I’m back

I’ve been slacking a little recently with my blog so I apologise to all my readers. Life has got in the way a little but I’m back again.

We have celebrated my nieces birthday heidi was 18 years old and wow that makes me feel so old! I got her a Pandora charm for her to keep forever and my mum and myself had some flowers with a balloon delivered to her sixth form for her 🙂

The next birthday we celebrate will be mine. One that is a milestone lol if I could choose a cake I would have this one, isn’t it fabulous!

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I have lots of hand dyed yarns going into my peggy’s yarns shop this week but something else new are these minion stitch markers. So cute and selling well peggy’s yarns

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Rolo is getting bigger, nearly 11 weeks old now, still as tiny. He has had his first injection and we can’t wait to take him for a walk to the local park. The weather has been beautiful recently so hoping it stays like this now.

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My mum made me this cushion the other day. Love it and it goes great with my colour scheme in my living room. She obviously also loves to knit and she always has to have something on the needles.

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I haven’t made any progress on my socks but I have been knitting a commission which is on a deadline. But then I will finish all the socks! Including my own pattern I am designing

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Hand dyed yarns

I have been quite busy the last week dyeing yarns, knitting and looking after my family.

I love hand dyeing yarns and seeing the colour combinations I can come up with. All of my yarns are one off unique skeins.
The first ones my son named galaxy, perfect for socks as these skeins are matching.

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The next hand dyed yarn is called menace as the colours are red and black.

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I’ve also made some stitch markers in the last week. My favourite are these Jack skellington ones.

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I’ve also been doing some test knitting this week and decided to knit a grey throw for my living room which is going to take me ages but I’m enjoying it…..so far

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Will post a free pattern for the throw when I’ve finished it.

Let me know if you would like any particular tutorial or blog post.

where you can buy the yarn and stitch markers

Knitting, coffee and plans

I have been so busy with lots of knitting commissions and test knits. But I am here again with another blog post.

The weather has been rainy and a little but miserable so trying to keep positive. Also had a big change home wise but it’s all working out well.

Apart from knitting my other addiction this week has been vanilla latte coffee. Probably the reason why I’ve been whizzing through my work

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Also been dyeing some gorgeous yarns. This one is called galaxy and it is matching so perfect for socks. peggys yarns etsy shop

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One of the socks I’m working on at the moment by Carol feller through the aplayfulday podcast on ravelry. I bought the e book and loving the patterns

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What are you working on? What would you like to read or see on the blog? Let me know in the comments

Influence of Mr Selfridge

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After watching the whole first series of Mr selfridge on my kindle through Netflix I have been very influenced by this era. I love this series tremendously and it has opened up a lot of new design ideas for me.

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The characters are particular with their appearance and glide across the screen. Even the ones with little or no money still always made an effort with their appearance.

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Knitting of course was something people did then, just as my nanny Peggy did as something you had to do to make clothes for yourself and children. Now it is seen as a hobby and it is cheaper to buy a woollen garment mass produced from a shop than make it yourself.

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I also love the Victorian decor such as the bedrooms. Doesn’t it look inviting and fresh. Of course there had to be a knitted throw on the bed too.

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I have a few designs I am making at the moment including long gloves with lace detail, capes and socks.

Let me know which era has or is inspiring you at the moment?

Never forgotten

This has been an emotional day for me today. So far my blog posts aren’t too personal but I had to write something today about an amazing lady.

I will not mention her name but she was born in 1919 and saw so many eras. She came into our family quite some year’s ago and as she had no family of her own we adopted her like a Nan. She was always proud to be part of a family and used to tell us all the time.

Just before Christmas this amazing lady died but she had such an impact on all of our lives. She influenced myself, my sister, the children of the family and of course our mum too. This was only a few people as she had many friends and uncles and aunts of mine too that grew close to her.

I remember making her this pale blue pleated shawl for her birthday one year. Her favourite colour.

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She was a very educated lady and loved her garden and her cats that she owned over time. We will miss her dearly. I know she would not want us to be sad today, the day of her funeral.

So I suppose my message for today and the reason for this blog post is to appreciate all you have and the people around you.

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Not just a glass jar

Over Christmas we have had a lot of glass jars emptied. I use them for a number of things which I would like to share with you all.

Of course you can use them to store things in or for crafts such as painting. But here are a few other imaginative ideas

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With dark nights still here popping a candle inside a glass jar is a lovely idea and you can always decorate it too

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Another great idea is to grow herbs in on your kitchen window sill. This idea we are doing this year for sure 

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Pop a little poise of flowers into a glass jar. Looks delightful especially if the flowers were picked from your garden or in the wild.

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Having a party? Why not serve your drinks in glass jars with a funky straw. Great for all ages

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Then top it off with individual birthday trifles. So easy to make and could be made the night before the party 

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Hope you have enjoyed these ideas for glass jars. Let me know your favourites or anything you do 

Organising craft items

I love the start of the new year for organising everything. I don’t like clutter and like things to have their own place in my home.

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I love this idea for using pegs for pieces of yarn you wish to keep. Such a handy idea and looks pretty too.

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Another idea for using up oddments of yarn is to use it on presents. Something I will be doing for birthdays this year.

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If you have any empty tissue boxes left use them to store your yarn in or while you are knitting. You could even decorate the empty boxes yourself.

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Glass jars are excellent for keeping buttons especially if you have lots of different colours that need sorting out. A great visual display on a shelf or desk.

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I have a lot of yarn in my stash, which knitter doesn’t?! These shoe holders are a great idea for storing yarn in 

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Let me know if you have any hints or tips on craft storage too.

A round up of 2013?

Everyone seems to do a round up of the year on their blogs. I will be high lighting the things I am proud of in 2013 but not mentioning everything.

What did 2013 teach me? Actually it taught me a lot. Mainly about going after what you want and New beginnings. I moved to a new house this year which I love. I have amazing family and have made some wonderful friends too.

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Of course work will be included in this blog post. I was featured in let’s knit magazine again and knit today. Knit today and the local paper ran stories on the charity ideas I was doing for pancreatic cancer to help raise money. I also had great success selling my designs on etsy to a wide range of countries.

I have decided to concentrate on my knitting pattern designs for 2014 and just do the odd commision. I am starting a podcast too and YouTube channel. I am also going to be dyeing more yarns for peggy’s yarns. Therefore trying to expand it more.

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2014 is going to be the year that I really make things happen while still keeping my family a priority too.

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Happy New year ideas

I have so many ideas for the new year it’s all very exciting.

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I saw an idea the other day of putting things you wish to achieve into a glass jam jar and then at the end of the year see how many became possible. What a great idea! Something I will be doing

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We don’t usually do much for New year’s eve but I thought this was a great idea to keep the children happy and make them feel a little more special on New year’s eve.

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I hope you all have a great new year and let me know if you are going to try any of these ideas.

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