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April 2021.

This is only my second blog of 2021.

Last time I was talking about lifelines.

Since then, as lockdown seemed to go on for ever, I’ve been loving getting outside into the countryside and feeling thankful that at least was possible.

And things have started to happen in the garden, which is always exciting!

Today we are happy to see shops opening up again and I am hopeful that this means maybe one day I can see some people in workshops face to face.

This time last year I would not have even contemplated creating an online workshop as I enjoy the social contact and interaction with people .It would not have seemed possible to help someone who needed a technique demonstrating, if they were not sat in front of me.

Over this period of finding new ways of doing things, I have learned that it is absolutely possible to offer advise and to guide someone through the processes involved, wether it be a new stitch or a different method or simply how to make a certain process easier, even when they are possibly thousands of miles away.

It is going to be totally amazing when I can be in a room with a group of knitters who are chomping at the bit to do a new thing, but I know that we are not there yet, and I also know that these newfound skills can be employed to offer an enhanced experience.

There is only so much that can be covered in a one day workshop.

Now I feel confident to provide video tutorials as well, so there is an extra something available for follow-up and to be there as a reminder of what we have covered on the day. This can also be used to offer extra information or alternative methods that we might run out of time for in a one-day session.

I’ve made a start!

As well as lots of playing about with brioche knitting, which I will write about another day, I have been making socks in different ways.

This is my 2021 number one pair of socks.

The first sock was knitted on double-pointed needles.

The second sock was knitted on a short circular needle.

The plan for future workshops is that I can teach beginner sock knitters to knit a sock on dpn’s and when they get home, if they wish, they can see video tutorials of alternative methods.

Today I have completed my 2021 number two pair of socks.

Both of these were knitted on a 60cm long circular needle using the magic loop method.

I’ve made some videos of this technique as well.

Still in progress 2021 number three pair of socks…

Top down 2-at-a-time using a pattern from West Yorkshire Spinners.

This is not for beginners.

I’m thinking I will offer videos on how to do this to people who have tried my toe-up 2-at-a-time workshop.

If you are eager to learn to knit socks I do a have a workshop planned at Just Makers in Ripley 23-5-21 and have everything crossed that it will be possible.

You can book now if you click here.

I will be back soon. Meanwhile keep smiling 🙂

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Do You Need a Lifeline?

It’s almost the end of February so it’s probably high time that I wrote my first blog of the year!

I do hope that everyone is keeping well and managing to hang on in there.

We are trying to do just that here.

I am learning lots about how I can still do what I love to do without needing to leave the house.

This time last year, I would have said that to help someone out when they were stuck with their knitting they needed to be right in front of me but I would have been wrong!
I am discovering that it’s still possible to diagnose where they are going wrong & offer advice & if needed demonstrate how something should or could be done and this can be quite exciting.

I am doing this any way that I can think of…

This week I made a video for my friend, who I have been remotely supporting as she rediscovers knitting after many years.

Keep knitting and smiling and I’ll be back soon x

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What An Exhibition!!

Hello and welcome to a special blog, which is a virtual exhibition of blankets knitted around Yorkshire and the world during our 2020 Christmas Eve Blanket Knit-a-long.

I have written about this project before so you can read about how it all happened here, here & here.

My desire for this project was that it would appeal to, and be enjoyable for, a range of knitters from the new & inexperienced, who might be lacking in confidence, to the prolific lifelong knitter who is looking for a challenge.

The knit-a-long started on 15th August 2020 with the aim of finishing for Christmas Eve (or not!).

The final pattern for square number 20 was sent out on Monday 7th December and the finished blankets began to appear on Facebook almost immediately. Some knitters even made more than one blanket!!

We would have loved it if we could have all gathered together to admire each others work, but that was not going to happen, so we have created this exhibition instead for anyone to enjoy.

Knitters have kindly given me photos of their work and written a little about the experience of taking part.

Come on in and have a look around…

All done but for a few ends to sew in. I’m going to put a fleece backing on mine to make it extra snuggly and it’ll make it look tidier on the back too.

I have enjoyed the experience very much and learned a few new stitches. Some I liked more than others but all good practice. I’ve adapted a few of the squares and used up old yarn from stock so lots of positives.

Thanks,

Brenda

Really enjoyed making Xmas blanket, the kit was a surprise gift sent to me by my daughter. 

Janet

To me it is so much more than a blanket for Christmas, but it’s a reminder of 2020 and the positives that came from such a difficult year. On my Facebook page I am sharing it as an advent “calendar”, one part each day, with a short reflection on each design. The completed blanket picture of course will be saved for Christmas Eve!


It was great be part of a friendly  group on Facebook making it a proper Knitalong together, seeing each other’s progress. I’ve missed being able to attend workshops in 2020 and this has filled a gap. 
As an experience knitter I liked that I could add little extras to the blanket without  deviating too much from the original design. I love the finished result so much and I am most definitely keeping it for myself, to be used throughout the year and not just at Christmas!


Thank you so much Judith and team. Have a lovely Christmas and here’s hoping for a better year in 2021.
Best Wishes, Jo xx

Here is my finished blanket. 


I have learnt a lot, how to follow a graph pattern, fair isle and intarsia. Why it’s important to block your work. 

Think there was really only 1 square that I didn’t like and that was the one with bobbles on it. 

It’s been an interesting journey and I look forward to the next project. 


Many thanks

Alison x

Thanks Judith


What a fab experience this has been.

Before I started I was a very basic knitter, and now I feel so much more accomplished.

Judiths videos were a fantastic way for me to learn.

There are quite a few mistakes in my blanket but I am seeing them as part of the learning process and as in life is so much more realistic to accept our imperfections!I

highly recommend this project.

Rosy


Thanks for designing such a beautiful blanket to knit. I am so pleased with it. Lots of feedback on how beautiful it is.

First time I have joined a KAL and loved the support and encouragement from fellow knitters.

I also learnt that I wasn’t the only one who occasionally struggled and went wrong. It was also nice to help less experienced fellow knitters. I have been knitting for 40 years! 


Can’t pick a favourite square as I love so many. Only one I am not so keen on is the advent rings, it’s hard to decipher what it is meant to be.

I would do another KAL but not a blanket, something different. It also helped to get through lockdown!

Sue

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing this and learned so much!
Thank you xxx

Debbie J

Yay, my Christmas Eve Blanket is finished and I’m feeling a bit bereft! Really, really enjoyed this project although one or two of the squares tested my abilities and my concentration! My favourite squares were the Twinkling Star, the Fairy in the Heart and the Snowflake although I did enjoy the cable squares even though the Heart Cable caused me a bit of angst! I’ve learnt so much and will no longer fear colour work. I’ve also learnt more about tension and how different stitches can affect it.

I couldn’t have completed this project, Judith, with your help and videos. Thanks for all your hard work in getting this project to fruition. Onwards and upwards to the next one!

Now going to snuggle up by the fire wrapped in my blanket (even though we’re a week away from Christmas Eve), finish off Santa’s sherry and mince pie and probably fall asleep!! 

Love Jill

From a chance glance in your shop window in Thirsk to a lovely way to spend the lockdown. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

Maureen

I loved the project and the support on FB. The blankets are for my 2 grown up children and I am very excited to give them to them at Christmas. Thank you for your design and inspiration and I look forward to another project maybe next year. 
Sarah

I am really enjoying knitting my blanket. I had no intention of finishing it for this Christmas so am not worried that I have only knitted 7 squares! 

I have realised that although I quite like colourwork it is the cabling that I prefer. I have had the confidence to branch out and am currently trying a Celtic Knot square. 
I love the variety of having a different pattern for every square. It is also satisfying to be able to finish a square fairly quickl

Thank you for designing such a lovely blanket. Your videos were superb and the patterns very clear too. Learning about and trying blocking was a revelation! 
Claire

“ This project couldn’t have come at a better time in 2020.  Originally I had only thought about doing the textured pattern squares just using the striped wool as a blanket for myself ( a work in progress – 14 squares still to do ) but then decided to challenge myself to do the blanket as a Christmas present for my sister so it had to be finished for a deadline!!  It also forced me to learn some new knitting techniques which I otherwise would have missed out on .

I didn’t think that I would reach a point where I was waiting in anticipation for the next e-mail to arrive so that a new square could be started but I did – and I quickly learned that if I followed the instructions , that is – watched the instruction videos first,  followed the pattern to the letter,  that it would turn out ok. 

Thank you Judith for the huge personal and often unseen effort that you invested in this project to get it off the ground which has kept many hands and minds occupied over the last few months.”

Vanessa

I’m so happy I’ve finished this blanket.

When we started I was so nervous as I learned to knit and purl when I was a brownie and I’ve never progressed beyond a scarf.

Thank you Judith for your encouragement and telling me about the rescue rows that saved many a square.

Julie

So so proud of myself. Although there are plenty of mistakes and one square I couldn’t do it’s such an achievement for me.

I’ve learnt new stuff and my colour work skills are so much better and I’m so much faster.

Absolutely love my blanket so thanks to you and the gang for putting in the hard work for us to be able to do it. Merry Christmas 🎄🎄🎄

Shan

Hi Judith, have so enjoyed this challenge.

I have been knitting for thirty years but I still learnt a lot in the last few weeks.

My favourite was the first star we did so I did it twice. Hope to give it to my mother in law for Christmas. Thanks for all your effort.


Frances

I have really enjoyed being a part of this project.

One or two squares proved more difficult than they should have been but I wasn’t defeated.

Thank you Judith for all your help. Merry Christmas everyone 🎄🎄

Linda

The Christmas Eve Blanket… what a brilliant little project!

I have really enjoyed seeing my blanket gradually come to life. I had only seen it in pictures and videos before starting and I haven’t been disappointed.

The patterns and charts were clear and easy to follow and the accompanying videos were down to earth tutorials explaining the trickier parts of each square as well as other useful tips and instructions on blocking, sewing in ends, the use of stitch markers etc. Being a self-taught knitter, I think I picked up something new every week to improve my knitting skills. I have learnt new stitches and definitely improved my Fair Isle technique which has all been very satisfying.

The squares were varied and just the right size to be a challenge which left me eagerly waiting for the next pattern when each square was completed!

Being part of the Facebook group added another dimension. I found it fascinating to think that lots of other people I didn’t know, in lots of different places were working on the same project as me. I loved seeing the other color choices, ideas and progress as we went along.

My blanket is now ready to snuggle under and I feel ready to take everything I have learnt to move onto other projects with added confidence.

Thank you so much to Judith @Needlecase for all the work that you put into creating the project and making it work so well. Knitting has lots of positive benefits and it has been perfect for this very unusual year!

Mel

Sadly, I am yet to finish my blanket.. hoping it will be done by the end of the Christmas break!!

Currently on square 13, so not too bad – it’s been difficult finding time to knit too much after an exhausting day working and looking after my mum, getting her to hospital appointments etc.

I have (and still am) enjoyed the project, it has given me something very different to focus my attention and I have learnt so much.

Thankyou so much for your hard work in putting the project together for us all to enjoy.

Sara xx

I did it!!  So pleased with myself learning the new stitches and replicating your beautiful design.  


This project has been great fun and came just in time to boost us during a pretty rough year. Waiting for the pattern to come through each week gave us all something to look forward to and a task to complete to keep us busy during Tier 3 restrictions and the 2nd lockdown!  

I’m pleased as punch with myself for mastering (most) new stitches and doing colourwork for the first time.  I managed most of the colourwork although I will admit cheating with the deer heads and “f” in family!  I think I prefer the different stitches to colours!


Thank you so much for all your effort preparing everything for us and for being at the end of an email of Facebook message when we had problems. I have thoroughly enjoyed completing my blanket and am very pleased with the final result. I think I have enough of my rainbow colour to add a narrow border to finish off.


Thanks again and have a fabulous Christmas!

Kate x

Merry Christmas Judith thank you for all your hard work making this project happen I have so enjoyed it all and have saved the most difficult square (I think😊) till last really hope to get my blanket finished in the new year and look forward to any project you can put together for us all ❤️

Pat

Good morning I have attached some photos (above) of the blankets that I made for my sister and 2 nephews and her post on Facebook upon receiving them I have thoroughly enjoyed this project – I have learnt lots of new skills for example I had not previously done any cable work and my colleagues at work have enjoyed their daily updates in progress! 

The boys are so pleased with their Christmas blankets and have said they will be their best presents! Refreshing considering both love their game consoles! I have a feeling I will be making more next year.

Vicky

Dear Judith, here is a photo of my finished blanket.

Not perfect by any means but as a whole not too bad.  I feel I’ve learnt a lot as I’m not an expert knitter.

Struggled mainly with the colour work squares although these did become easier with practice.  Tension was the other big problem. Afraid my squares are definitely not all uniformly the same size.

My favourite squares were the cable knits which I feel have turned out quite well. It’s been a great escape in these lockdown days and I’d love to take part in another one. It’s definitely been a challenge and overall I feel pleased with the achievement despite the mistakes.

Thank you so much.  Happy Christmas and a healthy 2021.  

 Lesley

Here’s my photo!

As you can see I have been going really slowly – only because I never seemed to find time to sit down and do the knitting!

I am enjoying it so much though, and have learnt loads.  Also as further lockdowns loom, I’m sure I’ll have lots of time in the New Year to carry on.

I have actually also completed Square 5 and half of Square 8, but thought the first row looked nicer at this stage.

I pop into Knitting Pretty (where I got the kit from Di) when I can.

Thank you very much for all the effort that evidently went into producing the kit, and I hope that by next Xmas my completed blanket can finally go on my guest bedroom bed!Seasons Greetings and kind regards,

Jane

So so close but need to stop now and get Christmas organised also a new puppy to toilet train !! 


Maybe over Christmas I can complete the last square and finish sewing up . 
I have enjoyed learning new techniques, struggled with varying tension, and enjoyed the Facebook sharing and chat . 


Thanks Judith
Karen 😁

Here is my completed blanket. I loved the project and would get excited as each new pattern arrived.
Thank you.
Heather 

Finished in the nick of time! We won’t talk about the second one which still needs another 16 squares!

Debbie D

Tension is clearly something I need to work on as some are clearly squarer than others but thoroughly enjoyed this whole experience.

All the more pleased as it was a chance trip to Thirsk in August that kicked it off. I live in Cambridgeshire so would never have known about it otherwise. If I placed all my twisted heart attempts together, they would have made a blanket all their own! That was a tough one finally finished aloe in a room with no music or tv for maximum concentration.

Favourite visually was the last snowflakes one closely followed by Rudolph heads.

This is a Christmas gift but I can hardly bring myself to part with it so the only answer is to do another one! It has been much admired by friends and family who have watched its progress from that first square and I will miss the excitement of checking for my e-mail each week.

We never met in person but the enthusiasm of this Facebook group and weekly videos was a great substitute and it felt like we actually did.

Mhairi

Finished Blanket

Well not quite, but soon!!


One more square to finish and then an edging. I’m very happy with my work and loved the experience of my first knit along project.

Favourites are the textured squares – cables, cable hearts, puff stitch particularly and favourite visual one is the dancing star and variegated snowflakes.
I have been knitting since I was 7, taught by mum who was such a keen and fantastic needlewoman. But I have learnt new techniques through this and other ways to do things that I think mum didn’t need to know about. She passed away earlier this year and the blanket is for me in memory of her.

She lost virtually all her sight through macular degeneration over the last 8 years and it was her greatest sadness that she couldn’t knit, quilt or embroider any longer. But I did help her to knit a small blanket for her great grandchildren as they started arriving in 2015.

My three children treasure those, unevenness and dodgy sewing up included and won’t hear of any repairs. She would have loved the feel of this blanket and what little she could have seen through faded peripheral vision.

Judith, thank you for putting this together it has given me great focus over the last couple of months x

Liz

Below is an update from Liz

I have finally finished by blanket, complete with a double crochet border
Thought you might like an updated picture

January 2021

This one turned into a team effort as Liz , Johanna and Sharon helped Ros out with the last 5 squares.

Allowing her to finish it in time to go into quarantine for her Mum, Lena who is in an older persons home.

What excellent friends!!!

Thank you. I’ve really enjoyed it.

Clare

I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful project.

I have to admit I initially dithered about whether or not to undertake the project as I alway have so many projects on the go !

However I took the plunge and went to see Diane at Knitting Pretty and ordered the kit.

I really enjoyed receiving the emails and completing each square as well as looking forward to certain ones, in particular the ‘family’ and the ‘house 2020’ square.

I feel my confidence with fair isle has increased and I’ll definitely be doing more of this. I already have plans to make cushions from some of the square patterns too.

The finished blanket has been much admired by family and friends and it will be treasured for years to come.

Thank you also for the Facebook group which I enjoyed being a part of and found the posts from other members to be encouraging and inspiring.

I’ve already signed up for the Brioche knitting course in January.

Many thanks again

Sue O

I am totally blown away with the number of people who have chosen to take part in this.

I will update this blog as the finished blanket updates come in, which I’m sure they will throughout 2021.

Hope to keep knitting with you all in the future 🙂

And here they are…

Nearly finished it in 2020! 

This is the first time I have taken on a challenge like this and I have learned lots of new techniques and enjoyed the process.

Congratulations, Judith, on thinking of ten each texture squares and colourwork squares on a Christmas theme.

It has been great following how others progressed along, and when I struggled to know I was not alone! 

Dot

January 2021

This is a second blanket from Vanessa

Knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners , Essential DK. Tequila Sunrise. Original intention was to do alongside the Christmas blanket knit along but that plan soon fell by the wayside!

Uses the textured squares of the blanket pattern with some stitched together showing the wrong side of the square and some the right side. Somewhat off piste but I like the finished article which is all that matters.

March 2021

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2-Colour Brioche Knitting Online Workshop

My first online knitting workshop will be live on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

Kits are available from my website ,or at Knitting Pretty and Ewe and Yarn from Tuesday 7th December 2020.

The workshop is designed to recreate as closely as possible the experience of attending the usual in-person workshop day.

Brioche knitting in 2 colours creates an amazing, reversible fabric which is absolutely ideal for scarves, cowls, shawls etc. By creating movement in the lines of the brioche rib we reveal fascinating patterns and designs which are incredibly satisfying.

You will need to be an adventurous OR confident and experienced knitter to tackle this technique, but it is well worth the effort when you see the results which can be achieved.

Watch the following video where I will show you some finished pieces and tell you more!

In this workshop we will look at the skills needed to get going with 2-colour brioche knitting and practise the increasing and decreasing stitches used to produce the elegant waves and designs which will be a real wow factor in your finished piece.

Here I am again explaining what you will learn in the workshop.

This is how it will work.

You will download a pdf from the website which will give instructions on how to create the practise pieces. The pdf will also include a link to online tutorials where I will show you how to carry out the techniques and you can work through them alongside me.

You will be able to choose a kit to create your own brioche cowl and have a new and exciting project to finish at your own pace.

You will need some double pointed or circular knitting needles.

For the cowl project you’ll require 5mm circular needle OR long dpn’s.

The kit will include 2 skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners aran yarn plus pdf of instructions for the practise pieces and the pattern to make your cowl.

Before you go I have made a final video looking at choosing colour for your cowl.

It is important to me that you get the most out of my workshops and feel like you can come to me for help if you need it, so I am setting up a special page on Facebook, which you will be invited to join when you buy the workshop.

Members will be able to use this page to support & encourage each other plus seeking guidance from me where needed.

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Blanket News

I thought it was way past time that I did an update about my 2020 knit-a-long !!

This project has been a massive success as far as I’m concerned.

My wish was to provide an opportunity for knitters to knit-a-long together, even though we are apart, and for the process to be as accessible as possible. I wanted people to be able to enjoy it whatever their level of skill or experience.

I am thrilled to currently have a list of 72 people taking part.

Some are making 2 blankets.

Some are learning lots.

Some are developing my ideas and creating their own designs.

Some people are posting lots of updates in the Facebook group, whilst others are watching and observing and encouraging everyone else. If someone asks for an opinion or help at any stage there is plenty of positive engagement to be had.

It was a massive learning curve for me to create all the video tutorials (some are more educational than others!) and I now feel that I can build on this experience to produce some more similar projects when it’s appropriate.

Another brilliant part of this experience was that, before we shared the patterns with all the participants, Diane (Knitting Pretty), Sharon (Ewe and Yarn) and I tested knitted the blanket.

In effect we had our own mini-knit a long and it was an absolute pleasure to work together with these 2 lovelies.

I did get a bit giddy just before we started the knit-a-long and made this rather exuberant little welcome video.

A little bit of silliness from the 3 of us!!

We are just about at the half-way point now and I am really loving seeing the blankets that are being produced.

Here’s a look at our test knits.

left – Prism Bright & right – Frosty Blues

I am working on a new colour scheme for my newest blanket.

first two rows completed

I would really love to do a blog when we have finished and show the world all the fantastic blankets that are being knitted ready for Christmas Eve.

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The Further Adventures of Chardonnay

Hello there.

Just taking a break from working on my up-coming knit-a-long to update you on the adventures of Chardonnay the sheep.

Chardonnays yarncrawl, which took her from Knaresborough to Harrogate and then on to Thirsk, has had to be interrupted for obvious reasons.

She’s been in for some repairs as described by Knitting Pretty’s owner Di Watson…

‘Recently we’ve had to shear her original pompoms and they grew back in a rainbow 🤷‍♀️ 

Her latest hat is fashioned from the top layer of Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake, made by Lynsey Gallant

( Chardonnay is all about re-using and eco-friendly)’

I popped in to see Chardonnay last week and I have to say I was impressed with her new look. She is sporting the very latest fashion for 2020 , the Rainbow & the face mask! As Di explains:

‘These lovely face masks have been beautifully made by Cath. They’re lined too! Great quality at £5 each-all of which goes to Martin House Children’s Hospice.’

I think Chardonnay’s is just perfect !

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2020 Knit-a-Long

Let me introduce to you my finished Christmas Eve Blanket…

I talked about how I came to be knitting a Christmas project in the summertime in my previous blog.

I have completed the design and the patterns are now being test-knitted by Sharon at Ewe and Yarn and Di at Knitting Pretty.

I am also knitting another sample so we will soon have 4 versions of the blanket in 4 different colourways.

The design aims to be flexible, so that you can mix and match the patterns, should you wish to not do some of the squares and create more versions of other squares instead.

I said that we were going to have a knit-a-long and that I was trying to find a way that I could incorporate some small workshops.

We launched the knit-a-long a few weeks ago and it is scheduled to begin on the 15th August with those taking part receiving patterns to download every 6 days until December.

Alongside the patterns I am making tutorial-style videos so that, even if you are not a confident knitter, it will still be possible to try out all of the techniques showcased in this design.

I will set up a special Facebook page for everyone to share their progress and ask any questions so that we can still be knitting along together, even though we are apart.

There is much excitement brewing now for the Christmas Eve Blanket knit-a-long and we are already fully international with people taking part from our local area but also from New Zealand and Switzerland.

If you are interested in joining us, you can purchase a kit from myself or from either Knitting Pretty or Ewe and Yarn.

I’ll be back soon with another blog to show you how our different coloured blankets are working out.

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Looking Forward…to the night before Christmas!

Hello there. Thanks for visiting.

What is everyone up to this weekend?

Safe to say I’m on a bit of a mission this spring bank holiday, I need to finish my Christmas Eve Blanket!

I know, I know, it’s not even June!!

Here’s how it happened…

On my final workshop of 2019 at Knitting Pretty, about 10 days before Christmas, we got the idea that it would be massively fun thing to have a BIG knit along with as many people as possible joining in and all making ourselves a blanket that we could snuggle up under on Christmas eve 2020.

On that December Saturday back in 2019 when the world was a different place, a small group of us got very excited at how much joy it would bring us, and much discussion took place as to what it would look like and what a wonderful thing it would be.

I left Knaresborough that afternoon, full of enthusiasm, clutching several balls of West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab yarn, which I was going to use to design and knit a fabulous blanket for this project, that we had decided needed to be kicked off in what seemed at the time to be the dim and distant summer!!

January came along and I had loads of ideas and couldn’t wait to get cracking on with my new assignment.

The ColourLab comes in lots of scrummy colours!

We have also invited Sharon at Ewe and Yarn in Thirsk to join in the fun.

The aim of this undertaking is that it will be a project that is accessible to anyone with basic knitting skills, but also enough to entertain those of us who have more experience.

I’ve designed lots of different squares with an even mix of colourful Fair Isle squares and plain coloured, textured stitch squares. These 20 squares will all be joined together to form your blanket. Knitters will be able to knit the blanket as I have done, or pick and choose which of the squares they like or feel confident to knit. Maybe you never tried cable knitting and want to give it a go? you could just knit all the squares that use cable stitches and do each one several times. There are going to be endless possibilities with this 🙂

Because certain techniques might be unfamiliar to some people we thought it would be rather nice to have some little workshops so that you are learning at the same time as creating your special blanket.

I started off a Pinterest board which is now teaming with ideas and, to inspire me, I wrote a list of words that I wanted to use as themes for the squares.

words of inspiration

I was going great guns with this enterprise and popped to Knitting Pretty again just before lockdown started to make sure I had enough yarn to finish it off.

Then when we actually went into lockdown I found I could not focus on it and the whole thing ground to a halt.

However, over the past couple of weeks I have realised that if I don’t complete the design stage, we won’t be able to share the knit along with you all and the week I had done would have gone to waste, and all that fun we had planned won’t be happening. Therefore, I am cracking on and aiming to have something, which I hope you will like, to show you very very soon. I’m also working out how we can join in this project all together and keep the idea of incorporating some small workshops, whilst still being able to socially distance if we need to, as who can say how long it’ll be before normal service can resume?

For now here’s a taste of what is to come…

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My Favourite Tree

Crikey!! I haven’t written a blog for tooo long!!

In my head I’ve written loads but it seems they’re all just there in my head and they never actually made it onto here.

So here’s a blog I thought I’d written but I never did, and it’s about my favourite tree 🙂

A couple of years ago I set myself a little task of getting a photo of this beautiful piece of natural sculpture for every month of the year. Here is the result.

There’s a walk I often take from my house.

It’s a really lovely walk down a quiet lane and into the woods.

As you travel down the lane there are hedges and fields either side and in front of you there is this special tree.

It stands there all alone looking magnificent and I love the shape of it, the size of it, the thought that it has endured in that spot for such a length of time.

It is just quite simply an impressive sight.

I have at least one creative project in mind that I would love to use these photos for. Not sure when but one day, hopefully soon, I’ll make a start.

While walking through the woods there are sparkling glimpses of the river and later you can hear the roar of the water cascading down from the weir.

Lately I’ve not been taking this route so often as the path through the woods is narrow and if someone comes along from the other direction you can’t keep that vital 2m away.

Social distancing has created the need to find new walking routes. This has lead to another wonderful discovery, equally close to home, as I came across this gorgeous orchard that I’d never spotted (though must have passed) before.

How lovely is this?

So now I have a new little photography challenge to keep me going for a year or so!!!

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with more ramblings as there’s no point having a blog if I don’t write in it is there?