Month: January 2021

Playing chicken

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Knitters might take a guess at what ‘Playing Chicken’ means. Others might just think I am as mad as a snake and log off now …

So, my last post showed this gorgeous green glittery yarn and a plain green yarn together, mentioning I was going to add a little sparkle to January and beyond Christmas. Well, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I have been progressing speedily with a jumper, the back and front finished, cuffed sleeve too. Now I realise I will may run out of yarn. I am carrying on knitting without knowing if I will have enough to finish it – otherwise known as ‘Playing Yarn Chicken’. The idea of continuing to use up my yarn stash was so attractive, I thought I had enough. I am knitting two strands together to make the correct yarn weight. Solution might be to undo part of the one finished full length sleeve and make two three-quarter length sleeves. Do you know how difficult this yarn is to disentangle? It’s wool, alpaca and a synthetic fibre. The wool and alpaca fluffs and grabs onto each other on it’s own strand as you knit, let alone how it clings onto the second strand. It’s a nightmare! Of course, the yarn is discontinued and I can’t get any more despite scanning the web for supplies, including from other’s stashes listed on knitting community sites. This could be a difficult lesson learned. I still need sparkle in my life though, so I shall continue with fingers crossed, though not when actually knitting!

Photo taken in the evening in poor light, compared to the daytime one from the last blog post!

I have also been doing a little sewing for a family member who is soon to be 2. Oh to be an innocent age! I have been reliably informed that 2 year olds still play with rag dolls. My take on it is that a sleepy ragdoll (with her eyes shut and a quilt) may help bedtime routines!

Love to see what other crafters are up to. January, dark, dreary, we need to ‘do’ nice things to make the days go quicker!

A little sparkle can continue into the New Year

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For many people the start of any New Year is difficult. Loved ones are missed and despite good intentions, new plans can be challenging to make. 2021 is harder than ever for some. The coronavirus pandemic has affected people in different ways, some of which are truly devastating. Whilst we all continue to try to stay safe, we stay home and socially distance when out, we try to look forward to the end of all the restrictions and traumas around the world.

As we know here in the UK, January can also be a dark, dull month. Today it hasn’t stopped raining for hours, the second in a row. The Christmas decorations have been packed away, we’ve eaten or given away all the extra treats we had in, we’ve thought about diet and exercise plans (thought about, not always activated). However there can still be room for just a little bit of sparkle, can’t there?

Trying to keep busy, my next knitting project will be with these. I reckon if I finish the jumper I can wear it all year round. Glitter is not just for Christmas!

The sewing machine has to come out too. A family member is soon to have her 2nd birthday and I am working on a gift for her. Here’s the start of a quilt for a little rag doll. I’ll show and tell when both have been finished, if they come out well. I think I am better at sewing small projects right now (and always to tell the truth), my knitting successes are definitely more satisfying.

I enjoy reading about other people’s current crafting. What’s everyone’s next creative plans? Am here to admire and be in awe!

First knit of 2021

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Carrying on my intention of getting rid of/using up my yarn stash, I started this cowl just before Christmas and finished it a few days into 2021. I love the yarn (Drops Nepal and Drops Karisma, it knits up quickly on 6mm needles). It was in my stash and apart from striped hats or cushion covers I couldn’t think what else to do with it. The cowl is worn as double thickness, the ribby bit snuggles next to your neck on the inside. I had thought perhaps I could in a chilly emergency pull it more to a tube and wear it up over my head – it looks ridiculous and would indeed need to be an ’emergency’ ! I popped out today at lunchtime and wore it as you can see it here – the weather was freezing, barely above zero – and oh my, it was so hot I was gasping to take it off when I fell back indoors! So, it works then.

I already have another new project on my needles, again using up my stash, but I have already given into the January sales and bought more yarn. Currently counter-balancing this with putting a few lots of yarn I will never use on a popular auction site. Life feels woolly in 2021 already.

I decided as 1st January arrived not to think about New Year Resolutions or Intentions. Life around the world is so unstable with the Covid 19 pandemic it is enough to get through each week, each month and there will be goals along the way anyway.

What are you other crafters up to? Anything finished in the first 7 days? DO show and tell!