Something A Bit Different



Something A Bit Different
It’s back, and this time it has the most amazing of prizes (look for the prize for ‘most creative post’). This was a massive success last year, and for many it was the highlight of the Blog Week, so this year you are challenged, again, to find a new way of blogging.
This is an experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.There are no rules of a topic to blog about but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog. This can take one of many forms, but here a few suggestions:

  • Wordless, photographic post
  • Video blog post
  • Podcast
  • Cartoon/sketch of an idea
  • Write about a subject from a different perspective (for example, you could write about a day in the life of a knitted sock from the point of view of the sock).
  • Interpretive modern dance (why does someone always suggest this?)
  • A poem or piece of rhyming verse
  • Stop motion animation


Okay, so this post is supposed to be different from a usual blog post, here goes!


It’s lovely and snuggly and warm in here, with all my friends around me it’s safe and full of cheer.

Sometimes it gets lighter and that’s when we all wonder, is it our turn now, to go out, to go yonder?

We are moved around and some taken out, but some put back – wait – what’s that all about?!

We all want to be chosen, we all want to be needed, we all want our cry for the outside world to be heeded!

Today was the day for the sock yarn of blue, I’m not surprised, it’s a beautiful hue.

Maybe my day will come and my wondering will end, until then I’m snuggled  safe and sound next to my best friend.


Well, I’m no Keates but I hope you liked my poem about being a hank of yarn waiting for your in the limelight to come.

For more posts on this topic, put 3KCBWDAY5 into your preferred search engine.

If you really like my poem, you can vote for it here.


A Knitter for all Seasons



As spring is in the air in the northern hemisphere and those in the southern hemisphere start setting their sights for the arrival of winter, a lot of crocheters and knitters find that their crafting changes along with their wardrobe. Have a look through your finished projects and explain the seasonality of your craft to your readers. Do you make warm woollens the whole year through in preparation for the colder months, or do you live somewhere that never feels the chill and so invest your time in beautiful homewares and delicate lace items. How does your local seasonal weather affect your craft?


I’ve been thinking about this and looking through my Ravelry projects to see what kind of knitter I am. I’m not convinced I am seasonal, but then I haven’t been knitting for very long, so maybe I just don’;t show it yet. I find myself talking quick and easy projects as a rule, such as socks, Hexipuffs , scarves etc… mostly because my time is at a premium and anything large takes a long, long time. I certainly love being able to snuggle under a blanket in those winter months as I make it, but lets face it, this is England, ‘those winter months are pretty much 11 months of the year.

For more blog posts from around the world, just type 3KCBWDAY4 into Google.

Happy reading!



Today’s subject is;

Your Knitting Or Crochet Hero
Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you. There are not too many guidelines for this, it’s really about introducing your readers to someone who they might not know who is an inspiration to you. It might be a family member or friend, a specific designer or writer, indie dyer or another blogger. If you are writing about a knitting designer and you have knitted some of their designs, don’t forget to show them off. Remember to get permission from the owner if you wish to use another person’s pictures.

However, it has occurred to me that I have talked about Mimi of Eskimimi Makes a lot in the past, about how she inspired me to try knitting, sent me a starter kit and then gave me a personal sock lesson (I’m still working on them – honest!). So, I have decided to invoke my wildcard and instead will blog about my perfect crafting day.

Craft Your Perfect Day
Plan your fantasy day with your craft, It might just take up one hour of your day or be the entire focus of the day, but tell your readers where you’d love to craft, whether you’d craft alone or with friends, knitting or crocheting something simple or spending a day learning new skills.

Very simple. I’m quite a new knitter, so I still need to concentrate when I’m trying to follow a pattern or try a new technique. My perfect day would just be time to myself with nothing to do but knit and/or crochet. I cannot tell you how much bliss that would be. Easily pleased I know!

Photography Challenge Day!


And today’s topic is….

Photography Challenge Day!
Today challenges you to be creative with your photography, and get yourself in with the chance to win the photography prize. Taking interesting photographs in this instance isn’t about flashy cameras or a great deal of technical know-how, it’s about setting up a story or scene in a photograph and capturing something imaginative. Your photograph(s) should feature something related to your craft, so that might be either a knitted or crocheted item, yarn, or one of your craft tools. One example of setting a scene would be to photograph a girl in a knitted red cape walking through the woodlands with a basket of goodies, as in the Red Riding Hood tale, or you might photograph a knitted gnome hiding among the flowers in your garden. Photo editing is permitted for competition photos.

Erm, right…

Well, it’s 9.30pm. I’ve done no blog post today and Sam and I have not long been home. Tuesdays are always long days for us so I hope my photograph sums up that both making and receiving things, whether knitted or croched, is about comfort and love.

Snuggly Sam

Sam snuggled up on his cushion with his blanket.

Sweet dreams Sam.

Colour Lovers

So, today sees the first day of Knitting and Crochet Blog week 2012.


Today’s topic is colour…

Colour Lovers
Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects – do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones. How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.

When I first saw this topic title I went blank, as I didn’t see colour as something I considered that much, but the more I think about it, I think about colour without realising I am.

If I’m making an item for someone else then I automatically pick something that I know they will like, I don’t even think about it (although on some level I’m sure I must do).  Such as Sam’s Blanket, those are not colours I would choose for myself.

In my own stash, I have pretty colours waiting to be used such as;


along with something a little more vivid;

The Grateful Dyed

Even the more subtle colours are still colourful such as this gorgeous sparkle sock yarn;


One of my current WIPs is a rainbow scarf with clouds so I think it is fair to say that I am a colour lover. I don’t always let a pattern dictate to me what a colour should be (sometimes I do) I will consider it’s owner and it’s intended use and take it from there.

There will be more from me tomorrow, meanwhile, if you would like to check out other blogs participating this week, check out this link.

See you tomorrow!

Getting prepared

After reading one of the posts from the Blog Hub swap 2012, my interest in Tunisian crochet was rekindled. So I have invested in this book;

Learn to do Tunisian lace stitches by Kim Guzman

Learn to do Tunisian lace stitches by Kim Guzman

I hadn’t ordered a hook as I wasn’t sure what size I would need, and I was hoping to get one that would go on to the cables of my circular needles.  Thanks to Chrissy from Stitiched-together for pointing me in the right direction for that.

Now I am getting ready for sock knitting with Mimi of Eskimimi makes;



It’s just a cheap yarn for now as I am expecting to mess up, but that’s okay, it’s all a learning curve right? 🙂 I’ll try and get it in early before the wine kicks in though. 😉 Ooh, and I’ve just been told there will be D’aim cake – whoo! 😀

Until tomorrow folks…

It’s arrived!

Just a quickie to let you know that my swap parcel has arrived and is being blogged about here. I can’t wait to read about day two tomorrow!

I’ve added Sam’s blanket to my project page, but it’s not complete yet.

Hope you all have a great weekend. I know I will! 😀

Ooh, an annual occurrence…

Ladies and gentleman, I am pleased to announce that there will be a 3rd annual blog week this year!

Blog Week Banner

New Blog Week!

You can see from the little banner above that it will run from 23rd-29th of April this year, so spread the word and help to make it the biggest Blog Week yet (there are prizes too!). If you would like more information or to register please visit

My DPN’s have a arrived. Mimi was right, they are tiny (as in thin, they are still 15cm/6″ long)!

Sock DPNs

My Sock DPNs

I have yet to dig some yarn out, but I can do that on Saturday. Sock knitting – yeah!

That’s all for today folks, I need to actually go and do something to blog about.

See you tomorrow. 🙂





Now the Blog Hub Swap 2012 is all but over for me (there will be follow up posts though – oh yes), I’m a little at a loss for what to blog about. I am one for wanting to get to certain stages before writing about things.

I have found this week to be quite a learning curve though. I haven’t touched my blog for a while and there have been software updates that I needed to find out about and work around/correct. I also found where to do my own coding, that would be a nice touch for the future I think.

I’ve learned how to add things to my Wish List on Ravelry, I’d only ever added things to my favourites before. It’s all prepared now for Natalie to choose my pattern (I told you there’d be follow up posts).

I’ve added all of my stash that I have photographed to my stash page. There is more to do, but I’ll wait until I can get yarn + camera together.

I’ve made several hexipuffs, and will hopefully get something on my project pages before the end of the week. I want to learn how to get my WiPs to display on my blog too.

There is also my victim’s blog to look forward to reading, I’m drumming my fingers waiting for her package to arrive.

I realise this blog post is a list really, but I suppose that that is what organisation is about, and boy did I need to get organised.

Not even a photo today, maybe later on in the week, I have lots to document I promise.

Hopefully more tomorrow, don’t go too far!

Blog Hub Swap 2012 Day 7

Well, today is a bit of a double edged sword, happy that I have a present to open, but also sad that it is my last one. I can see only one solution, all my avid readers need to send me gifts so I can blog about them! 😀

So, onto today, the last lonely present;

Last Present

Last Lonely Present

I’ve had a squidge and I really can’t decide what’s in it, something long, and something bitty…



I have notions! There is a needle gauge on a handy ring, a tape measure and some really pretty stitch markers all in a pretty pink bag. Take a closer look at these stitch markers, some of the beads are tiny little roses.

Stitch Markers

Pretty Stitch Markers with Rose Beads

Pattern update; Non today I’m afraid, but it’s early yet and I’m hoping to spend some time sifting later on this afternoon/evening.

Puff update;

Puff Number Six

Anyone for Skiing?

This puff made me giggle, at first I thought that maybe the white bits were where dye had missed the yarn, not that it matters in a puff to be honest. The more I knit, the more I decided it looked like a Norwegian style ski jumper! To be fair it doesn’t have the same effect in that photograph, I put it down to the extra light we have today, but last night in the living room this little puff was planning it’s summer skiing holiday. 😀

Well, a big thank you to Natalie for being my blog swap stalker. I’ve had great fun and loved everything that you have sent to me, you did an excellent job with very little information.

There will be more updates to come as I’ve get to get the pattern sorted out and there are more puffs to knit, so this won’t be the last you hear of it I’m sure.

Also, I took the dressing off my finger yesterday so I can knit and type normally again now, must just remember to apologise to my victim for not being as capable as I would have liked when putting her package together.

Hope you are all having a lovely sunny Sunday too!


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