And now for something completely different 2KCBWDAY5


Last year loyal readers may remember that we had a blog week, well there is going to be another one this year – whoop! Last year for whatever reason, I never finished my week’s posting, so I’ve challenged myself to finish last years before this years begins.

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 (though some suggestions are given below) 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.

Today’s blog is being brought to you from my phone, which is rather apt as I wanted to tell you about my trip to Mimi’s house.

We got there on Saturday evening to the gorgeous smell of curry cooking and instantly got handed a glass of wine (that’s my girl 😉 ) and so the evening began.

I was given sock yarn for my Hexipuffs and had my first every sock knitting lesson. Mimi taught me how to cast on using a new method (long tail I believe it was) and how to start off my ribbing. At least that was the plan, I think it took us about three attempts each to make sure I had the correct amount of stitches on the needles… all that wine’s fault of course. When Mimi had eventually sorted me out, I got to it and have about an inch of ribbed cuff across four DPNs, it was a bit tricky as I’d never used them before, but I already feel like I’m getting the hang of it.

Yarn!

Spare Sock Yarn and Wine. :D

 

Sock cuff

Sock Cuff

While chatting about sock knitting and being shown her spinning, Mimi also taught me a lot about different things I could do to my blog, I’m hoping to put some of them into practise sooner rather than later. I actually feel like I’ve been on a course for the weekend I have learned so much,  but a very enjoyable course with curry and wine and pancakes for breakfast!

Mimi, you were most excellent and I love you loads, it’s not just the Mr that’s Awsome, you both are. Thank you so much for a wonderful couple of days.

Moar Puffs!

Hexipuffs of Awesome

Now, when can I come back to sort out the heel…? 😀

I had to come back to this post at my PC as it wouldn’t let me insert the photo’s, boo.



Puffing away…


Before you ask, no, I don’t smoke. I’m referring to the other addictive form of puffing, making hexipuffs.

Last year a pattern came out that has created a whirlwind of activity in knitting circles, that pattern is The Bee Keeper’s Quilt.

It is basically a blanket made up of hundreds of knitted hexagons, all stuffed just a little bit. You don’t have to stuff them though, those in warmer climates have been making hexiflats instead!

Hexipuffs

Hexipuffs!

I started it around November last year, but I think it will continue to be a WiP long past November of this year.

Avid readers will remember that Day 1 of the Blog Hub swap had me unwrapping Mini Skeins which are perfectly sized to make puffs with, Natalie mentioned that I should be able to make two puffs out of each skein, turns out she was right.

Twins

Twins!

I am so pleased with them, it’s given me my puffing mojo back too. AND I’ve added my quilt to my project page now, complete with photographs and everything.

This is where I am so far;

Progress

Progress

They are coming along nicely, but I need to down needles yet again, I am determined to get Sam’s blanket finished if it’s the last thing I do, which it may very well be…

Until tomorrow!



Remember the Blog Hub Swap?


I thought you might. 😉

Well, Natalie has chosen a pattern for me!

It’s the Blue Jean Wrap by Monique Gascon. 

Blue Jean Wrap Pattern

Blue Jean Wrap Pattern

I’ve had a look though it and it seems quite straight forward, there is only one problem. I need to buy the correct weight yarn for it. This means I need to go yarn shopping, I can see how you are all devastated for me! 😀

I would like to thank Vivianne, Voie de Vie and Faith for their suggestions and support. As promised, if you want to forward me your address (on Rav), I will pop a little something in the post for you as a thank you. 🙂

Right, I’m off to browse for worsted weight yarn!

 



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…

Notions

Stuff!

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!

 



Blog Hub Swap Day 2


Okay, so we’re onto day two! My sender revealed who they were yesterday – Hello Natalie! Natalie’s blog can be found here and makes for some good reading.

Well yesterday avid readers may have noticed that Natalie told me to open the card that came with my goodies, I duly did as I was told, but since it concerned my pattern I decided to save it until today.

Beautiful Card

Beautiful Handmade Card

As I hope you can see from the picture it is a lovely card handmade by Natalie herself, I love the colours and think it was a very clever addition as one of the swap rules is to include something hand made.

Inside the card there are instructions to tell Natalie what pattern I would like and then she will gift it to me (again, very clever). The problem here though faithful readers, is that I really don’t know what I would like! I have only ever bought one pattern before and that was for The Bee Keeper’s Quilt.

So, I need your help. I’ve only ever made small items before, and I would say I am an intermediate at both knit and crochet, so I’m looking for your suggestions.  Please pop them in the comments section, and I’ll see if I can find a little something to send to the one that I go with or leads me to my choice – thinking caps on!

Update:

You may remember my squeeing yesterday at my mini skeins, well I have popped them into balls ready to be knit..

Balls

Mini Balls

Well the (not so) large ball that you can see at the front made its way onto my needles, I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist, check this little fella out!

Puff of Love

Puff of Love

I really LOVE those colours, no, I mean it. Fitting as it’s Valentines day today!

I’m hoping to knit one a night, then you get to see all of them at the end of this blog week.

Thank you so much Natalie, I’m having so much fun with this and you are being very clever with your gifts.

See you all again tomorrow, don’t forget your suggestions!



Blog Hub Swap 2012 Day 1


Okay, so here goes.

This last year has just been stupidly busy, in a good way I mean. Those of you who saw I’d changed my blog URL may also have noticed that I haven’t been blogging, well hopefully that is all about to change.

Those of you from Ravelry will know that there is a forum there called The Blog Hub and we are having a bit of a swap to give each other something to blog about.

The rules are that we must send a partner a package with seven individual parcels in it, one to be opened each day.

Mine arrived this afternoon !!! 😀

My Haul

My Blog Swap Haul

I’m a bit nervous as it occurred to me while I was doing my own stalking that there was very little information about what I like on my poor neglected blog or in my Ravelry projects, so I might have made this hard work for my stalker – sorry!

Okay, I’m being really indecisive about which one to open.  (I really want to open them all right now) so I’m going to pop them back into the packaging and do this lucky-dip stylee.

Lucky Dip

Lucky Dipping

And the first one is out!

Number 1

Number 1!

What’s inside??? (I honestly don’t know, I’m blogging this in ‘real time’)… feels squishy…

Oh my!

Mini Skeins

Mini Skeins!

They are marvellous! Absolutely fantastic, I just love the colours, they will definitely be on my needles tonight!

Thank you my mystery giver, a most awesome first day.

In case you were wondering, I haven’t posted my parcel off yet, but will be doing VERY soon…

See you tomorrow!

 



Can you guess what it is yet?


Well it turns out that my other half has been rather clever today, he’s managed to retrieve some pictures that I thought I’d lost from my phone.

Such as this;

Can you guess what it is yet?

Yes, I know it’s just a mess of knitted bits, but there is a story behind it.

I knitted a pig for my sister (sorry, no photo of it!) and when my oldest saw it he exclaimed “That’s brilliant! Can you knit me a chicken?”

No, I don’t know where that came from, but of course, always one for a challenge I had to try didn’t I?

Anyway, he seems somewhat pleased with the end result;

This now lives on the dashboard of his car, it just makes me giggle, it’s just so silly looking!

I took the free pattern from Jacqui Turner on Ravelry if you fancy a go.

Anyway, have fun, whatever you are making!



Wait, what’s this?


Another finished object!

This is my simple funky scarf that was actually started while it was still a bit cold. Honest!

Funky Scarf

You can’t see it too well in the photo, but I think that’s more to do with the ‘yarn’ used than anything else. I’m not actually sure if you would still call this yarn, The lable just says Sidar Fizz in Matador. It’s more like string with bits of material woven into it really.

Fizz in Matador

Now, I know that this will be frowned on by a lot of people as not ‘proper’ knitting as there is no elegant pattern to behold, but I would challange that view as the scarf has been made with a knit stitch and just because something is simple and more attractive because of what it is made from than by how it was made, this does not make it wrong.

My scarf feels lovely to the touch, the Fizz was actually very easy to knit with and it came along very quickly, it has only taken me so long to finish it as I kept on starting other things (also the weather got warmer and I had already knit a scarf that I was wearing).

So, I only have one more UFO to get out of the way (the panda hat that needs sewing) the other two (socks and blanket) are destined to remain WiP for a while I think. But I can live with that.

*Gets crochet hook out*



Just a quickie…


…and the project!

Hello  readers, and welcome to the first of the ‘Finished projects’ on my to-do list. This one being my first attempt at fair-isle/intarsia (I have no idea what the difference is…). (Edit, this has now been explained by Mimi in the comments section below – I think she should become a knitting teacher myself! :-D)

This was just a small project to give the use of various colours a go without tying myself up (very likely if you know me IRL).

Using the Pac-Man Ghostie Wristband pattern on Rav, I got to work;

 

Messy Back

It wasn’t too bad going actually, I wish I had done the white of the eyes seperatly as well, and more importantly tied off each colour on the row as I finished with it, but not a bad result with lots learned.

Pleasing Front

I do apologise, I couldn’t get it to lie flat for photographs no matter what I promised it! Never mind, lets face it, it was always meant to be round.

Pac Man!

When sewn up, it looks Kinda cool, well – on Sam anyway!

Pleased with the result, the pattern was really easy to follow, even for a novice like me, so I would recommend it to anyone.

Thanks for reading! More soon. 🙂



Your knitting and crochet time 2KCBWDAY7


Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

I usually do things like knitting and crochet sat on the sofa while watching something on the TV. Now,  I must admit, this does have it’s pro’s and con’s. It is more sociable than disappearing into another room, so I can sit and do it while I chat or whatever. Unfortunatly, if  I’m holding a conversation I can’t concentrate too much on a pattern, so I need to be making something reasonably simple.

I don’t like to eat while I am working, I would be devastated if I got something dirty before I had even finished it – and I would… I do tend to have a drink to hand though, thirsty work this needle twirling stuff!

Next to the sofa I have a box.  It has grown in size since I first learnt to knit. Just a little.  It is one of the large, clear 70L storage boxes that doubles as a handy table for me. Now when I first thought about writing this blog post, I took a look at my working area, it was somewhat cluttered to say the least. Bits and bobs of tools that I had left on there (yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers, etc…) and a UFO.  Next to this is my bag (my starter storage space) which was full to the top… Not good. So, this post has made me decide to clean up my act. I’m to start no new projects until I have finished one of my other ones.

So far these consist of;

  1. A Pacman Wristband – needs photgraphing and sewing up (and photographing again).
  2. A Panda Hat – needs sewing up.
  3. A scarf – on the last skien, just needs finishing.
  4. Socks – think this might have to be a WiP (work in progress), I’m not enjoying knitting them on DPNs so might have to try the magic circle method instead.

There, I don’t think that’s too bad. I’ve already tidied up the other bits and bobs in case you were wondering. 😉

There will be an exception to this and that is Sam’s blanket, purely because it is going to be done over a period of time, and when I tried to buy more yarn on Thursday they had ran out of one of the colours, so it’s a bit enforced really.

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