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The blog here gives me some more room to write about topics from the newsletter.  I can also add things as and when I think about them and not annoy people with emails!  Hope this fits the bill.

By snowdoniawool1, Oct 7 2016 11:56AM

The September/early October newsletter is out now. The delay was caused by my wanting to add the details of the Eisteddfod to the website, so that everyone could see the details, schedule and entry forms. I'm hoping it all works. The work on my needles is causing me more problems than it should because I changed from a short 40cm circular needle to DPNs to finish the crown of the hat, when I should have used a longer circular needle and a magic loop. I am changing over now and hope to finish it quickly.

By snowdoniawool1, Aug 24 2016 12:57PM

We've been planning our first sale, which starts on Thursday 1st September 2016 at 11am until 3pm. It will run those hours until 3pm on Sunday 4th September. Lots of good bargains to be had including 100g balls of 75% wool Aran yarn for £3 and Sirdar 100% cotton DK 100g down from £5.59 to £4.75.

By snowdoniawool1, Aug 3 2016 12:39PM

August blog on travel tips

I thought I would write a list of airlines allow you to take knitting needles and their preferences, but as this is changing all the time, I recommend you contact the airline before you pack and receive the up to date rules. You can always pack needles in the hold luggage, and miss out on all that time on the plane to work on a project, but many in our knit and natter group like to read anyway.


The gear to take:

• Scissors: blades less than 4 inches are often allowed but for knitting how about using nail clippers?

• Project bag: I use my bags that come free from cosmetics or zip bags for food and these are transparent so the airport like them and you can often pick these up at the airport.

• Needles: I travelled to the US 2 years ago and by accident I travelled with some tooth picks in my hand luggage and no-one said anything; so this year I was a bit braver and took some bamboo circular needles, and they were allowed on American Airlines and on British Airways.

• Stitch markers: Loom bands are great for throwaway stitch markers and stitch markers area great keepsake from a yarn shop visit.

• Pattern holders: A see through page holder from your files is fine, but there are some really expensive versions or good home produced versions which have an elastic band to highlight the line you are on, cardboard in the page holder and a velcro coin buy here(with its loop section still attached). Take off the loop and use the hooks to stick to the seat in front. Sorted.

• Note book and pen/pencil – phone, but this depends on whether you can use the roaming cheaply. There are good things to say about the old fashioned paper and pencil. The first is that you don’t have to remember to charge up the book each night and secondly it will be unlikely an attractive item for theft – unless, of course, you know differently!

• Row counters: Really you only need your notebook and pencil.


Projects

• Scarves: shawls and scarves are very portable and can be cool yarns such as linen, silk or cotton and even 4 ply wool is not too hot in the hand.

The current fashion for layering scarves is perfect to use up small scraps to make a sequence scarf.

• Dishcloths: These are quick useful for last minute gifts for surprise dinner invites and can use up scraps. They are small so you can use children’s plastic needles which are cheap and you won’t mind so much if an airline official suddenly changes the rules and removes them from your hand luggage. Plastic is a more acceptable material than metal so you may get through even the toughest security.

• Stuffed hexagons: A baby blanket of 100 hexagons can be made from 150g of yarn – wow just think of the space to buy yarns on your travels! Pattern and yarn at the shop.

• Swatches: This is a bit of a lateral thinking idea, but one I use a lot. If you have ideas for projects but don’t want to carry around a large sweater, then this idea uses scraps and can be endlessly amusing. Collect all those patterns which you want to knit, especially ones with an interesting stitch and store them on the ‘stash to go’ app on your phone. Make a list of the projects and likely yarns and make a small section or swatch. This is where your notebook comes in very handy. Make notes of the needle size you used and whether the pattern was easy or not. You will probably be somewhere where the weather is warm, so a quick dunk in water and spread the project out will sort out blocking.



By snowdoniawool1, Sep 4 2015 03:48PM

Over the summer I knitted a lace shawlette – it wasn’t a scarf or a shawl as it was wide but not deep and it curved. I love it, particularly as it was easy to knit with the stitches behaving themselves when things went wrong with my reading of the pattern. Rowan were advertising a new Hemp yarn just as I finished the shawlette and the colours were gorgeous, so I have them for my winter collection. Moira has knitted a hat and a tunic in the plum colour; she loved knitting the hat, knitted on size 5 mm needles and volunteered to knit a sample tunic. Knitting in the needle size for the ball band she thought that the tunic wasn’t working as well, so we changed the needle size and all is well – I am waiting for it to finish the blocking process, with baited breath. I am hoping that the yarn will not only be a ‘dream’ to knit, but with the hemp content, it will have a long wearing life as well.

Sirdar have also come to the rescue of knitters wanting value for money with their Harrap tweed yarn priced at £3.00 with 30% wool, 6 % viscose, 40% nylon and 24% acrylic. This is a good combination of fibres for warmth, smoothness, drape and strength.

A yarn from last year, which is beginning to make waves with knitters is the West Yorkshire Knitters’ Blue Faced Leicester range of DK and the 4 ply version which includes polyamide aimed at the sock knitting market. It is really smooth and soft and such different colourways in the Birds range.

For the purists the DK yarn with fabulous colours and really long yardage of 175meters, is the felted tweed from Rowan. The felted nature of the yarn should give it longevity and the yardage means that the cost of £7.50 is offset by the equivalent cost of DK yarn being around £5 for about 110meters.

SŴN, the knit and natter group at the Departure Lounge, Market Street, Abergele on the 10th September will be knitting a taster session of these yarns and I will report back their comments next week.



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