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Hang the skein round your neck, no one will sit next to you  and if you loop the other end over your knee, you can wind the wool. Then when it’s your stop just put the ball in your pocket and get off, the skein round your neck means it won’t get tangled 😀

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I don’t know how many of you know the traditional English song “an English Country Garden” here’s a link if you haven’t, English Country Garden
I’ve been inspired while making an irish crochet poncho for my daughter, so here goes:

Daffodils

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Hearts ease

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And Phlox

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Meadowsweet

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Lady’s smocks

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Gentian

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Lupins
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Tall Hollyhocks
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Roses

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Foxgloves
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Snowdrops

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Forget-Me-Nots
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The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

Grimm2A professor of German language and literature at a well-known U.S. university recently contacted me with some fiber-related questions.

Preparing reading selections for a class, the professor read through stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.  Her specific questions arose from the story “Die drei Männlein im Walde” / “The Three Little Men in the Woods” (1812).

The professor asked why yarn would be boiled and why might it then be rinsed in a cold river.  The part of the story her questions came from is this:

In GermanEndlichGrimm3 nahm sie [die Hexe] einen Kessel, setzte ihn zum Feuer und sott Garn darin. Als es gesotten war, hing sie es dem armen Mädchen auf die Schulter und gab ihm eine Axt dazu, damit sollte es auf den gefrornen Fluß gehen, ein Eisloch hauen und das Garn schlittern.

In English:  So at last she [the witch] took a…

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How to Make a Paper Piping Bag:

This is a lovely video showing how to fold a piping bag
I have become a little obsessed with making macarons; this batch isn’t my best as the almond was a bit grainy.
I used my piping bag to put in the filling- a dark chocolate butter icing.
I tried to dye them pink but it all faded during cooking

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Watch this space for further installments! As Raymond Blanc says, you won’t get it right first time but persevere, and the mistakes are still delicious 😋

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I always buy my mum a magnet for her fridge when I’ve been on holiday. This year we were staying at her house and we went to Stonehenge. I bought a little kit for a cross stitch magnet and put it together for her. It’s been a while since I’ve cross stitched as I’ve been a little distracted by knitting and crochet 😉
It was a kit produced by English Heritage, which manages the site, so I don’t know who designed it. I’ve kept the pattern as my children would like a little Stonehenge miniature. The DMC/Anchor colour numbers weren’t provided, just names but I have enough thread left over to be able to match it.
I enjoyed it so much, I might start a little tradition of buying a little miniature cross stitch kit of places we’ve been on holiday.

Well I don’t have idle hands at the moment… Sorry I haven’t posted for a while but this is the reason:

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Pretty colour, eh? I was inspired by the ballet top I made for my daughter in the ballet school uniform baby pink and decided I needed one too!

This is my first go at making a cardigan in one piece on a 80cm circular knitting needle set but turning on each row as if they are straight needles; it is growing slowwwwwly. I had a 2 hour train journey on Tuesday and did 6 (count them- I did say 6) rows! But if you think it’s 2 fronts and a back all at once, that is more like 18 rows 💪

I do like the waffle effect though and it will be lovely when it is done as it is a waterfall cardigan (hence the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of stitches in a row.)

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I’ve actually had the pattern for years, started it with wool that was the wrong weight so I accidentally didn’t buy enough so I’ve restarted with enough now 🙂
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Always read the pattern twice and then you’ll only buy the wool once 😉

I’ll let you know how I get along when I get to the sleeves; I’m planning to follow a very traditional Scottish approach and keep all of that seamless knitting as well….wish me luck/ call me bonkers 🙂 ❤

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Just saw this on Facebook, come on bloggers, what would you create a wheel cover with?
Personally, following my fascination with Irish crochet, it might have to a have flowers approach….
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Why disguise the wheel?
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Woodlands inspiration:
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…. Or why stop there?

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They always say that on planes don’t they? Well, I purchased this pattern in 2012 and then got some wool, then started it and after about 2 1/2 inches realised my wool was chunky and not DK so then I bought some new DK yarn and I’ve got almost back to where I was on the back but also on the right front and left front.
Yes, I’m knitting a seamless cardigan! Thinking of trying to do the shoulders and arms using small cable knitting needles.

The nail polish bottle is to give a sense of scale
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By the way, check out the needles, perils of shopping on line, I ordered and got exactly what I asked for, though to be honest, the shortness of them makes it easy and faster to knit as you don’t have to keep stopping to move stitches onto the needles.

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Still loving my knit pro kit though, the only way to circular knit or knit enormous cardigans in one go 😉

Easy! – http://pinterest.com/pin/541346817685285690/?s=3&m=wordpress

It’s Easter time again. I love this season, the few days leading up to Easter Sunday with the quiet meditation that my church does so well. We are going to have an Easter egg hunt. Each sibling will help hide the other’s eggs. There is too too much chocolate so I’m trying to reduce the amounts that they will eat by not hiding chocolate (well, a few little ones!)

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Crick crack!

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Cheep cheep

It’s made as a pretty standard amigurumi staying with 6DC (Am. SC)

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The beak is made by making 3 Tr (Am. DC) , holding the first loops on hook, then pulling the loop through the 4 loops on the hook. Cut yarn, sew in the end, preserving the triangle shape.

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Continue the main colour behind the beak by chaining 3. Make a second beak the same way.

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Make the wings by making stitches in each double in the row below in the following order (the ones between || should be in the same double crochet):
|DC,HTr|Tr, dTr| Tr, Tr, Tr| chain 3 DC in next row. If you would like an American translation, please ask in the comments 🙂
On the next row, make your DCs into the bar of the trebles

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If you’d like a fuller pattern, please ask in the comments and I’ll post one.