Extreme Knitting

When I was wandering around my local hardware store a couple of weeks ago, in amongst all the other things, I found a couple of broomsticks and immediately thought that what I needed to try next was a spot of extreme knitting!

I took them home and used a craft knife to sharpen the ends a little (I really need a giant pencil sharpener if anyone knows where to buy one?)

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And then holding 5 strands of wool together, cast on.

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I used a simple pattern of k2, p2 and just carried on knitting.

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I love the effect of the rib, and it only took about a week of evenings to knit a blanket big enough to snuggle under. I used about 7 100g balls of wool in the end, so I think if you were making a single bed sized blanket you’d need about 10 balls. I used Stylecraft Special DK, which is my favourite yarn for experimenting in as it’s very good quality for a low price and knits/crochets up beautifully.

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I think I’m sold on the whole idea of extreme knitting, especially because due to the weight of the broomsticks and the yarn, it also has the added bonus of toning up your upper body at the same time! A win win situation in my eyes.

I do have another project on the huge needles now, watch this space soon for an update.

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One of those weeks

Do you ever have weeks where you can’t settle to anything? I’ve had one of those weeks this week. So far I’ve started a new crochet blanket design, that’s been rolling around in my subconscious for a couple of weeks,

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but only made a few squares for it before I got restless and put it to one side. Then I found a cross stitch picture that I’d designed but not yet stitched,

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so I started that, but then wondered if the design would convert to knitting so started to chart that out. But then I stopped that to design a tote bag that I’ve been asked to make for a Christmas bookazine, however I’ve got to wait for the fabric to be delivered so in the meantime I bought myself an adult colouring book and some pencils and started to colour!

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Is there really any wonder that today my desk looks like this.

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Fingers crossed for a more productive week next week.