Saturday, September 22, 2007


A tweedy WIP to be more precise. I've started the Central Park Hoodie at long last, after wanting to knit it all last winter. The yarn is Rowanspun Aran in "Hardy", and I love working with it. I can see I need to "collect" some more!

My other WIPs are slumbering, although Yelena is slowly being completed piece by piece. I also have a mystery WIP OTN of course, and another completed which I'm really pleased with, but must stay secret for the time being.

I did make a second batch of innocent hats recently, I'm planning on making 20 in total this year I think.

Many many thanks to the folks who have signed up to my PIF - gilraen, hazy and blog-blethers! Please head over to one of their blogs if you would like to join the PIF exchange, I believe they all have a space left at the moment!

I've been slowly adding my stash on to Ravelry this week, after completing the projects, and it's driving me a little scatty! I'm cross referencing with my yarn spreadsheet and keep finding yarn I thought I had photos of which mysteriously don't appear in my Flickr sets *tears a bit more hair out LOL*. I've not had much chance to go pattern browsing and add to my queue yet, which is one thing I really do enjoy. I think the queue will be a better tool than my current spreadsheet for future projects.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pay It Forward

I've seen this on a few blogs already, at first I wasn't sure about committing to it but have decided to give it a go :-) I have signed up on Piglottie's blog, here is the spiel:

"It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based of the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know I’m already a PIF type of person. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog."

My gifts may be knitted, or may be another craft ... I will do my best to pick something that the recipients would like.

So - the first three people to comment and say that they would like to PIF, will be my recipients :-) (you can still comment without committing BTW!) I am happy to send internationally too.

EDIT - all places now taken - thanks very much to my three PIF sign-ups - gilraen, hazy and blog-blethers! I'm looking forward to this very much :-)

And the winner is ....

*drumroll please*

gilraen !!!

Congratulations, I will be contacting you shortly!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Colinette haul

We had the most beautiful weather for our trip down to Colinette, blue skies and sunshine all the way. Just like a perfect summer's day - in mid-September!

For those who haven't visited the Banwy workshops, this is the view from outside:

The sheds/workshops extend quite a way to the right. It all looks quite functional and utilitarian from here. Some of the metal shutter doors were open on Tuesday, and we could see moving machinery that looked like it was winding yarn - we've never seen any of the doors open before so it was interesting to see what lurks behind them! Behind the blue door on the left is the entrance to the mill shop, which does look exactly like the photo on the link, a riot of colour.

As you go in to your immediate left is the new aran yarn Iona. It feels gorgeous as you might expect (wool, silk and mohair mix). We went off hunting for Skye, the 100% wool aran, as I was after the new Iona book and some Skye to knit Enid, a sideways-knit jacket. I eventually chose Velvet Bronze, a lovely subtle mix of purples and bronzed browns:

All of the "velvet" shades are incredible. It's one thing to see photos of shades but quite another to look at them for real. You could quite literally buy half of the shop!

On our last visit I got three skeins of Prism from the sale room, with no real idea what to use them for. Recently I got the Wayfarer pattern book and after seeing minniemoll's Melinda cardigan, realised I just needed three more skeins of the Prism in "Monet":

I also wanted some more Point 5 as it's great for felting, my DH spotted the three skeins on the left in the sale room, and I found the other one. The singleton may well become another comfy beanie hat, and I will dream up a felted project for the others (which I reckon were meant to be Ischia).

There was plenty of Point 5 in the sale room, along with some mohair in wonderful shades (a striking blue-green, and a pale pink mottled colourway both caught my eye). A fair bit of Cadenza too, which is such a soft merino DK. Both Tao and Parisienne were on special offer so for anyone going soon (Anne and Kath!) hopefully that will still be at those prices.

All in all a fabulous day. We had a wander down to the railway station (where some of the new Iona book was photographed), and back via the riverside path.

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We headed over to Criccieth through the stunning scenery of Snowdonia. I managed to snap this through the side window of the car, click for the big version and look at the sheep for scale!

We stayed overnight at the Mynydd Ednyfed country house hotel, which we thoroughly enjoyed. It is set in gardens and surrounding estate just above Criccieth town. The house was once home to David Lloyd George's family.

The following day we visited a friend who lives nearby, but first we went down to the beach and admired the view across to Snowdonia. It looked very ethereal, all shades of pale silvery grey, blues and pinks:

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My favourite photo was this one:

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On arriving home a squishy Posh parcel was waiting:

Posh Yarn Emily in "Mistress"

All in all a very pleasant two days!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007


The giveaway is now closed and results posted above, thanks for entering!

It's time for a knitterly giveaway:

Up for grabs:

- a small project bag in red polka dot fabric, lined with a pale pink printed fabric. Bought at Sedbergh craft market, it's the sock-size version of the bag from my earlier posting. It has 4 outer pockets too. Very cute, fastens with a drawstring, perfect for carrying small projects.
- a 100g skein of Posh Yarn Lucia (4ply) in colourway "Cancan", from my stash. Gorgeous shades of pink, purple, blue, peach and orange, 30% cashmere, 70% merino, and 330 metres (360 yards)
- also included, some Divine chocolate, and one of my beaded book thongs

To enter the draw, please leave a comment on this post. Draw closes at midnight UK time (BST) on Wednesday 19th September (i.e. you have until 23:59 on Tuesday 18th to leave a comment!). Good luck!

ETA - for gilraen - I got 2 x Emily "Mistress" on Sunday - it was that or Vintage, and I figured there would be a bigger scrum for Vintage :-)


Saturday, September 08, 2007

The knitting of small things

For the past couple of weeks I've been knitting small, almost-instant-gratification projects. It's good to have a change from large items for a while. I've also been doing some mystery knitting which I can't show here yet. I've even started a sewing project - something I've not really done since I was at school! No photos of that yet as I've only got as far as cutting out the felt, but stay tuned.

First up, my first batch of hats for the innocent fundraising for Help the Aged:

These are great for using up leftover yarn. I've added the hat-ometer to my sidebar, the target has been raised again this year as they exceeded last year's by quite a bit.

There was almost a full skein of BSA cotton left over from Flair, so I made another 3am cable hat, this time for me:

I love how the cables "pop" with this yarn. I couldn't believe that I still had leftover yarn after the hat, so I knit a moss stitch headband too (not pictured). I had to finish the last few rows with some green Cotton Fleece but it's made a very useful soft band for keeping my hair under control. I've been growing it all year and it's not long enough to be able to tie back yet, but still long enough to need taming at times.

On the subject of yarn, my stashalong is officially over! I have not celebrated by buying crates of yarn (not yet), but I did snag this from The Land of Temptation last Sunday:

Posh Yarn Helena merino 4ply in "Glen"

We're on holiday from work for the next two weeks and a trip to Colinette is imminent! Stand by for some stash enhancement. I'm also hoping to warp up my loom, and get the sewing machine out and learn to use it properly.

I thought I'd mention some of my WIPs that disappeared from the sidebar too. I started the Simple Knitted Bodice in March this year but never got more than a few rows into it, that was frogged back a few weeks ago and I'm looking to restart this autumn/winter. I was using Jaeger Shetland Aran but am considering trying Rowan Summer Tweed instead. I started the Spring Things shawl earlier in the year too, and got to the end of the first section, but with gritted teeth! I find KSH a little difficult to handle, and the problem was being able to see it at night - even with a daylight lamp it was very awkward. This was actually sent on to a good blogging friend who will hopefully be able to finish it one day.

Here's my first attempts at needle felting. This was a kit sent to me by another blogging friend for my birthday, and it was a great introduction to the craft.

Both sides of the little wool purse from the kit, with the heart shapes made using a tiny metal cookie-cutter template that was included. The flower was attached to the purse so I had a go at embellishing it without the aid of a template. It's highly addictive and takes very little time, I really enjoyed this and have since bought the Clover felting tool which holds multiple needles, and a single needle mounted in a soft-grip handle. I also bought a few more shades of the Filz-It felting wool, and a bigger foam pad to work with (all from Get Knitted).

Here's something I forgot to add to my previous post. On our visit to the Wool Clip, we ended up buying a painting! The Watermill Cafe exhibits the work of local artists, this is a scene looking out over the Solway Firth (we think, we forgot to ask for the card next to the painting), and is by Jean Alexander, acrylic on boxed canvas:

We both love paintings of the sea, especially where the artist has painted wave action and caught the movement of the water. This now hangs over our fireplace, and in fact the two other (smaller) paintings in the room are both of the sea too (both bought in Cornwall).

Before I forget, I got my invite to Ravelry last week too! I am knittyinpink on there. It's an excellent and as others have noted addictive place! I've not had much time to add projects or stash on there yet but am hoping to do that fairly soon.

And finally - I will be holding a giveaway soon - it may even be up in the next couple of days. Watch this space!

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Stashalong ticker!

Here's the countdown sticky for my stashalong. No more yarn for larger projects until September 1st. I'm allowing the odd skein here or there e.g. one-off handpainted yarn, but no sweater-size purchases. It's more a case of storage space than anything else, I don't believe in guilt over buying yarn :-)