Category Archives: Recycling

Knit and Tipple, and some lovely soft yarn

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Well, I hope everyone has recovered from the workshop on Sunday!  I certainly had fun!  The lovely ladies that came gave us permission to take some photos, so here is one of all of us (thanks to Ruth for being the photographer):

And another shot of some very fast-looking knitting:

Hehe, speedy knitters!  We learnt casting on, knitting, purling and casting off, and other people also learnt pattern reading basics and new knitting stitch patterns.  Good news: there will be another one!  Date yet to be announced.  We’ll be doing more advanced pattern reading in that one, keep your eyes peeled on here for some more free patterns being posted…

Update on the jumper situation: I think I’m 3/4 the way there with the Frilly Jumper.  And from the pink jumper I unravelled I got 950 metres of this:

Unfortunately it’s not quite enough for the jumper I wanted to do, which requires around 1300 metres, so I’m on the look out for another pattern.  It’s lovely yarn though, really floaty soft, can’t wait to knit with it!

Spring is here! And so is some more yarn…

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Well, today is turning out to be a good day!  For a start, look what we have growing!

Aren’t they just stunning?  I turned up a bit early for my teaching this morning so went for a walk in the Marie Louise Gardens.  Everything is really beautiful there at the moment, but the spring flowers there are mainly over, so it’s lovely to have some of these growing just outside my living-room window.  Also, somebody seems to have stolen a sundial from the Marie Louise Gardens.  I’m assuming it’s just for scrap metal, but what a real shame.

So, on my way back from teaching, I just *happened* to go into a few charity shops, and may have *accidently* bought another jumper for yarn… ahem.  Well, it was only £4!

It’s an acrylic, wool and angora blend and is really soft, so was definitely a bargain!  And because of that big turtle-neck and long sleeves I can definitely get another jumper out of it.

It’s a bit pinker than you can see in these photos, I really like it.  I think it’s a DK, I’ll let you know when I have unravelled it.  I have to go into town now to get some supplies for the workshop on Sunday, so I’ll deal with this jumper next week, I think.

What’s your craft and why do you like it? Comments here please…

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Well, you can see from my quasi-manifesto in my ‘about’ page the reasons why I love knitting.  You can also see I dabble in other crafts, but knitting is my main one.  What is your craft and why do you like it?

Yet more sock stories

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Hmm, maybe I should rename this blog the sock blog.  Just thought I’d post a little pic of another ‘sock rescue’ I did for Christmas.

The centre flower was a purple sock made into a fabric yo-yo.  And then there is a layer of scrap lace, a layer of fabric I had left over from a ‘trouser rescue’, then scrap felt and finally more lace.  This one is a brooch I made for my housemate.  but I liked it so much I think I might have to make myself one!

Frilly jumper update:  I have started the sleeve shaping!  It’s a jumper that is knit in one piece, from the back up to the sleeves and then back down to the bottom of the front.  More pics in the next few days!

The Sock Rescue Mission

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I have a bag full of socks who have lost their friends.  I help these socks to find new friends by turning them into other things (they are knitted items, after all).  Uses for socks that I have found include: as a stuffing for a pin cushion, to turn into flowers to embellish things, and most recently to turn into an iPod cover.  Here is the result:

This was made from an insulated sock, so it protects the iPod quite well, and the ribbing at the top keeps it safely inside.  The roses are made from some scraps of fleece I had left over from Christmas crafting.

Arty shot from the side:

Berets

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So chic, so French (?).  My love affair with berets began when I knitted myself one at school.  It was green and fuzzy, made out of some yarn my aunt had found and thought I would like.  She was right.  I wore this beret all the time, it went with everything (so I thought).  Until, one day I accidently left it, along with a scarf, in a room when I was at college.  When I came back, the scarf was still there, but, alas, the beret was gone.  So, when I learned to crochet, what was the first thing I did?  A green beret.

This is the Track Stitch Beret by Red Heart.  I like it, it was fast to make, easy to follow, and nice and slouchy.  But that is not my only beret, dear reader.  No, I have one more tale of woe.  A few years ago I was in Oxfam.  I was looking for warm clothes, because it was particularly cold and my student house was remarkably un-insulated.  There, I saw it.  The most amazing jumper.  It had sheep, fences, heather, and it was very warm.  I fell in love with this jumper and wore it every day.  Until last year I put it on the wrong wash cycle.  My poor little sheep were shrunk.  I could no longer adorn myself with knitted Scottish heather.  It was devastating.  My poor jumper languished in the bottom of my wardrobe, unloved, unworn (apart from part of one of the sleeves, which I had turned into a purse for a friend).  And then, I realised it could be a beret!  Berets to the rescue again!

See the sheep?!  This is my happy beret!

Sheep beret from the side.  I think when this winter ends I will be very sad that I will have to wait until next winter to bathe in the sheepiness.  Maybe I should make a sunhat.