Sunday, 22 June 2014

And the winner is...

Thank you to the lovely ladies who entered my mohair giveaway.  You had some great ideas so I know it's going to a good home!

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I went for the good old "draw out of a hat approach"

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Although I actually used a bag because I didn't have any hats to hand :p

And the winner is....


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Et voila!

Congrats Chrissie, I'm really looking forward to seeing your cushion or whatever you choose to make. Will be in touch shortly.  Thank you again Nana Go-Go and Dovile x




Monday, 16 June 2014

I entered a show!

Last January I joined the WI and it's one of the best things I've ever done!  I've met a lot of lovely ladies and most importantly fellow crafters 'get it'.

Understandably when I mention our WI I get the odd look of surprise, possibly because I'm not quite 30 and they think it's all jam, knitting and Jerusalem.

Knitted fox cushion

I like to reassure people that the WI is for everyone (unless you're a bloke!) and there is no such thing as "old" either.  I also try and convince people that we're not all knitting and cake, but this is all lies because we eat a LOT of cake (we have a cake rota and a committee role of cake organiser and cake taster) and we have a craft club full of knitters.  I also happen to really like Jerusalem too.  So there people with your odd looks!

Every year there's a show for our Federation (Cheshire) and I guess it's just like any other country show where you can enter preserves, cakes and crafts into competitions. I didn't enter last year because we were a new group and I didn't have much time, but there were no excuses this year. As a WI we've entered 32 things so we'd better win something!!

I'm down in the yarn category. How I settled on a pattern I'm not entirely sure but I decided I wanted to knit a fox, and then that became a cushion and that's what I did. I made it up, which is why I ended up making the cushion inner as well because it didn't fit the original one... Thank god there were no size requirements!

Knitted fox cushion

I know that the judges are very picky so I decided to use a few techniques, and I also really like moss stitch, which is why the flap looks like this.  The pic above was in a cheap horrid acrylic which I soon scrapped in favour of a much lovelier Stylecraft Lite (I think?)

Knitted fox cushion

And so not content with entering my first show, I went ahead and made this with no idea really how to do intarsia, but I think it's passable!  In fact, I'll be honest, I don't even know if this is intarsia...

Fox cusion

Then he got little button eyes .  Importantly, VERY importantly these buttons match the ones on the back, because yes; the judges are that picky.

Knitted fox cushion

Because I made the pattern up the fox is a bit off centre and has a lot of space above him which I felt needed filling.  I embroidered some stars but they all ended up wonky and different which I reckon the judges would be oh so picky about, so I unpicked them all save this one, which I thought was alright

Knitted fox cushion

And here he is! He went off to the show today and I think the judging is tomorrow. Exciting isn't it? I wish I'd taken a photo of the seam because I'm incredibly proud of my mattress stitch, I know you shouldn't blow your own trumpet too much but I spent bloody hours on it and it's good :p

Knitted fox cushion

Don't forget to enter my competition too, yarn for free? How often does that happen!

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

It's giveaway time!

Hello lovely crafters!  I'm having a major clear out here and I'm about to take a car load of stuff to the charity shop It really does feel great to de-clutter!

It's hard to part with yarn but I've got to give in.  I picked up this beautiful bright mohair with good intentions but I've yet to make anything with it, and being honest I know I'm probably never going to.

Mohair yarn

So there's no point in it being stuck in my yarn stash is there!  I'm certain one of you could make something absolutely lovely with it, and it's also a way to say thank you because I could probably sell it but I'd like to give it away.

I've got 9 balls, three red, three gold and three green

Mohair yarn
So lets keep it simple, if you'd like some mohair to add to your yarn stash just leave a comment and let me know what you'd like to make with it, that way I get to read some interesting ideas too and wish I'd come up with them!

Mohair yarn

I'll pick a winner at random and they can have the lot.  Don't forget that if you don't have a blog or someway I can contact you you'll need to leave me an email address.  I'm also happy to post worldwide  Giveaway closes a week today, Saturday 21st at 11.59 pm UK time ;-)

A bit about the mohair, I believe the yellow and red are Hayfield Mohair but the green is Jaeger Mohair silk, although I don't think you'd be able to tell that they're different brands.

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Sunday, 8 June 2014

A new look

I think the change if fairly obvious if you've ever visited my blog before, but look I have a new banner!  I haven't used Illustrator in ages so it took a while to get back into it.  I was getting annoyed with my other banners being off centre, the wrong size and my little head was itching to design something.

July 2013

The constellation background is just a standard one from Blogger because I always want to go to Space, it's just never going to happen!


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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Chunky Cowls

I'm trying to keep the rain at bay with winter knits, I thought I might have succeeded given yesterdayss sunshine  but unfortunately I don't think it has been enough, today has been a wash out!

A couple of years ago my mum & dad bought me some wool as a Christmas present, but come Christmas day it never materialised because they lost it!  It became a bit of a running joke ("I can't believe you lost my wool!!") & we decided that they must have accidentally binned it.  Can you imagine!?

I'd even forgotten what it looked like, so when it eventually turned up I was surprised to say the least!


The missing wool


I had a look through Ravelry and found a pattern for a chunky cowl, which you can find here for free.

Canberra cowl

I think this knitted up in only a few days, which is the brilliant thing about chunky yarn & 10mm needles.

Canberra cowl

I really like the uneven rib stitch and it's so easy to do, k1 *p2, k2* and that's it for every row

Canberra cowl

The one thing which was not easy was grafting it together using kitchener stitch.  Now the fact that I've never done this probably didn't help, but doing it on an uneven rib made it even worse.  I thought it might be a 10 minute job and it took me a whole evening.  I wouldn't have been happy with it any other way though.

Canberra cowl

And so we have it, ta dahhh

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