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Little Ways-Blogmas Day 4 I have tiny celebrations in December. Not the biggies, like a big turkey dinner with the family on Christmas Day. I mean little things that only I know about that commemorate the change of season. They help me indulge in the coming cold and the new life that follows.

On Designing Knitting Patterns The other week I gave a talk to the Kirkmichael’s Women’s Group about my life in knitting. The talk went well and I received some excellent questions. I’d like to share one of them with you.

Needle size is immaterial Yes, this is a post in which I reiterate a frequently made point: that while gauge is really important when you are knitting a pattern, needle size is completely immaterial.

Blogmas 2018 :: my everyday carry I recently bought a wallet insert for my traveler's notebook and I love it! It's from ThreadNPrints on Etsy. Now I have everything that I need to help me stay organized at my fingertips: wallet, bullet journal, scratchpad, planner supplies and knitting notions pouch.

A useful knit - the Tank Top Boy - oh Boy, I have made a lot of items this year. The very scant number of blog posts means that most of those projects I have not been able to share with you yet. Life in 2018, has been busy. I am not complaining, my work has been hectic and I have done much more designing than I imagined at the beginning of the year.

Runaway Socks A daring escape, a villainess, a sadistic torturer, a heroic rescuer and a happy ending. Who knew sock knitting could be so dramatic? I will share the unedited details with you and you can decide who is who in this Hollywood worthy story, featuring my "Flying Monkey Socks"….

December Sunday Hi, Knitters, I hope you are all doing well. I have a couple of fun things to share with you on this cold December Sunday. I thought…

Blogmas 2018 :: bright new knits A couple of cozy projects to brighten these short days of winter. The yarn is from Must Stash Yarn in the Bumble Bounce colorway. The patt…

Easing into Vlogmas The idea is really to do a little bit of vlogging and post a video each day in run up to Christmas, but the every day part was a little daunting to me. So I'm going to do it slightly different and just have a 'bit' of Vlogmas. Meaning I'll post some here and there, when I can.

Free Pattern! 'Serafina' Knitted Dress in Drops Alpaca Save 30% on Drops Alpaca until the end of December 2018 in our Drops Alpaca Party Sale! You'll need the following materials for this pattern:. Download the free pattern by clicking here.

Christmas Roundup from Loop! - Part I Here at Loop our winter window is sparkling and the Christmas music is playing - the holiday season is upon us! This week is the beginning of our seasonal roundups, and today we've put together some ideas for luxurious gift-giving, from ready-to-make kits and indulgent yarn to handcrafted gems made by skilled artisans.

Tuff Socks Naturally: Ply Magazine Dearest sock adventurers,. As many of you will know Mary Heath from Local and Bespoke and I have been jointly working on the Tuff Socks Naturally project for just over a year now. Tuff Socks Naturally, is an open, collaborative project exploring more sustainable alternatives to superwash and nylon in sock yarn.

POLKAMANIA! Knit-A-Long and Giveaway I thought it might be fun to host a POLKAMANIA! KAL for folks who have downloaded the pattern and are planning to knit it. It can be a simple thing - I can produce prizes for different categories and we can encourage each other and share our progress in the KNITSONIK Ravelry group.

Battenberg Blanket Finale My epic Battenberg Blanket is now complete! See the finished blanket, watch the Battenberg Blanket Special podcast and get the pattern.

The Revenge Of The Metallic Gold Yarn That demonically-possessed gold metallic yarn I told you about? It ran out, a couple of words before I'd finished the back cover of Mary's book. I swear I could hear the stuff sniggering as I tried to eek out the last few centimetres of fibre. So I ordered more, and sat waiting and waiting for it to arrive.

Not Too Pricey Guthrie - Blogmas Day 3 Since we are starting the #WingITKAL in January, I'm feeling like I should cast on all of the patterns I want to knit, as is now, though it's doubtful I will finish one by January 1. I'm still knitting my Floozy but I've discovered I need breaks from the silky, fingering weight yarn.

Blogmas 2018 :: yarn advent calendars I hope that you are having a great start to your December. Do you have any fun plans for celebrating the season? One tradition that I love is to count the days until Christmas with a yarn advent calendar. It is so fun to mark each day with a little pretty miniskein of yarn.

Three Dog Night - Blogmas Day 2 I'm only 44, but I married and started a family young. When I used to think about a day where my children would live elsewhere, it made me a little sad. Obviously, I want them to spread their wings and all the other cliches but, so far, being a mother has been the highlight of my life.

November remembered November days seem to have sped past me here, and although I've been busy with lots of different things I don't seem to have much to show for them, though I have managed to snap a few pictures along the way. Autumn has peaked, with all it's golden glory and the trees have seemed particularly spectacular this year.

The Bulky Easy One or Blogmas Day 1 I am writing this post so far after finishing The Bulky Easy One, that it may be hard for me to dredge up the details of the knit from my mind.

Free Pattern! Crocheted Mug Cosy in Bernat Softee Chunky Crocheted in Bernat Softee Chunky. You'll need the following materials for this pattern:. Download the free pattern by clicking here.

New Lain'Amourée - and a giveaway! We are very pleased to have in stock two of Lain'Amouree's beautiful yarns! Naturally dyed by Pauline and her husband in Indre et Loire, near Tours in the Loire Valley region of France, these stunning wools would be perfect for everything from socks to sweaters.

Finding joy in the every-day We had a lovely, sunny, warm summer. It was followed by mellow and glorious fall. But then, when November rolled around, it was like a bag was pulled over one's head, suddenly it was dark, wet, dreary, without any sighting of sun. I walked every day along the gray roads while the mist was hovering over my head.

Books for men who knit or want to As with most events UK Hand Knitting attend, we were joined by men on our stand at various times during our visit to last week's Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show. Just like other knitters they came to teach, to learn, to show off projects and in one case to prove he could produce a neater cast on than his wife.

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