Exciting News

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Well I’m excited anyway.

You might remember I’d said I was up to something when I closed the shop?

Well I was and……

Drum roll please

Olann and

My very good friend Deirdre and I are happy to announce the upcoming lauch of ‘Olann and‘ an online fibre magazine focusing on the Irish market.

We’re busy working on the first issue at the moment and it’s due out the third week of November…. yippee!

Expect loads of fibre, yarn and crafty goodness and we’d love to hear your ideas too.

You can find us in the following places so far, with more to come soon, including a blog :-)

Instagram = @olannandmagazine

Pinterest = olannand 

Facebook = Olann and

Twitter = @olannand

We’d love to have as many of you on board, so be sure to come and join us.

Happy Fibre Crafting!

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Wow! How Have I Missed This?

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So.. I was checking out a few things on Ravelry, as you do when you’re trying to decide (avoid) what you’re going to do next and I stumbled upon something I never knew you could do.

Before I go any further, I should point out that you’ve probably been able to do it forever and I’m just late to the party as per usual.

As we all know my newly discovered obsession is weaving, well that and sewing, spinning, etc, etc.  Anyway, for the purposes of this post it’s weaving.

I love Ravelry, it’s an invaluable tool for so many different aspects of fibre crafting and I know there’s weaving on there, but I’ve only been able to find it in the past, by looking at the finished projects from people signed up to the groups I’m in.

Until today that is.

I’ve just discovered that I can look at all of the finished weaving projects listed on Ravelry☺️🎉 ✌️

Here’s how –

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Click on to the people tab along the top of the Ravelry home page and you’ll find yourself here.  Where you will find lots of useful places to explore.

There’s your Friends Activity, where you can check out what your Ravelry friends have been up to.

The section – A Random Assortment of People’s Favourites or their ugh’s (projects people they’ve scored with the lowest satisfaction) is great for inspiration, or not as the case may be.

There’s show us your FO’s and lastly at the bottom there is a section called ‘Your Neighbours’.  This is a great feature because these people and you have some of the same patterns in your libraries, therefore must have similar tastes.  I often begin a search here first if I’m looking to knit something new, as there’s a good chance one of my neighbours might already have a design listed in their favourites or their library that I’ll like.

The section we’re looking at today is the ‘Show us your FO’s’.

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Click on the search the finished FO’s tab.

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Here you can click on the weaving projects and 💕 voilà 💕 – access to all of the finished weaving projects on Ravelry.

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Better still, you can search the colour scheme of the piece.

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The weight of yarn used (great for stash busting)

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and what the project was, eg clothing, accessory, etc.

Of course you can also search peoples knitting, crochet and machine knitted finished projects too.

The only problem I can see, is that I’m going to be so busy looking at other peoples work, I’ll get none of my own finished 😳

Back to Ravelry, ehm… I mean work ;-)

Happy Knitting!

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It’s Been All Go Round Ere Today

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You know when you have one of those days that seem really productive, you’ve been really busy, got loads done and your extremely satisfied with the world, despite knowing you’re probably going to literally fall into bed?  Well it’s been a bit like that here today.

To be fair I live in a truly beautiful spot, especially when the sun is in the sky, but the amount of work it takes to keep the house and yard in order can be truly overwhelming and there’s always so much to do.

Today and for the next couple of days the boys (my hubby and our sons Durahn and Kye) are on operation prepare for winter.  It’s a necessary evil of living in a damp old farm house :-(

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A major part of Operation Winter involves chopping trees up into logs for the stove

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Then there’s the kindling.  I knew it was worth all the shelving from the shop stock rooms.

There wasn’t any need for me to get involved, despite my love of power tools 😁  So I walked the dogs, cleaned, washed up (several times), cooked and got loads of other general ‘needs doing’ stuff done.

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I also found the time to make some lemonade, to use up the glut of cheap lemons and limes I’d bought last week, fully intending to make lemon curd, but forgot to buy some wax coated discs for.

2015-08-18 17.33.06I’ve also made another Wiksten Tank for myself.  Although, I still have to finish binding the sleeves, but that won’t take too long.

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The boys managed to get 10 crates of kindling cut up, but there are still more shelves to get through 🙈

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My 💪 hubby 💪 has cut all the trees up into rings and is now, even as I type (it’s nearly 9.45pm), splitting them into logs.  I managed to get this photo before the sun went down.

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If that wasn’t enough, my socks are drying on the line.  They even look pretty when they’re inside out 💗

Time to put clean sheets on the beds and get a spot of knitting in now before bed, me thinks.

Happy Knitting!

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Sock Mad

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Whilst in the grips of ✨weaver fever✨ I’ve still been doing the odd bit of knitting, but even that’s gone a bit bonkers, as I seem to have found myself gripped by sock madness.

Despite having (pause to clear my throat) several ;-) projects on the go, with more on the ever expanding ‘to do’ list, it seems I really am just happy making socks.  Maybe it’s because they require little or no effort, except when it comes to the heel and toe.  Could it be that they’re just so portable.  Perhaps it’s simply because I love my socks.

Whatever the reason, things got a little out of hand last night 😵⚡️🐒

The socks in the photo at the top of the post are my Comicon socks.  You might remember I bought a ball of the shy, retiring yarn, whilst taking Kye to London at the beginning of the summer?

The socks, I have to admit are beyond my expectations, I can”t wait to wear them and I would, only they’ve come up a little small 👎

I switched from my usual 2.5mm needles to 2.25mm needles after having a discussion with Dr. Sock about how both of us felt our tension was becoming slightly looser.  In my head I’d computed the difference and had allowed for the slight change this could make in the finished sock, but of course this doesn’t mean I remembered when I was knitting.  Actually to be fair, I did remember whilst knitting the leg part of the first sock, but then I completely forgot when I’d finished turning the heel and working the gusset.

In my defence, I was closing the shop at the time.

Usually I’d try my first sock on when it was finished just too check everything was right before moving on to the second, but of course I didn’t.  Luckily, I copied the first sock, so both of them fit perfectly on the leg and heel, they just need to be a tad longer.

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Now I have a pair of socks that need their toes ripping back so I can add five or so more rows.  Luckily, I have plenty of yarn left to do this, but it just seems like too much to concentrate on at the moment though.

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Much like picking up the stitches to make the gusset on this sock did last night as well.  My living room can be quite dark and I was too comfortable to move to the kitchen, well that and I was enjoying watching the episode of Eastenders I’d recorded earlier 😱

So what’s a girl to do, when her knitting just isn’t happening?

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Yep, you guessed it.  I cast on another pair of socks 🙈🙈🙈

Must be going through some kind of orange phase.

Moving swiftly on….

You might have noticed they’re on metal needles?

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The needles ar Knitpro Nova Cubics, they’re also 2.5mm and I’m not sure I’m going to stick with them.  To be fair, they do feel so much better than your standard coated steel knitting needles that you see everywhere.  They’re still metal though, so they are no way near as comfortable, flexible and quiet as my usual choice of Knitpro Symphonie, Cubics or Karbonz.

I’ll let you know if I change over when I’ve done a bit more knitting.

I am considering mixing it up a little, only a little though because I’ll still be using 4ply.  So many of my friends are expecting and I’m way behind on knitting gifts, so I think it might be time to crack on with a little Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker of Pekapeka Design Studio.  I’ve never made one before and it looks interesting, what do you think?

Happy Knitting!

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My First Woven Scarf

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I’m dying to tell you all about my trip last week to Saorimor in Wales (that’s Rosie looking resplendent in her woven top outside her studio), but I’ve had this post sitting half completed in my drafts folder for some time now and probably should just finish and publish it first.

It’s pretty obvious at the moment that I’m a little hooked by weaving, not sure why it’s taken me so long to find my weaving mojo, but now I have, there’s no stopping me.  Having said that, I’m still knitting and crocheting away in between and I’ve even got my eye on a sewing pattern that wasn’t available in Cork earlier today :-(

Some of you probably saw photos of pink/orange weaving on Instagram a couple of weeks ago?

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Having only really woven the table runner previously with itchy, scratchy, coarse wool, I was keen to find out what weaving with softer knitting yarn would be like.  Traditionally, knitting yarn is too soft and has too much ‘bounce’ to be used in tapestry weaving, but lots of the modern looms available have been designed with just this in mind.  It’s also what led me to purchase my loom in the first place.  I’d hoped my ever increasing yarn stash, would eventually begin to decrease, as it’s definitely quicker to weave a large piece of cloth than knit it, but it would be less bulky than crochet.

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Unfortunately though, as quick as it is to weave, there’s just no getting round having to warp your loom.  I’m sure I’ll get quicker at it, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a quick process.  There are youtube videos that make it look like it takes minutes, there’s even one called ‘warping your rigid heddle in 10 minutes’ – total utter 💩detritus💩 for me anyway.

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For this project, a scarf, I really wanted to use a yarn that I’ve knitted with to be able to compare the finished fabrics.  I opted for the Cotton Premium sock yarn from Opal, that I used to make a pair of socks earlier in the year.  The sock yarn is as we know, rather thin (4ply) and so I decided to use a finer reed than before.  My 40/10 gives me 40 ends to each 10cm or 4 ends per cm – oh yes, I’m begining to sound like I know what I’m talking about 🙌🏼 Having warped up my loom and wound some bobbins, I knuckled down to a spot of weaving.

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I love the texture of plain weave (under one warp, over the next and repeat) and to be fair, I’m not sure I’m ready for twills, waffles and dogtooth checks just yet.  The first thing you’ll notice, is that having used the same multicoloured yarn for both the warp and the weft, a sort of chequered pattern forms where the same colours in the yarn cross.

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This pattern, adds to the overall effect of the weaving and makes it look a lot more complicated than it really is 💃💃💃

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The finished scarf is over 1½ metres long by about 25cm wide and the material feels very different to that of the socks.  The socks are much softer and have a squidgyness that the scarf just doesn’t have.  The scarf took approximately 1¾ 100g balls of yarn and is light, incredibly warm and I love it, even the mistakes.

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Of which there are a few 🙈 🙈 🙈

Technically I could have fixed them and if it was a piece of knitting I’m sure I would have, but for some strange reason they just don’t seem to bother me as much.

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Rather oddly I’m also loving tassels as a way of finishing off my weaving too and they’re not something I would have been too fond of in the past.  Maybe it’s because I know they’re functional, who knows?

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On the loom next, is a cotton something or other, but it’s going to be a gift if it works out – possibly.  Blues might just end up being the completely wrong colour though, if you catch my drift ;-)

Happy Fibre Fun!

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Not a Lot of Fibre Love

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I’m in desperate need of some time alone with my needles :-(

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It’s probably no surprise that my life over the last week has looked mostly like this

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and this

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and this.

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With very little of this.

Luckily, that’s all about to change, as tomorrow I’m off to Bangor in Wales for a few days and it will be fibre fun all the way.  I’m actually going over to spend a few days learning about Saori weaving at Rosie Green’s studio SAORImor, so be prepared to be bored to death on my return.  In addition to the weaving I’m planning on filling some of my free time with some much needed knitting time and listening to some audio books :-)

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In the meantime, I wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone for their kind thoughts, best wishes, cards, flowers, wine, chocolates and other assorted goodies.  I now need to go on a diet and begin a strenuous exercise regime to shed the pounds.

Happy Knitting!

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Changes Are Underway

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So…

I’ve one more week of trading left in my little shop, before I finally close the door and my family and I begin the process of dismantling, packing up and removing what’s left before I say goodbye to Knit.

So far I’ve been fine and as I’ve told everyone that’s asked “that making the decision was the hard part”.  I’m no fool though (well?) and I know I’m going to feel a sadness when I close the door for the last time and will probably need a period of readjustment.

It is said, that as one door closes (literally), another one opens.

Since I announced the closure of the shop, so many of you have asked if I’ll keep the Facebook Page and blog up and running.  As I’d always assumed it was just a shop thing, I wasn’t confident that the interest was there without the shop, but it seems I was wrong :-)

I can’t keep calling myself Knit, Knitmidleton or KnitinMidleton, not least because I actually live in Lismore and who knows maybe someone else will eventually open a knitting shop in Midleton and then it really wouldn’t seem right.

Some of you will already associate the name LeftFootDaisy with me as it’s been my profile name on Ravelry, Pinterest and loads of other things for many years now.

Cue boring, hopefully succinct, explanation –

My favourite flower is the daisy, big floppy ones, small dainty ones, I don’t have a preference.  I even considered changing my name when I was younger, but I’m not even sure I’m a Lora, let alone a Daisy.  I was meant to be called George (yes for a girl and no not Georgina, I’m a child of the early 70’s) and I think it would be a good fit now, probably not in school though, the bullies would have had a field day

My love of daisy’s extends to a tattoo on, you guessed it, my left foot.  There’s just the one and if I ever get round to it I’ll have more, but I love it so much that I stupidly thought I’d use it for my on-line presence many years ago and it’s kind of stuck.

My husband even proposed with a giant billboard at the side of the road which read ‘Will you marry me LeftFootDaisy’ 💕

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So I’d like to re-introduce myself as LeftFootDaisy aka Lora and just so you know it’s me I’ve decided to go the whole hog ;-) and it’s LeftFootDaisy – Confessions of a Fibre Strumpet

I’m going to keep popping up links to patterns, news stories and ‘naughty’ knitted thingys on the new Facebook page (come and join me) and I’ll post here about all my fibrey and not so fibrey goings on, where I’ll also continue to make up words, use awful grammar and write as I speak 😁  As I won’t have my own shop I’ll be able to talk more about where I’ll be shopping, what I’ll be buying and the things I love or loathe.

I hope all of you and more will join me, better still, interact with me, I’ll miss that the most :-(

Happy Knitting!

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