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Friday, December 12, 2008

Knitting up a storm

The weather is absolutely hideous this evening. There's a nasty gale shrieking in off Mumbles Head, and it's very cold. So I'm curled up in front of the fire, with a big bag of yarn, needles, toy stuffing, beads and various other crafty bits and bobs.

I've got into knitting in a big way recently. I'm not talking scary granny sweaters or twee twin-sets. There is so much that can be achieved with some needles and a few balls of yarn. I learned how to knit as a child, but in those days, yarn arrived in two or three thicknesses, colours were very basic, and texture was unheard of. Nowadays, what you can achieve with knitting is limited only by your imagination - or your bank balance. Have you seen the price on some of the fancy yarns? Scary.

At the moment, I'm working on a knitted toy panda. I have one leg and two eye patches left to knit. Then, I'll have to stuff all the bits, sew them together and stick on some safety eyes. It sounds easy, but the sewing bit is filling me with trepidation. If I'm not careful, I could end up with a very deformed panda!

I found a half-price, white mohair blend yarn at the wool stall in Swansea Market yesterday, so if I manage to assemble the panda correctly (i.e. looking like a panda rather than some alien critter from another world), I'll make a start on knitting a baby seal. The panda's for my friend's little grand-daughter, who's two next month. After the seal, I'm going to attempt some knitted, beaded cakes. They sell for a fair bit on eBay, so if my efforts turn out okay, I'll try to sell a few to raise some funds for the PDSA. Then there were those knitted curtains I liked the look of, the pom-pom rug, knitted bathroom rug set, knitted jewellery, knitted flowers..........

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Anonymous said...


Have a look at this site - internet only methinks - Wendy (wife) bought some Manx aran from them and did me a sweater, which I've been very glad of lately !
Sorry to hear abot Alfie,have you tried the RSPCA at Penllegaer ar all?

Keep the needles hot !


Anonymous said...

Sorry Siani, forgot to put the address in.......!



Dragonstar said...

I've heard of a place in rural Donegal where the woman just couldn't stop knitting. I'm told even the toilet cistern had a hand knitted arran cover!

Anonymous said...

Does your floor bounce when that wind blows ? My bedroom usd to - weird feeling.

LadyBanana said...

I can only knit one thing..

Take some pix of your efforts, I'd love to see them..