This time I have freed one of my crochet hooks. A 3.5mm Brittany Birch hook to be precise.
We have taught quite a few ripple courses in the past 12 months, and these cushions have been used as inspiration.
The yarn is Bergere De France, Ideal. It is a lightweight DK which with a bit of juggling can be used with both DK & 4ply patterns. The colour range is great, and I am really impressed with the quality.
It would work really well in Fair Isle knitting. I already have design ideas in my notebook. Just need a couple of extra days in every week.!
Hope you are have a lovely day, whatever you are doing.
In my quest to 'free the needles' I am working hard. We don't have any really little people in our family at the moment, but I still enjoy knitting small things occassionally. I use the perfect excuse of needing inspiring things for the shop window.
So here is the latest:
The pattern is from King Cole Ltd, and I used there Magnum yarn. These large buttons are some of my favourites, and when I put a picture on facebook a few days ago, you seem to love them too.
Look out for this, and the gold Sirdar aran I posted recently, in the shop window very soon.
Hope you have a lovely day.
I know we are no-where near spring, but I took advantage of the brief sunshine this morning to go out and photograph what I think are my favourite flowers.
I love snowdrops.
Winter can be such a depressing time with the low light levels and this years unbelievably high rain fall. Then just when I feel really low the snowdrops appear. They remind me that the days are getting longer, and soon I will be able to go out in the garden or down to the allotment after work.
So today I just had to share my little ray of sunshine & hope of things to come.
Hope you have some sunshine in your day, whatever form it may take.
Yes it is actually working.
Now free are a pair of 5mm, Brittany Birch needles (some of my favourites), and this is the result!
It is from the Hayfield/Sirdar 'Favourite Aran Knits 7' booklet, using the 400g Hayfield Bonus Aran in Mustard 768. It used one and a bit balls, so a happy little accident is that I have enough left to make the lovely scarf which is in the same booklet.
The dilemma is this: under my new system would this count as starting a new project, or could I use the fuzzy argument that I am just using up the yarn I was already working with, and therefore not adding to my 'bit' stash?
A tricky question!
and one which I will ponder while completing another UFO.
I will keep you posted!
I have a special friend. I guess 'honorary Aunty' would be the best description. As I do not have any actual aunties there is no one to be offended by this, so that makes her extra special.
She has been my mum's best friend since they were tiny, and has always been a presence in my life.
This lady is also one of my crafting friends and is a wizard with 'superglue', but I will say no more on that subject!
She loves to knit, as she tells me it helps to keep her fingers moving. However she can now only make small, light things as anything heavy has the opposite effect. So last summer I gave her a Jean Greenhowe book and some yarn, and now I receive all sorts of lovely little things for the window.
This week I was handed a little bag of goodies, just look at this:
Just to give you an idea of size, the knitting needles are made from a cocktail stick! Tiny but perfect. I want to sit under this palm tree and knit! I am saving this for my summer holiday window.
But this wasn't the only thing in the bag. Does anyone remember 'Weebles' and the slogan 'Weebles wobble but they don't fall down!' Yes I am showing my age.
Well these are knitted Weebles, and yes they do wobble.
I just love them. Everyone I have shown them too wants to pick them up and give them a squeeze, then when they realise they are weighted they just have to put them down and make them wobble. You see we are all really children at heart.
If you would like to make some, the patterns are all available in the Jean Greenhowe book with the Mermaid on the front. She made me the mermaid last year and I posted her on Facebook last summer, she was just amazing, and I had many sticky finger and nose prints on the shop window to prove it.
So thank you to a very special friend. Every time I look at these amazing little gifts I think of you and smile.
A slightly puzzling title when you can't see what it running around in my head! (and that is probably a good thing, as my head gets quite crazy at times).
Those who spend creative time with me will know my brain jumps from one yarn-lead theme to another, with quite bewildering speed. My sisters have learned to stand and listen, just giving the necessary 'yes' & 'Ermmm well' at the right moment, as I flit around the shoped waving my arms around. Goodness only knows what the passing motorist must think!
I not only have ideas for the shop window, but designs for 'Yarndale 2014'. Last year was so amazing it took me several weeks to regain my equilibrium afterwards. I am, by the way sat typing while keeping my shoulders warm with one of the 'Cabled Aran Wraps' which were so popular. A Big Big Big thankyou to everyone who bought one.
But, back to the confusing title. Not only do I have the shop & Yarndale to knit for, but there are the things I see in books & magazines & on ravelry. Things I just want to knit because they are beautiful or challenging, or a technique I have not yet tried.
So I grab some needles, and yarn, and try them.
The result is best illustrated in the following photos:
These are shots of my new pasting table, which is not for decorating at all, but for laying out yarn & patterns & books. Quite a few, but dare I admit not all, of my WIP's are here, plus some of the things I am just itching to start.
So back to the title.
I do not make New Year Resolutions as they never work for me. The minute I say I am not eating chocolate, or drinking wine, I can think of nothing else. Also, telling myself I cannot start another project until I have finished everything, will not work. So instead I have set myself a challenge. I have to finish a project for the shop window before I can start the next, and as I could never just have one project on the go, I have to finish a personal project before I can start another. I can, of course, add patterns & the odd ball of yarn to the inspiration end of the table, but I cannot start it, until I have finished something else. This way I 'Free The Needles!'.
I am listing all my WIP's on Ravelry to try and keep on track. Only time will tell if I suceed. I am feeling quite excited. Wish me luck!
I don't know if it is just me, but does anyone else get a creative tingle in their fingers at this time of year? Yarn is the first thing. I find myself drawn to my stash. I trawl through it and certain things find their way to the top of the pile.
These are just some of what came to the top.
I don't tend to make new year resolutions as like most people I normally fail quite quickly ( I could never give up chocolate unless it was actually going to make me seriously ill). So this year I am just giving myself little 'possible' suggestions.
The idea is this: I can have something new and irresistable on one set of needles, and something from my equally irresistable stash on another.
I usually have several projects on-the-go at once so no problem there. The problem will be sticking to just the two. I will keep you posted as to my progress!!!
Happy New Year
Just needed a quick crochet fix yesterday so decided to make myself a dishcloth. It is a little fancier than it needs to be but I was having a Cath Kidston/Country Living moment! Think I might need to make a few more in different colours. Check out my facebook page for the picture. J:-)
Hello , my name is Jo. I live in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire in England with my husband and children. I have just had one of my dreams come true and can now be found every day except Tuesday & Sunday at my very own Yarn shop: 'Just Unwind', 1 Main Street, Cross Hills, Keighley, North Yorkshire, BD20 8TA. I am addicted to both knitting and crochet and always have several projects on the go. But whether experiencing the sheer pleasure, or pure frustration, I still love every creative minute of it!