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I decided to enter a competition on LoveKnitting.com entitled #HappyKnitter. Not expecting to win as there are so many talented people out there, I promptly forgot about it. I was checking my email as I tend to leave it sitting there with only a cursory glance over to see if there is something important, and on the weekend flying through it getting rid of crap and scan reading the things I want to.
Cast forward a few weeks and an email is sitting in my email box, being ignored as it was not the weekend, from LoveKnitting.com asking if I had received the first email as they did not want me to lose out on the competition and that I had won. Talk about bowled away. I quickly messaged back and the next day was presented with my prize, £100 voucher for yarn from their site. The only snag was I could only use the code once and if I did not use the full total of the voucher then I would lose out. Pressure then crept into what I was going to purchase. After an agonising week, I finally decided on what I wanted, coming to a grand total of £130.
Some of the yarn had to come from the USA, but withing about 7 to 10 days all of my yarn arrived, and I was astounded by the quantity I now added to my stash, so much so, I had to go out and purchase two more huge plastic boxes to store it.
This is the blanket that I had made and entered into the competition. It is called “A Bit of Ireland”, and is based on Stephen West’s “A Bit of Iceland”, which I have also made too.
I have not got round to starting any or my project with the new yarn but will do quite soon, well, as soon as I finish the baby stuff for my brother and make my partner his socks.
I love to knit large project, and if complicated then all the better. So my latest project, although not really complicated, it will be large. My Mum had given me tonnes of her yarn stash, stuff she decided she would not need or use. Among the stash was lots of packs of yarn of the same type, so with a pack of 8 balls of Robin Chunky, I decided a blanket was in order.
This is my version of Jared Flood’s Hemlock Ring Blanket.
I love to work in the round, and the first time I did this was back in late 2012 with Stephen West’s Old Forge which is truly beautiful creation. I have also completed his “Bit of Iceland”, and made a green version I called “A Bit of Ireland”. The growth of anything like this so quick to start, then after about 50 rounds it seems to slow right down, and in anything other than this I would get fed up with it and shove it in a bag and leave it, as I have with an oblong blanket I started (also Stephen West design). But there is something about circular knitting I find truly addictive.
For this some of my friends think I need psychological testing….