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It’s here!!

At last it’s here!

That shark hat pattern I promised you…ages ago. It’s here! My very good friend Linda tested it out for me, made some adjustments and now it is done and will be available here or in Ravelry. If you ever want to add me there you’ll find me as “Riggwelter”.

After knitting the hat I had some trouble with my shoulders, so put the needles down for a while and did some felting instead. I find I can use fibre like I would paint, playing around with texture and experimenting with combinations.

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In this fabulous online shop World of Wool you can get a 500g bag of waste fibre for £10. You’ll never know what you’re getting, but sometimes you can get some really nice fibre blends which can be spun.

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These two are part of a tablet/ipad case made to sell. I love to play with fibre, try out what will felt, what won’t and if they don’t then will they get caught in the fibre without breaking my needles!! I think I lost about 6 making this, but I love it.

Then I thought, well if I can’t knit for the time being…why not crochet? I was a bit nervous as I haven’t used my hooks for quite some time, and it took me a long time to get the hang of them anyway! I ended up buying a children’s book…why I ever though I could just pick up a hook and get started I don’t know. But it’s the learning process I enjoy, give me something new to try and I’m happy as larry, though once I have mastered it, lived it and breathed it… I tend to leave it for a while.

So, I went to the trusty Ravelry site to find a pattern but amazingly couldn’t find anything I fancied or anything that didn’t use a chart (I haven’t mastered that yet). So, using Nikki French’s “A Complete Guide to Knitting and Crochet” I found some “Granny” squares and off I went. and ended up with this…

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I’m really pleased with it. It’s slightly too big for me, so I will sell it in my Folksy Shop or Market stall (which ever goes first) and make another with a smaller hook. It was good to get back to making big stuff again and that feeling of great accomplishment makes a big difference.

And once I have written out the pattern in a language most people will understand, I shall post it on my Knitting Pattern Page.

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Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newidd da!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Remember that job I was telling you about? I got it! And though I’m sad to leave all my 2-3 yr olds behind, I am really looking forward to this new challenge, especially as this is what I have always wanted to do. Now I can relax a little…right?

Well of course not, it’s Christmas! The tree and the lights are up (and apparently staying that way!)

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I do like my tree, well actually no, I like my decorations. Thay are either handmade or sent from different countries.

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This one is from Florida.

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This one is from Germany, and so on….

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This one is this year’s favourite, made by Dylan. I don’t really do decorations other than the tree, I just can’t stand the plasticky-tacky-ness of them and don’t even mention balloons!  Big J insisted on hanging tree lights on the windows, which are actually looking pretty good (just as long as they stay up !!)

I feel like I should be  running around like a headless chicken, hoping my presents will be well received and feeling guilty about those I haven’t sent yet,  hoping I get all the food needed and don’t forget anything and on top of that, trying to get the house organised to fit 4 more people in!

I’m not….this year seems to be more peaceful than last year, calmer and slower and more manageable. I think my motto for the new year will be “don’t stress over things I can’t change”.

Talking about presents. I got a bit of Christmas knitting done.

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Keanu’s Christmas Jacket is almost finished, I just need to do the ribbing around the edges, Mya’s Malabrigo (thanks Jen xx) hat and bootees are finished. Charlie’s mouses are no longer Charlie’s and will now go to her cousin and Charlie shall have a hat and scarf,  (it’s a size thing) I don’t have a photo of those yet, but just need to finish the hat……by tomorrow? We shall see.  Oh and I managed to squeeze in a quick hat for me, knitted in the handspun “Teigr”. Braided jumper isn’t finished yet as I had hoped but I knew I’d struggle with the boring sleeves. Once Christmas is over, I shall settle down to it again and have it finished hopefully by the time I go back to work.

So, what’s left to be said, other than to wish you all a very merry Christmas, hope it is all you want it to be and best wishes, not just for the new year, but forever.

With all this talk about Xfactor always taking the Christmas N0 1 spot and some frantically downloading the  Jeff Buckley version of  (I hasten to add Leonard Cohen’s)  “Hallelujah” , I thought I’d b a little different (well you know me) and share this one. Enjoy x

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Where does the time go?

“Well hello there my it’s been a long long time

How am I doin’ oh I guess that I’m doin’ fine

It’s been so long now and it seems that it was only
yesterday

Gee ain’t it funny how time slips away”

(Billy Walker)

Thank you all for your well wishes. Things seem to be going okay at the moment (touches wood, throws salt over left shoulder, crosses the road to avoid ladders, refuses to acknowledge the number thirteen and shoots every black cat which crosses my path). I’m still not sleeping particularly well, but then I never did but I’m not feeling so drained now.

So, what news? Apart from biting my nails to their bare minimum over a job interview I have on Monday. ….I feel nervous just thinking about it!

I’m going for another LSA position, but in the Autistic Unit of the same school I’m in now. I’ve been covering a member of staff for the past 2 weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’ve been swimming and horse riding and bitten in the leg….what more can a girl want! I’m hoping I can go in as a craft organiser, that is,  creating art and craft sessions depending on the childrens’ interests and abilities, but I may just end up being a gopher (as in “go for”). we shall see.  I just need to read up a bit on the background of autism, but other than that I’m pretty confident…..and nervous…..and excited too.

Talking about craft sessions, I did one a few weeks ago for thePembroke Gateway Club,  which is a group for adults with learning difficulties, run by a few lovely ladies who I assume work voluntarily, I’ve been trying to find some information about them, but can’t 😦 .

All I know is that they meet on a Thursday night, from 7pm to 9pm at Monkton Swifts.

It was a great night, lots of Christmas cards were made and I hope to work with them all again soon!

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Knitwise I’ve been pretty busy too, I’m about halfway through on a jacket for a little boy. Knitted in Bernat Soft boucle (blue) and Wendy Aran with wool (green)  knitted together.  I’ll get some photos done soon…

I’ve been making slippers for a little girl.

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The pattern is from the book  “Easy Knits for Little Kids” by Catherine Tough. I’m sure I’ve seen them in a magazine somewhere too, but I can’t rememeber which one. This yarn was sent to me during a Welsh Swap on Ravelry…it’s a washable wool, that’s about all I can remember! It knitted up lovely.

I’ve done some spinning…

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That’s the “Teigr” from MamaMi, which has been plied with with a bronzy indian embroidery thread and waiting for some time to soak it.

And I’ve found the smallest 2 shaft table top loom I have ever seen!

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It’s about 12 cm tall! I found it in a charity shop, it’s totally handmade and really sweet…I’m going to try it out later if I find the time…

I’ve sold some Christmas cards in my shop – PiliPala

There’s not a great deal in there at the moment….but it’ll get going, once Christmas is over and done with!

I think that’s about it!

So what next…..who knows. It’s quite possible that my head will explode,  with all the festive cheer carol singing and present buying.

But first I need to go to the lantern making session with the kids, which I really regret not being able to get involved like I was able to last year.

Make Christmas cards, visit friends, buy “Narnia – Prince Caspian” (which is one of the many DVDs the kids want for Christmas – I want “Dark Knight” and “Mongol”), write some Certificates out for something for school and remember to breath – and that’s just today….

Have a fantastic weekend folks

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Fine art…

I was putting together a poster for BAPTARA (a local community group) this morning, after updating the TDFKAL blog, tidying the living room and a bit of knitting (it’s been a long night!) and was suddenly aware of this orange glow, as if the garden was on fire!

Not the garden, but the sky.

It looked like something out of Constable or Turner paintings.

Simply stunning and then within moments the sky changed to this:

and naturally a bit of rain…not enough to water the garden though, so that’s another job to do before my day even begins!

As I was mulling around blogland in the early hours, and visiting those blogs I like to visit, for one reason or another…KnitCave’s is obvious…she’s done this book meme, which I saw, oooh a long time ago now, so I’m not going to go through it all again, only because I feel there should be more fantastic books on there which aren’t.

Such as

This is the book I’m reading at the moment, or I was until the Tour started. I love this guy’s books and everyone should read at least one. I recommend “The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat”, or “Island of the Colourblind”, and everyone knows “The Awakenings” . Or, in fact any of them, he’s the only guy I know who can make chemistry, neurology and psychology thrilling and understandable.

I don’t think there’s any Angela Carter on the list either, or Iris Murdoch or JP Donlevey or even

Dylan Thomas! Are there any other books you feel should be added to the list? Really, I’m interested.

Anyway.

Knitting.

The “Pink Twist” from Shunklies arrived and I decided that just in case I do run out, to make the middle of my scarf pink.

And as I’m feeling a bit more relaxed about lace knitting, I thought I’d go for something that takes a little bit more care and concentration. Right now I’m knitting another Diamond Border, then I shall add this:

in place of the Fishtale Panel at the beginning of the scarf, and continue to knit Fern Diamonds in the middle. Let’s just hope I don’t get too confident and end up falling off my bike within inches of the finish line.

Oh and for those local people reading:

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“Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody” Angela Carter.