Knitting Injury

I can’t knit or crochet :””””'(

I’ve got some sort of repetitive strain injury which they thought was tendonitis but after two weeks of unsuccessful treatment for that decided it is a nerve problem. So I’m on medication to treat it and FULL REST – no knitting, no crochet, until it’s better. It’s hell!

It’s been about 8 weeks of this. What if I’ve forgotten how to knit?

So I’ve been doing fun stuff like trying to wind this nice yarn into a ball and getting completely tangled up for hours. (There was a lot of swearing involved):

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And I’ve made some things in pottery class and I sewed a dress for my niece:

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So that’s why I’ve been a little quiet on the knitting front lately. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll be able to start knitting a little again! I’m supposed to start with 15 mins at a time so it’ll take me about a year to make a newborn cardigan 😥 slow updates in the future!

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New Year, New Yarn

Well, congratulations. If you’re reading this you survived the festive period, and who knows – in few months it might even start getting warmer and you can say you survived winter too! So that’s good.

Here’s my cute new felt covered diary and a sneak peek at a scarf I’m currently working on. It’s an awesomely textured no purl rib pattern and I’m knitting it holding two strands of DK yarn together for extra squidge factor.

2015 blue felt covered diary with an owl on it and a textured corrugated effect scarf in light blue folded over and still on a long circular needle

I cast on just 31 stitches which I’ve found to be plenty wide enough and I’m using 4.5mm circs. Circs forever! It’ll be for my mum if I don’t curl up in it and hibernate before it makes it out of my clutches.

Christmas was a success because I got new yarn. As I live in England and it’s New Year’s Day (I stayed up wayyy past my bedtime) I wasn’t awake for enough daylight to take good pictures of it. Luckily for you I have a horribly bright fluorescent kitchen light which is very unflattering but great for taking knitting photos after dusk.

one ball of king cole glitz in silver and two balls of light blue dk baby yarn

Well hi there

A skein of purple peruvian cascade yarn

Whoa now

That King Cole Glitz is utterly fabulous and is likely to become a sparkly beret. That Cascade yarn is Peruvian wool from my sister, she knows the way to my heart ❤

New year plans: Read more, knit lots, blog when I remember 😉

Sock knitting, moving house and Scarf Lady

Today I’m working on some lovely socks for my partner. I love this colour yarn and I’m really excited to get them done as I think they’ll really suit Nath.

One and a half handknitted socks

One and a half handknitted socks

I haven’t been knitting as much lately because I’m in the process of moving out of my current house into a flat on my own. I’m going to try to make more time for knitting in the coming weeks because actually it’s time well spent to unwind and focus on something else, recharge my batteries for the next list of things I need to do.

I hate packing

I hate packing

When I’m feeling stressed out, I talk to my friends and they tell me how awesome my new flat is going to be. I worry about living alone, and they say “but think of your flat, it’s going to be full of yarn!”. It’s funny that so many people have said this to me independently of one another. It’s true that knitting and yarn are a comfort to me, though my stash is big enough, and I’ve got visions of people popping round to see the new place and balls of wool tumbling out the front door when I open it. One step closer to my dream of being Scarf Lady when I grow older!

Scarf Lady from children's cartoon Sarah and Duck

Sarah and Duck confronted with the leftover yarn monster

Sarah and Duck meet a sentient pile of leftover yarn in Scarf Lady’s house

The new place is a bit of a state at the moment and I have just a week until I move in. It’s unlikely I’ll have a kitchen floor before I’m actually living there! Here are some pics of the chaos:

Kitchen with no floor

Kitchen with no floor

Save time in the morning, cook breakfast from the bath!

Save time in the morning, cook breakfast from the bath!

It’s going to take a lot of yarn to get me through this :’D

Yarn Procurement Expedition/Holiday Part 2

When I told James I wanted to visit Bridport, I sold it by saying it was near the seaside and there was a flea market that I was sure would be interesting. He knew, and I knew that he knew, that really I wanted to go to Bridport Yarns.

Click here to go and drool at the pics of the shop on their website and please, please come back. I know it’s hard to tear yourself away. It’s even harder in real life.

We casually strolled through the town, my eyes peeled at all times for a glimpse of the yarn shop that I had built up in my mind as a place of great wonder.

Bridport is pretty cool:

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Want any second hand butter knives? No? How about some marbles?

A blue house with window boxes full of flowers

… and Bridport Yarns lived up to my expectations, it was beautiful. They have a huge range, including local wools and their own brand range, and the whole place has a lovely cosy feel to it. The yarn was displayed in baskets and overflowing from chests of drawers as well as the usual cubbyholes. I loved it. I think I scared the person who sold me the yarn a bit by threatening to move in, but never mind, you want to see what I got, right?!

Rowan Summerspun in greens

Ooohhh…

KnitCol in greens and blues

….aaaahhh. (That’s KnitCol 100% Merino.)

I’m really excited about the merino in particular, because I wanted souvenir yarn and these are the colours of the place we were staying. It was a little cottage converted from a milking parlour, nestled in a cloudy valley with cows milling around.

And THEN we went to the seaside:

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Don’t worry, we stowed the yarn safely before riding off 🙂

Yarn Procurement Expedition/Holiday Part 1

I still have to tell you all about my recent  yarn procurement expedition holiday in Dorset!

We visited Swanage to go to the yarn shop ride on the steam trains and visit the seaside:

Steam Train

Seaside

Had a bit of a break from my yarn diet, because everyone knows that diets don’t count when you’re on holiday, and picked up these beauties at the yarn shop we just happened to stumble across:

Smiley Stripes

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The people there were really friendly, so if you’re in the area you should pop in:

The Wool and Craft Shop, Swanage

I highly recommend the steam trains as well! Chuff chuff chuff!

Under Suspicion

The other day, I bounced into the kitchen, very happy from finishing knitting this cute little cardie:

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Nath was cooking potatoes for a veggie sausage casserole I was making and he looked at me, standing there all grinny and said suspiciously “having you been buying more yarn?”.

Honestly, I don’t know where he gets these ideas from.

And then, after I said no and continued grinning he felt the need to inquire… “Have you?” No!

Not since earlier that day, as he witnessed, it was half price! I’m no fool, Debbie Bliss at half price has to be taken advantage of and I only bought two balls:

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Lovely.