Friday, 26 March 2010

Folksy Friday

I really enjoyed this morning's trawl through Folksy for Folksy Friday - some lovely photography and prints on there...

"Destination Anywhere" by 'Emma in Wonderland'

"Sea Air" by 'Dick & Franny'

"Carousel" by 'Tim Irving'

"Eos" by 'Mossmottle'

And the winner is...

The winner of my strawberry pincushion is...Harvey Crafty Cards (AKA Natalie Harvey)!

Well done to Natalie who had two entries into my competition : ) My strawb will be winging its way to her this week...

You can buy my strawberry pincushion from folksy or from etsy along with plenty of other items...

Thanks for helping me celebrate my second blog anniversary...happy reading : )

Friday, 19 March 2010

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Cream Cardigan: Part Three

So it's officially been about five months since I wrote an update on my cream cardigan. I put it away just before I started making for Christmas as I had mysteriously added a stitch then went on to drop one later on in the first sleeve. I was upset as I was finding it difficult as it is 4 ply and makes me sneeze frequently and I wanted to finish it as soon as possible.

So I stopped sulking a couple of weeks ago and just frogged the entire 18 cm by 80 stitches of 4 ply stocking stitch. I have no money for new tops and thought it was a shame that £40ish worth of yarn was just sitting a bag looking back at me. Hopefully if it works out I will get lots of wear out of it over the breezy summer days...

You can see how many notes I've made over the months here!

At the moment I'm 25cm in and about to start decreasing but I am not looking forward to the second sleeve...but I suppose that's the thing with knitting - you have to take one step at a time. The one thing I have changed when increasing gradually up to this point on the sleeve was to set my row counter to zero then return it to zero after I had increased on the fourth or sixth row...this helped me much more than keeping a running total of rows and trying to remember that I needed to increase on row 4, 8, 12, etc.

Happy knitting!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Strawberry Pincushion Giveaway!

Well it's a month late but it's better late than never : ) I reached my 2 year blog anniversary on this blog and have decided to give away a juicy irresistible strawberry pincushion from my shop worth £10 in my folksy shop and $15 in my etsy shop to celebrate!

To win you should do at least one of the 7 following things:

1. Buy an item from my Etsy shop : ) (Worth 20 points as I need a first sale)

2. Buy an item from my Folksy shop (Worth 10 points)

3. Become my fan on facebook (Worth 10 points)

4. Favourite my Etsy shop (Worth 5 points)

5. Favourite my Folksy shop (Worth 5 points)

6. Retweet the giveaway on Twitter (following me in the process of course!) (Worth 10 points)

7. Become my friend on facebook (Worth 10 points)

I will add up how many points each person has - be sure to tell me what you have done in the comments thread and to check back to see if you have won. If two or more entrants have the same amount of points I will draw them randomly out of a knitted hat! The closing date is Monday 22nd March at 10am GMT. The giveaway is open to all countries.

GOOD LUCK!!!! : )

The giveaway is now closed - many thanks for all your entries. I will announce the winner this Friday 26th March so check back then so you can give me your postal address if you are the winner : )

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Knitted Cake Book

I just discovered this book in the library and it's one of the best novelty knitting books I have used. There is no knitting in the round or double pointed needles. Most of the patterns uses double knitting and a couple of the patterns use exactly the same colour of yarn so it's great for those on a budget at the moment. It's also good as you don't have to have the nicest yarn but can use really cheap acrylic.

Almost all of the patterns use 3.25mm (US size 3) needles. As you can see from the cover there are some delicious cakes inside...everything from a fruit tart with lots of different fruit on it to a chocolate swiss roll. The book is very cheap to buy and there are 20 patterns in...all of which are so simple you'll want to knit them up straightaway!

According to the blurb on the inside of the front cover it was Susan Penny's first knitting book! What a great first project : )

Happy knitting...
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