with Ginny and the Yarn Along over at Small Things today - do pop over and have a peek at what other knitty folk are up to.

Wishing you the happiest of weeks, and thinking of our bloggy friends who're enduring the freezing temps and seemingly endless storms that are currently battering around.  Stay safe & warm,
'til next time
xoxo






35 comments:

  1. I love, love love your top,mots so pretty and the yarn looks gorgeous. I've got that book, there's some beautiful things in there. Deb x

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  2. That looks like a really lovely yarn. Its so nice to get knitting books as pressies isn't it - takes all the guilt out of buying them!!

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  3. Love the top. It's nice having something to do when you're on a long trip. xxx

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  4. A beautiful top.
    irene
    xxxx

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  5. Wow what a talented knitter you are.....bestest daisy xx

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  6. Oh, pretty! I want to knit something light for summer (we live in hope) as most of my knitted things are cold-weather wear. As I am drowning under unfinished projects at the moment I better get something finished before I start yet another new thing though ;)

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  7. Gorgeous top and I love the colour yarn you have chosen. I can't knit whilst travelling it makes me car sick! I'm ashamed to say I have had that book for about 18 months now and still haven't made anything from it! I'm looking forward to seeing what you make from it to inspire me! Julie x

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  8. I have the book, and did make a start to working my way through it week by week ....... but I got a bit fed up about half way through and gave up! However, I did knit the scarf on the cover - although for some reason I have never worn it, it is draped round the mannequin in my studio!
    Your top is lovely, I could be tempted to add it to my ever-lengthening to-knit list!!

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  9. I'm doing the "crochetmoodblanket2014" I blogged about it a few posts ago, if you'd like to join in on that fun! I'm making "a square a week":: but i'm doing two a week, so I have more for a throw blanket! Your knitted top will be very pretty! The yarn looks lovely! I wish I could do a project a week! That would be crazy! :) Wishing you a wonderful and yarny day!! :) xo Holly

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  10. Hi Gilly the top is beautiful. Not being the best knitter I love it when you can find a well written pattern. PS you were included in my cuppa time post.

    Cheers Pauline

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  11. There is good stitch definition with the yarn and the pattern is so pretty. I'm taking it you are dreaming of warmer spring time weather to come!! My hens are nearly learning to swim like ducks! Jo x

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  12. Your knitting is so pretty! I'm determined to knit this year...and the scarf on the cover of that book is gorgeous! I can aspire...Chrissie x ps I crocheted in the car on our trip from Western Pennsylvania to Washington, DC, it does make the journey better, doesn't it?

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  13. It looks beautiful and I love the colour too. It is nice to be occupied on a long journey isn't it, and what a great way to be occupied! xx

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  14. It is really pretty, Gilly! Bravo! xx

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  15. Oh Gilly the colour is gorgeous, just so rich and luxurious! Hazel x

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  16. The top is gorgeous, Gilly. Well done! :o)

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  17. I love this pattern & what gorgeous yarn too x

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  18. This is a beautiful little top and so neatly knitted. I'm sure you'll love wearing it.

    I love the idea of having the time to plan out and do a project a week but life seems to get in the way doesn't it. I've been making and blogging while I've had down time due to my knee probs but my making will be much more sporadic once I return full time to work. Roll on retirement if the government don't move my pension till after I die!

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  19. So beautiful and love the pattern! One day I will have to try knitting! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  20. I'll have to see if I can find that book as it looks interesting! Your knitting is beautiful, I love the patterning on it.
    Sarah x

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  21. i love seeing your projects!

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  22. Such a pretty top, it's very delicate and feminine. You're a really talented knitter.

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  23. Hi Gilly I love your top and you will love the scarf - I made it a few years ago and it does knit up nicely x

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  24. Lovely ; so glad to see the ' Scottish Road-trip Project' finished ; time for the next one !

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  25. Gorgeous sweater, it is the perfect color and yarn type for the pattern, I love it. I will have to look into the Debbie Bliss book, because anything by Debbie Bliss is a treat.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  26. I love your top, such a pretty colour and a gorgeous pattern. A great way to use up travelling time too.
    Patricia x

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  27. Your top is gorgeous Gilly and I love the colour..the scarf on the front of your new book looks really pretty too...
    Hope you're having a good week!
    Susan x

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  28. Oh Lovely Gilly this is just divine and will look so good on you. Hope we see a photograph of you wearing it. You are so clever Gilly, have a fabulous weekend, lots of love as always
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  29. I'm anxious to start on a sweater for myself. Still looking through patterns trying to decide witch one to make. Love your pretty blue one. Can't wait to see it when it's all done.

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  30. A beautify pattern and yarn, I love knitting on long journeys too :)

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  31. The knitted top is just gorgeous!! Love the pattern and the colour of yarn ... everything! Have fun knitting your way through the new book ;) Wendy x

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  32. You've done a fab job with that gorgeous top Gilly - and so clever to follow such a pattern whilst travelling, no matter how easy it is once you get used to it! The yarn and colour are wonderful! Hugs, Joy x

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  33. Hi Gilly I am your swap partner :) I am about to head off on our Summer Glamping trip for the next week - rest assured as soon as I am home again I will be creating up a lot of love to send to you ASAP :) international deadlines and all xxx

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  34. ~ Way behind on here, Gilly!
    But I do love your very pretty top...
    One word, Gorgeous!
    Hugs Maria x

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