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My While in Canada Knitting Project

I’m still in Canada and fly back to the UK later in the week.

Before I came over I offered to make my Mom something as a belated Mother’s Day gift. She opted for a woolly hat and some kind of a neck warmer with buttons.

The hat bit was easy so we headed off to buy wool. I had to look into the neck warmer with buttons and came across this tutorial on Instructables.

Everything started off well, the steps seemed easy enough to follow. I’m a super beginner knitter and felt I’d be able to do it.

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I was quite happy with the wool we chose. Once I find the wrapper I’ll let you know what it’s called. The wool was challenging at times as it has a thin thread running through it as well as little thicker chunks of colour every so often. Over all no trouble with it and would happily use it again.

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Other than the occasional hole and picked up stitch my only issue was the buttonholes. Ok, I had the hardest time getting my head around them, but after a couple of YouTube videos I jumped in and just gave it a go and they turned out pretty much ok.

I chose not to place my buttons right at the end of the neck warmer because my mom didn’t want them there πŸ™‚ It was 23.5 inches long (I just measured it now) which is basically what the tutorial called for.
There I am modelling the woolly goodies wearing my “Mom, it’s 34c out could we hurry this photo up a bit?” face. The hat looks small on me, but fits my Mom ok. Really I should have had her model it.

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The tutorial was great. I would totally recommend it and make a similar thing again. I’m happy with how the neck warmer turned out.

I hope you’re all having a great summer so far!

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Crafty Shopping in Kirkwall, Orkney

Well we’re almost packed up and ready to leave these beautiful islands, so I figured I’d give a little breakdown on where to find craft and art supplies in Kirkwall.


This photo is from the blog Furman Study Away

The Tree Shop is located on Albert Street in the centre of town. It has a pretty big tree in front of it, and truth be told it’s probably one the of the biggest up here. Trees are few and far between because of the wind.

The shop is packed full of almost anything you might need. I have to ask for whatever I need as it’s tiny and so full it’s hard to focus on what’s available. They have a fairly good selection of items for a wide range of crafts and their prices aren’t too bad. They don’t have everything, but it is a tiny shop. I don’t think they carry fabric, but do have wool. I’ve spent money there so they must be doing something right πŸ™‚


Next we have The Joke Shop & Fabric Grotto. Why have a put a photo of Rendall Furnishings? Well The Joke Shop is inside the furniture store. There is a hairdressers and a couple of other shops in there as well.

Alright so it sells most things a joke shop would sell on one side of the store and fabrics and such on the other. They have buttons, zippers, and other fastenings. They carry many things related to sewing. They have a nice selection of fabrics and are quite helpful. I’ve been in there a number of times and I have found something on every visit.


Orcadian Crafts has a crazy selection of wool. You buy it by weight and they loads of colours. A lot of it is thinner wool, but there is a ton of it! They are located on Bridge Street very close to The Joke Shop.


This photo came from the Orkney communities website.

Last but not least we have For Art’s Sake. It’s right next door to Orcadian Crafts on the first floor of Voluntary Action. They have a great selection of pens, pencils, paints and everything you would need to draw or paint. They also have sketch books and canvases. They offer workshops and taster sessions on a variety of things. They also hold exhibitions and are very helpful.

I am not at all saying these are the only places to browse or buy crafty supplies in Kirkwall, but they are my favourites.

So the big move is Friday! Orkney to Merthyr Tydfil. We’re looking at roughly 15hrs travel time. I’m not sure if that includes the hour on the ferry. Well wish us luck! πŸ™‚

Knitting update – My knitting is improving slowly but surely. The rectangle I’m making for the 2nd mitt is going much better

Mittens To Match My Hat – Phase 1

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What is that you ask? Well it’s my first major attempt at knitting with needles. Ok so there is obviously room for improvement, but overall I’m ok with the way it went.

I need to make sure I’m not picking up stitches as often and when I do solve the problem a little better. Casting on was easy. I’d been taught before and it came back to me fairly quickly. Casting off was trickier. I might try it with a crochet hook next as this wool tends to split a lot.

Alrighty so I’ll make another one of these and then make my mitts.

Watch this space! πŸ™‚

Tiny Hat – Update

Well after I made my tiny hat I had a better look at it and realised it wasn’t as small as I thought. I was being a bit too cautious with it and it turns out it fits me!

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After discovering this I was dying to make some matching mitts. I seem to be obsessed with mitts lately! I wanted to see if I could use one of my new looms and came across this amazing tutorial by mellismishmash. I immediately started working on it and was super happy with the result. Trouble was it was way too wide, so I gave it a go on a flower loom…trouble was the wool kept sliding off the tapered pegs…grrr…I really wanted to complete that tutorial and will in the future.

In case you try it, I did a couple of things to help myself out that may help you too. My loom doesn’t have any marks on it so I tied bits of string around it to mark off places where I had to switch between knit & purl. I also tied some wool around the “first” peg on my flower loom. Since I don’t have a row counter I used a measuring tape to keep track of things.

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So since all of that failed me πŸ™‚ I am now knitting a pair. I’m not the most skilled knitter so I’m quite enjoying it. The practice is great.

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We move on the 13th and things are getting a little hectic around here! I leave for Canada a week after we move…so um ya…things are a bit nuts! Most of my crafty stuff is packed away. I’ve kept out some wool, knitting needles, & crochet hooks. Hopefully that will keep me going πŸ™‚

(I doing this post on my ipad…hopefully it works out ok!)

Loom Knitting (or A Tiny Hat)

So the eBay fairy arrived again yesterday, this time bringing Classic Knit Knitting Looms. There were four looms, a loom pick and yarn needle included.
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I decided I would make a hat with a brim. Now the person I was making the hat for has a very small head, so I went for a small loom (too small, but I’ll get to that).
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I wrapped the yarn around each peg. Once I had gone around the loom, I went around it again this time I created a row above the original row.
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Using the loom pick I lifted the bottom loop over the top of the peg and worked my way around the loom. I started on the peg just to the right of the outside peg where you fasten your yarn to begin with. Once I finished this I pushed every loop down and added another top row of loops and did the whole thing again.

I decided I was going to add a brim to my hat. Once I got to a length of about 4inchesΒ Β pushed my loops down andΒ I lifted the loops from the bottom of the piece (so the very first row of loops I did) on to their corresponding pegs and knit over them (using them as the 2nd row of loops on the pegs).
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I then carried on until the hat was about 8 inches long. I then wove together the top, and voila I had a hat!
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Now even though I made this for a person with a really small head, I feel this is too small and will make another with a bigger loom. I think I’ll make a wool flower for the new hat as well…and maybe some fingerless mitts! Oh the possibilities! πŸ™‚

I purchased these with a different plan in mind, but this was quite fun! It reminded me of this little knitting set I had when I was a kid. Good times!