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December 2012

Christmas post

Sorry I’m late with this but with boys arriving home from the far corners of the country and the count down to Christmas starting in our house there has been little time to find the computer.  Christmas making has still been happening, I’m not the worlds most creative card maker but had fun running these up for some friends.


Then there was the secret Santa pressie for a great friend at one of my jobs.  There’s a bit of a tradition that I always make at least part of my gift.  However this year my recipient was male and therefore a little harder knit for.  I knew he’d been given knitted gifts recently for his birthday so I decided to branch out a little and created this star for a Star guy!


It’s done with ceramic pen on a standard mug, doesn’t need baking at all and reasonably permanent.  I’ve done this style of doodling before and was pleased with how it turned out.  It’s not as smooth as I’d like in places as the pen kept blocking but it was fun to do.

Of course no week would be complete without some knitting so the first of one of a pair of fingerless gloves was completed.


 The colours are thanks to a wonderful sock yarn.  I love the colours in some of these yarns and often think it’s a shame that it so often goes unseen inside shoes.  I’m having a lot of fun recently knitting small accessory items rather than full garments, odd as I often used to think they were too much faff and love the rhythmic nature of knitting a large piece.  As I’ve said before I’m a real butterfly trying to be true to my nature and learning to embrace it.  I love how creativity helps me to keep growing and learning about myself.  When I was younger I thought I’d have all that settled by now but now I’m here I’m so glad I am still evolving.  

Wishing you a blessed, peaceful, busy, relaxed Christmas/Solstice/Holiday time however you want to think of this magical time of year 🙂 



Christmas arrives

I love Christmas, but not the cutesy side of things, little kittens in Santa hats are not my thing.  A few years ago my mum decided to change the colour theme of her Christmas tree, she’s an everything has to match type of girl, so she gave me a good few of these,


I admit I’ve used them as they are for a year or two just to fill my tree up but as you can see they are a little battered and have a nasty weld seam on them so they have always been buried deep in the tree foliage.  Well following the Rowan workshop I went to in November I decided knitted  covers for these baubles was the way forward.  I used three different yarn types and only remember to photo one before it became a bauble


This is Rowan Tapestry, a wool and Soybean fibre blend that has a really soft natural sheen to it.  I also used these gorgeous threads to add sparkle


The pattern was really straight forward, cast on a few stitches increase like mad for a row or two then knit straight for while till the cover is long enough.Image

rapid decreasing at the top gave me a spherical cover and here is the result


A few happy hours later and my old red baubles look like this






Tree bunting via bunting central, very lovely bunting for sale or hire.

So that’s been my Christmas preparations so far, guess I should think about presents really, oops!

shopping again!

Sorry I’ve been away so long, November has been a strange month for me. I’ve had three sore throats, a week and a half of coughing, lost my voice most of the time and flu symptoms on and off most of the month. Consequently not much craft has happened, but shopping did 🙂 Fortunately for me one of my better days fell on the day a great friend and me were going to the Harrogate knit and Stitch show and merry shopping was had by all 🙂


included in the above haul are some wonderful bits and bobs such as


Hand dyed mulberry silk with micro sequins 🙂


You use your hand to finger knit this crazy stuff, same concept just use your whole hand in place of your finger, make these froopy loopy scarves.


we also went on a fun weekend workshop at Rowan Mills and knitted some lovely Christmas gloves and baubles but the pictures are on my little camera which the computer refuses to recognise today so I’m sorry those pics will have to wait till computer tech guy gets  home from work 😉  Whilst there I treated myself to this


Rowan kidsilk haze Glamour


Kid mohair, silk and micro sequins, gonna bling me a knitted garment some time soon.

Wonderful 🙂

Hopefully by next week I’ll have some photos of on going and finished stuff, if the computer plays fair


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