So. <Adjusts posture and adopts important announcy sort of voice.> You may recall from earlier in the year my cheery chatterings about co-judging the Stylecraft Special DK colour competition up in beautiful Yorkshire, with Lucy from Attic24 and Sarah Neal from Let's Knit magazine. (Sarah is a woman who understands that sometimes you need to sit in a car park frantically finishing knitting a skirt for the meeting that you are about to take part in: let's just say that I feel a lot of Continue Reading
Competition! The Knitting & Crochet Guild
And a very happy Tuesday to you all. May your day be filled with cuddles, blueberries, wine, and some unusually luscious yarn. But here are the serious bits. Happy, but serious. First, do you remember the Stylecraft competition that I co-judged with Sarah from Let's Knit magazine and Lucy from Attic24? Well, I'm finally allowed to talk about the shortlist because it's time for YOU to judge which of the ten colours that we selected should be added to Stylecraft range. We were rather pleased with Continue Reading
Judging The Stylecraft Competition
And... breathe... Right, so this is my post about co-judging the Stylecraft yarn competition. Settle y'selves, friends, for it threatens to be a long'un. There may also be gaps where I run upstairs to gullibly respond to yet another request from the Toddler Twinnage. (Y'know, twins, I'm not convinced that you're really scared of the rain any more. Anyway, you're still in trouble for that water fight in your bedroom half an hour ago that I've only just finished cleaning up. Now will you GO TO Continue Reading
Stylecraft Competition, Yorkshire, Internet Friends, And Champagne.
Oh where to even begin? I'm back from yarn-filled, sun-drenched (despite any regional stereotypes you've encountered) west Yorkshire. I have so much to show you - more, I think, than can realistically be shoe-horned into one blog post, unless you like your blog posts encyclopaedic. Obviously, to anyone who's been dabbling 'Yarnside a-lately, there's the main event, co-judging the Stylecraft / Let's Knit competition to find a luscious new shade of yarn. Here's a teaser photo, but this Continue Reading
This Isn’t Going To Work, Is it?
A quick one, my fine friends, because I'm knitting against a deadline. And for now, the deadline seems to be winning. :-( I haven't even drafted this post on paper; just opened the little flap in my brain behind which all the crazy lives, and let it all dribble out uncensored onto the keyboard. Consider y'self warned. And maybe fetch a stiff drink. So Tuesday is Stylecraft judging day with Lucy from Attic24, and having self-imposed this ridiculous deadline of designing/knitting a new skirt to Continue Reading
Thank You, People :-)
A quickie, because I'm busy knitting. But I wanted to post a wee bit of enthusiasm because there's a chance that maybe, just maybe, the Yorkshire Skirt will be done by Tuesday's deadline (if I employ a team of minions to weave in the ends and block it on the back seat of the car on my way north). Look! But mostly I've come on here to say thank you for all the kind words and suggestions for my sore, knit-weary hand, and also for the encouragement. You're kinder than I deserve, and I appreciate Continue Reading
This Is Crazy, No? NO?
I know you’ve all been there: the three more pairs of gift socks still to be knitted and it’s 10pm on Christmas Eve. Or the exquisite, fit-through-a-wedding-ring bridal shawl that the bride really needs like, erm, tomorrow, for her wedding, and you’re only half way through the working the lace. OK, I made up these exact scenarios, but to a knitter/crocheter, they’re normal and completely understandable, right? But I think I might have over-stretched myself this time. The knitting in question Continue Reading
Good News, Earthlings!
People, I bring you good news. The sort of news that could result in you receiving an enormous and colourful parcel of yarn on your doorstep some day soonish, no matter where in the world you live. Seriously, if you live on Planet Earth, you're in. A few days ago I posted about a competition by Stylecraft yarns to find a scrumptious new shade for their Special DK range. (As I'm co-judging this competition, I'm even more excited about it than I would be anyway.) At the time, the terms and Continue Reading