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A welcome woolly visitor

As fog and frost continue to shroud Fenton with only an occasional burst of watery winter sunshine to dispel the general January murk, this little woolly bird has arrived in handmadebysoo’s garden to cheer us all and remind us that Spring really is just around the corner.

Pattern source

blue tit: 75 birds, butterflies ans beautiful beasties to knit & crochet, by Lesley Stanfield

garden spade: handmadebysoo original!

Country Living Christmas Fair, Harrogate – free ticket available!

The members of the Fenton Knitting Group will be travelling to Harrogate on Sunday 4 December to visit the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair.

You could join us, completely free!

handmadebysoo has a free ticket to the Harrogate Christmas Fair to give away to any new member of the Fenton Knitting Group who attends a meeting before the end of November.

Simply contact us at enquiries@handmadebysoo.co.uk for details, attend your first meeting, any Tuesday evening, and the ticket is yours!

The Trumpkin awaits

Halloween is a fairly big occasion in Fenton, so it’s fun to join in with a display. We have chocolate eye balls and other ghoulish treats all ready for the trick or treaters. The trumpkin carving went quite well and at handmadebysoo towers we managed to work in quite a lot of wool, too!

In memory of Meka.

Austrian apple slices

Today’s handmadebysoo cake for the Fenton Knitting Group members to enjoy is my take on Gretel Beer’s apple slices. Very continental, but without Gretel’s sultanas as one of our ladies doesn’t eat dried fruit. A sneaky taster as they came out of the oven reveals however that they are still delicious!

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That moment when your heart sinks …

You’ve chosen the perfect yarn from at least 50 shades available online. You’ve had the adrenalin rush when the parcel arrives and you get to rip open the paper and feel the texture, followed by the tinge of guilt as you realise there is still so much yarn in your stash, but, hey, you’re over that already!

Then you’ve downloaded your chosen Pdf pattern and printed it off, selected your needles, plumped up the cushions in your favourite knitting chair, drawn up an appropriate foot rest (mine tends to be the dog and his bed – so warm!). You’re all ready to begin and then you read …

… cast on 376 stitches! What?!

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So here they are – my 376 stitches. And I’m already on row 16. Yay!