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.

Creating chaos in the kitchen…..

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I will soon be forced to take control and create order. The pile of offcuts from my pom pom hat forms a small hill on the table. It is waiting to be transformed into something. There are small balls of wool waiting to become hearts, a box of felted hearts waiting for flowers and a china bowl with flowers waiting to adorn hearts. Tomorrow I will have to sort out the muddle. I can’t possibly do it tonight as I am making a pin cushion….
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Passing on the paraphernalia of a knitter…..

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I was so aware of my mother constantly knitting when I was a child. I very rarely saw her without a knitting project. We made regular visits to the wool shop, every Friday on the way to the Co-operative store. It was the days of the dividend card. The owner was an obliging lady who would put the wool by so that you could pay as and when you needed it….. I can’t imagine this happening now. She had lots of knitting needles, stitch holders and counters. She knitted every evening and her work was precise and neat. I learnt from her at a very young age but unfortunately my knitting is not so precise.
I treasure my collection of knitting needles and love the colourful variety in preference to the metal needle. They are not only functional but decorative. I have got a set of bamboo needles in a pretty floral case, purchase in my local wool shop.
I find that these help with strain on the hands.
I am gradually building up a collection of hooks……..DSCF0911

Petite Fleur and the 4 ply wool….

I have decided to make some little flowers for my heart pockets using 4 ply wool. I have struggled a bit with the double knitting cotton. I think this will be more successful and I like the deeper coloursDSCF0847
I have been using a 2.5 metal crochet hook.

Happy Valentines Day…

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i wanted to share this beautiful crocheted doily with roses and hearts. I have put it in my window today to celebrated Valentines Day.
It was a purchase from a vintage charity shop. I only wish I could make something so exquisite.
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Hand in Glove

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Today I was doing my customary Wednesday charity shop search for the odd, interesting and quirky little find. Last week, it was a 99 pence boxed set of Glen Miller Records. I was elated with my find.
This week was a glove day……. I discovered two pairs of hand crocheted evening gloves. Delightfully worn with age, beautifully crocheted, with attention to detail and just the thing for a girl to wear to a forties dance…… What is the story they could tell. I wonder who has worn them? Who’s hand has held them or been held by them? Who made them and for what event? I will never know but they will continue their journey as part of the story of my life……DSCF0734DSCF0727

The ‘big one’ reaps rewards……

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Just got in from my walk along the ‘pink prom’ and a jolly coffee in the store and I was pondering the the ‘big one’. By this I mean my extra chunky pom pom hat that I wore on my walk today! I noticed people smiling at me, was it the hat or did I look totally ridiculous? It didn’t matter as it was really lovely to receive the smiles. I also had heartwarming conversations with two people who I had not met before and probably will not meet again. We shared our thoughts and a fragment of the day passed leaving me with a rather a glow. I think I will try the hat again…..
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