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What’s On The Needles Thu

I have been wanting to share my knitting with you, mostly because it’s now as big a part of my crafting life as sewing and quilting are. I know you aren’t all knitters, so you may want to ignore my knitting posts, but one of the tasks I hope to accomplish in 2012 is to bring more of you, my (virtual) friends, into knitting. I have spoken about doing a Learn to Knit series and got a lot of excited comments, and I assure you there are momentous things in the works! I can’t go too much into detail, but I promise, before the end of the year, you’ll be able to knit more than scarves! No, really!

So this post is just to share a little about how far a knitter can go with less than a years’ experience. You can look at my Ravelry page to see some of my finished objects, and today I’m going to share my WIPs.

This is my current obsession – Miette by Andi Satterlund. This is the 2nd one I’ve made. I can’t buy Cascade Sierra here in the UK, but was lucky enough to find zknitter, who graciously sent me 6 skeins of red, plus a free skein of white. She’s having a massive destash here if you’re interested.ย She is lovely.

I will be needing buttons for this, and if you know of any indie button makers, please leave me a link or even just a name below as I’d like to patronise a crafter if it’s possible and I can afford it!

This is the Fallberry Mitts pattern on Knitty, by Anne Hanson. They’re adorable and I’m nearly done with the first. They look more difficult than they actually are!

Here’s a close up of the pattern. Isn’t it beautiful?

It’s my birthday soon and I felt entitled to splash out a bit on something that wasn’t pathetic and boring, like that second pair of orthotics I bought a couple of weeks ago. No one wants to celebrate turning 37 with a pair of orthotics. I mean really. So when I saw that Loop had just received a Madelinetosh delivery, I snapped up some fingering weight. It is so beautiful that I haven’t even moved it from the coffee table. I’m thinking I’ll make this Irishgirlieknits infinity scarf.ย I made one in Fyberspates scrumptious that I wear all the time.

And because one Andi Satterlund cardigan on the go isn’t enough, I’m also making Agatha, though it’s been put on hold while I finish the above projects. It’s more difficult than the Miette, but oh so pretty, and made out of Cascade 220 which is so affordable and has so many lovely colours.

I hope you enjoyed my not-that-great pictures. My plan today is to do a bit of sewing, then do some knitting. I’d like to get that Miette cardi done as soon as possible! Wish me luck!

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ยฉ J C Excell, 2012

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6 thoughts on “What’s On The Needles Thu

  1. Ohhh I love knitting almost as much as I love crochet! Can’t actually do either but I would love to. Actually I can knit a straight line, but can’t cast on or off which according to my nana is a very important part!
    I’m very impressed with your skill after less than a year, but I have a feeling there is little you can’t do in the whole fabric, threads, yarns and needles area.

  2. Since I’ve been sewing, the knitting has mostly fallen by the wayside. I still teach it to kids, but I rarely have time to knit myself during their class.

  3. Love the sweater. I’ve done 2 dish clothes, one day I will venture out. I would love to try and make a pair of cute socks for my ginormous feet.

  4. Well you know my wool allergy stops me from this (no, I don’t want to hear about the non-wool wool, I just can’t learn just in case, okay? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Anyway, that’s what my mum’s for, I sew for her, she can knit for me ๐Ÿ˜€

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