Time flies …

Hello again,

I am not sure where my time goes, but go it does and as I find the end of March getter nearer, I really have to get my ‘a into g’.

I have been very busy trying to finish of my many projects, as well as getting ready to open my shop on Etsy.

Peter the Penguin has finally been completed and I am really chuffed with the result.

It is his eyes that make him so distinctive. They are a real feature of all of Amanda Berry’s designs.

Arthur’s tank top is almost there (see Grammazoo’s good advice below).

I have struggled with this project because of the way the Alpaca has knitted up, but after reading an article about Alpacas and their wool, I understand the problem and why.

I still have some of this beautiful wool left for another project and am hoping with my new-found knowledge, I will manage a far better result.

The stock for the Etsy opening has been the main focus of my work this week. While the little items don’t take a lot of time to knit, finishing them off does, particularly when you leave them all to be finished at once …


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It’s Friday

Happy weekend from Grammazoo!

Weekend’s mean it is time for our next small project and this weekend we are going to recycle some old t-shirts by shredding them and using the cut pieces as yarn to make something new and useful. Interested?

Of course, you can buy t-shirt yarn by the cone, but I thought it would be far more fun to recycle some old ones and see what we get.

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Yoga for knitting

Yoga? For knitting? You better believe it.

I was going through my regular emails last week and in one of the newletters, there was a link to yoga, specifically for knitters and crocheters.

I love yoga and intrigued I clicked the link, lo and behold, I found a series of 18 different stretches for the upper body to keep you supple as you ply away on your favourite project.

Each Friday for the next 18 weeks, I will preview a new pose. If you practise each of these in succession, your shoulders, arms and upper body will never cease up again.

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Something new

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.

18th Century poet Alexander Pope

There is a lot of truth in Pope’s words as ‘The Yarn Harlot’, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee writes:

It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only two stitches: knit and purl. [Amazing when you think of it!] Sure, you throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity. The most incredible gossamer lace shawl, the trickiest Aran, a humble sock … each are just made with knit and purl.

Know these two stitches; Rule the world.

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Yay, it’s the weekend … again!

This is going to be a very busy weekend for Grammazoo. I am going to knit my pink pussyhat before it is over – now that is going to be a challenge, considering ‘Squish’s’ shawl is also going to need some attention.

But I also have to keep the major off my back. He is dying to see what I do with the two-minute noodles I asked him to buy last week. I have kept him in suspenders until now, but feel the time is right to try it out.

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