Completion of the Twinset of Doom, Countdown to Christmas (with help from Zorro), matching my nails to my work and ( drum roll please) a new Facebook Knitting Magpie Group….

Hello and welcome to the current musings from the knitting magpie ( you can read more about me here):About the knitting magpie.

The Twinset of Doom- I told you about how this labour of love for my mum was driving me up the wall a couple of weeks ago. Well I am beyond delighted to say it is finished. I shall of course be less delighted if she:

A. Doesn’t like it

Or

B. It doesn’t fit…….

 

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I know it is only May and I can’t quite believe that I am mentioning the C word, but I started to think about gift making at a rate of an item a month – that is only seven gifts ( now you’re scared)! I started by pulling out some Take Care Mohair from my stash, left the room and returned to find Zorro using it as a pillow. I wrested a couple of balls from him and knitted up a Christmas scarf.

 

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Like gazillions of folk yesterday I decided the Royal wedding was the perfect excuse to sit around in the morning in my fave pj’s ( Desmond & Dempsey) , drink a cheeky glass of fizz and work on one of my current projects, the Le Chic dress from W&TG. Nails to match of course – it was a wedding after all 😘

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So to the Facebook group.

Like a lot of things I do this wasn’t planned. If you have read my previous posts you will see that like a lot of craft folk part of the fun for me is swapping hacks and project plans and finding items of beauty that I want to share, this can be restricted if your online knitting group belongs to a single commercial operation. As a group I belong to has asked their members ( in general I hasten to add, not me individually ) to only discuss their products this left a few of us wondering the best way to continue to share without needing to send private messages all of the time. Susan, another group member I have become friends with suggested a knitting magpie group page, within a few hours ( believe me that’s fast as I hadn’t got a technical clue how to go about it) it was up and running. Now 24 hours later we have 27 members as far away as NZ – it’s very exciting as we can chat about knitty / crafty projects and discoveries from all over. It is a closed group, this means you are welcome to visit and have a look at what folk are up to but in order to post you must join the group. Come and have a look around and add in your creative finds, hacks and projects. The link is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/580224245691140/

I’m looking forward to next week as my best friend from NZ, she of the alpaca lovliness is coming to visit, it always goes by too fast.

Next time I shall show you the hopefully completed Le Chic dress and also I happened across some fab tapestry fabric for a new knitty tote which I shall try and complete over the next week, a sneak preview of the fabric is shown here. IMG_20180517_131354_037

Speak soon and have a happy creative week.

Love

Magpie

XXX

The cardigan of doom, a daisy chain dress and breakfast on the Blossom Trail.

Hello and a Happy Sunny (!!! )May Day holiday weekend.

Now those of you not used to the UK weather may not realise that to have blue sky and sunshine on a bank holiday is as rare as hens teeth. Usually we are wrapped up in sweaters and log burners are stoked up. Instead 0830 today found us in the car, roof off and The Eagles playing on the way to have breakfast at a gorgeous farm shop, nursery & cafe. We are lucky enough to live in stunning countryside and our route took us out through the Blossom Trail. It also gave me chance to wear my amore tee which I’d knitted freestyle earlier in the year which I am really pleased with. I used Wool and the Gangs Shiny Happy Cotton in Bluewater for the body and it seemed suitably cheerful. I had been under house arrest as not feeling brilliant this week so this was a great treat.

Now the cardigan of doom. Strictly speaking it is the twinset of doom but I only have the cardigan to finish. My mum had asked for a vintage style twinset for Christmas. Unable to find anything that fitted the bill I volunteered to order yarn and make her one. I love the fine ply yarn from Lichen & Lace so ordered some in faded rose. Then I realised that a twinset in single ply on 3.25 & 4mm pins wasn’t going to be a quick knit. To say I have fallen out of love with it is an understatement, if it was a marriage I’d be filing for divorce! A couple of weeks should see it complete. I will show the completed items with probably balloons and a brass band – hurrah.

I am a project floozie and have always got numerous things on the go. Currently I am trying out a daisy chain dress, again in shiny happy cotton in vitamin c. I am hoping it will end up as a 60’s style shift and treated myself to some tulip needle point protectors after seeing them in a post from littleblackdogsa.wordpress.com , they are so cute.

Thanks for reading ( to find out more about the knitting magpie click here: About the knitting magpie ). I hope you all have a glorious weekend whatever craftiness you are up to.

Love

Magpie. X

Magic ‘SOAK’ Flatter Spray, Gangstas and the COCO Sweater.

Hello knitting folks & welcome to the Knitting Magpie ( to find out more about the knitting magpie click here: About the knitting magpie.

I hope you have managed to take your needles into the sunshine on at least a couple of occasions ( if you are not based in the UK you may not realise what an event 🌞 😎 is).

I managed to finish my COCO Sweater purchased from the lovely Wool and the Gang this week although I have not quite finished sewing it up. I chose to knit it in magic mint & white and the colours just make me long for a holiday where the sea sparkles turquoise hues – sigh. The yarn is their lovely Shiney Happy Cotton which knits up beautifully. One note of caution it is a very fluid cotton so if you knit loosely you may wish to go up a garment size and down a needle size. I also drop at least 1mm in needle size when completing rib areas as well as using twisted rib as I find it holds the shape better.

I use Flatter spray by SOAK on all of my projects and find I rarely need to fully block. It comes in a couple of fragrances but I stay with the fig, reminiscent of Italian gardens – back to holidays again! A light spray and then a steam press evens up cotton and linen fibres and on wool ( steam only, don’t press) it reduces static and flyaway fibres. I get mine from Loop London as I’ve not come across many UK stockists.

Invisible seaming on stripes is a breeze and I always use my heavy solid silver barley twist needle for sewing up which was a gift many years ago from my mother – thanks mum.

Now to the Gangstas. Those of you familiar with Wool and the Gang will know that their gang includes everyone from the HQ team to their global manufacturing team to those of us who spend more of our salary that we should on their lovely products. Gangsta chat happens on their Facebook #MAKEALONG group page and it is a friendly international forum for the sharing of projects and ideas. Also being international there is always someone around for a woolly chat at stupid o’clock in the morning 😊

I’m off to finish sewing up COCO and will post a pic when complete.

The finished COCO which I love ( although sadly we appear to have returned to winter today – brrrrr.

Next time I’ll tell you a little about the cardigan of doom!

Stay warm and woolly

Love Magpie

XXX

A journey into the magpies nest….

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The only difference between an experienced knitter and new knitter is that the experienced knitter makes bigger mistakes faster. Be bold; there are no terrible consequences in knitting”.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee