I tried my northmavine on for the first time last night! Ive still a way to go, the hood is about half finished then its the pockets and edging before its done-not to mention the six millions ends to weave in!
Ive kept to my promise of only knitting this (aside from my little travel project) so it is coming on!
Ive had a couple of set backs though. In my haste to finish the raglan decreases i totally forgot to add the colour stripe so had to tink back five rows!
Then the Welsh Boy sat on my knitting and snapped one of my needles! I did not have a spare so had to order a replacement which meant a couple of days delay!
It was exciting trying it on (sorry, no pics -i was wearing my oldest jammies) it fits well and the Titus yarn is sooooo cosy!!!
Lots of love
Not bad for a £15 tesco tree and cheap plastic baulbauls!
These are by far my favourite decorations though! Lego and christmas- what could be better!!
As usual I have my obligatory lego advent calendar!
All my presents are bought and wrapped and the Guernsey ones parcelled up to take to the post office (which I would have done today but I chose the one day the post office opened late and couldn’t be bothered to wait!). Elf has been watched (several times) and many mince pies have been consumed!!
As for Christmas itself, well I am working nights so will be spending the big day sleeping but im hoping for some Christmas babies and theres a christmas eve supper and secret santa for those of us working the christmas eve night shift so its not all bad news!
So, Im ready! Bring it on!
I went home to my beautiful island last week, I took with me my Northmavine hoody along with a couple of other smaller projects to keep me busy! I always overpack when it comes to holiday knitting and this was no exception-I think I knitted one row of it the entire week (although i did make good progress on some other smaller projects!)
Anyway, I realised that this hoody has been on the needles for WAY too long! According to my ravelry page I started it at the end of May – almost 6 months ago! Bearing in mind I have another cardi on the go and no less than 4 jumpers/cardis in my queue (all with yarn assigned!) it needs to be finished!
Now I rarely set myself targets with knitting I don’t achieve them, much like New Years Resolutions, so why set myself up to fail! However, I am at the raglan shaping, well beyond the dreaded sleeves (did I mention I hate knitting sleeves!!!) and whilst not quite on the home straight as there is a hood and edging to do, it is easy tv knitting and the rows are getting shorter! So whilst I haven’t set myself a target date I have decided that I am only going to knit this (aside from my travel project this is too big to take out!) until it is finished! No sewing, no cross stitch, no other knitting projects – just this! Hopefully it will be done by the end of December!
Knowing how bad I am for doing one thing at a time if you see me knitting something else, shout at me!!
Lots of love
The release of what feels like a million christmas adverts over the last week, all determined to make you cry into your chocolate orange (seriously what’s that about!), has left me with no doubt that Christmas is on its way (its ok to start watching Christmas films now right?), however, winter appears to have taken me a little by surprise!
Having spent most of my life living on a small island off the coast of France I’m not overly used to the extremes of winter weather and Yorkshire has come as a bit of a shock to me. The first frost hit last week and I’m getting my moneys worth out of my hot water bottle and fleece blanket.
I actually like winter, I like wrapping up warm and braving the weather, and the sight of the frost over the fields still fills me with a little squeak of excitement, but boy do i get cold easily!! Last winter my earmuffs were a permanent fixture on my head, inside or out,
With this in mind its no surprise that Im a bit of a serial hat knitter, I have a lot of knitted hats, most of which i hardly ever wear as when I started out knitting my hats always ended up too small.
Having recently finished a lovely hat for the Welsh Boy I immediately cast one on for me and as I have been travelling a fair amount recently it came together really quickly and is finally finished!
I am really pleased with the finished result. It fits perfectly and I cant wait to wear it. It needs a bit of a soak as the dye from the yarn came off on my hands a bit when I was knitting so don’t really want to end up with a pink rim around my head!! The yarn is a beautiful hand dyed yarn from the Yarn Yard, its gorgeous merino DK in a pink and orange colourway (it works i promise). It was a 110g skein so i think i should have enough left for some fingerless mittens to go with! If you haven’t taken a look at Natalie’s site i would highly recommend it, her colours are gorgeous and the merino DK is just wonderful to knit with.
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Lots of love
A lot of my WIP at the moment is larger projects, I have 2 cardigans and a blanket on the go and none of these are particularly portable so are more ‘armchair-knits’. I like to have a small knitting project that I can carry in my bag and get out on the train, or in a cafe or pub.
Not being a sock knitter I tend to knit hats and headbands as smaller projects.
During our trip to Yarndale the Welsh Boy chose some yarn for a new hat (the middle one above), his previous one having given up last winter. He also chose a pattern off Ravelry, however, after three attempts and some very choice words at a pattern that actually appeared to bare very little resemblance to the picture shown I gave up and chose one for him!
I settled on the Brennius Hat. It’s a paid pattern but well written and in my view worth the $3.00.
Making the most of another Saturday off the Welsh Boy and I headed into Leeds on the train for a mooch about and a spot of lunch. We settled on the Stew and Oyster down by the canal and chose a big comfy sofa, we’ve been before and it’s a great place for a raining Saturday lunchtime. We spent most of the afternoon here, having a few drinks chatting and knitting (me not him!) and I made really good progress on the hat.
Just a few pics of our lunch. Making me hungry for the stew again now!
I managed to finish the hat a few days later and the Welsh Boy is very pleased with it (as you can see from the picture!). I loved the pattern so much that I’ve already started on one for me!!!
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Making the most of living in Yorkshire and a Saturday off, the Welsh Boy and I put on our woolens and set out in the Autumn sunshine on the train to Yarndale in the Yorkshire town of Skipton.
My only other experience of a Yarn festival or show was Knit Nation – way back in July 2011. Knit Nation was quite a civilised affair, busy but not extensively so, a manageable amount of stalls – plenty of space for sitting and knitting. I had sort of expected Yarndale to be the same – it was not!
Now, don’t get me wrong it was an amazing show, I just think we timed it completely wrong – it was HEAVING and the number of stalls was VAST and totally overwhelming. So busy that you could hardly get down the aisles – yet alone into any of the stalls. I think I heard someone say that there were something in the region of 10,000 people just on the Saturday alone (the event ran across two days), way more than expected or anticipated.
We stopped for about an hour looking round the stalls and spending some time with the Llamas then in a somewhat childish strop I demanded that it was ‘too busy’ and I wanted to leave and go home. However, the welsh boy was hungry and as the queue for the cafe was about 18 miles long we wondered though the yarn-bombed park into Skipton and found an AWESOME pie and mash shop (if you are ever in skipton go there!) and stopped for lunch.
After re-fueling the Welsh Boy suggested we go back to Yarndale to have another look around, at this stage I really hadn’t bought anything and I think he sensed I would be upset if I came away totally empty handed! I’m really glad we did – it was much much calmer when we went back, still busy but you could at least get into the stalls and we had another good look around.
I was quite reserved with my purchases. I chose some Baa Ram Ewe Titus mini skeins (there’s a multi-coloured Kate Davies puffin sweater in mind!) and the Welsh Boy chose the other two skeins – with hats in mind. The first was a skein of Triskelion Taliesin DK Superwash BFL in a beautiful midnight blue colour, the second a skein of Nidd from BaT’at Hand Dyed Yarns – I think it’s a chunky weight but I’m not 100% sure. I think my general indecisiveness saved me from any more purchases!
I don’t think the busyness was any fault of the organisers – I doubt they could have anticipated the vast number of people who attended and what a fabulous turnout for them and the exhibitors. The market hall itself is quite big but the stalls covered only about half of it so I wonder if next time they could spread them out a bit over the whole hall alleviating the congestion in the isles. Whilst originally I thought I wouldn’t go again I think I would be tempted, Skipton was lovely and I would like to have more of a chance to look around and I HAVE to go back to that pie and mash shop but I’m sure there are plenty more shows on over the country so maybe I’ll look to go to another one next year!
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love Shoe xxx
To be honest – I’m not much of a magazine reader. When I was saving to buy my first flat almost 10 years ago now (wow i’m getting old!) I gave up magazines, and to be honest I never really went back. I’ve bought the odd craft magazine but they always just sit on the coffee table gathering dust after a cursory glance at the pictures.
So when my good friend Martine of iMake fame announced she was releasing an e-magazine I was both intrigued and a little skeptical (what if it was rubbish and I had to find something nice to say??), although if anyone was going to be able to pull it off it would be her!
Her first issue passed me by in a flurry of dissertation submission and so when I heard her second issue was coming out I was interested to have a proper look. Well I shouldn’t have been worried; having read issue 2 from cover to cover twice I can say with confidence that it’s FABULOUS!
If you aren’t familiar with Martine’s blog she is a true multi-crafter and the magazine really represents that about her; it’s got a bit of everything from photography, cooking, knitting, handmade gifts mixed in with interesting articles. I am also a huge fan of Charles and he has a fab cooking section in the mag.
The articles are really interesting, looking at favorite crafts from a slightly different angle. The ‘how to’ sections easy to follow and interesting with good simple ideas. Issue 2 comes with a fab pattern for a gorgeous mini jumper – perfect for a Christmas decoration – which is on my to-do list (although planning for next Christmas may be more realistic).
I’ve ‘picked it up’ a few times now, definitely getting my worth out of the £3.50 price tag. There are lots of links to crafty blogs and handmade gifts etc which can be accessed via the website further extending the already generous magazine content.
If you’d like more information or a copy Martine’s iMake Magazine website is http://imakemagazine.com/; and the links for issue 2 are here http://imakemagazine.com/2013/10/25/issue-2-imake-magazine/.
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lots of love