Introducing Mable!

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This is Mable, my spinning wheel, I love her….a lot!

Now I know what youre thinking, Shoe said she ‘didn’t need another hobby’ , surely she has more will power than that?

Nope, I dont! Ive been stalking ebay, gumtree and the ISO on UK spinners for the last month and eventually found what Appeared to be a good deal!The seller had been handed down the wheel but didn’t have anyone I’m his family to pass it onto so had put it up for sale on ebay.

I travelled to Ripon yesterday to pick her up!

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I couldn’t wait to get her going, so I replaced the drive band and started her up! She spins really well and I managed two small bobbins yesterday evening!

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This morning I plyed the two small bobbins! Im so chuffed with it!

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The wheel came with two lazy kates, 4 bobbins and a whole box of stuff! Including the original instruction booklet and twelve bottom whorl drop spindles, not 100% sure what i will do with them but gonna try and find them a good home…..

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Off to yarndale in a couple of weeks so Fibre is gonna be top of my list!!

Lots of love

Shoe
Xxxx

Repeat after me – ‘I do NOT need another hobby’…

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For christmas my mamma bought me a drop spindle kit from Hilltop Cloudand to be honest its sat there since then. Unused and unloved. Its not that I didn’t want to have a go but fitting it in with all the sock knitting has been tricky!

However a couple of weeks ago I thought I’d better have a go……my first attempt was, quite frankly, an insult to sheep around the globe and I would like to send a personal apology to the sheep that gave up its fleece to be turned into this:

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I was a little disheartened but I did persevere and my second attempt was a little better:

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I spun up some fabulous pinky yarn too:

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Then I tried plying:

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Now, it’s not perfect but not bad for a second attempt! The pink and blue yarns were both samples purchased through The Fibre Holics. They do fab bags of fibre and samples from loads of fab dyers – which is perfect for a beginner spinner like me, I’m still trying to work out which fibres I like spinning with.

Im sure this is going to be the catalyst for a whole new type of stash!! Need to try and get a bit better, Id love to be able to knit a pair of handspun, handknit socks!

Thanks for visiting me 🙂

Lots of love

Shoe xxx

FO: Mixalot Socks

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Wow, another pair off the needles. I had expected my knitting to slow down over the summer but these socks were just so addictive that they flew off the needles.

The pattern is Mixalot Socks by the fantabulous Rachel Coopey. Its a great pattern with endless possibilities. There are four different pattern blocks in each of the three sizes, so you can mix and match as you please.

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The yarn is the July Toddy Sevens from The Yarn Yard CJP club. These are by far my favourite sevens ever. The colours were so beautiful that I knew they had to be something special!

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I wasn’t totally convinced that i would have enough yarn to do both heels in the same colour so I chose my two fave colours and did one in each.

There is one downside to these beautiful socks…………

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Thanks for visiting me 🙂

Lots of love

Shoe xxx

Socks With Sarah KAL – Half Way!

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Wow, where has the last six months gone! I can’t believe we’re at the half way mark of the Socks With Sarah KALand I have knitted TEN pairs of socks! TEN!!! With two more on the needles which should be finished by the end of this month.

Not only that but I have managed to knit at least a little bit of a sock every day since the KAL started. (Well there is one day where technically as I knitted after midnight it would have been the next day but it was before I went to bed so Im gonna count it!)

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This is definitely more than I hoped, or thought I would manage. I have learnt so much already and still have loads to learn. Ive learnt that I like a toe up so with an afterthought heel. I’ve a newfound obsession with selfstriping yarn, and Ive found a bind off I love. more importantly i no longer have to study Kitchener stitch everytime I need it!

I probably haven’t made as many complex patterns as I would like, sticking to basic vanilla self striping, and my firm fave Hermione’s Everyday Socks! So im going to sort out my queue, and try and finish a few of the complex WIPs that have been put to one side in favour of the quick finishes.

I want a few more pairs of sport/DK weight socks for winter walking, and I MUST work through the stash of sock yarn that I have which appears to be expanding quicker than I can knit….. but other than that I have no goals.

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Thanks for reading
Love
Shoe xxx

Self-Striping Addict

My name is Shoe and I am addicted to self striping yarn!

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Ive already finished two pairs and have two more on the needles at the moment!

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I also have no less than seven skeins of self striping yarn in my stash. I think I’ve written before about the gorgeous CYO striping club by Yarntini. I’ve already knit up two of these skeins (piccys 1 and 2 above) with the last wound and ready to get on the next available pair of needles!

Then recently I discovered a self striping goldmine! I was lucky enough to win a prize in a recent completion run by the amazing Sarah of the Socks with Sarah. My prize – any (yes any!) skein from the amazing String Theory Colorworks . Self striping yarn and science? Its like the prize was made for me!

I actually couldn’t decide so ended up with 4 skeins (it was coming all the way from the US, I had to make the best of the postage right?)

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The exchange rate is pretty good at the moment, so it worked out (including postage) at a very reasonable cost. Definitely have a look if you (like me) love a self striper!

(I wanted to add that I do always try and buy british yarn or use british dyers where I can, however self striping is one area that I am struggling to find any yarn of quality – if anyone knows of a trick/dyer that I'm missing let me know!!)

Then in the latest The Golden Skein instalment there was a gorgeous skein of Desert Vista self striping yarn! Could my life be any more perfect right now! Its the yarn in the photo at the top of this post! Gorgeous yeah!

Ive been knitting a lot of vanilla socks this summer and it looks like I will have to knit a lot more to get through the self-striping bundle of yarn!

Love

Shoe xxx

Socks With Sarah!

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The Socks with Sarah KAL started two months ago today so I thought I would do a little update!

I have knitted FOUR pairs of socks! For someone who was not a sock knitter I feel incredibly proud of this achievement! My sock drawer is well on its way to being filled with gorgeous handknitted socks!

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If you haven’t heard about the Socks with Sarah KAL -where have you been?? Haha! Basically, its a KAL where you knit socks everyday-just a little bit; but to be honest the rules are pretty lax so you wont be kicked out and banished for not knitting socks everyday – just as much as you can! It is definitely not too late to join in – see the ravelry group here for more details!

So far I have managed to knit socks every single day! Some days this has literally been across one dpn, but still it is every day!

My recent sock knitting progress has been a little slow. I have two pairs currenly on the needle.

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These are broken seed stitch socks! They’re worked with two yarns, one plain and one variegated. I am TOTALLY in love with this pattern! Im about half way down the foot of the first sock.

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The second socks are Samhain, I’m knitting them toe-up, two at a time and I’m just at the heel turn! Love this pattern, but the cabling makes them quite slow so they’re more of a long term project!

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Hasn’t the weather been gorgeous recently, I have managed to get in a bit of sunshine knitting!

Lots of love
Shoe
Xxxx