Baird Neckwarmer, The Knitter Issue 13

I’ve just added a fantastic shot of the Baird Neckwarmer designed for issue 13 of The Knitter to the ‘My Designs’ page. It’s knitted in Lang Mille Colori Big which just wasn’t big enough for me so I’ve used it doubled throughout.

This chunky little number is named after my bezzy mate Margo, not because it’s a chunky little number but because it makes you feel warmer to have it around. She’ll kill me for that no doubt . . .

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Etsy finds and the Eco Gift Guide

I’ve been a bit slack about getting my head around both Ravelry and Etsy so I’ve tried to put that right this week, so much so that my eyes are a bit screen weary, think I need to do some knitting.

Anyway, I spotted the work of Edinburgh based fashion knitwear label Isobel and Cleo at a wee makers fair in the Edinburgh last Sunday. Their collection of knitwear and accessories is an interesting and exciting blend of hand and machine knitting, if you like your knitting 4ply & Fairisle this will take you out of your comfort zone. Have a look at them over at Etsy and whilst you’re there check out Going Home To Roost a hub of gorgeous home crafting run by a lady called Bonnie. As well as selling  her range of hand made aprons, cushions and home accessories on Etsy Bonnie also blogs. This month she’s included Kitglobal’s Shetland Flame Scarf kit in Organic dyed Walnut in the Eco Conscious section of her Gift Guide which brings together truly original gift ideas for tech lovers, crafters, outdoorsy types and lots more.

The combination of this, Kirsty’s Homemade Christmas and the fog that’s been sitting over Edinburgh all day makes me want to stay in, stick another smokeless briquette on the fire and knit ~ in fact that just what I’ll do.

Farewell to Blanche

Maggie Jones - Corrie Icon

This had absolutely NOTHING to do with knitting but I’m devastated to hear that the Coronation Street actress Maggie Jones who played Deirdre Barlow’s acid tongued mother Blanche Hunt has passed away.

She was the best thing on Corrie with lines like “Good looks are a curse, Deirdre. You and Kenneth should count yourselves lucky” one of the many gems that passed her corrosive lips. She made many a hard night’s knitting-to- a- deadline a bit more bearable.

Cheers Maggie, you’ll be missed. x

3 FOR 2 for Christmas

Because I’d  love to see in the year 2009 having got rid of the clearance stock over in the duppdupp Ebay store AND because it’s Christmas there’s 3 for 2 on all Prym, Inox, Brittany& Knit Lite knitting needles, crochet hooks and Clover accessories.