The other book to have arrived from Amazon is for our book club. I haven't read any Allende and am looking forward to getting into The Sum of Our Days, however it's not available on Kindle and the paperback I bought (second hand) has really small text and I've managed only a few pages so far - once I've finished the other book I'll set aside an evening for it.
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From eBay - leather bucket bag
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The basic idea is simple, you wash your item and then stretch it out - a little or a lot depending on the desired effect - to accentuate the shape or pattern. For a little effort, blocking can completely transform a hand knit (or crocheted) item's appearance and make your Finished Objects look much more 'finished' and professional, even if you're a beginner. Not all yarns react the same and the higher the natural fibre content, the better your results are likely to be, so do bear that in mind.
- No-rinse wool wash (I like Eucalan)
- A large flat surface which you can stick pins into (I use the kids' interlocking foam play mats similar to these.... but this type look better)
- Blocking wires and T pins (such as this Basic Kit or this Deluxe Kit). Before investing in wires I made do with bazillions of pins and it was better than not blocking at all but didn't get the same results.
- Tape measure
Put your item to soak according to the instructions on your wool wash, taking care not to agitate it - Wool + agitation = felt. This will usually involve soaking for a little while in tepid or lukewarm water.
After removing your knitting from the water, gently squeeze out the excess water but NO wringing, you don't want it to shrink or felt! A good way to do this is to place it between clean dry towels and roll it all up, pressing as you roll so that the towels absorb as much of the water as possible.
You should be left with a damp item which you can then lay on your surface and start to spread out into the correct shape. N.B. It's worth thinking about the location of your mats before you start this as a thick/large item that takes a day or more to dry may be in the way if it's right across your sitting room floor and is too big to be easily moved (don't ask how I know about that one!) When you have done this, start threading the wires through the stitches along each edge, as evenly as possible. If you are making something with points, it's important to thread the centre of each point to get them even and as sharp as you want them. For long/wide projects such shawls and blankets, it will be necessary to use more than one wire along each edge - I do this by overlapping the wires by a few inches which you can see in the second picture below.
When you set out on the annual family trip naturally you have to take your knitting; something has to keep you sane in the face of the possibly quite ferocious situations you will be up against in the next two weeks. Try a shawl. Do not scoff; it is the perfect travel-knitting.
HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery. ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES
FIXING DROPPED STITCHES:
DROPPING STITCHES ON PURPOSE:
The exact same principles apply if you spot a mistake further down your work. Once you've identified the rogue stitch, it's easy to unravel back to the error, fix it, and then pick the stitches back up to the needle. Again, a lifeline might reassure you the first time you do this, as the stitches can't unravel any further back once that's in.
PART 1 - THE 'PROJECT' LIST
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- Knitted cardigan or jacket for Little Miss. I have all the Spice Girls patterns by Elena Nodel and also like My Honey.
- An item of clothing for My Boy - not sure what yet...?
- At least one toy each for my children - possibly something from my Book of Knitted Monsters - Little Miss likes this one
- Something for D. This will be tricky. He says he'd like a big baggy jumper but he's very tall and broad and I'd be knitting ALL YEAR to make him a jumper, not to mention needing several sheep's worth of wool... and then it'd accidentally end up in the hot wash or the tumble dryer. (D, if you see this post FORGET IT, it'll be something smaller than a jumper but that doesn't mean I don't love you!)
- Cardigan for myself - I have lots of cardi patterns but never seem to find a yarn that's inexpensive in large quantities yet nice enough to make something special (it's got to be something nice to be worth all the knitting involved). Finding suitable yarn will be the first mission. I may go for something "matchy matchy" with Little Miss from Elena Nodel as I think she'd love that, or I could just pick something from the already extensive list in my queue/favourites like Caramel or Carlyle.
- Hat for myself, possibly a quick crochet version (because I'm fed up of everyone asking if I made my hat and having to say no, when I've made hats for everyone else!)
- Crochet cushion cover (carried over from last year's list)
- Complete the Crochet Circles Throw I started last year
- Tea cosy (carried over from last year's list)
PART 2 - STASHBUSTING
- 150g/600m Kauni Effektgarn EQ (rainbow) which was purchased to make a Whippoorwill like this one ... or maybe I should buy more and use it for a Nuvem like this one...?
- 100g/400m superwash wool/nylon 4 ply in greens and yellow from Dye Spin Knit - an impulse purchase
- 100g/400m merino 4 ply 'Spectrum' from the Yarn Yard which I bought after seeing a sock FO made from this yarn and knew I had to have some... but have no plans yet on what to make with it.
- 300g of 'Armonia Multi' from Little Knitting Co was a gift from my sister in law and I haven't found the right pattern for it...yet!
- 1+ skeins of Ruth & Belinda "Thick Wool" left over from my Bella Wrap
- 2 x 50g of Regia sock wool in bright 'kid' colours
- Wendy Sorrento DK 50g - 3 x blue, 3 x pink, 1 x cream
- King Cole Merino Blend DK - 3 x 50g in various shades of green, 1 x 50g in purple
- LOTS of mini-skeins which were bought for the Beekeeper's Quilt (far more than pictured). They need to be made into hexipuffs or something else that is suitable for lots of small quantities of 4ply/ sock yarn (I have a few ideas for this and am still contemplating)
- 2 different 100g/400m skeins of Superwash BFL from Juno Fibre Arts.
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