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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.

Back to the knitting and a new book

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Well, I’m back in Manchester after having a lovely week in Ireland.  I’m going back to Belfast in a week for two days (work though, not a holiday this time!) so any crochet pattern recommendations would be much appreciated!  It’s lovely being back with my knitting, though!  I’ve been slaving away at the Frilly Jumper since getting back, and am over halfway there.  It’s not much to look at at the moment though, so I’m going to post a picture of  my latest purchase instead:

The background is the Frilly Jumper.  I got this brooch in St George’s Market in Belfast.  It’s a bit chipped, but I think that adds to its charm, and it was only £3!  However, I now really want another one, so I hope this doesn’t start to turn into some kind of collection!  I think it will go with my jumper, though, when it’s eventually finished!

I also bought a book which I thought I’d tell you about.  It’s The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe.  It’s great!  I’ve been flicking through it, and it has so many tips and tricks for beginning and more experienced knitters.  I’ve even learnt a new casting-on technique (I never, somehow, learnt the loop cast-on), and I recommend it to every knitter and aspiring knitter!  I’m certainly going to be referring to the Finishing section when I’m sewing up my jumper.  The sections are: Casting On, The Basics, Binding Off, Tools, Yarn, Reading Patterns, Pattern Stitches, Circular Knitting, Colo(u)r, Shaping, Fitting, Finishing and Embellishments.  So it really does seem to cover everything!  I’ll be back later this week with some pics of the jumper, hopefully.

Knit and Tipple

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Knitting Workshop @ The Nip And Tipple

Hello again!  I’m advertising my first knitting workshop at the Nip and Tipple on Upper Chorlton Road.  Always wanted to knit but never managed to get started?  Looking for a new hobby but not sure which one to go for?  Want to do something that’s fun but pretty cheap?  Come to the workshop and I will show you the basics.  If you need, there will be the chance to buy a get-started kit for £3 so you don’t even need to come prepared.  As a sneak preview, here is one of the things you will be able to make when you’ve been to the workshop.  Less girly options to follow, I’ll keep you (literally) posted!

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First post and some unusual yarn

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First posts are tricky, aren’t they?  So I thought I’d start with a photo:

More on what that is in a minute.  I should probably introduce myself.  I’m Cecily, I live in Manchester, and I am addicted to knitting.  In fact, I am so addicted that I think that everybody else should be addicted to it as well.  Hence, I am offering my services to you, dear reader.   I intend to use this blog to show you what my needles (in various forms) are up to, and maybe give you some ideas for your own knitterly projects.  I am also available in the Manchester area as a knitting teacher, for private lessons, workshops and general hen-nights, parties and evenings of disrepute.  Please click on the about tab at the top to find out more about me, and the other tab if you are interesting in learning how to knit.

Now, what is the above picture?  That is Tarn, or t-shirt yarn that I made out of a worn-out dress.  I intend to mix it with some other similar-coloured t-shirt yarns I have yet to take the scissors to and crochet a large rug out of it to inflict on my living-room.  Or my bathroom if it doesn’t turn out as large as intended.

More on the t-shirt yarn saga will surely follow, dear reader…