What’s on my wheel Wednesday

Ha, it’s only 5.47am so somewhere in the world it is still Wednesday! So I am not really late. That’s my theory of it anyway.

So, I am STILL working on the blue mystery fibre, but an end is in sight now.

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I love these colour changes and really want to keep them, so think I might Navajo ply again. The only thing that puts me off there is that it is already quite a thick single and it might turn out more like an aran weight than a DK.

Over the last few years my knitting style has hanged quite a bit. I used to love bigger yarns, because it meant I am done quicker, but now I really enjoy knitting with DK and yarns thinner than that, so I am not too sure if I end up using it.

Oh well, I guess I will find out.

Once I have finished with this blue loveliness

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I am going to spin the Polwarth fleece I bought at the Wool Weekend. At the moment I am all for leaving it natural, I just hope won’t get too bored with it because it’s plain.

How do you cope with knitting, spinning or crocheting long plain colour repeats? I guess semi solids or colourful materials do break it up a little and allow you to see the progress much better. Drop me your tips and tricks in the comments 🙂

Right, I will have another hour sleep I think because it will be a long day again.

Laters peeps!

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UFOs everywhere!

Hi everyone!

I am blogging while on the go again, so please excuse any typos that will get fixed when I have a quiet minute.

Things have been rather hectic lately, to say the least. I am still searching for the perfect job, the other half just found a new job (big cheer!), kids are being kids by keeping me busy with their little disasters.

Have I got a lot done lately? You can have three guesses, but I don’t think you will need them all.
The answer is, not really. I have not spun an inch for over a week, I have knitted a few rows here and there, but I am not very enthusiastic about it, because it’s all done in a rush.

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This is my seacoast jumper, well, jumper to be. The endless rows of stocking stitch are not exactly thrilling, but I’m slowly plodding from decreases to increases. Hopefully the sleeves are going to be done quickly.

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As you can see, the Tubuĺarity scarf is coming on well, but somehow I have lost my mojo with it all. I just don’t have the time or the patience at the moment.

There are a couple of other UFOs I have flying about the house, such as my wallpapering, my forever untidy bedroom and some lacy jacket I started but never really got into. Too much counting for knitting on the go.
All that I seem to be able to think about is getting out of the job I am currently in and finding something where hard work is actually appreciated and that allows me to pay my bills and have some money left at the end of the month.
I don’t like the fact that I actually count down the days until the weekend.
Don’t get me wrong, I love customer service work and I used to like working where I am, until recently.

Oh well, I guess I just need to stop whining and stay focused on finding something new. Haha the massive typo in my cover letter really didn’t help with that today. Of course I only noticed that after I sent it… Lesson learned, don’t apply for jobs while on a call.

Have a nice and productive rest of the week everyone 🙂

What’s on my wheel Wednes…. Ermmmm Thursday AGAIN!

Oooppps, I did it again! I will have to start thinking of a catchy Thursday title so I can do this on a Thursday without looking silly.

Aaaaaaanywaaaay, on my wheel this Wednesday/Thursday is still the blue mystery fiber, just a little more of it.

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I am liking how this is turning out. I am slowly getting the hang of spinning a little thicker singles.
Because I am not quite sure how much of the blue fibre I actually have, yes I know weighing it is a really good idea, I am just going to fill this bobbin, then start the other and if I fill this one too then I just ply them together. If I can’t fill another I’ll just Navajo ply it, saves messing around with trying to get the same amount on both bobbins.

Now, the Minstrel is not the only wheel I have. Recently I have bought a second hand Louet S10, but the treadle to footman connection broke on me. Oh, my, what a nightmare to find a replacement! Finally gave in and ordered one from the states.

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Now that it’s all fixed I can carry on with the fleece that I got given with it.

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It’s nowhere near as tidy as my other yarns, but it’s supposed to be like that, because I want to crochet something with it and then felt it.

I have never felted anything successfully. Well, not with intention anyway, hahaha. I shall not start talking about my first dying attempts or my nice knitted waistcoat that accidentally ended up in the wash and then turned hippy crop top…

So yes, keep and eye out for my felting attempts if you fancy a bit of a giggle.

If you have any hints and tricks up your sleeve how you felt your knitted or crocheted items, please please let me know 🙂

Anyway, I am off to get some food and then do some more spinning so hopefully by next Wednesday, who am I kidding, next Thursday, I have something new to show you.

It appears that I have found my happy place!

I have always liked the sea. When I was little, my mum sent me to Norderney , a small island in the North Sea just off the German coast. I think that’s when my love for the sea its beaches began. I just was in total awe of the size of it and how at peace it made me feel just when I sat there and looked out to it.

Over the years, I have always made sure that at least once in a blue moon I got my fix of peacefulness, but I don’t think I have ever appreciated it as much as I do now.

In the last week I was lucky enough to visit the seaside twice. My boyfriend has had two interviews for a job in Blackpool and each time he took me along and dropped me off at the promenade, where I then walked to my favourite Chippy, bought a burger and a bottle of Coke, and then walked to the beach.

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One day the tide was out and it was nice to people watch and listen to some music while I knitted on, what appears to be, my never ending Tubuĺarity Shawl .

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As you can see, it’s growing nicely, but nowhere near as fast as I would like. It currently measures 90cm so I have another 25cm to go. I think that’s roughly about 10 inches, if you’re more used to imperial measurements.

I had quite an audience while sitting there, but this little fella here was my favourite. It was almost as he was posing for the camera and he came really close, probably wanting a nice chunk of my burger, but wasn’t loud and annoying like the rest of his many mates.

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The first day I went to Blackpool Beach was for knitting too, but a fantastic day for taking pics.

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I love the sea when it’s windy and the waves are crashing in. Makes you feel alive and it’s so relaxing just to sit there and watch it. To me these two hours where the most relaxing ones I had all year. It’s kind of like doing a factory reset to your mind, no more stress to clog up your mind and ready to take on the rest of the world again.

This will definitely be on my to do list once a month from now on.

What’s on my wheel Wednesday, on a Thursday *oooppps

Work and life seems to be taking over again and I am not liking it one bit. Oh, how I miss being on holiday! Sadly. I have another three months to go until Christmas will give me three days off, unless I find a new job. I am writing this while I am eating my lunch (at 3.24 pm!) and I am sure I will finish this post by the end of the day when I’m tucked up in bed.

Talking about bed, check out my new bedding!

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It’s made of brushed cotton and super snuggly and warm. This one will be washed and put straight back on for a while I think. It’s my new favourite!

So, it is now 8pm and I have just come back from work. Let’s get to the point of this post. What’s on my wheel?

Mystery fibre! I think it’s Shetland hahaha I am not sure though.

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I bought it from World of Wool A G E S ago. It was natural colour then, but then something possessed me to dye it blue. It’s beautiful and soft and I think it will then out ok. I have been trying to spin a little thicker, because until now I have been trying to aim for thin and even. I still have a few uneven thin bits in there but maybe this will turn out to be a nice DK yarn.

Wish me luck and share with me what’s on your wheel at the moment!

Oh work, why you no give me time to make nice things?

It’s happening again… Argh! It’s all work no play at the moment. Still battling my ear infection therefore no gym. Also, still not won the lottery so I can stop work so I can knit and spin all day. Sigh.

So, what did I actually achieve in the last two weeks? Not a lot, let me tell you that.

I finally finished spinning my colourful BFL and I am so glad that I have Navajo plied it.

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Here it is on the niddy noddy. It doesn’t look all that there I think, but then I took it off there and turned it into a skein.

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Already much better….But then, the closer look…

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Needless to say, I am very please with how the colours have turned out.

I will combine it with some grey merino for some type of hat I think.

Other than that, the other half is still job hunting in his quest to be closer to me and me, I am just working in a job I don’t want to be in anymore. I wish I could just open up my own shop and that would make me happy as anything. Shame that there are things like rent etc to pay.

However there is a job I am interested in coming up soon, so I am preparing my cv for that at the moment. It’s nothing to do with knitting, but it would entertain the techie side of me. Plus, it’s a lot more money than I earn now.

Wish me luck!

I don’t care what’s on my wheel this Wednesday!

After reading the news and seeing the pictures of the little dead Syrian boy who was washed up on a Turkish beach today, I really don’t care about what is on my wheel.

If you have not seen the article then you can read it by clicking here,  but please be aware this is really upsetting stuff.

This poor little boy must have been so scared. How desperate must these people be to risk a terrible death themselves or of their loved ones? I am sure if his parents have made it across, they must be utterly heart broken. It must be terrible to lose a child under any circumstances, but knowing that your child died like this when all you wanted to do was get them to safety, must be terrible.

Overall, just this summer alone, 2500 people have died terrible deaths trying to get themselves and their loved ones to safety. I am saying people on purpose, because in the media and to many people they are “just” migrants or refugees, and they seem to forget the fact that these are people, people who are so terrified, that they are willing to risk paying the ultimate price in order to get to safety.

If the pictures in the media have moved you like they did me and you are wondering how you can help. Check out this article in today’s Independent .
There are several suggestions on how you can make a difference.

For all my crafty friends on here please take a look at Lily on Facebook. Lily stands for: love in the language of yarn, and the charity focuses heavily on helping Syrian refugees and orphans.

If you know of any additional ways to support these people, please feel free to share by leaving a comment.

Even the smallest gesture can have a big impact, if we all just help in whatever way we can.

If you are unable to help for whatever reason, you can help by sharing the link to the article in the Independent and the link for Lily on your social media sites.

And the winner is……?!

Good morning everyone!

I am back at work, so that means I will be writing most if my posts on the go, so please bear with me if they don’t appear as frequently as last month.

I finally have looked through all the patterns that were suggested for my handspun yarn.

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And after lots of consideration I have chosen…………drum roll please…

The midwest-moonlight scarf on ravelry

This pattern was suggested by Gaby Mayer, Congratulations! Please get in touch so I can send you your crafty surprise.

So, why did I chose Gaby’s suggestion?

I loved the simplicity of the pattern and the solid squares in it that will show off the colour nicely. As I mainly knit on the go, patterns need to be easy to remember, because I do have a lousy memory due to my pernicious anaemia.

I am very excited to start this project once I have finished my Tubuĺarity Scarft. Hahaha for a change I will be very warm this winter with all those scarves.

Thanks again everyone for taking part. Keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways which will be coming up in the next couple of months.

Ps: if you are wondering what Gaby won, pop back in the next few days as this prize is tailored to what craft the winner likes to do most.