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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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 🙂

A couple of weeks ago I signed up to be a pattern tester on Ravelry and here is the first project I’ve tested.

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They’re really easy to make – if you can double crochet you’re done – and quite addictive once you start.

The pattern is available for free on Ravelry or on the Yarn Spaghetti for Tea blog.

Inspired by Monkee Maker I’ve been hankering after my own monkey for some time. Not just any monkey but MUNKEY of ITV Digital and PgTips Fame

AND he’s a knitter too:

With thanks to the Knit your own Monkey group on Ravelry I now have a pattern so monkey is ‘on the needles’. Will update you with my progress soon.

This week is National Knitting Week. If you’re in the UK there could be an event near you – for listings see here or you could also find events in your local pages and groups on Ravelry.

 

Have you heard of Ravelry.com?  I’d be very surprised if you haven’t as everyone’s been whispering about it for months.

It’s an online knit and crochet community which works as a personal organiser for your projects, stash, needles, books and patterns. You can link up with other ravelry users in the many forum groups. It was started in 2007 by Jessica and Casey Forbes in Boston, USA and has an international following – over 190,000 users at the last count.

To join you need to sign up for an invitation – which takes around 4 days to land in your inbox – this is so that they can control the amount of people who join each day and so they can answer any queries from new members quickly.

It is also totally free!

There is an abundance of free patterns on there (plus ones that you can buy) and lots of ‘big names’ in the knitwear design world are there. If you like the look of a pattern you’ve got in a book or a magazine – chances are you can find it on ravelry and see how other people’s experiences of knitting the pattern were – and it satisfies my nosiness to see what my online friends have been knitting. You can link your completed items to your blog posts and have your blog showing on your profile page (though only one at the moment – I have 3 4). I’ve still not explored ravelry to it’s full potential but I will get around to it.  You can find me here.

Now I just need to find somewhere to satisfy the stitcher in me 🙂