Knitting


I think most knitters would agree that they want their knits to be used by their loved ones and passed on through the family.

Our family has one such knit – it was made in 1978 for mine and my sister’s Christening day. I was 4 so I didn’t wear it but since then it has been worn by at least 6 members of our family (both on the paternal and maternal side) – 2 of which were my son’s.

It was made by my paternal grandmother, who still knits today but suffers from arthritis so can’t do anything so fancy. Before her arthritis got too bad she made my sister and I blankets to match the gown.

It’s a bit more cream than white and my youngest only just got into it at 5 months (he’s a big boy) but I love it and it is safely packed away for the next baby in the family (maybe the one in the pregnant belly showing beside me in the picture).

P.S. there’s still free shipping in my shop if you mention my 2 year anniversary at checkout – till the end of September.

My latest project was delivered on Saturday 27th February – at 17.01, just in time for tea – after 9 and a half hours of hard work from this tired mum.  We’ve named him Harry Michael and his big brother Luke is very proud of him.

Most of the items that I knitted or crocheted for his arrival are too big – even though he weighed 9lb 5oz at birth – but the blanket that I finished a few days before his arrival is perfect.

We’re still finding our feet – trying to get feeding and sleep in synch – and my body isn’t recovering as well this time so I’m likely to be out of commission for a while. Thankfully I have a 5yr old willing helper, well for 5 mins before his arms get tired …

Back in August I attended the Bakewell County Show. Fantastic sunshine but lots of mud underfoot after several weeks of rain. I knew from previous years that although there were sheep involved there was no fibre for sale. Imagine my delight when I spied a stand from Toft Alpaca!  I’d been coveting their giant bulb bag for weeks but couldn’t quite stretch to that after all the treats my son had had during the day so I settled for one of the smaller kits. I finally made it up this week after the cold snap started – and they have been worn several times.

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Beautifully soft and wonderfully warm. I think I’m in love with a new yarn …

Back in January I took part in a Ravelry swap based on new techniques – I chose felting. I only got around to trying it out a few weeks ago but it took off from there.

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The brown and pink bag is made from the Althea bag pattern and wool that I was sent as part of the swap. The turquoise and purple bag is crocheted from lopi (which I wasn’t sure would felt but did beautifully) and the odd shaped object was supposed to be a felted tie – a work in progress as my husband won’t wear anything knitted (his mum used to run a yarn shop) so I tried to fool him. Unfortunately it felted to well and is now too small and too thick to be a tie – it may transform into a snake like draught excluder!

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Charity shops. Don’t you just love ’em? Well actually I don’t frequent them often but now and again I pop into our local one in search of yarn.

Yesterday I hit jackpot:

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Ten cones of yarn for under £10! There were a few more cones that I left in the shop as I couldn’t carry any more so there may be a return visit. I already have ideas for most of it but some will be going to my next ravelry swap partner as the current swap is a ‘charity’ one.

On Friday I sent off my package for the hometown swap in the ‘Knewbie Knit Kit’ swap group on Ravelry.

Today my parcel arrived – from Idaho!

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The smell was intoxicating and I soon found out what it was – Huckleberry! The parcel was an explosion of purple with gorgeous yarns, huckleberry sweets, coffee and tea, huckleberry soap and pictures and magnets from Idaho. Thank you so much for a little slice of your hometown Kikipotamus.

I may have mentioned Ravelry – once or twice – before in this blog. Well one of the groups I belong to is the Knewbie Kit Swap. It’s the first time I’ve ever tried ‘swapping’ stuff and I’ve just posted my third monthly package.

This month is a secret swap – we won’t know who is spoiling us until the end. We all filled in questionnaires, were given a person to send a package to and were free to stalk their profiles and blogs and forum posts. This afternoon I received this:

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I read the lovely card:

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And the back:

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Before ripping off the paper to find:

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A gorgeous gingerbread man finger puppet – with hidden treasure:

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My spoiler must have been reading my forum posts as I mentioned in one group that I wanted to knit one after seeing Alan Dart’s pattern in Simply Knitting.

 

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As you can see I’ve lost him already – so I will still have to dig that pattern out 🙂

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