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Knitcast is coming!

I’ve finally finished the first edition of Knitcast – the podcast about knitting. I should be uploading it to the new Knitcast Blog very soon!

Knitting wise I’ve cast on for the second sleeve of Klaralund. We’re going to Madrid next week so I hope to complete the sweater then. I’ve also knit the second in a series of pink fluffy scarves to go with my pink coat. The new one is made from two balls of Sirdar Fizz in shade 0792. I also still have some pink Squiggle that wendy gave me as a Secret Pal gift , some pinky and white varigated eyelash by Online and some Colinette SilkyChic in a pink shade.

Next Cardiff S&B should be this Thursday, 7.30pm at a Shot in the Dark! I just have to check that the cafe is still open this week. They’re being refurbished sometime.

I hope you all had a great Valentines Day. Andy gave me a new addition to my Jellicat collection – they’re a range of very cool soft toys. The new one is a grey and white Pickles the Cat. I’m making him a new bag to replace his favourite one which is now pretty decrepid! It’s going to be ready for him to use in Madrid. I bought some black 100% cotton dobby cloth from John Lewis in Cribbs Causeway yesterday.

I also bought some gifts for my Secret Pal 4! That reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted the answers to the SP4 questionnaire. Sorry Secret  Pal!

Here are my answers

1 – Are you a yarn snob?
Yes, I am. Although I love novelty yarns  for scarves I prefer natural fibres for everything else.

2 – Do you spin? Crochet?
No.

3 – Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibres, perfume, etc.)
I do have allegies but I take antihistamines. I have four cats so go figure!  I don’t like smoke.

4 – How long have you been knitting?
I learn as a child but didn’t enjoy it. I picked it up again in late 2001 and have knitting ever since.

5 – Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No, but I can create one! 🙂

6 – What’s your favourite sent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I love vanilla and rose. I prefer a Moroccan style rose really. Coconut is nice too and jasmine. My favourite candle at the moment is a carrot cake scented one!

7 – Do you have a sweet tooth?
Oh yes! 🙂 I love milk chocolate. Especially love Mexican hot chocolate. I also like caramel, mint, coconut. I’m not a fan of boiled sweets or fruity flavours. I don’t like peanut butter.

8 – What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I sew clothes and accessories. I also bead and make jewellery. What else? I’ve recently been having a go at card making. Fairly simple stuff involving pre-made cards and envelopes and card stick ons/stickers. I love dragonflies and butterflies for these.

I have to go to bed now so will finish off this tomorrow!

 

 

 

Tired but Happy!

Tonight’s Stitch & Bitch was great! I met up with Elizabeth who was visiting from New Mexico, earlier in the day and we had a great time. She’d made contact with me via the Knitter’s Review Forums. You never know quite how these meetings with people you’ve met online are going to go, but we had a blast! We went to David Morgan and bought yarn – always a good idea! After that we caught a bus to Cardiff Bay, after searching for the stop for ages!, and had a look at the fibre art on display at Craft in the Bay. Then it was time to head back into town where we met up with Andy for dinner.

Later in the evening Andy and I picked Elizabeth up and took her to A Shot in the Dark for a Stitch and Bitch being held in her honour! It was a great night! One of the best S&B’s we’ve had. We also had a new knitter Stef from Germany who was making an incredible sweater from her own design. Carmen was there as well and had finished the scarf she was working on last week. Emma, Martha and of course Jeni were there too! Jeni even brought a camera along to document the event. Jeni also brought her beautiful Hello Yarn socks along!

All in all it was a really good evening!

Catching Up!

Every so often you’ll read that bloggers are “all blogged out” and can’t think of anything to post or just want a break from it. I don’t which is worse not being able to think of something to post or having so much to say that you fear a hideously large post. I’ve become so behind in blogging that… well I’m just going to start writing and see how far I get! 🙂

We’ll start off with the much promised pictures of Tiny, the toy Corgi.

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I bought him in kit form as one of Andy’s Xmas presents. The assembly of Tiny was another present! 🙂 some of you may remember that his finished head languished on my ironing board for a while! 🙂 Now that he’s finished he sits on Andy’s chair in the dressing room of our house. we have an old Victorian house and the bathroom leads off a room called the dressing room, well at least that’s what the estate agent called it! 🙂 And so it’s stuck.

I’ve been busy with my Noro Silk Garden shade 87 top-down raglan from Stefanie’s excellent pattern.

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As with many of the pictures here today, the colours in the raglan are slightly different than in real life. They’re slightly more muted in person although I’d love it if they were as dark as in the picture. The picture is a couple of days old and I now think I’m coming towards the end of the body. Begfore I do that I may start a sleeve so that I can see just how long a sleeve I can get out of one ball. Just want to be sure that I don’t use up all of my yarn on the body.

And what’s that twinkle in the picture?

Why, it’s a wonderful stitch marker from the delightful Emma! It was from quite an unexpected present of stitch markers that arrived just before we were to leave for London. I had sent Emma some odds and ends of sock yarn that I wasn’t sure if she’d like or not but thought might possibly be of use for her son Oliver. The stitch markers came in quite useful as I had been using a favorite earring as an impromptu marker on the raglan. Here’s a slightly better pic of them although their lovely silver cores don’t show up.

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I’m also still working on the Koigu Broadstreet Mittens although they’ve been on hold for a few weeks. I’m not sure how I feel about picking up stitches from the glove to make the mitten part. I just have to have a go at it really but keep putting it off. The colours aren’t true in this picture, they’re not as bright.

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We did have a great time in London last weekend although I didn’t manage to make it to the Rowanettes meeting. 🙁 I’d been up late packing and after walking around the city for a couple of hours felt a bit ill and faint. So we decided to go to my aunt’s place early.

I did manage to fit in a visit to John Lewis though where I bought some Noro Cash Iroha in a few different purple shades. I got 150g of two colours and 100g of another colour and am going to make another top-down raglan. I hope that 800g will be enough. I do have 100g of one of the Cash Iroha shades in a different dye lot in my stash already so could use that if need be.

Kathleen asked in the comments if I get to visit Charlie often. Not very often no, we’ve travelled down to Cornwall only about twice in eight years I’m afraid. We tend to see Charlie in Cardiff, she’s visiting a lot now that her husband Andy is studying medicine here. No idea what The Lizard is Kathleen.

Beads weren’t forgotten on this visit either and I went to both The London Bead Shop in Covent Garden and The London Bead Co in Kentish Town over the weekend. I also bought some Japanese bead books from the latter and some large jump rings to make stitch markers from the former. As well as plenty of beads of course!

I made earrings from a couple of beads from The London Bead Shop this week. They haven’t photographed amazingly well though

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This weekend marked the sixth Cardiff Stitch & Bitch! We had two lovely new members this week, Jessica, who doesn’t knit but seems to be thinking of trying it, and Jeni who has just started a knitting blog. Go and check it out to see a sock that she made from yarn she spun and dyed herself! We also met Anthony, Jeni’s boyfriend who also knits socks! Jeni and I are planning a visit to Collinette in a couple of months time.

Hannah and Heather were also there and we had a really good time. Heather said that one side of the table was the stitching and one side was the bitching! I think it was one of the best meetings we’ve had.

On the 27th and 27th of March a bellydancing festival is happening in Cardiff! It’s been organised by Hannah, and looks like it will be a fantastic event with music, dancing and workshops. You can find out more and book tickets here.

Stitch'n'Bitch!

The January Cardiff Stitch’n’Bitch is today! More info here.

Thanks for the kind comments! I feel a bit better today after taking yesterday off work but it will be a while before this ickyness gets out of my system. Rang my mother this morning as she and her partner Phil were due to go on holiday this weekend. They both have the same fluey thing and have cancelled their holiday. Fortunately the trip was insured so they get a full refund.

Right, I’m off to get ready for the meeting. Because of my voice I may be whispering during it, but I’ll still be knitting!