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Hello my lovely friends and readers! Summer has finally arrived here in North Wales, and as I was just catching a ray or two in my garden over a cup of tea, I thought what a perfect time this would be to introduce you to my latest FREE Pattern…

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…Grannies Summer Folly – A Crochet Basket!

What do you think? Do you like it? I do so hope you do and might want to make one too. It’s really not difficult…no honestly, even a beginner can achieve it. Every detail on how to make it is included in the pattern, and I am sure you all have a ball of yarn…or two…that would be perfect for this project. It really truly is a fairly quick project that can easily be made over a weekend…maybe whilst sitting in the summer sunshine in your garden or local park.

This is how it all started…

 

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One day I was playing around with colour and the traditional granny square…

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…I made twenty seven of them and thought “What next”! That’s when the idea of a summer basket struck me, so I continued…

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…and the whole time I was enjoying myself and getting just a little excited, and then I finished…

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…and I am loving it!!

Immediately I thought that you will love it to, and that you might like to make one. So today I want to give you the opportunity to make your very own Grannies Summer Folly basket, because we all need a little folly in our lives now and again…don’t you think!

You can download the pattern, which contains everything you need to know, by simply clicking HERE!

I hope you will make one and share it with me by sending me a photo to my e-mail (in the right hand side bar), so that maybe I can share it in a post at a later date.

My basket is going on a lovely summery trip this weekend…I will tell you all next time.

Enjoy! X.

Now you all know that I am surrounded by a small stash of yarn in my studio. I still have quite a few complete packs of yarn left from my time as a Rowan Design Consultant, including a few balls of this…

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…and thinking of my forthcoming trip to the Swiss/French Alps, what better time than now to use this yarn and make something cosy and soft to keep me snug. Luckily I had also purchased the above book just recently and a couple of items caught my eye immediately.

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The Albany shrug by Marie Wallin and Jester Snood by Lisa Richardson, and even though  I changed both patterns slightly, to better fit me and user-friendly wearability, I kept to the core of both designs in most parts.

The yarn knits up using 10 mm needles, making these quick projects that are easily achieved over a weekend, and the added bonus of watching a few Rugby Matches and the Olympics, meant that time passed very quickly.

I am very pleased with the result and feel quite chuffed that I have two beautiful new pieces to pack in my suitcase ready to hit the snow in 10 days time.

Just as the book says: ‘warm and toasty’ I will be…

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I hope you are all having a lovely and relaxing…

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Enjoy! x

dear diary,

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As I mentioned in my last post, one of my new year resolutions is not to buy any yarn this year, unless it is for workshops or specific design work. Over the last few years I have accumulated a rather large stash, either because I could not resist purchasing or because the lovely people at Rowan Yarns sent it to me in the days when I worked as a Design Consultant for them.

I have pretty much sorted out my stash into different yarn categories, and now the fun bit of choosing different projects for these categories can begin. I will keep you posted on this throughout the year.

One of the categories is my sock yarn stash, eleven different pairs worth!!! You know what I am going to say next…a pair a month will have to be knitted to work through the above basket…well, two balls are already missing, as I have finished the first pair and have started a second.

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january 2014 – first pair for ‘my man’

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january 2014 – second pair for ‘my man’

Seems that ‘my man’ is a very lucky person indeed 😉  In all fairness, he absolutely loves hand-knitted socks and always wears them when not at work.

There is a definite blue and green theme going on here?!?, but the snazzy coloured ball at the top of the basket will be made into a pair for a cute little lady from Oz visiting her grandma very soon, and this grandma just happens to be my best friend.

I don’t know about you, but to me socks are my relaxation knitting. My go-to when I am not sure what to do next. My take-along to knitting group, as I can do them in my sleep. My travel project, well, most of the time. The chuck in my bag, because you never know when you get stuck in a traffic jam project. There are in fact many more reasons that I could think of why I love knitting socks so much. I have never suffered from second sock syndrome, and have been known to finish off half sock projects for others.

I have tried to use different methods to knit socks, but a couple of years ago I realised that I really couldn’t be done with all of that. Trying different methods meant that socks were no longer enjoyable for all the above reasons…so I stopped trying to be fancy and went back to my trusted old way. Actually, it is my Oma’s (grandma) way…five double pointed needles and the same maths get’s applied on all socks. As long as I know how long the leg part wants to be, and the shoe size of the recipient, I can be assured of a perfect fit. Simple stitch patterns, fair isle, or anything else one might fancy can easily be incorporated into the socks, it won’t make any difference to the fit.

Ultimately it’s all about what we feel comfortable with. This may mean magic loop for some and two at a time socks for others, but for me it means five double pointed needles are the way to go.

Do you like knitting socks?

Which is your preferred method?

Enjoy! x

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