Announcing my return here after a little time away. How time has flown! There’s been a lot of knitting.
A summer cotton top in Paintbox yarn from Loveknitting.com is almost finished, sadly it was not in time for the summer here in the UK but it will be good for next year. Anyone remember Pacers minty chews in the 80’s? The top is that Pacers spearmint green with white stripes – picture to follow soon.
I have a half finished blanket, in DROPS Nepal yarn – love this yarn – so soft – it knits fairly quickly – picture to follow soon too. You can’t get DROPS in the UK too often. I picked up enough to finish the blanket at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace recently. Otherwise this could have definitely become an UFO as I was playing chicken with the yarn I had!
I have revisited a pink cardigan that has sat in a bag almost finished for about a year – still a little more to go on that WIP – it WILL be worn this autumn, I have promised myself.
THIS project … previously blogged baby cardi in progress … I had hoped to show and crow about it again BUT the finished item has been designated to a charity shop – I hated it when it was done! The colours looked wrong together and the sewing up wasn’t as neat as I wanted it to be. Completed at a stressful time, I don’t think Id knitted much love into it. Has anyone read Love in Every Stitch by Lee Gant? I just read a review about the book – wondering if it’s a good read. I often think a little bit of love goes into every item I make.
Sewing over the summer: I finished table mats. Not a lot I know! Mind you, I was involved in a charity sale in September and those table mats sold so it was worth it.
Oh, and last week I finished a joint knitty/sewy project – watch this space later in the week for a photo of that too.
At the top of this post is a photo of a little freehand embroidery project from a while ago – just showing it off really. It sits above my desk in my craft room. Having just purchased a further selection of hoops I have several more ‘hoop’ projects in my head – including a Christmas one or two .
Back to blogging regularly. Please keep popping by !
Day 9 of the NaKnitCroMo challenge on Ravelry.com – though in reality it’s actually Day 11 and I am catching up.
When? Mainly the evenings if it’s knitting. I cosy myself up on the sofa, cat to the left of me, after dinner, if I am knitting something easy then the tv is on too.
If it’s sewing, by machine, then that’s a daytime thing. I usually want to be on my own in the house, no husband to pop in and interrupt me – risking me sewing through my own fingers or going askew on the piece I am sewing. I often think he feels my sewing efforts are a waste of time – he doesn’t ‘get’ the pleasure made from handcrafting.
Day 10 of the NaKnitCroMo challenge – What’s my crafting fuel?
Coffee, decaff and when trying to be good – water. If I have the odd evening tipple, I end up putting the knitting down as I can’t concentrate – or I think I can but looking at anything I’ve knitting the next morning can be slightly shameful, and I might not have the right number of stitches on each row still! Never say never though – I was invited to a Craft and Cocktails event yesterday – didn’t go as I had other plans – looking forward to hearing how friends got on – and if anything crafty was achieved. I suspect there was more giggles and drinking than crafting – but that’s not a bad thing occasionally. Shame to miss it. (Memories of being a teenager, moons ago, hemming a skirt one evening, whilst fuelled with cider – argh, the finished hem was soooo bad!)
Day 11 – today – What do I listen to when crafting? As I said, when knitting, it’s usually the tv. When sewing, I love catching up on BBC London Radio (JoAnne Good in the afternoon, particularly The Barking Hour on Thursday afternoons or I love a bit of Robert Elms and his listed Londoner slot), or my cds – a bit of retro 1980’s/1990s’s – my era, when I knew all the words and sang along – maybe that’s why I sew alone at home – then there’s no shame in singing along out loud and out of tune, ha ha! Depending on the mood of the day – Fleetwood Mac, for a singsong, Enjya for thoughfulness, Cher for a jig about when ironing fabric, bit of newer stuff, eg. Mumford and Sons – husband would definitely head out of the house for Mumford – he hates them. Loving this challenge – it really makes me think how and why I craft.
Latest knitting news – I guess part of the March challenge but this might slip into April. I have finished both fronts of my ML181 Love this Cardigan. I have sold some of my stash which has been quite carthartic – you know those yarns you have had for ages and just aren’t going to be turned into something as you have either gone off them, or just don’t have enough in quantity? – they’ve gone to good homes. I have (accidently) purchased some yarn for a couple of baby projects. A friend in Belgium is due in May – I haven’t started anything yet – got to get my sticks clicking – not sure if it’s a boy or a girl, hoping this lovely shade of yellow will be a good choice. DROPS Merino Extra Fine in light yellow. (Great local yarn store – http://www.littlewoollie.co.uk/ – always a warm welcome from the owner Trudy.) ‘Accidently’ purchased as I have plenty of yarn still in my stash – but this was irresistable and DROPS is reasonable prices and good quality.
I’ve not been completely inactive in the woolly world in the last week. I am trying to keep up with creating! I made a cowl for myself (photo to follow later). ‘Another one?!’ my husband cried, ‘don’t you have loads of those things you wear round your neck?’ he of course meant cowls and scarves, though he sometimes applies the same thought to the buying of jewellery – if you’ve got some, why do you need some more? I don’t agree with his sentiment for either woolly things or jewellery.
I also gave my sister her winter hat – her late Christmas present.
I had promised to knit something as an IOU as I ran out of time to complete things before 25th Dec. Big, Chunky, Double strands of yarn, furry pom pom, what’s not to love, eh? It meant we met before Christmas so she could choose from the choice of yarn snippets I offered, not knowing what the gift would be, then we met again so I could hand the gift over. Twice we got to lunch together, which actually worked out a month apart – that’s also part of my new me/new year plans – to make a better effort at getting together with those that matter to me.
Using up my stash, more next time …
I’ve returned from my second awe-inspiring new craft group. I can hardly believe it’s been a week since the last one! Since I have been home I have moved my sewing machine table and sewing things into an area with better light to get on with my unfinished sewing project. I have read a few wordpress crafty blogs which made me smile. I have contacted the ladies within my sewing group about our next session. Plus I’ve even imagined what my next knitting project will be when I finish my current WIP and ordered more yarn on line Last week I said these ladies were encouraging – this week they did not disappoint. I so admire a lovely lady who is doing a textile course and who was showing us a little piece she is working on to reflect her interpretation of reptiles …. photo, if allowed, will be here one day. Three of us were knitting this morning, all different styles, all different tastes. One was cross-stitching. A few ladies did not come along today but there were enough of us to chitchat and make plans for future projects. Wow!
A little pic of the last mini project my sewing friends and I made together. Mines the pink one with roses. I thought if I show off a sewing project on here every time I see it I WILL get into sewing more.
A little pic of a lovely little hat pattern by garnstudio (aka DROPS) number 150-40. I have just finished one of these in DROPs Nepal, in bright pink – no photo to hand as I left my hat at work – but you can see the pattern at least! Fab little yarn shop in Bromley, Kent (littlewooliebromley.co,uk)