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Yarn Along: March

I have been reading Ginny’s blog Small Things for a while, but I have never joined into her wonderful monthly ‘yarn along‘ round up. But today I am finally changing that.

I am on the homestretch of the test knit I am doing for the wonderful Yvonne from Aida Sofie Knitting Design. This is the third time I am test knitting for Yvonne and I love taking part. Her designs involve a fair amount of colour work, which I really enjoy. Those that follow me on Instagram will know of my dilemma with this. I was actually almost finished with this knit last week, but I was very unhappy with my colour choice and I felt that my colour work was too tight and no amount of blocking would have been enough to stretch it out. So, I unravelled…and this was at the point where I only had the second sleeve to finish.

I am really excited about the colours and the eagle-eyed among you will see that I was able to include some glittery yarn within the unicorn pattern.

I am not doing a lot of reading, but when I do get a chance I am trying to finish ‘Dragonfly in Amber’ by Diana Gabaldon the second book in the Outlander series. I have watched all three series currently available and absolutely love the books and the show, but clearly not enough to finish reading the book…or it might be a lack of time!

I am also trying to decide on buttons for this cardigan I made for my youngest, because I am really not happy with the ones that I sewed on the other week, they just don’t fit right.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along.

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Suppliers I Love

I don’t feel like I am a particularly rigid person, but I have noticed since moving to Australia that I have still ‘stuck’ with my favourite suppliers for yarn and for buttons from England.

And that’s not to say that there are not amazing yarn companies and shops as well as button suppliers, including this wonderful gem: All Buttons Great and Small in Newtown, here in Australia.

Nonetheless, I love my yarn from DROPS and I love that I am still able to buy my yarn at Woolwarehouse and they ship it to me in Australia for a very reasonable £9.98. Equally, I will always love the buttons from TextileGarden.

The buttons from TextileGarden are simply divine. First of all they are not plastic, but shell, coconut shell, horn, ceramic, wood, metal, etc. I am always able to find the right button for the pieces I am knitting. I believe that if I am spending the time knitting something it needs to have the right button to match it!

Here’s just a tiny selection of the buttons that I’ve been able to use from TextileGarden.

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Blogtoberfest #16 TKASS 2012 Part Two

As promised, here’s the second part of my report from The Knitting and Stitching Show that I visited last Saturday with a couple of friends.

A visit to my favourite button shop, TextileGarden. I think it was the busiest button stall at the entire event, and can you blame people? Their buttons are absolutely amazing, and I myself spent £27.90 on buttons there (you’ll see them in my final post later this week).

My friend Georgina who bought me the ticket to come to the show, her mum also came along and she was amazing and went onto every single stall and was just mesmerised by everything.

Scrumptious, gorgeous, colourful yarn. I absolutely love the colours, but I was a good girl and didn’t spend any money on any yarn. Although I could have bought hundreds pounds worth of yarn if I really wanted to.

The most amazing display at Nest, my friend Georgina’s other friend. Don’t you just love that little arrangement of the nest, apples, leaves and the birds? I think they’re just darling. And those little cardigans are so, so cute.