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Woolfest purchases

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I must be honest with you dear friends! I was very restrained over the number of purchases that I made on my recent trip to Woolfest 2016 in Cockermouth. Now those of you who know me will realise how remarkable this fact is! Oh yes, I squished loads of yarn, felt lots of wool and admired a rainbow of colours. But I only bought ONE new project!

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imageI couldn’t resist this beautiful Mohair and Wensleydale blend of yarn. It is a 4ply yarn sold by Whistlebare and marketed as”Reared in Northumberland, Spun in Yorkshire, Dyed by hand” The yarn was from http://www.whistlebare.co.uk I can’t wait to get it on the needles.

imageI also bought some devine heart shaped buttons to finish off my current project. I am knitting the button band and loving the lacy effect. I’m normally nervous of knitting holes but this band is good therapy! The buttons were from http://www.textilegarden.com

Hopefully this garment will soon be finished and ready to show you so watch this blog!

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Novice Knitting

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At last I am in a position to start my next knitting project. When I won “September Blogger of the Month” for http://www.blacksheepwools.com I was given a gift voucher. I put the money towards some gorgeous, fabulous, extravagant Rowan Mohair Haze yarn. This lush yarn is made from super kid mohair and extra fine merino wool supplied by Rowan at http://www.knitrowan.com. ┬áThe colour of the yarn is a lovely, girly shade of green, an unusual shade for me to choose but I enjoy “different”

I decided to use a vintage 1952 pattern found in the book”Knitting in Vogue” which I bought some time ago. The lady at Black Sheep Wools was extremely helpful in converting the yarn used in the 1952 pattern to a yarn available in 2014.

Because the yarn was not as used in the original pattern I had to knit a tension square -well two squares actually. Never before have I done this much pre knit prep but the yarn was expensive and I would so like it to fit when finished.

OK here I go! Let’s knit!!