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30 Day Knitting Challenge – Days 11-16

Unfortunately I had to go away with work unexpectedly for a few days and therefore have to catch up now on my 30 Day Knitting Challenge.

Day 11: Do you have a “Knitter Hero” or someone that is just way too awesome for their own good? Do share!

My knitty heroine is Lauren O’Farrell AKA Deadly Knitshade – a graffiti knitting artist with a fabulous sense of humour, she also loves cats, so what’s not to like!?

This is one of my many favourite pieces…  A Phone Box cosy from her book Knit the City.

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Day 12: Where do you keep your stash?

My stash is finding itself strewn across the house – it started off in my purpose-built Tardis cabinet but has now stretched across to the bottom of my dresser and to many different nooks and crannies downstairs.  It hasn’t yet trickled upstairs yet but I think it’s only a matter of time…

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Day 13: Do you have yarn that you love but can’t find a project for?

I love Noro yarn and bought this bargain-tastic lot recently – but not yet found a project for them all…

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Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?

When I started knitting and crocheting, i started with a lot of cheap acrylic double knitting yarn to practice – such as the one for this mobile phone cover which I made for my friend…  I rarely work with acrylic now.

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Day 15: What was your least favorite pattern and why?

I tried this Eyelet Scarf in Jarol Heritage 4ply, which I was never very happy with, but looking back it is not as bad as I thought…

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Day 16: Have you ever had a knitting related injury?

When I first started knitting, I found it very hard to wrap the yarn with my right hand, as I am naturally left-handed, however after a few teething pains it became bearable over time.

My worst injury was a series of small, odd-shaped bruises on my legs and shoulders, which I could not work out where I had got them from.

Eventually I worked out that I was using needles that were too long and was pushing them into my legs or shoulders to help move the yarn along sufficiently!  I soon moved onto better yarn and needles which resolved the issues.

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Car Boot Treasures (or Tat?)

Most Sunday mornings I spend the same way – at a Car Boot Sale.  My UK readers will of course know what I am talking about – but I’m not sure if they are strictly a British phenomenon.  In many places it involves standing in an often cold, wet, muddy field rummaging through tables of other people’s unwanted things…

Thankfully the one nearest to me, at Frome, is in a car park and if raining is taken inside to the Cattle Market (I rather enjoy everyone lining up in the pens like sheep!  Here are my friends  Mikey (looking at toys – surprise…) and Anna (with little Dave the Chihuahua) enjoying a rainy day at the Car Booty as Mikey calls it.

 

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It’s always fascinating to me how one person’s tat is another person’s treasure!  Here are some of my favourite pieces of treasure from my scavenging at Frome…

 

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As you may have seen on my previous posts about vintage items, I love old-fashioned trimmings, needles and yarn.  Most of these I pick up for a few pence each – bargaintastic!

 

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These magazines were a little bit more pricey, at around £1 each, (last of the big spenders…)  But they are so fantastic, apart from the funky patterns, the ads are hilariously dated.

It seems Mikey has a saying for everything – when we’re off to the Car Booty his usual cry is “get your bits and bobs here”.  Indeed we do!

Happy crafting!

 

Lou x

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Vintage Craft Style – Part II

Afternoon all!

I have spent a lovely morning with my friends at the Car Boot Sale – after not having gone for several weeks, I realised just how much I had missed it…

My last post was focused on vintage patterns – this week I’m sharing some of my vintage purchases.  I am a complete sucker for anything crocheted or knitted, as I still consider myself a bit of a beginner, I love to work out how they made it and how I might recreate it or perhaps use that design in another way.

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I’m sure I have many weaknesses at the Car Boot Sale, so I couldn’t resist these.  I can remember having a sewing kit from a very young age, with some poppers and needles which seemed, even then in the 70s, quite ancient.  Now they look even older but with age comes a better appreciation of them!

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Yesterday I attended a knitting class at my local haberdashery, and got into a long conversation with one of the other attendees about how I enjoy reusing old knitting needles.  I was given a large batch from a friend of the family, whose Mum was no longer able to knit and she wanted them to go to a good home.  I love using these knitting needles, not only are they more comfortable and easy to use, but as I am using them my mind wanders in contemplation of what they may have made and how much enjoyment she had from using them, as I do now.

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My final pile of vintage purchases includes some mending yarn, tools of the trade (including the bell for sizing needles / hooks, which I absolutely love.  There are a few tools there I’m not too familiar with – I wonder what they are used for?  My favourite in this stash though has to be the woven labels – two little boxes half-full with printed labels for ‘Drawing Room’ and ‘Dining Room’.

My overactive imagination has been unleashed, leaving me pondering the origin of these labels – I am picturing them being sewn into the linens in a Gosford Park / Downton Abbey setting.

Happy crafting!

Lou x

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