Short And To The Point

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As the name of this posts suggests, it’s gonna be a quickie as I have woken up this morning with a bit of a cold virus, which currently seems to be manifesting itself as a miniature someone 👾 thumping on my eyeballs 👀

I have managed to get some baking done and have cleared away all evidence of the whirlwind that is Wednesday baking.  I’ve met a rep, looked at new yarn and attempted to clear my desk and get on with some paperwork.  It’s not working though the combination of dust from the desk and the constant need to sneeze 👃 are getting the better of me.

What a fantastic excuse, if ever one was needed to go and get comfy and do a little 💟 knitting 💟

So very quickly, I just wanted to show you the lovely new shades in Sirdar Snuggly DK that have arrived in.

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I said it’d be short and it is, on a last note if you search ‘virus’ on Ravelry you get some lovely little patterns for viruses including this little one by Krista Frank, which is her amigurumi interpretation of the cold virus.  I think it looks too sweet to be creating the way I’m currently feeling, so it must be another kind of virus altogether.

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Lets Talk Magazines Part 2

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So in the last post I covered 6 of the many knitting and crochet publications available in the UK and Ireland.  I’ll have had a yarn shop for 10 years in August and my love of knitting magazines goes back further than that.  I remember buying the first few issues of Knitting Magazine from The Guild of Master Craftsman Publishers when they first came out in 2003.

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Actually, thinking back I can remember looking through my mums copies of Golden Hands from the 70’s.  Not strictly a knitting magazine, they covered lots of different crafts too like crochet and dressmaking.  I’m now the keeper (yes I read fantasy) of 5 full binders of them and I occasionally pull them out to have a look through them for ideas or to reminisce.

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I digress, I’m here to talk current publications and Knitting Magazine seems like as good a place as any to begin with.  Knitting, is one of my favourite publications, there’s a good mix of everything you want in a knitting magazine.  More recently, Knitting has had a bit of a refresh and the new look magazine is even better.  The patterns are laid out in sections now, so all the women’s garments are together, the men’s, children’s, accessories, etc.  There’s often a ‘How To’ based on an unusual technique and there’s also the usual yarn and book reviews that you see in many of the other publications too.  The magazine is very often pattern rich with an average number of 20 or so each month, but ‘bumper’ issues can have over 50 💕 One interesting thing to note – Knitting doesn’t have a web page as such to support the magazine.

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Next up is Simply Knitting, which in truth is actually very similar to Knitting, but doesn’t appeal to me quite as much.  Perhaps it’s because the publishers, Immediate Media Ltd. produce another of my favourite mags – The Knitter.  Simply Knitting can quite often seem a little ‘light’.  It’s a personal thing I’m sure, there are still lots of lovely patterns, reviews and editorials, but I think it probably lost something when The Knitter came out.

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The Knitter on the other hand is usually so inspiring, it is the only knitting magazine deliberately aimed toward 😉 The More Experienced Knitter 😉 Whilst not strictly true, the designs inside are more likely to contain lace or cable stitches, stranded or intarsia colour work, or be of a less than standard construction.  There is usually a master class, book/yarn reviews and everything else you’d expect form your knitting magazine.  As with most of the publications nowadays they can also be found on all sorts of digital platforms like Facebook and Ravelry too.  The actual magazine is quite different to the other knitting ones, it seems to be printed to a higher quality and this is probably reflected in the price of £5.99, I pay €9.16.  It is a little pricey, but for me there have only been the odd month where I wouldn’t consider making any of the designs within.  It’s usually quite the opposite if I’m honest, in the issue above (81) there are at least 5 patterns I could easily be persuaded into making and I’m in ♥ love ♥ with the extra free pattern for a Swedish Shawl by Donna Druchunas.

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Whilst the colours aren’t me, I absolutely love the concept.  it’s the first in a new series from The Knitter, so I can’t wait for the next issue to see what it brings.

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Knitting & Crochet from Woman’s Weekly Home Series has turned into a monthly magazine after Time Inc (UK) decided to increase the number of issues from 4 to 12 per year.  It is actually quite a good magazine and the one where you’re more likely to find licensed projects.  By that I mean jumpers with Peppa Pig on them, or toys like Paddington Bear or Bob the Builder.  Producing licensed patterns can be extremely expensive for companies now as there are all sorts of issues surrounding distribution rights, which is why you don’t see them so often now.  The Woman’s Weekly has been around for as long as I can remember and many knitters will have used a pattern that they found in it.

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Knit Now from Practical Publishing International and edited by Kate Heppell is one of the newer magazines to join the family with the first issue dating back to 2011.  I can distinctly remember having a conversation with Dina when the magazine first came out, about how we wondered if it would continue to be new and innovative and in the main it has.  It has a much more independent feel to it, with far more designs worked in yarns from the smaller producers. The magazine is committed to supporting the British yarn industry and they promote British yarns, even dedicating one whole issue every year to them.  An important feature of the magazine is that the garments include sizes up to a 26.

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It just so happens that the latest issue was the British yarn Industry issue and it contained an exclusive pattern book of 25 baby knits with it.  Lots of little babas bedecked in knitting to coo over, oops I mean lots of knitting ☺️

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Inside Crochet is one of two newish monthly crochet publications to hit the shelves, the other is Simply Crochet.  As the names suggest they are dedicated crochet magazines, which cover all aspects of the craft so don’t be surprised to see projects using hairpin, broomstick or Tunisian crochet too.  There are usually somewhere in the region of 20 projects in either mag, for anything from cardigans to dishcloths.

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Like it’s competitor Inside crochet is a bright, cheerful publication aimed at making crochet fun and accessible.  There are much fewer single patterns designed by the big yarn houses like Sirdar and King Cole available, so both of these publications go some way towards dragging crochet into the 21st century.  Credit where credit is due though, the big boys have been trying to develop more designs of late, probably in order to grab you pennies.

Both magazines have web pages but, Simply Crochet has an app too, The Granny Square app is an added bonus and it’s free on the apple operating system so anyone can use it.  Android users can access the patterns by signing up for the monthly newsletters here.

For me, as a knitter in the main, I find there’s little between both magazines.  I love to look at the pretty pictures and read about what’s new in the crochet world and have to confess to being inspired by the rainbow granny squares on more than one occasion too.  Both Simply Crochet and Inside Crochet cost £4.99/€7.49 each making it even harder to separate the two.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that as I’ve covered 12 different magazines so far that, that must be it, except it’s not.  There are magazines from America that have traditionally been quite difficult to purchase here, but are much more readily available now and then there are the ones that I subscribe to too.

Another post me thinks?

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Let’s Talk Magazines Part One

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At present there seems to be a real glut of knitting and crochet magazines available in the UK and Ireland, which could be seen as a good thing right?  More Magazines equals more competition between the publications to get your custom therefore, you might expect magazines packed to the brim, full of up-to-date patterns and editorials, with reviews on the yarns and items you want to see.  Sadly, I’ve noticed the opposite of late and in many of the magazines there seems to be a real thinning out of quality material.

As there are so many, this post could go on for ages, so I thought it best to split it into two, possibly more separate posts 🙂

So which one should you buy?

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Lets begin with my least favourite and the most expensive – Knitting & Crochet for Baby published by Immediate Media Co. (top) contains 16 knitting and crochet patterns and came with 6 x 22g balls of double knit yarn, a set of 4mm knitting needles and a 4mm crochet hook for the princely sum of…. wait for it…… €13.74  😱 😱 😱  That’s the price of a book, seriously?  Rest assured I would never usually buy such a publication but I felt it was a necessary purchase as research for this post.  There is the argument that the knitting kit with the magazine is what your paying for and of course it’s part of it but you can purchase much better quality products for only a little more money, in colours you prefer and without the risk of ‘running out’.  The patterns are OK, the odd one is even quite lovely but, it’s hard to look past the price even for someone like me, who has been known to pay silly money for the odd, out of print knitting book 🙊

‘Free gifts’ with knitting magazines are one of my pet hates, they’re anything but free.  The price of the gift has been factored into the cover price and I for one would much prefer the option to purchase an issue without the free stitch markers, tape measure, cheap, and nasty knitting detritus 💩 

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Oops, it looks like I might have to reel it in a bit, but not before I talk about The Art of Knitting.

Again there was a pair of needles and 2 balls of wool free with issue 1, which I picked up for the bargain price of €1.50 in McCarthys in Midleton.  The patterns are OK and there’s a KAL for a blanket, which is made up of squares you knit with the free wool, using the new weekly stitch pattern.  Note I said weekly, that’s the problem there in a nutshell.  Issue 1 was €1.50 and issue 2 was €3.50 but all subsequent issues will be €4.99 each, €4.99 per week and according to the website you will have enough squares to complete your throw in 90 issues.

I’m not going to lie to you all.  I actually have the original part work sitting on a shelf in my office from when it was released previously.  I bought it to have as part of the reference library I was trying to build for an idea I had for the shop, but under normal circumstances could anyone truly justify spending €444.12 on this?  It’s an awful lot of money whatever way you look at it, don’t you think?

Most of the magazines are 50% more expensive in the Euro price when you compare it to the price in Sterling, so a magazine that sells for £4.99 is likely to cost around €7.60 here.

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Next we have Knit Today, which also came with a free gift.  I’d stopped buying Knit Today for the shop some months back, because I felt it was repetitive and dull, but I was pleasantly surprised by issue 109.  I’m not sure if there’s been a change in the editorial department since I stopped reading it, or if it’s just a ‘good’ issue, either way it’s an interesting read once more.  One extremely positive thing to note is that the women’s garment patterns in Knit Today are all sized to fit from 8 to 22 as a minimum.

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Love Crochet and Love Knitting For Babies aren’t so readily available in most shops.  Produced by the same people that publish Knit Today, they’re bright, cheerful and pretty.  Love Crochet is good for quick, cute projects, there’s a lot of frippery interspersed with the odd garment or blanket.  Most, if not all of us are fond of pretty things, that are just that, they serve no other purpose than to be pretty and Love Crochet has loads of ideas to feed this need.

Love Knitting For Babies is just that, things for babies, cardi’s, hats, toys, etc.  (I wouldn’t mind the odd dinosaur though, so what that says about me I’ll never know?).  A lot of the patterns might seem familiar and that’s largely because they’re taken from the bigger mills like Sirdar, Patons and Wendy or from other books and publications.

2015-02-12 10.01.29Let’s Knit from Aceville Publications Ltd.  is apparently the UK’s best selling knitting magazine and it’s easy to see why.  First and foremost Let’s Knit feels young, vibrant and fresh faced, it contains a good mix of editorials, news, reviews and most importantly patterns.  The magazine is backed up by a similarly looking web page  complete with free patterns, a blog, how to videos and a craft forum to share in your hobby with similarly like minded people. There’s also a Facebook Page, Pinterest account and Twitter feed to soothe all your ♥ knitty ♥ needs.  

Let’s Knit usually contains a good range of patterns with everything from toys through to garments, most of which could probably be best described as ‘modern’ rather than wardrobe staples (only my opinion).  It’s a knitting magazine dedicated to knitting with the odd crochet patten thrown in for good measure.

Let’s Knit also champion the industry, from the little people like me, to the big boys like Rowan.  They hold The British Knitting Awards every year and launched The Love Your Yarn Shop Campaign in 2014, which will I hope, continue to grow in popularity as Bricks and Mortar yarn shops are becoming even more of a rarity as the rise of internet shops increase.  Without rent, rates and amenities  these online businesses have minimal overheads which make it harder for us to compete very much like florists and supermarkets.

Have you seen any of these 6 publications, if so which do you favour?  In the next post I’ll run through more of the available magazines, there are at least another 8 to look at.

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Needle Ramblings February?

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My effort to knit or crochet as much as possible in 2015 is going well so far, six weeks have passed since the bells chimed in the New Year and I’ve managed to get a ✌️ second ✌️ pair of socks for my (always cold) tootsies knitted.

The yarn I’ve knitted is one I fell in love with on Instagram from Yesterdaydream; it’s their 4ply Superwash Merino wool in County Fair you can find their Etsy Shop here.  As the yarn is so  pretty, I stuck with the plainest of sock patterns which meant they were great for working on at knitting group and the cinema 👍

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I’ve actually made another pair of socks too, but they don’t count towards my ‘pair every 2 months’ challenge to myself as they were a gift for the lovely Léann, my sons girlfriend.  They’re chunky socks because she’s currently in Poland on her Erasmus and it’s mighty chilly there .  I adapted them from the Basic Chunky Sock Pattern from Patons that I was singing the praises of recently on the Facebook Page.  I used the Serenity Chunky yarn from Wendy because the alpaca fibre should help with added warmth and I love the colour range too 🌈 I would probably have managed to get the pair (size 5/6) out of the one ball at a push, but had already decided to go for the coloured heel and toe.  If you decided to knit them yourself I’d err on the side of caution and have an extra ball to hand just in case.  The pattern calls for 6mm (I think) and I’ve used a 5mm to make the socks more dense, they’re still soft and cosy and are great as boot socks or for padding around the house in as slippers.

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I love my tags, which have washing instructions for you to mark on the reverse.  I’d taken this photo with the intention of saying where I bought them, but I’ve completely forgotten :-0  A search on Etsy turned up some lovely ones though.

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I also finished the Cobblestone for Du as promised, but the word disappointed doesn’t even come close to describing how I feel about it.  I even knew before I’d finished it, but you still live in hope don’t you?

So what am I unhappy with?

1) It’s too big – I made the medium and should have made the small.

2) It’s too boxy – probably a combination of the pattern and point 1 above.

3) The garter stitch yoke is clumsy looking – I think if I could bring myself to knit it again I’d switch to a smaller needle for the yoke.

4) The wrapped stitches are a little too obvious for my liking.

5) The yarn I used is rather unforgiving for this pattern, Sirdar Bonus Aran is a good basic yarn, I’ve used it several times before and have always been happy with the finished project.  However the wool content is minimal and had I used the yarn I purchased originally for my son (a beautiful 100% Blue Faced Leicester), the jumper would have probably turned out much nicer because wool is springy and more forgiving.

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I’ve also finished crocheting another shawl for myself, but as you can see there’s the small matter of ends to sew in yet.

Having finished (or nearly finished) a few of my projects it seems only right to cast on again, doesn’t it 😉

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My next pair of socks are going to be a pink stripey affair, plain again to facilitate easy knitting whilst talking.

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I’ve another chunky pair on my needles too, as I’m teaching a friend how to knit socks.  I’m quite smitten with the pair I made above so thought they might be the best way to go in this instance.

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I’ve also cast on a Flax in the medium/large size using Rico Country Aran for one of four of us Kye won’t wear anything resembling a woolly jumper.  Fingers crossed maybe, just maybe it’ll work out right for Du to make up for the enormous Cobblestone.  Sixteen hundred and eighty projects on Ravelry, including one from Dina is a great indication of how popular this pattern really is and if that wasn’t enough to convince you, it’s a Tin Can Knits design too.

🌻 Happily 🌻 though, I can report that he is actually wearing it, mostly in the office/sewing/gaming room that we all share and which can be a little chilly even when we’re all in there.

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If you look closely, what looks like bobbles are actually threads that he gets covered in from working on his latest sewing project, more about that in a few weeks 🙂

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Winter Edition of Knitty

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The Winter edition of Knitty was published in December and I’ve only just managed to spend some time reading through it now?  I say reading through it but that doesn’t seem the right turn of phrase, maybe it should be ‘clicking’ through it?  Anyway, as I settle down in front of my computer enrobed in as many woolly layers as possible – there’s a window in front of my desk, a big drafty one, but the view  (above) is beautiful.

I love the individuality of Knitty, which isn’t as reliant on the ‘big boys’ within the industry purchasing advertising and promoting their own agenda because it’s online, rather than in print.  Not that I’m against knitting magazines, far from it, a quick glance into my office would confirm that, it’s just that Knitty appeals to the more creative, experimental side of me I guess.

As usual it all makes for a good read and being the 50th issue it’s jammed packed with articles, reviews and patterns.

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In Cool Stuffs there are reviews for several of the most recently published knitting books and the good people of Knitty also have a look at the Double Pointed Knitting Needle Sorter and Gauge and the Eszee Twist Tool for Spinners.

Donna Druchunas Ethnic Knitting Adventures article on Fighting Prejudice in Knitting and in Life makes for an interesting read.  I shan’t go into more detail here in order to encourage you to take 5 minutes to have a read yourselves.  The piece works as a great introduction to The Slouchy Saami Hat designed by Donna’s friend Susan Santos which she created after a visit to the Nordiska museet — the Nordic Museum in Stockholm.

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Susan took her inspiration from the exhibitions of Swedish folk art and fashion from the Saami (or Sami), the Arctic indigenous people of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia.  The traditional folk costumes of the Saami are often adorned with bright bands of weaving in geometric and floral designs,  if you’re interested in knowing more, pop over to Roman K’s fantastic blog dedicated to folk costumes.

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Franklin Habit’s Stitches in Time column has a pair of vintage gloves for us in the 50th issue.  Franklin has adapted the pattern from Weldon’s Practical Knitter, oh how I’d love even one of them.  Knitted in 4ply yarn the gloves are sized to fit a man, however Franklin explains that simply shortening the fingers should make them a better fit for women as the ‘hand’ part of the glove is quite elastic.

Amongst my favourites in the pattern section are

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Alice by Juliett Turjoman – a very unusual hat, knitted in aran weight yarn the hat is made in 3 seperate pieces. Juliett was took inspiration from Parisian designer Alice Bernard who was a successful couturière and hat designer during the Roaring Twenties

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Lean On Me by Anna Maltz – a dazzling, slim fit tank top which I adore.  It’s worked in double knit and has steeks, but could prove so tempting that it has to be knitted :-0

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Smithfield Pullover by Amy Christoffes – a cosy, oversized, top down, aran weight jumper.  No endorsment is needed as it obviously sells itself.  My only problem would be making sure it didn’t wander off with ♥ Dina ♥

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I also love Minetta by Kirsten Kapur but as beautiful as it is, there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s knitted in 4ply (sob), one day…..

Last but not least in Knittyspin there are a couple of interesting articles well worth a look at including one on jar dyeing by Laurie Osbourne.

Why not pop over to Knitty if you haven’t already and have a look for yourself 🙂

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Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads

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♥ Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads ♥ from Cirilia Rose is a compendium of beautiful patterns designed by Cirilia herself and photographed by the exceptionally talented Jared Flood.  Within it’s tempting cover Cirilia explains that she has split the patterns in the book into three sections, each one accommodating the different parts of our knitterly personalities.

Magpies contains designs to utilise those beautiful small amounts of precious yarn that many of us purchase with no project in mind but know we just have to have.  Like Cirilia, I myself tend to buy a ‘souvenir’ hank or two and find each evokes a memory of a trip somewhere, time inevitably spent with my loved ones and I love the process of finding a worthwhile pattern to knit.

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Within the Magpie section there are 8 designs, including one of the main reasons for my purchase and necessary addition to my fibre reference library.

The Isla Cardigan shown here with The Marion Collar is I think, a beautiful classic piece of knitwear.  Cirilia has used Zealana Rimu DK which is a blend of merino and possum fibre.  The deep rib creates an empire waistline whilst the slightly puffed shoulders and three quarter length sleeves add to the vintage look.  The cardigan is completely set off with the addition of the Marion Collar, but I think we could be forgiven for wearing it without.

I’m also rather taken with the Breve Cowl which has been knitted with 2 very different yarns – Noro Silk Garden and Rowan Denim.  The easy 2 row lace pattern can be used effectively with most yarns and because it’s a wraparound cowl, the play with colours and textures of the layers created, is simple but effective.

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Homebodies is for comfort, feeding the nester in all of us.  Whether it takes the form of cosy slippers or comfy homewares, it embraces early evenings spent in by the fire.  Within the Homebodies section of 8 patterns there are some lovely designs including Heima Slippers, Borgarnes Pillow and the beautiful Loro Vest.  Heima Slippers to indulge my current sock and slipper knitting fetish and the Borgarnes Pillow appeals to the eco warrior in me as it’s knitted in t-shirt yarn.  The Loro Vest has universal appeal, looking great whatever the weather, layered over a summer dress, jeans or leggings.

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It’s the Nomads section that has truly caught my eye and resulted in yet more additions to my ‘must knit’ wish list.  The first temptation comes in the form of the Gezell Coat made in Royalpaca from Schulana which seems to be a aran weight yarn, meaning it won’t take too long to knit 😉 Although hard to see in the photograph , there are little knitted bobbles adorning the hem and sleeve edges to add interest.

Next we have the classically shaped Coterie Cardigan with it’s double breasted, military detail and beautiful I-cord edging.  Once again I can happily say ‘it’s aran weight’ 👍

The kaleidoscope of colour that is the Studio Pullover is pure rainbow pleasure in a jumper, but look past the colourful heart and you’ll notice the jumper is a cleverly constructed, saddle shoulder, aran weight wardrobe staple (for me anyway).  I do love the multicoloured heart and have even had a look at Hippie Chix fibre Art locks  but I’m not convinced it’s me.  Sadly the Rittenhouse yarn from Manos del Uraguay has also been discontinued so I’ll have to look for an alternative.  How bad 😜

Cirilia has included the usual page of abbreviations and a couple of pages dedicated to ‘special techniques’ and this book does contain a few including, provisional cast on, applied I-cord, Kitchener stitch and short row shaping.  Don’t let that put you off though Youtube is a fantastic resource and Craftsy always has fantastic classes on offer and of course there’s always me .  If I don’t know, I’ll want to, so it’ll just be an opportunity waiting to happen.

One of the things I love about Cirilia’s book is that she’s also added a ‘recommended reading’ page or three, which includes several of my favourite books and one or two I hadn’t heard of.  Me thinks further investigation might be in order 😉

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Still Trying To Catch Up Here

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I’m figuring that I’ll have caught up with my Christmas 2014 posts just in time for Christmas 2015 at  this rate.  In truth I could just post every day for a few weeks, but then I run the risk of boring you all to death, so I’m hoping that despite this being another ‘Christmas’ themed post, it’s still interesting?

It comes as no surprise I’m sure, to hear that I love all things fibre and have been fascinated by weaving for some time.  Rather embarrassingly, I actually own several looms, I say embarrassingly because I’m not sure who I was trying to kid when we purchased a giant floor sized loom years ago.  Truthfully, my intentions were good at the time and it was a complete bargain, but really???

My smaller, more manageable looms sometimes see the light of day and I was very lucky to have spent the day Tapestry Weaving with the very talented Pascale de Coninck many moons ago now, but lets face it, I’m more than likely to be found with my needles.

I like to get the children I teach to have a go at making a secret Christmas gift for their favourite person, but it can be difficult to come up with something suitable.  Some of the girls (they’re all girls at the moment) have been knitting with me for a couple of years now, whilst some are new to the hobby and need a little more time.

I spent ages researching different ideas and kept coming across weaving, particularly for wall hangings.  They seem to be everywhere at the moment Pinterest is full of them and they’ve even made it in to several magazines.

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Having taught weaving to a group of children before I dug around and discovered an old loom I’d made with strong cardboard years ago and copied it, cutting ‘teeth’ out every 1.5cms.  Ensuring you have an even number of teeth to give you an odd number of wraps will make things easier (we had 9 warp threads) .  I wrapped the warp threads and tied them at the back so the girls could crack on with the weaving.

Using a plastic needle threaded with the yarn of their choice, they wove a basic over and under weave, remembering to wrap the yarn the opposite way on each following row.  We had a couple of mishaps with un-weaving to begin with

 

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There were a few things I knew we’d struggle with, with the girls because of our limited time – namely the ends so I searched children’s weaving on Pinterest and happened upon artblog.com which used tape to secure the ends – perfect 🙂

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Every time we added a new colour we used masking tape to secure the old and the new ends to the board.  Try to make sure your masking tape is the easy lift decorating one or else you could end up damaging your fabric.

 

 

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Having filled their looms we worked on securing the warp thread ends.  Firstly I ran a line of tape up along one side of the warp threads on the back.

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Before cutting them straight down the middle.

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Flipping the work over to the right side, we knotted the warp thread ends into bunches of three.  Then lifting the tape on the back off we did the same at the other end.

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The tricky part was removing the weaving from the board, ideally when you weave the ends are woven in as you go, but that would have been far too time consuming.

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I had the wonderful task of peeling of the little bits of tape so we could lay the ends flat against the back of the piece.

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After a little trim, here’s where the magic from Bar Rucci’s post comes in handy – Gaffer Tape 😍 Using the super strong tape I obliterated♦ the ends.  The tape also made the weaving firmer and less likely to sag.  Win, win 🏆

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You can never have too many pompoms, so we added three to our wall hangings, which we tied to one end of the warp threads.  Covering our ends with a little more gaffer tape.

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Lastly, we ran a stick through the top set of warp threads to hang our wall hangings with.

 

Pausing here to thank my ever suffering sons – Durahn and Kye 👼 👼 Who kindly went off hunting high and low for suitable branches, which they then cleaned and de-barked for me.  Not that they had a choice you understand?

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Weaving is a great way to use up odds and ends of yarn and you can add lots of interest with funky fibres or strips of material.  Each of the girls chose their own colours and textures making each piece individual.

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At the back from left to right we have Megan & Katelyn and at the front there is Clara, Lucy, Uainionn, Aoife and Rinoch
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At the back from left to right there is Katelyn, Molly, Miriam, Rose and Sophie. Down the front we have Aoife, Rinoch and Hannah.

I think you’ll agree the girls wall hangings turned out lovely and festive (even the ones that are back to front 😶)

I think they all enjoyed it?

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Stylecraft Yarns Winter Catch Up

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I’d started to write this post in mid December when I ordered the new shades in Stylecraft’s Swift Knit and Senses yarns.  Unfortunately, there were some issues with obtaining the digital images at the time and I’ve only just received them and I thought you might still like to have a quick look at them.

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There are 3 new shades in the Swift Knit and a few new patterns to tempt you too

 

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Dina has already put in a request for the hat 😯

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In the Senses I chose two of the new shades for the shop to compliment the colours we already have.  Again there have been some lovely patterns released too.

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I wouldn’t mind at least one of the hats and the cowl/neck warmer myself if I could find the time to knit them.

Thinking about it the Swift and the Senses are two extremes when it comes to yarns.  The Swift is very much a super chunky yarn whilst the Senses has been designed to be used as a laceweight.  (I find it knits perfectly to a 4 ply too)

The Swift is €4.99 per 100g whilst the Senses is €4.20 per 50g.

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And The Winner Is…..

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The run up to Christmas was a bit mental here (even more so than usual), but I was organised enough to ask Liz from the East Cork Rapid Response team to draw the winner of the Stocking of the Week.

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Excuse the terrible writing but Jackie Smyth is the winner 🙂

Yesterday Jackie popped into the shop to pick her prize of €100 worth of knitting goodies.

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Jackie picked a couple of projects to work up for herself in beautiful merino and tweed double knit and then lots of odd balls to knit hats and scarves to donate to The Chernobyl Children’s Trust 😀

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I’m Thoroughly Enjoying Myself

 

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There have barely been two weeks pass in January and I feel like I’m flying with the knitting and crochet 😎

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I’m currently working on the sleeves of the jumper Cobblestone for my son Du.  The pattern is worked bottom up in the round and I’ve reached the part where the sleeves are joined.  I had promised to concentrate solely on the jumper, but I just can’t do it.  I need the satisfaction little projects bring 😉 So I’ve set my deadline to the end of January instead.

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So… I’ve also managed to get a quick hat for Kye, my youngest knitted up in the specified burgundy colour as requested.

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Using my latest hat pattern Toasty & Textured, I whipped up another hat, this time in Twilley’s Freedom Wool.

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Feeling inspired by the yarn I put in the sale I quickly (and it was, even for me) crocheted a half granny square shawl in Rico Creative Galaxy Chunky yarn using a 7mm hook and 3 balls and I lve it!

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Drum roll please…

I’m also happy to announce that I’ve completed my first pair of socks for 2015.  To be fair, I’d all but knitted one of them before the end of 2014 but it still counts towards my goal of 6 pairs for the year 😉

I’ve also started working on my next pair too, that’s what the pretty piece of knitting is at the beginning of this post 

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