I left my heart in Arrowe Park

Went out for a lovely walk yesterday evening and it got me thinking how gorgeous the Wirral can be. Our tiny peninsula boasts some beautiful scenery.
These are from Arrowe Park,

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We walked right through the forest past this waterfall, on the way back I left a rainbow heart on the fence.

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This was very impromptu, i just grabbed the heart on the way out the door.

Next time I’m going to prepare!

Here’s some more pretty pictures from the last couple of summers

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Save a UFO today!

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This pretty little number started life as a ball of King Cole Riot Dk. I fell in love with this yarn after seeing a King Cole advert in Lets Knit magazine. I had to have some. Only being able to afford one ball and being inexperienced in garments at the time, I opted to make this Cerulean Shrug
Its a very simple pattern with no shaping . Unfortunately I never quite liked the way it sat across my back and it sat unworn for same time.
A few months ago I unpicked the sleeve seems and flattened the piece back out again. I twisted the piece and sewed the two flat ends together like a Mobius strip (inspired this Laura Cruikshank pattern.)

It now makes a perfect little Mobius Cowl ,with the seemed edge and the back and the twist at the front.
I’m so happy to have saved a UFO from a life on the shelf!
What great examples of UFO saving do you have?

Summer of Yarn!

Well its not much of a summer so far… But there has been a lot of yarn.

I managed to treat myself to 500g of Artesano Super Chunky in Damson and 500g in Cream. This yarn is 50% alpaca and gorgeously soft!

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So far I’ve made these fabulous mittens

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I slightly adapted a pattern which called for chunky yarn.

I bought 500g of Manos Del Uruguay Aran in Valentine.

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I’m thinking of making a sweater with this but I haven’t yet decided on a pattern- here are a couple of contenders

Owls by Kate Davies

Cherie Amour
They both use chunky yarn though so I am hunting for something similar.

I’ve just to cast on this-

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I’m using James C Brett Rustic Aran- its a purple tweed yarn and knits up very nicely.

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I’ve also acquired some Rico Pompon Mini, it was £1.49 but they only had one ball left.

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I don’t think it will be enough for a scarf but possibly one side of a cushion cover.

I spotted this little beauty in Abakhan, its a new dk yarn from King Cole.

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Lovely bright colours, very funky looking. Not sure what I’m using it for yet though.

Another ball of James C Brett Marble Chunky – this time in Majesty.

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The picture doesn’t do it justice

There’s a beret pattern and a cushion cover I want to make with this- decisions decisions.

Its great having all these wonderful projects in my queue and on my needles.
I’ve felt lately like I’m not  enjoying making things for the shop anymore.
It kinda sucks  the joy out of it, just knitting/crocheting furiously to get things up for sale.
I’ve decided to take the pressure off and just make stuff for myself and my friends unless someone contacts me about a project.

So you see why its been a while since I posted …

I have had so much fun buying yarn with large projects in mind. Its something I never really did before.
Making toys, you know you need Dk but most any will do- its just a choice of colour. It also doesn’t take much yarn and cheap acrylic works fine .
I also thought I wouldn’t like making bigger projects because they take so long. 
Whilst I do need several projects on the go at once, I’ve definately u turned on the garments issue.

  I feel like I’ve got my mojo back!

The Merry Month of May

Somehow it’s mid May already and I haven’t posted for 6 weeks!
I have been doing a lot of reading  and now have a ridiculous amount of new books (gotta love charity shops!). Always on the look out for yarn there too, nothing lately but I did get two pairs of knitting needles for 50 pence!  I’ve been steadily plugging away at my King Cole Zig Zag Sox in the evenings while we watch The Sopranos or a movie.

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They are looking lovely but its slow going as I frogged  a whole sock due to it being too small. Lesson learned there!
I had taken a break from the stripey cardigan but I think I’ll be going back to it soon. I yearn to have my first hand made cardigan.

I’ve just today finished off my Jubilee tea and mug cosy set

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I’ll be listing these for sale at Folksy very soon. 

At the end of last month I helped out at the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts Show at Aintree Race course.

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I was helping at the Knit One,Pass It On stand which is run by the Uk Hand Knitting Association. The idea being to pass on your skills to those who have never knitted or crocheted . The seated area was called the Knitting Lounge, the theme was “seaside” and we had patterns for bunting among other things to decorate it. The knitting lounge was run by Julie Arnfield Crowther  who is a fantastic designer. She has worked for Rowan and she also appears on QVC and the Creative Crafting channel. Julie had some gorgeous kits and yarn for sale

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I had a fantastic day and met some lovely people. I would  highly recommend attending one of these shows if you are  interested in crafts of any kind. There were loads of workshops and stalls with great bargains to be had.

So it has definately been a crafty few weeks despite the millions of books and movies . I’ve got a good few projects on the horizon… although they’re all for me! I’m planning on treating myself to some nice project specific yarn and also a sewing machine so I can whip up cushion covers and the like.  Who knows where this could lead?

Its finally here!

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Yarn delivery today, I have waited two weeks but its finally arrived!  Lots of lovely King Cole Moods DK for my Susie Johns “Miriam” cardigan . I’ve changed the colours completely of course but as its a stash buster there’s plenty of room for changes. The yarn is lovely, 30% wool and feels really soft. I’m excited about my first really big project and can’t wait to be wearing it.

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A time to knit… and crochet

I’m off the for whole week!

Finally finished the scarf I’ve been working on 😀
Went for a crochet border in a lovely jade colour then extended the ends using the same colour and finished with some pretty shell edging.
All in all I’m really pleased, the riot is lovely and soft around the neck and the jade cotton really pops against it.

I’ve parted with one of the headbands already, although it was to my sister as she fell in love with it. I will probably make some more however since we are going into summer now I may hold off on the chunky ones for now.

I have started on a new project, this time some amigurumi.

Inspired while watching this on DVD at work, I’m hoping to make all of them and so far she’s coming along really well!

Right then, back to it.
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