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Puppy sees his first Snow

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Actually, I’m copying this from my other blog ‘the spare’, cos I couldn’t find a re-blog button!

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Took this picture this morning – yes its snowing in West Wales.  Yes its my puppy – I’ve had him since 1st November, and I’ve resisted the impulse to put pictures of him up until now, but I think I can share this one!

Knitting with Slip Stitches – and another free pattern

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cowl-8-768x1024With this blog in mind, I often bookmark articles I’ve found online, to share with you.  This one, which I have edited slightly, comes from Interweave and was published on September 09, 2015 by Joni Coniglio

What is a slip stitch? Pretty much just what it says: you slip a stitch from one needle to the other without working it. In knitting, there are many reasons to slip a stitch intentionally. In colorwork knitting, slipping stitches makes it easy to achieve the look of more complex colorwork techniques with little more effort than when working simple stripes. If you’re working a color stripe pattern and you slip stitches on the first round of a color change, the color from the previous round will be drawn up into the current round and it will look as if you’ve worked with two different colors on the same round. But you can do much more than imitate other colorwork techniques. You can also create effects that are unique to slip-stitch knitting.

When you slip stitches without working them, the yarn must be carried from one worked stitch to the next, spanning one or more unworked stitches. The resulting yarn strand, or float, is carried either behind or in front of the slipped stitch (or stitches). If you slip a stitch with the yarn in front, the floats that are carried across the front of the work become a decorative element. (Just make sure to bring the yarn to the back of the work again when you’re ready to knit the next stitch or you’ll end up with a yarnover increase.)

If you’ve never tried slip-stitch colorwork, start with the simple polka dot pattern above. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked!

TRY THIS PATTERN FOR A POLKA DOT TUBE COWL – it will make a useful scarf for this winter.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PATTERN DOES NOT TELL YOU WHAT SIZE NEEDLES TO USE, OR WHAT YARN TO USE – YOU CAN MAKE IT UP FOR YOURSELF!

HOWEVER, TO CONTROL THE SIZING – IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO TRY KNITTING A SMALL SWATCH WITH YOUR CHOSEN NEEDLES AND YARN FIRST!

The polka dot pattern is a great introduction to slip-stitch knitting. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 16″ circular needle
  • at least two colors of yarn (but use as many as you like), a main color (MC) and contrast color (CC)
  • stitch marker

Note: Slip stitches purlwise with yarn in back.

With MC, and using a provisional method, cast on a multiple of 4 sts. Place marker and join in the round.
Rounds 1 and 2 With CC, *slip 2, k2; rep from * to end.
Rounds 3 and 4 With MC, knit.
Rounds 5 and 6 With CC, *k2, slip 2; rep from * to end.
Rounds 7 and 8 With MC, knit.
Repeat Rounds 1-8 for pattern, ending with Round 6.

Block and join the ends of the cowl using three-needle bind-off or Kitchener stitch and MC.

NB:  You can also try this sequence without using circular needles – to make a ‘flat’ scarf.  Choose the width you want the scarf, and double it – so that you can sew the two edges together.  The pattern above can be adapted in any way you want, and don’t worry about the ‘technical’ names of  knitting stitches – you can choose the way you like to cast on and cast off!

Start knitting this now and you could easily finish making your cowl or scarf in time to give it to someone as a Christmas present.

And – if you are looking for Christmas presents – have a look at my shop on etsy, and my listings on ebay.  If you are not registered with either of these sites, you are welcome to buy direct.

A couple of free xmas knitting and crochet patterns you might like

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Courtesy of Sheila Dixon’s Hand Spinning News for this month, I thought I’d pass on these FREE patterns she found!

strick-muster-Nikolaus-Stiefel-knit-pattern-Christmas-socks-013-3-1100x1100This one is to knit your own Christmas Stocking.  Of course the pattern is free because you are supposed to buy the exact wool from the German (I think) company that is giving away the pattern, but, as the final size is not all that important, I think you could easily use any 2 ply wool combinations, especially if you have spun them yourself.  The pattern on the socks is apparently Latvian.  You can find the pattern HERE.  You have to fill in a form to get it, but it is FREE!

The second free pattern is for making this rather interesting leaf garland.  If you crochet you will find it very easy – if you don’t, its worth having a look because there are very full instructions on how to make each piece, and you could probably make it yourself anyway!

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You can find the instructions on Lucy’s blog here, and the overview and background info HERE.  If you do make it, let her know, I’m sure she’d love to see your version!

Well – that didn’t work did it!

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My previous post  

An Experiment – Buy this Moroccan style Lantern from this page …..

has had no reaction!  No one has asked me about the payment scheme, thro a paypal button on the actual blog post, nor have any of the team working on it got in touch with me to help out/answer my questions……

I suppose I was a bit too ambitious – I should have started with an item of small value of which I have plenty, and which is so light that it can be posted for about the same cost to anyone anywhere!

Am having a think about that!  Any suggestions?

LANT52_002In the meantime, the lantern remains unsold, and if you are in the UK and would like to buy it – you can still try out the paypal button.  I will refund you if there are any problems with the system.

In the meantime, I  have put up listings for two different lanterns – I only bought one of each

on etsy – click here to see it

and on ebay – click here to see it

I also have a couple that I haven’t listed yet – smile

An Experiment – Buy this Moroccan style Lantern from this page …..

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LANT52_001Ever since WordPress announced that they had added a Payment Button to allow people to buy direct from a blog post, or allow Charities to take donations on a fixed page – I have been intending to try this idea out.  Having tested it in a draft page, it seems that they have a long way to go to make it a totally useful service.

Has anyone had any experience with using it?  I’ve tried contacting the team that were working on this project, but I haven’t had much luck in finding them.  It probably works within very specific parameters, but I would like to find a way of selling some of my craft supplies directly, to any of my readers, whatever country they come from.

And there lies the problem – there is no facility for listing different postage rates for various countries.

SO – This listing will show the price, inclusive of postage, for UK readers only.  You will need a Paypal Account to buy, as when you click on the payment button, it will take you straight thro to Paypal – altho you may of course use any credit or debit card.

UPDATE – 8 DECEMBER

I HAVE THE PAYPAL BUTTON OFF – TO AVOID CONFUSION – THE LANTERN IS NOW AVAILABLE AT MY ETSY SHOP.

I only have one of these for sale, so as soon as someone decides to take the plunge – I will try and make sure that the system doesn’t stay active!

I do have various other versions of these Lanterns, and some lovely gift items I’ve just got in, and will see how this works before I try selling any more items here – but you can find most of my stock for sale at my shop – julzcraftsupplies on etsy.

Christmas Fabrics are back!

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You may remember that I said that some of my stock was in storage after the landslip.

I finally managed to do a day trip to Ystalyfera to check the house last week – I’m not allowed to stay overnight – health & safety – and for once I agree with this measure!

I also managed to collect my stock.  Thanks to everyone who gave me a hand, my local councillor included, who is keeping an eye on the house for me, Gabe, Lara & John, and Bruce who provided cups of tea – smile – and especially my cousin whose help was above and beyond!

It was still very tiring tho’ –  I could hardly walk the next day – and I have just about surfaced with enough energy to list the fabrics on etsy!   More stuff to come, but this is just a quick post to show you what is now available!

 

I also have a few more, that somehow didn’t end up in this collage.  As you can see not all of them are specifically festive – prices vary – all are 100% cotton.

For the moment I am listing more stock on etsy than ebay  simply because I was able to retrieve the information on my old listings, and could just renew them!  I appreciate that a large proportion of my customers usually use ebay, but at the moment, it would cost too much to list nearly 100 items there too, as I have had quite a long break from online selling.

However, if you don’t want to register with etsy, you can still have a look at the listings there – and are welcome to buy direct – all transactions go thro’ paypal, which will give you the same protection.