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New Blogpost: And the results are in!
Weds 31st Oct 2018
The results are in! Not of the US Mid-term elections, but of my experiments with reflective yarn. In my last blogpost, I was talking about the problems of being seen when out walking or running now that the nights are drawing in.
So I have been testing some RetroGlo yarn and have been trying various techniques to incorporate some of this into my knitting. And the results are that it works brilliantly (pun intended...!) . . .
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Blogpost: Reflecting the Light
Weds 10th Oct 2018
The nights are drawing in, like a blanket quietly being lowered over the landscape...
You can feel it, day by day, week by week, each day is a little shorter than it was before.
And suddenly you find it's dark when you are setting off to work, or the daylight is already fading when you come out of the shops. And that's when accidents happen.
So I have been thinking about how we can make ourselves more visible at night without gearing up in special Hi-Vis clothing. I am going to try a couple of experiments to incorporate reflective tape into scarves and backpacks. I think it will be an interesting experiment!
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A page of knitting
I set my knitting down and realised I had just knitted a page-worth of scarf! It exactly covered my block of graph paper. 🤓
This will be a man's scarf, the Karlskrona Scarf - pattern to come in about 5 pages' time!
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New photo for the "Where I like to knit" collection
Sun 16th Sept 2018
It's been a while since I added any photos to the "Where I like to Knit" collection on my About Page. However, Tim has been very busy with his cameras while we have been in Sweden and snapped me working on a sleeve for a summer top.
The photo was taken at a castle called Stora Sundby near Eskilstuna. The castle is famous for having 4 main towers representing the seasons, 12 smaller towers for the months and 365 windows for the days in a year!
We have been so blessed with the weather, with some lovely warm days and brilliant blue skies. It was gorgeously warm sitting on the bank gazing out over the castle lake. I could have sat there for hours...
New scarf pattern for men – the Cambourne Scarf
Tues 31st July 2018
I have just uploaded a new scarf pattern, which would be perfect to start knitting now ready for the winter which will be upon us before we know it! The Cambourne Scarf is eye-catching yet sophisticated, and features a contrast-striped edge with a deeply textural pattern for a warm finish.
The scarf is worked in a wonderfully soft 100% merino wool yarn and the pattern includes instructions for three sizes and three different colourways. To read a blogpost about the Cambourne Scarf, please click here.
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