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A Proper Knitter.Β 

  

Six years ago, my Mom told me what it meant to me a “Proper Knitter” and looking through my current projects I think it’s time to inform the world. I mean, the picture above is a pretty good definition of what that means. 

Being a “Proper Knitter” is apparently determind by the amount of PhDs you have in knitting. My Mom has a collection of PhDs in knitting (Projects Half Done!) and it turns out I’m following in her footsteps. Laying all my current projects out in front of me, I’ve realised I have officially gained “Proper Knitter” status. 

Knitting is addictive, without a doubt. With the world of wool forever changing, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the latest trend and start a new project that you just can’t wait to get off of the pins! Just like the last project you started and the project before that and so on… What you end up with is your own collection of half finished projects and your choice of things to pick up on an evening in front of the TV. It gets to the point where there’s a different project for every day of the week!

So today I’m sharing just a few of my PhDs that make me a “Proper Knitter”. Lying here we have the makings of scarves, jackets and even a necklace! It looks like I have a bit of knitting to be getting on with before my novel returns to me.  I best get clicking! 

If you’re a knitter, or you know someone who is, let me know in the comments what projects are on the go. I’d love know! πŸ™‚

– B xo

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The Two Day Break.

For the last two days I have been blessed with what I like to think of as a mini break from the daily routine. Having two consecutive days to myself has offered me time for reflection and uninterrupted musings. So I took the opportunity in both hands and decided to take myself back to the root of my inspiration. And well, I’d like to share with you all what I’ve been up to.

On Monday I got to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, I went to see my Knit & Knatter ladies. I have been a member of multiple Knit & Knatter groups in my area for many years now, but with a full time job I’m not able to fully commit to the weekly schedule anymore, so it’s such a joy to able to turn up at the usual spot, at the usual time, unannounced as a little surprise, and completely fit back in like I’ve never been away. I spent the best part of my afternoon with them sipping orange juice and tea and discussing everything from current affairs to the crazy lids they put on toothpaste tubes these days. Honestly, it was truly wonderful and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go back and spend some time with them again. I think when you get to go back to where things all began it can cause a fantastic sense of nostalgia and really appreciate how far you’ve come and when it comes to my novel, these ladies were definitely one of my original sources of inspiration.

Here’s a little sneaky peek of the project I took with me that afternoon. For those of you following me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram you might find the ball of wool rather familiar.

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I promise I will explain the mystery of this project at some point… πŸ˜›

As for today, my Mom and I went on a little Mother/ Daughter shopping spree, so you know there’s going to be trouble. I’ve been watching a few Vloggers recently and so I believe the correct term for what I returned home with is a “haul”.

So here’s a picture of my “Knitting Haul” from today:

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Here we have …

A HobbyCraft “Get Crafty Kit” for a “Knitted Shoulder Bag”.
I was very impressed because this kit only cost Β£8 and it includes the bamboo handles (which you would normally pay around Β£7 for alone.) Plus the design includes some lovely chunky cable, so I’m excited to master the art of cable and improve that skill with this design.

6 Balls of “Sirdar BeachComber Double Knitting” in “Shade 258”. This buy was the bargain. There is currently a 3 for 2 offer in HobbyCraft on this particular wool, so I got enough balls to knit myself a cute autumn t-shirt for the price of only 4! I’m super excited for this project because my Mom also bought 6 balls of this wool for herself in Shade 250 and we’re going to have a knit-along together! πŸ˜€

The March 2015 edition of “Knit Today”. This was a useful purchase because it came with three free stitch holders in metallic pink, purple and blue. Super cute! But more so I fell in love with the floral necklace in the “Spring Knits Book” that also came free with this issue, so I couldn’t let it pass me by.

And there we go, that’s just a little insight in to my two day break. So as I settle down to an evening investigating my new purchases, I hope you all get to enjoy a mini break of your very own this week. πŸ™‚

– B xo

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The Wardrobe of Winter.

So the weather in the UK at the moment is everything you could wish for in the winter: rain, ice, bitter cold winds, snow and sleet. And although us Brits are notorious for moaning about the weather, I’ve been embracing that winter feeling by bringing out my wooly wardrobe. In order to avoid frost bite I’ve been modelling the various garments I’ve knitted over the years and it’s been giving me a great excuse to channel my inner knitter.

For example here is me in the snow rocking my fluorescent pink bobble hat:

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And here I am in my incredibly cosy chunky knit snood, perfect for those cold winter evening dog walks:

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This knitted parade has all been inspired by the fact that last week I submitted my first plot draft to my publisher and as a result of that milestone I want to give you guys a first insight into what my novel is all about. However I may have gotten a little excited with this blog post and given the game away already! So for those of you who haven’t guessed yet, I would like to reveal that one of the main themes of my novel is… Knitting!

The art of knitting has always been something that has lived very close to my heart, so when I first came up with an idea for a novel it just made sense to make knitting a part of it. One of the golden rules of writing is to write about what you know and I’ve known about knitting for quite some time. I am conjoining two of my passions, writing and knitting, and I am so excited to see the end result. So as I put on my woolies to gather inspiration, I thought I’d let you guys in on the secret.

And there we go, my first little novel reveal! Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments and also let me know what wooly wonders are in your winter wardrobe. πŸ™‚

– B xo