Long time, No posts!

Hi there,
Sorry, it’s been so long since I wrote anything. I was nursing a painful shoulder and elbow and had to give up on knitting and crocheting for a while to try and let them heal.
I’ve now started knitting again, although not for too long at a time. Here are my current projects…

One is a chunky, holey jumper, which is knitted in only 2 pieces. You knit one back and one front only (sleeves are part of this). It will be interesting to see how this works out. I find it much harder to judge the size so I think it may be smaller than I would like.

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This is two yarns knitted together. One is a Red Heart sparkly yarn and the other a cotton yarn.

Then there is the summer dress that I started last year and got fed up with. I hate really ‘big’ projects! I have little patience so get bored with knitting the same thing for too long. Anyway, I went back to it and it has seemed surprisingly quick this time around. I’ve finished one side already and am on the second. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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I changed the colours slightly.
Well, that’s it for now. Going to enjoy the Easter break for a few days. Happy Easter!

Braiding, no really!

Well, my first new craft is braiding, yes really. I’ve never seen the cardboard or foam bases that are used to do this before, and it’s so easy. The quick cardboard one looked like this.

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And in the picture below, it is the thinner pink coloured one in the centre. Then I tried the foam base with more slots and the other two are the results of that one. It can be a bit monotonous, if you are doing a longer braid but at least you can put it down and it’s do easy to see where you are when you start again.
Haven’t decided what I’m going to do with them yet but have already cut my own simple base and shown a friend.
Try it for yourself!
Oh, and there’s even a Braid Society! Lovely ladies (and a man) that I met at the craft show.

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Hey ho, hey ho, it’s off to the craft show I go!

Thanks to Simply Knitting magazine, I won tickets to the Craft4Crafters show and I’m going today. Watch this space… I will send you photos of any new or exciting things I find!

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In the meantime, I love this idea I saw somewhere (sorry, the place has eluded me for the moment) and I’m going to make one or two as decorations.

Overdone?

I think I may have overdone the knitting & crochet in the run up to Christmas, as I now have a painful elbow and my recurring finger problem is back too. So I shall be talking short break for a while to try and recover. Sorry, but, sadly, I’m not getting any younger…
I shall leave you, for now, with a photo of my Jean Greenhowe doll.

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My Own Cuddly Snowman

Well, I finally go around to writing up my Snowman pattern and putting it on Ravelry.  You can find it here:  http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/diane-stobbart-designs/188404

My mum gave me the Snowdog pattern to try and I loved him but could only find a crocheted Snowman pattern so I decided to make my own.  If you do try him out, please let me know if you find any problems.  I hope you like him!

Merry Christmas.

Copyright Diane Stobbart 2013

Copyright Diane Stobbart 2013

Beautiful Sparkly Scarves

I’ve been doing some Christmas knitting. My favourite yarn for scarves is Sirdar Taffeta – it’s sparkly and colourful and knits up fairly easily, if you’re used to the ‘pick up a loop’ kind of scarf knitting.

Here’s a pinky purple one that I’ve knitted, and a grey/black one that I’m just starting. It’s not too expensive either, I think I got the yarn for about £6/7 online.

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