Monday, 28 June 2010

Going Vegan

About two or three months ago I made a decision to become veggie. It felt right after committing to 'Meat Free Mondays' - the campaign led by Paul McCartney to encourage people to not eat meat just for one day a week. For me this started with Meat Free Saturdays...then it snowballed into 4 or 5 days a week. I got a veggie book from the library and started cooking from it. Then I stopped eating meat altogether. It felt great.

I was vegetarian for about 2 or 3 years from the age of about 14. I was very into animal rights and against vivisection. I was angry about the local fox hunts and translated it into a desire not to eat animals.

I don't know why I lapsed but perhaps meat was simpler to cook when I was starting to be left alone to cook and take care of my own meals. I remember developing a taste for sausages around this time and having them on bread with lashings of tomato sauce. Amazingly, even as I write this I'm not at all tempted! : )

I would encourage anyone who is wanting a greener lifestyle to try a vegetarian meal...perhaps in a veggie cafe or cook one up. It's often the subconscious 'what will I cook?' worry that nags. For me obviously it was becoming independent and not quite knowing how to cook which made me lapse. Cooking is key and a good cookbook essential.

About a month ago I went one step further and became vegan. This has been more difficult. I practically survived on dairy before...loving lashings of milk in tea and on my breakfast and loving cheese. I saw it as a challenge. I has already switched from chocolate to carob to try and lost weight and wanted to cut out cheese anyway.

I'm managing it so far but it's a little bit more challenging than going veggie. If you have looked at my etsy shop it's stocked full of wool products. I'm really addicted to wool. I've made a promise to myself to phase out wool and felt but it's going to be really difficult. It may be a good decision as I suppose the felt items aren't selling.

So, you can look forward to organic cotton bags and eco cotton knits in my shop in the future!

Lets hope it's soon : )

Friday, 25 June 2010

Fairisle Snowflakes in June

Wow. This was a struggle. It took me back to when I started purling and then cabling - both techniques I've now mastered to the extent that I can relax when I'm doing them. Unfortunately one technique I can't seem to completely master is knitting up stitches - as you can see from my knitting bag my cream cardigan has been put to bed for a while as I can't seem to knit up the edges without ending up with curious half stitches. I'm intending to take this to a Get Knitted surgery next Thursday in Bristol to hopefully have someone show me what I'm doing wrong.

The fairisle knitting is my new mastered technique. I'm glad to report I managed it but it took me about 3 hours to knit 9 rows of it...strange when you zoom through stocking stitch and then go back to beginner level isn't it?

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Simply Fabulous Knitting Darling...

Simply Fabulous Knitting is a simply fabulous book.* I must admit, when I first picked this up a couple of years ago when first learning how to knit, I was a bit put off by the grey and pink combo inside, but I had looked through all the other books and the content didn't look as thorough. I wasn't disappointed when I started to read it. It really encouraged me that I could wade in about 10 or 20 pages in and still had plenty to read. There are all sorts of hints and tips on each page in boxes entitled 'Classy Clickers'.

If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to knitting don't be put off by the colour combo - you won't be disappointed : )

*(If you are not in the UK scroll down to the bottom of the page on Amazon where you will find a list of countries.)

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Etsy Treasury: Triangles

I've created another treasury on etsy! I'm getting addicted to this. You can view it here and comment : )

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Selling on Etsy

I've been relaxing with some crochet after knitting lots of cables lately. I still think I'm doing a strange reversal of double crochet (hook into one then two instead of two then one) but I've got into a habit now and it looks pretty enough to me!

This ball of yarn was left over after I misread the amount of balls needed for these socks I knitted from a pattern by Erika Knight. I think I did just need over 2 balls so I would have needed the third anyway. I will need another ball for what I'm thinking of doing but I suppose it's halved the cost of buying a different colour or yarn : )

In other news I have decided to pool my resources and time and shut my folksy shop. I have started to list a little more and renew items and the cost was mounting. Focussing on Etsy will encourage me more and save money I think.

Anyway...back to my relaxing crochet : )

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Sale on in my shops!

Just popping in to let you know there is a massive sale on in both my Folksy shop and my etsy shop. You can see from these images that I have been working very hard on teaching myself to needle felt and have had lots of fun with the colours...especially pink!

I have got wool roving in other colours...honest!

If you would like to buy anything I will refund a third of the price to you via paypal. The sale will cease after I get one sale - so hurry otherwise you might miss out : )
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