Sunday, 20 April 2014

WIPs and FOs

The WIPs haven't changed much since I last examined the shameful pile of stuff that needs more attention before I can sign it off. But...does this collection count as a finished item? I've been knitting up sample swatches of each colourway of our new multi coloured aran, Stella Jacq from Adriafil. I'm thinking myself lucky that there are only 6 varieties available. You can see from the picture what a range of shades there are, but you can't tell how lovely it feels to knit. And it's 100% machine washable wool.

So, what I'm thinkig now is, is Easter too soon to start knitting for Christmas? The answer, of course, is no...

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Mother's Day

Look what I got for Mother's Day:
Thanks, Maddie!

(And Joe made me a card featuring a ball of wool. They know me so well.)

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The undisciplined knitter

I start many, many projects; most of them end up completed, but it might be some months - years even - down the line. This weekend I gave myself a stern talking to and ended up with:
a child's pretty bag in lovely Noro Aya, and...
a toddler's cardigan which looks grey, but is actually pistachio green, and...
a baby hat in the new Debbie Bliss cotton mix yarn, Juliet. It was a sample ball and I'm not sure I'll be buying the yarn but still, it looks pretty cool knitted up and the patterns for it are mighty fine too. Decisions...I'm no good at decisions...but I'm getting better at finishing stuff.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Animals! Poppies!

A British Wool Weekend update...

So, we were all making farm animals to be displayed at the show and sold for a donation into the Help for Heroes tin. (We were, weren't we??) Here's the first of the family of mice I'm creating:

Photo: You never get just one mouse, do you? So I have a few more to make - big ones, baby ones - as my contribution to the knitted farm animals being requested for British Wool Weekend 2014.They'll be sold at the show with proceeds going to Help for Heroes. BWW14 is also requesting knitted or crocheted poppies in support of the British Legion. If you'd like to contribute anything but won't be going to the show, please feel free to drop them off at the shop and I'll pass them on to the organiser.

Now, there's a new request, an alternative to the farm animal theme is the Make a Poppy for the British Legion option. This is in remembrance of the outbreak of war in 1914 and all poppies made will be sold with proceeds to the British Legion.

There are lots of patterns - many of them free - for animal and poppy making, available online. Any size, any style, is the remit - be as creative as you like!

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Teeny, tiny...

12" circular needles! Yes, you could make a sock on these. Or possibly a wrist-warmer. Needles with a built-in discretion factor - great for knitting in the pub. Or at the park. Or under the desk at work.

This is my fledgling baby hat, knitting up so much easier than on dpns. They're made of stainless steel and cost £5.95, and IMO are well worth it for the satisfaction and ease of far fewer pointy bits.

Photo: Feels like spring this morning - at least I walked down to the shop without a hat - so here's my own version of teeny tiny knitting. As miniature as I get anyway: cotton DK being knitted into a baby hat on a 12" circular needle. If you like knitting in the round, but aren't so keen on might like to give these a go for the little items that are too small for regular circulars. 
(The wool's a sample ball of the new Debbie Bliss flecky cotton, Juliet. Very lovely, altho' I haven't bought any yet for stock. What do you think? - anyone got any strong feeling about flecky cottons?)

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Spring workshops

It might not be logical, but I always think of crochet as a spring activity. Possibly because one of the first things I crocheted many years ago was a sleeveless waistcoat - very flower power. I think the girl on the pattern was wearing it over a bikini, which I never did. It wouldn't have gone down well in the sales office of the carpet factory.

I digress...

So, these are our springtime workshops:

23rd March - Beginners' Crochet

13th April - Next Steps Crochet

1st June - Crocheting with Wire.

They're all on Sunday afternoons from 12-4.00pm, and they all cost £25.00, which we ask you to pay in advance please, at time of booking. (I need you to book in advance because in the unlikely event we don't get anyone definitely coming, we'd have to cancel.) You just need to bring a 4mm crochet hook for the first two; everything's provided for the Crocheting with Wire workshop.

Please get in touch if you'd like more detail or if you would like to come along:

Friday, 14 February 2014

British Wool Weekend

At Three Bags Full we're big fans of British Wool Weekend which is a lovely show, celebrating British wool and supporting British farmers and fibre folk. It always takes place the first weekend of September, so this year that's the 6th and 7th. And guess what? This year we'll be having a stand on the Sunday, so I'm busy planning lots of British yarn kits and stuff so we'll have lots to offer. Am very excited as this is a big step up from a craft fair at the Piece Hall!

If you'd like more info on the show, there's a website: Or you can join the ravelry group called British Wool Weekend 2014, where I'm posting snippets of show info now and then. Remember, tickets booked in advance cost less and, if you book before the end of June, your details will automatically be entered into a whole series of prize draws so you might end up with a lovely surprise as well.