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When knitting and crocheting, you have to contend with codes… k1tbl, p2tog, c6 etc. And on the whole you’re given a key to use and are able to translate everything very well (knit 1 through the back loop, purl 2 together, cable 6)
But what about all of the terms that seem to pop up but are never explained?
There seems to be an expectation that as a knitter/ crocheter you automatically know them all- some kind of telepathic downloading that takes place as soon as you touch wool! Soo not the case!


FROGGED: this refers to having knitted/ crocheted something up either completely or partially and then deciding that you don’t want the item after all, and undoing it all (ripping it back) so as to be able to use the yarn again.


FUDGED: alas this does not refer to the gorgeous sweet (drools), but carrying on regardless when you make a mistake or the pattern doesn’t work, and fudging it so that it still looks right. I.e. when you forget to do an increase on a row but don’t realise till you’re half who through the next one, and so increasing invisibly on that row instead to keep the correct number of stitches.


WIP: also referred to as “whipped” is a project you’re currently working on; there is now the common phrase of Whipped Wednesday where you share your current projects with others every Wednesday.


UFO: these are all of your Un Finished Objects – all of those projects that you’ve been distracted from and haven’t yet finished (I have a shed full!)


FINISH OFF FRIDAY: is a bit like work in progress Wednesday, but you show every one all the things you’ve completed since last Friday 🙂

STASH: what’s in your stash? All of that wool that you’ve fallen in love with and had to have, all of that sale wool you have yet to figure out what to do with, and those odds and ends left over from other projects.


HIBERNATING: the same as UFO, something you have yet to finish and aren’t currently working on.

Hopefully this will help disentangle some of the mad phrases in the yarn world! Good luck 🙂



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Last week I finally found a window of time to cast on a new project for myself! (Always an exciting prospect!) It had to be something easy to transport as I was going off to a Hen Do that weekend, yes you heard me right, knitting at a Hen Do, but hey! knitting is fashionable nowadays (plus people would find it weird if I wasn’t there with yarn in my hand!).
After much scouring through the wonderful Ravelry I settled on something by Stephen West, but now which of them do I choose!!? Go have a looksie yourself at http://
Well he’s famous for his scarf and shawl patterns, so that seemed a good place to start….except that he has loads!!!!! I didn’t really feel like I’d narrowed the list down at all :s




In the end I settled on his latest Knit A Long: a collection of 3 different shawl patterns to have fun with and put your own colour stamp on.

Ok yet more decision making! But in the end I went with Lumpy Space due to its wonderful shaping throughout. Plus I had some love drops lace weight to use from The Yarn Cake ( in Glasgow which is full of colour and I’ve been itching to start knitting it!
Here is my progress so far:
A mass of clashing colours, with some bright lace cotton from Brazil mixed in as well. And yes I did knit on the hen do:
(How I wishing lived by a beach!)
Hopefully I’ll get time to finish it soon!

Over whelmed!

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There seem to be hundreds of knitting, crochet and sewing projects that i’m working on at the moment, and i am now feeling a little overwhelmed (something that doesn’t really happen that much). I keep trying to organize my time and put things in order, but some how life just seems to get in the way- not to mention the fact that i want to do everything!

I’m using this as an excuse for not blogging in a while, but i really should have found time :s The plane pictures from knit in public day are now up though, (yay!) and i’ll add more as soon as i can get the memory card from the camera to comply to my demands!

Other exciting news is that i have finally got the Malabrigo Sock weight yarn up for sale on my Etsy shop MagpieShineyEmporium

There are a variety of gorgeous colours to choose from, and i am happy to alter postage costs as needed if you want more than one skein or don’t mind going second class etc.

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Whilst doing everything in the world at once I came across this wonderful “how to” from a vintage knitting magazine. It’s by Margaret Maino and is about knitting blunders- in this case dropping stitch, which i’m sure is most knitters worst nightmare! I wanted to pass it along to you to try and ease any sleepless nights you may have in the future because of this 🙂

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Happy problem solving people 🙂




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How many projects do you have on the go at the moment? Or Work In Progress’s as they are often known?
I must have millions! They are very much taking over my life- not to mention every available iota of space 🙂 but I just can’t help myself, I’m one of those people who finds chaos in their life inspiring.

20140407-102734.jpgI wonder if the chaos theory applies?

Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.

Also I tend to get bored when working on just the one project…plus I am very easily sidetracked- no one really knows how I get anything done 🙂

I feel I should start working on finishing at least some of them off though, and try to stop getting side tracked. (Well apart from starting that set of baby socks…after all, I already have the wool and an idea of what I’m going to create.)



Maybe I should do a hat as well…