Pretty cardigan for toddlers in the warmer weather.

I have just finished this cardigan for my three year old granddaughter. She loves it and can’t wait to wear it. She chose the buttons too. Using circular needles to make the sleeves was quite fiddly and the straight lines of the rib have suffered, another time I may have a small seam under the arm. The yarn has a sparkle which sadly isn’t picked up in the photo.



I found the free pattern on Ravelry  I mentioned this website before as a great resource for those who enjoy knitting and crocheting.   Although entitled Autumn Cardigan, I think it will be very suitable on Spring days too.

crib or stroller blanket

I wanted to knit something for a new baby, I had some suitable double knitting wool. I asked in a local haberdashery shop for patterns, the woman working there recommended   Ravelry  a website with lots of free patterns and suggestions for knitting and crocheting. It does take a little thought to convert the of needles and wools into familiar sizing on this U.S. website, but there are charts available on the internet. It is simply a case of setting up an account and downloading the chosen pattern, I used pdf. format.

I am really pleased with the finished result, I can crochet, but prefer to knit, this knitted honeycomb pattern, looks quite complicated, but is actually fairly easy. I shall definitely make it again.



Palfrey logo

We have decided we need a logo, so began a creative process. We have had the  domain name for some years and at one time offered it’s use to other members of the family. We have now come to realise we need it to represent our particular Palfrey brand and this therefore needs to be be reflected in our choice of logo.

The word palfrey means a horse, it’s not a breed, but valued for riding in the middle ages.  The palfrey’s gait meant they could be ridden comfortably at moderate speed over distances. My maiden name is Whitepalfren, therefore a white horse would seem a starting point. Our house in Spain was originally called El Palafrén Blanco, which is a direct translation, however over the years we have dropped using the name, although the original house plaque remains on the villa.




I then looked through images of white horses looking for some styles easy enough to hand draw, after an hour or so of attempts I realised drawing a horse was well beyond my skill level. I sat pondering for a while, focusing on a white horse’s head and realised we had chess pieces, the knight is symbolised by a horses head. We then remembered that in the cupboard we had a fancy set of chess pieces and that the white knight looked like he palfrey2is astride a palfrey.