Knit Happens #1

In light of my last post, I thought it would be a good idea to create a weekly project share opportunity. The aim is to bring a little bit of cheer, inspiration and something to look forward to each week when the world around us may not be as easy to deal with as we'd like. So, from this point on, each Friday I will be hosting a link up for crafters to share their current or recently finished projects with others. All you need to do, is add a link to the post through the widget below. 

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~ Sometimes in life 'Shit Happens' whether we like it or not. For me, crafting - particularly knitting and crochet - helps to keep me grounded and serves as a distraction from whatever is going on in other areas of my life and the world in general. Crafting is stimulating yet soothing act, and I love how the core simplicity of a project juxtaposes with endless possibilities in creating ~

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I've just started my first Westknits project, a Building Blocks shawl, using four wonderfully vibrant skeins of yarn I treated myself to from Easyknits. I'm really enjoying the variety of techniques and the unique construction. If you're interested in the yarn shades etc, my Ravelry project page is here :-)

This new project has also given me the chance to use my new yarn bowl for the first time, but - as you can see from the picture - this hasn't really helped in curing my 4 month old kitten's fascination with moving yarn. Don't even get me started on how difficult it was to wind those four yarn cakes with Oscar around! 

What have you been making this week?

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Yarn Along: Frostbite Socks

~ Each week, Knitters and Crocheters around the world join Ginny to share their love of crafting and reading by posting a picture of the project they are currently working on, along with their current read. My contribution is below. ~

Frostbite Socks

Reading: Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie

I'm sure I've mentioned before that I am a Historian by training and that history books dominate my reading a lot of the time. My 'period' at University was the First World War, and Robert Massie's  - about Russia's last Tsar Nicholas II and his wife - touches right upon this. I've mainly been reading this in bed at night and I'm right about halfway through at the moment. As I've read a lot around this period, it's providing quite repetitive for me and isn't quite what I expected. I'd recommend it for an outsider without knowledge of Imperial Russia though! 

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Ta Dah! Christmas Eve Socks of 2016

In the world of Knitters on Instagram, casting on a new pair of socks on Christmas Eve has become a bit of tradition thanks to Dani over at Little Bobbins. I admit I was quite behind the times, as 2016 was my first time participating and was precipitated by my sister feeling left out of my annual 'Christmas Socks' for Mum and I.

Appropriately enough, I managed to finish them on New Years Eve so this is my very last pair of 2016, in my very first post of 2017!

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2016: A Year in Projects

As the New Year approaches, I am sat in my favourite chair in the Living Room with a glass of prosecco and some nibbles. Next to me, are the pair of socks I cast on for my sister on Christmas Eve and which I am just about to finish. Whilst I won't be able to include this final item in time for midnight, I thought that I would post a round up of some of the projects I completed in 2016....

(If you would like to find out more about any of them, clicking on the links below the collages - working a row at a time, from left to right - will take you to the Ravelry project page.)

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New Beginnings for New Year

Each knitter, I believe,  has a favourite project type - whether it be hats, shawls or something else. It should be pretty clear (understatement much?) by now, that I've got a slight obsession with knitting socks. At any one time, I've got at least two pairs in progress and to be quite honest, it's usually more than that. With a sock knitting addiction, there comes a desire to stash sock yarn in stockpile type fashion. Basically, I have a lot of sock yarn; scraps from completed pairs, mini skeins to make squares for my Mitred Sock Yarn Blanket and full skeins to knit fresh pairs with. I am never going to run out: weak as I am, I also buy more yarn all the time so my supply is quite endless.

See?

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