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Oh what to make…what to make? I know if you are like me, you will see something in a magazine or instagram and think, ‘I REALLY want to make that!’ do I have the yarn already….no….ok, I’ll order some now…actually could I pop into my yarn store and start it this evening?’ We can be an impulsive lot. Hey, when the mood takes us, we just have to cast on. Having something manageable and do-able is definitely an attraction. We don’t need guilt in our hobbies and are keen to actually finish what we start. The mounting numbers of ‘WIP’s’ (works in progress) drive us to distraction.

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The zeitgeist items for makers tend to be accessories or blankets. Smaller items or things you can make for the home. Don’t get me wrong, people are making garments, but they tend to be complex and heritage pieces and not made for necessity. I am perhaps part of the last generation who wore school uniform knitted by my grandma. Bottle green cardigans which swamped me in Autumn and looked tight and pilled by early summer.

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The heartbreak of starting a jumper or cardigan and it looking….’all wrong’ seems to loom large in our minds. In 2018 – due to promising not to buy any new clothes, I made many more clothes than I had done in years. The experience certainly taught me a few do’ and don’ts. There is nothing worse than devoting weeks and months on a project and then just hating it when you finally try it on.

1. Measure up

I say this knowing I sometimes shy away from it. But to ensure your garment is really going to fit you, it is worth measuring yourself. I’m going to be honest. I have made a few things that have either swamped me, hanging off my shoulders. Or more likely, I have been a bit optimistic in terms of my size and the end result is unflatteringly tight. Just being honest. The big danger area is obviously the chest. You can easily measure this yourself and honestly if you have an accurate idea of what that is then you can save hundreds of pounds of woolly mistakes. Worth saying though that to get the perfect garment you should have an idea of your body and arm length. I have slightly shorter arms and torso. This means for a jumper to really work I should take a couple of centimeters of the length and it saves me rolling up the sleeves. Lots of people don’t do this…but you know why wouldn’t you make the best you can make.

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2. Swatching is kinda worth it.

Seriously I know how you don’t want to make a sample square to test your tension. But for garment making it is worth it. I made a really beautiful tank top recently. It is a tad too small because my tension is a bit tighter than the pattern…silly girl. I didn’t swatch the fairisle pattern. Just a short cut too far and now I won’t wear that tank as much as I could have.

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3. Have a small practice.

When I first became attracted to fairisle knitting again, I knew I need to improve my stranding technique. I actually attended a workshop with taught by my friend Juliet Bernard. Those few hours were well spent. I made quite a few hats using this technique before I embarked on a cardigan or jumper. The process helped me iron out the problems and when I did get a bit stuck, the project wasn’t too big that I felt daunted.

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Rows and rows of stocking stitch 4ply knitting look utterly glorious, but they do require commitment. Who hasn’t made a rib hem just a few rows too short, because they couldn’t bear going on any further with knit 1, purl 1?

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It is no surprise that for garment knitting the complex patterns are becoming popular. Knitters need something to keep their interest. I know that even a stripe can help motivate you through the pattern. That is why fairisle can be so intoxicating. It wrings the changes to ensure that you interest is maintained. The ideal make has enough interest to keep you going, but is not so complex to incite a migraine – or indeed the urge the throw your work and needles across the room.

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5. Don’t give up

Finally don’t give up making, be brave, commit to knit or crochet. There is nothing more thrilling than making a gorgeous homemade garment and someone stopping you and saying. ‘where did you get that…I love it!’ You smile and say (beaming) I made it myself. What ever you do…stay strong, so strong….when they reply, ‘Will you make me one?’ – ALWAYS – BUT ALWAYS REPLY.s

‘No, but I will teach you how….’

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What have you planned to make this year?

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Have some exciting news! I am a Knitter of the Year 2019! If you nominated me then – ‘Thank you!’. If you voted…thank you also. It is a wonderful treat and I am so so grateful. It has really given me a huge spring in my step. All the announcements are now on Knit Now magazine website – x

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I have never been ashamed to craft. Back in my University days I would happily sit with a needlepoint tapestry on the long (and I mean long) train journey between home and my college town. Very rock and roll. In the last decade I have become a braver ‘alfresco’ knitter. A train journey is perhaps my favourite ‘out’ experience. I sense people staring at me. Gone are the days when I look ‘too young to knit’ but I think the speed of the hands is quite mesmeric for the onlooker. For fun I will quickly look up and stare my observer in the face. Embarrassed they will often look away, but mostly they smile and ask me what I’m making.

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When knitting and crochet becomes a vocation or a job, then crafting in public is not so much a performance or luxury, it is a deadline necessity. When I need to finish a project the urgency compels me to take my yarn wherever I go. I might arrive at a friends house and make my excuses while we sit and chat. Most of my close friends have enough experience of this oddity. They know I am fully engaged in the conversation. I might be quiet, but I am thinking. Quite often my knitting figure is compared to the guillotine spectator ‘Madame Defarge’. One could take offense, I choose not to. A historical and literary reference merely denotes how knitters have been multi-tasking for centuries: ‘Say something witty and entertaining and I’ll look up!’

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If you are in a group of ‘tricoteuse’ then you can feel very brave. In the Autumn I was very lucky to join some of my Stylecraft Blogstars on a trip to Breidagen yarn festival in the Netherlands. We had a wonderful time, talking and teaching with yarn enthusiasts from across Europe. Hilariously at dinner, either in the hotel or a restaurant our bottoms barely hit the seat before the project bags were open and our hands worked the yarn. There is definitely security in numbers, but in these circumstances it would almost seem rude not to. In these moments, chatting away we shared our love of the craft. We quickly passed on our hints and tips like a supers-speedy masterclass. (The photo below is some of the Stylecaft Blogstars at Spa Mill – the gorgeous Phil Saul of Twisted Yarn took the image).

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Anyone who attends a regular knit and knatter group will tell you how much they love to craft in community. The activity is as old as the hills and is so important for the future of our craft.

There are still places and instances where I don’t knit or crochet. A special birthday, a posh restaurant, a wedding or funeral. In these very busy days I very rarely knit at work. I don’t have time to take the needles out at lunchtime.

However, in the last year I have expanded my extreme knitting venues. Learning to knit socks has enabled me to knit in the cinema. This is particularly useful if the film is not quite my taste – a film my son would like me to enjoy with him, but wouldn’t normally be my first choice…basically Star Wars. Knitting in the cinemas is also helpful for really tense films. Over Christmas we went to see the climbing movie, Free Solo. Oh my word. As the action got more tense my stitching got faster and faster.

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You might wonder in the dark, how is this possible? With a small circular needle and a basic stitch my fingers know exactly where to go. I can feel where the next stitch is and instinctively I even know if I have gone wrong. How bizarre. But this is just knitting. Even though I am ambi-tectrous (can knit and crochet) I still need to be able to see where I put the hook in for crochet. When I crochet, I am a much faster and proficient, but a little less instinctive.

I love the fact that I see more and more people sewing, knitting and crocheting in public spaces. Perhaps it is due to the growing numbers of people taking up a craft. In fact as I try to stay off my phone, knitting or crochet seem more appealing. I just must remember to look up more. – Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop, but don’t tell me.

Where will you knit or crochet – where will you not?

 

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This time last year I made the rash decision that my New Year’s resolution would be; buy no new clothes, a fashion fast. One year on, twelve tempting months, how have I got on? Well, I’m going to admit, I really surprised myself. My wardrobe is still bulging but has very few additions. It has been a wonderful experiment and discipline.

The most rewarding aspect of this self-imposed denial has been the lessons I have learnt about myself. Things already knew but have come into sharp focus.

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Firstly, let’s get the whinge out of the way. A few of my friends have chided my efforts. Either they don’t enjoy clothes shopping or indeed don’t have any interest in fashion. Their view right from the off has been, ‘I can’t see what the fuss is about, it’s so easy… who likes clothes shopping anyway…everyone knows buying fast fashion is wrong…’ Fine I get that. If clothes or fashion are not interesting to you, my little resolution is no ‘biggie’. But then I could quite easily give up drinking tea for a year. I really dislike it so would be no problem.

The challenge was personal – failure or success was in my gift. It was my choice of self-discovery and others will have their own personal challenge. Each to their own. The real trick has been to sustain the resolution for twelve months as opposed to a mid-February abandonment of resolve. That my friends is when it hurts.

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Others friends could really feel my pain. They understood that I would be making decision not to cruise the shops to see what was new. They got the heartbreak of knowing, ‘that dress would be perfect for a party’ but knowing that the season would come and go and the opportunity to purchase it would pass me by. Some people have actually felt quite sorry for me, which is touching and I have received a 2 or 3 items as gifts or hand-me-downs. I have to be honest in each case I was pathetically grateful.

So what have I learned?

Cold turkey is obviously the best discipline for me – Complete denial with a hard a fast rule. Then there is no mission creep.

I like blue and white stripes…(Obviously)

If you want to avoid buying something stay away from the shops, unsubscribe to the shop newsletters and avoid fashion parties etc.

I have far too many things in my wardrobe

Denial can spark creativity

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The last point is perhaps the most significant bonus of this year. When I was younger I used to make loads of my own clothes. Time and lack of skill prevented me from making more as I have got older. But the self-imposed fashion fast encouraged me to knit or crochet new items to mix up the changes. I’ve made two cardigans, two tank tops, 2 cowls, a shawl, 1 jumper and countless socks. All have been worn and I have enjoyed the challenge of solving a creative problem.

My lastest make is a total triumph. A crochet version of the Cassie Tank Top using Stylecraft Special DK in Navy. I have worn it twice already this week and I adore it.

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When bored by my choice in-front of the wardrobe I have found solace in accessories. On many occasions scarves and necklaces have come to my rescue to liven up a drab outfit.

When January arrives, will I go on a huge shopping rampage? Honestly I don’t think I will. There are a couple of items I really need to renew. Navy and Black trousers for work. I could do with another smart jacket for work and my white shirts are looking on the edge of grey. My most favourite blue and white breton top could do with a refresh. However I think that this year has significantly altered my habits. My sense of what suits me is more defined. I will aim to avoid rash and impulsive fashion mistakes and I feel more informed about ethical fashion and how the production of our clothes effects the most vulnerable and is eking plastics into our water system. Basically I think my fashion fast has made me a fashion grown-up.

Would I suggest you have a fashion fast in 2019? Well yes if want to save a few quid, discover which clothes you really wear and you will enjoy the creativity of shopping your wardrobe. But for now I am planning a big clear-out…anyone want a stripey top?

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Boy – oh Boy, I have made a lot of items this year. The very scant number of blog posts means that most of those projects I have not been able to share with you yet. Life in 2018, has been busy. I am not complaining, my work has been hectic and I have done much more designing than I imagined at the beginning of the year.

I saw a dear friend of mine this week. She said, ‘WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! – seriously what have you been doing?’ Good point. When not working there has been quite a bit of secret stitching and that means it takes a while before it is visible. Not excusable, but true.

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So much making

Amongst the book designs and commissions, you know that I have knitted a heap of socks and I have added to my wardrobe by knitting a useful tank top. I promise I will do a round up of my ‘Fashion Fast’ in a few weeks, but I will admit that crashing into Autumn I was slightly bored with the work-wear options.

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Lime

Stylecraft had given me a free ball of a new shade of Special Aran in a glorious Lime. Now this colour is a weird one for me. I don’t often wear green at all. But I know that this colour strangely suits my skin colour. It sort of gives me a surprise tan. I’m not really sure why.

I new immediately what I wanted to do with it. I got hold of three 100g balls and started knitting a chunky tank-top, using a gorgeous perennial pattern from Debbie Bliss as my base. This pattern is called – Cassie I didn’t use the stitch pattern for the design and instead went back to my favourite double moss stitch. Any moss stitch can seem like a bit of a fiddle. However the aran weight yarn made the project bearable.

Very quickly i had made a very simple tank top. If I am honest I should have chosen to make a smaller size. But let’s not worry about that. I have worn the top on several occasions at work teamed with a crisp white shirt. It also serves very well at the weekend. A good addition to the dress-down Friday work-wear wardrobe.

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A useful knit

I have always liked a tank top for work. You have the freedom of movement but have the warmth which knitwear provides. I am so inspired by how useful this item has been that I am currently making a crochet version using a navy yarn. I cannot wait to see how it works out. If it works I will share the pattern with you. If you are planning to add to your wardrobe this year with you own knitting or crochet please do share your plans with me I would love to know. I have plans already swirling in my head for me next projects!

 

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If you have read my blog for a while, you know that I am a huge advocate of ‘blocking’ your work. I have written quite a few posts on the matter and whenever I am asked for my top tip I say ‘Block your work it makes all the difference!’ What is blocking? Well if you don’t know it is dampening or wetting your finished knitted or crocheted item. Pinning or stretching it to the shape you want it to be and then letting it dry. The fibres can relax, the stitches become regular and your can set your finished piece to the measurements you require.

You can read a few of my past blog posts here and here.

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Blocking Boards

I use a range of techniques myself; including soft boards for garments and templates made to size for my socks. However in the last 18 months I have made a huge number of Granny Squares. I have written two whole books and completed a whole heap of blanket commissions. For crochet motifs which are made individually the very, very best way to block is to use a wooden blocking board.

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The very lovely people at Chetnanigans contacted me and asked whether I would like to try their Ultimate Blocking Board and see what I thought. Well – oh my goodness, this my friends is a piece of kit. The following information is really for those who love a bit of crochet geekdom.

No snags – all the finish

Firstly the board is beautifully finished. It is well sanded and varnished and this actually matters quite a bit to me – as I have on occasion snagged my yarn on boards before. The high quality of the finish also means that I can have a really damp item to be blocked the wood won’t get stained or water-marked. The holes are very close together to insert the blocking pins, 1/2 inch apart, which is ideal. This means I have a lot of flexibility in terms of shape and size. I have trialed blocking a triangle and a circle and it works a treat.

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Pins

I must say that I haven’t before seen a blocking board with metal pins – these are stainless steel. The improvement is clear. Firstly – you can put more pins in a square without distorting the edge. A thicker wooden dowel can create little mini-humps in the square. If you are working with fine yarn this will certainly make a difference.

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Perfector Strips

There is also another advantage to this system. The perfector strips….oh yes my friends, a new invention to ensure all your squares are the same size. When I was writing my two Granny Square books this year, I made hundreds and hundreds of squares. Ideally to get them to be the same size – you can use your blocking board to pile up your squares one on top of

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Exciting news for you

Now if you are a passionate crocheter, I would certainly suggest these blocking boards as a Christmas Present this year. I was astonished by the quality and robust nature of the pins and the perfector strips. This purchase is an investment piece my friends. But I have two great pieces of news for you. I have a unique discount code for you. If you buy you blocking board from Chetnanigans  and use the code Emma15 This code is valid both on the Chetaningans Etsy Shop and their own Chetaningans website until Friday 26th November – so get ordering.

 

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Other brilliant news is that I have the best ever give-away opportunity for you. One lucky reader will be chosen at random to receive a 8″ Premier Blocking Board Ultra, display stand, blocking pins and perfector strips. This is an awesome giveaway prize and I cannot tell you how excited I am. All you need to do to enter is to ensure you subscribe to my newsletter, leave a comment below telling me why you would love to win this prize. The giveaway will run until Saturday 24th November, when I will be choosing a name at random. Good Luck!This giveaway is now finished – Congratulations to Sharon – who was picked at random!

Getting social

If you are not in the market for a blocking board – have a look because there are loads of products to add to your wish-list for Christmas!

It would be worth checking out their Facebook page and Instagram account – I think Sean and Holly are developing new products all the time – responding to the needs of their customers and they are always looking for suggestions and new ideas.

I have been happy to work with Sean and Holly at Chetnanigans – they sent me their Ultra Board to trial for free to see if I liked it and could recommend it. I happily recommend it to you and I am delighted that they have sent me a discount code for you and a giveaway to share with my readers.

 

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I really enjoy bringing you new books to look at and perhaps add to your wish list. So this weekend I thought it might be lovely to give you a sneaky peek of three that I have been particularly enjoying. I’m afraid all three will be staying firmly in my yarny library.

Celebrating Rowan

First up, an absolute future classic; Rowan 40 Years – 40 Iconic Hand-knit Designs. For me this book is more than just a pattern book. It is more a ‘moment in time’. A coffee table book to inspire and remember great hand-knits. For many years I have eagerly anticipated the publishing of every new  Rowan Design Magazine. This book, celebrating Rowan’s 40th anniversary and has 40 projects taken from throughout their 40 year archive. There are some designs that I have never seen before and some that have been re-coloured, re-made and re-photographed for today.

Top of my list would be this stunning Bressay Hap Shawl by Sharon Miller. The colours are stunning and so wearable. I would also make Martha by Kim Hargreaves, such a classic elegant cardigan.

I have also seen many many versions of Soumak Wrap by Lisa Richardson, this design always draws me across the room to look at it closely. At £25.00 this is not a cheap and cheerful purchase, but for me a staple for my collection of patterns. Excellent value when you think of how many beautiful designs you can have in one book. Pop it on your Christmas list!

Crocheted Birds

Next up is the delightful, Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie. Vanessa is such a talented designer and I see her almost like my crochet sister. We both work with GMC publications and when I see her designs they bring me so much joy. You might be aware that in the past few years there has been a trend for knitted or crocheted taxidermy. A lot less brutal than the Victorian version of bird collecting.

Vanessa’s new book has ten gorgeous projects. I was astounded at the brilliance of the Swan, and B has already asked if I could make the Owl. Vanessa not only provides written instruction but also has a number of detailed hand-drawn charts. If you like using schematic drawings to help you crochet, you will find these really helpful.  I think the Robin would be wonderful to make in the run up to Christmas.

Finally I have just got to tell you about the wonderful new book by my friend Christine, Winwick Mum. In my last blog post I told you that it was Christine who had encouraged me to knit socks. I found her book Super Socks so useful in my tentative first steps.

Now she has taken the techniques up to a new level and added in detailed tutorials on colourwork, cabling and lace patterns. The gorgeous rainbow socks on the front cover are a project I saw being designed. They are so so clever and mesmerizing. If you enjoy improving your techniques and want to have your hand held brilliantly through the process, then this is the book for you. You can buy this book here.

If you would like to see me talking about this book and my must-have sock making equipment then pop over to my Instagram account and look at my Stories Highlights.

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As a special treat I would love to give some of my stash of sock-yarn as a celebratory give-away. I will pick at random 4 subscribers who leave a comment in this blog post about why they love  knitting socks or want to learn. Each of the four will receive one ball of Stylecraft Boho Head over Heels yarn and one ball of the All Star Head over Heels. The colours will be picked at random too – this is just a fun give-away which shares the joy of sock making. Give-away closes on Friday Nov 16th at 6am. Good Luck and happy book shopping!

 

 

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Socks Rock

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There have been many surprises in 2018, including how much I have enjoyed knitting socks – socks rock. You know, prior to my little adventure with Arne and Carlos and learning how to do an ‘after-thought’ heel I would never have considered knitting sock at all. I mean, why would you?

But it was my darling friend Christine (Winwick Mum) who helped me see the light. She showed me how easy it was to take a little sock project with you where-ever, when-ever you go. It does not take long before you have a pair. Doing a quick totting up I have made precisely seven pairs and I have two pairs currently on the needles.

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Dapper Chaps

Four of those pairs have been for the men in my life. My first pair of sock were made for Little B (he is now larger than me, I need to rethink his blogging alter-ego). These are made from a soft 6ply weight yarn. They tend to get used more like a slipper or bed sock. I used the Regia Arne and Carlos Design Line yarn I got from the workshop I attended at Black Sheep Wools, they wash well and now are very soft. This colourway is Summer Night. He also has a luxury pair using a finer weight. I foolishly took him to visit the exclusive Countess Ablaze emporium in Manchester and he chose a sock yarn which looked very beautiful on the skein.

This is a LUXURY PAIR. I believe that the colourway is Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. The colours in the store really appealed to B’s taste, they felt modern and exciting to him. I actually finished knitting this pair in July on our hot-hot holiday in Majorca. The poor boy had to model his new socks in 35 degrees heat. Well, if you get expensive threads you need to suffer for your art!

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Blue Hues

I made a rather smart pair of socks for my Dad. This pair is another design from Arne and Carlos for Regia. The Pairfect Sock Yarns are very clever the colours are spun to ensure both socks are exactly the same. I am not sure when he will wear them, but he knows that love is knitted into every stitch. This design colour is Fall.

After thoughts

I made a lovely pair of blue socks for my blue-eyed boy; Big B. This sock yarn is by Stylecraft, Boho Head over Heels in Danube.  I think this pair will get more wear as the Winter develops. I am sorry I haven’t taken a photo of the heel but I used the after-thought heel method from Coop Knits book; Socks Yeah. There are some lovely designs in this book, I just wish I had more time to make them.

Mine, all mine

So now going onto my own socks. I have made two pairs using my own colour recipe with West Yorkshire Spinners 4ply Signature yarn.  A red striped pair, and a pink pair. My own personal choice would be to have a deep ribbed cuff on the top of the sock and it looks smart to match the cuff, heel and toe together. Both pairs are very comfy and will get more wear this winter.

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I have just finished these pastel beauties using Stylecraft Head over Heels All Stars. As Stylecraft Blogstars we all got an opportunity to select a range of colours to create a new sock yarn. Sadly my choice didn’t make the grade. No matter, because I am delighted to have made these socks using Lucy’s design (Attic 24). I thought I would extend my heel knitting repertoire and used the Sweet Tomato Heel method, (cute name). Experts will tell you that this method might not be very hardwearing. But I thought it looked nice with the colour stripes.

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Enough Already

Surely, I have made enough now! No sir. I have two pairs currently on the go. A limited edition sock yarn by Regia, called Nautic. There are five designs in this range and it is almost as if they were all designed for me! In fact, Christine messaged me to say she had spotted a ball and thought of me immediately. I have completed the first sock and will begin on the second this weekend. I am also hoping to complete a pair of Christmas socks using the new Fairylights by West Yorkshire Spinners. These look rather jaunty and I am not quite sure who will receive them yet.

So there you go, for a non-sock knitter at the beginning of 2018, I am rather loving my new yarn hobby. As of yet I have tended to take a simple approach to the design. Perhaps in 2019 I might look to expand my skills. But as for now. Bring on the chill – I am ready with the woolly socks!

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This week I will celebrate sock knitting by doing a book review of two great sock books and a give-away of some sock yarn – so stay tuned for an opportunity to get a ball of great yarn.

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Hello! It is my turn on the Stylecraft Blogtour. I love this annual little jaunt with all my Stylecraft Friends. We get very excited when the yarn is revealed to us. This year I was delighted that we were given Bellissima yarn to design with. What I really love the silky texture of the yarn and I chose the Autumn Leaves colour combination which has 5 fabulous rich shades.

This year I knew immediately what I wanted to make. I have been creating this quick and easy toy bear for a couple of years, but never wrote up the pattern. The time was nigh. The pattern is super simple and would make an excellent festive present. But then I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cute to create a matching bag?’. The idea is that any proud owner could take their bear with them on a high adventure.

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Toy making tips

If you are new to amigurumi and toy making with crochet this pattern would be an ideal starting point. I have made the pattern available for free during the blogtour. I often get asked if the yarn I use splits. Good Point! When you make toys you tend to have a tighter tension and you need accuracy on where to put your hook. If your yarn splits it becomes very very frustrating. Fortunately for a silky feel yarn, the fibres say nice and neat. I have just been making up another design this week and I have returned to the Bellissima again – which shows you how much I like it.

Worth saying on this design I did line my bag strap with a lovely grosgrain ribbon. Recently when I have made bags I have found it useful to either line the inside or reinforce the handles with ribbon. Then ensures that the bag does not stretch. You can either attach your lining with some small sewing stitches or use your sewing machine – as I do. I have found the sewing machine very handy and quite forgiving. You can hardly detect the lines of stitching amongst the yarn rows. These are the little touches which really finish off your makes and give your work a long life-span.

Well if you have been following the blogtour so far – you will have seen the wealth of beautiful designs using this yarn. Tomorrow, Phil from Twisted Thread will be sharing her fab project.

If you would like a copy of the Billy Bear and Bag you can download the free pattern below.  (Offer ends 15th October 2018 – Midnight BST)

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You can also WIN one of the Autumn Leave yarn packs, just click the link below to enter. (Open until 10am BST on 6th October 2018)

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Dare I say it? Are you already making for the festive season. Seriously I think you might be. I know it seems madder than mad, but I have been designing Christmas treats since May. Can you imagine?

It is worth me pointing you in the direction of two of my patterns. Firstly I have an adorable Project bag – the Dorothy Granny Square Bag which is published in the month’s Inside Crochet Magazine. If you admired my Beach Bag back in July, then indeed I am so sorry I have not written up the pattern yet. Don’t despair. This little beauty will be right up your street. Plus it uses glorious Stylecraft Special Aran.

 

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So chunky and quick to make. I saw that a few people had commented and and said it would make a great Christmas present. ‘Good point – well made’. So do swing by and pick up a copy.

Quick Stockings

Also worth mentioning is the Christmas Stocking Crochet along in Lets Get Crafting – Knitting and Crochet magazine. Each month in the run up to Christmas will release quick and easy 8 stocking designs. Rather fabulously you can download the first eight patterns from their website. As I am writing now I am getting excited for the weekend and the opportunity to pick up my hook!

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If you have a favourite festive pattern please do tell me. I would love to know. Have a great weekend x

 

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