I am always drawn to the colour of yarn first, then I have to touch and smell it. When I saw the colour of this yarn in Edinburgh I literally bagged it instantly, I love the colours together. The yarn is Undercover Otter’s Jump Scare Aran in Screaming Satsuma and Citidel, it really beams. I started to make a shawl but this yarn has a structure and handle ideal for home furnishings so I reverted to a cushion where it holds it’s shape perfectly. I do like to make homewares with travel yarn, I can look at it constantly rather than an infrequently worn item often hiding in a drawer. It now sits on my grey sofa dotted with cushions like a rainbow. Perfect.
Inspired by my Edinburgh visit I have started to knit a Garter Breeze shawl by Stephen West. It’s a great rhythmic knit and I’m learning new skills while making this. I’m using Countess Ablaze Bluefaced Leicester and Masham fingering yarn which is soft and gorgeously smelling of wool, you know that smell…bliss.
April and May are really busy months for me as when weather improves I need to get some training in for a charity bike ride I take part in at the end of May. This is the third time I will be taking part in this ride raising money for women’s cancers; ovarian, cervical and breast cancers. It’s 100km at night from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace and back to Windsor. It’s tough but so worth the effort to raise money for these charities.
You can read a little more about the event here or of you would like to sponsor me you can here.
Due to the limited time I have to train, I decided on Saturday to cycle to knit group in Manchester, from home this is about 20 miles each way and my bike ride is a distance of 64 miles so it’s a good training ride. In the end I decided to actually ride from Ashton along the canal to Countess Ablaze in the Northern Quarter and then rode back out to Wythenshaw in the South of Manchester. I changed my route as I was a little nervous of the traffic for the whole route, however, I found cycling is well provided for in Manchester with cycle lanes protected by kerbs from the traffic. I loved cycling with my knitting on my back through the city centre streets, I’ll maybe apply to deliver with Deliveroo 🙂 I wore the knitted socks I made for my ride last year, super warm and cooling, wool is an ideal fibre for sport, comfortable, warm and can absorb sweaty bits.
This week I’ll continue with my shawl, I travel with work on Saturday so I’ll be checking my airline for needle and yarn allowance, not sure I’ll have much time for yarn though!
I’ve knitted chunky yarn hats this week. An absolute essential as the temperature has really dropped. I will be wearing one until May now I suspect; the mornings have been cold, windy and frosty. And dark.
These hats are from super chunky 100% wool, I have used Erica Knight yarn here, the quality is gorgeous and it really gives a great stitch definition and they are super warm. I like to mix up the pom poms as in the grey and yellow hat. I’ll be adding some to the shop in the coming week if you’d like to buy.
The hat below is in Industrial, perfectly matched the Manchester surroundings below.
And because it’s me, there has to be some orange. With another Countess Ablaze yarn, Grande Merino, my colourway was a limited edition dye so I have linked the next closest colourway here for you – 1969 Dodge Daytona – Vanesssa
Not my best photo, I’d just finished my second Park Run. Last week on my first run I didn’t wear a hat and I regretted it instantly. This bright one keeps me warm and if I come a cropper I’m easily identifiable in orange. I love orange.
Enjoy your week, wear a hat. And if you haven’t got one message me, I’ll make you one or keep an eye on my shop for super unique, warm and bloomin lovely knits.
This year I have decided to record my makes in my blog with photos and further details. I do this already via Instagram – Mamie and Florrie in my posts and stories, however, I’d like to do this in a little more detail this year. Plus I like to chat and share chatter about yarn, projects and I enjoy your engagement, we can talk yarn…
If you purchase one of my items you can see the story behind the making of it and understand the uniqueness of each piece, so here we go!
Ideas grow organically, sometimes they start with the yarn or ideas from somewhere I have visited, from feeling the texture and handle of the yarn and being excited by the colours of the blend or combination of several yarns, this gives me a sense of where and what it should be.
There will be other chatter too, my love of the outdoors, walking in the most gorgeous countryside where I live in the Peak District and the places I visit, friends I met over the year.
I have kick started January, let’s see where we end up in December!
On Sunday I taught my friend Fiona* to crochet. She mastered the treble, double, chain and slip stitch in her first lesson and went home with the beginnings of a cowl in her bag and video tutorials to help her out between lessons.
As part of her “Crochet Experience” I took Fiona on one of my absolute favourite walks up Mam Tor, having stopped at The Bridge Bakehouse for a luxury cake and coffee to go. A pretty perfect day.
We’ll be repeating it too if you would like to join us. You can learn a new skill and take inspiration from stunning surroundings. To join our Hook Ups or for further details you can email me at email@example.com or follow me on Facebook and Instagram.
*Fiona and I met day one of Freshers Week at University in Scotland and shared a mutual love for The Smiths. Over the four years at Uni we became great friends and now we are lucky enough to live close enough to be able meet up regularly, we can usually found in the Northern Quarter in Manchester or found deep in yarn concentration.
Winter usually feels like a long
And dark and dull season
But it is full of inspiration
The sunrises have been beautiful
Nature looks it’s most stunning
And there’s also the warmth
And comfort of home settling down
A warm drink, mulled wine
A box set
A loved one
Under a warm handmade blanket
I’ll be adding more blankets to the shop
Only using quality yarns
All my blankets are handmade
Over many hours with great care
Every stitch counts.
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