Life gets in the way.

I’m not quite back into the blogging habit yet and life has being throwing us a few curve balls recently so my posts may not be so regular.

I will try to catch up more often though.

I finished the Spiral Staircase Shawl. I really enjoyed this and I do love the way it has turned out.
Unfortunately though I have had to gift this as the alpaca I used feels so itchy on my neck.
It’s strange as it felt soft while knitting but as soon as it touches my neck it itches.
It is on its way to America right now.

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This is it shortly after I weaved all the ends in, before it itched.

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Its a shame as I loved knitting it, I love the colour and the way it drapes.

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I will definitely be knitting another one for me.

Hats, I have been knitting hats.

First The Rikke hat, a free pattern by Sarah Wood.

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I have looked at this pattern for a while, couple of years at least so it was time to cast on.

I used some unknown black acrylic I already had and I am pleased with the hat.
Its a nice easy knit and looks great.
I have to fold back the brim on mine or there is too much slouch but I do like it.
It has become my favorite hat for work, for standing in the school playground when the wind whips round the school and its freezing.

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My second hat is Wurm, a free pattern by Katharina Nopp.

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I bought the wool especially for this, it King Cole riot dk and is an acrylic, wool mix.
It was nice to knit with, I read reports of it being splitty but I found it ok.
I’m really pleased with how the shading has worked on the hat and it is so soft and lovely to wear.
I will admit, I have worn it almost constantly since I finished it.

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I also have some finished socks.
As I mentioned above I have been having some family issues, plain stocking stitch socks have been just what I needed.

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I have knit socks for the past 8 years, the past 2 years have been mostly patterned and on dpn’s or just one pair I can remember as magic loop.
I thought I was finished with the small 12″ circular but this is just what I have needed the past few weeks, the quiet repitition of knit, knit, knit.

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This pair is finished and I have another pair started.

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Thats the crafting up to date I think.

I also finished a book.
Me without you by Kelly Rimmer.

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I expected to love this and not be able to put it doen as it had such good reviews. To be honest I just liked it
I think it was me though, wrong book at the wrong time as it had everything I usually require.
The story is good, the characters are likeable and believeable and the writing style is nice, it flowed just how I like it to. I just never felt it lived up to the reviews but maybe thats not the books fault.
I would still recommend it, its £1.59 on kindle still, I think and is well worth the money.

I’ve started Mercy by Jodi Picoult.

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I’ve enjoyed all the previous Jodi Picoult books I have read but I do find they leave me thinking ‘what!’.
They do seem to leave open ends. not necessarily a bad thing I suppose as I can find myself still thinking of the story days later.
This one seems good so far, I’m dipping into it as and when my arm hurts too much from crafting and I’m enjoying the bits I’ve read.

Yes, my elbow is still giving me trouble. It hurts if I craft or if I rest it so I’m trying to do both and be sensible.

I think thats it for now, I’ll try not to be too long in future.

Take care.x

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE.
ON FEEDLY I CAN’T SEE MY PHOTOS BUT ON THE WEBSITE I CAN.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM TOO. Thank you.

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About Tracey.

I craft, any craft will do.
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