Felting update

A while back I decided to have some of the lovely Jacob boys and girls wool processed into roving.

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I dyed some of it…

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…and bagged it up…

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I wet felted a few sheets…

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Then between life, holidays, daughter visiting and being unwell, I didn’t do much more. But I did do a few things…

I made some dryer balls…

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I made a flock of  sheep brooches…

I even managed to put both the dryer balls and the brooches up for sale in the shop, and to sell half of both of them, along with all the roving, at last weekend’s craft fair 🙂

I also took a little inspiration from the daisies I posted about a couple of weeks ago,

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… and did a little embroidery on the green piece of the felt I made…

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Unfortunately the vibrancy of the green felt – it’s the sheet in the pic at the top – isn’t being picked up by my phone camera in today’s light 😦

So, not a lot over a whole month, but at least something!

 

Heartfelt Cardigan TA DA!

Many years ago, when I did not have the time to knit a cable cardigan, I bought a cream cable cardigan. I very much loved my cardigan, but over time it grew. As it grew, it moved from being a favourite cardigan to a pull on when it’s chilly cardigan. But still it grew and the cream began to turn a little grey however well it was washed. So it became a throw on when it’s chilly and you’re absolutely sure no one will see you in it cardigan.

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I’m looking down because if I move it slips either side of my boobs

I wished and wished my poor cardigan was still new, until one day I realised wishing was going to get me nowhere.  So I picked up my needles. I wanted to knit an near identical cable cardigan in my grey Dartmoor Yarn Company wool, but one that felt a little more feminine. I loved the idea of cabled hearts, but this was the closest I could find in a stitchionary.

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But it just wasn’t heart shaped enough and I certainly didn’t want anything as untidy as the way that one pulls at the sides – although I did wonder if that was down to the skill of the knitter who made the sample for the book.

There was nothing for it but take out my graph paper and design my own.

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The pink one is my first attempt.

And so I began knitting, until finally…

TA DA!

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Please excuse my hair, I’d been out in the rain all morning and I’m due at the hairdressers next week.

Heartfelt Cardigan

I’m very pleased with the finished cardigan, but not so pleased with the size of my hips and bottom.  I did intended it to be slightly looser fit and I did get the measurements right – I just failed to lose the weight I intended. So now my cardigan is finished, I’ve absolutely no excuse not do it justice by getting on with losing those extra inches, which I lost last year then put half of them back on again!

I also now need to get the pattern written up within a month as I promised in the goal I added to my 2017 list last month.

Knit your own country cottage

I’m determined this week to get several projects finished that have been almost finished for a couple of weeks. First up is an idea I had ages ago, knitted and blocked quite a while back, but never quite found the oomph to take off the blocking mat, finish and write up. But finally I have.  It’s another project for the DYC shop, Knit Your Own Country Cottage.

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Apart from a couple of keyrings I need to write up, this is the last knitting kit I’m designing for the shop for a while. Hope you like it.

 

A wee small finished project

Since I finished the Good Vibrations Shawlette and the Fakery Curl,I’ve skittered between projects but finished nothing – even though I’m on the verge of finishing a couple. Like most knitters finishing off is not my favourite job. But today I have a small finish. A hedgehog, which is now in kit form available in the DYC shop.

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Back to the bigger projects, I’m wondering if I’m actually reluctant to finish, not just because sewing up and sewing in ends is no fun, but because I don’t want to finish – like when you’re reading a good book and want want to get to the end, but at the same time don’t want it to end.

How do you feel when you finish a bigger project?

A bit more progress – Dartmoor Dormouse

There was a wee project I didn’t admit to finishing on Tuesday, because I’ve grown wise to not declaring kits are finished until they really are ready – i.e. the packing is also ready and the little critter is up on the website shop. If only I could simply knit the creature, write the pattern, have it checked and the rest sort itself out!

Anyways, here’s another project I finished this week…

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Hope you like him!

Nice surprises

I’m always delighted when people share pics of what they’ve knitted from my kits or with my wool. I’m also very grateful that they’ve taken the time to share their pics. This week I’ve had two I can’t resist a blog post about.

First was this gorgeous shawl knitted in the Shetland/Ryeland blend…

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… then there was a report of a sheep loose in New York 🙂

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