I don’t buy many magazines for two reasons. 1: They’re expensive. 2: Most of them don’t appeal to me. I either can’t afford/don’t fit into/don’t like/don’t want what they’re selling. This changed with Mollie Makes. I’ve been a long time fan of the craft magazine. With its free gifts & great photography, it always brightens my day. My OH renews my subscription every birthday! So when they brought out The Simple Things magazine, I was desperate to give it a go. Always an eye for a bargain, I bought three magazines for £5. I really didn’t think that I would enjoy a magazine more than Mollie Makes, but I do with The Simple Things. It has a great mixture of things I like – from craft to gardening, travel to nature. It is definitely a firm favourite in Crafty Chai towers, with even my OH taking a peek every now & then!
When I went to Renegade Craft Fair, they had a special offer on their knitting magazines, 3 issues of The Knitter & Simply Knit for £1 each. Bargain! I signed up immediately! I’ve never really read knitting magazines before, but I am glad that I bought the subscription, as it’s greatly increased my desire to improve my knitting.
They’re all great magazines & I love reading them. They all sit at the table, so I read a bit as and when I can, usually over breakfast & lunch. I try to make them last as long as possible! They are full of inspiration and definitely get my creative juices flowing! I won’t be able to keep having all of them, but as Christmas is coming, I’m pretty sure at least one full subscription will be on that list!
A week or so ago, I saw the image below. And I can’t get it out of my head. I love wool and I really love scarves so this one from Toft really caught my eye. I love the chunky knit of this scarf – it looks really toasty.
This is not the only gorgeous thing available from Toft – I could quite happily buy every kit from their shop & be very happy for months on end. I think that knitting chunky knits is my favourite so would be very happy to receive this kit for Christmas *hint hint* from anyone! Plus, you can go & visit the alpacas, something which I would love to do. I have a real soft spot for alpacas & llamas so will have to take a trip up there soon. Enjoy!
I have achieved something that I never thought I would – I have knitted myself a jumper. Yep, I’m ready for Winter! Ali over at Domesticali recommended I try knitting the Spud & Chloe Polly Pullover. She assured me that it was easy & I’d be fine. She wasn’t wrong! I ordered my giant needles & lovely yarn and set about to making my jumper. I wasn’t really sure how I would get on, but it was really easy and grew really quickly.
The wool is gorgeous, soft and warm. It’s lovely to knit and the whole jumper grows really quickly. If you want to knit a jumper, this is definitely one you should try. It’s not cheap – I used just under 7 skeins of yarn and they cost £12.99 each. But this is something that will keep forever – as long as I’m careful how I wash it!
The pattern is really easy to follow and the whole thing was really great to knit. I only had to undo it once & that’s because I’d missed a stitch. If I can find a cheaper alternative to the wool from the pattern, I’d happily have another go at this jumper. It wouldn’t take long and looks great! Have a go – you won’t be sorry that you did! x
As you know I like challenging myself when it comes to my knitting. So when I saw this knit along by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud of Rock + Purl a few months ago, I signed up straight away. Sadly, I didn’t get involved in the knit along at the time, but I’m doing it now – better late than never eh?!
So I’ve finally started, using some lovely sock yarn that I won on Twitter from Pip at the Sock Yarn Shop. I’m half way through week 2 so thought that I could update you with my progress. I’m hoping to finish my Spud & Chloe jumper soon too, as I don’t like having more than one project on the go at a time. It’s quite tricky as I have to knit with 5 double pointed needles and I’ve learnt how to make a new stitch right and left! I’m really enjoying it and hope to knit them well enough so that I can give them as a gift! Check back for updates on these new socks! x