String bags and recycled cotton….

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I bought some new yarn yesterday ‘SIMPLY RECYCLED’ cotton by Sirdar. I like the chalky colours and as my attention has gone to the string bag I thought this may be a good choice. I have made a start with the denim blue (shade 0020). Progress is slow and I have had to unpick some of my bag! I had too little sleep last night and my attention wandered as the opening of my bag got smaller…… all will be resolved but not tonight.
I also found a feel good book ‘Granny Chic’. A book to browse through and dream.
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On the subject of books, I was given a bejewelled plain paper book by a friend. I have decided to use it for ideas of things to make, patterns of items that I want to make or have made and references for wools.
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Artie Shaw likes buttons……

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I couldn’t resist photographing my large glass sweet jar, now a button container (it was full of soap!)….. I should really tip out the contents to see the buttons at the centre of this button mass. Perhaps I will, but not tonight as I want to post this and then continue making my string bag. I am using some white Indian cotton as it has been sitting on the wool stash shelf for a very long time and a 5mm crochet hook.
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The wool shop is open tomorrow and I am hoping that the yarn to finish my hand warmers has arrived. I would like to be able to say I’ve finished that project.

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Serenade to the button…

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I seemed to have developed an obsession with my buttons……Here is another tin of the pearly little beauties.
At last seeing the light of day after being hidden in the depths of the button tin.

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Hopefully, the phase will pass! I have already been seeking out fastenings…

The dried milk tin and the buttons…..

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Buttons and their containers seem to be the theme again. I inherited the Dried Milk Tin from my mother and it still remains full of buttons, buckles and odd bits and pieces that needed a home. The contents have a rather dark colour theme reflecting the austerity of the 1940’s but it has survived the test of time and it gives me pleasure to see it on the shelf in my cottage.
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Noddy and the buttons……

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Sorted some of the buttons today and decided to put the colourful collection in the old Noddy tin……. I have had this tin since I was a child and remember it being full of sweets. Buttons seem the better choice of content now and it is quite reassuring to see it being used again.
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I will try and sort the tray of useful things out tomorrow!

Flowers all the way……

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I love the colours of this yarn. I use it to decorate my hand warmers. I can’t remember what make it is but I think it is called flowers. The wool shop doesn’t stock it any more so I must make the most of it.
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Flowers safely planted……..

Happy hands are warm hands…….

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I have just got in from ‘Les Mis’ and feel quite emotionally drained so have started making hand warmers again. Today I visited the wool shop to get some more yarn. I am using Monsoon, a James Brett yarn (30% wool and 70% acrylic) with a 5 hook and Stylecraft Chunky Harlequin using a 6 hook. I like the rich colour palette and the unpredictability of the colours. I have decided to knit the left and right hand consecutively using two balls. I sometimes despair of having to crochet the other hand! It’s all in the mind as it will still take the same amount of time. I am waiting for the James Brett ‘Passion’ to come in, a lovely chunky yarn, but it has been delayed and I think Spring will be in the air before it arrives. I have an unfinished pair of H/W’s to complete using passion………but the passion may have run out before I get it.
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A passion for the pretty pin ……..

DSCF1219I have had a bit of a shopping spree today, not excessive but good therapy. My first purchase, two packs of pretty pins to decorate my crochet pin cushion. I want to thank a fellow word presser for sharing the pattern.
DSCF1224The second was a batch of tapestry wools for £2 from the charity shop. I think I may use them for crochet as they are glorious colours.Possibly some granny squaresDSCF1222I haven’t explored the world of the granny square……so this could be a new challenge.

Roses to reduce stress levels…….

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I made a decision that tonight should be dedicated to crochet and have made two flared roses using Debbie Bliss, ‘Andes’, alpaca and mulberry silk blend. A purple and a grey. Stress free and relaxing to make…… The doily with the little pansies was another charity shop find. DSCF1154
The pale rose is made of bamboo yarn.
As for the collar I have a devised a plan!!
1) Work at the table so that the pattern is easy to follow. (NOT slumped on the sofa!)
2) Concentrate. (DO NOT attempt to watch the television at the same time!)
3) Writing the pattern rows out to gain familiarity with the pattern and make it easier to read at a glance with colour coding for repeated stitches.
This morning I did one complete section of the pattern without a mistake! Only 156 more rows to go……
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Knitted to distraction

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I thought that it would be a good idea tonight to tackle the lace collar that has been driving me to distraction. It is a lovely Debbie Bliss pattern in Rialto Lace, however, I am still struggling to keep the correct number of stitches and to select the correct needle size for the tension to be correct. The recommended size is UK 8, I have tried a UK 12 and it looks neat and closer to the required size, until I made the dreaded mistake, too many stitches!!!! At this stage I got a different colour and decided to go up in needle size to a UK 9. So far I have only got to row 5, I have to count the number of stitches each time, as somehow, from somewhere, they just seem to increase …… I am determined to master this pattern, but maybe not tonight!
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On a lighter note the kitchen table is less chaotic as the hill of woollen offcuts has been bagged and the balls of yarn returned to the stash on the top of the stairs…Goodnight all.

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