Spoiler alert! The moths were innocent!

Every knitter is on constant alert for the dreaded clothes moth – the tiny creatures can wreak havoc in your precious stash and can leave your hand knitted treasures in tatters 😦

So when I saw holes in several t-shirts recently, I began to panic and immediately looked for signs of moth life in all the likely places.

I’m pleased to report (touch wood) that – apart from the holes in my t-shirts – there were no obvious signs of unwanted guests or large-scale destruction. Phew.

To be on the safe side, I’ve increased the number of cedar blocks in my stash boxes, and have refreshed the lavender bags in my cupboards.

So what caused the holes?

With a little detective work, I have now identified the true culprits … my double pointed knitting needles! 😉 The holes are all in the same place, just where I rest my DPNs, particularly when working on sock projects.

I’ll be more careful in future!

Have you had a lightbulb moment this week? I’d love to hear about it!

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From frogged to feet

When I acknowledged, reluctantly, that my yarn didn’t want to be a crocheted shawl after all, I set it aside while I decided what to make instead.

Fast forward a few weeks, and a need for some simple, compact travel knitting prompted me to rescue the frogged yarn from my stash and to cast on a sock. Not a ground-breaking project, but exactly what I needed to see me through so much waiting around.

And here’s the result!

The wool is Zwerger Garn Opal Schafpate, in Heidekraut colourway, purchased at Harry and Floss in Alcester, Warwickshire.

Sometimes the yarn knows best!

Have you knitted something from frogged yarn this week? I’d love to hear about it!

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Half a shawl = finished project!

This project was loitering in the UFO basket pending a decision about its future … Having gone up half a needle size to achieve a squishy texture, my yardage was affected and it gradually dawned on me that I would not have enough of the Rock Lobster colourway to complete the Italian Job shawl.

Reluctant to rip out all that work, I set it aside for a couple of weeks, to mull over my options.

I’m so glad I did!

It occurred to me that the incomplete shawl was roughly the size of a Hitchhiker, and as such could be a useful accessory in its own right, just not an Italian Job per se.

I decided to knit the remaining Rock Lobster yarn without any further contrast patterning, leaving enough to complete a picot edge, and – now I’ve got used to the idea that the design isn’t what it was meant to be – I’m very pleased with the result!

So half-finished is finished after all!

Have you been pleasantly surprised by the way an unpromising project has turned out? I’d love to hear about it!

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Speckles

These beautiful orchids made me think of knitting today – speckles are “in”!

They are amazing, aren’t they?

What has reminded you of knitting today? I’d love to hear about it!

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Easter egg decorations

I got a bit carried away with my Easter egg decorations this year …
At least they are calorie-free!

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Have you made any spring decorations this year? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy Easter!
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Finally finished and ready to wear

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Knitting (print) bag

Yes, even my non-knitting friends are constantly on the look-out for knitting themes for me!

This fold-up shopping bag was a perfect gift …

Cute dogs, cheerful colours, a practical purpose AND a knitting print. I love it!

This will certainly make me think of knitting whenever I use it 😀

What has made you think of knitting while you’ve been out and about this week?

I’d love to hear about it!

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And now the successes!

My recent review of my WIPs and UFOs may have led to some unravelling, but I’m pleased to say it did also lead to some Finished Objects …

Firstly, some plain socks in Zwerger-Garn-Opal 4-ply, purchased in Switzerland in November 2013, and started shortly afterwards. Set aside and neglected in favour of socks for family members, they are now finished and ready for me – yes me! – to wear.

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I also managed to do some intensive knitting on another Hitchhiker shawlette, using a super-soft, hand-dyed yarn by The Old Piggery, bought from La Mercerie in Cowbridge. A meditative, rewarding garter-stitch pattern, producing a useful and easy-to-wear shawlette.

Two more projects cast off means two more project bags now empty, ready and waiting 🙂

Have you finished a project this week? I’d love to hear about it!
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St Fagans Stencil

I squeezed a lot into a recent short trip to Cardiff, including a few hours at St Fagans, a living history museum of Welsh life.

The museum is set in extensive grounds, taking visitors on a journey from Celtic times to the present day, and offering an insight into social history across the ages.

True to form, I found lots of crafting inspiration, not only in the woollen mill and tailor’s shop, but also in the structures and decoration in the buildings and gardens.

Here is a selection to whet your appetite!

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St Fagans Stencil

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See the small window in the red wall? That’s where the stencil is!

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The church surrounded by a fabulous wall

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Colourful window in the Workers’ Institute

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Yarn preparation in the Woollen Mill

With free entry (see the museum website for car parking charges), if you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Have you been inspired on your travels lately? I’d love to hear about it!

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Pick of the bunch

Inspired by the early spring sunshine, and the bright oddments in my stash bag, I couldn’t resist having a go at this sweet, rustic flower pattern from Val Pierce’s Love Knitting book.

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In the book, the original flowers were sewn onto a peg bag, but I attached a brooch pin to make the little posy more versatile. I think it would look cheerful on a lapel, on a bag, on a hat …

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So many possible colour combinations – so I made a few more!

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Have you made any flowers or brooches recently? I’d love to hear about them!

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