knit then unknit

and joining Crafting On

Yarnalong 29 03 17

I finally managed to get a better 'natural light' photograph of darling husbands Ranger cardigan. We had a little hiccup this week, when I knit 10 rows of 'short row' pattern and then made a mistake and couldn't fix it (I did try!) and had to unknit (then rip out) the 10 rows and start again.

Anyway, last night I got to the point where I join the sleeves to the body and as it was nearly 10pm (and close to my bed time) I decided to leave that for another day. I will life line all three pieces before I start. Just in case!

In between, I'm knitting another pair of Marlee Socks. There is a Voila post coming next week of pair number 1. This is a nice portable project and one that I can knit as few as 16 stitches in a spare moment :)

Looking forward to another inspiring day following yarn crafters.

C xx


A seat with a view

and joining Keep Calm Craft On.

Yarnalong 22 03 17

This is pretty much my view when I'm not at work, or paper crafting, or on my treadmill. I have finished (to the point that the pattern orders) both sleeves of dear husbands ranger cardigan. And I am only a couple of inches off starting the short rows on the body. Once the back has been lengthened, we're ready to add the sleeves. I had hoped to get an outdoor photo of this yummy yarn but just as I was going to take one, the heavens opened and the hail came down.

I am thoroughly enjoying Rosy is my Relative, by Gerald Durrell. It's such a light hearted and entertaining read.

I have been actively gathering sock patterns thanks to the inspiring yarnalong bloggers. Thanks all who share their sock WIPs.

Speaking of which, Ginny has decided to stop hosting yarnalong. Thank you Ginny for hosting and introducing me to so many wonderful crafters!

Happy Wednesday!

C xx


Crafting with Felt Balls - Part 2 of 2

Felt necklace

Felt necklace 2

Part 1 of the crafting with felt balls can be found here.

I have a storage basket full of jewellery making beads and findings that I bought when I had a jewellery making faze, we all have those right? And it didn't last terribly long, again that happens to all of us, yes?

This little necklace was made using embroidery floss, small beads, felt balls and a magnetic clip. It's a delicate piece and probably not meant for every day wear.

Again I won't go into a detailed step by step as there are so many on the www for your reference.

Top tip:
If you're new to 'knotting' take some time to do a little research before you start. I have a few pins on my JEWELLERY MAKING Pinterest board that are worth looking at.

The felt balls came from Wool Felt Company. They really do have a great selection of colours, and the variety pack is worth buying if you're just starting out, (that's what I did).

Pinterest is full of fabulous felt ball crafting ideas and I'm so looking forward to more making during the year.

C xx


One Little Word - January and February

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I am so enjoying documenting my OneLittleWord 2017.

January was all about getting to know our word and documenting intentions. Putting words, thoughts and ideas down on paper have made my word and what I plan to achieve in this year very real. I have spent too much of my life living without seeing my real potential and being the person I want to be. Although I am very focused on my physical well being and changing my body this year, the real change is going on inside. Because everything I am doing is for ME. Spending 90 minutes a week on my treadmill is for ME, it is time to be by MYSELF. No social media and no chores. Time at my craft desk doing my OLW album is for ME. Time spent watching my TV series and knitting is for ME.

These things are MINE. These things make me HAPPY. These things make me SHINE.

In February we looked at practice. Finding something we want to do regularly and documenting making it reality. I started the Couch to 5K running program last September and kind of got lost in the process because of one thing and another. I knew that I wanted to do it in 2017 and this prompt came just at the right time. You can see from the last photo that I didn't quite get to doing 3 days a week, but it was good practice to finding the routine. Since the 27th of February I have been on the treadmill 3 times a week and will be completing week 6 of the program this weekend. On the back of that calendar page is a reflections section which I used to document the difficulties in setting my routine and how I overcame them during the month of February.

More later :)

C xx


2nd sock

and joining Ginny for Yarnalong

Yarnalong 15 03 17

Last Thursday I travelled up to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Yarn Fest. I took along some yarn and a sock pattern as my travel companion. On the way up to Scotland I didn't do much knitting as I was reading my book and looking out of the window as the beautiful English country side whizzed by. (I have photos and my story to share later this month)

This sock is Marlee by CabinFour. And it's a pretty quick knit, for a newbie sock knitter like me.

I'm reading Rosy is my Relative by Gerald Durrell. It's a delightful story, and I'm so enjoying it.

Back to dear husband cardigan by the weekend I hope.

Looking for sock inspiration if you have a favourite pattern to share. I prefer plain(ish) socks and like to knit in solid colour. Thank you!

C xx


2nd sleeve

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 08 03 17

Photo from last nights stitch and bitch in our village pub.
I'm progressing well with dear husbands cardigan, having finished sleeve one over the weekend. The sleeve rounds are far easier than the long body rows and although I was trying to alternate my working I enjoy the sleeves much more. The artificial light is really not doing the colour of this yarn any favours. Looking forward to the Voila post photography shoot for this one.

I'm 20 pages off finishing my Wilbur Smith book. Good timing as I have a 5 hour train journey tomorrow and a new read (interspersed with a bit of knitting) planned.

I'm off to The Edinburgh Yarn Festival. So excited and a little nervous as it's a lone venture although I'll meet up with a friend on the Friday at the fest. So much chat on the Ravelry EYF board has my bank card twitching!

Happy day
C xx


Sewing buttons

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 01 03 17

I finished this cardigan a year ago, or was it two, and bought some buttons for it at last years Hitchin Festiwool. I was using a shawl pin to close it but was keen for buttons. A work colleague helped me with placement and I stitched them on last night. Because it's not strictly a button down cardi there are no button holes so I needed to crochet loops. I love how it's turned out!
And now back to dear husbands cardigan.

About 50 pages from the end of my Wilbur Smith book, Pharaoh. And still enjoying it so much.

Last week's yarnalong saw me adding a few new projects to my Ravelry library so I'm looking forward to see what everyone else is up to thins week!

C xx


Crafting with Felt Balls - Part 1 of 2

Felt mobile 1

Felt mobile 2

Felt mobile 3

Felt mobile 4

Felt mobile 5

Felt mobile 6

I have only recently discovered creating with wool roving and felt. And I am thoroughly enjoying it.

In December I made a little needle felted Santa to go in a mini wreath and after Christmas I sat down to make some gifts (yes I'm good at making Christmas gifts after Christmas!!) with felt balls. I wanted to make the balls myself but having found Wool Felt Company I discovered that it was cheaper and easier to buy them!

For these hanging mobiles I used:
Felt balls (20mm)
Embroidery thread
Beads
Driftwood (bought off eBay)
A drill (thank you dear husband for drilling the holes for me)
A thin, sharp, long needle

Top tip:
If you're new to 'knotting' take some time to do a little research before you start. I have a few pins on my JEWELLERY MAKING Pinterest board that are worth looking at.

I won't reinvent the wheel by doing a step by step as there are so many wonderful tutorials and videos on the internet already. However any questions, please shout and I will help!

I didn't want to bundle too much on one post so look out for a part 2 project next month.

Happy day.
C xx


Easy knitting

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 22 02 17

I'm flipping between long body of the cardigan rows and shorter sleeve of the cardigan rounds this week. The stitch pattern has become easier now and although I need to (and I do need to) mark off my rounds for the sleeves, things are progressing nicely and I'm so enjoying this make. I'm not great at knitting for other people because I get annoyed knowing it will be given away at the end, but at least this cardigan isn't going far.

It looks very grey in this photo and I blame artificial light. I can't wait to photograph this one outside! The colour is just wonderful and I'm not normally a brown person.

On the second half of my Wilbur Smith book, Pharaoh, and I'm starting to panic about it ending. Although I do have my next book lined up next to my bed and I am looking forward to re reading this one so it's not all bad news :)

Thanks for stopping by!

C xx 


Brushed Fleece Alpine Throw

Fleece blanket 1

Fleece blanket 2

Fleece blanket 3

Fleece blanket 4

Fleece blanket 5

Now that this throw is finished, I can say that I love it and I loved making it. And I will make it again. This bit shocks me most because I really did have a job getting my fingers co-ordinated and I didn't enjoy it much......to begin with.

Here are some details:
I used Rowan brushed fleece in crag (grey) and cove (cream). The pattern calls for 7 balls, I needed another 1 and a bit balls. I didn't manage to get the same dye lot and forgot to alternate rows (rolleyes) so there is a slight difference that hopefully isn't visible to the untrained (ie a non knitters) eye.
Needle size, 6mm circular.
It took just over 6 weeks to make, but actually should have only taken about 3. This was me dithering with the snowflakes (another rolleyes).
Pattern is from Simply knitted with love by my dear friends Daniella and Linda.

Just a note on the yarn:
This is my third project using brushed fleece and this was by far the worst batch of yarn I have ever used. It broke. Just broke apart. Thankfully this yarn works SO well with the magic knot as there are many joins. And this could account for the extra ball (and a bit) that I needed. It was very frustrating and annoying. I must just confirm that I didn't have this issue with the cardigan or jacket I have made with this yarn. Bad batch of yarn.....perhaps.

A tip:
I used thread bobbins for the snowflake yarn to prevent getting in an even bigger mess than I felt like I was in.

There are such wonderful patterns in this little book, great for gifts. As this throw was.

Thanks as always for visiting.
C xx