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Curly Wurly Wrap

December 10, 2012

My favourite knit of the season has to be the Osterley Wrap... it is such fun to knit, incredibly quick and just looks as though Audrey Hepburn should be wearing it in Breakfast at Tiffany's....   unfortunately, I have absolutely nothing to wear it to and may have to resort to wearing it on the school run at this rate. 

We have put a video on how to do the loops on our How To pages here


We have our very own Audrey 'Epburn here at Mrs Moon, and here she is modelling it far better than I could... it won't put me off though... watch out for me strutting through St Margarets any  day soon. 

Montpelier Mitts

November 27, 2012

The second the temperature drops below something like 16 degrees, my hands (which aren't that great at the best of times) turn into craggy old lady hands and I need an emergency pair of gloves or mittens to protect them from getting any worse (that and a supply of Clarins hand cream... other hand creams are available)

So to combat this hideous weather I knitted up this pair of super-easy, basic fingerless mittens in a couple of evenings.  It meant that the very next day I had one mitt ready so could carry things in one hand but not the other and then just one day later had both hands covered.

They are a great gift for someone and will be very gratefully received.  I've used Blue Sky Alpacas' gorgeous Suri Merino... incredibly soft and warm, not too fluffy, not too thin, but any aran weight yarn would do.

To knit a pair yourself you will need:

4.5mm circular needle (for magic loop) or dpns

1 skein Suri Merino (I've used harvest)

Cast on 30 stitches and join in the round placing a marker at beginning.

Round 1: *K3, P2 repeat from * to end

This sets a 3x2 rib pattern.  Repeat round 1 until rib measures 9cm (3 1/2 inches)

Now work in stocking stitch for 13 rounds

Thumb opening:

At beginning of next round, place first 4 stitches onto a holder (or scrap of yarn), then using backward loop cast on, cast on 4 stitches.

Continue in stocking stitch for 11 more rounds.

Now work in 3 x 2 rib again for 9 more rounds and then cast off in rib pattern.


Using dpns, knit across 4 stitches on holder.  Now pick up and knit 11 more stitches around the thumb opening putting 5 stitches each on 3 needles. Work 8 rounds of K3, P2 rib, then cast off in pattern.

If you are using Suri Merino you will have plenty of yarn to make any part of the mitten longer if you want too. 


See?  Easy, wasn't it!  Now make another glove in exactly the same way... no need to worry about right or left hand, it will work out whatever, I promise!

Happy Birthday Mrs Moon!

November 12, 2012

Well, incredible as it may seem, we are 3 today!  Susan and I totally forgot until lunchtime when it suddenly dawned on me that today must be the day as we deliberately opened on the 12th to avoid unlucky 13th.

And we do feel lucky. We've had a really fun time, met some wonderful people (and some not so wonderful ones!) and generally love going to work each day.  It feels like a really exciting time for us... there is lots going on behind the scenes which we can't wait to share with you and loads to look forward to over the coming months.

We now have our three new members of staff - Penny, Kate and Nathalie - up and running.  Do come in to say hello and make them welcome.  And just to round things off nicely, lovely Jenny has had her baby!  Ideal excuse to start knitting....!

See you soon!


Having a hoot at half term

November 01, 2012

We're having a lovely half term dreaming up Chrismassy things and designs for the coming months.  It always seems that winter arrives with a bang after halloween and everything gets especially busy at Mrs Moon.

While we're not in the shop, Susan and I have been busy knitting and crocheting samples and Jenny is madly crocheting snowflakes for our Christmas window.  Also, as a treat, we a are knitting up our own Snowy Owl from Purl Soho's fabulous blog, The Purl Bee.  These designs from across the pond are always so lovely and luckily for us use many of the yarns that we stock at Mrs Moon.  The owl is knitted in Blue Sky Alpacas' Bulky and is ludicrously soft.  A wonderful gift for someone special.

Look out for owls, snowflakes and misletoe in the window over the next few weeks.