The luck of the Irish

Thankyou for stopping by on this great day for the Irish.

Grammazoo has been busy finishing off and prioritising projects this week, as well as preparing for the grand opening of her shop at Etsy.com.au

Preparation for the shop has taken longer than first thought, so I have delayed the opening until the beginning of April. Knitting and finishing of stock is continuing so I can really do this properly.

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On the home front, having a ‘Tiger’ in the family is proving very interesting.

Pi has finally come to the realisation that the little man is here to stay and the pair is getting along quite nicely now.

Although sometimes I am sure Pi would still love to bite his head off.

Tiger is quite the miner too, and the back yard is beginning to look like the Alkane gold mine at Tomingly.

Perhaps he will be the one to make me rich when he discovers gold in the back yard!

The big dry has finally broken here in Dubbo.

We had quite a deluge on Monday. The rain was very welcome as we have had a very hot, dry summer.

With the deluge came hail. This we could have done without as it shredded trees and flattened many gardens, Grammazoo’s included.

The pool filled within two inches of overflowing and without some intervention from Mr P, we would have had some very soggy neighbours.

On the knitting front, Grammazoo has a couple of new patterns for you this week. Being St Patrick’s Day today, the little shamrock cardigan is very appropriate. No better time to let the little ones enjoy the festivities too.

The second pattern is an alternative for little girls to the winter beanie. A turban is a fashionable, trendy look to keep our little girls warm during the dark months of winter.

The pattern for turban and little dress is for 0-3 months only, but a pattern for bigger sizes can be purchased for a small fee from the designer.

Of course, if you are clever enough to rewrite the pattern yourself, perhaps you would be kind enough to share with the community. Pop over to the pattern page to download your copies.

There is lots more to come, so have a great week and I hope you enjoy the rest of this post.


So true, because you think about and Love them the whole time you’re figuring it out and making it; and that’s the real gift

Theresa McKenzie, Yarn memes

I found this quote by Theresa McKenzie on pinterest. Theresa is a crafter of all things and her page on pinterest has lots of interesting information. I particularly like her ‘drinking problem solutions’.

Not that I have a drinking problem, but I found some great gifts for the craft lover who has plenty of empty bottles, 

To see more check out Theresa’s page on pinterest


2016 marked the 70th anniversary of the WWII victory celebrations across the UK and to celebrate a campaign was launched by the National Trust in England to commemorate the anniversary by breaking the Guinness World record for the longest line of knitted bunting held by the English Women’s Weekly since 2011.

Just some of the bunting which is a staggering 4.6miles long, hanging from the staircase at Upton House, near Banbury in Oxfordshire, UK.

There were a few do’s and don’ts for the bunting which included:

  • You had to use double knitting wool in red, white or blue (to keep to the colours of the Union Jack) and 4mm knitting pins.
  • Bunting could be a single colour (red, white or blue) or a mixture of any of the three colours. A pattern could be added to the bunting but stocking stitch was banned as it made bunting too curly!
  • Once knitted, the bunting could be left plain or decorated with embroidery (hand or machine) or applique.
  • The bunting could be no longer than eight inches across the top, and no longer than 9 inches down the side.

There were 31,119 knitted flags which when put together measured is 7550m (24,770 ft 3 in) and the effort was achieved by Upton House and Gardens (UK) in Banbury, UK, as measured on 11 October, 2016.

A total of 996 people from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and across Europe, knitted flags for the bunting line.

The youngest knitter was nine and the oldest 98 years old, and organisers claimed a number of flags were knitted by people currently housebound, providing a connection with the outside world.

Several hundred triangles were knitted by a woman local to the area who was registered blind and was encouraged by the attempt to take up her knitting needles once more.

Once measured, the bunting was made into blankets for the needy.

For your information and just in case you feel the need, here is the pattern for the bunting.

Cast on 2 stitches
*Knit 3 rows in garter stitch (knit all rows)
Next row and every following 4th row: Increase 1 stitch at each end of the row*
Repeat these 4 rows from * to * until there are 40 stitches
Knit 1 row
(K2tog, M1) repeat to last 2 stitches, K2 tog
Knit 1 row
Cast off

For more on the unveiling of the bunting go to the page of the UK’s Daily Express


 

The feather and fan lace stitch is a standard lace pattern and creates the illusion of alternating waves. It is a good pattern to use when designing scarfs, shawls, and hats.

Johnny Vasquez – http://newstitchaday.com

Cast On: Multiples of 24
For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:
Knit – k
Purl – p
Yarn Over – yo
Knit Two Together – k2tog

Pattern:
Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *(k2tog) 4 times, (yo, k1) 8 times, (k2tog) 4 times; rep from * to end.
Row 4: Purl.
Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.



Gorgeous Tonal Merino Wool s at knitpicks.comSSK – Slip Slip Knit – Improved?
from http://www.simple-knitting.com/knitting-tips.html

“The SSK decrease has always seemed, well let’s just say not as neat as his cousin the K2tog decrease.  Try this little knitting trick and see if you like it better.

The regular ssk is as follows: slip as if to knit, slip as if to knit. Then place left needle in front of those two stitches and knit them together.

A short video of the process can be found here.

Instead of working this way, try slip as if to knit, slip as if to purl. Place left needle in front of those two stitches and knit them together.

Some people like it better and some people don’t really notice too much of a difference. What do you think?”

Personally, I have never used the ssk method, always using s1, k1, psso. However, I have always noticed a difference between the right and left sides of the project when using this decrease method. The left hand side (k2tog, k1) was always neater.

Determined to give each method a go and see for myself which was best, I knitted this little sampler.

It is hard to see on the dark wool, but the strip sectioned by the dark wool and red pins is the section I did with ‘simple knitting’s’ method. I would love to know what you think nor whether you actually notice any difference.

At the end of the sampler, I decided for my part, simple-knitting’s method by far gave the best result. So much so, that in future instead of s1, k1, psso, I will be using s1, s1 purlwise, k2tog. It is the closest look to k2tog on the other side of your garment.


AJ’s set of poses are building into a comprehensive yoga session, keeping our back, hips and shoulders strong.

To grow the list, this week AJ demonstrates the Locust pose or Salabhasana, which will help stretch and strengthen the lower back.

This pose will help to strengthen your core and the whole back of the body. Practised daily, it will also be a good work out for your butt, inner thighs and hamstrings.

I hope you have found something you liked in this week’s post and enjoyed it as much as I have putting it all together. If there is something else that you would like to see or do, please leave a message and let me know.

Have a wonderful St Patrick’s Day, may the luck of the Irish be with you.

Until next week,

 

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