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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

First Blogiversary Giveaway

Firstly, thanks for all the advice on the question posed in my last post as to what I should drink. I think I've solved it now but have had to compromise a bit because I really missed my cups of tea too much. I'm now having the odd cup ot Earl Grey but extremely weak with lots of milk added. I know that the proper way to drink Earl Grey is black with a slice of lemon but I don't care because I'm not that posh! LOL

And so, it'll be one year on 31st July since I started this blog and, to celebrate it, anyone who leaves a comment on this post from now until 12am on July 31st will be entered into a draw to win a piece of my handmade jewellery. So, as well as my regular readers who comment, if you're reading this and haven't commented before, why not say hello? I'd love to hear from you though if you'd rather not that's cool, too. The winner can choose which piece they would like (jewellery or stitchmarkers) from my photo gallery here and, as shown below, I've made a reasonable amount in the short time I've been doing it. If a piece is chosen that I haven't got any longer, that's okay, because I can make another just like it. The winner will be announced on 1st August.

A few more bits I've made are another set of 'Frog Me Not' stitchmarkers (after sending the first set to Rain at the Frog in Knots blog, I rather missed them so decided to make some for me!);

'Evergreen' Necklace made with glass beads and copper chain;

Green and Amethyst Pin (Nathalie's now got some blank pins in just waiting to be embellished with beads, etc, so I was really pleased to get some to play with and lost no time in experimenting with this one!)

Here it's being worn on the Frilly Scarf but they seem to be 'in' at the moment and can be worn on wraps, to keep shrugs and cardis closed, and I've even seen long dangly ones on the waistband of jeans. Nathalie was wearing one like this and it looked really stylish. I've also noticed in the shops that pins are being worn with buttons on as well as beads.

Next up's the 'Jet Black' bracelet to match the necklace I made ;

And, finally, the Safety Pin Bracelet!

This would make a great little project for kids, perhaps to fill in a rainy afternoon during the school hols, Its simple yet effective being beads threaded onto safety pins and then the fastenings pressed tightly with flat nosed pliers to make sure they don't open again afterwards. The safety pins are then threaded onto beading elastic making sure they are alternately opposite sides up and a bead is placed onto the elastic in between each safety pin. This is done for the holes at both the top and the bottom of the safety pins. The elastic is then either knotted or crimped to secure and the knots or crimps hidden under a bead and that's it!

Knitting-wise, the beaded lace scarf now only requires three more of the 20 row pattern repeats and a good blocking to complete it. I'm amazed that it looks like it's only going to take one skein of the laceweight Posh Yarn which is excellent yardage though I shouldn't be altogether surprised as the yarn is extremely fine!

I've also cast on for the Long Top in Sirdar's "California Girls" booklet in Sirdar Luxury Cotton.

I'm not normally a great Sirdar fan but I have to say that I like this cotton which is very soft. It does have a tendency to split so you have to be careful when knitting but I suppose this is the trade off as it needs to be loosely plied I think to achieve this degree of softness.

In other news, Maidstone Knitters met for their July meeting last Saturday and welcomed another couple of new members, Marie and Sue. Sue's a textile artist and brought along some of her work to show us. She knits with plastic as she likes to draw attention to the increasing volume of plastic which we use in the hopes that we might start to turn the plastic tide. One of the objets d'art she brought along to show us is the dress below, entitled 'Address'. It's made from postal plastic - all those items which used to arrive in brown paper envelopes and now come in plastic bags. Isn't it amazing?!

If you'd like to have a look at some of the other pieces she brought along to show us (all knitted in plastic) have a look at Maidstone Knitters' blog. At our September meeting, she's going to show us how to create a knitted bracelet using wire and I, for one, can't wait as I was strongly coveting the one she was wearing!!!

EDIT: For all those who've asked in the comments section about the kilt pins, I got them from the Pink Palace in Maidstone and, yes, the twists are already in the bars.


  • At 4:20 pm, Anonymous Silvia said…

    Happy Bloggerversary!!Tell me please where do you get the blank Safty Pins? The large one with the hoops on the outside. I can only find the normal straight ones.
    Of to look at the Plastic knitting

  • At 4:20 pm, Blogger ikkinlala said…

    Beautiful jewellery - and that is quite the dress. My great grandma used to crochet plastic bags into floor mats, but I hadn't thought of them as something that could be used to make clothing (even as art).

  • At 4:33 pm, Blogger ambermoggie said…

    would also appreciate knowing where the pin s are from? and happy Blogiversary:)

  • At 5:07 pm, Blogger Mary-Lou said…

    Happy Blogiversary! Hope the rest of your weekend went well. Knew there was something I meant to tell you - you can see smme examples of Sue's work at (so you can add it to the links on Maidstone Knitters). You're not the only one coveting that bracelet btw :)

  • At 6:29 pm, Blogger dreamcatcher said…

    And a very happy Blogiversary to you :-) I do like the pin you've made, that would look really lovely on a shawl or wrap. The lace scarf is looking great too. Have you seen the new lace club at PY? I'm still deciding whether to join, very tempted :-)

    I love the deep pink colour you chose for the Sirdar top. It also reminded me I am supposed to be knitting the ribbed cardigan!

    The plastic knitted dress is amazing. It really irks me that firms use plastic as envelopes these days. Whatever happened to good recyclable paper envelopes? They go into our green compost bin to be mulched along with the card and garden waste.

  • At 7:12 pm, Anonymous Joni said…

    Happy Bliggiversary! I came across your blog surfing the UKnittedNations ring. Your pink scarf is gorgeous, great jewelry too! :)

  • At 8:37 pm, Blogger Cherry Rolfe said…

    Happy Blogiversay. Lovely reading as ever! I love the jewelry making you have added to your massive talent bank. That kilt pin - did you make the twists in the bar, or is it a special beaders pin? Looks great with the knitted scarf! The pin bracelet would be good for the friday club at DH's school. So far we have screen printed, and Tie-dyed. The artists would love beading! Ta for the tip!!xx

  • At 8:46 pm, Anonymous Anne said…

    Happy Blogiversary for the end of the month.

    The beaded lace scarf is looking very very pretty. And that's an impressive array of jewellery you've made.

  • At 8:51 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said…

    Thanks for all the lovely comments. The pins came from the Pink Palace in Maidstone near where I live and they already have the twists in them so it's quite easy to add beads.

    Mary-Lou, thanks for reminding me about the VIR-Art website. I've added it to MK blog links.

    Dreamcatcher, yes I saw the Posh Yarn lace club but I'm not tempted as it looks like the beaded lace scarf is only going to take one skein of the laceweight. This leaves me with a spare skein plus the raspberry coloured pure cashmere laceweight I got at the same time. Quite enough for the time being! ;-)

    Cherry, the safety pin bracelet sounds ideal for the Friday club.

    And a special hello to ikkinlala and joni. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  • At 10:11 pm, Blogger nanatoo said…

    You don't have to put my name into the draw as I already have a lovely bracelet, but I shall comment anyway! :) Now you've set our Silv off again ... she can't resist a new idea and that plastic knitting is amazing.

    All your jewellery is fantastic, your creative 'bent' is showing again :)

    I drink Earl Grey with milk too, but only a little. I am an addict.

    Your Posh and Frilly scarf is so beautiful. I started the Long Top and I really enjoyed knitting it, and like the Sirdar Lux. Cotton too, but of course it went wrong as I can't concentrate on the simplest lace pattern :) I'll definitely try it again.

  • At 11:26 pm, Anonymous Lyonheart said…

    What a lot of finished projects! I adore your scarf though - so delicate.

  • At 11:35 pm, Blogger Nicola said…

    Happy Bloggiversary! I love your stuff! I've been reading your blog forever!

  • At 5:19 am, Blogger PBnJ said…

    Such lovely jewelry, and gorgeous knitting!

  • At 7:47 am, Blogger Tigger said…

    Your safety pin bracelet would be perfect down in blood reds and blacks for your "goth" theme that you said you had wanted to make a couple of, I think thats something they would wear.... Not to mention its funky and fun looking! Scarf is looking GREAT! Have a great day.

  • At 9:13 am, Blogger KnitYoga said…

    Nanatoo, everyone will go in the draw. Sorry, it's just the rules! ;-)

    Yes, do (you really must!) try the long top again. I quite often make mistakes but, when I do, I just rip back and do those rows again. I don't think there's one person in the world who can knit something from start to finish without frogging or tinking at least a bit to put it right and, if there is, well, they're just too darn perfect. LOL

    Hello, sock it to me, pbnj and Jenn.

    Jenn, that's a great idea to do the safety pin bracelet in red and black for a Goth look! Now, why didn't I think of that?? :-)

  • At 1:57 pm, Blogger Seahorse said…

    Your jewellery is just lovely! I think you must be one of those people who just knows what looks good together!

    I love the scarf and the top looks great. I've seen several people mentioned the Calif Girls booklet now, so I think I may have to investigate it for myself!

  • At 4:04 pm, Anonymous Annarella said…

    Oh, god, so much stuff, where do I start?

    First of all, Happy Bloggiversary!!!!

    Secondly, I want in, I want in, I LOVE your jewellery, you're such a natural! The pin is splendid, so original and chic!

    What else, oh yes, great safety pin bracelet, I don't wear bracelet (don't even wear a watch), but if I did, it'd be right up my street!


  • At 4:14 pm, Blogger Rain said…

    Your jewellery is stunning. You really do have an eye for it.

    The beaded lace scarf is coming along really well. It's abslutely beautiful.

  • At 5:44 pm, Blogger Daisy said…

    Happy Blogiversary! Hopefully I'll be able to make it to Maidstone for your next meeting!

  • At 6:27 am, Anonymous Dipsy said…

    Happy Blogiversary - a bit early yet, but still! It's always such a joy reading your entries and having a look at your gorgeous work - this entry was no exception, I'm totally stunned by the beauty of the jewellery you're making, I can't believe how talented you are! I remember once, many years ago, I wanted to do a couple of earrings for myself, but my tries were so ridiculous that I ended up being totally disillusioned :(

  • At 1:38 pm, Blogger KnitYoga said…

    Daisy, hope you can make it to our next meeting. It'll be great to see you. I'll email you to give you proper directions, etc, to our watering hole! :-)

    Thanks so much for your very kind comments everyone. I have to say though that I do feel a bit of a fake and undeserving of such glowing complimentary comments as regards the jewellery. I'm only a beginner and the jewellery really just requires basic skills so, you see, I'm really not skilled at it at all! Aww, but thanks anyway.

  • At 10:49 am, Blogger acrylik said…

    Happy Blogaversary! I love the jewellery, especially the saftey pin bracelet, that is so cool!

    The beaded scarf is looking absolutely beautiful.

    I shall go and check out the Maidstone knitters blog, I like the idea of Sue's pieces.

  • At 4:03 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    Happy anniversary!!!!
    I'm glad I happened upon your site! You have some wicked jewellery and stitch markers!!! Loving it all!
    I'll be back to see more of your creations!

  • At 12:54 am, Blogger Peg said…

    I found your site from Celtic Cast On! I would love to enter your contest. I am currently knitting Clapotis and need 18 stitch markers - what am I using? safety pins! Also, I could use the pin with beads, as I just completed Wool Peddler's Shawl! Happy Blogiversary!

  • At 3:31 am, Blogger Stephanie said…

    I am about to start my first lace knitting adventure, as I found an awesome yarn store that carries all the name brands in yarn. I went there yesterday and spent $89, way too much on yarn, but I just love what you're doing.

  • At 5:40 pm, Blogger All the Way With Knitting said…

    Hazel if you have "The Works" near you they have some good packs of mother of pearl beads for £1.99 .

  • At 10:14 pm, Blogger Mandella said…

    You really shouldn't be feeling like a fake. Your jewellery is beautiful.

    I hope you continue blogging for a long time to come because you're one of my favourite reads.

  • At 10:33 am, Blogger Piglottie said…

    Happy Bloggiversary! Your jewellery is absolutely gorgeous. I love the kilt pin (do you sell them by any chance?). I also love the beaded lace scarf - a bit beyond me at the moment but one day.

  • At 3:37 pm, Blogger KnitNana said…

    Wow, Happy Bloggerversay! I don't know how I missed this, but am glad you reminded about the contest. Your jewelry is stunning!

  • At 7:56 pm, Blogger Penny said…

    The frog stitchmarkers are great.

    I had a go at knitting a bag from plastic bags, but got too bored with it.

    PS Happy Blogversary


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