My knitting mojo is back!


Last Tuesday I went into hospital and had a micro discectomy on my back.  This was because of the prolapsed disc I had, which started last November.  Anyway I finally got to have the op and things appear to be going very well.  I am not allowed to drive or go to work for 4-6 weeks, so I am taking the time to do stuff I like doing.

And one of those things is knitting.  I had had sore hands for a while and knitting just made it worse so I decided to have a break.  However a few weeks ago I discovered a pattern at work from Juniper Moon Farm called Merrimack, and fell in love with it.  I had made a major mistake on my previous project and was not friends with it – I threw it in the naughty corner – so I decided to have a go at the Merrimack instead.  I remembered some John Arbon Knit by Numbers that I had in my stash, bought at last year’s Yarndale, and made a start.


I’d only done a few rows when I knew I was going to love this cardigan.  The yarn is sooooooo soft and warm, I’m excited!  And it doesn’t seem to be affecting my hands.  Maybe it is the soft yarn or maybe it is the needles.  I have been using my Chiagoo Interchangeables, needles that I have not used before. They are smooth, pointy for the cabling without a needle, but also slightly grippy – the combination with the yarn just seems to work.

However I was catching up on other blogs when I came across a review for the new KnitPro Zing needles. I didn’t know about these, so being a KnitPro fan I ordered a couple.  They only come in DPNS and fixed circulars at the moment, hopefully in the future they will do needle tips to fit the current cables.  Anyway I got a 2.5mm for socks, and a 3.75mm which is the size I’m using for the Merrimack from Meadow Yarn.  Each size is a different colour, which would make them easy to find in your knitting bag, with silver tips.  There is no join between the shaft and tip so that is super smooth.  Like the Chiagoos they are smooth with some grippiness.  Not as pointy though.  I have knit a couple of rows with them but haven’t got to a cable row yet, so can’t say how easy they will be to cable without a cable needle.

KnitPro Zing (left), Chicago interchangeables (right).

KnitPro Zing (left), Chicago interchangeables (right).

I suspect that I would use the KnitPros for quite plain projects and the Chiagoos or HiyaHiyas for anything with lace or cables.  Hmmmmm, that’s a job I could do while I’m recuperating – sort out all my needles!!

All Dressed Up

I recently entered a giveaway on the All Dressed Up Digital Stamps Facebook page.  You submitted a card to their gallery and a random number was drawn.  My number came up!!  I’d only just joined the group too so I was really surprised!  My prize was to choose three free images from All Dressed Up Etsy store.  I chose ‘I love my puppy’, ‘A little me time’ and ‘All wrapped up’ because it had a knitted scarf in the design.

So this card is the one I am going to enter for the next challenge.  If you want to enter click here.


I used the ‘I love my Puppy‘ image.  I wanted to use yellow because I’d seen it used recently on another blog.  Blue always goes well so I coloured most of the image in.  But I left the hair til last and couldn’t decide on Blonde, brown, black or red.  None of them seemed to suit.  So I thought why not blue.  That way it kept the whole image in the same two colours (apart from a couple of very pale green leaves).

Copic marker colours used were:  Face E000, E00, R20;  Blue B32,B93, B95;  Yellow Y11, Y06, Y02, Y08

I then rummaged through my papers and found the blues and yellows, stamped the sentiment and die cut it.  Then added the flowers and pearls.  There is a bit of blue Sakura Glaze pen on the little flowers and the hair tendrils but it isn’t clear in the photo.

If friends were flowers……….

This is a random card with no-one in mind, I just liked the image and wanted to colour it.


Tiddly Inks image again coloured with Copics, sorry I didn’t write down the colours.  The backing papers were offcuts which I bought at Crab Apple Crafts in Frodsham.  Again the sentiment was from a magazine freebie.  Some of the magazines give great free gifts, like Creative Stamping magazine.  You can see the glossy accents better on the centre of the flowers, the gems and paper flowers are from Hobbycraft and other local craft shops.

A card for Mark

I have a Welsh friend who is two days older than me.  We met when we were working together and have kept in touch since I left there 19 years ago!!  (Yikes!).   Anyway it is his birthday on Thursday so I have made this card for him…….


The dragon image is from Bugaboo stamps and the sentiment is a stamp which was free on a magazine.  I drew in the faux stitching around the edge of the card to match it.

Copics used: Reds R02, R05, R17, R27..  Browns E000, E00, E31, E35

Enjoy the little things………

I’m getting back into the swing of blogging, probably because I have things to show for my time.  I’ve been card making again and entering some challenges – and guess what?  I won one.  Well I say won, it was a random number draw and my name came up but I’m claiming it as a win.  It was the All Dressed Up July Facebook challenge and I submitted this card…. (you have to watermark them so the images can’t be stolen)


The image is actually a freebie in the All Dressed Up FB group files, and is coloured with Copic alcohol markers.  I then stamped and coloured the butterfly twice, cut them out and layered them up.  I think the backing paper was a freebie with a magazine, and I bought the paper flowers in Hobbycraft.  There are some glossy accents but they don’t show in the photo.

My prize is to choose 3 images from the All Dressed Up Etsy store, but I can’t choose!!  There are 114 of them!

I’m leaning towards ‘I love my puppy‘, maybe ‘girl on a bike‘ and maybe ‘a little me time‘.  But I keep changing my mind!!

Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep

So I am going to enter the TiddlyIinks challenge with this card.  I loved Janine’s card using the digistamp image For The Birds and immediately thought of the song Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.

I used 300gsm card and coloured the birds with Copic markers.  I then cut them out and arranged them on hand drawn branches and used gems for the circular part of the musical notes.  I coloured some silver peel offs with a blue Copic and used them as a border

I haven’t stopped singing the song in my head since I thought of it!!