TGIF

Thank goodness it’s Friday.

It’s been another big week at Grammazoo and here are a few more little bits to keep you busy at the weekend.

Weekend project #4

Small token of your love

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and for a little bit of fun, I have a couple of small projects to celebrate.

Felted roses

I had quite a bit of difficulty finding projects in the theme, but settled on these two – a simple little love heart and a bouquet of felted roses.

Felting is something Grammazoo has never tried, so I think this will be my project of choice. What will yours be?

Click on the images to download the patterns.

Weekly pattern review

The pattern gives a little relief to an otherwise plain garment.
I can’t believe I actually did this. Oh for command/z in knitting!

Have you thought to have a go at the retro tank top? I have finally restarted mine after my disastrous first go.

The wool I bought for this project came in hanks, something I hadn’t seen since I was a child.

In my head I knew the hank had to be wound into a ball, but I was anxious to get started. What a mess I got myself into!

I did try to wind that hank, but after about an hour trying, totally gave up. I will sort that later. I took the next hank and wrapped it around the back of a chair, and started winding.

Suffice to say, it is coming along quite nicely now.

I have changed the pattern and used a reverse stocking stitch stripe instead of the contrasting stripes. I think it will need some serious blocking before the pattern is revealed properly, but that is all part and parcel of this wonderful craft.

Staying with the retro theme of the week, I found a link to actual 1940s knitting patterns and what is more, the patterns are downloadable.

Bearing in mind this was war time, many of the patterns would have been sent to soldiers on the continent.

There is a balaclava, a fatigue cap that doubles as a scarf (left) and of course, the inevitable socks.

There are also some lovely baby blankets and toys, and a showcase of the latest (for 1940) in jumpers and hats. I would love to try one or two, just because I can.

One that really did fascinate me was the ‘body belt’. Was this a woolly corset? Does anyone out there know?

To check out the rest of the patterns click here. Don’t be disappointed if you can’t download the patterns at the moment, the V&A is updating its site and of course, links are broken. There have been several complaints, even by Grammazoo, so I am sure it will be fixed in the near future.

Weekly tip

Do you like making pom poms? If you are anything like me, I avoid it like the plague. But, what do you do if you have to make a large number for your latest project?

This great little video tutorial makes it simple. This link is on youTube, but I have another for the same tutorial on Facebook. Your choice, but worth taking a peek.

Yoga stretches for knitters #2

I should have used this pose earlier in the week!

I have to ask, how did your first yoga session go?

As I said last week, I love yoga, I love to feel my body stretch to its maximum, but gently, with purpose.

In this week’s video, AJ uses a chair to do a forward fold to stretch the muscles in your back, shoulders and neck.

Enjoy!

 

Got a question, like a post, don’t like something, want something more, leave Grammazoo a message in the comments down below. I am very happy to hear from you, good, bad and ugly, it all helps. In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend, Grammazoo will be back to do it all again on Monday!

 

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