Reception at the end of the garden!

Reception at the end of the garden! Big blue #Cumbrian skies, and the tiny start of a #sock, in coordinating blue & white, with a dash of #yellow, added by an enthusiastically painting child in the vicinity. The yellow will vanish in the wash, but until then it can hang out while the toe gains the rest of the sock. This pair are largely improvised, and include the famous #FishLipsKissHeel, which @vinca56 was very enthusiastic about on the train to Paris last week (doesn’t that sound cosmopolitan?) She kindly gifted me the pattern, which runs to a lot of pages but contains the most memorable heel I’ve yet knitted — and for just $1. I thought the gusset&flap style was the only sort that accommodated high insteps, but the FLK fits like a (foot)glove [Ed: don’t you mean sock?] Happy Friday, wherever/whenever you are: May yours contain your favourite kind of sky, proximity to your people and quality time with your yarn. #summersockskal #sockknitting #sockknitter #sockysocksocks #handknitsocks #handpaintedyarn #knitting #knitter #lyingonalawn #listeningtosheep #andthewindinthetrees

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August 05, 2016 at 04:05PM

 

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Five more hours of passengerhood

Five more hours of passengerhood left today, and this ball of The #Cryptozoologist Unicorn Sock yarn, which I think was part of a @yantantetherayarns dye club in March last year. Or maybe the year before. The colourway is Lichen Licked, with flecks of mustardy lichen among the oxidised copper. One of my art & design GCSE projects was a Hockney-esque photo montage of Pittville Pump Room, all shades of Regency stone and this #turquoise. So that’s why I bought it, whenever it was. Now it is one of those infamous secret test knits, which is getting a good crack today courtesy of the M1 and its delays. Side fact: we have been singing along to The Bends, and as we reached the chorus of Hugh & Dry, we passed a lorry with High & Dry in huge letters on it. #Coincimental. #knitter #knitting #knittersofinstagram #sockknitter #summersockskal #sockknitting #m1 #placesyoucanknit #radiohead #1995 #theNORTH #inGoTstyle

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August 03, 2016 at 01:00PM

 

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Fridays are Child 2 days

Fridays are Child 2 days. Less discussion of suitably invisible decreases, and high-twist BFL v merino/nylon blends, more on the difference between bird poo and fox poo, when earth becomes mud, and why three-year-olds don’t need #coffee. There’s only one more year of this before she starts school, and I will miss it like billy-o*. #child2fridays #cafelife *a lot.

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July 29, 2016 at 02:10PM

 

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And now, bonne nuit

And now, bonne nuit. Tomorrow I shall play with the new lovely things and read all your comments. Thank you for coming along on the #grandknitout –here’s to the next one! The #4plycooperative began with four of us, but like a good bit of ribbing, it stretches to fit. Eight #knitters today — will you be there next time? #knitter #10rowstogo #10toomany #thesockcanwait #zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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July 28, 2016 at 11:10PM

 

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🎵Reasons to be cheerful: a #yellow #foot🎵

🎵Reasons to be cheerful: a #yellow #foot🎵 #justmysize #4plycooperativeontour #grandknitout #paris #laststopinparis #ahahahaha #marieetbenoit #grey #yellow #grellow #yellowisitmeyourelookingfor #readeriboughtit

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July 28, 2016 at 04:47PM

 

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Other colour yarns are available…

Other colour yarns are available… Outside @labienaimee, with Aimee herself and @julieknitsinparis, designer of the #CosmicDandy that all three of us are sporting. Can you see how excited I am? Can you? #grandknitout #4plycooperativeontour #onesizefitsall

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July 28, 2016 at 12:34PM

 

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🎵People all over the world/ Join hands

🎵People all over the world/ Join hands/ Start a #knitlove train, love train🎵 @vinca56, @little__greygirl and I have #coffee, #yarn, a #banana, and a lovely train journey ahead of us. And if that weren’t enough, we will then meet up with @ofblithespirit, @psychoknitter, @fromcinthia @boudoirstitches and @little_emmab, and commence the LYS-visiting (first stop @labienaimee and @julieknitsinparis) and traditional #Paris activities. Can’t quite believe how idle “let’s meet up in Paris” chat has evolved into reality. Step by step, stitch by stitch, #Eurostar booking by Eurostar booking. Big love to @louisetilbrookdesigns — we will be toasting you all day, and sending you useful vibes and ❤️. Happy Thursday everyone, may yours have #knitting, #friends and #dreams in it. #knitter #bananaface #shouldhavegotabendierone #4plycooperative #4plycooperativeontour #londontoparis #wooltolaine #knittotricot #knittylove #international #interknitional #grandknitout

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July 28, 2016 at 07:29AM

 

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Standing on rickety garden furniture in the name of #FOtography

Standing on rickety garden furniture in the name of #FOtography. I would have been nearer an edge, but was about to go pick up children from last days, so thought it best to preserve limbs. Yarn is @thewoolkitchen’s Day at the Beach colourway (her Etsy shop is closed for a week, but I’ve got a wishlist) in @knitsharelove’s #GrellowLove ankle #sock pattern. Just under 50g for my size 7s (UK). There is something about #anklesocks that makes me think of #tennis, #adolescence, and #JillyCooper. This train of thought leads me to the bum-scratching tennis player of #Athena poster fame: was she wearing ankle socks?? Who can say. It was lovely giving the ankles an airing while feet remained snug, and as you only knit half a sock, I really get the point of making them. Today’s project has been some @easyknitter yarn in a lacey @coopknits pattern. But I’ve made it to bed before 10 so it’s going to be lights out, R4 on, and some quality 💤 before the non-yarn packing happens tomorrow morning. End of term feels like the end of a decathlon — #parentsofinstagram, does it get easier? #knitter #knitting #morelikelysleeping #summerinsomnia #begone #zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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July 21, 2016 at 09:56PM

 

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🎵Oh I do like to be [packing for for a holiday] beside the seaside🎵

🎵Oh I do like to be [packing for for a holiday] beside the seaside🎵 Clothes? 2 x rainy, 2 x sunny. A coat, sandals, sunglasses and an umbrella. Rucksack full of oatcakes, apples and children’s magazines. Children’s clothes, plus spare pants. And spare spare pants. Emergency Spirograph. Oh, and the really important kit: the knitting. Six #sock #wips and a #shawl. Stowed in their own project bags, they all fit in this BIG (30cm h x 30cm w x 15cm deep) bag, created this spring for @wildandwoollyshop by @gailswindyday, to follow the single-project-size @truebritknits bags that were launched last year. This version is made from thick #denim, and has multiple pockets inside for notions (memo to self: don’t forget to pack these) and #whatnot. It is considerably larger than a Field Bag (but I do 💛 the yellow ones stocked by @labienaimee) AND it totally doubles as a pillow when full of wips. Perhaps if you are in a tent, and a child has encroached on to your actual pillow, and is too cute to move. I can vouch for this. The #summersockskal has removed all elements of decision-making: I will take all 7, with a couple of those functioning as emergency understudies. Just in case. Brrr, just imagine what that kind of emergency looks like. No thanks. If you’re setting off on holidays soon, I thoroughly recommend one of these handmade beauties. (If you snaffle one, say you saw this post, and Anna might let me have the big teacup next knit night. Joke. They are all the same size.) #knitter #sockknittter #shawlknitter #travelknitting #holidayknitting #projectbag #holidaybag #knittersbag #notgonnaneedabiggerbag #wildandwoolly #seaside #holiday #bringitonbroadstairs #mustnotforgetnotions
Wips begin with Thursday’s at bottom left, then go round clockwise. FOs, of which more another time, also feature.

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July 21, 2016 at 06:58AM

 

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