princessdeia

Reboot

July 22nd 2014
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The main problem with having a knitting blog, is if you stop knitting your blog becomes dormant! In recent years my knitting has become very stagnant, toys for new born babies, a beret in the winter (which seems to be Gretel in another colour) and occasionally a shawl.

Sallah Cowl

Sallah Cowl, I’ve been knitting for nearly a year.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy knitting, it’s more my life has got more complicated recently and I doesn’t seem to have a place. I use to knit in the evening whilst watching T.V. Now, I sit with my iPad, catching up on family and friends news via Facebook or Twitter, reading the news of the day or (dare I say it) playing Candy Crush Saga. When we do watch T.V. it tends to be binge watching entire series on Netflix, often staying awake until the early hours – not a time when someone wants to be knitting.

When I started this blog back in 2005 my knitting lifestyle was very different, I would participate in knitalongs, take part in Secret Pal Swaps and it was a useful place for me to keep notes about my knitting projects (this was before Ravelry).Then I joined Sock Clubs and started going to knit nights – all of this gave me something to write about.

Now, it is easier for my to jot down a few notes on my Ravelry project page than write a whole long blog post – it’s also more useful to the knitting community to have the notes there rather on my blog with it’s few readers. As a photo is worth 1000 words it’s easier to upload a photo to Instagram with a few hashtags, than pull out the camera, edit my photos upload them to the the blog and write several hundred words about them.

I know this sounds like a “Social Media has killed my Blog” post, but that’s not necessarily the case. Truthfully, it is more a case of social media has made it easier for me to share my knitting and crafts in other ways. I guess what I am honestly saying is I’m too lazy to blog!

I love this blog, it’s my little place on the web. My husband brought me this domain over 10 years ago to practice my newly developed HTML/php skills. Soon after, I added wordpress to the hosting and my blog was born. Over the years I have played around with layouts, themes, and plugins. I don’t want to give up this blog, I’m looking for ways to incorporated it more into my life and to encourage me to blog more.

Progress 1B2B

January 23rd 2014
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Clue 2 of the Follow Your Arrow was released this week. I again opted for Clue B as I wanted something a little different from a semi-circle shawl

Follow Your Arrow

I have to admit I miss “read” the pattern and thought the short rows would be on both sides – adding wedges to both sides instead of just one, so I was a little disappointed when I finished and it was lop-sided – I am hoping the next clue will even this out – or else I might rip it back and re-think my choices.

Follow Your Arrow

This is the other side, it’s worked in both colours – which isn’t really clear on the finished product – but I love the way the colours work together, as it looks like a variegated yarn and not thin stripes.

Follow Your Arrow

January 17th 2014
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Follow Your Arrow

Looking back over my project page, I only completed four projects last year (not including the pumpkins and some Christmas Tree decorations). In an attempt to kick start my knitting this year, I signed up to Ysolda’s mystery KAL.

In case you haven’t heard about it, it’s similar to a choose your own adventure book from when we were younger, each week she releases two clues and you pick which option you want, there is also a choice of single or dual colours – creating 32 possible combinations all from the one pattern.

Yarn

I figured this would also be a great project to stash-bust, I had two dark grey Sokkusu yarns, but they were too similar in colours, so I had a quick word with Ling and she found me a purple-y grey that toned so well with the dark grey and will hopefully make something wearable.

Part of Clue One

I cast on this afternoon, for some light knitting whilst catching up on tv and have nearly finished clue one. I opted for clue B, as I liked the semi-circle shape, similar to the afternoon tea shawl.

Photo A Day_Dec

November 29th 2013
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Photo A Day Challenge - Dec

I recommend saving the list to your smartphone (download) or bookmarking this page for reference.

Don’t forget to include the hashtag #YARNPADC to your photos.

Note: WIP is Work in Progress /Your Current Project.

More Treats

November 22nd 2013
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Flo the Elephant
Over the last month, I’ve been working on this ‘lil Elephant for Jason’s cousin. Her baby is due early next year, but is having her baby shower early, as it was up North, we couldn’t travel up there,  However I wanted to send her something special. Having brought a an elephant gift set from The White Company, I decided to knit a little Flo the Elephant to match. This was a lovely little knit (it’s mainly garter stitch), however the seaming was not so much fun!

Productive morning!
Also this week, I popped over to Ling’s to a catch up and lunch and we ended up crafting these little Christmas tree decorations, I will be honest, I think Ling made most of them I was just chatting and playing with the pretty buttons.

birthday_randomFinally, congratulations to Magnea Arnar, who was the winner of my little competition earlier this month – your prize is in the post.

Birthday Treats

November 4th 2013
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Happy Halloween

This past week marked my favourite holiday, Halloween. We adore this time of year and decorate the house as we would at Christmas… The reason why I love Halloween, because it’s also my birthday!

Cake! @ The Langham

I had an amazing weekend, spend time with my family, got spoilt and ate a ridiculous amount (including two afternoon teas).

Sokkusu-O Fall Foilage

To celebrate my birthday, I am holding a little competition to give away this Sokkusu-O yarn (exclusively dyed for the Lace Club) and some goodies from the Brit Knit Kit, and all you have to do is comment below telling my what’s your favourite holiday – you have until the 15th November and the winner will be chosen at random.

Also I haven’t done a #yarnpadc for November, but I am working on a yarn/winter/Christmas version for December.

Pumpkins

October 21st 2013
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Pumpkin Patch

I am not ashamed to admit I am obsessed with pumpkins, I adore Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, pumpkin pie (and cheesecake) and this weekend I even dragged Jason along to a Pumpkin Patch! I love the idea of decorating our house with pumpkins – not just for Halloween but for the whole of autumn!

Little Pumpkin

When I saw this pattern on pinterest I knew I had to create some knitted pumpkins to mix in with my munchkins from the pumpkin patch. As I managed to knit one of these in an hour, I sat down on over the weekend and watched The Hobbit (again) and created my own mini pumpkin patch.

Little Pumpkins

Taking a Break

October 9th 2013
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Over the last few years, I have been running Prêt-À-Tricoter, putting together themed knitting kits – varying from a True Blood themed sock club to a lace club featuring all British suppliers. Whilst it has been incredible fun, I no longer have the time to commit to the project. So I am shutting up shop.

IMG_2595 True Blood Kit from the Vamps and Hunters Club – photo by Lingy143

I am sad to announced I will be taking a break from putting together these kits, I have fully enjoyed working with all the wonderful designers, indie dyers and suppliers over the last few years – however I do not currently have the time to commit to this project. I do not want to fully close the door on Prêt-À-Tricoter, as I might be willing to work with a partner in the future, just at the moment I am focusing my attention else where.

I have a Hunger Games Kit and some extra yarn from the Brit Knit Kits, which I will be listing on the Prêt-À-Tricoter blog and Facebook soon, please leave a comment if you are interested.

Any news on Prêt-À-Tricoter, will be announced here first, however if you which too you can add your email address to the mailing list for future updates  I will be closing the Facebook and Ravelry groups at the end of the year.

Once again thank you to all the suppliers I have used over the years and a special thanks to all our wonderful customers.

Updates…

October 7th 2013
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Day 3: Transport - Emirates Air LineDay 3: Transport Emirates Air Line London.

This month, I have decided against posting all my #yarnpadc photos each week, instead I will post them daily on my tumblr (as well as instagram) and try and post each week about what I have been knitting (yes I actually have done a little knitting lately).

Experimenting with planned pooling.

Earlier in the year, I was having a chat with Ling, about how I would like to experiment with planned pooling for a scarf. At the time Ling had just released her limited edition Star Trek yarns – after reading the pdf, taking photos of the yarn, I eventually cast on an simple stocking stitch cowl – however, I got bored!

Sallah Cowl

So last month in an attempt to kick start my knitting, I cast on the Sallah Cowl from Knitty, no fancy planned pooling – just row after row of rib! However, it should be a wearable item soon.

I wanted to add again, thank you for everyone who have joined in with #yarnpadc (even if they fell of the wagon), over 3000 photos were shared in September on Instagram. Which still amazes me – I never expected it anyone to join in, I have loved seeing everyone’s interpretations of my prompts and all the creative photos you have taken.

Week Four

October 6th 2013
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Day 23: MirrorDay 23: Mirror - The Mirror in our bedroom – which also adds as a Notice Board for little reminders for me (and Jason).

Day 24 ButtonsDay 24 Buttons – My ever growing collections of blue buttons!

Day 25: ECU - extreme close up of my lemon and water.Day 25: ECU – Extreme Close Up water and lemon.

Day 26: Coins - 50 pence coins from the 2012 OlympicsDay 26: Coins – Limited 50 pence pieces from the Olympics

Day 27: StripesDay 27: Stripes – Opal socks did we all start sock knitting with a pair of these?

Day 28: Needles @mattnorris72 getting inked #yarnpadcDay 28: Needles – My friend getting his Star Wars tattoo at the London Tattoo Convention.
Yes, I did get a tattoo as well.

Day 29: Relax - unmade bed. My favourite place.Day 29: Relax – Unmade bed – channeling my inner Tracey Emin

Day 30 - Leaves I forgot to post this one too. #yarnpadcDay 30: Leaves – Beautiful autumnal leaves

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