A winner and an update

Wooly Woofers 061Last week I ran a giveaway for a copy of Woolly Woofers by Debbie Bliss. Thank you so much to everyone who entered. The winner is nswifty, congratulations Niamh, I’ll be contacting you as soon as this post publishes and will get the book to you early next week. I plan on running more giveaways, most likely my favourite patterns, using Ravelry’s ‘send as a gift’ facility. Using this option I can gift a pattern to anyone with either a Ravelry account or email address. Giveaways are so much fun.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 09.49.03So I also mentioned an update. We’ll I finished two WIPs from my list; the baby cardigan which is going to it’s new owner today and the shawl has finally been bound off and blocked. I’ll have photos to share next week. And I’ll be starting the second slipper for my sister in law this weekend.

I also need to make a list of FOs that never got a photo shoot, which I hope will be remedied this weekend:

The one thing I will say in my defence, it’s hard to photograph things in the winter. I’m never home during daylight during the week and at weekends it’s pure lucky if you get a bright day. But come rain or shine I’m taking my camera out this weekend – I am going to force the creativity back into myself if I have to.

 

Lamenting the loss of my knitting mojo

You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here lately. One of the reasons for this is because my knitting mojo seems to have taken a sabbatical. In fact my creativity full stop has gone on holidays so I haven’t even felt much like writing.

But I am determined to break through the barrier and get back to my knitting and my blogging. Because even though I don’t really feel like doing either I still miss them.

Cadeautje by Ysolda TeagueSo what have I been up to? Well the last project I actually finished were a pair of Cadeautje by Ysolda Teague for the Knitmas swap I took part in before Christmas. I finished those at the end of November and I didn’t even have time for a proper photoshoot before posting them. Since then I’ve started several projects but have yet to come even close to finishing any of them.

Awaiting finishing are:

  • Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur. I’m about a third of the way through the picot bind off on this one, and it’s been sitting waiting to be finished since about mid-November I’d say.
  • A second pair of Cadeautje by Ysolda Teague for my sister-in-law. I finished one slipper in time for Christmas but the second has yet to materialise. Sorry A! I had also planned on knitting a pair for my husband and a pair for me. I’m not holding my breath.
  • Mug Sweater by nawano. I had a great idea to knit mug sweaters for each of my colleagues for Christmas, I think 15 in total. I even knit, blocked and seamed about half of the bodies and bought the little clasps for the hands, but that’s as far as I got. Maybe for Easter?
  • Bronntanas by Ysolda Teague. This was for a special friend who agreed to do some graphics for my blog. I’m a couple of rows past the brim. I’m using my favourite Coolree yarn and it’s a really straight forward pattern so I don’t know what’s holding me back. Sorry Y!
  • Super Easy Baby Blanket by Purl Soho. God! I haven’t even started this one, but did choose the pattern as well as some yarn I picked up at HandmAid. I know at least 3 people who are pregnant at the moment so this was planned to be for one of these new humans.
  • Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot. I bought the yarn for this blanket in the sale in This Is Knit just after Christmas, again planned for one of three new humans. I even mananged a few stripes before realising I had cast on too few stitiches it was too narrow. I need to rip this out and start again.
  • in threes: a baby cardigan by Kelly Herdrich. I’m actually making some headway with this one, mainly because this fourth new human has actually arrived. Having said that though progress is still slow.

I am a monogamous knitter so this does number of WIPs does not sit well with me. At all. But I have a plan. My plan is to finished the In Threes cardigan for the newly arrived new human. Then I’m going to finish my Cladonia (that I cast on in October!). Then I am going to knit my SIL’s second slipper. Then I’m going to reassess if my knitting mojo has fully returned and see where I go from there.

As I mentioned there are three new humans on the way over the next year, and each of them belongs to a close friend or family member so I suspect there will be much knitwear needed. And that’s ok, because until my knitting mojo returns with gusto small, easy projects are probably all I will manage. I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a year of baby knitting for me and that’s ok.

A New Year Giveaway – Woolly Woofers by Debbie Bliss

Wow, how has it been 6 weeks since my last post!?!? I’m not quite sure how that happened. I guess life just got in the way. I haven’t even been knitting much. But I did have a lovely, relaxing Christmas break and I’m looking forward to the rest of 2015 with anticipation.

But to help me (and you, dear reader) get past this hiatus I am having a New Year’s giveaway. Back in September I reviewed Woolly Woofers by Debbie Bliss. At the time I bought a copy for myself and the publisher also sent me a review copy, so I have a spare copy to give away to one of my lovely readers.

Wooly Woofers 075If you would like to win a copy of Woolly Woofers all you have to do is:

  • Follow my blog through WordPress (when logged in to WordPress click the follow button on the top left of your screen)
  • Follow my blog via email (there is a button)
  • And/or ‘like’ my Facebook Page
  • (If you already follow my blog/like my Facebook page let me know in the comments and I’ll include you too 😉 )

Each of these actions is one entry in the giveaway.

Thanks for all your entries. The competition is now closed.

The giveaway ends Midnight GMT, Sunday 18th January. I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator and announce the winner on Monday January 19th. I’ll contact the winner via email/Facebook to arrange to post them their prize (I’ll post to anywhere). And feel free to share this post with anyone you think would enjoy these prizes.