episode 69 | iced coffee and fluffy jumpers


In this episode I finished a highly weather-inappropriate project and had trouble getting started; dog, flies, doorbells etc…

Episode 69 Show Notes


Betsy Jumper by Pat Menchini


I finished my Betsy jumper, hurrah. Heaven only knows why it languished in the bottom of a basket for six months and whilst it’s not quite sweater weather at the moment, it bloody well will be soon!!

The pattern by Pat Menchini features in Issue 187 of Knitting Magazine and is made using the lovely King Cole Indulge Chunky in the Lavender colourway. The yarn is soft and squishy, not itchy and altogether rather fabulous, I’ve now got my eye on the Copper colourway, it is gorgeous.

It was a really easy make, the cables are simple and so it would be a good first cable project if you fancied trying them out and because it uses chunky yarn it works up super quick which is always satisfying isn’t it.


Helianne Top by Phildar

Me and Helianne have fallen out. It’s official. This beautiful pattern by Phildar has bitten me on the backside and it’s all my own fault because I decided to change it around and do it my own way! Why?

I’m currently debating whether to keep trying to make it work or just dump it, the bigger part of me (the stubborn bit) wants to carry on but it is seriously making me angry and I’m not sure how much longer I can continue being annoyed at crochet! :)

I am using all the recommended Phildar Coton 3 colours for this project, the pattern is in their summer crochet magazine no. 155. The pattern is one size only but it is a fairly large(ish) size given that I was able to take two hexagons away from the circumference and it still fits me quite loosely (I am a UK size 12).

Phildar are offering a 15% discount to all my podcast viewers as well as free delivery for UK orders over €49. The discount code is POTTER15 and is valid from now until the end of August 2019. Please note that this is only applicable to the phildar.fr website.

My little French giveaway (see podcast episode 68) was won by Melissa Brown from Texas and her parcel of Phildar goodies is winging its way to her right now.

Junon Top by Phildar

image copyright  phildar.fr

image copyright phildar.fr

I’ve started making this pretty summer top for Betsy. It features in the Phildar summer crochet magazine no. 173 (my favourite) and is made using their Mixte yarn in the Linen colour. This yarn is lovely, 100% acrylic but feels like mercerised cotton, perfect for the summertime. I’m making the size 8yrs and it’s working up a bit big so might not fit Betsy this summer (she is almost 7 but they don’t have a 7yrs size for this pattern…ha)!

Tiny Tassels shawl by Karin Fernandes

I’m attempting to make this using the amazing Melba colour from Birdstreet UK but I spent two weeks messing it up and now I’ve finally got the hang of it (so incompetent sometimes), I don’t like the loose and baggy edges. Ha! I think I might have to just give it up, yeah?


My summer holiday project this year is the Hawi Top from We Are Knitters. It is part of their summer crochet collection for 2019 and I love it. I will probably love anything and everything made with this amazing stitch pattern.

I have some new yarn from Michelle at Wild Rose Yarn. I love her floral themes and all her colours are impeccable and amazing. She is making my Amabala Shawl in her Peony colourway and so I had to buy some (it is very pink and pretty) and also some minis too.


I also have some new yarn from Birdstreet UK, I purchased their Legwarmers colourway because it was too good to miss. Clare and Mr B do seem to make colours that I love, I will no doubt be a long time repeat purchaser from them so lord help my bank balance :)

Enjoy the podcast, see you soon.