I’m Fffffreezing

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It’s so blooming cold in my office today.  I’ve the heater on, the sun is shining though the windows (the same windows are letting a draft in), I’m wearing the beautiful wrap Dina bought me from Berlin and my Ombrè Aran Mitts too but, nope. Still cold ✳

I shall finish this and then head out for a dog walk in the sun, which will recharge the batteries and get the blood pumping.  If they’re still muck spreading it will also be an assault on my nasal passages and my emotions. I fell in a slurry pit when I was younger, but that’s a whole different story.

My hands have been busy creating, I did have one of those ‘I can’t believe it moments’ when I managed to completely tangle the yarn I’d spun on my bobbin and had to cut it all off – yes I did say CUT!!!

It wasn’t a nice experience, but I know what I did and I won’t be doing it again.  So I’ve learnt something, the power of positive thought is incredible isn’t it?  That and throwing the evidence into the wheelie bin, so I don’t catch site of it in the office bin and want to weep.

I said I’d been knitting for the magazine, so I guess a good few of you saw the post about the Ombrè Aran Mitts I made (photo at the top).  The yarn was lovely to knit with and I’ve a good half a ball left, so I might get round to knitting mini mitts to give as a gift.

Some of you will have noticed the question I asked about what to knit for someone you’ve never met?  I had a rough idea of the lady in question, she’s slim with red hair, pretty and in her 20’s.  The project had to be a quick knit, so I knew I’d have it finished in time for my hubby to deliver.  It also had to be a small project or something knitted in Super Chunky as I’ve loads to be getting on with.

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Having raided my stash, I discovered some of the Rico Creative Twist Super Chunky in shade 003, which is a dark brown, but with a grey cast to it.  There wasn’t anything on Ravelry that particularly caught my eye, most of the cowl designs are quite loose, or seriously long.  So I had a play around and came up with a mistake rib cowl, that’s not too long or too small.  (Sorry for the bad photo, it was dark at the time and the electric lights aren’t the best for shooting in).

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I’ve been told it was a hit with the recipient and I was rather taken with it myself, so I’ve cast one on for me.  Blue of course 😉  I’ll get some better photos this time round and will jot the pattern down too, to share with you.

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I sewed the ends in on the Beyond Puerperium and attached the cute little buttons.

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I know novelty buttons can sometimes be a little fiddly, but these little cars don’t seem that awkward. I guess it’s because they’re curvy?

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There has also been work on my Rainbow Granny Crochet Blanket.  As you can see, I’ve managed to get a couple of rounds in the purple/blue combo worked.  I’m looking forward to beginning work on the last colour duo of purple and red, so I can see the full spectrum of colours together.

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The blanket has been extremely popular, receiving comments from everyone.  So I’ll post as soon as I have the red and purple rounds worked and you can see it in all it’s rainbow glory.

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I realised I’d forgotten to mention the socks I’d cast on, so I had some easy knitting on the go if I need it.  The yarn is the one of the Arne & Carlos colourways from Regia (shade 3657) and I just love it.  I’ve purchased the Fish Lips Heel pattern and got Du to draw around my foot for it, so I’m desperate to get working on these.  They may well become my project knitting this week, as I’d like to concentrate fully on working the new heel.

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Last but not least, there is designing underway too 🙂  I can’t say much at this stage, other than I’m really excited about it.  I love the yarn and the stitch pattern and if my design works out, I’m going to be so thrilled.

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Before I head off, I wanted to mention Taproot Magazine.  The magazine website gives the definition of Taproot as:

1. the large single root of plants such as dandelion, which grows vertically downward and bears small lateral roots
2. a quarterly magazine celebrating food, farm, family and craft through writing, photography and the arts, both fine and domestic.
I’ve finally managed to get hold of a copy and I’m loving it so far.  This is Issue 15 Folk, which was published in September 2015 and it’s actually going to take some reading.  As it’s an American magazine, I was worried that a lot of the content wouldn’t be relevant to me, as a Londoner living in rural Ireland.   However the articles and features are incredibly interesting.
In our fast paced, internet crazed lives, I think it’s great to try and find some space away from the noise and the constant stream of ‘buy me’ that we face every day.  I’d like to see us spend more time celebrating what we have and sharing that with others, ‘passing it on’, if you like.  Taproot Magazine seems to explore this sense of the earth, authentic living and closer connections, so I’m thrilled to be able to sit down, with a cuppa and spend some quiet time with it.
Of course, I’m completely aware that I’m the co-editor of an internet magazine, but I hope everyone is able to see my vision and what we’re striving to achieve with Olann and?
I’m off to walk my hounds.
Happy making!





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