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Knit and Natter Friday!

One of the best things about Spring is the lambs in all the fields.

When I was a little girl not so many moons ago , my parents told me that black lambs were the first to be introduced to mint sauce as their fleece could not be used. Certainly there weren’t any black sheep in the field and so I resolved to have a black lamb only farm, with black sheep. I still love a black lamb, even though I know better these days. Mean parents.

Meantime thanks everyone for last week. I loved the way Kate and Wild Daffodil started nattering in the comments. It was brilliant, just what this post is all about, nattering with each other. Please keep it up.

Also thanks for ideas for my message with the lap blanket. I went in the end with “Cherished scraps cover with kindness”. The Make it Shop in Chorlton has called its craftactivism event The Tree of Kindness, so it seemed appropriate to include the word kindness. Anyway the blanket was posted off on Thursday. I want to give time for it to arrive and will post a final picture on the 15 May as part of a Scrap Happy post.

I bought myself some new bamboo needles in the end to replace this sorry pair.

I can’t do justice in describing the joy of having a new pair of needles. Suffice it to say the yarn just glides along.

I have finished the back of the jumper I am knitting for Little Miss F and am on the front ribbing now. 183 stitches! That’s a lot.

Anyway enough from me, what yarny chatter do you have to share? Love to hear from you all.

Knit and Natter Friday!

It’s Good Friday today, so Happy Easter. I hope the hot cross buns were tasty. I put out my Easter display this week and I think my sheep knitted from a kit by Dartmoor Yarns

fits in perfectly.

Bagpuss is finished. Bagpuss is a children’s TV programme

just an old, saggy cloth cat.
Baggy, and a bit loose at the seams.
But Emily loved him.

Or in my case a knitted Bagpuss. So now I am on with some more conventional knitting in the form of a jumper for Little Miss F. I choose and bought the yarn last year when I was trying to challenge myself and improve my knitting skills, which is why once again I will have a cable needle to contend with when it comes to the hearts on the front.

Not certain how much knitting will get done this Easter weekend, I have a full house  with son, grandson, fiancée of son, daughter of fiancée and Coco the woofer. None of whom have the remotest interest in nattering about knitting or anything fabric related. So please do leave  a comment or a link to a yarny, fabricy post. Thanks.

Knit and Natter Friday

I rather like this idea of having a natter with some knitting thrown in. Please join in, I will feel very silly nattering to myself.

A rather wonderful thing happened on Wednesday. It turned out it wasn’t my birthday, that is still firmly in October. But the wonderful Claire had decided that my unbirthday was this week and I received a simply marvellous present. Sometimes you receive a gift that is just so perfect it takes your breath away. This one did bring a tear to my eye.  It’s so pretty.

This is a needle case, with pretty quilting, and cross stitch and made in my absolute favourite colour and inside

some hand beaded stitch markers. Oh MY! Thank you so much. I love it.

Meantime do any of you have this sort of conversation. Mr E bellowing from downstairs ” What are you doing Cath?” He calls me Cath and that is not my name, but he’s never cottoned onto that one. Beside the point. My reply “Looking up a grave in the Anfield cemetery in Liverpool”. Perfectly natural thing to do. Or later that day ” Cath, what are you doing?” Reply ” Knitting cat’s eyes !” Silly man.

Bagpusses eyes to be precise. Right now he is a cat of many parts. Soon to be united with legs, ears and whiskers.

Meantime the knitting pattern that the Gremlin in the computer ordered has arrived.

with yarn for the one at the top. Personally I am not at all surprised that the Gremlin choose this one. I suppose I could help out with the knitting, but not until I have done the jumper which is next in the queue.

So, what are you up too this weekend? I hope it involves some knitting or sewing  or something you love doing with people you care about.

 

Knit and Natter!

I miss chatting about all things yarny on Yarn Along.Only one thing for it, have a knit and natter anyway . Please feel free to join in at any point with a comment or a link to your yarny chatter, it would make me so happy.

I finished the matinée jacket for the new baby to be, too early to say who, what, why, when as the parents are only just past the 12 weeks.

The yarn is by Sirdar and is called Tiny Tots. I had this yarn in my stash so that was a good thing.

The button is a ladybird and was part of my Secret Santa gift , perfect wouldn’t you say?

So then it was onto the next project , I am not certain if  I bought this yarn in 2016 or 2015, but it’s for Bagpuss

The yarn is Sirdar snowflake, chunky. Mr E asked me why I was knitting with pipe cleaners, had I run out of yarn? He is a bit cheeky some days! That’s the body of Bagpuss on the needles, the face is driving me a bit crazy, you knit it all in cream and then add the pink stripes, but my stripes looked narrower than those in the picture. Now it may be that they will flatten out when I stitch them , or it could just be that I have worn out my bamboo needles. What do you think?

Well I bought them before we left Oxfordshire from the wonderful wool shop I was then working in, so that makes them at least 15 years old. Maybe time for a new pair of bamboo needles. In the meantime out with an old pair of needles.

Anyway I went on the Deramores web site with the intention of buying more.  Big Mistake! They have a sale. I choose a 4 ply pattern and more yarn for the baby bean, and then there was another pattern in the sale and yarn in the sale.

OH NO! I appear to have hit the wrong keys and bought more yarn. So much for my no yarn/ pattern, craft materials purchasing goal for 2017. But when they come next week sometime I will show you, and you will understand why.

In the meantime back to Bagpuss!

Love to hear your yarny chatter and please feel free to leave a link to any yarn related post.

Yarn Along!

Hurrah for Bloggers.

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Many thanks for all the help you gave me last week regarding the problem of keeping track of a 17 stitch repeat pattern on a row of 170 stitches. The answer was stitch markers. I marked the end of each 17 stitch repeat, did the next block of 17  and then checked that there were still 17 stitches and the right 17 stitches. And now look – that part of the mermaids tail is complete. The pattern is Sirdar number 4708 and it can be bought Here

Thank you also for the reassurance about the book I was reading which was full of weird people. I returned the book and my friend said Yes they are all weird. She then went onto recommend some short stories by the same author, “Although all the characters are weird in them too” moments pause ” Very Weird”.  I am pleased I was honest, and the story was well written.

And for the recommendation of Ibuprofen Gel, for my sore thumb/hand/wrist, which I am now using. I suspect that it is some sort of repetitive strain injury caused by an over enthusiasm for all things yarn.

Onto this week’s book from my bedside heap. Think Forest Gump meets chocolate. The main character drank an elixir of life and is alive for 500 years. He is then present at all things chocolate. Last night I reached page 199 and then dreamed of chocolate. I kid you not. Chocolates on the book are REAL, not artificial, and were a gift, and won’t be around for much longer!

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

 

Yarn Along!

Whatever was I thinking?

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Given that I had so much trouble with a cable pattern over 12 rows, why ever did I think it a good idea to knit something with 170 stitches on the needles with a 17 stitch repeat pattern? I have 64 rows of this to do. All I can say was that back in the Autumn knitting a mermaid’s tail for my granddaughter seemed a good idea. Can anyone think of any good reason I started this? It’s double knitting yarn too. I am trying to do two repeats every day, four rows to one repeat. Just thinking about it means I need a lie down. Exhausted.

The pattern doesn’t even make much sense to me. It’s all holes and waves.

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Yikes.

The book is another one lent by a friend. Number three off my bedside heap. The blurb on the back says it’s a novel about coping with bereavement. But the characters are so weird. Shades of Cold Comfort Farm. What am I to say when I return this one? Sorry, I love you friend but the book is weird.

Thanks goodness for crochet.

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I have added the middle section to the blanket,(shown as bottom row in the pcture) now to repeat the first three rows of blocks. I can do one block a night, but my hand is starting to hurt. My brother says his does too and his GP said it is arthritis. Please no.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along

Dartmoor Yarn Company- meet ?

I treated myself to one of Bekki’s sheep kits from her Dartmoor Yarn Company  as a Christmas present to myself.

I have spent a couple of afternoons knitting. And now it is time to introduce you to my Dartmoor sheep.

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She has been a total delight. The kit contains everything and I mean everything. Pretty knitting needles, yarn, even the yarn for the facial features, real wool for stuffing ( I loved the faint aroma of sheep in the stuffing) and a needle to stitch your creation together. The kit has been a joy to knit.

Bekki invites you to name your sheep. All the time I was knitting her I thought she was  Ellie Ewe. Now she’s finsished it’s quite clear that she is Selina Sheep.

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But what do you think? Ellie Ewe or Selina Sheep?

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