Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Aardvarkish Shawl free pattern and tutorial

Happy Hallowe'en!  

I'm definitely more in favour of treats than tricks so I thought I'd share this with you.  If you were at Yarndale this year, you might have seen me wearing a new shawl that I hadn't got round to writing the pattern up for ... well, now I have!

It's knitted with a one-of-a-kind skein of yarn that was gifted to me by Vykky of West Green Loft Yarns shortly before Hallowe'en last year and is called - appropriately for the occasion - "Frankenstein".  It stayed in my stash for quite a while until I decided that it was time to wind it into a ball and turn it into some socks.

I thought it would make rather fabulous socks with the blue, green and orange flecks running through it and set about winding it into a ball ...

Monday, 30 October 2017

Hallowe'en Treat

Yes, I know I'm a day early - don't worry, I haven't got myself in a muddle!

I'm just popping in to say that I've got a Hallowe'en treat for tomorrow (as least, I hope you'll think it's a treat!) so do be sure to come back and see ...

PS  Wow Wow WOW!  Thank you so much to everyone who bought a Winwick Mum Sockalong badge over the weekend - I've been busy packing them all up and they should be with you very soon! xx

Friday, 27 October 2017

Winwick Mum Sockalong Badges

I've got something really exciting to show you today ...

Look what I've got - Winwick Mum Sockalong badges!

I've been asked on more than a few occasions about Sockalong badges (it seems that Teeny Tiny Socks just aren't enough for you all!) and although it's taken me quite a while to decide exactly what I wanted to put on the badges and what shape I wanted them to be, they are finally here and I'm delighted with them.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Out and about

Hello!  How are you doing?

It's the school half term holidays in our part of the UK and small daughter and I are appreciating not having to get up too early for a whole week.  We're not appreciating the endless rain, though, which doesn't seem to have stopped for weeks.

It's only when I look back through my photos that I realise that's not quite true.  We have had pockets of beautiful autumnal weather, although it's often only been for a few hours at a time.  I took these photos the last time I took the dog to Culcheth Linear Park - a woodland area that's been created on the site of an old railway line.  There are quite a few walks that go off the main path, and the dog loves exploring the smells along the way.

It's not a long walk, only a couple of miles - do you want to come?  It's through this gate ...

Friday, 20 October 2017

Candy Cane Socks - and a new heel flap!

Normally, I don't like to think about *whispers* Christmas until Hallowe'en has been and gone.  I'm not a Bah Humbug kind of person at all, and I might have been buying the odd present here and there when I've seen the perfect something for someone, but that doesn't really count.  I just don't want to see decorations and cards in the shops just yet, and I am very glad that every advert on the TV doesn't have jingly music in the background, although I know it is coming!

However, I did make an exception for the lovely squishy parcel that came in the post for me from West Yorkshire Spinners ... top secret Christmas yarn!  

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2017

This was my view on last Thursday afternoon as I got out of a taxi at Alexandra Palace and looked across the London skyline.  I'd travelled down from Warrington earlier that morning to meet up with Lucy, Emma (one of the Yarndale organisers) and Fiona from Yarn Etc to go to the Knitting & Stitching Show and the British Knitting & Crochet Awards presentation.  We'd managed to meet up without mishap at King's Cross Station and after a quick stop at our hotel to drop our bags off, hopped into a black cab for the drive across the city.

It's quite a view, isn't it?  I like that there's so much greenery in London, you could be forgiven for thinking that there's nothing but brick and glass here but it isn't like that at all.

That pointy building over on the right is the Shard and close by are other famous London landmarks that I normally only see in TV programmes or on the news.  I always feel as if I'm on a film set when I go to London; I have to make a conscious effort not to walk around with my mouth hanging open like some kind of country bumpkin!

Friday, 13 October 2017

No-nylon sock yarn review: Blacker Yarns Tamar Lustre Blend 4ply

I finished knitting my Blacker Yarns Tamar Lustre Blend 4ply socks just before the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March this year.  I was really pleased with them.  The pattern is Arwen from The Sock Drawer by Verity Castledine, one of those patterns that is actually not that hard at all but looks very effective.  I thoroughly enjoyed knitting these socks, both the pattern and the yarn were a delight to knit - but enough of that!  You want to know what's happened to them six months on so that you can decide whether this yarn will make it into your own sock drawer ...

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Winwick Mum Sockalong Knit n Natter Meet Up

What are you doing on Saturday 4 November? There's a Winwick Mum knit n natter meet up planned ... do come along if you're free!  You don't have to be a knitter, bring any craft project you like and meet some new friends!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Yarndale 2017 - My favourite moments

It seems longer than two weeks ago that Yarndale filled the Auction Mart in Skipton; already October has arrived and the nights are drawing in.  It's been lovely to look back on my Yarndale photos this last week as I've got ready to write this post.  I absolutely love the Yarndale weekend and being involved with the festival (thank you so much for all your comments on my Yarndale Sock Line post - I will reply to them soon!), and my heart swells with happiness from the moment I get into my car, loaded down with socks, books, emergency chocolate (totally essential for a Yarndale weekend!) and my shopping list of yarns and treats that I want to look at.

This is the fifth time I've visited Yarndale and the third time that I've been involved in the festival.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of it.  Would you like to have a look at some of my photos too?  Get ready for a photo-heavy post of my favourite Yarndale moments!  (Disclaimer:  it's also very long - I did consider splitting it into two posts but thought you might have had enough of Yarndale by now.  Feel free to have a lie down in the middle if you need to.)

 💜   Setting up 

One of the things I like most about Yarndale is the way that it reminds me how closely connected we are as crafters to the farmers and the sheep that produce our yarn.  There's always a smell of livestock in the Auction Mart even though the floors are scrubbed, and here's why ...

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Yarndale Sock Line 2017

Do you know, I think sometimes that I must spend my life wandering along in a bit of a daze.  

When I announced in January of 2015, "Right, that's it, I'm going to write some tutorials to show people it's really not hard to knit socks", I never imagined that the Sockalong would be as useful or as popular as it has been.  Later that same year, when the idea of the Yarndale Sock Line came along, I had no idea that it would now be in it's third year and we would have more socks than ever before to give away to people who need them.  

And when I say "more socks", I mean "more socks"!  In our first year, we had 75 pairs to donate, last year we had 160 pairs and this year we've got ... not so fast!  I like to make you wait for this bit :)

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