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The Hitchhiker

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I’ve quite a back log of blogging so please bear with me and I will get there! I recently finished my Hitchhiker scarf that I was knitting for last winter! So? It will be great next winter!!

I used the Hitchhiker pattern from http://www.ravelry.com by MartinaBehm

IMG_1043I used Fyberspates 100%Superwash Merino yarn that I bought from Yarn O’clock in Mold. It’s a 4 ply yarn and a delight to work with. The pattern suggested 150 grams of yarn but it’s the sort of pattern that you can finish when you’ve done enough so I carried on and used the 200 grams. The pattern was using a circular needle but I used a long pair. You do end up with a lot of stitches so a circular needle might be easier.

IMG_1158IMG_1163I’m really pleased with the result. I MAY make it again in black and put a bead on each point.

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Getting in a mess!

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Getting in a mess!

I started to knit a felted bag today. Oh boy did I get in a mess!

Number one problem was the circular needle. I’m not used to knitting in the round and found it really hard to get going. I was uber careful not to get the knitting twisted as advised in the pattern. I started with a needle too long and had to “un knit”.

Number two problem was having to use three strands of yarn, one of which is a lovely fluffy black. Needless to say the three balls of wool got knotted, knotted and knotted. I “un knitted” and started again.

Number three problem was that Benji the dog thought that the large balls of yarn were a good game and nosed them all around the carpet trying to pick them up!

Number four problem was that the Hubby kept talking to me when I was trying to concentrate. But don’t tell him he was a problem!

Not to be defeated I carried on and started the haute couture hand bag to be modelled at the spring fashion shows. Well you have to have a dream 💃👜

Getting Knotted

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imageGetting Knotted

Current knitting project is nearly complete! Yippee! I now face the challenge of blocking the cardigan pieces before finishing. I don’t usually block my knitting but I have decided that this time it is essential as the fair isle pattern is a little tight and needs evening out. We will see how successful it is.
Unable to wait any longer I decided to start a bag that will be felted. According to instructions I started by using a circular needle- well trying to. I had to use double wool which was harder. I think that I had a fight with the needle and maybe it was too long. Anyhow I gave up, unravelled and went to bed!

Round in Circles

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First Attempt with a circular needle.

I have been away for the week end in a beautiful barn conversion in Yorkshire. I went with four girl friends and ate too much chocolate and drank too much wine-perfect. The week end turned into something of a retreat as the weather was so bad we didn’t get out as much as we usually do. We did however visit Clitheroe which turned out to be a delightful small Yorkshire town. There was a charity shop which was heaving with people all searching the racks of clothes. I have never seen so many visitors in one shop. I squeezed to the back of the shop where Eureka! I found THREE Stitchcraft magazines To start my collection all for the grand sum of 20p each. I enjoy browsing the vintage patterns and dreaming of having the time to knit many of them.imageI can’t imagine my Grandchildren wearing one of these sailor hats!image

As we were “rained off” so much I decided to teach myself to knit on a circular  needle. After considerable help from one of the other girls I managed to get going. I almost finished my first cowl to snuggle in when it gets colder. I probably used too many stitches (100) but not bad for a first attempt.

Despite the weather we really enjoyed our girls week end and are already planning the next.