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Ailbe makes a cat’s cradle

As is so often the case on a Sunday evening here at The Barn, we were busily crafting, sitting at the table, engrossed, this time, in making burlap roses. But of course, whatever is going on at the table, there is always some knitting lying around, just waiting for busy hands to pick it up again.

So maybe Ailbe thought he could help. Sadly, his settery paws aren’t built for fine fibre work, especially when they’re tired, having spent the day carrying him for miles and miles and miles and miles along the beach at Sutton on Sea.

Ailbe got himself into a bit of a pickle with the wool – something of a cat’s cradle, you might say. He knows he’s not really supposed to ‘play’ with mummy’s knitting. He also knows that a lot of wriggling around will usually tend to make things worse. His tactic on this occasion was to lie quite still until somebody noticed that he needed unravelling!

 

 

Are you the UK’s fastest knitter?

I’m probably not even Fenton’s fastest knitter, so I definitely won’t be taking part in this competition, though I might secretly record my PB just to see how I measure up to the champion knitters. But what I may lack in speed I definitely make up in enthusiasm!

To try your hand(s) at being the fastest, follow this link for all the details of the UK Hand Knitting Association‘s competition. Or you can visit one of a number of fabulous stitchy events coming up around the country to take part.

 

 

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!

Mog’s Christmas

My children may be well into their 20s now, but we will all still share our favourite Christmas story this Christmas Eve – Mog’s Christmas by Judith Kerr.  I’ve found our story tape (yes, we still have a cassette player!) and I’ve also knitted two ‘Mogs’ to join us.

I knitted my ‘Mogs’ by adapting Kath Dalmeny’s Four Knitted Cats pattern.  Find her collection of knitted animal patterns on Ravelry.

Yarnbombing a building site

Here at handmadebysoo towers there has been a lot of work going on as our lovely team of builders create a new reception hall, office, cloakroom and SEWING ROOM (!) from our old, dark workshop.  Fuelled by tea and handmadebysoo cake (sorry, Mrs G!) the lads have made fantastic progress and will down tools this evening for the final time before Christmas.  So what better way to mark the beginning of their Christmas holidays than to yarn bomb their site!

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They got some woolly mince pies … and some real ones, too!

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Happy Christmas Andrew, Oliver and Edward!

Ignoring Black Friday

handmadebysoo has resolved not to spend a single penny this Black Friday.  Why not join me?  So what if you didn’t get one of those stuffed toy cats?  Is it really the end of the world?  Don’t fall into the trap of buying one on-line for a ridiculously inflated price.  Give your loved one something unique and handmade instead.  There’s still plenty of time to get crafting before Christmas.  No need to go spending lots of money either as we all have loads of festive goodies, I’m sure, hidden away in our stash.  I for one am currently knitting a little grey cat for my daughter (Oops! Please don’t tell her and spoil the surprise!)  I’m also spending lots of quality time today with our real-life cat, DeeDee, who has been part of our family now for more than 18 years.  Watch this space for some spectacular photos later!