National Knitting Week 2013

National Knitting Week 2013

Did you know it is National Knitting Week in the UK? To celebrate this week I have been determined to finish some mittens, before the cold weather sets in!!

Crafty ewe

My local wool shop Crafty Ewe gave me some great advice. I have been knitting for about six years now, and can confidently follow a pattern, knit in the round and cable. However the thought of knitting gloves/mittens on four needles was a little too intimidating.

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The lovely ladies in the shop quickly directed me to a pattern I could knit on regular needles. Initially I was slightly put off by the photographs of the finished item on the pattern – however they were so right about the wool making all the difference! Plus they gave a great tip about knitting both mittens, on the same needles at the same time, so as not to make the mistake of knitting two right hands – now I could easily imagine myself making such a mistake!

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For the first time I have treated myself to some gorgeous British wool from Artesano – it is so soft to touch, and a delight to knit up. Quality wool on small project really does not break the bank:) To my delight I have discovered that Artesano is a small company  “We are a socially conscious wholesale knitting yarn and knitting wool suppliers endeavouring to provide fair trade products. ”

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As usual I am popping by Handmade Harbour to see what other people have been making this week – I hope you have had a good creative week, and even fitted some knitting in for National Knitting Week 2013:)

Vicky

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11 Responses to National Knitting Week 2013

  1. CatkinJane says:

    That does look gorgeous wool, and I love the little buttons :)
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    • Amylouise5 says:

      Cheers – the buttons happened to be on a cotton blouse I picked up for bag lining yesterday! love my local NANSA charity shop!!

  2. The mittens look lovely and warm!

  3. Love Natalie says:

    They are fabulous! I avoid all patterns with DPN’s as they look too complicated. I too must make some mittens before it gets too cold, I just need to finish everything else first!

  4. What lovely mittens. I know what you mean when you said how you could see yourself making two mittens the same – something I would do too. DPN’s are not hard once you get your head around them. They look a lot more complicated than they are really, honest.
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  5. Ginny says:

    I love the idea of knitting both gloves together. I’m going to try that. Yours look great.
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  6. I’ve never knitted or crocheted mittens/gloves before, I really must rectify this. Love the earthy colour of the yarn you chose. The cable detail and the little buttons finish them off beautifully :)
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  7. I love mittens but for some reason I couldn’t see your photo’s. :(
    I’ll try again later.
    Jan x
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    • Amylouise5 says:

      Thanks Jan for the heads up – made an error behind the scenes when trying to tidy up some of my blog admin – suspect quite a few posts have pictures missing:(

  8. These look great! The cute ickle buttons really make them special :)
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  9. Lucy Blossom says:

    ooh they look nice and comfortable. Is the wool as soft as it looks?

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