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Welcome to my world, sometimes a little hectic but a fab place to be!

Knitting up a storm!

I’m hoping that the jumper I started this week won’t take as long as the last one I did which took two years, in my defence it was packed up after moving house for months and months!

This one is much easier though and made using super chunky yarn so I’ve got a big chunk of the back done already! It’s a self striping yarn and I’m not 100% sure I love it yet but I definitely love the colours, I think I’d like it more if it went back from blue to green etc but I think that is being a bit picky when the yarn was half price lol! I’m sure once it’s done I’ll love it and even if I don’t it’ll keep me very toasty 🙂

I’ll keep you posted on its progress….

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Don’t you just love free stuff lol!

I know it’s been a while since I last blogged but hopefully I’ll be back to fighting strength again and back to work again soon.

I’m loving my loom knitting though, here’s a hat which I’m nearly finished with that will be a Christmas present for someone! This is using some yarn that I had in my stash and should have enough left for matching cowl and fingerless gloves too 🙂

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And when I’m done with that my mother in law has just nipped round to deliver her stash of oddments that she no longer wants. So when I said the other day that I’m going to be using the loom to knit some things for charity, either scarves to take to charity shops or blankets to take to the rspca she said I could have her bit bag, little did I know it was actually 3 bit bags and a mountain! Here’s the proof

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So when I’ve done sorting it out into colours / weights I can mix it in with my own stash to make lots of goodies for charity this year.

I will see you on the other side of the yarn mountain, I may be some time…….

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I’m a knitter once more!

So it’s been a while since I blogged and it’s been a while since I crafted actually!

Unfortunately my arm/neck issues have flared up again so I have been off work for a few days again but being a crafter I was desperate to try something! So my mother in law suggested trying loom knitting and I am now the proud owner of a Martha Stewart Knit & Weave Loom Kit!

It’s taken a little getting used to as I am doing it left handed to try and rest my right arm but so far so good, I’ve had a go at single knitting, increasing and decreasing but couldn’t decide what to actually make! Then I saw the double knitting instructions in the book, had a look on YouTube and decided that’s where I was going to start, here’s my first scarf so far (only started yesterday evening!) the fabric being created feels luxurious even though I’m using a yarn I got ages ago from either Aldi or Lidl and it’s really really really easy

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How much?!

So yesterday I went out for breakfast with my brother and sister and while out we were quite close to a craft/homeward store so I dragged them in to look at the pretty crafty things.

I really wanted some little crochet flowers for putting on my cards but it seems that because crochet lace is so popular in card making at the moment the prices have rocketed! Needless to say I wasn’t going to pay nearly £5 for 4 tiny flowers when what I wanted was bigger anyway…

When I got home, got out my crochet encyclopedia and got started! Ok so it took me a little while to make these items, only a few minutes per flower but the lace was a bit longer and I still need to sew in the ends, however, these haven’t cost me anything but a little time – the cotton thread was in my lovely mother-in-law’s leftover bit box so I didn’t even have to buy that! The yarn is a 4 ply cotton thread and I used a 3mm hook, the yarn gives great stitch definition and the hook gives just the right sizes for card making!

So there you have it, why buy when you can make your own for free!?!

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Can’t craft, Will craft! There’s always a way….

Soooo, it’s been too long since my last blog but there’s a pretty good reason! I have had a suspected trapped nerve which has been causing all kinds of trouble for my right arm for a while now – being right handed its a little bit of an issue and means I can’t really craft at the minute.

Anyway, I was complaining about my boredom to the doctor last week and she said that I should be ok doing a bit of crochet every now & then but not to go mad at it so that’s what I’ve been doing!

I decided I needed to set out on a small project so that I couldn’t get too carried away with it so I challenged myself to make a set of coasters. I have yarn left over from the blanket/throw that I made a few years ago which sits on the back of the sofa……

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So I decided to use it and make some matching coasters. It’s a gorgeous James C Brett Yarn, Marble chunky in shade MC6 (I love it so much I even know the shade without checking the ball band!) and I just love the chocolate browns with flashes of teal that suddenly appear as you work through the ball.

So I got out my hooks, decided on a 6.5mm for the job and started out with a Magic Loop, 12 trebles into the loop, tighten the loop, join and then 2 trebles into each stitch on two more rounds. I allowed myself to do one a day and now have a lovely set of 4 with lots of yarn left so I may do some square ones next week too 🙂 what do you think?

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The joy of down time!

Well one of the things that, if you let it, could become a little boring about a pick of the week on create and craft is the amount of time in between the shows.

There are many things that we can do to keep ourselves occupied, mainly prepping the next show! This time though, our prep is all done so I’ve brought over some of my oddments of yarn, some crochet hooks & needles and am doing some simple squares that I can take the local RSPCA for them to use as blankets – the beauty is that when. I spoke to the they said that they can be any size as they will use smaller ones for cats and larger ones for dogs which means that I can just do some quick & easy stuff and get it to them in time for the cold weather. Another great thing is that the cats & dogs don’t particularly care what colours they are either, they just want to be cosy…

My favourite thing about crochet is that I can do granny squares without too much worry so I can still chat with people like Barbara Grey, Sheena Douglass, Janice Phillips and lots of the other guests too.

Here’s my first one – large granny square crocheted with an 8mm hook and James c Brett marble chunky leftovers

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Charity begins at home and that’s where I knit!

Last year I was too late to take part in the Innocent Big Knit where you knit mini hats to go on Innocent Smoothie bottles. Innocent donate 25p for each bottle sold with a hat.

I thought I’d missed this years deadline until I saw an advert yesterday on TV and the deadline has been extended so today I got busy!

I made 8 little hats both with knit and crochet, some from patterns on the Innocent website and some on a blog I found through google!

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Ozzy Blackbeard has several links to patterns in different places plus some of their own designs too.

I have seen today in a magazine that this is the highest profile knitting for charity event out there so I have decided that, having given today to this one and considering the amount of half balls of yarn I have, that I am now going to do blankets in varying sizes for the local RSPCA. I have called and the lady said that they will use smaller ones for the cats they are looking after and larger ones for dogs so I’m going back to my hooks and needles to get busy Once again…….

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Oh what a beautiful morning!

It’s not very often that this late in September we can happily sit out in the garden in the sunshine, this weekend has proven to be just one of those rare occasions.

As you can see I’m having a reading day today, with varying choices of literature!

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Hubby and I popped to the supermarket for something tasty for lunch earlier and I decided to treat myself to a craft magazine, the lovely colours on the cover of this months copy of Simply Crochet caught my eye so into the basket it went, I’m always on the lookout for my next project…..well I think I have about five lined up at the mo but you can never have too many ideas can you?!

I’ve also finished reading the fabulous The Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory this morning. I started reading The White Queen just before it was on the bbc a little while ago and it is my new obsession! I love that the red queen is basically the story from the white queen from the other house’s point of view – I found it totally fascinating and can’t wait to start on the next one already! If only history lessons at school had been so intriguing….

I hope the sun is shining where you are, if not I hope you’re having some crafty fun!

Bye for now 🙂

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The next knitting project is underway….

And one more quick note about my crafty fun of today, I have started another knitting project, but its not as big as the last one!

This is the scarf I’m knitting:

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And this is the wool I’m using – Araucania Botany Lace – it’s the prettiest wool I’ve ever bought!

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The pattern is available for free on Ravelry and I think it’s just lovely! Fingers crossed I can understand the chart and pattern, not done lace work before. Eeeehh I do like to challenge myself lol!

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The two year jumper is done!

So I thought I would share my news with you……the jumper is finished! Woop Woop lol!

The picture is a bit rubbish but hubby is out so i had to take it myself! It’s a little big under the arms but considering its my first ever garment I’m feeling quite proud right now. I am looking forward to wearing it when the weather goes a bit chillier because it feels very warm!

Hmmmm what to knit next…..

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