Life in General – The past week

Well what a week of under achievement!.

Having come down with the worst cold I’ve ever had ( no exaggeration) I achieved absolutely nothing this week apart from sniffing, sneezing, blowing my nose and feeling sick all the time.

Not only have I been feeling miserable but the weather has been atrocious.  It has been so windy and rainy here is feels like April showers on a high.

So I need to catch up on everything starting here.

Firstly I’ve been nominated for another Blog award by who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Thanks – I do appreciate it and I will pass it on as soon as I can.

Not only did I have this cold but so did Julie who was going to tutor the Knitting workshop on Saturday with me but she was just as ill as me, so we cancelled our workshop.  All the ladies were lovely when we cancelled the workshop, we will re-arrange it ASAP.

Above are  some of the things we were going to cover in our workshop.

We have also had  Petes mother down (“mother in law”) for a long weekend as it her 85th Birthday last friday on the 15th.  They’ve gone out for a walk so hence I’m catching up with my blog.

The weather today is calm – no wind – yippee and sunny so far.  I walked the dog this morning and it was a pleasure to get out and about without wearing wellies ( although there is lots of mud and puddles around) and a raincoat.

More posts on their way…………………….

New Knitting workshop for all abilities

I will be working with Julie and Jane Colquhoun to teach a knitting workshop in June.

The Yarn Academy are running a mixed ability workshop on the 16th June.  The location will depend on final numbers but will be in Swanage, Dorset.  The cost is £35.

Don’t worry if your skills don’t fall neatly into learning or improving we will cover the areas you need to move your knitting on.

Knitting Workshop on June 16th, 2012
A workshop for all abilities – Learn to knit or to improve.

Learn To Knit

  • Learn how to cast on
  • Cast off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Rescue dropped stitches
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Cope with the most common pattern abbreviations
  • Make a button hole

Go home with a mug hug
OR

The next Stitch

  • Recap of previous skills learnt
  • Additional ways of increasing and decreasing
  • Cables
  • Sewing together
  • Tension and Tension Squares
  • Stitch Markers
  • Advanced Pattern reading (abbreviations and reading a garment pattern)
  • Circular needles
  • Pattern Charts
  • Intarsia

Go home with bunting flags and instructions for a bunting garland

Workshop details

Time: Starting 10am – ending 4 pm
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, Cake/Biscuits supplied all day
Materials: All materials provided
Tutoring: We offer a high teacher student ratio
Location: Workshops are held in and around the Swanage/Corfe Castle area (different locations are used according to workshop participent numbers)
Other: Yarn, needles, hooks and accessories available to purchase to take home

Knitting workshop

Union Jack Bunting Pattern

I’ve finally finished the union jack pattern and have made it into bunting.

Link: http://www.knittersneeds.co.uk/Patterns/Free-Patterns

The third knit of the pattern came out a lot better.  The Union jack works better in fair isle style knitting.  I had knitted the union jack with a pennant shaped bottom but that looked just weird so I folded it up behind the flag and tacked it into place so I ended up with an oblong middle pennant as you see in the picture.  The Union Jack is a charted design.

The weather was not been bright enough to get a decent photo of the bunting so I’ve very amateurishly photoshopped the bunting on to a nice sunny day at the beach.  I will take another picture for real when the weather gets better.

I wanted to get this pattern out as people are starting to gear up for not only our olympics but the Queens Jubilee in June this year.

We are also taking part in Knit in Public week.  We will be knitting in public on the  9th/10th June by knitting in public on Swanage pier.  We will be inviting the local & visiting knitters along to knit an additional pennant for the bunting.

Happy Knitting.

union jack bunting
union jack bunting

Union Jack Bunting – using DK yarn

Pattern for bunting with a Union Jack centre pennant.  Made from DK yarn

Ideal for this year’s Queens jubilee celebration and street parties

Size:      Approx 2.6 m long

Yarn:    DK

Craft :   Knitting

Union Jack continued….

Made a couple of adjustments to pattern.  Still not 100% with it so will make one or two more adjustments and it should be OK.  Then I will work on the rest of the pattern for the bunting to go with it.  Added a border and knitted Fair Isle style rather than intarsia, it is a lot neater and no ends to sew in.

Union Jack with borderBack of union jack

Intarsia Gloves

Just finished my first pair of gloves.

Knitted in the round on 4 needles (Knitpro) with stripes and intarsia.

Knit Noro Pattern book
Knit Noro Pattern book

Knitted in Noro Silk Garden sock wool and Rowan Pure Wool 4ply, the pattern was for 2 shades of Noro but I think they have come out OK using a plain and a variegated wool.  The pattern is also a Noro Pattern from the Noro Knits book.

Noro silk garden sock & Rowan pure new wool 4 ply intarsia gloves
Noro silk garden sock & Rowan pure new wool 4 ply intarsia gloves