Author Archives: yarnsmithery

About yarnsmithery

Sharing my love of yarny craft and encouraging others to give it a go!

Creative lull

Inspiration has been hiding. The knitting has been practical and pre-planned. So I decided to keep a low profile while I let the lull run its course. Happily, I noticed a spark today … An “oh, look at that!” moment, … Continue reading

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Third time lucky

I’ve felted and I’ve frogged – both activities have helped me to keep crafting in the heatwave. My third heat-busting “f” is “fibre”. While I was finding wool too hot to handle, cotton seemed to be a potential solution. A change of fibre … Continue reading

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Too hot to knit – part 2

The heatwave continues. Still too hot to knit … So, as this week’s yarny activity, I pulled all my knitwear out of the cupboard to give it a good airing and to check for moths. Touch wood – no sign of them. … Continue reading

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Too hot to knit?

When the temperature soars, the larger knitting projects stay in their bag. But too hot for wool? I don’t think so! Needle-felting may seem too energetic in the hot weather, but how about wet-felting instead? Add some water … have … Continue reading

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Long tail cast on – with 2 tails

No amount of wishful thinking was going to change the fate of my latest project. I didn’t like how it was working up, so I undid it. I’m getting quite good at that 😉 I liked the stitch pattern, and decided … Continue reading

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Lintilla – this week’s Finished Object

Having a number of smaller projects on the go, alongside a couple of bigger projects, seems to be a magic formula. The satisfaction of casting off lifts my spirits and keeps me motivated, giving me renewed determination to keep going … Continue reading

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Cooking up a colourful coaster!

Take one porridge oats box … Scissors, sticky tape and a ruler … Some colourful cotton yarn … Hey presto! My first attempt at weaving! 😄 The inspiration for this Blue-Peter-esque contraption came from the website of a hugely talented weaver, … Continue reading

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Lintilla in progress

A few weeks ago, the frilly petals of some striking tulips prompted me to cast on a project I’ve had in mind for a while – Lintilla by Martina Behm. I’m using Amitola DK by Louisa Harding. It’s 80% wool and 20% silk, … Continue reading

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Blooms

Over the years, I have held this traditionally hand-crafted box many, many times, and always admire the pretty, hand-painted flower design. It was a gift from a Swiss friend who is no longer with us, so it has extra-special significance, … Continue reading

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This and that

“Oh, you knit! What are you working on at the moment?” I have been asked this question many times. Almost as often as “how long does it take you to knit a jumper?”! Does the person really want to know? … Continue reading

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