Until now I have done very little season shopping: I don’t think there is much that I really need and in general I love buying presents that will have some practical use.
On Sunday I visited the Old Spitalfields market with the idea of finding some presents… Sadly, I failed to find anything suitable. The market itself was nice to visit, but I was a bit disappointed that many stalls didn’t sell items of own production.
There were a few stalls with woollens and I didn’t resist the sheepy temptation for long! I went home with a woolly booty:
Made in the UK
blue, one of my favourite colours
wearing it at the Kentish Town City Farm
made in the UK
natural soap from a small business
Lemongrass Chai, Gentle Goat’s Milk, Heritage Lavender
as well as some soap bars by All Natural Soap Co (handcrafted soaps, 100% palm oil free, made with olive oil and wild shea butter).
And this is a hand-knitted present (a self-aid charity put my commission through to a skilled knitter who made it). My friend will have a beautiful neck warmer and a knitter will have had work. The (free) pattern is Braidheart by Rose Anne.
Braidheart neck warmer
Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed, 90% wool 10% angora, spun in Ireland
After the failed attempt at the market, I resorted to the net, where I found some useful presents:
A fire log carrier bag
Kneeler cushion for gardening
Striped twine assortment
Twine in a tin
reusable muslin bags
(all but the first one were purchased from Burgon and Ball, an old British company based in Sheffield, England)
[disclaimer: as usual, I have no agreement and receive no compensation for mentioning items or brands]
Today I came across an old post about the Feline Draught Stopper, then WIP.. It took a while to complete, but last year it was finally done, and in use. Tadah!
Here above it is, washed, stuffed and ready to be put in action again after the summer.
I omitted the original feline head and tail, so it’s fair to say that cat is no more. I had to leave them out because they were going to be in the way when put in place on the window.
To make it I have (re)used materials that I had already in store. The outer shell was made with assorted wool rests, while the inner filling was done reusing bubble wrap from deliveries – just gathered together and rolled as a sausage.
Above, on the right, you can see another draught stopper sewed by a friend of mine. It is made with fabric rests and vintage snap fasteners to close the side opening.
And here it is in use: preventing the cold draught coming in from the sash window, and also saving heating fuel. Good for the environment and for the purse!
Finally, just a few ideas I saw in a shop window nearby. Maybe someone good at sewing could make these…
Thanks to the random number generator, we have the lucky winner of the Christmas Special booklet:
The random winner is… number 4!
And the winning comment is number 4, left by Martha. Congratulations!
I will shortly get in touch to organise the details for the shipment.
Many thanks to all the readers who took part!
Have a nice weekend ❤
In this part of the world the days are becoming shorter and cooler – so I had the first thoughts about the next season.
I know that some knitters have already been working on their Christmas presents and decorations, which made me think of this cute booklet by Jean Greenhowe: Christmas Special.
I am giving away an unused copy – it’s very simple to participate: just leave a comment on this post by Saturday 30th August! The winner will be randomly selected.
Christmas Special contains many knitted patterns for the Christmas season (but not only). Below is a gallery of images covering some of the patterns.
Christmas Special – cover
Robin on a log
Robin Christmas decoration
Cinderella – inside-out
Which one is your favourite? Mine are Mrs Claus, the robin and the tea cosies.
Thank you for taking part and good luck!
Quick recap – some little progress on a couple of projects and a few more WIPs that need to come out of their hibernation state.
The Holiday Vest got s bunch of rows added and a snap pic of the current state of the back part:
Not long ago I started a stash-busting mindless project: the 44^2 Blanket. It’s just made out of squares in a Native Americans colour theme (which I’m probably the only one to see!) – it’s reached its 25% mark thus far:
Two further projects that need to be brought back to life are the Kingfisher Old Shale Shawl and the Thistle Lace Scarf. And perhaps the Feline Draught Stopper… with the new season approaching we’re all very busy, so this step may not happen yet!
I also bought some more yarn – it was truly a one-off opportunity… auctions ending on a sunday with hardly any bidders! So, on that front I’m well into the BLE mark. I also had fun swatching some green Shetland wool. Photos below…
Finally, I ‘ve poking around tech stuff – which is a separate matter, so I won’t bother you with the details 🙂
Enjoy the weekend!
(a long one for those based in England)
With cabin luggage only, there was no space to bring yarny stuff.
But then I wanted to knit, so the easy solution was to get some yarn locally: I chose Avantgarde from Adriafil, because it’s locally made pure wool and can be machine-washed. I liked the pale blue shade with bits of colour.
I made up a simple pattern for a vest – nothing very special, just a simple project.
After coming back from the holiday, things became quite hectic: I graduated and started interviewing.
Today I finally resumed work on the back part of the vest and, despite the 4ply yarn, the progress is visible – better, it would have been visible if I had taken recent pictures!
The project is ravelled as Holiday Vest. Some old pictures – apologies for the rather poor quality:
Holiday Vest, the front
Holiday Vest, waist part
I fully appreciate that photos from the holiday sightseeings would have constituted a far more interesting post content!
I restarted work on the Old Shale Shawl, but after about 20 rows of 200+ stitches, there was something not quite right: while the total number of stitches was correct, their distribution was slightly out of the main axis. After checking and counting again, I spread the shawl open and, horror, I noticed where the issue came from:
The main axis was shifted by a couple of stitches.
Is it destiny that I unravel it back to that point? That’s more or less the same point where the shading didn’t fully match.
Of course, I would rather not do that, considered the 200+ sts in each row – about 20 of them. Also, it seems difficult to place a lifeline following one row, because the horizontal pattern is not laying straight.
Alternatively, I could perhaps attempt something that I’ve read about, but have not much confidence in trying out here: unravelling just a vertical line of ~4 stitches. It’d probably be an easy task for an experienced knitter, but this is not the case for me 🙂
What would you do?