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Knitting and Embroidery Discoveries

They do say you never stop learning. This week in particular the world of social media friends has taught me a few new things.  I have shared with you previously that I have rediscovered knitting. On my knitting to do list is to knit myself a hat. Well just before Christmas this is something I attempted, using standard knitting needles. Result - a hat project fail of tea cosy proportions, for that is just what it looked like.
My brother in laws mum is a fabulous knitter, it's positively embarrassed to admit to knitting in her company because I do it so badly and have had so many failed attempts. But she kindly lent me a knitting needle for my hat, so I can knit in the round. Having discovered a suitable hat pattern I set to starting a fresh with the right tools for the job. I had only managed to cast on when I realised the length of the needle was too big. I shared this dilemma complete with photo on my Instagram and Facebook feed, I am so pleased I did. What wonderful people you are! My fellow knitters have come to the rescue, for I  have now discovered knitting using the 'Magic Loop' method - who knew!! Also I received some advise on marking my starting point. I guess I now just need to hurry up, Spring is after all upon us and there will be no need of a hat soon.
I don't know why I am in such a rush to try my hand at new things, but last month I also had a dabble at learning some new and recalling some long forgotten embroidery stitches. I had chosen to join in with a crafting task, partly to raise money for a local charity and partly for fun. The task was to decorate a piece of fabric any way you like, so I decided on simple embroidery. Chain stitch is something I was taught at school, I recall using it to stitch my initials on my pump bag. But I have not used it since, but it was easily remembered. French knots, something I had tackled when I made my cross stitch spectacle case, but they can be so tricky. Cue the need for a handy You Tube video.  A step on from French Knot is the Pistil stitch, which is a French knot with a tail. I enjoyed this stitch and love the different designs you can create with it. 
  • French Knots
  • Pistil Stitch
  • Knitting in the round
  • Magic Loop
  • Knitting markers
The last few weeks I have discovered and learnt quite a few things, some more ground breaking than others. I may not be an expert knitter or stitcher, but I have now taken a step forward from where I started.

I linking to Five on Friday at Amy's Love Made My Home.
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18 comments:

  1. Gorgeous embroidery. I'm hopeless at it,so I admire anyone who does it well,like you do.

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  2. I wish I could sew such pretty things, I've never been good with a needle. Good luck with the hat:)

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  3. You certainly have a talent for embroidery, it looks amazing. Hope all goes well with the hat. Have a great weekend.

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  4. Your stitches look fantastic and I love the material you chose. It's great to try new things and lovely to hear that there are people willing to help you on your journey.

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  5. It always feels good to learn something new and isn't the internet full of the most helpful people.

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  6. You have learned many new things and great things they are too!! So glad that you are enjoying these new crafts and that you are getting help and encouragement too. I hope you keep having fun! Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! xx

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  7. You've inspired me to try my hand at enhancing some of my pull-over tops, or even some blouses which could do with a bit of embroidery and beads.

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  8. I really like how you enhanced the fabric. Lovely.

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  9. Your embroidery is lovely it's fun to try new things, good luck with the hat if you don't finish it for this winter you will have a lovely new hat to look forward to wearing in the Autumn. :)

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  10. Good luck with knitting the hat Angela. I love the embroidery too. Take care and have a nice weekend.
    Julie xo

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  11. It's always fun to learn new things, even though it can be frustrating at first. Knitting is something I'm very slow at. The colour of the yarn is very pretty. Good luck with your new projects.

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  12. Love that embroidery - it's been many years since I last did some and french knots and chain stitch took my right back :) Have a lovely week x

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  13. I love the way you embroidered on the material. It just makes the flowers pop! I think you should always keep learning new things. Then you can pass what you learn along to others. We have to keep the craft and arts alive!

    Cindy Bee

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  14. That embroidery is lovely, I wonder if it would be a way to get my daughter exploring a little more. Thanks for the idea :)

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  15. I too find that the generosity of others to help with craft related things is second to none on social media. I love it

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  16. Your embroidery is so pretty!!! Glad that you are enjoying new things and trying out different crafts, it is so much fun to do new things isn't it. Hope you enjoy your knitting a lot! Thank you for joining Five On Friday again this week, I do so appreciate it and enjoy reading your posts. Hope you have a great weekend! xx

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  17. It is refreshing to have someone admit they struggle or have to practice to get things right. I too am a learner and nothing I make looks perfect, but I enjoy the process so much. Meanwhile I think your embroidery is great. I knit scarves and simple shawls and dream of the day when I can knit more challenging patterns. Kudos to us who keep trying!!

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  18. I love embroidery and what a marvelous way to enhance fabric -- well done. I used to knit and just recently tried it again ... so far so good! Have a lovely week!

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