KCBW6: Continental knitting in action

Today I thought I would try something a little different and experiment with filming a very short video. For a few weeks now I have been diligently practising my Continental Knitting after signing up for an online course with the very talented Anniken Allis aka YarnAddictAnni.

As with most new skills she advises that spending 15 minutes a day practising is much more beneficial than doing a 1-hour long stint. So, as well as my drop spindling for 15 mins every day I have also been adding in a little Continental Knitting.

I have been using my go-to travel project - my Arne & Carlos toe-up vanilla socks for this. 
Arne & Carlos Regia yarn

They are on my magic loop needles and I find that once I get set up I can whizz along each needle relatively quickly. I'm still not as fast as when I use my normal method but I feel that I'm getting there.

Today I was in the garden and thought I would try using the Continental technique on the never-ending Mitered Crosses blanket. I am using straight needles for this -  a rare event so it was fun to try it out on a different needle type.

This video is a short clip of how I got on:

PS - If you have the sound turned on, on your device please turn it off. Unless you want to hear the demented blackbird which refused to move from the tree whilst I was filming.

KCBW6 Day 2: It's All About You

The Secret Writer

Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to be a writer. I would write out stories longhand and then type them up on an old manual typewriter (why yes, I am in my 40s - why do you ask?). I was so proud of these little manuscripts and I would painstakingly file them away in a little box file under my bed. They never saw the light of day and at some point when I moved away to Uni they fell foul of my Mum's decluttering - Marie Kondo has nothing on my Mum - and I never saw them again.

I grew up, moved away and got a Proper Job - with science and everything. In time I found knitting, or rather it found me and in time I began to remember that I once had a creative side. I found that I could express my creative instincts in knitting, in pattern design and also through my blog, in writing again and I have to admit that it felt wonderful.

Since becoming more involved in the blogging world I have been fascinated by the practice of journalling although I'm yet to find a method that works for me. Techniques which have piqued my interest include:

Regardless of what it is called and how I do it, I have made it my own private goal to write something everyday. And no, my to-do lists (of which I write many) don't count. I have to write something in my new girly notebook every day. 

My new notebook for Writing Important Things

Whether it is 1 line or 1 page doesn't matter. Sometimes I sit down in a grump thinking of it as a chore but often those are the days when it turns out that I have the most to write.

At the moment these writings, like my childhood stories don't see the light of day but eventually, who knows. At least they will be safe from my Mum and her decluttering boxes.

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KCBW6. Day 1: If you were a yarn...

If I were a yarn what type would I be?

After spending way too much time thinking about this I plumped for something I am working with currently - on a WIP freshly out of hibernation.

Shilasdair Luxury DK is a fabulous British yarn. Like me it is robust and practical, yet given to moments of luxury and self indulgent. I am currently knitting a modified Mitered  Crosses blanket in it and I love that the range of beautiful natural-dyed colours take inspiration from the natural world. 

My current favourite is the Uig Sea Green and I can't wait to get onto these squares next.

I am adopting a production line approach at the moment and knitting as many squares as I can get out of 1 skein - usually 5 or 6 and then adding the cream border to them all. All ends must be woven in before the finished squares are allowed into the storage box.