#innocentsmoothiehats

Here they are, my first efforts towards the Innocent Big Knit! I started off with the easiest pattern to get started, but there are loads of Innocent patterns to choose from.

I used 3.25 needles and cast on 28 stitches. After knitting two rows, I then knit/purled my way through an additional 12 rows before k2tog for one row and p2tog for one row. After sewing up the seam and adding a rather fetching pom pom, hey presto – and Innocent Smoothie hat!

The deadline is the 31st July 2017, so I’m going to see how many I can knit and see how elaborate I can get…

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A video ‘homage’ to my knitted cakes

Guess who’s discovered Animoto? Beware – this video might be one of many…it’s seriously addictive!

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Knitting with purpose

IMG_0157 (2)Bonjour dear readers. For the eagle-eyed amongst you, you may have noticed that there has been a slight blog ‘hiatus’. There can only be one of three explanations for this:

  1. 1. I have been frozen in time like Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

2. I have been trapped in a hellish Groundhog Day moment, where however much I knitted and posted, the clock set back to zero each day.

3. I have been busy and distracted and had a lapse of enthusiasm.

Hmm- now which could it be?

I’m not sure what triggered the cliff-falling-off dip in enthusiasm. The most sensible explanation would be the starting of a full-time job. The combination of that time-Hoover employment status, and the slightly uneasy realisation that my little home was slowly filling up with knitted stuff (how many woolly hats does one family need?) combined into a perfect storm of knitting apathy.

I’ve re-visited over the months and wondered and wondered how to bring the blog back to life…but with purpose. Well, now I think I’ve got it. After several years volunteering for various things, I’m back in the volunteering saddle. Whether donating knitted squares for blankets (for our fellow, chilly humans or our four-legged friends); knitting stuff to sell at fundraisers; or just championing other people’s work – I feel a sudden revival in knitting enthusiasm and purpose. Watch this space!

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Green, Green Knitting Grass

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Colour-wise it is interesting that to survive the last rounds of the big red granny, I have been breaking things up by knitting some bright green socks. For those in the know about such things, red and green are on the same cone in the eye (which is why you can be red/green colour blind) and subconsciously I have followed this in my desire to distance myself from the sea of red.

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However, the big red granny is now (finally) done – just in time for high summer! But it is nice to know that it will be ready and waiting for me come September, or perhaps earlier judging by last summer

 

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I have also now finished my green on-the-go socks (basic no cuff, rib leg and plain foot). Another outing from the ever lovely JitterBug, bought this time from the “Norfolk yarn shop“ in Norwich. This is a relatively new (but thoroughly lovely) yarn shop in the centre of the town (in one of the side streets) and handily located near a very nice coffee shop. It was a struggle to only buy two skeins but I was strong and (technically) as I cast on straight away only one skein went to stash so really it only counts as one…… honest!

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So, two projects done and now to stick to my plan of clearing up my WIP box for summer.   Or at least my more honest plan of getting to the point that I can actually close my WIP box! I am still feeling the heat, so I think I will crack on with some floaty shawls, only three on the go to choose from….

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Lace Knitting – Top 6 Tips #knittingtips

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Looky here, a gift – all the way from Alaska! Only a true knitter would go all the way to “The Last Frontier” and find a yarn shop…Behold, the newly crowned wilderness knitter, my mother-in-law. So, fresh from the land of grizzly bears and dog sledging, comes my latest challenge. Lace knitting.

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Many, many abandoned projects have languished in its wake, but this time I AM GOING TO FACE MY CHALLENGE. I shall knit these mitts, if it kills me! So, a change in approach is called for. Rather than dive straight in, needles first, wailing and thrashing when it all goes wrong, I am going to take a more ‘cerebral’ approach. I am going to consult a book. Not just any old book either – The Stitch ‘n Bitch Superstar Knitting book beyond the basics. Ironically, the chapter in Debbie Stoller’s book is titled “Lace, the final frontier”, which considering my challenge has come all the way from the “Last Frontier” I am going to take this as a sign from the knitting gods.

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So like a knitting detective, Poirot if you will, these are the clues I have gleaned so far…

  1. The holes in lace knitting, completed with cunning YO (yarn over) manoeuvre, are allowed. They do not spell disaster, as they would with other knitting. They do however create an extra stitch, which can be left if you’re making an ever-increasing shawl shape, or can be counteracted with various ‘knit two together’ variations. So far, so good.
  2. Pick your yarn carefully. The thinnest yarn is lace weight, but in theory any weight yarn can be used. Avoid the very hairy yarns, such as eyelash yarn, or yarn that has bobbles on it or changes size, as nobody will see your beautiful lace pattern. That just won’t do. Also, for maximum compliments, stick with one colour (rather than variegate) yarn, in order to see the pattern clearly.
  3. When picking needles, avoid slippery ones where the fiddly work might slide off in some devastating disaster of lost work and gnashing teeth. Also, those less-than-smooth circular needles should be banished to the knit box to avoid delicate lace work snagging…nobody wants their YO to KO.
  4. Lace charts look a bit like some sort of ancient Egyptian treasure map, but a few clues and they aren’t too bad. Read from the bottom row up, and hunt for the number 1. If the number 1 is on the left-hand-side then you’ll be starting work on the WS (wrong side) of your knitting and following the chart from left to right. If you discover the number 1 is on the right-hand-side, then you’ll be working on the RS (right side) of your knitting and reading the chart from right to left. Got that?
  5. Finally, remember that charts DON’T INCLUDE EVERY ROW! The numbers next to the row should give you a clue – if they jump from 1 to 3 to 5, then the pattern only corresponds to the lace pattern. Every other row is worked plain – for example the back of the work is plain purl (unless in the round, where it would be knitted).
  6. Get yourself some Post-it notes to keep your place…oh and one more thing, go and Google ‘knitting lifelines’. LouBug swears by dental floss, but you can just use opposite coloured yarn. This will mean, if you make a mistake, just ripping your work back to a safe place, rather than high kicking your work over the fence and screaming into a pillow.

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Australian Yarn Bombing

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I have been away, but I have brought gifts! Behold: A photo of my first ever yarn bombing spot. This was taken whilst strolling along one balmy evening along the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Yes, I’m showing off – I’ve been all the way to Australia with two small children and survived to tell the tale. Medal please!

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The trouble with planning such a big trip (oh yes, boo hoo me!), is that it requires huge amounts of time and effort to plan, and then to recover from. Plus bringing two pointy sticks on board aircraft appears to be frowned upon. These are my slacker excuses as to why I have neglected this poor blog for approximately the last 400 years (yes, it really has been that long).

Anyway, as a brief interlude between knitting projects – a holiday slide show:

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Australian Prime Minister – Best holiday spot. Ever!

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I can assure you that this kangaroo was alive – it was just VERY lazy

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Koala – Also very lazy!

Okay – enough holiday snaps. To ease me into life in the northern hemisphere once again, I have dug out my striped blanket. Really nice to knit (knit, knit, knit), and it should be completed in about the year 2020.

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Sheep Shop Cambridge

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Thanks to the Sheep Shop in Cambridge for including the loubugknitwit blog on their Local Woolly Bloggers page! LouBug speaks very highly of your shop and now has enough Sparkle Duck yarn to sink a ship!

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