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A wiggly pompom, making a Christmas garland

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Just a little snippet of my woollen week – I am making a Christmas snowball garland. I can’t resist sharing a recent wool hiccup – I had no idea if you tried to make pompoms from yarn previously knitted you ended up with balls that look rather like this!  Did anyone else?  pompom mess

Will post a pic of the finished garland later!

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Such pretty fabric, mystery project ..

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Following on from an earlier post this week I am still creating a gift for a friend. For now, here’s a little snapshot of fabric to tease anyone interested. bunting1

Using up some of my fabric stash has been a delight.  Not only does it make way for more purchases (ssh, don’t tell the bank manager or the hubby!), but it has been so lovely delving in, finding cottons that complement each other and even remembering where some of it was bought and why.  There was at least one project that never materialised, some is remnants and some was bought with no plans (so pretty, I had to have it). It’s a lot like my stash of yarn and wool, plentiful!

Who else will show and tell this week?

Snow days meant knitting days and 50 things …

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Dare I tempt fate and suggest the worst of the UK winter weather has come and gone?  I do hope so.   It was a shock to the system, coming from a sunny holiday and 30 degrees then coping with minus 7, and a broken boiler with little heating, brrr!

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My garden early morning last Friday

The silver lining meant staying home and knitting and sorting out stuff. Another WIP was fished out. The sewing up is the bit I dislike – and perhaps that’s why I have too many WIPs!

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Back, 2 fronts, 2 sleeves. A cardigan in Cascade Chunky

Taking a break from the woolly project I delightedly re-read my recent birthday ‘gift’ from two dear friends.  I hinted at this on my last post.  I’d been taken out for lunch and presented with a gift box.box

Inside were 50 wonderful ideas on how to celebrate the next year.  My friends had had a ball working these out for me!  Some nice and girly and not challenging, some a little challenging, some a little scary!

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Here are a couple to whet the appetite!  I am truly going to enjoy this year!!!

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New Year Enthusiasms, a Woolly Beginning

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I am renaming ‘New Year Resolutions’ to New Year Enthusiasms.  That way, if I decide not to carry on with something then I haven’t failed to keep a ‘Resolution’. Not that I have beaten myself up in the past for doing just that, but I know I’ve felt slightly guilty when things didn’t quite go to plan and by the end of each January good habits have fallen by the wayside. So entering 2018 …

Enthusiams:

  1. Keep on track with the diet started in October
  2. Sort out craft stuff all over the house
  3. Think seriously about the next step jobwise/careerwise and make good choices
  4. Make a bucket list of things to do compelled by a particular date
  5. Become more involved in day to day household accounting/finance

andesgreen2First woolly UFO, must be about four years since I started to knit this and about two since I peeped in the bag where I’d stashed it. Love the wool.  Loved that it knit up so quickly. Hated the stepped shoulder joins and the poor sewing up.  Put on weight since so know finished item won’t fit….

Satisfyingly ripped back to balls (remind anyone of Christmas brussels sprouts?). Enthusiasm 2, one tick.  Many more to go, craftwise, but it’s a start!

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For others with new year plans, hope they are going well and you have not given up on any yet!

 

Christmas Reveal – 2 for 1

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I promised to reveal what was made with this

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I gifted a finished item it to a friend and couldn’t show off here before Christmas (or her birthday!)

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Ta da!  Just a hat, but a great knit. I loved making it so much and I had enough yarn left – so I made another one exactly the same for myself.  We live about 180 miles away from each other so there is little chance we will bump into each other wearing it – though maybe that would be fun!

I hope you all had a good Christmas.  I know I overindulged with foodie treats, chilled out a bit and knitted little.  Who was able to knit or craft a lot? I hope some of you.  Between chopping veg, peeling sprouts, dashing in and out of the kitchen, topping up glasses and plates that there was little time to think about picking up pins and yarn, though I did fix a little error on one WIP Boxing Day evening, more of that to be shown off here later in the week hopefully.  Loving working with DROPS Nepal wool (there’s a hint of more to come.)

I am already thinking about the changes I shall make for the better in 2018. There will be more organised crafting time for one thing.  There will be a little entrepreneurial thinking, some work will be sorted and I shall spend more time with loved ones far and near.  I shall be glad to see 2017 gone.

If you are on a mid Christmas/New Year break then I hope you are having fun.

 

What was on my needles this weekend?

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A treat of a weekend – I actually knitted for myself!  I have the back and half a front of a chunky pink cardigan just for me, yay!  I had been putting other projects first for a couple of weeks. If I switch between little hats to sell and this one big project I might actually finish it in time to wear this winter.  I love the colour but I am not loving the wool, sadly.  I hope it grows on me as it grows on the needles.  It was a reasonable priced yarn and I thought I would give it a try based on the colour alone, not something I would usually do (Cascade Pacific Chunky).  That’s the one thing with shopping online for yarn and textiles.  I like the convenience of shopping on line and do it a lot, but I also like visiting stores to stroke and squish wools and fabrics.  Thank goodness I am lucky enough to be able to do both (and often do which leads to a stash to rival knitting and haberdashery shops!).

This weekend also confirmed I don’t much like knitting on long, plastic needles. I haven’t knitted on plastic needles regularly for years, usually opting for bamboo or rosewood from my collection.  The pink yarn cast on needed quite a long needle and at the cast on stage these 35mm Pony needles were just handily poking out from one of my needle rolls (having had a slight accident knocking the needle roll off the shelf the day before). I quickly switched to birch for both the smoothness, weight and also these ones are very pretty too, being a rosy pink to match the yarn!  The yarn just didn’t travel along smoothly for me on the plastic needles. Knitting needles are an item of choice for everyone and it is not for me to tell anyone to avoid them, however I know I will not choose plastic ones if I can help it for future projects.

So, no photo of the pink one yet but here’s a taste of a current hat – this one will be for a 6-12month old baby, rather vintage don’t you think?  Using a Knitpro circular needle here.

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Blogging Month

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Did I just read somewhere that November is ‘National Blog Posting Month’? (National meaning UK or elsewhere?  I can’t actually find much on line about it – does that mean there will or won’t be more blog action? )  

I’ve not been blogging for a while, shame on me. However, I’ve just had a little holiday in my lovely part of France – and as usual it became days of relaxation and contemplation.  A few days there equates to a two week holiday at home in the R&R stakes even when the weather is not at fine as you hoped it might be.  There is no tv, no internet (and it is NOT like having an arm cut off, it is a deliberate way of life) and no work for me apart from a little gardening and keeping house. Somehow I can switch most of my troubles off and spend time thinking of better (and possibly alternative) ways to deal with them when I return home. 

I took a selection of books with me, including one about using social media in a better way for business.  I didn’t quite consider this ‘work’ as it is part of course I am studying, plus it may help me set up a new business in future.  My ‘marketing’ skills may be a little out of date so it’s time to make sure I understand how the world now works! It’s a minefield, and I guess Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen won’t be the only book I shall need to read although so far it is very informative and also very readable.

I also took knitting – yay – more time to knit!  I knit every day at home if I can but I just knit more when I am away.  I made two pairs of gloves and great inroads into another warm and cosy jumper for the winter season.  My husband and son sometimes despair over my ‘woolly world’ but I like it.  My job is in a yarn shop, my home life is also swathed in wool!

Now, before I started this blog today I re-read my last post.  At the time I think I was so overwhelmed with life.  I am happy to say my ‘list’ from September is shorter, although of course I have another ‘list’ of things to do which doesn’t feel so daunting.  As well as the usual general house-y things (housework, gardening, etc) I have had a health check (all fine – why was I putting off that when it was pain free and results returned within 4 days?!), I am off to a spa break this weekend, the wedding gift was purchased and given and a lovely jacket has found it’s way into my wardrobe. The fridge was defrosted and new one is in the kitchen, the diet is going well, I finished last month’s book club book in good time and even wrote a mini review to send off to other members as I couldn’t go to the monthly meeting. I have also taken a look again at this course I am doing and have started reading relevant material again. I think I can give myself a pat on the back for all of that.  Of course there are things that are ongoing but that’s just me – oops, more knitting WIPs and that sewing project hasn’t been done.  Never mind, nothing that can’t wait.

So, signing off for now.  Back to start on November’s ‘list’ of things to do!