Posts tagged ‘knitting’

July 4, 2014

Unwind Brighton 2014

Just over a week to go until the biggest yarn/fibre fest that Brighton has ever seen. Forget the Knitting & Stitching show, this event is bringing together the very best in indie dyers, tutors from far and wide, knitters from further and wider and little ol’ me complete with busted ankle running the Spinning Surgery. Being held in the Friends Meeting house spinners will be able to drop in from 10 til 4 and experience some of Britains finest Rare Breed fleece as well as Sussex alpaca.
I will have a blending board, silks, tencel and lots of hand dyed curls to play with.
Bring your wheel or spindle and sit a while, experiment with the very best of British wool. Take away portions will be available.

image016IMG_1364feeding RogerI'm a bit wobbly

March 29, 2014

Vacation Florida style part 1. Knitting and the seaside.

I have only been to Florida  once before so this trip was to be a sightseeing and trying new things visit. My son has lived here for a while so he knows his way around and is patient with me wanting my daily brew (coffee) and as many yarn stores as we can find. Between us we compiled a list of places and restaurants to visit, where the best yarn shops are and what we’d both enjoy doing, sometimes with my grandson too. We are almost there. I’ve eaten many different foods, drunk different beers, seen new places and made new friends. We’ve been on a ferry, a boat tour to see dolphins, eaten great sea food, fried green tomatoes and fried chicken. Spring rolls, the best biscuits I’ve ever had, (not cookies), shrimp, crab and possibly the best French fries. I’ve cooked for my son too, tonight it’s shepherds pie. Still have to eat some kind of pie though! 

One yarn shop was like an Alladins cave with very helpful staff, we’re patient with me and didn’t mind how long I browsed the floor to ceiling shelves. The other was the complete opposite, with no prices on shelves or yarn bands so when I asked she had to look on computer. There was a workshop going on and I was obviously in the way. I think that is the only time I’ve left a yarn shop empty handed!

I’ve experienced torrential rain, scorching heat, cold, humidity and high winds all in a two week period.

when you go to the beach in England you drive to the coast, park, carry your bucket n spade to the (mostly) pebbly beach, hire a deck chair and wind break and hobble down to the sea. Eat your sandwich and warm lemonade. If you’re lucky you may need to apply a sun hat and lotion. 

We cooked a dozen or so hot dogs, stuffed them in the buns, wrapped them in foil and put them in a thermos bag, wrapped ham in tortillas, grabbed a few bottles of water, cartons of juice, hats, sun cream (factor 60) towels and toys and off we went. Stopped at gas station to buy ice, filled cooler with ice and off we went again. Arriving at the beach we paid our entry fee and drove on, and on….. To the beach. Tide was out, we parked in zone 10, stripped off, and ran over sand to the ocean. Again and again. The only trouble was you had to watch out for the other cars and trucks that kept arriving (then leaving) throughout the day. Part of the beach is a nature reserve and is roped off, much farther along the beach was accessible to 4wheel drive vehicles only due to soft sand. I did fret rather when it was high tide and the car was only a foot away from the waters edge but my son assured me we’d be ok.and we were. 

At home I don’t do the whole sitting on the beach thing, I can’t sit anywhere doing nothing so I had to keep paddling and wandering off. I was very brave too and went in the sea up to my hips all the while wishing I was enjoying it. My son was slightly braver but not much! 

Thankfully much of the afternoon was overcast so it made the walking in the surf a bit more comfortable.ImageImage

 

October 1, 2012

SOCK YARN SALE

To help aliviate the lack of space I am having a sale on sock yarn in the shop. Just quote Soctober for a 10% discount.
Some of these colourways may not currently be available!
New batch yarns with labels

August 9, 2012

Mini octopus Alice

My brilliant copywriting son Leif suggested I make little baby octopi suitable for babies so I did! Here is the first in the series-Alice. No buttons to pull off and swallow and washable. Once I have a few they will available from my etsy shop
Stumpy & Alice
Stumpy & Alice

August 5, 2012

Filming Handmade Revolution at Amberley Heritage Museum

I auditioned for the programme at the end June but was informed I didn’t make the final, I was however invited to the filming and asked to bring George the giant pumpkin too.
The Craft Club contacted me to see if I was willing to help run a knitting workshop throughout the day so more fun to be had. Sheena and family accompanied me and upon arrival we were shown the table under a tree where the yarn & needles waited for us. Denise arrived and after quick intro’s we set to work on knitting squares. Before too long I was asked to join the other makers for some filming. Paul Martin looked quite relaxed as he went over his lines but it took quite a few takes before the producer was happy. Thankfully it wasn’t raining! We had time to chat to other makers and moved around a bit to get the ‘introduction’ shots done.
Meanwhile Sheena and Denise were busy recruiting volunteers to knit or crochet a square or two. Grafitti knitters had decorated some lampposts and trees with bunting and pom poms and stalls were set up with demonstrations of wet felting, soap making and wood-turning. Denise showed me how to arm knit, fabulous when you’ve no needles!
By the end of the day we must have had over 30 squares all crocheted together.
I think the show will air in the Autumn, should be interesting! Look out for George in the introductions!
Denise & Jay
Paul Martin

May 4, 2012

New sock blanks

I took some inspiration from a travel brochure on Yorkshire for the first one but then had great fun creating the second one. Sort of stained glass window’esque.

March 24, 2012

Knitwit Originals labels have arrived

Now my yarn can have a professional look with their own ‘brand’ labels. Kindly designed by a good friend I can use these bands on any of my hand dyed yarns. Room for all the relevant information they are neat and subtle not detracting from the colourful yarn they surround. Will take me a while to complete labelling all my stock but it will be worth it in the end.
I have added quite a few ‘mill ends’ and hand dyed Brand name yarns to my stock so it’s not just sock yarn! Put the kettle on and take a look see!
Supersoft alpaca,silk & cashmere
Super lace weight yarn
New batch yarns with labels

October 27, 2011

Hand dyed sock blank socks

Have almost finished the first pair of socks knitted from the sock blank ‘scarf’ which I hand painted. It was painted with 3 colours then steamed to set the dye. I don’t like the colours at all but at least I’ll have a warm pair of socks at the end of the experiment. Had to have a friend help me graft the toe on sock no 1 but I fully intend to have go myself on sock no 2.
complete 1st sock

September 15, 2011

Scarf sock yarn-now in etsy shop

After trialing my very first scarf sock yarn I am now pleased to announce that they are being added to my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/knitwitoriginalsuk
I love how the pink spotty one turned out, it took ages to do but I think it will look fabulous knitted up into a pair of funky socks. The second one still has to dry, another experiment-it is also funky for the brave of feet, some pink in it as I needed to use up the exhaust from previous one but with added blue. Rather than knitting from a ball of yarn you unravel the ‘scarf’ as you knit, it doesn’t roll away and you can wear it as you knit! great fun!
Hand dyed 'scarf'
Hand dyed 'scarf'

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