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Knitters Need the Right Tools! March Knit Blog Update!

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March was a whirl of focussed knitting on my latest project, Bondi by Martin Storey from the Ocean Blue Collection in Rowan Denim Revive!

It's a big project...
it's two row stripes....
it has pockets...
and a hood...
and I'm almost done!

Whilst knitting my Bondi, it became obvious that I was using the wrong needle tips!

This led me to have a look at my needle collection....primarily Addi with a little Signature and KnitPro thrown in!

I ended up ordering new Addi Straights....and when they arrived....the hubby asked why I needed so many different needles! (silly man right)

Every Knitter needs a variety of tools...right?

Join me while I discuss the merits of the different needles in my collection.

It's a short update....sorry, but I've been too busy knitting!




Links for this episode:

Design: Bondi by Martin Storey (You can buy this as an individual download or as part of the digital collection, OR in hard copy!)

Design Collection: Ocean Blue by Rowan (Available in Har…

February Update - Summer Project on the Needles!

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February was brutal here at Life LDC! The weather was horrendous....so L&D and I snuggled up on the couch and got going on a summer project!
A bit of swatching happened along the way.
Here's my February update....



(I'm working on an intro graphic...I'm almost there :)

Videos mentioned in my update....
Link to the Fall/Winter 2019/20 Chanel Fashion Show - https://youtu.be/dmL2lTC4oto Woven in Time - A History of Wool in Yorkshire - https://youtu.be/gefa6emNxKA

Spring MUST be just around the corner - right?
Happy Knitting!
Anne x
with Daisy at her feet....Lackie is MIA :)





Sometimes Saying Goodbye.....means Hello to Something Wonderful!

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As a teen in the 70's, bell bottom denim jeans and denim jackets were all the rage!  I'm still wearing Denim and I LOVE it more than ever! (If that is possible.)

Rowan Original Denim is discontinued (boo hoo) BUT there is a new Denim yarn in town....it's by Rowan as you might expect....and it's called....

Denim Revive!

I love Denim Revive! It's made of 95% recycled Denim and 5% recycled cotton.....comes in 8 fabulous shades - 3 denim blues, cream, subtle shades of green, pink, grey and the perfect black!
Martin Storey has created a collection of designs perfect for this yarn, including some epic cable designs - a coatigan for a woman and a fabulous all over cable design for a man (I think it's unisex really), hoodies and classic pullover and cardigan designs! (So something for everyone really!)

My sample balls were used to knit the Sydney hat design and I sort of love it! Check it out in my review video!





I hope you enjoy my video review of the new Denim Revive yarn a…

Moordale - "Made in Britain"

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I was so excited to get this new yarn by Rowan on my needles - so I knit up the Buckler Hat and I have to say, I LOVE this new yarn! British Bluefaced Leister and Alpaca combined to make a yarn with personality....lustre and strength, in 12 beautiful shades!
The Moordale Collection of 14 sweaters and accessories by Martin Storey has something for everyone!
Check out the Rowan Yarns channel for their video on "The Making of Moordale"...


and a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot for the Moordale Collection too!


The Moordale Collection is available in print (patterns in both English and German) OR as electronic downloads (buy the collection or individual patterns) at Knitrowan.com !
Enjoy!
Happy Knitting,
Anne x

Viola Yarns Trunk Show!

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While I hibernate knit in January (mostly), I did get up off the Life LDC couch and headed to the Handknit Yarn Studio in Hamilton for their "Viola Yarns Trunk Show".

So here's my January 2019 Video Blog.....

1:49 - Magnolia, the Marie Wallin FairIsle Club - a WIP update!

4:15 - Rowan Big Wool Colour Block Scarf - finished project!

6:00 - "In the Loop" cowl by Espace Tricot, knit in Rowan Alpaca Classic yarn  - finished project

11:00 - the Mari Kondo series on Netflix has inspired me!

I've been inspired to "Konimari" "Anne's Stash Room of Requirement! Look what I found - hand spun yarn - a vintage acquisition!

17:13 - "Knits About Winter" by Emily Foden, Trunk Show at Handknit Yarn Studio in Hamilton.

Emily Foden's "Knits About Winter" has been a HUGE success....and that's good, but if you want her yarns, you'll have to be patient. Her production is limited at the best of times....read her blog here....

Viola Lace M…

Scissors and Knits!

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Do you take your scissors to your hand knitting? 

It's called STEEKING, and yes, it seems scary, but it doesn't have to be!




It's 2019, and with this new year along with my regular knit updates, product reviews and acquisition videos....I'm planning on doing a series of steek technique videos! My "go to" technique is the first up.....it's simple, clean and probably the most organic way to steek!

There's a bonus at the end of how I pick up my stitches.

Happy 2019 Everyone!

Anne x

....It's really cold here and we've got a lot of fresh snow....so Lackie, Daisy and I are having a snow day, watching videos, drinking tea and knitting (of course). 

I hope you are all safe and warm and enjoying your day too!

Knit Travel and Acquisitions

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The LIFE LDC November/December update!





Intro

0:58 - What's on my needles

"Magnolia" the Marie Wallin Fairisle Club 4 Project

2:10 - TRAVEL PROJECT

In the Loop by Espace Tricot in Rowan Alpaca Classic (This new yarn was introduced in Rowan Magazine 64 with a collection of yarns by Lisa Richardson - see my review here

3:20 - KNIT TRAVEL & ACQUISITIONS

Open Day at Purlescence

Triskelion Sock Yarn -

Fripperies & Bibelots stitch markers

7:00 - ON THE ROAD TO THE LAKE DISTRICT! 

Join me in the passenger seat for the last bit of the drive!

14:00 - GIVEAWAY

A draw for a copy of Marie Wallin's Skye Cowl printed pattern and your choice of shades of Felted Tweed!

20:30 - THE RETREAT PROJECT!

in Marie's British Breeds yarn!

22:45 - A TOUR OF MARIE'S BIG BASKET OF SAMPLE KNITS!

Including all of the Bloomsbury and Wildwood samples, the British Breeds accessories collection and Magnolia, the FI Club 4 Project!

27:00 - STASH ENHANCEMENT - HAWTHORN FROM WILDWOOD

30:30 - LITLLE GRE…