Changes Are Underway

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So…

I’ve one more week of trading left in my little shop, before I finally close the door and my family and I begin the process of dismantling, packing up and removing what’s left before I say goodbye to Knit.

So far I’ve been fine and as I’ve told everyone that’s asked “that making the decision was the hard part”.  I’m no fool though (well?) and I know I’m going to feel a sadness when I close the door for the last time and will probably need a period of readjustment.

It is said, that as one door closes (literally), another one opens.

Since I announced the closure of the shop, so many of you have asked if I’ll keep the Facebook Page and blog up and running.  As I’d always assumed it was just a shop thing, I wasn’t confident that the interest was there without the shop, but it seems I was wrong 🙂

I can’t keep calling myself Knit, Knitmidleton or KnitinMidleton, not least because I actually live in Lismore and who knows maybe someone else will eventually open a knitting shop in Midleton and then it really wouldn’t seem right.

Some of you will already associate the name LeftFootDaisy with me as it’s been my profile name on Ravelry, Pinterest and loads of other things for many years now.

Cue boring, hopefully succinct, explanation –

My favourite flower is the daisy, big floppy ones, small dainty ones, I don’t have a preference.  I even considered changing my name when I was younger, but I’m not even sure I’m a Lora, let alone a Daisy.  I was meant to be called George (yes for a girl and no not Georgina, I’m a child of the early 70’s) and I think it would be a good fit now, probably not in school though, the bullies would have had a field day

My love of daisy’s extends to a tattoo on, you guessed it, my left foot.  There’s just the one and if I ever get round to it I’ll have more, but I love it so much that I stupidly thought I’d use it for my on-line presence many years ago and it’s kind of stuck.

My husband even proposed with a giant billboard at the side of the road which read ‘Will you marry me LeftFootDaisy’ 💕

Confessions of a Fibre Strumpet (1)

So I’d like to re-introduce myself as LeftFootDaisy aka Lora and just so you know it’s me I’ve decided to go the whole hog 😉 and it’s LeftFootDaisy – Confessions of a Fibre Strumpet

I’m going to keep popping up links to patterns, news stories and ‘naughty’ knitted thingys on the new Facebook page (come and join me) and I’ll post here about all my fibrey and not so fibrey goings on, where I’ll also continue to make up words, use awful grammar and write as I speak 😁  As I won’t have my own shop I’ll be able to talk more about where I’ll be shopping, what I’ll be buying and the things I love or loathe.

I hope all of you and more will join me, better still, interact with me, I’ll miss that the most 😦

Happy Knitting!

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Lilly Pond CAL – Clue 2

Cal clue 2This morning saw the release of the second clue for Stylecraft Yarns Lilly Pond Blanket Crochet Along.  I’m not sure how those of you taking part are fairing?  My tension as I’ve mentioned previously is off and by quite a bit 😳

tiny lillyThe block this time is called Tiny Lilly and doesn’t look too difficult (phew).  Having glanced over the pattern quickly though, I have spotted the words sew/sewn  😒 Since when did I sign up for a sew along?

I jest 😉 😉 😉

Having said that this is serious business apparently, if you’ve joined the Lilly Pond Facebook Page you’ll have no doubt seen just how ‘seriously’ some people are taking it 😱 It’s not a race to see who can complete the blocks first and it most certainly shouldn’t be a competition about whose block is better (only my opinion).  Sadly, I’ve noticed several posts from members saying the forum just wasn’t for them and they’ve left because of it.  I’d like to think this will make people think twice before posting anything unbecoming, but I doubt it.  What I do think they should note is that other companies and individuals could be put off of hosting their own CAL/KAL because of it.

Enough chatter, back to the CAL

table 2For the Tiny Lilly blocks you’ll need the shades in the chart above.  Stylecraft Life DK on the left and Stylecraft Special DK substitutions on the right.  Note the Plum and the Fondant shades are only used for the sewing this time.

The next block Lilly Bud will be released on May 5th.

Happy crochet!

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Whilst You’re Waiting

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As I mentioned in my previous post we’re in the process of getting our next charity campaign together but last Friday I received a letter from Age Action asking for our support for their St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock ‘Made With Love’ Campaign.  I was hoping some of you lovely people would take part in this campaign whilst your waiting on ours?

Age Action are encouraging knitting groups, shops and clubs from around the country to knit a shamrock which will then be sold in selected retail outlets in the run up to Monday 17th March.

They’ve set a target of 20,000 shamrocks which will be sold for €2 each.  I have written an email to Age Action to try and clarify how much of this €2 the charity will actually receive and I shall be sure to let you all know.

In the meantime the little shamrocks consist of three little hearts sewn together then you knit a little stem.

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For some reason the pattern available here doesn’t have the instructions for the I-cord stem at the moment but I imagine it will be fixed soon.

Completed Shamrocks should be posted to Age Action at 30/31 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2.  Alternatively, we’ll be collecting them in the shop to post off nearer the time.  At present there is no deadline mentioned on the literature from Age Action but I’ve asked in my email too.

I can’t imagine they’ll take that long to knit up and the amount of green yarn needed will be minimal and just 1 will make all the difference.

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Happy Knitting!