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Two steps forward, one step back.. thatโ€™s what learning looks like

This afternoon I settled down in my Makery and had a go at adding an edging. I’d not done it before and was quite excited.

I realised fairly early on that my usual relaxed knitting style was too loose. That rectified, I was happy with the result but it didn’t do what I thought it would. My intention was that it would stop the ubiquitous stocking stitch curl edge. It didn’t. Lesson learned. Well 3 actually.

1) I tried something new and as a technique I was pleased with the result.

2) I discovered that the edging doesn’t stop the edge curling.

3) I learned I was brave enough to undo my work rather than try and make good…. I know I’m not alone in being reluctant to do this!

So going forward, the next version will have a garter edge and I’ll knit it in one piece with contrasting yarns. I’m looking forward to that. And now I’m going to make a start on the back; some lovely cable work there to get stuck into. Oh and resist the urge to buy more yarn…. I’ve made this sign for my makery…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Worse problems to have

Just going through my sadly dwindling supply of Erika Knight Maxi Yarn…

I’m planning an open side easy tank top in the Artisan; I have a little of the Mallard left and will use that lovingly to edge the garment… something like this. that’s IT! No more adding to the collection until I’ve collated and checked all my patterns… honest guv’nor.

I’m pretty sure that will take most of the Artisan I have… then there’s what to do with the 400g of Pretty I forget what the grey and the purple are called… hmmm choices, choices….

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Accidents will happen!

Remember yesterday I said my pattern was still in my illegible shorthand? Hmmm… I forgot to write down the increase at row 40. So that’s why I’m unraveling stitch by stitch … ho hum.

It could be worse, I’m sitting by a fire in my makery den with only the sounds of the trees and passing trains. Did I mention the fire?

Anyway, I sewed up the first leg today and it fits nicely. Some leg /ankle warmers are made for skinny Minnie’s. Not here. Remember strong is the new skinny. I’m catering for calf muscles! I’ll work out a narrow version, in the interests of diversity!

Anyway having just one on made me want to break out my cool roller skates… yes, I think these are mine!!! All mine!!!!

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Second leg

I’m taking a break from knitting second leg of the leg warmers as I can’t find my anti histamine and I’ve got itchy eyes and mouth. I’m teaching spin in a bit so I’m giving it a chance to calm down!

It is more usual for leg warmers to be knitted on 3 or 4 needles; that’s maybe why I hate doing them so much… Apart from that I wanted to make something that could be recreated easily by a beginner. Wrestling with lots of needles is not very beginner friendly. That said, my husband went to a Steiner school in Edinburgh and they made socks as their learning to knit project.

This pattern introduces the beginner to simple increases, changing colour and rib. The Super Chunky yarn knits up quickly so even the slowest knitter will be able to see good progress which is a great motivator. The sewing up will also introduce mattress stitch (or Henson stitch as I first came across it making puppets!)

The next stage will be to try it out in different brands of yarn to see how they come out and each repetition gives me the opportunity to check the pattern. At the moment it’s in my pretty illegible shorthand on the back of one of my doodles.

I’d love these leg warmers to be mine, but I think they’ll just make me itch! Let’s see hey!?

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Finished!!!

Oh my! I just LOVE this. It’s going to be a wrench to sell it. It’ll suit those with long hair in a pony tail just as much as those with short hair…I really enjoyed knitting it, I love cable and am working on some new designs. The trick then will be to work out how to do them… I might need a grown up to help! Oh wait, I am the grown up… apparently.

I’m waiting for a new batch of Om charms to arrive so I can see them on, then expect to see a massive overhaul if my selling page and Etsy. Until then I’m working on a gorgeous ankle warmer in 100% wool. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t causing a few issues. I rubbed my eyes while knitting and it was game over for at least half an hour. Right now though I’m going to get back to my book, the one I’m writing in knitting. That one! ๐Ÿ“– while repeating the mantra, I know my stuff…

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Work in progress

The little one loves the mitts I’ve knitted as part of a kids winter trio. I’ve just finished the hat and already made the scarf.

She’s claimed them as hers which is just as well since she’s lost her winter gear from last year. I think I’m literally going to have to sew it all to her coat so we don’t lose them ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I was being really efficient and writing down the pattern for the hat and then I got a bit distracted, I was FaceTiming with my husband. Then I was knitting on the street prior to busking … I’m going to have to sit down and work it out.., ho hum….

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R&R

I’m having a wonderful time with our little girl camping. It’s a fantastic site, right by a river in the woods… fires allowed and a toilet and shower block, what more do you need?

Last night after setting up camp we went for a riverside walk in the wood. We ate the sweetest blackberries (which we had with our breakfast) and then we saw real live, flapping around our heads bats ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ˜.

Today little one has made friends and is running around have a ball and I’m taking in the view while I work up the ‘Flame’ scarf in a different yarn, seeing how the pattern works and how much yarn it takes. I love this bit of the design process, it’s always more interesting that the first time around, sometimes making little adjustments, sometimes frogging because it just doesn’t work for some reason ๐Ÿธ.

Life is good.

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Itโ€™s been a while… Iโ€™ve been busy

I LOVE this glorious flame pattern scarf. I’ve just finished it, I’ve not sewn the ends in yet and still has the remainder of the yarn dangling it a little ball on my lap… I don’t want to take it off!

It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve not been idle. I’ve been knitting and thinking. I’ve been collating patterns, ideas, values. Sometimes I need to just stop and take stock.

It’s a difficult thing to do, it feels like ‘doing nothing’. It’s like thinning out plants though, if you don’t nothing grows properly.

That said, I’d better finish off this scarf.