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Farewell 2013!

I am actually quite sad to say goodbye to 2013 as for me it has been a wonderful year. I became a Mrs, spent quality time with friends and family and had some lovely trips along the way. All in all, it’s been fantastic and if 2014 is even half as good I will count myself very lucky.

Throughout 2013 I have been steadily knitting, learning new techniques and developing ideas – there has been a lot of frogging and a little bit of swearing along the way but overall I am really happy with the progress that I have made on my knitting adventures. In April I finished the 2nd module of the C&G course, which explored the theme of ‘lines’ and learning different techniques to create patterns.

From May – July I took a break from the course to do some wedding knitting. One of the ideas that I had was to knit little purses for all the ladies as favours. This was a great way to do some stash busting and also try out some new patterns. Here are a few of the purses I made.

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I also made some little lovebirds and roses for the card holders.

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It was an amazing day and I loved every second!

Once back from honeymoon I started on the 3rd module of the course which looks at shaping in knitting and different stitch patterns. I was hoping to finish this module over Christmas but as usual I have got sidetracked…

Another highlight of 2013 was finally taking the plunge and starting this blog. I have always loved reading other peoples craft blogs and seeing some of the lovely things that people make – it never fails to amaze me how a simple ball of yarn can be transformed! I started with the intention of updating every week, and there have been a few times where it has slipped due to work and life but I don’t think I have gone more than 2 weeks without updating so far. If nothing else it’s nice to look back and also a great way of recording what you have achieved.

Finally, in my last post I shared my free Alonni Hat design which I published on Ravelry. I am so pleased with this as on last check I had achieved 155 downloads!! I can’t believe that 155 people have downloaded my pattern – if you have downloaded and are reading this I just want to say a huge thank you!

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So what will 2014 bring? For starters, over the past few weeks I have been beavering away at a pattern idea I have had for a laceweight wrap. It’s a huge project for me as I have never tackled a laceweight shawl before and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit daunted. But I do like a challenge… I think I have finally got the overall pattern to a point where it makes sense and I have been working on a couple of samples to check it all works. This will be my ongoing project for a while and I will be posting regular updates on progress.

Thanks once again for stopping by, I wish everyone a very happy and crafty 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alonni Hat – Free Download!

One week to go…and I think I am nearly there…most of my presents have been brought and wrapped, all gift knits completed and I am faced with a lovely quiet weekend – which feels a bit strange being the week before Christmas, I don’t think I have ever been this organised!

I don’t know about you but I am quite looking forward to some time off work this Christmas and indulging in a spot of selfish knitting….I have a long wish list of projects that I would love to get my teeth stuck into, a C&G module to complete, some design ideas to play with and some WIP’s that need to finally come off the needles!

If anyone is after a quick and fun knit over Christmas I am pleased to be able to post up my ‘Alonni Hat‘ pattern, available as a free Ravelry download 🙂

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A close fitted unisex beanie, the Aloni Hat is worked in the round and made up of 5 repeats of a cable and zig-zag rib and eyelet pattern.

You may remember that quite a few weeks ago I  posted some pics from our honeymoon in Greece, and since then I have been working on some pattern ideas. I knew I wanted to design a hat and found there were 2 images in particular that I kept coming back to. A sea urchin and a jetty. And so the Alonni Hat was born…a inspired by the summer for the winter!

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The finished hat.

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Thanks for stopping by, and if I don’t get chance to post again before the 25th I would like to wish everyone reading a very Merry Christmas and  Happy 2014!

Jem x

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The Big Felt – Follow Up

It’s been a couple of weeks since I dipped my toe into the world of felting and I am pleased to say that I am really happy with the results of my shrunken cable bag. I wanted to post an update right away but then decided to wait until I could show the finished article, lining and all 🙂

The actual felting worked really well in the washing machine. The fibres of the wool have all melted together and although I have lost all stitch definition, the lovely cables are still there in full glory.

Determined not to lose momentum this time I splashed out on some gorgeous fabric for the lining. I used Novella – Peony in Scarlett by Valerie Wells for Free Spirit. I bought mine from my LYS but it is also available on Etsy here. Its a lovely fabric with a bold red flower pattern on a light beige background which gives it a ‘vintagey’ look.

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Now for the tricky part. I am not a sewer and I was not looking forward to the lining part, but I was determined to finish this bag once and for all! It took me a week of looking at the lovely fabric to taking the scissors to it. I have to confess I brought in the assistance of the sewing savior that is wonderweb to help create shape and hold everything together while I pinned it, but I got there…after 2 evenings of hard graft, sore fingers and a little bit of swearing…I did it, I finally finished! And here it is…

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I am so pleased with the results. And even though it was meant to start life as a laptop bag all is not lost…

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And it even gets approval from Pea too!

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