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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 10

Day 10 already!

Day 10: Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

There are so many amazing designers and patterns to choose from – but one that I keep going back to is the amazing Noro Silk Garden scarf from Jared Flood.

It is a relatively simple knitting pattern, but the impact from the alternate colours is outstanding.

Noro Silk Garden is one of my favourite yarns, even without making anything, the yarn itself is so delicious and is hand-dyed in Japan.  It is 45% Mohair, 45% Silk and 10% Wool.

If you hadn’t already realised, I am a massive Noro fan and recently managed to get hold of a whole basketful of yarn at a bargain price.  It’s so gorgeous, I’m not even sure I want to use it!




30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 9

On to the next question…

Day 9: What fiber or yarn do you love working with?

I always prefer to work with natural fibres – unless it’s vital, I avoid acrylic wherever possible!  I enjoy working with Cotton, Silk and pretty much any kind of Wool.

Probably my favourite is Alpaca – I seem to have a lot of it in my stash and have made a couple of projects…

This metallic alpaca mix black and white scarf in this lovely Katia Hechizo yarn is for sale at my Etsy shop – I made one for my friend in brown and silver and she loved it so much, I decided to make another one.

The ripple scarf on the right is one that I am currently working on in Artesano 100% Superfine Alpaca DK in a brown / cream mix.

My favourite stash item in Alpaca, which I have yet to start on, is this Creative Focus Worsted, just love these colours!



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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 7

Oops – this should have been posted yesterday – not sure why it did not!

Already a week through my blog challenge…

Day 7: Your least favorite?

I have a fair few least favourites but I think this is probably it…


Again – one of my first projects.  I attempted a simple hat pattern from Ravelry and although, technically, I completed it correctly – my tension was so far off that it was extremely baggy!

I also made a little boo-boo that I covered up with a hideous concoction of button / swirl and although I liked the yarn and colour combination, there’s little else of any worth that I can find in this…

The best I can say for this is that I learnt a lot from it and the mistakes therein!


30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 8

On to week two…

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

This is probably the hardest question so far!  I find knitting much more challenging than crochet although I learnt to knit before I tried crochet…

There are many things that I struggle with – cables, ‘unknitting’ any mistakes, some types of increasing and decreasing, particularly KFB (knit front and back) and until I learnt different types of casting on, I was always disappointed with the scruffy, baggy cast on!

All in all, my most challenging project was this hot water bottle cover (again an Aneeta Patel pattern for beginners) – as you can see the edges are bit jagged and I spent the whole project having to put in a safety line of yarn as I kept making mistakes and having to unravel!

It starts off with a moss stitch flap and goes up and over through stocking stitch and moss stitch.  And as for the hideous flower (I was just practising my new crochet skills)…  Urgh!

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I did manage to rescue it by creating some unusual pretty white crochet flowers and circling them around the dodgy joins – it now looks so much better but sadly I haven’t got a photo, as I gave it to a friend who loved it so much…

Safe to say I didn’t make another one, but it could be much better if I tried again – maybe it is time to exorcise that demon!

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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 6

And on to Day 6 already!

Day 6: What is your favorite piece that you’ve knit?

This is one of my earliest knits as a gift for someone – this blackberry (also known as bramble stitch) scarf was a present for my brother.

I was so thrilled with the outcome and made very few mistakes in it – being a bit of a perfectionist they were very noticeable to me but not to my brother who loved it.  So much, in fact, that he refused to use it except for on special occasions!

A few months later I finally managed to encourage him to wear it more often and I’m still delighted when I see him sporting it.

I’ve started making him another scarf since then but have yet to finish it…

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30 Day Knitting Challenge -Day 5

Question of the day is…

Day 5: How long did it take from the time you learned how to knit, to finish your first project

From when I first understood the basics from my book and picked up my needles, it only took me  a week or so to finish my first project…


It was a simple garter stitch scarf, which I diligently worked on every evening, and got into the knack fairly quickly.

However hideous it is to look at now, I do feel a sense  of accomplishment!


30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 4

So on to Day 4!

Day 4: How did you learn how to knit?

Firstly I taught myself to knit using the brilliant book Knitty Gritty – The First Steps, by Aneeta Patel.  Her instructions were clear and easy to follow and I enjoyed making my first project.

I then found that there were things which I felt I needed some extra tuition in – and still do! – like mistakes and unknitting to get back to a previous mistake.

My local haberdashery, Fabric Magic, runs a wide range of workshops, so I decided to try out a few courses.  My first one was knitting for beginners, which was excellent and when the tutor pointed out that I had been holding my needles all wrong, it was a surprise but I soon got it right and thankfully it was more comfortable (I had been holding both needles like a knife and fork).

I then tried an advanced beginners course and one on cables.  I haven’t been to one for a long time and feel I need to upskill more (especially on mistakes which I am still not too confident about).

Occasionally I use YouTube to gain extra information or skills about a particular stitch or how to achieve a look that I like…

Throughout this time I have also been given advice left, right and centre – even at work, when I was knitting in my lunch break!