Friday, February 29, 2008

Hemlock for the Worlock and swap goodies

Worlock central has been a pretty cold and gusty place to be of late, the weather is positively disgusting and its been getting us all down. I have been in need of a nice blanket for while I am sitting at nights for quite some time but I havent found anything I like to buy....why is everything always either pink or floral! I know plenty folks like that but its not me and doesnt go with the decor in our house either...that and it being a male dominated household I would not be thanked for a pink throw ;)

Then Kai posted a picture of her finished Hemlock Blanket and I thought it was so lovely that I had to make my own! So I went for a rummage in my stash and pulled out some Lambs pride worsted thats been sitting for quite a while now waiting patiently for me to make my mind up on a project. This seemed perfect!

Its a very pretty shade called Persian Peacock, it has a lovely slight fuzz to it and a wonderful soft sheen too. It will go perfectly with our chocolate brown sofa!

This is proving to be a nice project, so far its been pretty fast, once I got past the error on line 35, and I am entering the feather and fan chart now. It will slow down now as the rounds increase greatly in length but I still hope to aim to have this completed by the end of the weekend, lets face it, its not like the weather is lending itself to doing much else! I have three skiens of yarn so I will make mine bigger and I will be using a different cast off to as I am not keen on the one in the pattern, its a little too fussy and I have one planned that will still be pretty just not as large.

Here is the progress as of this morning:

I also recieved a wonderful package in the post today, I took part in a swap on ravelry, it was quite a relaxed theme, send something yarn related but also just do a little stalking and of course read your pals answers to the questionaire and send them some bits and pieces you think they would like.

My pal sent me some seriously wonderful things, thank you so much Lindsay, it is all wonderful! She sent some emergency chocolate, a lovely pendant with a skull and crossbones on, some bath products shaped like fortune cookies, my kids want to pinch these, they think they look very cool indeed!!! Lastly, but definately not least she sent me some Shi Bui yarn in the best colours I have ever seen! The yarn looks and feels amazing and I cant wait to knit it up into some special socks!

Extra special yummy yarn!

Pirate pendant ARRRRRR!

Chocolate for those dark moments when nothing else will do ;)

Fortune cookie bath goodies in a special take away box!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Side On Mitts pattern now on sale

I have recently added my first available to buy pattern to the shop. i had some help from Jen who very kindly designed the layout for me and made the pattern ready for sale. I think she did an amazing job!

The mitts are knit sideways for a unique fit and are a fun little knit needing only a small amount of yarn. (Yarn used in the pattern is my worsted weight merino in colour Bubblegum) The knitting itself is pretty easy, I use a provisional cast on which is a great little skill to learn I think. The pattern is sent to you via email in PDF form after payment has been made. Anybody who would prefer to buy a paper copy must contact me to arrange that as I understand not everybody has access to a printer.

I have also made up kits too with a copy of the pattern (I will send you the PDF for backup purposes and a paper copy), enough yarn and some sts markers as a little extra.

Click on the related pictures to be directed to the relevant page in my shop.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Knit a flock of socks sock club

We are entering the last week and a bit of time now to sign up for my latest sock club. Knit a flock of socks. As the name suggests there is a bird theme to this run, which is proving from the dyers point of you to be a lot of fun! I will be including a variety of yarn bases and also I will include a little extra in every package and hope to include a pattern with the last package of the run too.

Click the picture to take you directly to the listing for all the details :)

I like to think this club will be very good value for money. You pay one price, free postage WORLDWIDE, so no matter where you are, you are all paying that same price, so that in itself is a saving and a bonus.

Once the club is up and running I will be starting a thread and encouraging you to chat about it, taking into consideration time for the yarn to reach everywhere of course.

So come on and join in the fun, we are all looking forward to having you on board :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Going loopy

I am sure I am not the only one to be getting pretty over excited about the launch of a new UK online knitting magazine. The Inside Loop is due to go live with the first issue very soon and I just cannot wait to see what the girls have got together for this. I know they have been flat out behind the scenes and I would bet my needles on them getting together some real treats in the way of patterns for us all to gush over!

The prospect of such a UK product is great. Far from becoming smaller, the Uk market for knitting and knitting products is ever growing. New knitters appear on a daily basis and the internet is such a great resource.

Good luck girls, we are all cheering you on!!!!