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Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I sat down to blog but I'ves spent some very happy time browsing through the new issue of Twist Collective. I think I might try the Four Winds hat by Alasdair Post-Quinn. What a great name. It inspires me to change my surname to Post-Flynn.

I've made a few purchases, am plodding on with the Xmas knitting. Someone talk me out of it next year or at least make me start in March. I just want to knit something else - something that is not a sock and is for me. I have so many projects at vaious stages and would really like to see some being finished and worn. I had this great idea last Autumn to knit myself a cardigan and a jumper to wear to work when it got cold. I haven't finished the cardigan which was started months ago. When it was beginning to get cold last year and so many seasons have passed it is now time again to be craving more knitwear. I don't have an excuse. I'm not even really sure why I haven't finished. Did I get distracted or bored? I suppose partly I'm a bit nervous that I'll finish it and won't like it or it won't fit because as much as I believe in the science of knitting I know that I'm a bit haphazard when I knit and don't pay as much attention to sizing and patterns and schematics as perhaps I should. Could it be a little fear of failure? I'm trying to embrace failure more. I've started a dance class that I'm completely terrrible at because I know it will be good for me. I want to regain some of the coordination and fitness I've lost over the last decade and I want to meet new people and get out of the house in the evenings. I'd like to become a little more the person I used to think I was.

Some photos as I never like to leave you without photos.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Noblin Design: Christmas Cosy Friends 2009

These four egg cosy patterns are now availble for purchase as a Ravelry download. Santa, Rudolph and the Christmas Tree were previously published in Let's Knit! magazine. They are now joined by their friend, the Snowman and are in pdf form. Each egg cosy uses about 10grams of the main colour of DK weight yarn and small amounts of the other colours. The tree is decorated with sequins and ribbons and the Snowman has buttons down his front.

Rudolph and Santa are knitted, with charts and full instructions for the intarsia colour work. The Christmas Tree and Snowman are crocheted. English terms are used with the equivalent American terms given.

They're not only lovely egg cosies but could be used to decorate your tree or as place setting for Christmas lunch.

Happy crafting!


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Starting the next pair of socks

I am being so disciplined with Xmas 2009 knitting but it is getting a bit dull. Perhaps I shouldn't have decided eveyone would have socks. Maybe a hat or some gloves or even a scarf (blerugh) would have made it seem more interesting. So here's another yarn cake and another swatch.

Tomorrow there should be something a bit Christmassy to show you.