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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Trilobite






Having published my pattern for an ammonite recently, I now have a second fossil pattern - trilobite.  Each pattern will be for sale separately, but if you want to make both fossils I have set up a discount code on ravelr. Both fossil patterns can be bought together for £3.00 if you use the discount code FOSSIL. This offer will run for one month, until 11th November.
 
The trilobite has two flat pieces for the body, and two more pieces for the top section (not sure if I should call this a head). Apparently there were a great many different types of trilobites. I almost sewed on beads as eyes, but as he is meant to be a fossil and not a living trilobite, decided against this.  This is a great little make for using up those oddments of wool that every knitter ends up with.

For my photos I have borrowed my son's fossil trilobite, and while sorting through his books, found a really apt one to use as a backdrop in some of the photos. 



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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Ginx Woolly Linx Party October

Hi Everyone, Welcome to Ginx Woolly Linx Party for October, and a special welcome to anyone who is joining in for the first time. The party will open at midnight tonight.

There were some great projects in the September Party, and here are a few of my favourites.


Emilie of Emzzcrochee has made a cute little robot called Bot.

Fanny of Yarn Around the World has made the Pretzel Brooch as part of her Octoberfest costume.

I love this guinea-pig made by Nephi-Handmade. Reminds me of my pet guinea-pig I had as a child.

And finally Amalia of Handmade by Amalia has made a super knitted basket. I can never have enough baskets to store wool in.





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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Ammonite







Given the sort of little things I like to knit, and my son's interests, I am not sure why it hasn't occured to me before now to knit some fossils. He had a very definitely period when he went through his "dinosaur-phase", and I am trying to remember if that was before or after he had his "space-phase". Actually I think he is still interested in both, it is just that I don't sit with him reading books about them. 

I was watching a documentary earlier in the year that was set on the beach in Lyme Regis. We went there many years ago, and had a rather fruitless hunt, but these people on the television seemed to be finding fossils every few minutes. Perhaps we need another trip down to Dorset. When I was very young, my mum used to crack open stones in our back garden with a hammer, and would occasionally find a fossil.

I have written a pattern for one of the best know fossils - the ammonite.  This is knitted with two flat pieces, with short rows to get the curve. I am working on a pattern for another fossil, which I hope will be ready soon.  The ammonite pattern is available on ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy and LoveKnitting.

For my photos I have borrowed some of my son's fossils.  

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Hiking in Wales


Usually by this time of year I have posted a few holiday photos. I have somehow forgotten to do this, or even post very much at all recently. 

So here is a photo of my holiday/car knitting. I like knitting in the car on long journeys, as it sort of keeps me calm. These days I seem to have been demoted to the back. Jammed between son and dog, it is sometimes a bit tricky. We do not have a very big car. My daughter likes to be in the front so that she can control the music.

These socks are for my husband and seemed to fit into the theme our holiday in Wales, which involved quite a lot of walking. They are knitted from Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner. I did my last minute trick of picking a pattern from ravelry, and then just seeing what suitable wool I had in the stash. I really enjoyed knitting these socks, and with doubleknit wool they were quite a quick knit. The pattern was also good for a holiday car knit, with a bit of pattern, but quite easy to remember once a few rows were done. I might try and persuade my husband to do a bit of sock modelling!


Here are some views from Cerig Lladron, taken on the same day but just looking in different directions, and one before our picnic and one after. This is a highpoint in the Preseli Hills, from where as my husband told us a lot of times, the stones for Stonehenge were brought. We started teasing him about the fact he had told us about this several times. Then when we called at my sister's in Bath on the way home, we confused her by having hysterics when she told as the same "interesting fact".  

The view was amazing, and we sat discussing whether it might be possible to see Ireland from this part of Wales on a clear day. A bit of research when we got back, and I found out it is not, but from Ireland you can see the higher bits of Snowdonia!
 


Someone else had a lovely time on the beach. This was taken at the appropriately named Poppit Sands Beach, because she is my "little poppet".


And finally, despite taking what I thought were lots of beautiful sunny views, this shot taken on the very first day of the holiday, was the only one picked by the BBC Weather Watchers. It did sort of sum the day up, although we had a lot of better ones.
 



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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Ginx Woolly Linx Party September

Hi everyone. Welcome to my Ginx Woolly Linx Party for September. As I type this it is a week before the end of August, but I will be going to Wales for the last week of the month, and will be away from my computer. I am hoping I will be able to launch the party at the flick of a switch from afar. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will work. Apologies to anyone who has joined in towards the end of the month, as I may not have considered your posts for the August favourites. Please feel free to relink them to the September party if you think this may be you.



Nephi-Handmade has made this adorable sloth, called Fabio. He looks so cute hiding in the tree.

I love this Moana - Polynesian Princess outfit that Ineke of inekedblog has made. 

Marjan of Atelier Marie-Lucienne has made this wonderful Bohemian Rhapsody bag. I just love the bright colours - brilliant.

Maria Jose of El Inventario de MJ has made crochet covers for stones. I love this idea, and also admire the skill.

I have just noticed that my featured projects for August are all crochet. All I can say is "come on you knitters". 






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Friday, 17 August 2018

Yarn Bombing in Blairgowrie


This is just a quick post, as I have been away, and shock horror, despite taking it with me, I have not been knitting. Actually that is not strictly true, as I did a tiny bit of knitting on the train to Scotland, but after that it just stayed in my bag. 

But here is a little bit of yarnbombing that I saw in Blairgowrie, and thought would be nice to photograph. I could not see any information as to who had done it, but it was in a little garden near the war memorial, so I suspect that was what it was to commemorate.  But now I am back home, and hopefully back to the needles.





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Saturday, 4 August 2018

A Few More 2CVs



2CV orders are a bit like buses. You wait for ages, and then two come along at the same time. The first order was for this black and yellow Charleston 2CV. I really like it when I have to slightly adapt my pattern. Much more interesting for me, and I was really pleased with how the side panels turned out. Here is an actual 2CV Charleston, to show you what I was aiming at.


And then just a few days later I got another order for a red 2CV. Both are knitted from my pattern Henrietta 2CV, and you can read about the original car that inspired me here.  And if you would like me to make a 2CV for you, here is link to the page on Etsy where you can place on order. Although making these little cars is part of my business, it is always very cheering when I hear someone is happy with their purchase.




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Just a reminder that my Ginx Woolly Linx party for August is now running. Click on the photo above or at the top of the page to find the party. I would love to see what you have been working on this month.