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No 1 Knit Top Down, More NaKniCromo and Calorie Free Doughnuts too!

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Busy few days. Inspired by https://shirleycyeung.wordpress.com/  amongst others I have started by first top down knitted item and I LOVE IT ! Having tried once before and failed badly, I choose small, a new baby project from Ravelry.com –  All-In-One Sleeveless Baby Top (6 months) & (9 – 12 months) by marianna mel    With a little help from a YouTube video on understanding construction I totally get it now.

Here’s a little bit of my progress.  topdown2It’s small but more projects going on at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

I have also finished another baby top – bottom up construction – needs a little steaming and a button, not as pleased with the button band as I should be, hopefully that will steam out a little.

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NaKniCromo on Ravelry.com – it’s take a lot of thinking about my dream project (Day 16) – not sure I have just one, just an image of several.  I guess premium yarns, dreams to knit without hiccups, perhaps at least one repeat of an item knit a few years ago. Oh, and of course, the price of the wool would be irrelevant or it would have been free!

Day 17 – Dream Tools – I favour Knit Pro Symfonie needles, rainbows even when knitting with boring yarn!  Day 18 – Technique I would like to master – I would like to be more adventurous with cables, though at the moment I have so much I want to knit that I choose more simple patterns that seem a lot quicker than the fantastic complicated cables I drawl over. Day 19 – More Yarn or Less yarn – More yarn, always more yarn of course. I am working on reducing my stash, whether knitting it or selling some to buy more.

Day 20 – Today – Favourite Tip or Trick – It’s ok to rip something back, don’t consider it wasted time, consider it a learning curve.  Also, mattress stitch, once learned I have never gone back to running stitch or oversewing seams.

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And a little sewing – remember the last post – beige and pink circles with sewing pins. They turned into these doughnuts! And now they are available to purchase at a little lovely cafe, The Teashop at Downe, Kent.  I hope customers popping by for a tea and cake will fancy taking a Calorie Free/Sugar Free cake home for later!

So as you see, a busy few days here.

 

 

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Meribel: Love this is Growing, Another craft and still NacKniCroMo ing

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I have had more time recently and what have I done with a lot of it!  Wasted it!  Why is it that the more time one has the less efficient one can be?  I aim to do better during the next few days. Works in progress – Love this Cardigan – it’s growing steadily.  I now have 2 fronts and this much of the back of it. Schoeller and Stahl Meribel is great to work with.

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Another project – this time to make a little ££ – they’re going to be calorie free, sugar free, look edible (but won’t be), available in a shop near me soon.  More to follow another day …

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And Rav Challenge NaKnicroMo continuing, slightly not on the same time zones, but

Day 13 Fave Tool – KnitPro Symfonie needles, prefer the straights but use interchangeables too – occasionally the screw comes undone though, which makes a knit frustrating.

Day 14 Share My Progress – see above, ML181 Love this Cardigan – I LOVE THIS CARDIGAN

Day 15 Dream Craft Storage – I look at Pinterest often and see all these lovely work and hobby stations and despair at mine sometimes!  I take inspiration from those with traditional storage, dressers, wooden storage with twiddly fixings, yarn and fabric in colour co-ordinations or complementary patterns or gauges.   For basic storage – this would be good, and simple yarn storage

I would love a yarn and fabric combo like this yarnfabric storage

 

Mine is more like this yarnstash

 

Whilst functional is just not pretty.

Must get on, yarn to store prettily and projects to finish. What’s on your pins or what are you sticking with needle and thread?

 

 

NakniCroMo on Rav Day 08

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Day 8 – popped a pic on Ravelry.com, can’t put another on a fellow member of this group’s blog post, so here’s a mini post from me.  Today, in my sitting room, knitting a bit, and this is where I usually prefer to wield the needles.  My ‘helper’ is Mercury, one of my moggies.  His sister, Matilda, escaped the photo session. And Yes, I like teal but it wasn’t until I brought home this yarn purchase that I realised I might just ‘disappear’ into the furniture in future when I am wearing the finished cardigan!

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Ripping is not as satisfying as knitting: Meribel but this time not in France.

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Schoeller and Stahl Meribel – Shades 19 (the teal one) and 4 (the navy one).  I decided to knit this

ML181 Pattern ML181 Love this Cardigan Ravelry.com. Meribel’s great to work with , it’s soft, it grows quickly on big needles, it sheds a little but not too much.  I made the first front in speedy time.  I began the second front. I usually compare the two as I go along, especially when there are colour changes or shaping – but I didn’t this time. (Why?? I can’t actually answer that!)  I measured the two against each other only when I reached the armhole shaping and realised I’d not done enough stripes on piece two (how did I miscount when the stripes are in bands of 2? I know my 2 x tables!) and the pocket was placed too low down. Duh! So I had to rip down a couple of hours of work, undoing this slightly fluffy yarn whose fibres cling to each other, and started reknitting, surrounded by teal fluff.

We knitters know ripping is quicker than knitting!  Ripping is satisfying to me only if it doesn’t mean it’s a current mistake than needs fixing quickly.  I really want to finish this cardigan to wear this season and I have so many WIPs that this was a little ‘treat’ to myself.  Dare I carry on today for a while or do I need to switch to a much more pressing time restrained project (eg. a friend’s baby may arrive soon and he/she needs something to wear much more than I need to add to my own wardrobe)? I guess my knitting time today will be shared between the two.

And before I go – Meribel, France, not been there, just quoting yarn name vs place name.  I wonder why ‘Meribel’ as Schoeller and Stahl is a German yarn brand.  Just wondering …

Here’s how far I got to last night, pocket back in, stripes of the right number. Bye for now.  Got to go, got to knit!

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Books, sewing, family, France, knitting, cooking – in no particular order – what’s important to me

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I knit, I sew, I am a wife, mother, lover of France and French things, I like to cook, I also love to read and belong to a book club.  My book club is not high brow.  Is my book club unusual?  I don’t think so.  I meet friends once a month, we talk about a book or two, we talk about life as well. We take it in turns to choose the book.  We usually avoid biographies and we definitely avoid science fiction.

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Over the years we’ve delved into a large handful of titles, sometimes with a similar theme, sometimes not.  We have loved some, hated some, been on the fence about some, wished we hadn’t read some, been embarrassed about some (!)  We all agree sometimes the title/blurb isn’t one we would personally opt for but we all read each others choices.  Well, we all try to read them, very occasionally someone is beaten, either because they are struggling with content or running out of reading time.  (We are all human, no one gets beaten up for not finishing or enjoying a book!)  I took offence at some of the words in Virginia Ironside’s article about book clubs.  Thank goodness the world and it’s inhabitants aren’t all the same!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4261782/Why-hate-book-clubs-author-VIRGINIA-IRONSIDE.html?ito=email_share_article-top

I go to two craft clubs.  One is knit-only.  One is for whatever craft you are enjoying at the moment.  Nobody criticise’s each others work or enjoyment of it.  Are crafters more complimentary to each other?  As Ms Ironside says ‘you get something at the end of a knitting bee’.  I get something at the end of a book club meeting – a good feeling inside that I spent some time with friends

Don’t criticise something somebody else does just because you don’t like it yourself. Respect other people.

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Favourite beach

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Sitting knitting in my front room tonight, it’s a little chilly and I am thinking of fun places I have knitted and warm places I have knitted.  The two are not always hand in hand.

Amongst my favourites are several beaches and scrolling through my phone I have pictures of some of my favourite beaches, yay! No actual knitty pictures here, just beaches.   I took the pictures myself.  I must remember to get someone else to take photos of me actually knitting in future!  So, a lovely long quiet sandy beach at Cabourg, Normandy, France.  Another, with iconic blue and white sunshades – love it here – Trouville, Normandy, France.  Lastly, Whitstable, Kent, UK – that’s the coffee and doughnut picture – at the beach but this is not a photo of the beach.  I remember that day, a lovely wander along the beach, it was cold, I sat and knitted but not for long as my hands were cold, then I was in need of a hot drink and the doughnut was free!  Would love to see if others knit at the beach.

Going to put the heating on now …..

The Simple Things… to steal good thoughts and indulge ourselves

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thesimplethingsIt was dull and raining today and I sat looking at nice things on the laptop to cheer myself up.  My first ‘nice’ selection was some photographs from last summer.

Who has seen this fantastic magazine ‘The Simple Things’?  I remember I enjoyed this particular issue and I took a photo of it as I sunbathed in my garden.The mag is an absolute delight!  It reminds us to celebrate and enjoy just that ‘The Simple Things’.  In August there were photos of lavender filled gardens, shells and beaches, just my kind of thing.   The sun was shining and I was in the countryside, yet just 15 mins drive away from a beach, ready to take a wander along the shore a little later, dipping my toes in the water and feeling the sand warm from the days rays.

Is life too busy now so most people don’t enjoy simple things? I think it is and that is so sad. So much of life is missed out on.  I think we need to all take five, or ten, look around us, take a breather, sit and think, enjoy something for it’s own sake not be entertained by technology or have something thrust upon us that needs immediate attention.

One big thing that makes me content is time spent just knitting.  Often I have music or tv on in the background but I recently sat in silence with stitches gathering on the needles, garment slowly growing (and it was slow, a fiddly lace pattern).  I knitted to gain pleasure, with the action of knitting itself and the hope that when my item was finished I think it will be appreciated by someone else.  The world seemed to stop around me, peace, quiet, it gave me time to contemplate.  I didn’t sit for too long, perhaps thirty minutes, but you could say I got more out of those thirty minutes than I had for the rest of that whole day, perhaps the whole week.  Some people meditate, some do yoga, some exercise, however you do it, don’t forget to jump off the whirling world sometimes and ‘Take time to live’ (as it says on front of the book).