Dachshund and Beach Hut Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook Bags

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I posted a pic of this lovely Dachshund fabric in my Sunday Sevens post.

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But I was so busy getting ready for Stitch Fest, I didn’t have time to show you what I made from it.  The moment I saw the fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted to make…

A needle bag…

Large Dachshund Dog Knitting Needle Bag

A slightly shorter needle bag…

Medium Dachshund Dog Knitting Needle bag

And a crochet hook bag…

Dachshund Dog Crochet Hook Case - Pencil Case

Or it could be a pencil case.

I also spotted another fabric that I also thought would make a fab needle cases and turned it into these…

Beach Hut Knitting Needle bag

If anyone fancies one, the ones that didn’t find good homes at Stitch Fest are now in the shop.

How Things Grow! Christmas Knitting Workshops

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.

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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.

 

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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.

Fair isle group Santa SacksThursday 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.

Finally an FO! (or two) – Anyone for Christmas Pudding?

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…

Christmas Pudding knitting kit british wool cropped

So I knitted it a friend, made a label and stuck it to a bag…

Christmas Pudding Knitting Kit

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.

Christmas Gifts for Knitters - Knitting Kits

Yay! Finally feel like I’ve finished something 🙂

Hope you like my little puddings.

WIP Update

When I just looked back at my blog posts, I discovered my last WIP update was September 7th; six weeks ago! Of course a lot has happened since then,  so I’m not beating myself up for not having finished anything, the lack of updates since, or lack of progress. However, I have made some progress. But first off, here’s what I’ve completely ignored… Continue reading “WIP Update”

27 Knitted Santa Sacks Pattern

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.

 

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Learning Without Trying

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my first spinning lesson and how my teacher has a theory that dancers find it easier to learn because they’re use to making complicated movements with their feet at the same time as with their hands. Being a complete klutz at dancing, I hadn’t expected to be a very quick learner, but in the event I turned out not to be too bad.

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Continue reading “Learning Without Trying”