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Christmas Gift Finished!

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OK I confess it should have been finished for last Christmas but hey ho the thought was there! I finally gave this shrug to Darling Daughter. It fit and dare I say it, looked good! Amazing after the catalogue of disasters that it had become. I must emphasise in no way the fault of the yarn but the fault of the knitter. Me!

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I purchased the yarn from Woolfest nearly a year ago. I fell in love with this beautiful fibre and bought Darling Daughter’s favourite colour. I checked the yarn thickness and yardage against the pattern and away I went. First mistake. When I came to knit the yarn I realised it was knit with double yarn so I quickly ordered more to be sure of the same dye lot. This yarn was very expensive so the garment felt as if it should be gold plated!(I would never have payed the full amount had I realised, but mistakes happen!)

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I now found the double yarn difficult to work with as I kept spitting the two and creating holes. Second Mistake.

Third Mistake. I knitted happily away until the second front. For some reason known to no one  I knit this front much too long and had to unpick the hard work.

I picked up over 400 stitches around the front and back using a circular needle as instructed. Fourth Mistake. When knitting this welt the circular needle broke. Disaster!

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In fact it’s something of a miracle that I completed it at all! But I did so Whoo Hoo another WIP done.

 

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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!

Woolfest

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imageimageI went to Woolfest in Cockermouth Cumbria this week. We took Damnvan1 and stayed at a place called Scotgate in Braithwaite. This was so that I could catch the bus at the campsite gate. The plan worked beautifully and I caught the free bus (I like free!) from Cockermouth to the venue which was an out of town animal auction mart.

There was a lot of wool, not a great surprise. There was wool in every style, colour and type.

The animal pens were turned into mini shops or stalls and there was the authentic aroma of animals! There were prize winning sheep on view, looking very bored. There were Lamas looking very snooty.

imageimageMost of the spinners, weavers and knitters were local with many individual dyers and commercial enterprises. It was lovely to see and great to talk to the business owners about their products This event s definitely in the diary for next year. I will up date you on my ever growing stash very soon.

A Busy Life.

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Ive just started reading a book called Enchanted Britain with the sub title Mystical Sites in Rural England Scotland and Wales by Marc Alexander. The reason being that there is a facination with standing stones and long forgotten history. I’m searching for a definitive list of Neolithic structures, burial chambers and stone circles in Britain. I think that this would/will make an interesting project and maybe I can visit any of these structures, oh and castles! Any top tips will be gratefully received.

imageI’m pressing on with my current knitting project as I am going to visit Woolfest in Cockermouth Cumbria in a couple of weeks. I want to be organised so that I can max out my yarn purchases, new craft projects and knitting know how. Whilst I am there I hope to visit Castlerigg stone circle once again.

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