Two craft projects finished

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I have been working on finishing WIPs, particularly yarny ones.  This one in Drops Andes 65% wool, 35% alpaca, purchased when visiting a lovely little local yarn store Little Woollie in Beckenham, Kent, UK. I love an independent wool shop. I always find the customer service so fantastic and you can’t beat a good natter about woolly things!

This …
became this !

I had time for a little sewing project too. Fabric selected from my stash a few days ago turned into a the most useful storage system for circular knitting needles.  The pocket at the bottom is perfect for spare needle needle tips and cables.  It has made me think about what circulars I prefer – possibly KnitPro Symphonie with fixed tips for their smoothness and attractiveness = I always say the rainbows make even black knitting pretty!  I like the interchangeable ones but have had a bit of bad luck with rough fixings and occasionally the screw has unwound despite all my efforts with regularly fixing the tips on.

So two projects down, still numerous ones to be tackled, but this is progress, yay!

circneedleholder.jpg  circneedleholderfull

10 thoughts on “Two craft projects finished

    Dartmoor Yarns said:
    January 17, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Well done for getting two under your belt. They both look lovely. I’m planning on knitting some cushions this year 🙂 I love knitpro symphonies, but the quality seems to be going down and in the last six months I’ve had two practically new ones detach a needle from the ‘wire’.

      tinaor responded:
      January 18, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you. I thought maybe it was just my bad luck with the Knit Pro, maybe I’m not alone then!

        Dartmoor Yarns said:
        January 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm

        Certainly not! I had loads of people say how unhappy they were with them when I posted a pic on Instagram. A lot of people were recommending Chiaogoo needles to me, but I haven’t tried them myself.

        tinaor responded:
        January 19, 2018 at 9:26 am

        Always good to have a recommendation for the future. x

    nikkibnb said:
    January 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Oh what a lovely knit! I’m currently knitting up a blanket in Drops Andes. I’m hoping to have enough wool at the end to make a few cushion covers to match.
    Lovely storage solution for your needles. Currently mine just live in their plastic case, but I might have to try something like that to make a new bag for them. 🙂

      tinaor responded:
      January 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Andes is so nice and quick to knit up – have fun with the blanket and cushions. Thanks for the nice comment about the needle holder too – quite cathatic to find a storage solution!

    quietwatercraft said:
    January 18, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Ooh what a good idea! I still have all my circulars held together with an elastic band…

      tinaor responded:
      January 18, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      It took a while to come up with the storage idea – so many ends and different lengths of cables – but it was worth it in the end. I think I might still find the odd circ needle in a project bag but there’s still space to add more. Another satisfying make!

    handmade habit said:
    January 20, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Beautiful work on the cushion and needle-storage bag. I have never quite figured out how to store my collection of circulars – this is a great idea!

      tinaor responded:
      January 22, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Thank you. I have always wondered about my circulars too – just stuffed in with all the odds and ends in my craft room – whereas the straights have needle rolls I made a few years ago

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