Mitred Squares Finish

Many many moons ago I started making a bag from mitred squares. But then I decided I didn’t want to make them into a bag, so they sat in my UFO basket as I pondered what to make of them.

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I was still unsure when I listed my Frog or Finish 9 for 2019, so they didn’t make the list. But I’m pleased to say, I finally took them out, added a square and a zip and turned them into a cushion…

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Another UFO bites the dust. And it wasn’t even on the list! 🙂

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens#18 2019

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Last Sunday we took a walk along the river Okement at Fatherford and had a sit at this spot watching the water flow through the rocks. Coincidentally this is were I saved the sheep from drowning that I mention in Thursday’s post – hard to believe in wetter weather so much of this is under water.

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Of course, after a nice walk at Fatherford it’s compulsory to have brunch at the station…

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Although it has been very dry, it’s also been very dank and wet at times…

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Unsurprisingly in a mix of warm and wet weather the greenery is growing like mad and dog walking paths are getting thinner…

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This week I finished A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale. It didn’t really grab me – you know I’m hard to please. There were lots of interesting ideas raised, just none of them explored sufficiently. It was still, however, very thought provoking, but I couldn’t understand why the main character hadn’t noticed he was more interest in men than women when he was a lot younger.

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In an unusual turn of events, Hubby cleaned out my car. Here are the items he though I didn’t really need to keep in it…

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Anyone know what the item at the top of the picture is?

In more usual activities I bought some wool for my next project…

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And to keep things in balance, I trucked up at produce morning on Saturday and sold some…

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And somewhere during the week, this arrived…

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Thank you to Lynn – looks like exactly like what I was asking for when I wanted suggestions of a sewing book to buy a couple of weeks ago.

As I also mentioned on Thursday, I’ve been to the physio. While the physiotherapist was out of the room, printing my Personal Exercise Programme, I took a quick snap of the curtain rail.

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Can anyone offer an explanation why it would be hung like this? There was no obvious reason I could see.

Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Tuck Stitch Sweater Finished

Yay! I’ve finished the tuck stitch sweater….

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Tuck Stitch Sweater knitted in Dartmoor Yarn Company DK Ryeland pure wool

 

It’s very bulky – takes up the room of two sweaters when folded up in the wardrobe – which is going to be great for keeping me warm, but does make one look rather bulky. I think for this reason I’ll stick to cables in future.

I also don’t like the neck, but I can wear it with a scarf to disguise that. (Yes, I know I could frog the neck and do it again, but you know how I feel about frogging.)

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Until next time,

Bekki x

Naked Kits and 10% Discount at The Dartmoor Yarn Company!

One of the goals I set myself this year was to make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more environmentally friendly business.  I started the business selling kits – which, of course, need packaging to keep them together. However,  when you’re selling in shops, the packaging also needs to speak to your buyer.

Unfortunately a plain paper or recycled bag doesn’t say, quality, natural, eco-friendly wool, fun, quirky, rustic, Dartmoor, British made… or any of the other words that might apply. I’m also not a total killjoy and I know many of my kits are bought as gifts and nice packaging is part and parcel of that.

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However at festivals and craft fairs, I’ve sold naked kits, with no packaging, to people who want to knit the product themselves. I’ve also taken the needles out of kits for people who have needles already. But the one place I hadn’t though about doing this was on internet sales.

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So my first step to becoming a more eco-friendly business is to offer cheaper Naked kits on the website. That way people who want the kit for themselves, want to gift wrap it themselves, or want to buy one of my project bags or needles bags to put it in, can purchase at a cheaper price without excess packaging and/or needles they don’t want.

I’m offering options of:

  • No ‘gift’ packaging i.e. Only wrapping the kit in the necessary packaging (which is usually recycled) to see it through the post.
  • No gift packaging and no needles  – as above, but without needles.
  • No needles – for those who want to give a gift to a knitter who already has needles.

Of course gift packaged kits with everything you need to create your finished item are still available to internet browsers who want them.

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These options not reduce excess packaging, but allow me to offer kits at a cheaper price. And, on top of that saving, I’m celebrating this positive step by offering a 10% discount on everything on the website for the whole of March – including Naked Kits.

If you’re looking to treat yourself – or someone else – for Easter, take a look at our kits, gifts for knitters and Dartmoor wool felted products.

The code for the 10% discount is: Naked10

And the shop is here

Thanks for dropping by!

Bekki

 

 

 

FO: Zebra Socks

Okay, so it’s only my handbag knitting and they weren’t exactly complex, but I finished my Zebra socks 🙂 and amazingly they are my first knitting finish of the year!

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Toasty warm in real wool – just what’s needed in this weather.

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Just one question: Should I buy myself a pair of red shoes and rename them Wicked Witch of the East?

Thanks for dropping by!

Cones of Ryeland and Jacob Wool for Sale

A couple of weeks ago I put a picture on my Sunday Sevens of some balls of wool I’d been winding. In the comments section, the lovely Judith from A Wee Story Book asked if I sold wool by the cone. I told her ‘no’, but if she’d like it by the cone, I could do it for her.

Shortly after I’d replied, a little voice in my head asked, So why don’t you sell cones of wool? 

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Another Doh! moment. Of course I should put them up for sale in the shop, so people don’t have to ask or go away without asking thinking I don’t. Sometimes the simplest things evade me.

Anyway, I just thought I’d tell you in case anyone fancies wool by the cone, there is DK and 4ply white Ryeland and 4ply brown and white Jacob by the cone here.

A Happy Accident – Sheep Coasters

Last summer on a whim I decided to wet felt an extra, large extra thick piece felt to make coasters from. I find wet felting fun, but after a while the novelty wears off.  Unfortunately my interest didn’t last anywhere near long enough and, with better things to do, I gave up and dried it.

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I kidded promised myself I’d finish it another day, but each time I looked at it I knew: Continue reading “A Happy Accident – Sheep Coasters”