Sunday, 17 September 2017

Time to talk about yarn again


The past couple of weeks I have been totally preoccupied with my running and also going back to school, and yarn-related blog posts have slipped a little bit. I'm so sorry. I also realised that I didn't pick a winner for the August giveaway either. Bad josiekitten! You may remember that the lovely Kathryn from CrafternoonTreats very generously donated a kit to crochet a yarn basket. 








The random number generator picked out comment 13, butterflybobbins. Congratulations to you, I'll be getting in touch with you on Instagram in the next day or so.

I've got another lovely giveaway for you this month too. When I was at Old Maiden Aunt's studio with Lucia last month, I picked out a skein of yarn to use as a prize. It's a really beautiful mix of colours and I bought three! One for me, one for Snoopydog and one for you! It's 100% superwash merino 4ply weight and the colourway is called 'Like a Hummingbird'. Take a look for yourself, it's gorgeous!




If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning this beauty, all you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me what yarn supplies you'd take to a desert island with you! The giveaway will stay open until midnight on September 30th so there's still plenty of time to enter. Please make sure that it's easy for me to contact you by leaving your Ravelry or Instagram name or leave some other way to get in touch. If I haven't heard from the winner in a week, I'll use the random number generator to pick another name. I'm happy to post worldwide so please do enter. You never know, you might soon be the lucky owner of this skein of squishiness. Good luck one and all!

I dodged the showers yesterday morning and went to my local Parkrun to marshall. Luckily I was stationed in the woods and was protected by all the trees as it rained several times on and off. When the sun was shining, it looked beautiful. There is something about Nation Trust parkland...


  

I wasn't so lucky later in the day when Snoopydog and I took Oscar out - we both looked like drowned rats by the end of the walk, although Oscar wasn't remotely bothered! I needed a complete change of clothes when I got home! 

I took my medal to Mr JK's tree yesterday so I could tell him all about the events of last weekend, although I'm pretty sure that he already knew all about it. 




Today I am having a very lazy day. My knee is still sore from the run, so it's feet up on the sofa for me - and yes, it seems that sock season has begun already! These were a favourite pair knit in some Opal yarn last year.




I am playing around with ideas using some of the lovely colours in the Stylecraft Batik yarn range and it's all a lot of fun! Plenty of tea and munchies within reach to keep me going all day. I'm not planning on moving far! xxx





34 comments:

Jo said...

It sounds like the perfect Sunday to me. Well done on completing the Great North Run, I think you're right, Mr JK will have been running beside you. What a gorgeous skein of yarn you're giving away, I'd love to be in with a chance of winning. My Ravelry name is jo9919.

hmmon said...

What a lovely giveaway!
To a desert island, I would bring my interchangeable needle set and a drop spindle (in the hope I'd find something to spin into yarn!). If I had time to pack more it would be skeins of fingering or sock weight yarn.
I'm greylake on ravelry and greylake2 on instagram

Foxymitts said...

That yarn looks gorgeous!

Let's see, desert island...definitely take my interchangeable needles, and my carbonz dpn sock set (2mm - 4mm) and somehow get my whole wool stash there too, then I'd have enough wool to last me till then end of my days!

I'm foxymitts on Ravelry

Nina Camilleri said...

That yarn looks lovely. I would take to a desert island my Clover Amour hooks and lots of lovely bright coloured yarn... to crochet clothes. My Ravelry name is NinaCamilleri

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Not yet sock weather here, the humidity has been holding on...hopefully soon, although I have about seven (alomost) pairs that need heels.....that is a lovely skein of yarn...I have one Old Maiden Aunt that was gifted to me...and I love it!

Desert Island: My Lantern Moon crochet hooks, my karbonz needles, all my self stripe yarn! I'm addicted to self-striping yarn....

I'm graceysgoodies on Instagram....

Trish Rapley Giles said...

I would take my Hiyahiya interchangeable needles & short circulars, my knitpro crochet hooks, notions, some patterns (for clothes I'd need while I was on the desert island) and an awful lot of yarn! Sounds a bit like my packing list for a forthcoming family holiday... My Ravelry ID is Trishrapleygiles.

Solstitches said...

Hmmm, I think I'd take a section of 4 ply yarns and the hooks and needles needed to make floaty shawls and cover ups.
A bodkin and a few stitch markers might come in handy too oh and a nice big waterproof project bag to hold everything.
Thanks for the chance to enter your lovely giveaway.
Rav. solstitches and on IG too

Hattie Tavares said...

Ohhh Hummingbirds are my favorite, that yarn definitely fits it's name! I'd probably bring lots of sock yarn and metal needles (so I can't accidentally snap them.

lucia dunn said...

Those socks look fabulous Helen! and the giveaway sounds such a lovely idea :D
I can't wait to see what you are coming up with the Batik
lots of love,
Lucia xx

debbiem said...

Oooh that yarn is luscious. Desert island knitting would have to be DPNs and lots of sock yarn. It might be hot and the possibilities are endless and will keep me occupied for hours.

Snoopydog said...

Loving the pretty yarn peg colours. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! xx

busybusybeejay said...

I would take some squishy yarn that I could keep stroking ,a set of needles and some complicated lace pattern to distract me.Hope you have dried out and had an indulgent Sunday.
my R avert name is busybusybeejay

Louise Carway said...

Wow that's yarn is beautiful. Well done for running. You've reminded me that I need to get on with making more socks.

I would take all of my yarn stash and hooks to a dessert island, it would last me a life time. Plus a box or 2 of dark chocolate that I could nibble while I crochet.

My ravelry name is Louloucrafts. X

Clicky Needles said...

Definitely some interchangeable needles and lots of 4ply yarn I think, although maybe a bit of Drops Nepal just in case it gets cold a night to make a poncho. CN x

KirstenM said...

Hi, what beautiful, beautiful yarn! I would take a book of patterns and detailed instructions on how to do the techniques, and thin yarn and needles to knit my way through each challenge in turn. My ravellry name is kirstenisabella

MelindaJ said...

To a desert island I would take my circular needles in small sizes and 100 cm in length, and my stash of sock yarns - to make socks and many other things to wear. I think I could get by with just that. Well done on the running, but do take care of your joints! I'm melindaj on Ravelry.

Joy said...


Congratulations on completing the Great North Run. The yarn looks beautiful.
I would take my double pointed needles (as I've yet to get to grips with magic loop) and loads of fingering weight yarn to make all the socks.
I'm Masoup on Ravelry.

Deb said...

Island I would take knitting needles US for five nights ball of yarn with the 12 inch length cut off to use for measuring and a tapestry Needle. I will cut yarn on my teeth and learn to make yarn or go crazy!

VeggieMummy said...

Congratulations again on your amazing run. Mr. JK would have been so proud of you and I love the fact that you took your medal to show him. Great giveaway - I'm more of a knitter now but on a desert island, I'd probably plump for crochet supplies. That way, I could crochet myself a hammock quicker than I could knit one! Hope you enjoyed your relaxing Sunday. xx PS. I'm VeggieMummy on Ravelry too.

Suzi Barnes said...

Congrats on your running! I love your clothespin idea, so cute.

Jenny said...

That skein does look delicious. My castaway case would be full of West Yorkshire Spinners sock yarns, they'd remind me of home as the mill is not so far from where we live in Yorkshire. I'd sit on the beach knitting and when I was rescued I'd have enough socks for everyone, unless it was a cruise ship I suppose. Have a good week, still sunny here, the kitties are just fine and now it's a bit cooler very very naughty.

ikkinlala said...

Wow, that is gorgeous yarn!

Assuming I'd have to be selective (because otherwise I'd take all my knitting supplies), I'd take sock yarn and DPNs, because after this many years I'm still not tired of socks.

I'm NicoleS on Ravelry.

Saren Johnson said...

I'd want a tape measure, scissors, and a needle to weave in ends. I'm assuming knitting needles and yarn are a given.

Knittech on Ravelry

Helen Gray said...

Ooh! That yarn. It would make a gorgeous shawl.
For my desert island trip I'd take supplies to knit a fair isle sweater for me. It's something I've always wanted to do. A spell on my own would be the perfect opportunity. I'm on IG as helenclaire59

Kirsty Adams said...

Ooohhhh...I would take sock yarn to a desert island....I think it would give lots of knitting options besides socks.

Christi said...

What a lovely skein of yarn, the colors are beautiful! I'd take a supply of sock yarn and my Karbonz DPN sock set of needles to a desert island, one can never have too many pairs of knitted socks :)

Congrats on your wonderful run, well done!

Kim from Canada xox

Ashley W said...

I'd take advice from Elizabeth Zimmermann and bring lace weight yarn, needles, and stitch markers - she pointed out that you get the most bang for your buck with lace!

Heather said...

The yarn looks lovely.

My desert island choice would be a big stash of lots of colours to make up lots of yarny decorations for the island.

My ravelry name is knittingowltoo

Jen B said...

Love the colours on this! I would take all my knitting needles, some big cake yarns and lots of yarn for socks as they always take me forever to finish! I'm @knitteddaydreams on Instagram!

Sarah Knits said...

Hmm, I would need a rather large boat to get to this island as I would need all of the yarn and all my hooks and needles to keep me sane - pretty much like being at home then really! It's Sarah35 on Ravelry or you can find me under a pile of yarn and wips on the sofa 😀Xx

Buttercup and Bee said...

A set of crochet hooks, with those you could make pretty much everything out of anything yarn like. I'm Buttercup and Bee on IG :)

Sarah Young said...

I would have to take lots of sock yarn and my sock needles, at least my feet would always be warm. I'm sarahy75 on ravelry

shelley bennetts said...

Beautiful yarn. I would have to take my hooks and decorate the desert island with mandala. Ravelry Auntmaud

Caroline Jones said...

I would have to take interchangeable needles and hooks, and sock needles, and a huge pile of sock yarn... plus a filled notions pouch and something with internet so I can access Ravelry and keep up with blogs! Caroline.
Ravelry username is geekygoth, IG is geekygothygoodness