With work, getting my eShop together and knitting, I've not had a lot of time to blog recently and have also missed visiting others' blogs but I'm going to catch up with that right now! I've lots to show this time but not all that much in the way of knitting as the main project I'm working on is secret for the time being. I finished the Fetching fingerless gloves for my one skein secret pal. They're a much nicer green than shown in the photo but I had to use a flash to take the photo as they were finished at night and I wanted to give them to DH the following morning to post.
I also made my pal this pin as she'd knitted a bolero and couldn't find a suitable button to fasten it with.
She might not like it for the bolero, of course, but, if not, I hope she'll find another use for it.
Whilst sorting out my wardrobe the other day, I came across this cardi which I knitted back in either the late eighties or early nineties and then never wore.
I was wondering if it might look okay worn with a pin so tried it with the pin I made for my pal. Do you think it looks too dated now? I was prone to do this quite a lot - knit things and then never wear them - and I have several items in my wardrobe like this. Maybe I'll donate some of it to the November charity craft fair or maybe I'll actually wear some of it one day.
I finished one side of the Sirdar long top (one down and one to go!) . . . . .
. . . . . and have now added to my yarn collection again after a period of being very self-disciplined since my visit to Stash. I bought eight balls of Patons Spirit in Hobbycraft at £3.25 a ball and every second ball at half price.
I think the main reason I fell for it, apart from it being a bit bargainous, was the Berry colourway. I'm not sure what to do with it yet. I didn't like any of the Patons patterns for it so I think I'll have a go at designing something with it. Hobbycraft also had R2 Rag, Paper, Braid and Fuzzi Felt all at 99p a ball!
Lee and Amanda (DS and DIL) came to stay over the bank holiday and I was in my element because Amanda wanted to learn to knit. She almost completed a pair of wristwarmers over the weekend and was so enthusiastic she actually took her knitting to bed with her "to do a few more rows"! At Hobbycraft, I bought her some more yarn to make more wristwarmers, a row counter, some knitting needles and Alison Dupernex's Beginners' Guide to Knitting. I'd already bought her the first copy of Knit Today magazine with the free mini version of this book so let no-one say I didn't encourage her! LOL
I treated myself to one of those cool S.T.A.M.P.S. watches from the Pink Palace.
They're the latest thing and, basically, you can stick them anywhere like a stamp and then unstick them to stick them somewhere else such as in the shower, on your desk, etc. You can also just buy a strap of your choice and stick it on that or a necklace to stick it on and they come in a neat little case with two sticky patches. There are loads of different designs to choose from for the 'stamp' face and I'm thinking of stocking them in my eShop. Here's a close up of the 'stamp' I chose . . . . .
. . . . . and, as a taster, here are some of the stitchmarkers and pins that I've been making for sale. If you like, you can click on any of the photos to enlarge.
'Pink Icing on the Cake' and 'Purple Helix' stitchmarkers.
'Lucky Ladybird' Lampwork and Clapotis stitchmarkers (a set of eighteen).
'Hearts of Gold' Stitchmarkers and 'Flower Power' Scarf/Shawl Pin.