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

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A skein of purple peruvian cascade yarn

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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 😉

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Progress

Thanks to a small army of friends and family I am now moved into my flat.

Also, the bathroom has a shower and is sans cooker!
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Everything else is a total mess and filled with boxes of course.

It’s been a stressful week so I’m spending a couple of days with my parents; playing snooker with my dad
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And knitting with my mum
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Mum kept losing her row counter because she’s using a circular needle so I suggested she thread it onto some yarn around her neck. Success! And she looks very stylish, though she politely declined a photo for the blog.

She making a lilac snood for herself
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(improvised from ‘ripple stitch’, Knitting for Dummies).

I’m still working on the endless socks and vowing to form relationships with smaller footed people in future
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Just kidding Nath! He had a special birthday this week. 😀
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Have you started Christmas knitting yet? Whenever anyone mentions the C word I put my fingers in my ears and sing and it’ll stay that way until I’ve finished these damn socks 😛

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

Sewing (AKA not-knitting II)

Lately it’s been too warm for me to knit because I didn’t want to risk a flare up of heat rash on my hands 😦

I miss it and I’m looking forward to Autumn days curled up with tea and knitting – but in the mean time there is Summer! And this Summer there is Sewing!

I made some cushion covers for my sister’s new place from her left over curtain fabric:

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And a little pinafore dress for my niece with different curtain remnants (just like in The Sound of Music!) and some cupcake fabric remnants I had lying around:

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I'm pretty sure this is the pic I took of the bit I did wrong, and had to re-do.

Error! I had to peel these interfaced pieces apart and sew them together correctly.

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Knitting is on the cards shortly and I’ve got a sweet pic of my yarn stash to look forward to for next time! Till then, happy stitchin. xx

 

 

Not-knitting

I’ve been cheating on knitting with other crafts! I’ve been spending time making zines and teaching myself to do embroidery:

bi but not binary book bus ice king

and even crochet! Yes I know I used to say crochet is stupid and I still say that quite a lot when it goes wrong. I only said it was stupid cause I couldn’t do it, of course. Now I can! (Sort of). Not many pics of crochet things because they are to be gifts but here’s a sneaky peek at a baby bootee:

bootee

I’ve been trawling Ravelry today so my love affair with knitting is set to resume shortly 🙂 what can I say, I have a lot of love to give. xx

Finished! Dorchester Countryside Mitts

I just finished these and I am really excited about them for several reasons!

Reason the first – They are for ME! I very rarely knit things for myself, so it seems surreal but very satisfying. I was able to weave the ends in and slip them straight on!

Reason the second – I think they turned out super pretty:

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Reason the third – They are a really nice fit and just perfect for what I want them for because I made a couple of adaptations to the pattern:

I made them skinny through the wrist so that they actually hug my arms, which feels lovely and warm.

I made the hand part short, switching to ribbing almost immediately after the thumb so I can wear them while knitting without all that extra material getting in the way. Hoorah!

Oh, and Reason the fourth – They almost match exactly and that was totally a happy accident.

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