Yarn Shop Day – special guest Louisa Harding at Stash Fine Yarns

Louisa Harding, knitwear and yarn designer, is coming to my LYS for Yarn Shop Day on 3rd May.  She came once before when she was promoting her Himalayan Trek for MacMillan.  This time she is bringing garments from her book, Knits from an English Rose, and will be talking to customers informally.  She has also agreed to an interview with The Baarmygirls Podcast!!!  So Jane and I are putting together some questions, but here is your chance to get involved – what would you ask Louisa Harding?  Leave your questions in the comments or you can email them to baarmygirls@gmail.com

If you are in the Chester/Wrexham/N Wales/Merseyside area, come along to Stash Fine Yarns on May 3rd and meet her in person.  We’ll be open from 11-5, but Louisa will be getting there sometime after lunch. We will be having tea & coffee, and some regulars are making cakes and biscuits, including a carrot cake from me.  And there are also some goodie bags to be had!  All the staff will be in, and we will be demonstrating techniques you may be unsure of.  Personally I shall be demonstrating Kitchener Stitch for grafting, and showing how to do Judy’s Magic Cast On.

Hope you can make it, it’s going to be a fab day, Andy from Chester Wool Company will also be there with his yarns and some Fyberspates too.

In the meantime, have a listen to Baarmygirls if you like    or http://baarmygirls.buzzsprout.com and tell us what you think.

And don’t forget those questions!!!

FO: Purple socks & some sewn bags

I finished some socks!


I used my usual 60st pattern on 2.5mm circs and the yarn is Drops Fabel.

And then today I did some sewing and made a couple of bags.  I bought the fabric last week in Dunhelm Mill, there is a big new store opened locally.  I think it is an upholstery or curtain fabric so is thicker than dress cotton and so I didn’t bother to line them.  A colleague at work is having a big birthday so I am going to give one to her with some HiyaHiya needles inside it.


Not On Automatic

Yesterday afternoon I took a photography class.  Well I thought it was going to be a class – i.e. 5 or 6 people – but it was just me, so basically I had a one-to-one lesson with tutor Sam Ryley.  Although I have had my DSLR for over 5 years, I haven’t really got to grips with it and used the Auto setting a lot.  So we went right back to basics and I learned about shutter speed, aperture size, ISO settings etc.

Part way through we went for a wander and bumped into one of Sam’s friends, Ryan, who apparently plays in a band.  Sam asked him to do a moody pose, and this is my finished version after fiddling about in iPhoto and PicMonkey

Ryan collage


I really enjoyed the couple of hours lesson, and shall now put my new found knowledge into perfecting my yarn photos!!

Pic Monkey

I have been knitting again, woohoo.  The hand is improving by the day and I have managed to finish off a project I was working on.  I can’t show it yet as it is for a gift.

However I was just reading Knitsofacto‘s blog and thought I’d have a go at this.  I just picked a random photo of the dog for my first attempt.  I like it!

Susie in Garden PicMonkey Collage

I picked out the dark brown from her eyes, the pink from her nose and then various colours of grass, ball and gravel.

Have a go, Annie gives excellent instructions on how to do it!

I want to knit!!

I had my carpal tunnel surgery on Tuesday.  I won’t show any photos in case you are squeamish but I had a couple of whopping bruises, one of which almost filled the palm of my hand.  There was a large bandage on it for two days and now I just have a large plaster dressing with a loose protective sleeve over it.  I’m not allowed to get it wet, until I’ve at least had the stitches out on Friday.  As I am right handed I’ve had to learn to cope using my left hand.  I finally worked out how to do a bra up without Colin’s help this morning!  But writing anything is nigh on impossible.

The operation took 9 minutes!!  That is the time between them putting on a tourniquet and taking it off again.  I think you have to be careful about the amount of time you have a tourniquet in place.  I remember hearing something about soldiers in battle.  If they were given a tourniquet, the time would be written on their forehead so the medic would know how long it had been on.  Something about toxins building up if there is no blood supply.

Anyway, no problems for me on that score.  I am still a little swollen, mainly my thumb, and don’t have a lot of strength in my hand.  I was going to attempt to go to work tomorrow but I wouldn’t be able to do much so I’m not going in.  I’m not due in then until Saturday, so should be ok by then.

I am getting a bit frustrated at not being able to knit though.  I thought that seeing as I was “poorly sick” I would treat myself to some yarn to cheer myself up a bit.  Well yes the yarn is lovely, but I so much want to use it and I can’t.  Grrrrrr.  Here it is anyway, a Zauberball in colour Oktoberfest.  I couldn’t get the colour quite right in the photo editing, it is slightly more orange.



Although this isn’t a Crazy Zauberball you can just see on the left edge that it does have a little bit of the variegated twist in it. Now I need to find a project to really show off the colours.  Perhaps another Zilver?

Talking of shawls, did anyone see the episode of The Great British Sewing Bee where one of the ladies was wearing a knitted rainbow coloured one?  No-one even mentioned it, or perhaps they edited it out.


A bit of sewing

I made this for Colin for St Patrick’s Day!!

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I thought it would be perfect using this shamrock fabric!!  I’ve called him Patrick.

I got the pattern free with Sew magazine, there are five animals to make so another may appear at some time!

FO: Mariner’s Mitts

This morning I got on and finished my Mariner’s Mitts as I was on a deadline.

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Pattern: Mariner’s Mitts by Donna Clerkin

Yarn: Regia Angora Merino in Lilac colour

Needles: 2.5mm HiyaHiya Sharps circular

My deadline is Tuesday.  That is when I go in for carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand.  I am also having the left one done but at a later date because as the SHO said to me, and I quote “There are hygiene issues, like being able to wipe your bum”!!  Initially I had an appointment through for 6th May, but I had a phone call on Friday saying they had a cancellation and could I go in Tuesday?  I’m a bit nervous but it needs doing.  Sometimes I struggle to hold a knife and fork!

BUT it means I won’t be able to knit for a few weeks.  Eeeeek!!  Luckily the gift I am making for my pregnant friend isn’t needed until the beginning of May.

The Baarmygirls podcast has done quite well so far.  There have been 122 people who have at least listened to part of it according to the hosting site.  And we are now searchable on iTunes so you can subscribe and never miss an episode! (Just search “baarmygirls”.) Even though I won’t be knitting, we’ll still record episode 2 in a couple of weeks time, I’m sure we can think of plenty to chat about.  If you have had a listen, please do give us some feedback so we can improve.

I’m hoping to catch up on a bit of reading in the meantime, and I’m going to have a watch of the Craftsy class I bought a while ago, Knit to Flatter.  I also watched a free class called Sew Ready Machine Basics and I got my sewing machine out again.  It needed some tweaking to get it to work properly but with a little help from my friends I got that sorted.  I’ll save what I made for the next post as it is for a gift.