Sunday Sevens #21 2019

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

It’s been a busy week where I’ve forgotten to take many pictures through the week. I did however remember to take a pic of the mung bean and spinach soup I made because it looked so revolting. Pleased to say it tasted better than it looked:..

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The other ‘event’ I remembered to take a couple of photos of was on Thursday when we took the day out to visit Chagford Show…

 

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I’m always amazed by how different the breeds of sheep are. Just look at the colour of these Suffolks…

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I was even more amazed to find Harry has started a secret business…

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As usual  Harry has been keeping us entertained in many ways, but the best this week was when I briefly swapped bras to put a white one on for Lovely Hubby to take pics of my sleeveless top. Dear Harry immediately stole my black one and ran around very proudly waving it at us…

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This Saturday was our village Flower and Produce Show.  You may remember me  previously complaining that the craft section had been given a theme, that I had nothing I could enter and that I wasn’t going to make things to match a theme specially for the show.

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Having done some hard thinking I managed to dredge out some old makes and use a couple of recent makes to enter each category. Since I haven’t blogged the new makes yet, I’ll do a couple of separate posts about them. Meantime I’ll show you the winners from each section:

Sewing and Patchwork/Quilting…

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Cross Stitch…

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Embroidery…

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Knitting…

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Crochet…

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In total I won one first and four second places. The embroidery above is mine. I reckon it’s a good 30 years old!

My other dredged up older make was Sheep. Bless him…

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That’s definitely not the right card with him

I was also the entrant in the craft section who scored the most points and so won the craft cup!

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So all in all a very good week. Hope you’ve had a good one.

Until next time.

Bekki x

Knitting catch up

I realise I haven’t mentioned knitting in quite a while. Last time I showed you, I’d finished the back and knitted this much of a sleeve of my Heartfelt cardigan.

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Normally I knit two sleeves together, but for practical reasons I’m not on this one. This prompted me to ask if other people knitted both sleeves together. I was amazed from the comments how many different orders a sweater/cardigan can be knitted in. More amazingly everyone had perfectly good and logical reasons why they did things in their  order.

This made me ask if I’d be happier knitting a cardigan/sweater in a different order. I came up with a resounding NO, particularly, because I now realise I also like to knit the front(s) last, because they’re the most interesting and quickest bit – which is just how I eat a meal; from least favourite food to the most favourite!

Anyway, I’ll shut up now and show you I’ve now finished both sleeves.

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Hurrah!

Until next time,

Bekki x

Cable Catch Up

The great thing about going on a road trip is having lots of time to knit in the passenger seat. I did so well on my Heartfelt Cardigan last week, I decided it was time for a catch up post to show you my progress.

Two weeks ago I’d done this much of the back…

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The back is now finished…

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And I’ve done half a sleeve.

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I usually knit both sleeves together, but didn’t because I’m knitting from a cone and didn’t want to mess about winding wool off.

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When I knit a sweater or cardigan I like to knit both sleeves together after the back and before the front(s), because I think it leaves the easy more exciting bit i.e. the front(s)  to the end. Knitting both at once ensures both sleeves are the same and makes it feel as if the knitting goes quicker, so I think knitting one at a time will make it feel as if it’s taking longer.

What order do you knit a sweater/cardigan? And why do you do it that way?

Until next time,

Bekki x

A Small Ta Da!

Hello!

Hope you’re having a great week. I’m just dropping by to show you a small finish; a very small sweater our new great nephew due in June.

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I’m still not sure about the break in the dark blue part of the pattern at the top caused by using self patterning yarn to cheat and have an easy knit. But I’ve got a few months to decide if I’m going to do anything about it. Although I am thinking it definitely looks better now it has sleeves.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

In the craft room

Thought I’d show you a couple of odd bits and bobs I’ve been working on, that don’t need a full post, before I forget them.

I started working on this small sweater a last week for our great nephew expected in June…

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I’ve knitted this in self patterning yarn, for an easy knit without looking in the car. Not very pleased with the dark blue at the top – but also thinking it’s not helping that there’s no sleeve on that side. What do you think?

Various people have sponsored the acoustic clouds that have been bought for our village hall. These clouds are now being adored with a reminder of who sponsored them. For some reason I ended up felting on the bell ringers bell – managed to get out of actually making it though. So don’t give me any credit for that…

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The other not so small bit I’be been working on is my patchwork quilt. Ditches have been sewn!

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Hopefully you can see the sewn lines more clearly on the reverse side.

Thanks for dropping by.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

Heartfelt Revisited

Nearly two years ago – Yes! Nearly two whole years ago – I finished my Heartfelt Cardigan. I’d designed it to replace my incredibly old and dilapidated cream Aran cardigan that I wore practically all the time around the house.

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I knitted my new cardigan in grey to make it wearable with pretty much everything in my wardrobe, given I wear a lot of blue…

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…but somehow, although I love it, although I wear it, it doesn’t get the wear the cream one got. In fact I still wear the cream one occasionally, even thought it’s so manky.

When I finished my tuck stitch sweater a couple of weeks ago I started looking for a new  knitting project.

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I looked at loads of patterns and finally decided I’d knit Heartfelt in cream and when it’s finished I really will through my old cream cardigan in the bin. Decision made that only left the problem that I never finished writing up the pattern – have you forgiven me for that yet Lynn? So I took out my tape measure and notepad and started measuring and counting.

I’ve started the back, and this time I’m going to write the pattern up properly as I go along!

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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