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Etsy Shop now Open!

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Exciting news!!! My Etsy Shop is now open!
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I am currently in the process of adding items to it, namely vintage knitting and crocheting patterns for instant pdf download (so no waiting for the posts, you can get started immediately).

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Come and have a look at what else there is, I’m constantly adding new exciting items.

What are you looking for though? Good quality needles perhaps? Or shiney new yarn? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do about getting it, for an affordable price too πŸ™‚

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Increase

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Do you have a favourite increase? When your pattern reads “increase”, what’s your automatic go to?
My favourite double increase comes from a wonderful book called “Knitting from the Top” by Barbara G. Walker. When worked in stocking stitch it creates a smooth, flowing increase with out any holes- perfect for raglan seams.

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Unfortunately I have no name accept Double Increase #4 :s but here goes:
Knit to the stitch you want to increase on either side of, your “seam stitch”.

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Knit into the back of the stitch in the row below the “seam stitch”, inserting needle downward into the purled head of this stitch on the wrong side of your work.

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Then knit into the back of the “seam stitch” itself.

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Then with left needle draw up the left side loop of the same stitch you picked up and knitted into in the row below, and knit into the back of this strand for the third stitch.

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Ta da! A neat double increase πŸ™‚

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Unfortunately this stitch can only be created when working a knit row, but if you’re working in the round you can easily use it to increase on every row.

Knit for Britain!

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Have you heard about knitting Britain from above? It is a fantastic venture by Sandra Brauer to do with Britain from Above, which presents the unique Aerofilms collection of aerial photographs from 1919-1953. You can register to zoom into these amazing pictures, identify unlocated images, and share memories.

As part of World Wide Knit in Public Week from 8th to 16th June 2013, we have invited people with a love of knitting help us form a woolly squadron to invade Britain’s public spaces. Here they all are! Are there any near you?

This project will be going again this year over Knit in Public day on June 14th. I cannot wait to get involved with my own bi-plane knits πŸ™‚ There is a pattern that you can work from here: KnitforBritainfromAbove2 or alternatively you can do your own thing?

There are loads more wonderful pictures at http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/groups/knit-britain-above (where you can upload your own images) as well as information. Have fun taking to the sky’s and getting involved!

Heirloom

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In about a year and a half I will be getting married! Very exciting! But I should properly start the preparations…right?

I think I’ll start off with the fun bits πŸ™‚ and that means knitting!! One heirloom shawl to be exact. Technically I think these are meant to be knitted by a relative of the bride to be, but why give them all the fun!?

One of my favorite books is a stitch directory from vogue by Anne Matthews, and it is full of knitted pattern swatches to pick from. I am always delving into it and picking out ideas to swatch.20140211-140003.jpg
This time I’ll be concentrating on the lace section, as I reckon I should design from scratch to make this truly unique- although as Vixen said on Ravelry:

ANY pattern/shawl that you handknit yourself for your wedding will automatically become an β€œHeirloom”

Although I have no idea what shape to aim for yet, I can mull that over whilst swatching, and then of course there’s what colour to go for? Should it be my something blue? Traditional white? Bright and happy? Maybe it will depend on the dress…

If you have any ideas please let me know! All help is very, very welcome! πŸ™‚