Bomb the Bike!

Last year the Tour de France started in Yorkshire.  It was a huge success.  Crowds lined the route and it created a great sense of belonging amongst local residents.  Many Yorkshire knitters had spent hours knitting little jerseys which were then hung along the route.

This year the local government have decided to do it again with the Tour de Yorkshire.  It takes place over three days and information on the route etc can be found here http://letour.yorkshire.com/tour-de-yorkshire

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Our knitting group, The Guisborough KnitWits were approached to help out with the decorating.

Many hours were spent by the ladies knitting little jumpers in the Yorkshire colours, yellow, light blue and white.  We also made up squares, pom pons and flowers which were knitted and crocheted.

Last week we got together and put all these onto an old bike.  Lots of coffee, tea and biscuits were consumed during the process!

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This week it was all put together outside Sunnyfield House on Guisborough High Street.

 

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If you live anywhere near why don’t you come along and have a little look at our cycling themed yarn bombing?

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Post Holiday Corn Rows Are Everywhere!

This week I have been back to work after a lovely two week Easter break.  For the first week we went to Portugal, near the town of Silves on the Algarve.  We stayed at the absolutely gorgeous Villa Carlota which was right at the top of a hill and so we had a great view!

Villa Carlota, Silves, Portugal.

Villa Carlota, Silves, Portugal.

A fabulous view!

A fabulous view!

The weather was a beautiful sunny 25 degrees most days.  After running around for most of the time we just wanted a relaxing few days.  So we didn’t really go very far or do very much.

Hot tub!

Hot tub!

A couple of times we wandered into town, to take a little look at the castle or the church, to investigate the football tournament going on at the local ground or to do a spot of shopping.

View from our balcony.

View from our balcony.

Most of the time we just sat by the pool and enjoyed the sun and a chat.  It is nice to just talk when you don’t see your husband for months on end!

The Hubster and me!

The Hubster and me!

On the last morning I enjoyed my breakfast whilst reading my book by the pool.  I knew I was going back to colder weather and really wasn’t looking forward to it!

Last morning by the pool.

Last morning by the pool.

And we felt it was compulsory to take some last minute selfies!  So here are me and the  kids!

Callum and me.

Callum and me.

Caitlin and me.

Caitlin and me.

The second week was spent trying to catch up with jobs around the house.  As always there is never enough time to get everything done.  But Callum now has his computer back with a new power supply, motherboard and cooler after the last liquid cooler went doolally and leaked all through it.  The garage has been cleaned out and the garden tidied up.  Phew!

A nice tidy garden for Bessie!

A nice tidy garden for Bessie!

Since my husband went back to work last weekend I have been trying to catch up with some Designs bits and pieces.  My newest pattern had come back from the tech editor and test knitters.

So here is the Corn Rows Cabled Cowl!  I have just released it this week on all my usual sites, Etsy, Ravelry, Love Knitting and Craftsy.

Corn Rows Cabled Cowl

Corn Rows Cabled Cowl

Corn Rows Cabled Cowl

Corn Rows Cabled Cowl

It matches my previous patterns, Corn Rows Cabled Headband and Boot Toppers.

Corn Rows Cable Headband

Corn Rows Cable Headband

Corn Rows Cabled Boot Toppers

Corn Rows Cabled Boot Toppers

To celebrate I have created a coupon code on Ravelry where you can buy all three patterns for just £6.  Simply enter the code Corn rows here – http://www.ravelry.com/redeem/designs-by-emma-allneedles

And on Etsy I have just started listing some pattern bundles.  Just choose from the patterns listed and tell me which you would like when you check out.  I currently have 3 patterns for £6 and will soon be adding 4 for £8, 5 for £10 and 7 for £14.  All of these patterns are usually available for £2.50 each.  So if you would like to buy all three Corn rows patterns on Etsy follow this link.

I have also sent my newest pattern to the tech editor and test knitters this week.  Inspired by our holiday to Portugal, and the tag line of our villa – sea of emotions.  Watch this space!

How Thick?

When looking on a yarn or ball band you will notice a number.  This tells you how thick the yarn is and what kind of needles you might need and even the type of project you might use it to make.  This is because the weight, or thickness, will affect the appearance of what you make.  It will also make a difference to the amount of stitches and rows you will need to knit a sample swatch of 4cm square.

0 Lace – also called 2-ply or fingering weight.  This yarn is most commonly used with 2mm or 2.5mm needles.  It will produce a very delicate fabric.

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1 Superfine – also called 3-ply or baby.  Mostly used with 2.75mm, 3mm or 3.25mm needles.  It produces a very fine material and is great for detailed shawls or socks.

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2 Fine – also called 4-ply, sport or baby.  Mostly used with 3.5mm, 3.75mm or 4mm needles.  Great for making baby clothes, sock and very lightweight jumpers.  It produces very delicate textures and detailed colour work.

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3 Light – also called DK (Double Knit) or worsted.  Mostly used with 4mm or 4.5mm needles.  This is a great all-purpose yarn used for anything from baby clothes to jumpers and scarves.

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4 Medium – also called aran or medium worsted.  Mostly used with 5mm or 5.5mm needles.  This is great for slightly thicker jumpers, scarves, baby blankets and is very popular for making cabled jumpers.  It is slightly quicker to knit up than a DK yarn.

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5 Bulky – also called chunky.  Mostly used with 6mm, 6.5mm, 7mm or 8mm needles.  Perfect for knitting winter gifts such as hats, leg warmers, thick scarves and shawls.  Very quick to knit with due to its thickness and the size of needles.

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6 Super Bulky – also called super chunky or roving.  Mostly used with 9mm or 10mm needles.  This is the thickest type of yarn you are likely to come across in most shops.  It is really thick and warm so perfect for those winter knits of scarves and blankets.  Perfect for beginners!

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You can also find yarns on-line that are so thick you can use your arms to knit with them!

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My favourite thickness of yarn to knit with is aran weight.  It is slightly quicker to knit up than DK but it isn’t too thick and chunky for accessories.  You can find some of my patterns to use aran weight in my Ravelry or Etsy stores.

Ball Bands!

All yarn come with a band on them giving you invaluable information.  But do you know what it all means?

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Yarn weight and thickness – all yarn is categorised by how thick it is.  They vary from 0 to 6 and are shown on the band by an image of a ball of yarn with a number on it.  I will go into more detail about this scale in a later blog.

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Recommended needle size – this is by no means set in stone.  You do not have to use the needle size stated on the ball band.  This is just a guide to help you get the correct tension.

Tension – the tension is usually given as a square.  It will state how many stitches and how many rows will create a 4inch or 10cm square.  It is usually better to knit a swatch much bigger than this and to measure the tension in the middle.  I have written an earlier blog about tension squares.

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Washing instructions – these will tell you if you have to hand wash garments made from this yarn or if they can be machine washed.  If they can go in the machine it will give you a guide temperature.

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Drying instructions – some yarns will tell you if they can be tumble dried.  The symbol with a cross through it means it cannot go in the dryer.  The other symbols will tell you which setting.  One dot for low, two for medium and three for high.

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Ironing instructions – you may be able to iron items made from some yarns.  A picture of an iron with a cross through it means you can’t, one dot means iron on low, two for medium and three for high.  Sometimes you will see a picture of an iron with steam at the bottom which may or may not be crossed out.  This will tell you whether or not to use steam when ironing finished items.

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