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The wool has arrived

So the post man came with my parcel, and being a local, opened the door and put it on the hall stand.

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Oh dear! was I ever that young as in that photo?  It was taken just before my daughter was born here on Coochie.

I am never quite sure what the colour of the wool will look like until I open the parcel.

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I can live with that.  Now the parcel is stored in the cupboard for when I an ready to start it.  I still have to decide on a pattern as yet.


It has to come undone.

I knitted this cardigan a couple of years ago but it shrunk slightly when I washed it.  (I did not put on weight!!!)

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It is just too uncomfortable to wear anymore.  I could give it away but pure wool is so expensive these days I think I need to unpick it, wash the wool again and then start again.

Bendigo Woollen Mills is the source of most of the wool I knit with.  It is good quality Australian wool produced locally and although not cheap is affordable.  I have an order in for some wool to knit up for next year.  It was on special but the wool for a sweater will still cost $70 and just a few days later I see it has all sold out.  (Looks like there are other knitters out there.)


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It has taken me a life-time to realise that I really should plan my knitting a year in advance and not try and get a whole garment finished in the couple of months before winter hits.  It has to be said that in years past there was no air-conditioning and it was too hot to knit in summer but I now have air-con and I can knit summer or winter.

Now that I am retired I find that the pressure to complete things in a short time line is gone.  I think I must be slowing down?


WIPW

We are back in home schooling every day this week so it is mainly knitting that I can do as we do our lessons and trying to keep some order in my sewing room where my grand daughter sleeps.  Now, there are two other spare bedrooms downstairs, but, she likes grandma's workroom so she can be close to us.

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These little Issie dolls are great to keep the hands occupied but allows you to think of other things at the same time.  Problem is I never seem to have the colour I want, even though I have 9 boxes of yarn!

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I also have some ideas for the pincushions, I can work on these before and after school.

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These are on black fabric that to the eye doesn't show all that lint that the camera sees!

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But, there is no getting anywhere near the sewing machine.


Organising

My knitting needles were in such a mess.  I had just put them all into a couple of empty tins and after them falling and spilling on the floor, numerous times, it was time to take control.  Boy, do I have a lot of knitting needles.  Some have been inherited from family members, some were given to me and a lot have been purchased by me.  It took a full day to collected them all from all the placed I had secreted them.  (I have a horrible feeling that there are still others hiding.)  And there were just too many to keep in just one case.  So I made three!!!

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I used left over furnishing fabrics to make the cases.  That is sturdy and will protect the needles.

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One for normal knitting needles, both straight and circular.

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One for small needles that I use in toy knitting, and one for the double ended variety.

At the end I had two sets that were just too long to fit into any of the bags.

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I might donate them somewhere.  I should never have to buy needles again, but I wouldn't count on it.


Did you know

Did you know that there are 100,032 toy patterns on Ravelry.?

I couldn't believe that when I went looking for toy patterns to knit or crochet.  Jee people must love knitting toys.  What I was looking for was those pocket dolls, which I found.  So many variations.  Some free patterns

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and some you had to pay for.

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I am going to start with the free ones and then give them to my friend Kay to sell.  Her grandson has Cycistic Fibrosis and as his father is my Godson and all of us, but especially his parents and grandparents, raise money for research into this disease,  I thought I would make some of these for her to sell.

There are so many cute toys I might make some of the others as well.

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Now some of those look a bit complicated.  I think I will keep to the simple ones.


I am drowning in crochet!

The thing with this "Spring-along" is that they are making a cushion and I want a blanket.  There are only 19 flowers in the cushion and over 150 in the blanket.

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The next problem is the yarn I am using.  There is NO WAY I can justify buying yarn with the size of my stash.  That yarn has to be used.  The problem here is that what I have is thicker.  This means that the finished flowers are bigger and therefore do not look the same as the ones in the image above.  But, I have come up with a solution to this problem.  Just change the pattern, slightly!!

Screen Shot 2022-05-15 at 10.53.44 amIt will still be slightly different than the original, not that you can notice,  but I will be using up that wool and be feeling very righteous about the whole experience.  That still leaves the problem of how many flowers I have to crochet,  I will be drowning in flowers for a while yet.


A little Mole

I have no charcoal knitting wool in my stash.  Looking at Julie's blog I think I might need to buy some soon.

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These look the cutest little fellows (girls and boys) and I just can't wait for the pattern to be released. 

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Well maybe I can wait.  I have to get that crocheted blanket finished before I start something else.  I will have to crochet quicker.

 


Knit and Crochet along

I have such a stash of woollen yarn that when I saw the Knit and Crochet along the Arne and Carlos were hosting I decided to join in.

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Of course in all that stack of wool that I have in the cupboard I didn't have one ball of yellow, which I need for the centre of the flowers!  That is just "Murphy's Law", so I had to buy a ball of wool, just one, but if I like this I may have to buy another.

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There are supposed to be 270 flowers in the throw, mine is going to be as many as I can make out of the one ball of wool which at the moment only stands at 70.  I will have to buy another ball of wool.

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And my wool will not match those used by Arne.  They are using Rowan, which costs a fortune here.  No, mine is going to be what is in the stash, mainly wool from Bendigo woollen mills.

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Crocheting the centres is kind of mindless, so I am doing 10 at a time and keeping a record of the total on the outside of the bag.  The other reason I am doing this is because all my flower throws have disappeared.  How can something so big just vanish?  I think if I look in the homes of my children I might find them.

I noticed that that knit-along bit is a continuation of blocks they started a few years ago.   There are 28 in the file of past blocks.  I will collect the patterns and keep them for next year I think.

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This is a free download on their blog.

Good to know other people have UFO's.


Set backs

This week does not rank very highly in my ratings.  Things are just not going my way at the moment.  Maybe I am being tested to see how resilient I am?

I am still having trouble with my health.  I have a growth on my thyroid gland that is driving me up the wall.  The doctor recommended all these scans etc but do you think I can make an appointment?  Not on your life.  The problem is that most of these scans need specialist equipment and the surgeries that have them got flooded, in fact two of them got flooded.  There is another one on the Gold Coast but I have to wait a month for an appointment.  I also have to get an ultrasound done and there is more than 2 weeks wait on that because so many people are away sick or are a close Covid contact.  Frustrating!!!

Next is my husband.  The less said about that the better.  He is a man so that explains quite a bit.

And the third thing is that my work was rejected.  All that time and effort I put into knitting a cardigan for my grand daughter only for her to put it on and say, "I can't wear this it prickles too much".  I used a yarn which was bamboo and wool so it wouldn't prickle.  I thought I would try her sister.  Same response.

So this very nice cardigan that took ages to knit, not to mention the cost of the yarn has gone to Vinnies.

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I hope the heavens have someone who they have earmarked it for?


WIPW

I have got carried away with the Arne & Carlos videos and am knitting Easter Eggs with my scrap wool.

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Arne knits the European technique which is beyond me but Carlos knits the English method, thank goodness.  I  would never have thought about knitted Easter eggs until I saw this video.

 

I am also having to do my own housework as my cleaner has Covid, that is so time consuming.