My Birthday yarnie gifts

Hi there, I’m sorry I did not keep my word and post a second time last week. Time seems to constantly elude me these days. I hope you understand:)

I wanted to show you some of my Birthday gifts because yes it was my Birthday not so long ago. First off, my daughter the artist made me some super fun stitch markers from polymer clay.

I love using these!

And this year is the second time I organize a Birthday swap in my Knitting in France Group on Ravelry. It is a small swap which I think suits us all well as the pressure is limited and we don’t have to send gifts every month of the year. It is however super fun when it is one’s turn to receive those yarny gifts and it just so happens that I’m the last to celebrate my birthday. I’m still waiting for some to arrive but I thought I should share with you those that I have so far.

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This was the first gift I got and it arrived the morning of my Birthday! A nice sock size project bag, amazing chocolates and a Finnish specialty. A wonderfully smelling hand cream and a fun needle gauge/key ring from Succaplokki. And two skeins of yarn. The pink one is from Wollmeise and the purple one is from a new to me French dyer called Squirrel’s Yarns. I love the colors and will most likely be using them to knit into socks. The project bag also contained a gift, a hand knit shawl!

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Yes that’s me wearing my new shawl:)

The second gift arrived soon there after.

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How fun is this Truckin’ project bag? And the yarns are gorgeous! The green yarn is Harry Potter inspired from Just a Girl and her Dog Yarns. The Teal one is actually hand spun and the label says Creek Side Farm. Both are gorgeous and the Honey straws have me intrigued.

The third gift arrived this past weekend.

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I love the lamb post card. The monkeys on the right are actually magnets and now reside on my fridge. The Minion tin contains some buttons and the yellow piece you see behind the mignon is a table cloth and I think it may have been woven.

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I absolutely LOVE this tag to attach to a hand knit gift. Not sure I’ll ever be willing to part with it though. It’s now hanging on a wall next to my desk.

When I first saw this I thought this was a crochet kit but it’s actually a knitting pattern. You can knit a 3D fish and it comes with the beads and the DMC thread. Amazing. One of my daughter has already requested she keep this once it’s done.

And to finish I got this bag of beautiful teal colored silk to spin into something gorgeous. And 2 skeins of Claudia Handpainted yarns for a future pair of socks.

Amazing right?! I do love a good yarn/knitting swap and as this is birthday related it is even more fun I think. I might organize this for the third consecutive year in 2018 so if you are interested in joining do let me know. I will be asking in my Ravelry Group soon if people are interested in joining again. Actually this year I think I only have one new participant all the others joined the first time around and jumped on the chance to join in again for this second time. We’ll see if we have enough participants for a third edition.

But I did also treat myself to some yarnie goodness using my birthday as an excuse. I know I’m an adult and that I don’t need an excuse to buy yarn BUT seeing as I already have more than I need and that I’m trying to cut down on yarn purchases, I’m using the Birthday excuse anyway!

So I purchased some yarns from a destash on Ravelry. This is the first time I have ever done this and I admit I was a bit apprehensive as I did not know the seller at all. I saw a post from this person on Instagram and the yarns pictured were all gorgeous so I had to jump over to Ravelry and take a look. Well I actually ended up buying not 1, not 2, not 3 no no no! I bought 5!!! Yes that’s right I  bought 5 skeins! And they have arrived and they are all as gorgeous as they were on Ravelry.

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Both of these dyers are new to me. I had known about the Wool Barn but never seen their yarn in person and I admit I was oblivious to Woolberry Fibre Co. The yarns are gorgeous. 3 out of 5 skeins are singles so they will be knit into  shawls or cowls in the future. The others will become socks I think.

I also bought more yarn from Lolo Did It. I of course wanted to indulge myself but I also wanted to help with Lolo’s Hurricane Harvey charity and I received my Harvey yarn this weekend. And it’s gorgeous and Lauren even added a complimentary tape measure! Always useful.

This yarn will become a pair of socks in the future.

So as you can see I have been spoiled lately with yarn. I hope I haven’t made you jealous or caused you to break your “no yarn buying” ban. I don’t often share my purchases but as I was on the subject of gifts and so I thought it would be fun.

On another note, I’m bringing the Maker of the Month feature back. I hadn’t intended on stopping during the summer but things happened. I’m hoping we will be doing the first feature in a week or two and the next maker is a yarn dyer and as always there will be a giveaway associated with the feature so stay tuned!

I think this will be all for today. I was going to show you my progress on the mystery kals but I have changed my mind and I’m not going to share until they are officially over. For the first time ever I have not shared pictures of my progress on these on social media and I have even avoided seeing other peoples pictures as well so this time it really is a true mystery knit a long for me.

I hope you have a wonderful week with lots of knitting time! Speak to you soon:)

Big projects and dwindling stamina

Hi there, do you ever find yourself taking on a huge project like an afghan, a bedspread, an intricate cardigan or something like that? Something that is time consuming and you know from the beginning that you are going to need to be motivated and work hard if you want to actually finish this project. And then a few months on….you sort of lose ….the enthusiasm. You cast on for other things and this big project gets put down for a while and then maybe it even gets forgotten! Well, I’m a fan of small knitting projects like socks and cowls and mittens and things like that but I did take a wild leap of faith a long while ago, when I decided to do the……Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits.  That’s a HUGE project! What was I thinking????????

Well, I seem to remember having reasoned with myself by saying, well ok this is big BUT each hexapuff is just super small. This could be a great project for on the go knitting, each hexapuff will be knit up in a breeze, this will be super fun, a great way to use up my scraps of sock yarns……Does any of this sound familiar to you? (please say yes)

So I started and I have a fairly large tote where I have all my finished hexapuffs along with some scraps and stuffing and the pattern (in the unlikely event I forgot how to knit hexapuffs). And this bag/tote is in my bedroom, always! But it’s been quite a while since I actually did any work on this. I did knit one hexapuff last weekend – I was rearranging something in my room and took out my tote and looked at all my hexapuffs and felt guilty so I knit one more. Since then, I keep looking in the general direction of this bag and I just feel I really should do something and today I had an idea that I’d like to share with you.

So first of, are you too working on a Beekeeper’s quilt,  or maybe the Ten Stitch Zigzag by Frankie Brown? Or may you are just doing your own version of a yarn scrap blanket. And maybe you also feel demotivated sometimes – like me- because the project takes so much time to finish. Would you be interested if we did a sort of “Scrap Swap” ?

My idea for a Scrap Swap would be that those interested would leave me a comment here on the blog and then  I would get everyone’s full details (name and postal address) and then I would send each participant the name and address of their swap mate. (You would have to accept international shipping as my readers come from all over the globe).

Each one would then send our swap partner an X amount of scrap yarns – we could come up with the amount together if you wish or I could decide on something, maybe something like 50 gr of scraps in different yarns the only obligation being that the minimum for a scrap would have to be enough for 1 hexapuff. I also think it would be fun if we each gifted our swap partner with one completed hexapuff that we knitted especially for them -if your partner is doing the beekeeper’s quilt. If he/she is not then maybe we could come up with some other idea for a small gift. What do you think?

I think this could actually be quite fun and re-motivate us and get us back on track. I just counted and I have 66 finished hexapuffs so I have some done but I’m far from finished and a little fun game would definitely motivate me:)

Why don’t you think about this over the weekend and let me know. If you are thrilled with the idea, leave me a comment immediately and I’ll be able to celebrate in advance that I just got a great idea!!! Also if you have other knitting/crochet friends who  you think would like to join us, please share with them, the more the merrier.

I really look forward to hearing from you on this – we don’t have to be a gazillion to participate, even if we are only 2 (me and you) that’s fine too – I really want to get back to knitting a few of those each week so that my quilt will be finished before 2020! So before I leave you and for some added motivation, here’s a picture of my hexapuffs so far

scrap yarn swap on www.knittinginfrance.com

Miniature Sock Earrings

Hi there,  yesterday I was reading one of the blogs that I follow. It’s called Littleblackdogsa and I read her post on a knitting swap that you can read here.

One of the gifts she received from a swap buddy was a miniature hand knit sock mounted into a stitch marker and I thought that was such a  cool idea! The more I looked at the picture, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do something similar. So I went online and found a free pattern for a miniature sock on a blog called Life’s a Stitch! and this morning I went to work. I made a pair using lace yarn, hand dyed by myself 50% xfine merino and 50% suri alpaca. I used a circular knitting needle in size 1mm/ US size 5-0. I then mounted them into earrings and now I’m thinking I just might make some more and even sell on my stand at the I Knit Fandango show in London this May.

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What do you think?