🎵What’s that on the #253 to #Clapton?

🎵What’s that on the #253 to #Clapton?/ Is it a test knit?/ Is it a test knit?🎵 Why, yes it is, in @thewoolkitchen’s Hulk colourway. Sensible #Hulk, stripping off in the heat. The #sock pattern is by @rosapomar, and will be out in October. It involves #Portuguesepurling and #Japanesecharts, and is a bit like trying an entirely new (fusion) cuisine. #knitter #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #testknit #newskills #meiasdatiabarborita #rosapomar #thewoolkitchen #sock #sockknitting #timeforknitnight #summersockskal #underthewire

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September 14, 2016 at 07:45PM

 

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My day has been a juxtaposition. But everywhere it was hot

My day has been a #juxtaposition. But everywhere it was hot. #Harringay school run: sweaty at 8.30 this morning. #Piccadillyline: a involuntary sauna at 9.30. #BurwashManor cafe: reasonably pleasant at 11.30. #Royston train station: an al fresco fan oven at 2.15. #FinsburyPark bus stop: second (grimy) sauna of the day at 3.30. The first picture above is the view from the bus stop; the second was my #bucolic view earlier today: a field of #sheep (must improve identification skills) in lieu of the usual resident #alpaca, after some intense planning at the Burwash cafe with my inspiring friend and #techediting client @louisetilbrookdesigns. It was 75% realistic, sensible stuff, and 25% fantasyland — though maybe some of that will come true. In the any-other-business department, it’s the @wildandwoollyshop #knitnight tonight — there’s nothing quite like sitting in an #LYS with a cold glass of something and discussing chunky Icelandic wool. #contrasts #ilovethem #dreamworkisteamwork #knitter #london #socks #urbantorural #cityandcountry #hothotheat #Icanhearanicecreamvan #andschoolchildren #timetopressOK

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September 14, 2016 at 04:21PM

 

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There Will Be Socks (Part Deux)

There Will Be Socks (Part Deux). Thank you very much for all the sock ❤️ and comments on my last post. Great pattern and yarn, eh? Today’s #FO is a pair of socks that I had fun #Prismatising at the start of the summer. The yarn is @oldmaidenaunt’s merino/nylon/gold stellina mix, in the True Colours colourway she has been dyeing since the horrific attack in Orlando in June. Lilith donates £5 from each skein to @stonewalluk, with over £500 sent to them so far. I chose this yarn to match the prettiness of @ruth_crafts’s #Kittiwake sock pattern, which she had just released. Ruth and I met at @joelicreates’ inspiring retreat last February, and she has plenty more pretty designs up her sleeve. And on them. Socks always have a bit of emotion knitted into them, deliberately or otherwise, and these ones have quite a bit — can you see it glitter? Ps I spent this morning editing a novel (not mine), so things do happen that aren’t wool-based. They just are harder to show. Tomorrow: more #socks.
#knitter #sockknitter #summersockskal #sockknitting #sockknitters #sockyarn #indiedyer #handdyer #indiedesigner #knitstagram #knittersofinstagram #whitefloorboardsofinstagram #FOtography #sockshot #socksarehot

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September 13, 2016 at 12:24PM

 

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There Will Be Socks (Part I)

There Will Be Socks (Part I). On Wednesday, the 3-month #summersockskal ends, and I realised last night that you despite catching sight of them as #wips, you hadn’t seen all my FOs. The tension must be unbearable. So here’s a pair of #FineandDandy socks: the pattern is by @thesweatercollective, the yarn is @goldingyarns’ Kreutzberg colourway. I modified the pattern slightly to have fewer “bursts” on the back of the leg, as I wanted to give the lovely yarn some more stocking-stitch space. This pattern works very well with plain and variegated yarns, and after you get accustomed to the special stitch, is nicely straightforward. Later: more socks. #knitter #sockknitter #sockknitting #sockknittersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #sockyarn #indiedyer #handdyer #goldingyarns #kreutzberg #berlin #therenextmonth #klasse

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September 12, 2016 at 10:31AM

 

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#Woolworks

You can’t have missed the many posts on IG and Twitter today hijacking @campaignforwool’s #woolworks hashtag. The inspiring @wovemberwool team, who are behind this action (you can read more about them at on the Wovember site), have called for some consciousness-raising, so here’s my bit.
There are many terrific shopowners, both online and bricks-and-mortar, championing British #wool. One very close to my heart is Wild and Woolly in Clapton, east London. Two years after Anna Feldman opened her doors, she has created an amazing, strong community of knitters and crocheters; supported and encouraged individual dyers, designers and small-scale handcrafters from all over Britain; co-created the East London Yarn Triangle with @knitwithattitude and @barleymassey; hosted yarn-tasting nights (with cheese to match the breeds) and done her smiley utmost to promote the delights of wool. Her teachers, such as the fantastic @probablyjane, give people the skills to take up #hooks and #needles, and start creating with wool, and the shop is also home to a unique wool professionals forum that promotes collaboration and business growth. @wildandwoollyshop, and people like her, show that #woolworks: our corner of the industry is creative, thriving and should not be overlooked. There is big money in wool sold for #carpets; but there is a beating heart and passionate soul woven into wool sold for #crafts.
#knitter #onmysoapbox #woolboxmorelike #wovember #campaignforwool #pleasedontignoreus #wovember #knittersofinstagram #crochetersofinstagram #spinnersofinstagram #weaversofinstagram #feltersofinstagram #smallbusiness #woolheads #woolindustry #woolprofessionals

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September 09, 2016 at 02:16PM

 

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Woke up far too early

Woke up far too early, watched/listened to/consumed 3 lovely podcasts (@nessatownley’s #Killtocraft, @trulymyrtlephotos and @amyflorence’s #Stranded), finished off my #IHeartBees, worked with another #techeditor on a fiddly pattern thing, and made a very rare in-bed #coffee for Mr Words. I may have peaked too soon… #earlybird #morningperson #positivespinoninsomnia #friday #wooo #todaywillbepoweredbycoffee

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September 09, 2016 at 07:47AM

 

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🎵It’s a stitch-marker line, man🎵

🎵And I need you more than want you/ And I want you for all time/ It’s a stitch-marker line, man🎵 Just a week left until the end of the #summersockskal! Have you had fun? Here is my final pair, @nessatownley’s #IHeartBees, knitted in @coopknits #yarn, copied 100% from @eldenwood_craft’s lovely pair. It’s a light 4ply, and the design has extra sts to balance out the relative firmness of the cabled fabric, so has been slow going BUT they are very slinky and extremely pleasing on the feet. The equally extremely tenuous lyrical link is to that line of stitch markers: rather than continually test the length by trying socks on, I do the following calculation: (Length needed [my foot length – length specified for toe] / 10) x my row gauge over 10cm (measured over sole stitches once there are enough rows to be useful). For this one, (22/10)x45=99. And then I put in a marker every 10 rows, and carry on like that up to 99, then work the toe. No need to fret about measuring them, nice steady quantifiable progress. Mmm-hmm. #thatshowIroll #sockknitter #sockknitting #stitchmarkersfordays #sockyarn #socksyeah #knitter #icelollybreak #sohot #knittersofinstagram #wichitalineman #stillontheline #stuckinmyhead #backtotheediting

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September 07, 2016 at 03:42PM

 

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🎵You’ve found that special thing/ You’re flying without wings🎵

🎵You’ve found that special thing/ You’re flying without wings🎵 How on earth did Westlife get in here, you may ask? Well, can you see that large mountain in the background? Last Thursday morning, my 5yo Child 1 paraglided off it, in the company of a reliable man called Jean-Charles. While that was going on, I self-medicated with this lovely #sockknitting (a test knit for @thesweatercollective in gorgeous @travelknitter yarn, colourway is Jaipur) and let my needles calm the rather intense fretting. Really rather intense. Amid the fretting was the thought that at 5, she was already doing something I’d never done. Next year, maybe I’ll try it. Maybe. Back to the story: 15 minutes later, they had landed, all fine, and with a video showing the intense glee of a child flying above a forest, “like an owl”. But she isn’t in a rush to do it again (phew). #summerholiday #chamonix #france #paragliding #parapenting #paranoidparent #thankgoodnessforknitting #backonthegroundnow #andbackhome #twomoredaysuntilschool

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September 05, 2016 at 08:27AM

 

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