Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Knitting in Rainbows

This week I've been knitting with some of the Tepa yarn from my shop.  I absolutely fell in love with this yarn the minute I saw it.  The colours are just so beautiful and there's something so very joyful about gazing down at your right needle and seeing the new row of stitches forming in a random rainbow arrangement!

Tepa Mittens


I'm working with the shade 1783 but all of the four shades in the shopand on Etsy (there's still an extra 10% off for the rest of October with the code ILOVEWOOL) are just gorgeous.  I'm very tempted to start thinking about a bigger project with some Tepa when I've done some Christmas knitting.

I'm fiddling about with some mitten design ideas, perhaps for Christmas gifts, perhaps some to put in the shop - would you be interested in handmade mittens for yourself or as gifts? She asks, tentatively testing the water...

That's twice I've used the C word today, if it offends you then click away before I get to what I'm reading, haha!

Planning for Christmas


This week I've been immersing myself in festive books - going over what I have done in previous years and deciding which things I'd like to include over Christmas and advent this year, from foods and treats to gifts and decorations.  
I'm finding it difficult to believe that we're already almost at the end of October - where has the year gone?! (do I say that every year?)  If only September and October could drag on as long as January and February.

With the time running away from me I've decided to just pick a few things and pace myself realistically so that I don't get caught up in a stressful frenzy when I'm already ridiculously busy.  

You may well note that there's a lack of mention of my blanket squares.. yeah, I need to get on with that this week.

I'm joining in with Ginny and friends for Yarn Along.  

What are you knitting and/or reading this week?

37 comments:

  1. Wow you are organised! That blue Cordon Bleu book!! Mum had the whole set and I used to LOVE looking through them, awesome!

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    1. Hi Sarah - I found the almost entire set of Cordon Bleu books on a charity stall last year http://www.homebakedonline.com/2011/09/cordon-bleu-education-on-budget.html and almost contemplated a Julie/Julia style project with them but came to my senses!

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  2. I love the yarn. I too am already thinking about Christmas and the festivities. I think it will make for a more relaxed holiday season!

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  3. I am sitting here just drooling over your yarn, it is beautiful!
    I am with you on the year flying by, Christmas is in two months! I have been Christmas knitting all year and still need more time! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Tracey. I'm usually crafting for Christmas most of the year but not this time around.

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  4. Yes Christmas is on my radar too, is it too soon? Never! Lovely books you have on the go there :)

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  5. There is nothing wrong with saying the Christmas word. It is approaching and us crafters have to get the needles clicking in order to be done!! Lovely mitts :)

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  6. A friend of mine already has the countdown going to "the C. word" yikes...I'm working on too many things right now!

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    1. Last year I had a countdown on my phone all year, it actually helped to keep me motivated with handmades but like you I have a lot on my plate already at the moment.

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  7. That's an impressive stack of books there... I've been using the "C" word, too so don't feel so bad. :-)

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  8. I have had Christmas brain lately too. Seriously - where did this year go?

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  9. Such lovely delicious yarn. And no, we don't mind the mention of Christmas at all :) I know what you mean about January and February - don't they seem like the longest months ever!? Enjoy your lead up to Christmas and happy knitting :)

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  10. the yarn is lovely. and i would LOVE hand made mittens, but i do so love handmade gifts.
    yes, i agree what has happened to this year. i have been pondering christmas for a good couple weeks now, i have so much on my plate (gift making wise) that i wish time would just slow down a wee bit. lol

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  11. That yarn is gorgeous I am sure it will make great mittens. Never too early to start thinking about Christmas, I think I mentioned in August, if I am going to make all that I want to I need to start early.

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    1. I agree - a handmade Christmas needs preparation.

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  12. Oh, that yarn is yummy! Thanks for the book recommendations. I'll be getting the Xmas itch after Halloween next week. Happy knitting!

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  13. I also can't believe that Christmas just around the corner.
    Your yarns look so yummy!

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    1. Thanks, I know - it's coming so quickly!

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  14. I've just made some rainbow booties! Beautiful King Cole Mirage DK, self striping appeals to my lazy/efficient nature ;-) (http://goo.gl/yK1oN)

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    1. Ooh rainbow booties! I love that King Cole rainbow yarn - it's so cheap but very cheerful!

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  15. hi hannah, your yarn is so pretty! it looks like the colors are developing is a lovely way. christmas thinking and planning sounds like a wonderful idea, if you love it, it's never too early.

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  16. Gorgeous knitting. What's not to like about handmade rainbow mittens.
    Enjoy your Christmas planning.

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  17. Don't say "christmas"
    I don't even have a halloween pumpkin yet.
    XO

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    1. Haha - last year I was a very bad mother and left buying a pumpkin until the last minute, only to find that they'd sold out EVERYWHERE! I had to carve a swede and my son has not let me forget...

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  18. I'm knitting sheep for our Messy Nativity! I've finally finished the wrap and I am determined to put the cardigan together. I'm still reading I am Somewhere Else but have added Citadel by Kate Mosse to the mix. I have closed my eyes to the photo of your lovely wool because I am not going to buy any more I am not I am not I am not ....

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  19. I'm knitting sheep for our Messy Nativity! I've finally finished the wrap and I am determined to put the cardigan together. I'm still reading I am Somewhere Else but have added Citadel by Kate Mosse to the mix. I have closed my eyes to the photo of your lovely wool because I am not going to buy any more I am not I am not I am not ....

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    1. Aww, one of the first things I ever knitted was sheep for a homemade nativity scene - Memories!!

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