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A commission

A quick trip to the knitters shop last week led to a chance encounter with a lovely lady with a knitting problem!
Her daughter would like an owl cocoon for her new baby who is due in September. So far so good, but what is the problem?
All the patterns she could find were crochet ones, and as she doesn’t crochet she wondered if I might make one for her?
She sent some lovely photos, from which I have chosen this one:

Oh, and it has to be in cotton as the daughter lives in Ecuador.
I am already busy choosing yarns….

Homemakery colour palettes

I really like playing with yarn colours, but don’t often get to the kind of yarn shop where this is possible. However recently I came across a rather lovely website called ‘Homemakery’ which sells a range of yarn packs in Rooster, Rico and Rowan wools (as well as Stylecraft).
The two that particularly appealed to me were pebble beach:

and Seaglass:

I have ordered them both, and am looking forward to a bit of colour-play.

Map page

With thanks to Wild Daffodil for this idea, I have started an interactive map of where the lovely folk who read this blog are.

If you would like to add yourself go to ‘map’ in the header bar and follow the link.

I am right up in the top left hand corner of the UK. Where are you?

24/4/17 Welcome to four readers from England, Wales, the Netherlands and Ohio USA!

The perfect yarn

Although this comment might make me unpopular in blog-land I cannot bring myself to like acrylic yarns. I understand the practicality of easy-care yarns, and the luxury of having so many colours to choose from, but I hate the idea of spending hours of my precious time making something which ultimately I am not going to be pleased with, because I didn’t like the starting material. Plus, given the choice, I would rather use a yarn that contains natural fibres and is recyclable and renewable.

Cushions made in acrylic yarn

So this leaves me with a dilemma. When I am making something for myself I can justify the expense of buying good quality yarn by how long the item will give me pleasure for (both in the making and the using). However if I am making something to sell, the cost of ‘good’ yarn becomes an issue.

Cushions made in wool

So who can help me out? I would like a yarn range with lots of not too harsh colours, which contains at least a percentage of natural fibre. Ideally this yarn would be available in 50g balls, from a British retailer. Oh and as a final bit of prejudice I don’t like shiny yarns – so no mercerised cotton I am afraid. Suggestions please!

Unfinished business

Does it happen to you sometimes that although you have ‘finished’ a project you keep looking at it and thinking that it needs something more? Well such was the case with my twiddlemuff:

So I have added some little crochet collars to the buttons on both sides, which I think pulls the whole thing together colour-wise.

I am glad that I hadn’t posted it off before I had the idea!

Ready, steady, hook!

We don’t watch television, but I think there used to be a show where two cooks started off with various miscellaneous ingredients and had to make a dish out of them. Well this is my yarn equivalent:

I have 85g of Aran weight yarn from my mum’s yarn stash. It feels and smells (!) as if there is some wool content in it, but obviously there is no ball band so I can’t be sure. I am thinking maybe fingerless gloves (but will 85g be enough?) or part of a larger blanket (but I would need to buy 3/4 of the wool which seems to defeat the purpose somewhat). I wondered about felted bowls, but I would need to test a bit to see if it does felt first. So now I am throwing it open to the crowd – what would you make with it?