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All Quiet on the Crafting Front…

Quite literally in fact because I’ve lost my voice. Occasionally I have a bit of a raspy whisper but that’s about it. Plus I’m trying to avoid speaking so that it can heal. I’m taking throat lozenges and lots of hot drinks to help it along too. This all stemmed from a nasty sore throat cold bug that I’ve had over a week. Before today I’d not touched my knitting at all so I have nothing to show today.

So it’s not the best blog post but I have to keep my commitment to blogging every Monday. 🙂 This afternoon I started the colour work section on She’s Electric, yet again, and hopefully I’ll have something to photograph soon. 🙂

Competition update – I used a random number generator to choose the winner and I have contacted her but haven’t back yet. I’m hoping my email hasn’t gone into her spam folder!

Not Much of a Making Monday…

…because I spent most of last week cleaning and tidying the house. I finally began the coordinating colour waistband on Saturday night but I had to rip it all out today because I’d made a mistake while reading the pattern.  I’m still not completely sure if I’ve got the first few rows right but we shall see. I’d far rather rip out a mistake and begin again than try and live something that doesn’t look right. Yep, I’m picky 😉

Here’s a badly lit photo



And a reminder that there’s only one week left to enter the competition! 🙂


10th Blogiversary and Competition!

I can barely believe it but this blog is ten years old! Ten years ago I was obsessed with knitting. It was a relatively new obsession for me as I’d only picked up my first knitting magazine, the Fall 2002 issue of Interweave Knits, a few months earlier. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found out that there were knitting blogs as well. There weren’t a great deal around back then, I remember that Chic Knits was one of my regular haunts, and I could easily catch up on them every evening.

Before knitting came into my life I’d often pondered having a blog but I’d not been too sure what I would write about. I did buy my own domain name in 2000 and hadn’t really done a geat deal with it, so having a knitting blog seemed perfect. I could write about my craft and as a bonus I’d have a record of my work too.

I still have to fix my archives so I can’t link to that first entry just yet but I do still remember the nerves I had writing that first post. Would anyone read it? The knitting blog community was small and loyal and I fit right in. Comments didn’t exist at that point so we would email other if we liked a post and I made many friends within the group. I joined the Knitting bloggers webring and got to know my neighbours. Soon we were exchanging parcels via snail mail. The friendliness of the crafty bloggers has always been a delight.

Ten years on, I still love knitting but this is more of a crafting blog despite the majority of posts being tagged “knitting”. My other loves of jewellery making and sewing have pushed back in 😉 It’s also been a joy to see the rise of sewing blogs. When I was first sewing in 2000 there were very fewblogs with any sewing ontent. I was so pleased to find Sew Wrong, Mena of The Sew Weekly‘s first venture in sewing blogdom. In 2012 there are countless craft related blogs to read and to be honest I do feel rather guilty because I don’t keep up with my blog reading as much as I used to. I still hope that one day I’ll catch up but somehow I don’t believe it. 😉

Before I forget, something rather unexpected happened today, my gmail account was hacked. Someone got into it in the early hours of the morning and attempted to spam my address book with a link to some crappy t-shirt site. Fortunately Google’s security settings detected the hacking and stopped those emails being sent. It’s been a massive pain going and changing the passwords for all the sites I use but it’s also been a wake up call that I should have changed it more often.

But back to nicer things – to celebrate my 10th blogiversary I’ve decided to run a little competition 🙂 I’m giving away a copy of Norwegian Knitting Designs. This is the recent paperback version of Norsk Strikkedesign. I bought a hardcopy version some years ago. It’s full of amazing colour work knitting patterns and it could be yours!


You could win this!


In order to enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I’ll close the comments in a month’s time and then pick the winner using a random number generator. Good luck!