handmadebysoo at Thorney Christmas Fair

Tomorrow, Saturday 25 November, handmadebysoo and ladies from the Fenton Knitting Group will be joining stall holders at St Helen’s Church for the Thorney Christmas Fair. Please come along and say hello and grab yourself a lovely handmade gift from 2pm to 4pm.

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A fluffy pink imp!

Pink imp

Just what the world needs – well, my small corner of Lincolnshire, anyway.

Having completed my original, appropriately stone-coloured version of the Lincoln Imp some time ago, thanks to the amazing pattern from The Old Toy Knitting Shop, I’ve now made a fluffy pink version, which sits on top of the hall cupboard.

You can read the story of my first attempt here.

imp at the castle

 

Knitting in Suffolk

This evening, instead of knitting along with the lovely ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group, I am, thanks to the wool and haberdashery department of the Winch and Blatch department store in Sudbury, starting a lovely new scarf with some Sirdar Sylvan thick and thin yarn. And where am I knitting? At The Swallow’s Nest in Ilketshall St Margaret, near Bungay in Suffolk.

Whilst in Winch and Blatch I had a lovely chat with some ladies also choosing wool. As always, time and careful consideration were needed to ensure that the correct colour, shade and dye lot were selected for the project they had in mind. After a little humming and hawing a satisfactory decision was reached. The justification given, totally unnecessarily, was that one is allowed a certain amount of dithering once one’s hair has turned white. In that case I am resolved to cease forthwith covering up any signs of white hair. On second thoughts, though, and after further reflection, maybe not!

Ailbe is also enjoying his very first Suffolk holiday with Mummy and Daddy, who are much more regular visitors.

Ailbe on holiday

Too soon for Christmas knitting?

If, like me, you’re still frantically trying to finish off your summer knitting projects (I currently have two cotton summer jumpers waiting to be sewn up and a third still on the needles!) then the answer is probably yes, it is too soon to be thinking about Christmas jumpers.

The really good news is, though, that we can definitely look forward to another crafty run up to the festive season on TV courtesy of Kirstie Allsopp and friends.

So come on everyone, give this Christmas jumper designing thing your very best shot this year!

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