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Creative Friday and Day Five of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

Welcome to Creative Friday ūüôā Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and posts their links to their amazing work:) Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/ so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

Day Five Knitting & Crochet Blog Week: 1st April. And now for something completely different
Experimental blogging day to try and push your creativity in blogging to the same level that you perhaps push your creativity in the items you create.There are no rules of a topic to blog about (though some suggestions are given below) but this post should look at a different way to present content on your blog. This can take one of many forms, but here a few suggestions: Wordless, photographic post Video blog post Podcast Cartoon/sketch of an idea Write about a subject from a different perspective (for example, you could write about a day in the life of a knitted sock from the point of view of the sock). Interpretive modern dance (why does someone always suggest this? A poem or piece of rhyming verse Stop motion animation.  2KCBWDAY5

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For today, just a photo of my new baby Alpaca handspun and a poem.
This roving was dyed by Feltstudiouk. This is just the softest yarn…. dreamy…..

To Spin:
The roving glides through my fingers
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Fills my heart and soul with joy
For now¬†I knit…¬†
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Knitting & Crochet Blog Week Day Four: Where are they now?

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Todays Post Description:
Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

Today I really wasn’t sure what I was going to write about and then I remembered that quite a few years ago, about a year after I was married (seems like so long ago!) … I knitted a couple of¬†cardigans for Richard. It did take me ages to finish these two projects but I did enjoy making them. I must have knitted these cardigans about 15 years ago and he still wears them to work in the winter months. As you can see, they are slightly stretched now but I think they have held up rather well over the years.

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This is my Shalom cardigan, I really enjoyed this knit! I used a soft Merino handspun and the cardigan is deliciously soft. I love to wear it as often as I can. In fact I do believe it is time to make another one very soon! It is still so comfortable and now that the days are starting to cool down, it’s time to bring it out from winter clothing storage.

This is a Kye’s Milo Vest, unfortunately he really doesn’t like to wear it:( I am sure that this¬†will change as soon as it cools down enough and then hopefully he will wear it over his long sleeves.

Lastly the little gnome hat I knitted for Kye a few years ago. He wears it for short amounts of time in winter… All in all it seems as if knitted goods tend to survive around here (maby because some of them aren’t worn often enough ūüôā I always wash them by hand in cool water, use softener and lay flat to dry and reshape while still wet.
xo
Linda
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Day 3 – Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches 2KCBWDAY3

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How do you keep your yarn wrangling organised? It seems like an easy to answer question at first, but in fact organisation exists on many levels. Maybe you are truly not organised at all, in which case I am personally daring you to try and photograph your stash in whatever locations you can find the individual skeins. However, if you are organised, blog about an aspect of that organisation process, whether that be a particularly neat and tidy knitting bag, a decorative display of your crochet hooks, your organised stash or your project and stash pages on Ravelry. 2KCBWDAY3
Today for Knitting & Crochet week we are blogging about our yarn stash, a while back I packed everything yarn related into my cupboards in my yarn room. I was so tired of going to look for a particular skein and not being able to find it. So the first two photos show my wool room that I have blogged before but the photos underneath show the fibre. Now, fibre is not easy to pack¬†NEATLY away… no not at all! So there it stands on the other side of my yarn room in large plastic packets.
I have seen these wonderful containers on quite a few blogs that I could just pop this fibre into and this would neaten up things quite a bit I would say? Yes?
So without firther ado, page down and just see the bags of fibre all over the place… I know… I know I need to spin it up and get some order going in this room:)

Yarn, Merino / Silk blend, Angora ….. live in this pile…

More Merino, Alpaca and Angora fibre live over here…

This is cotton fibre, Nef sock yarn (BLISS!! Yes!! so incredibly soft) and sock yarn¬†…

Now there is also cupboard space in this here room of mine, lots of Alpaca and Cashmere down there with just a little Organic South African Handspun Merino too… Thank goondess this space has doors that close!

Now if you walk over to the other side of the room with me, there is rainbow cotton dk, felting fibre and plenty of luxury rovings to spin up here… (see closing doors too, phew…)

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Lastly, this is what is behind the door, superwash, merino and cashmere:)
Thanks so much for walking through my yarn room with me:)
xo xoÔĽŅ
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Knitting and Crochet Blog Week – Skill + 1 UP 2KCBWDAY2 – Magic Loop Technique, Crochet and my Knitting Machine

Thank you all so much to those who visited yesterday and left comments:) It has been wonderful visiting so many lovely blogs.
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Today is the second day of the annual Knitting and Crochet week:
29th March. Skill + 1UP:
 Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?
Since last year this time I have learned a few new skills that I love!
Firstly, I have learned the Magic Loop Technique, this completely revolutionised my knitting skills, I have continually used this method of knitting in many of my patterns that I have designed since then. I think that the first pattern I used it for was my Easter Egg pattern. It was so wonderful to be able to just knit something small in the round with no seams to sew up! This pattern has a brief introduction to the magic loop.
The second skill that I have learned after so many attempts is Crochet! How wonderful and rewarding it is to be able to now finally understand what all those crochet terms mean:) I have managed to crochet a hexagon and I will be making a blanket over the next year or so.

Lastly, I have learned how to work a knitting machine, it is really so easy to set up, my blanket has now doubled in size since the last photo and I will be adding another 2 skeins of yarn and then it will be finished. Erin has asked for this blanket to be a gift for her birthday next month:) I will crochet around the edge in a natural undyed Merino yarn to finish it off.

It really is such a wonderful gift to learn something new and I feel tremendous gratitude in my heart:)

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