Stitching Sunday: Updates!

Look updates!

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This is the sleeve of a jumper I started on holiday. I’m actually going to be making two nearly identical versions of this for two little boys in my family. So far I have one back, two sleeves and the beginning of a front. I have a bit of a dilemma of which version I want to do though, with or without a hood. As the only changes have to be made to the front neck to decide with or without a good I still have time to decide but it’s not really good to make a decision as knitting as I have discovered in the past. I think I have asked everyone in real life that I know which they prefer and most have informed me it’s my decision to make. NO! I can’t make this decision. Anyone want to help me?

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Also next look, pretty fair isle! This is the back of the nearly never ending jumper. I have just another 2cm of the plain stocking stitch in the dusky pink to go on the front before I start the fair isle on that. Whilst this project feels like it has been going forever I apparently only started it sometime in March. Hopefully at this rate it will be ready for autumn.

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Whilst the Fair Isle jumper may feel like it’s taken forever this really is taking forever. What you see is actually all I have done on it. This is the back panel of what I call Aran for Aaron. It’s a silly word play but makes me smile. I don’t think this will be completed in time for this winter.

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I also got round I washing the fabric I bought for some summer dresses. Yes summer may be coming to an end but I may get to wear something I make before the end of September. However I have learnt that drying several meters of fabric in a tiny flat is not very practical. My sudden interest in trying to get back on the dressmaking wagon is four fold:-

1. I have so much fabric I should really use some of it soon.

2. My wardrobe really needs updating. I can count on one hand the amount of outfits I own that fit, are fashionable and suitable for work on one hand. Then again I can probably do the same for my out of work clothes too.

3. I have a new sewing machine that needs to be used for more than cushion covers.

4. Look at my new friend…

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She is just begging to be draped in fabric even if she does look amazing in the nude, so to speak.

She is another of my charity shops finds. I saw her standing in the window and had to look at her in more detail. It was only when I got into the shop I realised she was for sale. As it was a case of love at first sight I didn’t care what her price was I just had to buy her. Turns out she didn’t break the bank balance at £20! In fact I think she was a bargain. Yes she has a little bit of damage around her base and she is old enough to be called vintage but to me is perfect. I’m hoping we have many happy hours together.

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WIP Wednesday: Welcome to Corfu (nearly!)

I’m writing this in the plane, 35,000 feet in the air and just above Germany, and writing this offline to post when I land even though that will be about 8pm England time, 10pm Greek time, bedtime for Me. That may be a slight exaggeration but me and the husband have had a few late nights and many early mornings.

So first things first, the luggage saga. You know last post I moaned how we were well overweight and I still had packed any crafts? Well I weighed the cases again, swearing that they felt lighter than last year, ripped out more “heavy” items (my second pair of shoes, the husbands jean shorts) and they were still over. So I decided to borrow my mums luggage scales because I knew her were accurate and I was really beginning to not trust our new pair. What to know what was wrong? We were reading the weight in pounds rather than kilograms. This is very typical for me, I most definitely live up to the blonde stereotype. However husband, he’s very technically able so I genuinely don’t know how he made the same mistake. As a result we were not just under the weight limit we were less than half our allowance. So what did I do?

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You guessed right, I packed loads of wool. Maybe a bit too much. Hopefully though this means I will have lots of updates over the next two weeks and actually, you know, blog, not this sporadic excuse for blogging I’ve been doing the last couple of months.

It’s also been crazy busy again even I three days; we went to see The Eagles on Monday (full gig review to follow) and yesterday was crazy busy.

We were flying from a London airport so we (husband and I, it’s always husband and I when I say we, unless it’s a Thursday then I might mean the knitting group) decided to travel down the day before and see a friend who lived in the capital. This was great even if it did have a couple of hiccups. We were knackered from not getting in until 1am Tuesday morning from The Eagles and we were up again at 6am to do last minute packing and catch the train. When we finally arrived at London out friend was suppose to meet us but got stuck at work so we spent a couple of hours at Kings Cross. Which would be fine but the husband works at Kings Cross so doesn’t really like spending time there, there not really much to do and we were lugging round two suitcases which was a bit of a hindrance.

When we left the suitcases at our friends house we decided to go shopping. We went to a place called Westfields, which I have since discovered they have more than one of in London. It was amazing. We ended up about spending about 4 hours in there in the end. And a majority of that was me in John Lewis looking in the haberdashery. I know I had just spent money on the previous Saturday on lots of lovely things (which I still have to post about) but I had to go have a look. Yes, I still ended up buying a couple if things but with perfectly valid reasons. Firstly on the train I was working on the Hearts and Flowers jumper when the stopper end of my needle disappeared. As it was there one second and then I looked again and it was gone. Although it did create the amusing sight of me crawling on the train trying to find the end, but to no avail. So I bought myself a pair of new 3mm so my stitches don’t all slide off the end. And the husband bought the other 5 pairs and the lovely wrap to hold them. I also bought one more pattern for the mountain of yarn I bought the previous Saturday. So not a huge spending spree. I wish I had pictures but alas again I don’t.

To say I was eager to do a bit knitting last night was a little bit of an understatement. Unfortunately I didn’t get chance as by the time we had eaten and got back to our friends house it was about midnight. Another late night. This morning wasn’t too bad as we got up at 7 but it was still earlier than I wanted. And it meant I couldn’t do any knitting. As we were also on the way to the airport I couldn’t take my knitting out of the suitcases to spend any time on it as the rule about no knitting needles was correct.

Only to get to the airport and be hit with a 4 hour delay. Thanks French air staff who decided to strike today. I respect anyone’s right to strike but on very little sleep I was grumpy at the situation. I wish I had my needles as I would have got loads of progress done and would have had loads of pictures.

The result is I am now overtired and writing this blog just to occupy myself.

Also to the WIP of this post: sorry there are none to report really. I just like to tag all my posts on the same day with the same tags. I am a little weird like that.

From 35,000 feet with horrible turbulence, Captain Stitches signing off.

PS. I now realise that I am posting this on Friday which makes the day rule even more weird. Unfortunately (or fortunately, you decide) I have been unable to access any wifi since landing. So here is a very late post. Expect a spam as I use all the free wifi in the bar I can muster.

Stitching Sunday: Happy KIP Day/Week

Hello everybody!

I’ve been trying to celebrate Knitting in Public day/week but busy, busy week again. I feel like I’m constantly busy and want to share all of it with all of you but I just don’t have the time.

But back to KIP! Have you been KIPing? I’ve been trying…

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However they don’t really feel like knitting in public just because I’ve been trying to squeeze in minute whilst on lunch, which either means it’s at my desk, in the park or at a costa and I knit at all of these places anyway. Does it count if they are your regular knitting places?

Yesterday I did visit Texere for the first time in Bradford and bought some great bargains. The staff were also so lovely and helpful. I shall be definitely be going back again (maybe not spending quite so much money next time though). All the lovely goodies deserve a post of there own so hopefully I will get time to post them up on Instagram and here tomorrow.

I also don’t know if I have mentioned in the past but I am on Instagram as baztheblonde. Come and follow, I love finding new knitting related pictures (although I often post about tea and my Dalmatian as well).

As I mentioned last week I had the urge to pick up smaller needles and crack in with some cross stitch. Unfortunately again I haven’t had the time, and this urge is now been joined by a other to crack out the sewing machine and work on all the lovely fabrics that I’ve had in my ottoman for at least 5 months. Such a bad, bad crafter letting real life things like work, friends, family and sleeping get in the way of creativity. Oh and the little thing called HOLIDAY!

Oh yes dear readers for the next couple of weeks I shall be once again doing special posts from Corfu. This called a small spanner with a couple of things. One, I heard they had allowed knitting needles on flights again only to find out that this was not true for the airline I was flying with. Major disappointment. Secondly, our luggage is already very close to weight limit so I’m not sure about the amount of craft supplies I can take with me. Dilemma! What do I take? What don’t I take? Start removing clothes? I’ve just been on a spending spree but the majority is going to have to stay at home! (I know this is very melodramatic, could be #firstworldproblems and also #crafterproblems but this is important to me). I let you know what I decided when I get there, I have a feeling I might still be packing the hour before we set off for the flight.

I also have to blog about all the other things I’ve done such as the several trips to the theatre, the gig reviews and random moments of excitement. So much to blog, so little time.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYBODY!

Stitching Sunday: What A Week!

It’s been so busy this week I feel like I haven’t had time to blog properly. And most definitely haven’t had time to do any craft related fun. So I decided to sit down this morning and really crack on to something. Only to realise that the whole of Little Vine is wrong. So it got frogged, again.

I’m fed up of the frog.

On the plus note I got to use my new ball winder.

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Yay!

If truth be told I am a little convinces that I’m going to have the frog round for a while and it’s really putting me off doing anything.

I mean like this morning I purposely tp aside time just for me and it ended up been another case of destroying things I had attempted to make.

So I’m asking any tips to get rid of the frog? And get back my mojo?

Magic in Her Fingers

The Peregrine Reads

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Underneath the scotching sun, she sits with her crotchets
With swamps of piercing hums, beneath her every breathe
About to craft another stroke of genius
With wool and pins and some magic fingers
Of Men, unknowing of the fabric they wear
And kids’, pacing about the place in colorful wears
She makes such beauties— with the magic in her fingers!

In and out, In and out
She works her fingers from west to east
Her sharp pale eyes blurred out with dreams
Merrily joining and stitching, seam to seam
Fat loopy yarns, repeatedly dancing around her legs
And she would raise her chin in pride and toss her silky hair
Carefully telling a story —with the magic in her fingers!

As unskilled and overlooked though the job,
It lit up her soul and to her heart restored joy
Patched-up torn tissues, seamlessly weaving broken dreams
Turned a lonely spot…

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KNN Thursday: Hayfever, coughs and a pesky little frog!

The hayfever is me, the cough is the husband. I’m vaguely controlling my hayfever but the tree pollen count has been a little high recently so it’s felt like an uphill battle. The husband is not doing so good. This cough seems to have come from nowhere and it’s knocked him for six. Unfortunately this means I will get another broken night of sleep. We will battle the hideous symptoms together.

However tonight is Thursday so I did visit all the lovely people at KNN even with my hideous hayfever! One unexpected guest turned up again though – Mr Frog! I started to repair the frogging I did to Little Vine only to have to undo it all again! AGAIN! I need to find this little froggy and teach him a lesson. Or pay more attention when I’m knitting. One of the two.

I’ve also been feeling the urge to pick up a smaller needle the last day or two. Hopefully this means that Tut will get some work (have just realised he hasn’t had an update since this post in February, this makes me feel very bad). Even though beloved Tut hasn’t had any work I have also had my eye turned by this beauty. I am a huge fan of all Heaven and Earth Designs but am a little daunted by their size. As the husband often says my stash is for retirement so maybe they can be added to my retirement fund!

Hopefully my motivation to pick up a smaller needle will result in a few more update posts. If not I’m hoping for a craft shop browse tomorrow so maybe there will be stash enhancement retirement find pictures.

Stitching Sunday: Lifelines and other annoyances.

Celestarium was going well. Until I put a lifeline in.

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Somehow adding the lifeline made me increase the stitch count. And when I ripped back to the lifeline to resolve the extra stitches problem I somehow had tanged it through two rows of stitches in some places which has led me to having to rip it all out. All of it.

However this wasn’t a major problem. Yes I am disappointed but now I can learn from my mistakes. My bigger problem was when I discovered all of this the husband decided he wanted to talk to me about everything. I purposefully sat him down and said I made a mistake and I needed to really concentrate. So he decided it was a good time to talk about the house deposit (which is important but not the right time), the food shopping (I do the food shopping, he doesn’t why is he suddenly interested in it), the mobile phone contracts (I’m not interested) and the plans for today (I want 20 minutes to mourn the lost of something I’ve spent about 5 hours on). He’s still wittering in the background now about some form he’s filling in. It’s not that I don’t love him just sometime even when I’m clear (see example above) he still goes out of his way to annoy me but he doesn’t see it like this. And then when I point put he’s annoying me he sulks as if it’s my fault. MEN!

So deep breath. Today I am staring again with Celestarium and the husband. In just going to pretend the last hour didn’t happen.

Stitching Saturday: Sunny Saturday

What a glorious day and I have taken full advantage of it. Apologies for the delays in blogging but at a 25 year old I got chickenpox. Whilst I wasn’t really ill I did take a bit of a knock to my confidence and didn’t really feel like sharing anything with anyone. But that’s in the past now and I’m feeling less itchy, less spotty and less sorry for myself.

So today! Well to be honest I wasn’t in the perfect mood and I got more than a little grumpy. But look at the reason why.

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A huge tangle of tangled-ness. I’ve been trying to untangle it for 3 days. And today my patience snapped. Unfortunately I may have taken my bad mood out of the husband (however he should take some of the responsibility of sneaking up behind me). The upside of my little temper tantrum is that the husband never wanted me to have to untangle again and bought me a swift and a ball winder. Very thoughtful.

However I did get to knit with this tangle once I had wound it up all nice. It did become a bit of a problem though.

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It started to done when it should have been flat. I did think that spreading it out over more needles would solve this problem.

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And for once my idea actually worked! Whoo! Hopefully this should speed along at a brisk pace now.

I also had another charity shop run today. I’m more than a little bit obsessed with charity stores but I get so many good deals and thing I would never find anywhere else. Take a look at these patterns.

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And my personally favourite…..

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Just look at the attitude. I want that swag when I’m wearing those leg warmers.

I also found out that the charity shop I bought these from are having a fabric sale in two weeks. They are going to stock the whole store with fabric and are shipping it in specially for this event. I’m hoping by the time I get to go on Saturday they won’t have sold out as it is starting on Wednesday 28th May. If anyone is interested it is the St Gemma’s Charity Shop at 206 Selby Road, Halton, Leeds, LS15 0LF. St Gemma’s is also close to my heart so if can support them please go have a look.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be back blogging and will have updates on everything.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge: Days 9 & 10

Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?

To be honest I haven’t used a whole lot of year but I must admit the only I have most fun with when I pick it up is my Rowan pure wool 4ply . It’s so soft, I think I spend more time stroking it than knitting it. And unlike the other projects at the moment the it’s knits evenly and smoothly and it’s not slippery like the other things I’m working now.

I genuinely thinking of buying more and just using it for every project. And because it comes it different weights I could actually do that.

Day 10: Do you have a Favourite pattern of designer?

Susan Crawford. I think if I had the time I would knit every pattern of hers but there are the small snags of a) money for yarn, b) time c) how do I choose which one to do first and d) I bet I will want some of them in more than one colour.

Her blog is great and I love all the lambs that have appearing on her Instagram. It’s not that I stalk her on social media it’s just that I find her posts really interesting. If I can there in one piece I actually want to go to her talk at Toft because I think it would be an amazing afternoon.

I suppose put simply I’m a bit of a fan girl.