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CLOGS!

Having just finished knitting these enormous creatures, I put them outside my door last night with a note: ‘Waiting for St Nicholas’

This morning a lovely little bunch of spring flowers had been left inside! How nice that someone knew what I’d meant ūüôā

Since then I have had them tumbling about in the washing machine at 40C to felt, then pulled and pushed them into shape and now they are drying in the late March sunshine, together with several other pairs.  They are based on a clever design Bev Galeskas called Felted Clogs.

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I have been spending some time looking at Bulgarian traditional folk knitting. Every year a van comes round the villages collecting the fleeces from those who still keep sheep (this has visibly dwindled since I first went there 6-7 years ago). A few months later the van reappears with spun yarn. Un-dyed yarn costs less than coloured yarn Рthe payment is simply in numbers of fleeces.

Everyone wears some form of slippers indoors, often hand knitted slipper-socks, which are handed to you at the door. Often you are given several pairs as gifts!

These pictures are of more elaborate socks, part of the bridal trousseau – apparently never worn!

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As I am once again off to Bulgaria, I hope to work on something inspired by these patterns:

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A twisty cardi

I’ve been knitting this very asymmetrical garment, designed by Judy Brien because the way its constructed fascinates me. One sleeve is much higher than the other and its full of short row shaping, lots of bubbles and wedges…. Can it possibly work?

Now its finished and a part of me loves it, while another realises that I won’t be totally happy wearing it – somehow it pulls too much and ruches up, making the bubbles and wedges settle in the wrong places. I’ve almost decided to frog the upper body and even it out into a more wearable garment…. ¬†but first I need to decide quite how I want it to look….?

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Cashmere sweater at last

I began this blog with the beginnings of this jumper but something wasn’t right, so I fogged it, soaked and re-wound the yarn and finally re-designed and knitted it again. ¬†The pattern reminds me of the beautiful wavy marks the sea leaves on the sand ……. is there a word for this? I still need a name, so any suggestions with this in mind would be most welcome.

I will publish the pattern on Ravelry as soon as it’s had its final polish ¬†– and of course a name!

Ripples in the sand jumper

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Am just back from a glorious trip to Bulgaria where a profusion of Mock Orange, Acacia and Elder was scenting the air and the hedgerows were filled with pink/orange plumes of wild Smoke Bush. Temperatures of 25-30C were such balm to us sun-starved Brits. My daughter Anastasia and I drove over the famous Shipka Pass, where the Bulgarians and Russians fought back the Turks and the Ottoman Central Army in 1877 – an event still celebrated today – perhaps understandably as they were ruled by the Ottoman Empire for 500 years!

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Back at our little house with garden full of wild flowers and fruit trees, we picked and bottled buckets full of the most delicious juicy cherries!

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At last the apple blossom has arrived! – almost a month later than usual. In between the showers there are signs that early summer might be on the way and the colours in the garden and in the bluebell woods do their best to ward off the winter blues which keep biting with every gust of cold wind and shower of rain.

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On my walk round the garden I come to the window of my workroom and see everything waiting for me to get lampworking again!

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And this tulip is giving me some great inspirations for glass beads …. maybe even some knitting?

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So much for my ‘special project! I’m about to unravel it and use the yarn for …..? ¬†another special project!! :-I’ve tried it several ways and a fitted sweater is just not me these days. I couldn’t bear to frog it straight away, but now that its been¬†lying in the bottom of a knitting bag for several months, I’ve lost my emotional attachment, ¬†– not to the garment, but to all that work in the knitting! ¬†Time to move on and stop being pathetic!

I’m already looking forward to beginning something new! This gorgeous cashmere ¬†yarn becomes softer than ever after washing and I am envisioning something quite baggy and snuggly with long ribbed sleeves…

This did have some nice details... but it didn't quite work out.

This did have some nice details… but it didn’t quite work out.

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