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Crafty New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year by Meddy Garnet, via Flickr

I’m not really one for new year’s resolutions these days,  I just know I cannot keep them!  Craft-based new year’s resolutions, however, are a different thing entirely.  They are actually fun to keep.

So here goes…

  1. Knit socks – lots of them. I have joined the Socktopus Knit Love Club so I will be supplied with gorgeous sock yarn throughout the year.  I’d better get learning how to knit the things pretty quickly…
  2. Knit lace. I have cast on Ishbel and joined an Ishbel knit-along on Ravelry for this one.
  3. Learn to knit colourwork. No idea where to start here!
  4. More tutorials on the blog. I started these towards the end of last year and really hope to offer some more up.
  5. Spread the word about the iMake podcast.
  6. Use my (shiny, new) sewing machine regularly.
  7. Make fewer handmade Christmas gifts! See my recent posts on my handmade Christmas challenge.
  8. Organise knit-alongs with my Stitch n’ Bitch group. The first is planned for this month (a sock!)

Let’s see how I get on.

Has anyone else made crafty resolutions?


Sock Yarn Scrap Shawl – Progress

I just wanted to share 2 progress photos of my sock yarn scrap shawl.

This project is just so much fun and I love the element of ‘swapping’ yarn to make it.  I am keeping in contact with everyone who donates yarn or swaps with me so it is becoming something of a ‘friendship shawl’.

If anyone is interested in donating very small amounts of sock yarn for the project please email  Anything you send will be shared out between other sock yarn blanket/shawl-makers that I am in contact with.  If you are interested in completing a similar project you can also drop me a line to find out how to get involved.  Sock yarn swappers can also join the thread on the iMake Podcast Ravelry forum.

Time to Celebrate!

At last…  Cerus Scarf is complete.  I finished it last night.  It probably wasn’t was wide as it could have been, and I managed to cast it off pretty badly (I was so desperate to get it off my needles!)  I should have cast off in pattern but didn’t – rookie mistake.  Nevertheless the finished article really is quite beautiful. Here is a slideshow of images:

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Now I can focus on my sock, which is getting longer and my sock yarn shawl.  I cannot wait.  I suspect I will spend all of Christmas day knitting…

All that remains to be said is Happy Christmas to all my readers that celebrate the big day.  I’ll wish ‘Happy Holidays’ to those who don’t.  I think that, regardless of faith, this is quite an exciting time of year – the end of the old one and the start of the new.  I certainly look at it as a time for new challenges and that excites me a great deal.

I won’t get a chance to blog tomorrow but hopefully I’ll have a little time to post before the new year hits.  Thank you to all my blog readers and podcast listeners for their continued support, it is really appreciated.

Sock Knitting Adventure

Watch me now try and justify the fact that I have cast on my first sock today (very exciting) and have not yet finished my final Christmas project…

It’s not as bad as it sounds, honestly. Today I spent the day with a dear knitter friend, Kate, and we decided it was time to try a sock. So armed with pointy sticks and some excellent You Tube videos, we managed a toe each!

My toe:

Kate’s toe:

We were extremely excited about this progress.

The problem is now that I need to finish my final Christmas knitting project tonight but all I want to do is knit my sock!  I am going to be good though – I really only have another inch to put on the scarf, and then it will be cast off.  So tonight is the night – I will finish Cerus scarf (despite claiming on Twitter a few nights back that I was going to stay up knitting it all night if I had too…)  Then I can knit socks to my heart’s content.   Watch this space for photographic evidence.

Roasted Chestnuts and Sock Yarn Swapping

An unlikely combination, but a good one!

I have this afternoon to myself.  I am off work (love my job) and hubby is out on a Christmas lunch.  So I have stuck a chick flick on the TV (500 Days of Summer), roasted some chestnuts and I am in the process of bagging up my sock yarn donations.  To top it all off I have the iMake Christmas Stitch n’ Bitch tonight – can’t wait.

I had no idea it was so easy to make delicious roasted chestnuts actually.  Just grab a handful of chestnuts, wipe them, cut a cross in the shell of each chestnut with a sharp knife and roast in the oven at 200 degrees centigrade for 30 minutes.  Simple and yummy…

As for the sock yarn, people have been so generous in donating their scraps.  I have received 3 parcels already – one from Ceri in London, one from Jesse in New Zealand and one from Barbara in Philadelphia.  I know there are more on the way too – people are so generous.  Because Jesse is also making a sock yarn blanket I have bagged up my donations in such a way that I can let Jesse have some of the yarn that other people are donating to me.  It also means that if anyone else wants to do ‘swaps’ I can make sure that they do not end up getting their own yarn back.  Something of a ‘sock yarn swap’ system.  It’s all terribly organised!

Here are photos of the yarn I have received so far.  Thanks ladies.  I am so desperate to start using it but MUST finish the Christmas knitting…

From Ceri:

From Jesse:

From Barbara:


Christmas Knitting Update

Well I am not going to say too much as I am recording my last podcast of 2010 this weekend, however for those of you who like to see photos of my work, I thought I’d do a little update post.  I’ll explain this on the podcast anyway but, just briefly, I am on my last Christmas knitting project!  Hurrah!  I cheated slightly and decided to not do one of the hat projects I’d pencilled in, as I was having real issues with the sizing and was adamant that it would be a stash busting project.  So the cable hat is gone.  But the Cerus Scarf is coming along nicely.  Here are some photos:

I am using Rowan Tapestry, which I understand is a discontinued yarn (I got it as a bargain off Ebay).  Here is some information from the Rowan website about the yarn:

A beautiful blend of 70% wool and 30% soybean, Tapestry is a warm soft yarn that has excellent wearability and a soft gentle drape. This self striping yarn is easy to care for and knits to a standard DK tension.

It’s a shame the yarn is discontinued as it is lovely to knit with and the colourway is gorgeous.  The project is knitting up slowly.  Basically the scarf is knit horizontally so each row is 140 stitches.  It’s going to take a while… hopefully no more than 2 weeks!  The linen stitch is a lovely pattern and extremely simple.  You’ll have it memorised after a row or two.  The other great thing is it is a reversible scarf with both sides looking attractive.

This is the right side:

This is the wrong side:

It this photo you can see the nice edge the long tail cast on gives.  If you aren’t familiar with this cast on I suggest you give it a try.  It’s my favourite.

The other confession I should make is that I have actually purchased a couple of gifts now – not many though.  I was running out of time to complete my final few handmade gifts.  So I estimate that I have made 75% of all my Christmas presents.  I’m pretty happy with that.  100% was a little too ambitious perhaps.  Let’s hope people like their gifts.  More on the podcast!

I Love Packages!

Packages by Mark Falardeau via Flickr

It’s been a week of packages… how I love packages!

As I have handmade the majority of my Christmas presents this year (more on that in the podcast at the weekend) I seem to have had Christmas shopping withdrawal symptoms.  I seem to have treated myself to rather a few crafty bits and pieces this week.  Today I took delivery of 2 stunning skeins of Malabrigo and some sock blockers.  I will take pictures at the weekend when there is some decent light.  This is for my attempt at knitting socks in the new year.  The trouble is, I want to knit them now!!  MUST RESIST!  I have to complete Cerus scarf first (my final Christmas knitting project).  I really have to be strict with myself… watch this space.

There was my recent book purchase which I talked about in the last post and also, today, my third copy of Making Magazine arrived.  It’s ‘the vintage issue’ and it is divine.  The best bit about it is that iMake gets a mention on page 9.  How very exciting.

Finally, my Ravelry friend Ceri (and iMake podcast listener) sent me some small balls of sock yarn for my sock yarn blanket that I am starting in the new year.  This was so generous of her that I am posting her a little handmade something at the weekend.

Yes packages are very exciting.  I’d better crack on with Cerus…

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