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!

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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.

You know you’re a knitter when…

– You see a knitted item that you like on TV and immediately pause the show and see if you can figure out how to make your own

– You can find a ball of yarn in almost every drawer in your house

– You have more knitting needles than cutlery at home

– You choose your handbags by checking how big of a knitting project it could carry (as well as your on the go basics like tape measure, yarn cutter, stitch markers etc.)

– You know that UFOs do exist and you are not scared to admit you have quite a few hidden around your house

– Your yarn stash could easily clothe a small country

– The first thing you do when planning a holiday is to check the location of yarn stores

– You have developed the skill of “watching” an entire film and enjoying it, without actually looking at the TV for longer than a few seconds at the time

– You look at knitted items in shops nd think “Nah, I can knit that myself, and better.”

– Everyone of your friends and family have nice warm socks, hats, scarves etc. in winter, except yourself.

–  You are even happier about a friend or family member having a baby, because it means you get to knit tiny cute things

– Having to wait at the doctors or for a bus for ages is absolutely fantastic, because you can just sit and knit

Yes, I definitely am a knitter. Feel free to add some more in the comments and don’t forget to share 🙂

The British Wool Weekend and the world’s best boyfriend

Sorry if this is two weeks late, but as you all know, life has a habit of happening while you make other plans.

So, it turns out that my boyfriend is actually the most awesome boyfriend EVER!

At the moment we are having a long distance relationship. He lives about two hours drive from me, so he comes to see me every Friday after work and generally stays until Monday morning and then he gets up at 5am to drive to work.

Three weeks ago I found out that the British Wool Weekend in York was happening and I did really want to go, but it was almost a two hour drive from my house and I didn’t have the cash to get on the train. I didn’t want to ask my boyfriend really, because he already does so much driving to come and see me and the kids, that I thought it would be quite cheeky to ask.

So I just sent him the link to the website and telling him that I’d love to go to something like this some time and he straight away said he would take me on Saturday! I asked him several times if he was sure and told him that it would be really boring for him, but he stuck by what he said and took me there.

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We got there around 1pm and,  due to me being pretty low on funds, I set myself a budget of £20 to spend on fibre. I didn’t want to buy any wool, as I have several drawers full of it and I am trying to get rid of it all and then hopefully manage to just buy for individual projects. Ok, ok, you can stop laughing now. I will at least try not to be such a yarn hoarder anymore. Anyway, with all the yarn I have, I think I won’t be facing this issue for at least a couple of years.

Ok, let’s have a look at what I have come back with…

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First of all, this lovely, super soft and squishy Polwarth from Skybluepink-designs ,  200g for £9.
Check out her website, she sells all sorts of crafty things, from fibre over buttons to handspun yarns and knitting needles.

Then I picked up some cute little buttons 6 for £1.20.

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I got these from ButtonsIncUK.  They will be for the Tubuĺarity Shawl which I am currently knitting from all my handspun yarn. More on that in a different post.

And finally, I bought these two beauties!

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These are from Wheeldale Woolcrafts .  I just love purple and these shades I can imagine will look lovely spun to a fingering weight finished with basic ply.
The multicoloured blue faced Leicester will be spun really thin and then Navajo ply it so I hopefully end up with stripes.

Right, that was pretty much all I bought that day. I had a lovely time walking through York on the way back and parking at the scariest multi-storey car park! No word of a lie, it had the steepest, most narrow ramp I have ever seen and had to be used on the way in and out. So, if two cars meet in the middle one would have to reverse. Luckily nobody came up as we went down, but still, I was not a happy bunny

Time off work, time for knitting.

As I still have a few days off, I am trying to catch up on my knitting and to get some order into my never ending stash.

I am very happy that I have finally managed to finish this lovely cardigan, which I started back in October 2013 and never got round to finishing it, because there was a bit of counting and memorising a pattern involved. I am not too keen on complicated patterns that require a lot of counting rows and stitches, because I have a terrible short term memory due to my pernicious anaemia. However, I do like the end results so I generally have something on the go that will take me forever, as you can see. I try and break it up with easy patterns like socks and scarves etc..

Anyway, back to the actual cardigan. The pattern is The extra spicy mustard cardigan by Sweater Babe and the yarn I have used is Drops Nepal in red.

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I love the lace panels and the combination with the cables, despite my inability to remember the 13 row pattern repeat.

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The gathering at the back, which is achieved by the cable panel gives the cardigan a great shape so it doesn’t just hang straight down. I think it’s a great cardigan for women with curves, but I really do recommend to knit a couple more pattern repeats at the bottom if you are knitting it in a larger size, because it would have been a little on the short side otherwise.

Because I would not really wear the cardigan open, I did not bother with the recommended magnetic fasteners at the top. I just stitched the buttons through both front panels and pull it over my head. If you don’t like that idea, I really would recommend adding button holes on one side as these are not part of this pattern. 

Overall, I really did enjoy knitting this cardigan and using the Drops Nepal Aran Yarn. The yarn doesn’t split while knitting and it washes well. The pattern was written well so it was simple to follow. I have already picked my next knit from Sweater Babe.

Tour de fleece 2015 Day 15 and a little competition!

Wow, I have to say that I am very impressed with this yarn or with how much my skills have improved. I managed to get 662m out of 100g!

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I love how the colours have turned out in the end. Quite subtle with the odd bright pop now and then.

And because the fibre was prepped so well by the amazing Countess Ablaze,
it made the yarn nice and squishy when spinning long draw. 

Long draw is most definitely my new favourite way of spinning. It’s so much faster and the wool is so much softer.

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I can’t wait to knit this up, but I have no idea into what! It should definitely be a scarf, something lacey, but not too difficult.

Let’s turn this into a little competition!
Leave a pattern suggestion in the comments below, follow my blog, and whoever suggests the pattern I will knit with this yarn wins a little crafty surprise.

Feel free to share this post so your friends have the chance to win too. If two people or more suggest the same pattern, the first person who suggested it wins.
If you want to share on Instagram or Twitter , I am monarenton on there.
On Facebook look for Moni Makes, I will post this competition on there as well.