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Saturday, 12 October 2013
I've been an avid follower of Tami's blog for almost 2 years; I follow her on twitter, I play along with WIP Wednesday and FO Friday so it was only a matter of time that I would have to buy some of her beautiful yarn, Candy Skein. And of course where beautiful hand dyed yarns are, reviews should be provided!!!
I knit this little lovely last year, and of course Candy Skein yarn in Yummy DK Merino was the yarn I chose to knit him in. And of course I was hooked - this yarn is so nice to knit with, the colour changes are lovely and not weird (IYKWIM???) - this yarn shouted soft toy at me. And of course it's the perfect yarn for a baby too.
Of course when you buy yummy yarn for yourself, you have to buy it for your wife too - so I bought some yarn for Jay using the Bananas Foster colourway - and I've cast on the very pretty Hermione's Everyday Socks (which I shared last week):
I like to photograph variegated yarns in Black and White so I can judge whether the colours work and Candy Skein yarns, well they work!!! The colour are just perfect.
Thanks for stopping by, I'll be posting more regularly soon but things are crazy busy with the October break right now.
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
You probably remember me sharing my new sweater last week? Well I've finished all of the ribbing and started on the cabling section - the cables are going to be beautiful and the yarn is knitting up really well, Red Riding Hoodie:
I have to admit that I've had a little case of startitis, because not only did I start the new sweater, I also cast on for a pair of socks. These are Hermione's Everyday Socks, or as I've named them Sweet Banana Socks. Why the name? Well I'm knitting them with yarn from Candy Skein - I know I've changed my photo to black and white, it's only because I'm going to do a separate post to review the yarn - and I'll share the colour with you then. I've finished the ribbing on sock 1, read through the instructions for the leg and I'm confident going to forward:
It's been crazy busy here since last Wednesday, hence the lack of blog posts. We had our Macmillan Coffee Morning and raised an awesome £529.84. I spent the weekend babysitting my nephews and now I have a sick child at home. Next week the schools are on holiday for the October break (for 2 whole weeks!!!) so it's scheduled hectic.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
In all honesty I did not mean to become such a bad blogger - but it's been a hectic couple of week. 2 weeks ago, Jay and I went up to Aberdeen for a funeral; it was a really sad day but the service was beautiful. Then last week I was planning for our Macmillan Cancer Care coffee morning (which is this Friday) so really blogging went a little out of the window. However I am back now and I have a new knit to share. I got a little bit casting on happy; I've made up 4 projects to start but (thankfully) I only actually cast on 1!!! This will be/is my Red Riding Hoodie (do you see what you I did there??); the pattern for this is lovely, I just started on the cable section of the back. I've never actually knit a garment in pieces, so keep you fingers crossed. The yarn is a beautiful Rowan Tweed, made from silk and lambswool - the silk makes it so soft where the lambswool makes it sturdy AND the colour is so pretty:
I'm really happy with how this knit up; I had to knit the rib on a slightly smaller needle than the pattern stated because my ribbing was too loose. What are you working on this week? As always I'm blogging along with Tami and Ginny.
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
I have to admit that I've always been a little nervous about KAL's; mainly because I don't want to take on something too complicated with too short of a deadline. However I never say never; and when Lisa and Tanya's Foxy KAL came along, I knew it was perfect.
I already had the yarn left over from my fox purse (are you sensing a theme?); but the knit version of the hat (there is a crochet version too) called for bulky yarn - so I made a few alterations and I cast-on:
Have you ever taken part in a KAL (or CAL)?
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Being a new spinner is a little complicated - especially if you have no clue what you are talking about. For example I asked on Ravelry last week about Fleece when in actual fact I meant Fibre - I didn't know the 2 were completely different things and in all honesty I felt a little silly having not researched it all.
I have a small but very nice selection of fibres, that were kindly donated by some lovely people over on Ravelry. I have to admit that I've taken to looking at sheep a little more lovingly these past few weeks. During this past week I spent a day on a coach trip with my MIL, we went to a gorgeous place on the west coast (of Scotland) called Callander but on the way up there we stopped in Aberfoyle.
Aberfoyle has a small petting zoo type area, and I spotted this lovely:
I'm really starting to figure out the different types of sheep; the different fibres available. I love to learn!!!
What have you learned this week?
Saturday, 31 August 2013
I bought a spindle, yup you read that right - I BOUGHT A SPINDLE. She's a beautiful ashford, finished in Walnut and I already love her. I haven't had time to get a practice in yet because I went to a little party last night and may have gotten a tiny bit drunk (I said may have, don't judge me!!). Anyways I bought my spindle (who really needs a name, any ideas?) preloved, in knitting I bought most of my straight needles from charity shops - I like things that have a past - with a sense of history. So here she is:
I also asked on Ravelry if anybody had any fiber they would be willing to sell - just small amounts so I could play with a variety of different things. Well I had someone contact me who was willing to send me a RAK (random act of kindness) of fibres. She very kindly put labels on all of them - which really helps and she sent me loads!!! Here is a bunch of pretties:
UK Spindlers and UK Spinners groups.
Have a fibery weekend!