Heart cowl

Some of you may remember the heart eyelet wrap I started making some time ago. Well I rediscovered it again when requisitioning my 4mm needles for another project.
I’ve cast off and joined the two ends to create a cowl.

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It’s soft and delicate and will hopefully bring some sunshine to the winter days ahead.

I’ve amassed quite a few “kits” from my let’s knit magazines over the years. I’m super excited about this kit. I really want the knit your own dinosaur book!!
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I get a lot of kits I’m not interested in though, the yarn from these just gets added to my stash .

What do you think of magazine kits & What do you do with your unwanted kit yarn?

In other news…

I have started up the granny square blanket again. I spent an evening weaving in ends on all the squares I’d made. Then joined them into the main piece. It’s now wide enough for our bed. I’m trying to weave as I go this time.

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I’ve taken a break from the rose trellis vest as I won’t need it until next spring/summer. I’ve dropped a stitch somewhere and a rip back may be necessary.

I have also cast on a shawl for myself, I really enjoyed using Drops lace on itaca a couple of years ago. It’s soft and beautiful and lovely to knit with.
This time I’m making hiraeth. It’s a lovely textured shawl which starts in bee stitch.

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I now need to come up with plans for 2016.
What are your knitting plans for the new year?

A whole lotta yarn

Hello lovelies

It’s been far too long and I have some projects to share. This little cutie is my new ipod pouch (yes I still use a separate music device!). My earphones gave up the ghost because of me winding them around the ipod. So when the new ones arrived I decided to make a case big enough to fit both in comfortably. As usual I started crocheting with no plan in mind. The stripes were supposed to be horizontal but I changed my mind after doing a few rows. I’m really happy with how’s it’s turned out.

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My holiday project this year was a nice chunky scarf

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We went to Nantcol Waterfalls campsite in North Wales. It was a lovely trip despite a full night and day of rain.

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I’ve also finally found a project for my Sirdar Rio DK, I picked up this yarn in the Red Cross shop for £4. The pattern I’m using is Rose Trellis Shawl Vest by Vera Sanon

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This is the main thing I have been working on for the last few months. The complexity of the pattern combined with some particularly exciting episodes of Boardwalk Empire meant several rip backs and at one point 2 weeks without knitting at all!.
I plan to add some sleeves to make it more of a cardigan, not really sure what type so all suggestions welcome.

At the start of the year I decided to hand make birthday gifts for all my closest friends. It started well however due to poor planning and a dearth of ideas I’m sad to say I haven’t managed it.
I just wanted to share my favourite one of these projects with you and apologise to my other friends for the gifts that never were.

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Sugar, Oh Honey Honey

Just off the needles my latest attempt to keep out the cold!

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This is The Beehive Hat by Flowerpot Designs. Its a wonderfully simple design which knits up fairly quickly.  I used the same combination of James C Brett Marble Chunky as for my Mary Jane Slippers

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Its a lovely soft yarn and I can fit my hair inside it without those telltale lumps I’d get on a regular beanie hat.
I would definitely make this again so watch this space!

Happy Yarnings!
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Jewel Glittens

After going through my ‘nice yarns’ stash bag. I found this lovely Drops Delight 4ply.

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I’ve been wanting to make myself a pair of proper mittens or gloves for ages. I’ve only ever made mitts in the past like these

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I love my super chunky alpaca mitts and they are really warm despite having no fingers.

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The navy ones are far too big in the hand fit although the colour combo is amazing (I may remake these!)

Many moons ago before I even knitted (was there such a time?)
I had a pair of fingerless gloves with a little flap that turned them into mittens. That was my inspiration for these.

Apparently they call them “Glittens”…love it!

It was almost impossible to find a pattern that suited both my yarn & needles so I searched for an adaptable ‘basics’ pattern. 
Enter Knitty.com with Mittens 101. A bit of measuring and some calculations and I was away. The pattern uses waste yarn for the thumb, which is a new technique to me ; but I like it!

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Waste yarn on the palm for making the mitten flap.

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Here’s the 2nd mitten, I love how vivid the cuff is on this one.

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After both gloves were done. I removed the palm waste yarn & started the ‘conversion’

Ta da!

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Super happy with these and I’ve already cast on another pair!

Coming Soon
My Glittens Pattern

I’m just perfecting the pattern and reading it through for errors. I’ll publish it here very soon!

New F.O

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So here’s another hat from the same She Makes Hats pattern being modelled by yours truly.
Its made from Drops Lima which is 65% wool & 35% alpaca.

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Its actually for A, as a few weeks ago he proclaimed ‘you never make me anything’. 
I’m so pleased because he LOVES it …hurray! 
He’s wearing it (indoors) right now.
I am considering doing a stash bust for 2015 so I will be forced make use of all the lovely yarn I have. I don’t know about any of you… but sometimes I buy nice stuff & just hoard it.

Happy Yarnings!

Un capello amici

I finished the Italy hat!

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Its looking pretty good for my first attempt at vertical stripes. The pattern was from “She Makes Hats”, its a great simple ribbed beanie. I made it flat rather than in the round so its pretty versatile. No reason for that really except I cast on the hat before I fully decided which pattern to use.

I’ve decided to carry on making squares for my blanket,  after a good long break from it I’m now finding loads of colour combinations I hadn’t thought of before.
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I’ve liberated some yarn from a few “kits” which I won’t use otherwise (baby hats etc..) and I’m onto about 25 squares now. I’ll have to stop for a “weaving in” session soon but I’m not looking forward to it :/

Happenings

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Autumn is upon us, bare trees and crunchy leaves. Cold blue days and dark evenings indoors. Its a beautiful season and I’ll be taking lots of pictures like these to capture the full pallet.

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Last month while it was still technically summer, we went on our annual September jaunt. This time we branched further afield to Somerset.

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Poole Bridge campsite is situated right in a valley with a river running through it and plenty of rambling country nearby.
We stayed for 4 nights to make it worthwhile as the drive there took 4.5 hours (and the drive back took 7!! )

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The site was gorgeous, very quiet and the owners were super friendly but were only there twice a day or sometimes not at all!

The only problem we had was the fox which kept trying to steal our food! We’d already seen the sign about the marauding ninja squirrels (I’m not kidding!) but this fox really wanted in. One night I made the mistake of leaving a pack of teabags out after dark and she made off with them! 40 teabags ruined with fox slobber!

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On day 2 we decided to walk into the nearby village of Porlock. Let’s just say I think we took the long way round. About 1.5 hrs trip and some of the steepest hills I’ve encountered. After avoiding eye contact with some cows and accidentally startling a grouse we made it to the village.

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This is The Ship Inn on Porlock High St. I had two pints of gorgeous Pear Rattler cider which really hit the spot after that walk. OH had Cheddar Gorge, an incredibly strong looking orangey cider.

The walk back was shorter but so much harder. It took that record for steepest hills I’ve ever encountered and stomped on it!! My knees & thighs were screaming as were everyone else’s. We stopped midway for a rest and I was so tired I didn’t even care that the log I was sitting on was covered in spiders!
Needless to say the next day we had a chilled day at the site.

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On day 3 we visited the pebble beach at Porlock Weir.

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It was a gogeous view as you can see and well worth a visit.
All in all a wonderful holiday.

Yarnings

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Actually not much new on the knitting front. This is an Italy hat I’m knitting for a former colleague. My leaving finally prompted him to buy the yarn but try as I might I couldn’t quite finish it for my last day.
Think I’ll whip up a side of mittens with that! This is my first attempt at vertical striped rib, its not looking too bad at all.
Other than that I haven’t done that much apart from carry on with the heart eyelet wrap.
I’ve been distracted from new projects by the return of Walking Dead, Homeland and AHS, plus when we went on holiday I got back into Animal Crossing…where’s a girl supposed to fit it all in??