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V-Stitch RippleFrog it and make something else! I started making this V-Stitch Ripple last week. I loved the colours of the original and I like the effect that using a v-stitch added to the ripple. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. The pattern suggests not cutting the yarn, but carrying it up the sides. I was struggling to manage 5 balls, so decided to cut my yarn and sew in the ends. After a couple more repeats, I realised that the ends were going to be a mare to sew in; there would be hundreds of them and while a v-stitch looks lovely, it’s a horrible stitch to sew the ends into, as I already know. So, I bit the bullet and frogged it. I hate frogging things. It feels like such a failure. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beachcomber BlanketI’m having a rest from corner-to-corner blankets and the lovely James C Brett Marble Chunky yarn I’ve been using. For the whole of May, most DROPS yarns are on sale, so it seemed like a good time to try out something a little different. I opted for the Big Delight, which has turned out to be just gorgeous. I might have ordered more… lots more! The yarn is aran weight 100% wool. The only slight downside is that it’s only hand washable, but blankets tend not to get washed often, so it’s not a huge problem. The biggest upside for me is that I can use a felted join, so there are no ends to deal with. Read the rest of this entry »

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Knitting BagIt’s been a mixed week. I finally got around to making myself a large knitting bag. I used the same format as the previous bags, except I used a large piece of fabric instead of strips. Knitting Bag As you can see from the second photo, there’s room for a large ball of wool, half of a 5′ square blanket with room to grow! It ended up at 13″ wide, 7″ deep and 16″. This bag also has a large pocket the spans the full width of the bag, with a divider up the middle.

I was beginning to think I’d never get this one done. I started on Monday and it was all going well until I ran out of black thread about 1/3 of the way through the quilting. As it was a bank holiday, I had no choice but to wait until Tuesday for thread. I usually go to my mum’s on a Tuesday so child #1 was given thread-buying insturctions as he was going to Maltby anyway. I got home, all ready to carry on with my bag only to find that the shop was out of black thread, but expecting a delivery at teatime. Foiled again! My knitting bag was finally finished on Wenesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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