Knit Nat

Well, we’ve been back for a few of weeks now! We went to Paris for a quick city break and it was such a great city!

Eiffel Tower

We only had two full days there, so we tried to cram as much in a possible. We went to the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa, Eiffel Tower, walked up the Champs-Élysées, went down into the catacombs (mass graves under the city), Notre Dame and ate proper croissants and coffee!

Me at the Louvre

I didn’t bring any knitting (although I looked up whether the EuroStar would be ok with it – I think they are fine, but I didn’t want to have my knitting taken away!) and when we came back (we had the whole week booked off), I couldn’t really get back into the swing of knitting. I think it was because the current WIPs were not going so well!

Me in the Catacombs

But I’m happy to say, that another Christmas gift has been knitted and another started! I’ll post more on those in another post 🙂

Can you believe it’s only a week away until December 1st already?

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On Saturday, Alvin and I took the Tube into London for the Oxjam music festival in the Angel/Islington area. We had so much fun listening to unsigned bands and artists, drinking our favorite ciders, eating tasty food and perusing the old antique shops down Camden Passage.

But, there was one aspect of the day that I particularly enjoyed. I finally got to visit the Loop knitting shop. And oh what a wonderful place it is! Up until now I’ve been getting my yarn from online stores and big department stores like John Lewis. And as much as it’s great to have the large yarn selections of department stores, nothing beats a little knitting shop.

I loved the layout of Loop – buckets, boxes and cubby holes stuffed with yarn every which way you looked. They had a whole variety of colours, and at last! A large selection of fingering/sock weight yarn! I didn’t have that much time to look properly unfortunately; as I was with Alvin and a friend who met up with us before the music festival, I couldn’t really spend hours comparing all the different yarns. But I am happy to say I picked out a lovely variegated red sock yarn – Madeline Tosh in ‘Tart’. It was a bit on the expensive side, but it was to be expected from such a lovely, soft and hand painted yarn.

I cannot wait to cast on. I’m thinking Fruit Loop socks for myself.

Madeline Tosh Wool

Madeline Tosh in 'Tart'

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I’ve been fairly consistent with my knitting lately. I’m knitting nearly every day, and although it’s slow going, I’m managing to make a small dent in my list of knitted gifts for my family and friends. I think some items might end up being birthday presents as there are quite a few birthdays coming up before and after Christmas. It all depends on how quickly/slowly I get my gifts knitted!

Anyway, onto the list…

  1. Wash Cloths: friend (surprise gift) –  these are actually finished now, they just need to be blocked
  2. Toddler Mittens & scarf: my Niece [Birthday present – 24th November]
  3. Beer Gloves: Alvin [ASAP]
  4. Mistake Rib Scarf: my Mum [Christmas present]
  5. Mistake Rib Scarf: my Grandma [Christmas present]
  6. Mistake Rib Scarf: my Sister [Christmas present]
  7. Palm Readers: Me! [Whenever I have time]
  8. Star Crossed Slouchy Beret (using the same yarn to go with the Palm Readers): Me [Whenever I have time]
  9. Gretel hat: Me [Whenever I have time]
  10. Mr. Pitt’s Socks: my Dad [Christmas or Birthday present – 6th February]
  11. Tea Time Blanket: my Niece [Biggest project and of course I was convinced it’d be done by Christmas! I think it’ll post Christmas now]

Can I get all this done in time for Christmas? I’m currently full of delusion thinking yeah, that’s completely doable… I’m sure I’ll be panicking nearer the time!

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So as I mentioned in my last post, me and my Mum purchased some wool while we were at the Knitting and Stitching Show. Whilst looking around the various stalls, this beauty caught my eye:

Bright coloured wool Bright coloured wool close up

2 skeins of Kolibri in Purple Berry Mix from the knitshop stand. It looks more pink in the picture – in real life it’s more dark and purply. I can’t wait to start knitting with it, but I’ve got knitting gifts to finish first!

My Mum picked out this gorgeous wool:

Muted tone wool Muted tone wool close up

2 lengths (they were just loops of wool, not in skeins or balls?) of Prism wool and cotton blend in Blue Parrot (I think), twisted into 1 big skein. Prism comes in so many different colour combinations, I might have to get some more in the future. It’s very her and I’m really happy she picked out something which is going to be so pretty to knit with!

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I almost didn’t go to the Knitting and Stitching Show; I know, shock horror! From reading up about it and looking at past pictures, I got the impression it was mainly exhibitions and galleries. I’m glad I was wrong and decided to go in the end!

The Knitting & Stitching Show

The Knitting & Stitching Show (not the greatest picture - I was busy taking in all the yarn!)

I went with my Mum (who’s more into sewing) on the Sunday and we had a really fun time. The place was packed and some stalls you had to wade through the sea of people to get near enough. I don’t know whether it was because of the last day or not, but a far amount of items had prices knocked down. I don’t know how I managed to do it, but I refrained from splurging on yarn. Maybe it was partly to do with the fact that my stash has become so large that it only just fits into my 3 drawer unit I bought the other day (pictures to follow). Eek!

We did get some yarn though. My Mum had asked me to knit her a scarf (after seeing the mistake rib scarf I’d made myself) and so this was the perfect opportunity for her to pick out some wool! She picked out this gorgeous muted blue wool with strands of pink, yellow, green and purple in. I also purchased some wool, a really bright magenta and purple mix. I didn’t go with a list of things to buy, so although there was a lot of tempting yarns, I just bought two of the magenta/purple yarn. I’m thinking a fingerless glove and hat set for myself 🙂

Can’t wait for the next knitting event. Next time, I’ll come armed with a shopping list!

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After much umming and ahhing, I’ve decided to start this blog over again. Mainly because I felt that I rushed to get posts on here, rushed to take photographs and talk about them. My posts were long and unstructured and the photos… well some were pretty awful!

But anyways, even though I had a fair few posts written here about my daily adventures in knitting, this is me starting afresh. A new knitting blog with hopefully better written posts and better photos to show my knitting projects!

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