Welcome to my blog. I live, knit and craft near the Northumbrian Coast (but not too near – the waves won't be splashing my knitting!).There's a story in every stitch, every grain of sand, every blade of grass. I thought I'd blog about it…
The group continue to knit, crochet and sew all manner of beautiful things. Here are a selection of their makes.
L has now completed her colourful Sweet Pea Blanket (pictured above), by adding the border.
This was a kit she received from her daughter at Christmas.
L has also been loom knitting this hat.
R has been making herself a cardigan in a self patterning yarn in soft shades of blue and beige.
She’s also been continuing a patchwork project that has been on the go for many years ands wondering how to do the border.
L came to the rescue with some advice as she’s made hexagon quilts before, including this lovely pink one.
That’s the beauty of social knitting/crafting. All that pooled experience means that there is seldom a question that cannot be answered.
We also put our heads together on this project that Y has been working on.
This is one of a pair of gentleman’s kilt stockings in a cable design made in very fine yarn. It involved purl twisted cable, which took some working out! Y is definitely the Sock Queen – she also made these colourful self striping socks, with bright shades alternating with black.
It took me longer to make my alpaca socks than she took to make both of these pairs!
C has made these lovely blue baby bootees….
…and has been working on a pink teddy bear!
A has been crocheting baby blankets, including this one in pretty pastel shades.
She also asked someone skilled in amigurami crochet to make this bunny – isn’t it lovely?
Another crafty friend, who is not in our online knitting group – showed me something she recently completed from a kit: a crocheted Harry Potter! The kit included the tiny broomstick!
Have you made any toys recently? I’d love to hear about them.
I have been on a break from the blog . My last post was on 1st November and for a while I seemed to have nothing much to write about, then it was Christmas and as time went on it simply got harder to return to it. Today I got a notification to say that my blog has had 10,000 views. That seems to be quite a milestone and was just the push I needed, so here comes my first blog post of 2022 – thanks to everyone who’s read my blog, especially those who like, follow and comment – I always love to hear what you have to say.
The online Knit and Natter Group continues to meet every Friday on Zoom. This grew out of a group that used to meet in our local doctors surgery, which began to meet on Zoom during the COVID Pandemic. The organisers have now found a venue for in-person meetings to resume. Fortunately it is on a different day so both groups can continue with the choice to attend either or both.
Our Zoomers have continued to knit and crochet a load of fabulous items. Here are just a few they’ve been working on since the start of 2022.
Even though R has moved to the other end of the country, she is still part of the group: that’s the beauty of meeting online. She recently completed a cosy Christmas blanket made-up of knitted squares in different patterns, using a red/white/green/gold palette.
R’s first new project of 2022 was this purple scarf. One end is sewn down to form a loop – to wear it you simply pass the other end through the loop and adjust the fit. R had trimmed the scarf with some striking square buttons
R is now working on a cardigan for herself using a self-patterning yarn in shades of grey and pale blue.
A has been busy with baby blankets.
She stockpiles these as new baby gifts and recently raided her blanket stash for a mutual friend’s baby girl. A’s latest blanket is a big white one, crocheted in a shell design. I wonder which lucky baby will end us with this one!
L received a blanket kit as a Christmas gift from her daughter in the most beautiful sweet pea colours.
She is about to crochet the edges to complete her “sweet pea” blanket.
Y has been knitting socks!
She made a pair for a work colleague, who kindly modelled them for this screenshot!
Her current project is a pair of gorgeous cabled stockings.
Y’s husband is a proud Scot who wears a kilt on every special occasion. At dinner during a holiday, a fellow guest admired his stockings and Y agreed to knit him a pair. They include a rather challenging purl twisted cable – we put our heads together on that one – I love that we pool our knitting/crochet knowledge to help each other out with our projects.
We also have a new member. C likes knitting socks too.
She’s also been making baby hats for newborns.
I’ve been sock knitting too – just finished the first of a pair made with my handspun yarn , pictured at the top of this post.
It’s good to be writing again and describing our work. There’ll be another knit and natter roundup soon….. and other blogposts too.
Our online Knit and Natter Group members have completed a number of projects over the last month
Y is such a prolific knitter. She completed this commission – an adult sweater in a deep raspberry shade, with a complex cable design
She’s also nearly finished making this man’s sweater – just the neck and the side seams to go….and probably finished by the time I write this.
She’s also been working on a Childs sweater – it’s a project from her Knit In A Box subscription.
If all that wasn’t enough, Y has been spinning too and recently made this beautiful black (Welsh Black Mountain) and white (Dorset) yarn. She spins in the grease and it looked quite yellow when it was first spun but now it’s washed the white has come out really bright. It’s stunning!
R has been making squares for a blanket. These are knitted in different designs, either textured or multicoloured, using a palette of red, green, gold and white
L finished a crocheted blanket for her step granddaughter, in black and grey with a touch of sparkle.
A has been working on a waistcoat for herself in this lovely soft grey yarn.
I finished the scarf I’ve been knitting on Friday. I used my handspun, hand-dyed alpaca yarn. I wore it over the weekend and it’s lovely and warm.
I also started spinning some black Shetland wool.
It’s always fun to see what everyone is working on.
The group have continued to meet online every Friday throughout August. This month we’ve mostly been making blankets.
A crocheted this one.
L completed this one in shades of Lilac and purple.
She’s now moved on to this black and grey one with a touch of sparkle.
R completed her Aztec Blanket. This was knitted to twice the final size, then folded in half and stitched together,. She finished off by adding a fringe. As it is double thickness, this is going to be really warm and cosy.
The rest of us have been working on sweaters. Y has been knitting this raspberry pink cable design – it’s a commission using handspun yarn (not her own). Unusually for Y, this one is knitted in the round – she’s usually a two-needle knitter!.
I finally completed my striped sweater in alpaca yarn from fibre that I prepped, spun and dyed myself…..from the animal’s back to my own! I just need to block it now.
It’s been lovely watching everyone’s projects take shape over the last few weeks.
Our Knit and Natter Group were one of several groups that were asked to take part in a yarn bombing event at The Alnwick Garden. If you’ve not come across yarn bombing before, it involves decorating somewhere, (such as a public space) with items made of yarn. I’ve seen several of these before, with knitted and crocheted items decorating trees, fences and iron railings, post boxes, statues, even a bicycle and a boat!. This is the first time I’ve taken part in anything like this before – I’ve really been looking forward to the project, especially in such lovely surroundings.
A few weeks back four of us visited the garden and chose this wooded area beyond the Rose Garden as the focus for our decorations. Members of our group have been making items for the project for a while but we were inspired with even more ideas once we knew the space we’d be using. Other parts of the garden are ablaze with colourful flowers at this time of year but the shady trees and the bright green foliage or our adopted patch provided a perfect backdrop for the colourful items we made. Last week we were back to install our work, with the support of one of the staff who has organised the event. Some other parts of the garden had already been decorated as we saw on on our way to our chosen site. The items had been made by other groups and also ndividuals, who have been leaving items for the staff to use for the decorations. We got to work….here are are the fruits of our labours!
The smaller trees were hung with brightly coloured twists and the trunks wrapped with striped crochet “scarves”.
Other items were hung up too.
We draped a garland of hearts on another tree and wrapped more around a large trunk.
Crocheted banners and strings of bunting were wrapped around other trees.
A butterfly was fixed to the bark of one of the trees, along with a flower garland.
More floral chains were added.
Finally, this “Knit and Natter” banner (made by A) was fixed to a large tree near the path.
With our work complete, those of us able to stay found a table in a quiet spot near the cafe and had a well-earned cuppa. Free of the constraints of our usual Zoom meetings, we nattered until the Garden was ready to close. What a lovely way to spend the afternoon!
The yarn bombing installation will remain at The Alnwick Garden for the next few weeks.
Have you ever taken part in a yarn bombing event? I’d love to hear more about it.
Here’s what group members have completed recently, starting with A’s stunning mosaic crochet throw pictured above. Mosaic crochet involves working into the front and the back of each stitch, effectively making it double thickness. It’s chunky yarn too so it’s very heavy (must be lovely and warm though).
L finished her tshirt top. I love the boat neckline. She’s not happy about the length though so we discussed possible ways to lengthen it,
Y showed us her adorable baby blanket adorned with cats, hearts and elephants,
R joined us from the train! That’s real dedication to the group! it looked pretty empty so no one could mind her chatting to us.
The yarn has arrived for her Aztec Banket Knit-a-long so she was about to start the first part. Gorgeous colours!
I’ve cast on the jumper I’ve been prepping spinning and dyeing alpaca fibre for. This has been a long time coming!
I’m always amazed at the volume of beautifully made items the group produce, even when there are only a few of us. Go Knit and Natterers!!
More lovely work from our Knit and Natter Group! Here are some screen shots from Friday’s online meeting.
T showed us this gorgeous lacy shawl that she crocheted in white cotton yarn. It raised lots of oohs and ahs from the members!
Y finished the cable cardigan she was working on last week.
She’s now started a blanket, in crochet this time. The spaces in the design form a picture. All will be revealed as the blanket grows.
A has just started crocheting a blanket too , in a shell pattern.
But it’s not all crochet. L is knitting , continuing with her t shirt top. She has reached the armholes.
R is looking for a knitting project to start and is joining a knit-along to make this Aztec design blanket.
Meanwhile, her hexagon quilt continues.
Ive been doing some more spinning (making yarn for a jumper) and have begun to dye some of it, starting with a cornflower blue colour. II’m planning on a striped design so there are several more batches to dye.
We had a good chat and enjoyed seeing what everyone is working on.knitt
Another crop of makes from our Knit and Natterers were on show on Friday,.
T is crocheting colourful wraps (shown above) for the yarn bombing installation we are taking part in this summer. We hope to identify a site within Alnwick Garden that we’ll be able to decorate with our handiwork. One suggestion was the Chatty Bench – a designated place to sit and chat, which would fit in with what our group is all about. We found out that this was right next to the toilets though, which put us off somewhat! We are now looking for somewhere else but wherever we end up it will certainly stand out with Tracey’s crocheting!.
A has crocheted a baby blanket.
She knitted this baby top (which has a matching hat too).
We’ve seen a lot of R’s gorgeous hexagon patchwork as it has grown over recent weeks. She’s not the only quilter in the group though. This week L showed us a quilt she’s been working on. The fabric prints, in lilac shades, have a butterfly theme.
The reverse is deep pink with polka dots.
Y has had a busy week but has not neglected her knitting. She’s been working on this cabled cardigan.
I’m still spinning alpaca and have tried dying some of it.