Only 150 days until . . .

Chris started it, I wasn’t even thinking about…erm…*whispers* Christmas,  he decided he’d like to knit a scarf, I nonchalantly suggested he might knit one for Mater & Pater, well two obviously, but I meant one each. Before I knew what was happening, Chris had chosen the yarn he’d like to use, I’d ordered it, the…

I’ve Got The Blues

But in a good way! As a result of bargain hunting on eBay, my new old yarn arrived this morning, there are actually 5 balls, but I’m using one for a new design…more of that later. The yarn is Sirdar Soft Cotton aran, and it really is soft…and squishy…and yarny and…oh the joy of new…

Organza Yarn

Sometimes yarn is delivered vacuum packed with all the life sucked out of it, sometimes it’s delivered squished into a plastic bag…but sometimes you get a special treat. This is how my yarn has just arrived from the Wool Warehouse, in a pretty organza bag with ribbons, WOW!! The yarn is Lily Sugar’n Cream, a massive…

Haunting Yarns and Ordinary Colours

Chris should take credit for finding these two fascinating articles, I shall take credit for sharing them, and spelling colour correctly!! A Haunting Yarn I don’t knit, but that hasn’t stopped me from lurking around the Etsy shop of a German merchant called DyeForYarn. The pun, though forced, is fitting. Just take a look at the…

How to Wind a Center-Pull Ball By Hand

1) Tie a slip knot in the end of your yarn. 2) Tighten this slip knot on your winding tool. I like to pull this slip knot tight in the hook of the crochet hook, or high up toward the end of the knitting needle, to keep it out of the way. 3) Hold your…

Bargain of the day!

As I can only use cotton yarn for knitting and crocheting, I’m always on the look out for a good deal. I often buy dishcloth cotton which is ideal for doing samples…and of course the occasional dishcloth! One brand I’ve used for years is Pegasus, and I’ve just found some on eBay at a good…

Home-made knitting loom scarf

When it comes to the esoteric arts of yarnery, I am proud to call myself a dilettante. And I can prove it too! Yesterday afternoon, for example, I decided to finally do something useful with a big ball of Patons Fab Big yarn that Shana bought me a few weeks ago.It was a chunky mass…

Love Knitting!

Yes you did read that right, but don’t panic, I haven’t abandoned crocheting, it’s just my new yarn has arrived which I bought from Loveknitting! I only ordered it yesterday, I think they’ve set a new record for delivery, and what a delivery, the yarn arrived in a PINK bag, which for me was excitement enough, but on…

The Old Haberdashery Shop

I thought I’d share this pic of me as a young’un, wearing a cardi lovingly knitted by my Grandma and holding a knitting pattern, it bought back many memories. There was a haberdashery shop round the corner from where we lived, it stocked all kinds of exciting things and my Grandma always took me with…

ooooooo YARN!!

The yarn for the new design I’m working on has arrived, I bought it from Yeoman Yarns, and I’m very happy with the choice…considering I designed the pattern around green yarn, I think this Peony shade is much better. I love pink!  

I’ve got a lucet and I know how to use it!

I first discovered the delights of the lucet or ‘knitting fork’ about eighteen months ago and tried to improvise my own lucet using something I grabbed from my toolbox (see ‘Knitting With Spanners‘ for a full explanation). Recently, though, after being mighty impressed at seeing lucet maestro Ziggy Rytka on the telly, Shana decided it…