Shetland hap shawl

Miscellany

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I have a few random crafty items to report on today! Firstly, do you like my handsome little Jack Russell in the picture above? He was a wonderful surprise gift from my lovely cousin in the form of a card for my recent(ish) (40th) birthday - thanks Donna :)

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I couldn't bear to tuck him away in a drawer, so I ordered him a smart frame and mount from here. Now doesn't that suit him nicely?

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In first picture of this post you may also notice a couple of bags hanging out on the door handle... the back one has its own post here, the front one is a scrap bucket bag I made this week as a surprise for my mum (she had mentioned several times how much she liked the one I made for myself).

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I used up a bunch more orphan blocks from my scrap box, including the last remaining Farmer's Wife block seen above. The lining is a Liberty cotton twill that I have been hoarding for about the last ten years! It's nice to finally put it to good use!

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Finished with a homemade twisted cord (Rowan cotton glace, no less!).

The final miscellaneous item to show is the finished shawl that I mentioned previously here. I think it turned out quite nicely, don't you?

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Full details over on Ravelry :)

There we go, random ramblings complete!


Holidays and (not much) knitting

We have been back home in the "real world" for a week now, so I though I would take a moment to share some of our holiday snaps. We headed off to Sussex to resume the interrupted autumn holiday, the pug now fully resurrected and in fine form.

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The weather was glorious...

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...and a splendid time was had by all :)

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I did take my knitting, but only took it out of my bag on the final evening, so not much progress was made!

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This is the half hap version of the shawl I mentioned here, I hope to have it finished in the next few days (fingers crossed!).


The Shetland Hap Shawl

I enrolled on the above titled Craftsy course tutored by the excellent Gudrun Johnston last week, and this mini version came off the blocking mat yesterday.

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I had fun making this, the course is very well presented, clear and concise, I hope to make the full size version soon!

I purchased the class on a whim, as I felt a bit bad having just asked for a refund on a frankly unwatchable quilting class :( I really enjoyed having the visual guidance, I don't always find it easy to be sure that I am doing things 100% correctly when following a new knitting pattern.

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My usual model wasn't too impressed, she thought it was a bit granny-ish!

More details on ravelry!

The ill fated city sampler quilt underwent some rapid personalisation and has been gifted to a dear little one year old who is currently spending some time in hospital. He loves animals so hopfully he likes the racoons!

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