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Wool, wool everywhere…

Crafty Chai Wool Stash

Crafty Chai Wool StashI have a lot of wool. I have a lot of patterns. But I’m stuck in a rut. I need to make things to sell on my Folksy page but a lot of the patterns I have I can’t use for commercial purposes. I’ve got some patterns that I want to make for myself but I don’t have the correct needles. Am in a right craft quandary.

The problem is that I have a wool buying addiction. I don’t buy more than one ball at a time so I don’t think I have enough for half the projects I want to complete. I also need to get some double pointed needles. I’d hoped that the magic loop technique and the circular needles I have would be enough to knit a pair of socks. But it’s not. So I’m going to have to hunt around for some extra cash to buy some DPN’s. I really want to knit a pair of socks. At least then I can use up some of my wool stash…and then replace it!

Coffee Cosy

Crafty Chai Coffee Cosy

As a crafter I get really inspired looking at what other people are doing. I love looking at Pinterest for this very reason. There are so many gifted people out there doing amazing things. One craft blog I really like is Cornflower Blue. Reading through some of her posts I noticed this one on a coffee sleeve. It looked simple enough so I thought I’d give it a go. But this meant learning some new knitting skills: Using a circular needle & using the Magic Loop technique.

I bought my circular needle on a trip to Loop earlier on in the year. They recommended that I use the Magic Loop technique for smaller projects. When I looked at them blankly, they suggested I watch the help videos on www.knittinghelp.com. I’m so glad they did. I couldn’t have made the cosy without their help.

It took me ages, and I mean ages, to get it. I tried to use double pointed needles but I soon realised that I am far too cift to use these. I was really slow to start with & made silly obvious mistakes. My first few attempts lie, unpicked, in a pile of wool. My first successful attempt still had a few errors in it but it worked. The best one is pictured below. It seems so easy now I’ve done it a few times, despite the pattern being relatively simple. It was the first time I’ve ever done double rib stitch, as well as the first time I’d used straight needles.

Now I need to knit a few that are completely perfect. I’m going to add them to my Folksy shop once I’ve got a small stockpile as well as sell a few in my local coffee shop, Throwing Buns. Then I’d like to experiment a bit – add buttons, use a different stitch, mix up the colours & maybe knit some for china mugs. I love a good knitting challenge!

I’d like to thank Rachel of Cornflower Blue for giving me permission to use her pattern & sell the ones that are good enough to be sold. x

Crafty Chai Coffee Cosy

My First Mittens

Crafty Chai Knitted Mittens

I need to challenge my knitting skills. I don’t want to become one of those knitters who says, ‘Cable knit? Oh no I couldn’t possibly do that!’. I’ve been wanting to add other knitted goods to my Folksy page so that there’s more things on there for people to buy. Even I realise ear warmers aren’t for everyone! So armed with a patten book, I had a flick through & came across a pattern for fingerless mittens. Hmmm…I thought…how hard can they be?!

Crafty Chai Knitted MittensThe answer? Not very hard at all – even the thumb wasn’t tricky. And each mitten is the same size! They were knitted on ordinary needles & sewn up along the side. There are one or two holes from me trying to make a stitch, but I’m hoping that someone from needles & natter will help fill those in. If not, I’ll be adding some strategically placed buttons or sequins! Granted the stitches aren’t difficult – it’s just garter, stocking & rib stitch but I think they look great. They didn’t take too long either & they were completed pretty quickly while watching two rugby matches & an F1 race (& qualifying!). It’s one of the things I like about autumn & winter – an excuse to sit and knit. So family & friends, pick a colour because these could be your Christmas present! (Not kidding) x

Another Knitted Headband

Brownie Modelling the Crafty Chai Headband

But this one’s different. Even though I’m a knitter, I don’t really know or understand much about wool. This doesn’t really worry me. I go by feel. I like soft wools that remind me of autumnal days & winter nights.

Merino Wool Headband

That’s why my latest headband is slightly more expensive than previous ones (I say expensive, it’s only £6.50!). My OH picked this ball of wool because of the colour. I gave the ball of wool a squidge & knew I had to knit with it. I loved knitting with it. It was so easy. I started it on Saturday & finished it yesterday. It’s been listed on my Folksy page today. So thank you Debbie Bliss for your lovely Rialto Aran wool. Both I & Brownie thank you. x

Brownie Modelling the Crafty Chai HeadbandDo you have a favourite wool to knit with? Or maybe a favourite fabric to sew with?