30 Day Knitting Challenge – Days 29-30


So a little late, but here are my last two days on the knitting challenge, I have really enjoyed making myself write more often, and will try to keep up with at least one or two a week…

Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?

Definitely get some lessons…  If not from a family member then a local haberdashery – I did get some, but could do with more!

Also start with Acrylic yarn, as it’s cheap and reasonably easy to knit with- but move on and sample different types of yarn.  I think it’s such a shame to see something so beautiful and that has taken you a lot of time (i.e a blanket or fine scarf) that is 100% acrylic…

It’s never as nice to wear, and natural fibres have such wonderful warming or cooling qualities.  If you’re worried about shrinkage, many can be washed, especially if mixed with a bit of acrylic.

Lastly, which links in well with the final question – seek out inspiration using Pinterest, Instagram and Ravelry – don’t bother paying for patterns unless you find something you really love, as many of them are free…

Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?

I’m on Ravelry as ChesterBunnynuts – come and seek me out!

I love Ravelry, I keep a track of my stash (which frightens me when I work out how many skeins I have in hand!)   I keep a track of the cost of yarns, to help me work out prices when I am making something for my Etsy shop, and put pictures on to remind me of yarns I liked, struggled with or would use again if I had a chance.

As mentioned above, the patterns are great for inspiration and you can even find fellow yarnistas to set up a group with similar likes.

All in all I think Ravelry is amazing!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 28

Nearly there!

Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?

I have always been a crafter, it’s in my blood!  My Mum is very inspirational and we have always made things together.  Here she is with some of her hand stitched and pieced quilts for Project Linus, made for children and teenagers who are sick or traumatised.

Mum and I have done craft activities together for many years, from simple childhood crafts, to things that we have created together and sold at craft fairs.

We started off with dried flowers (this was the 1980s!) and I also at the same time learnt cross stitch – I had many commissions and made some lovely pieces for Mum and Dad, but never made anything for myself…

We moved on to decoupage (what is now known as Victorian Decoupage) and my very talented elderly uncle made some wonderful wooden objects which we painted, covered with paper and varnished, often cracking them and rubbing in raw umber or occasionally using gold or silver leaf.

Unfortunately, no photographic evidence of this exists, but we enjoyed making things together and it was only my moving to London that stopped us doing so much crafting together.

I then had a quiet few years (well, not in my social life!) where I did little crafting.  When I moved down to Wiltshire I took up firstly knitting and then crochet, and I haven’t looked back since…

I would like to feel a bit more confident with my knitting and would like more experience in using a sewing machine, but Mum always says that my hand stitching is probably the neatest she has ever seen.

If I had the time (and resources!) I would love to devote more time to craft as it gives a sense of wellbeing and mindfulness that I rarely get elsewhere in life…


30 Day Knitting Challenge – Days 25-27

On to a new week’s questions…  I have had a few busy days at work so a bit late in posting!

Day 25: Do you have a knitting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!

My current book (left) is pretty dull, but my family and friends have rallied to the cause and indulged my geeky side with a lovely brown (fake) moleskin journal, a Darth Vader and son notebook, and I treated myself to a River Song diary when I visited the amazing Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.

Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a knit-a-long? What was it? If not, why?

I haven’t yet taken part in one of these as I am more confident with my crochet, but also I am limited in time due to my full-time work and also my Etsy shop, but given more time I would like to take part in one of these – perhaps I need to up my confidence in my knitting…

Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?

Yarnspiration comes to me every day – I love rummaging around yarn shops and supporting my local stores.  My favourite yarn shop is Marmalade Yarns in Frome, they are so friendly and knowledgeable.  If I am looking for something special or specific, I end up surfing either Wool Warehouse or Deramores online.

I rarely visit large chain stores, as we only really have Hobbycraft in the UK, my nearest one is around 20 miles away and they do not have a very inspiring range of yarn!  I would prefer to support my local stores…

Here are a some lovely yarns which I purchased at my local yarn stores, I enjoy seeking out unfamiliar names.  If the yarn appeals, I tend to buy it and try to find a pattern to suit it!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge -Day 24

Into the home stretch now…

Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?

I have designed plenty of crochet projects, but so far I have only designed one knitting project and that is my Christmas Pudding place settings / decorations.  They are just the right size to fit a chocolate underneath as a little treat!


I have been spending far more time crocheting in the last year or two so am looking to do a bit more knitting and hopefully I will be able to start designing a bit more!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Days 22-23

Two for one today – buy one, get one free!

Day 22: Have you ever stricken someone off your to-knit-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last knitted gift to them?

This hasn’t as yet happened to me – luckily everyone has seemed to like what I have made for them, but I have stopped part-way through making something when the person did something to annoy me!  Luckily they made up for it and got the item in the end!

Day 23: If you had the supplies (and patience) for it, what project would you start today?

It’s not so much the supplies nor the patience, but the time to do something that I find lacking!  I would love to make a lacy shawl, but as yet I haven’t as yet tried to knit one, I have made a few crochet ones though…


30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 21

Day 21: Do you knit gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?

Apart from making things for my Etsy shop my main love is making things for others, especially friends and family!

Here are a small number of the presents that I have made, it gives me the greatest joy for someone to wear something I made.

On the left, one of the first knitting projects I ever finished an eyelet scarf in Jarol Heritage 4 ply, which I made for my Mum.  The second one is a knitted rib scarf in Lanas Stop Top Merino, which my Dad has worn to death and absolutely loves.

Lastly the blackberry stitch scarf made for my brother in Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran.  This is one of my most difficult early works, and I still love to see my brother wearing it…  He initially was saving it “for best” but I have convinced him to wear it whenever and wherever as I will make him plenty more in the future!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 20

On to Day 20 already – I am getting more used to posting daily!

Day 20: Do you knit in public? Was anyone offended/incredibly happy/curious that you were doing so?

I do both knit and crochet in public.  I often take to a project in my lunch break at work, on the train if I am going away for the weekend or if I’m on the go and want to take a project with me somewhere.

When I first started knitting I got lots of comments at work, mainly asking what I was making or giving me hints and tips.  It’s amazing to find out how many people are secretly crafty!

Most of the things I take to work are crochet projects, so not necessarily fitting in with the knitting theme, but one knitting-related enquiry did take me aback, a colleague whom I only vaguely recognised came up to me and told me that I was doing it all wrong!

Luckily I had been on a knitting workshop the weekend before, so I felt able to respond by saying “oh well, this is the way I have been taught so I’ll stick with this for now!”…

She obviously reconsidered what she had said and came back the next day with a very interesting article on swiss darning which she picked out for me in case I was interested!

Hey ho!