Happy Friday

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I thoroughly enjoyed my morning dog walk, it was beautiful out there and has now turned into the most glorious of days.  Spring is definitely in the air, which has really helped us as we had our Olann and photo shoot earlier.  I’m really excited about this coming issue and I know I’ve said that before, but it really is getting better every time (well I think so)  I’m not sure if it’s because we’re more knowledgeable about the process, or whether we’re just more comfortable with what we’re doing?  Whatever it is, it feels very much like it’s working.

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Rainbow Bright

Woman found safe, but extremely warm, after becoming engulfed by her yarn stash early last week. The first thing she did was sit down with a cuppa and her knitting --)

I was looking for knitting needles the other day, only to realise that I broke my last set of 3.5mm interchangeable Knit Pro’s a while back and forgot to replace them, before closing the shop.  So I did something I haven’t had to do for years (holiday yarn shop excursions don’t count), I went to a wool  shop and bought a set.  The trip provided a great opportunity to peruse the shelves of yarny goodness as a customer, tempted by all the woolly goodness and to look for yarn for Dina’s next project too.  Unfortunately, the one she’d fallen in love with wasn’t in stock, so now she’s going to use something I have left after closing the shop.

A much better idea, before the above really does end up happening 😱

Happily, I have also found some time to play with woolly goodness over the past few days, in fact I’m on a bit of a role with my knitting and crochet – Long may it last.

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I’ve finally managed to finish the pair of sparkly socks I cast on back in August.  As you can see from the photo, I’ve taken to just casting on the second sock straight after finishing the first.  Previously, I’ve been trying to match them a little more, but this method is appealing to my way of thinking a little more at the moment and let’s be honest it’s quicker 😉  I’m not sure how many pairs I’m up to now in my New Year’s quest to make a pair every two months, must check.

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Being in need of a bit of instant knitting gratification, I’ve also knitted up a quick cowl for Dina.  The yarn is Elektra from Conway and Bliss that I bought whilst attending the Debbie Bliss event in Kinsale recently.

Elektra has a recommended tension of 12 stitches by 18 rows on 8mm needles and the blend of 70% wool and 30% alpaca makes for a very light yarn, but to ensure it’s super softness next to my daughter’s neck, I chose to use 9mm needles.

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The cowl, as you can see is very basic.  I cast on 21 stitches and then knitted in garter stitch, alternating the colours after working two rows.  I stopped knitting when the work reached approximately 130cm and after casting off, sewed the two ends together.

I was a little unsure if I liked the way the colours were knitting up together and even thought about ripping it back, but after a little more knitting, the colours won me over.  More importantly, Dina loves it and she seems to be able to wear almost any colour.  She tells me it’s extremely warm too, even better – as she’s always cold.

Of course she should have known what was coming next……

My kind of photography drives her crazy though.  I ‘persuaded’ her to strike a pose whilst we were out on our yarn shop trip and just kept pressing the button.

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Can you guess that she’s telling me she’s not ready as she moves her hair out of her eyes?

There are a good few more, but I think she might kill me if I post them 💀

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Tah-dah….

Beautiful ❤️

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What’s Better Than Finishing One Project?

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I was fully convinced that closing the shop, would result in me having more time.  At the moment though, the complete opposite would be true ⏳ (I’ve now got Culture Club in my head)

It’s all good fun though and I’m thoroughly enjoying working with Deirdre on Olann and.  It’s great to be able to put the 10 years worth of knowledge, gained whilst working in the industry, to good use.

On the flip side, there’s been very little time for much of my fibre crafting 😦  That’s why it’s been a little quiet on here and the Facebook Page of late.

I’ve been taking my knitting or crochet to bed some nights, simply to try and squeeze the odd few stitches in before the zzz’s come a calling.  What a glamorous life I lead?

So it’s lovely to be able to share a project I’ve finished, or should that be projects?

That’s right.

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What’s better than finishing one project?

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  ♥ Finishing two ♥

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I’ve finally managed to adjust the foot length on my neon, London Comicon socks

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and I’ve also knocked up a pair of Autumnal looking lovelies too (oh yeah, now dancing in my seat)

I used 2.25mm needles on both pairs, rather than my usual 2.5mm and the slightly denser stitch, seems to have resulted in a warmer sock. Always a bonus round here 😉  I still knitted my usual 60 stitch sock, but added an extra few rows to the length of the leg and the foot.

I already have another pair on the needles, as well as far too many other WIP’s to list here, so I’m sure they’ll be something new to share soon.

Happy Knitting!

PS.  I’m so excited to be attending our first official ‘Olann and’ outing tomorrow evening with Deirdre.  Looking forward to meeting more fibre infatuated people and telling you all about it some time in the near future,

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Sock Mad

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Whilst in the grips of ✨weaver fever✨ I’ve still been doing the odd bit of knitting, but even that’s gone a bit bonkers, as I seem to have found myself gripped by sock madness.

Despite having (pause to clear my throat) several 😉 projects on the go, with more on the ever expanding ‘to do’ list, it seems I really am just happy making socks.  Maybe it’s because they require little or no effort, except when it comes to the heel and toe.  Could it be that they’re just so portable.  Perhaps it’s simply because I love my socks.

Whatever the reason, things got a little out of hand last night 😵⚡️🐒

The socks in the photo at the top of the post are my Comicon socks.  You might remember I bought a ball of the shy, retiring yarn, whilst taking Kye to London at the beginning of the summer?

The socks, I have to admit are beyond my expectations, I can”t wait to wear them and I would, only they’ve come up a little small 👎

I switched from my usual 2.5mm needles to 2.25mm needles after having a discussion with Dr. Sock about how both of us felt our tension was becoming slightly looser.  In my head I’d computed the difference and had allowed for the slight change this could make in the finished sock, but of course this doesn’t mean I remembered when I was knitting.  Actually to be fair, I did remember whilst knitting the leg part of the first sock, but then I completely forgot when I’d finished turning the heel and working the gusset.

In my defence, I was closing the shop at the time.

Usually I’d try my first sock on when it was finished just too check everything was right before moving on to the second, but of course I didn’t.  Luckily, I copied the first sock, so both of them fit perfectly on the leg and heel, they just need to be a tad longer.

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Now I have a pair of socks that need their toes ripping back so I can add five or so more rows.  Luckily, I have plenty of yarn left to do this, but it just seems like too much to concentrate on at the moment though.

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Much like picking up the stitches to make the gusset on this sock did last night as well.  My living room can be quite dark and I was too comfortable to move to the kitchen, well that and I was enjoying watching the episode of Eastenders I’d recorded earlier 😱

So what’s a girl to do, when her knitting just isn’t happening?

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Yep, you guessed it.  I cast on another pair of socks 🙈🙈🙈

Must be going through some kind of orange phase.

Moving swiftly on….

You might have noticed they’re on metal needles?

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The needles ar Knitpro Nova Cubics, they’re also 2.5mm and I’m not sure I’m going to stick with them.  To be fair, they do feel so much better than your standard coated steel knitting needles that you see everywhere.  They’re still metal though, so they are no way near as comfortable, flexible and quiet as my usual choice of Knitpro Symphonie, Cubics or Karbonz.

I’ll let you know if I change over when I’ve done a bit more knitting.

I am considering mixing it up a little, only a little though because I’ll still be using 4ply.  So many of my friends are expecting and I’m way behind on knitting gifts, so I think it might be time to crack on with a little Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker of Pekapeka Design Studio.  I’ve never made one before and it looks interesting, what do you think?

Happy Knitting!

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Not a Lot of Fibre Love

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I’m in desperate need of some time alone with my needles 😦

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It’s probably no surprise that my life over the last week has looked mostly like this

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and this

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and this.

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With very little of this.

Luckily, that’s all about to change, as tomorrow I’m off to Bangor in Wales for a few days and it will be fibre fun all the way.  I’m actually going over to spend a few days learning about Saori weaving at Rosie Green’s studio SAORImor, so be prepared to be bored to death on my return.  In addition to the weaving I’m planning on filling some of my free time with some much needed knitting time and listening to some audio books 🙂

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In the meantime, I wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts, best wishes, cards, flowers, wine, chocolates and other assorted goodies.  I now need to go on a diet and begin a strenuous exercise regime to shed the pounds.

Happy Knitting!

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May Needle Round Up

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In my last post I alluded to the fact that I haven’t been getting that much knitting done of late and that despite having completed my summer cotton Kimera Granny Shawl I was feeling like I had achieved very little, 🎨 creatively wise 🎨

Since posting, the last few days have been almost the polar opposite, as I feel reluctant to do anything other than sit and knit or crochet.  I’ve managed to complete my first Clue 2 block from the Stylecraft Yarns and Jane Crowfoot Lilly Pond Crochet Along, but I’ve mislaid it 😳 Hopefully, I’ve just left it at the shop.  Either way, I should probably give clue 3 a go and I’ll pop up both blocks over the next couple of days, so we can all have a laugh at my poor attempts.

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I’m also really happy to report that I have finished the Flax jumper from Tin Can Knits, I’d been knitting on the off chance that my son Durahn, would like it.  Not only does he like it, he seems to be really rather fond of it 👍 Although I may have inadvertently set myself up for a bit of a fall as the yarn I used was Rico Fashion Aran and he loves how warm it is whilst being so light weight.  Most woolly aran weight yarn isn’t so light, but we’ll deal with that issue as and when it arises.

Lots of people overlooked this yarn when we had it on sale in the shop and yet I get loads of compliments when I wear the jumper I have made in it on.  I’m not sure why it didn’t attract the attention it deserves.  Maybe people thought it might be a little on the itchy side because of the alpaca fibres.  Maybe it looked a little thin for an aran weight?  I do have a hard time explaining to some people that yarn is designed to be knit at a certain tension in order to achieve the over all desired fabric.  Maybe it was the colour palette, most of which were earthy, Autumnal hues?

Regardless of the reasons why, the Rico Fashion Aran yarn just wasn’t a great seller for us and so I cleared it for as little as €1 a ball in the end 🙈

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I made Du the M/L size which measures 39″ around the chest, because as you can see in the photos, he’s quite a slim chap.  I didn’t block the jumper as he seemed eager to wear it, even going so far as to say that Carlsberg don’t knit jumpers, but if they did…. High praise indeed.

If you haven’t knitted it, I’d wholeheartedly recommend Flax as one of those great patterns, that you’ll end up knitting time and time again.  Unisex and with sizes from newborn to 4XL it will do for everyone of the family and if that wasn’t enough – IT’S FREE!!!

The photograph at the top of this post is a dead give away I know, but my newly finished socks are just so pretty, don’t you think?

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They look even better with my green shoes too 💕

That’s my 4th pair so far this year and I’ve wasted no time in casting on another pair in the new Cotton Premium yarn from Opal that I mentioned in one of my previous posts.

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The new pair of socks are flying up and I’m loving how the more muted colours are coming together.  The socks are my more portable project, so I’ve also had to cast on another ‘larger’ knit too.

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My lovely stitch marker is one of a set handmade for me by Catherina and her daughter Molly 💖

You might have noticed that the latest Green Bin clearance items are Adriafil Saetta and Stella Jacq?  I’ve been lusting after one of the shades in the Stella Jacq for some time now, but in truth, they’re probably not my colours.  Deciding to clear the yarn meant I had to decide whether to knit with it or not.  Fortunately, I’ve also been looking for an excuse to knit the Oslo-Anorak pattern from Pickles for a good while too.  Of all the Oslo-Anorak projects on Ravelry, I prefer the ones where a multicoloured yarn has been used together with a solid, so I’ve opted to use a dusty pink for the bands and hood of the design.

As with all patterns from Pickles, one size is available for free and with this design it’s the 6-12 months version, but the price of the complete pattern with sizes from 6/12 months to 7/8 years will set you back $6.40, which to be fair with the current exchange rate is a little pricey.

Inexplicably organised for once, this little jumper is actually going to be a Christmas present too 🎅

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Have to go now, having just been for a walk on the farm in the beautiful sunshine,  I need to try and get a few rows of knitting done 🙂

Happy Knitting!

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