Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wednesday's #WIP : mice!

Today's Wednesday Work In Progress (or WIP): mice for my sister's children. She and I used to love the Jill Barklem Brambly Hedge books when we were little, and I'm pleased that her children love them too. Her eldest has been asking for a toy mouse, so a little trawl of Ravelry ensued. This is a brilliant pattern, free to download, from Janet McMahon's blog, called Fair Isle Mice. You can find the blog here: .  I made the Fair Isle a bit simpler, knitting just two rows in alternate main colour and contrast colour stitches. I was a bit worried, half way through, that they looked rather sluggy, but I think the coloured tails and eyes have changed that!

I also learnt how to do i-cord! How have I not known how to do this before? She suggests making the tails by twisting a long length of the main colour, but I wanted coloured tails. It's also quite hard to do the twisty thing hard enough without another pair of hands, and I wanted to get on with them. So I had a quick look in Debbie Stoller's Stitch'n Bitch book, and the i-cord instructions are in there on page 87. If you end up doing this pattern but want a contrasting tail (doesn't everyone?!), then use 3.75mm double-pointed needles and use 4 stitches. I did about 30 rows and, on the penultimate row, tapered the tail a bit by knitting two together twice, then the remaining two stitches together.

I managed to listen to a fair few episodes of the excellent Caithness Craft Collective's knitting podcasts while making these: Louise Hunt has a really engaging way of talking about her crafting as well as her whisky-drinking  - while describing the scenery of her part of Scotland beautifully too. Her knitting book reviews sound really good, too. Find her here:
 I got the recommendation for these programmes from Sadie's blog: - there are other suggestions on there, too, but I haven't got round to those yet.

Anyway: one more mouse to go!


  1. Your mice look wonderful, Grace. I'm so glad you like the pattern. Thank you for the link to my blog.

  2. Aww they are super adorable XD

  3. The mice are so adorable :) I have not done fair isle before , this looks like a good way to learn fair isle.
    Thanks for visitng my blog and leaving a comment. All the best with the collar!