Since our knitting group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month, we decided to have our Christmas party back in November, because none of us would make the December meeting so close to Christmas. We took scraps of Christmas coloured yarns and patterns for Christmas ornaments. Each of us started knitting an ornament, but being busy with food and wine, none of us finished. Continue reading “Knitted Christmas Ornament Swap”
Over the last couple of months I haven’t done half of the things I’ve meant to do. One outstanding task, I’ve finally worked on is fully updating the Dartmoor Yarn Company website shop. Here’s what I’ve added…
I absolutely love making stitch markers, but during November haven’t been able to make them quick enough to have any left after fairs to put in the shop. But finally there are some for sale, both for knitters and for those who crochet…
I confess I may have been avoiding putting these in the shop, because I don’t really want to part with them…
I’m down to my last three…
This really should have been up before now!
And I’m sure everyone has their supply of Christmas colours for spinning or felting this year – but just in case, and there’s always next year…
Okay, so I’m not going to win an award for business woman of 2017, but sometimes there’s far more important things to do than update your web shop.
Having been away visiting the Netherlands and a little bit of Belgium, has meant lots of travel knitting. I did a little secret knitting that I can’t show you, but other than that my knitting turned out to be rather like Henry Ford’s, you can have any colour you like as long as it’s black – but in my case it was brown. Continue reading “Road Trip Knitting”
Just popping in with a quick mention that Cowslip Workshops’ Christmas fair is on Friday and Saturday. It really is a lovely fair and a great place to buy Christmas presents. It’s well worth checking out if you’re close enough to do so…
Oh my, how things grow! Last year, in a moment of madness, I decided I was going to knit a Christmas Santa sack each day throughout advent. Eleven months on I’ve improved and added to them, published them as a pattern collection and now I’m absolutely delighted to tell you that I’m running some Christmas knitting workshops on them at the Woolly Beader in Okehampton.
One of the aspirations I had for the patterns when I put them together as a collection, was that as well as being fun for experienced knitters, that the simplest Santa sack could be used to learn to knit from, and that the collection could be used to build knitting skills. The three workshops I’m running are based around this idea.
Thursday 9th November: Textured Santa Sacks (Suitable for Beginners and Improvers):
Learn to knit, or to improve newly learnt or rusty knitting skills, through knitting a simple textured Santa sack.
Thursday 16th November: Picture Santa Sacks using the Intarsia Technique (Suitable for improvers and more experienced knitters):
Explore the intarsia knitting technique to knit one of the 20 adorable picture Santa sacks.
Thursday 30th November: Colour work Santa Sacks (Suitable for improvers and more experienced knitters):
Learn to knit stranded colour work/ fair isle or to improve your stranded knitting technique through knitting a festive Santa sack. Areas discussed will include tension issues in stranded colour work, knitting in the round, two handed colour work and avoiding the ‘jog’.
If you’re in interested you’ll need to sign up by contacting The Woolly Beader.
And finally, a BIG thank you to all my lovely regular readers who’ve cheered me on with this project since the first mad moment when I decided I was going to knit a Santa sack each day throughout advent last year.
A while ago I decided to knit a Christmas pudding – as you do. I wasn’t happy with my first attempt, so the Christmas pudding got put down and forgotten until Tuesday this week, when I remembered, while doing my WIP round-up , that I wanted to knit one.
I was very happy with the second attempt…
So I knitted it a friend, made a label and stuck it to a bag…
And, much as I hate Christmas spreading out far beyond December, us crafters need to get going in good time. So I reinstated the small Christmas section of my website too.
Yay! Finally feel like I’ve finished something 🙂
Hope you like my little puddings.
It’s funny how things grow. Just under a year ago on 1st December 2016, on a whim, I decided to knit a different Santa sack and publish the pattern free on my blog for the 24 days of advent. It was a great fun and, although I ended up posting two sacks on a couple of days when I got behind, I otherwise achieved my goal.
After Christmas I took a look at the patterns again and realised what a mess they were. I took them down planning on tidying them up ready for this year. I pretty much forgot about them until August – or maybe it was even September – when I decided to sort them out, ditch a few awful ones, design some new ones and publish them as a collection at the beginning of October.
However life had other ideas. I didn’t make the beginning of October, but finally after working on them for what currently feels like forever, I’ve just uploaded the PDF to Ravelry!
You can find the pattern here.
I’m also making a printed booklet available in the Dartmoor Yarn Company shop. But don’t go looking for it yet, because I haven’t finished putting that together yet.