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I’ve moved…again…some WIPS.

Don’t worry, I’m even more sick of the number of times that I’ve moved this year than you are of hearing about it! JS and I have moved to a lovely, gorgeous flat in Finsbury Park, London, which we shall be in for two years with two nice doctor men that we met at Uni…sort of, it’s a long story.

View from our new flat!

This is why I’ve been so quiet. I haven’t really been able to do much knitting (although I did finish the baby blanket! It’s in our bathroom at the moment waiting to be washed). There is so much to tell you though…

WIPS

Digger

About a year ago I started a project dedicated to Digger, my beloved old labrador. I picked it up again – it was the last WIP languishing in my WIP basket and I’ve been steaming along with it. I have finished the body and most of the head in just under three days, and I absolutely love it.

Pieces for Digger. More yellow in RL.

The pattern is “Labrador Retriever”  by Alan Dart. I love his style, and the pattern is a breeze. If you would like to try it, you have to know how to increase and decrease, mainly. I’m using K2tog, P2tog, KFB and PFB as my main methods, with a few slipped stitch decreases thrown in where I think they are necessary.

I’m using Debbie Bliss Amalfi, which is a blend with silk in it. I chose it because it matched Digger’s colouring – but once knitted up it forms this incredibly drapey, gorgeous fabric that I would love to have a jumper out of. I will be buying more. The main colour is more yellow than this picture shows, camera colours weren’t playing today.

Kittlylow

When JS and I first moved into a flat together, it was no pets allowed. We didn’t really count Archie…but JS promised me we would have a cat when we got to our next one. Well. The flat is a penthouse apartment, with no access for a cat to roam outside, which I hate the thought of, so no pets for us. I’ve been on a mission to stash-bust some of my old acrylic yarns, so I’ve started “Cat Cushion” by Rita Taylor. I will have a cat!

Spinning

I’ve also started spinning again – I bought a new, miniature spindle and plan to take it to a folk festival with me next week. I’m using some purple roving that I won from the Campaign for Wool. I’m not good with a spindle, but my spinning wheel is still inaccessible because of the move, so things can only get better!

Spinning purple roving and mini spindle.

More excitingly – the Handweavers Studio is literally a two minute walk away from me and I went to visit today. Aside from literal BAGS of roving which nearly blew my mind, they also do spinning lessons – so I’ve booked in for September 29th! I think it will make a big difference to my spinning, as I will just be a bit more confident and know if all my self-taught things are GOOD or bad. I can’t wait.

Anyway, I’d best go because we are off on holiday tomorrow and I need to pack! I’m putting PLENTY of yarn and roving in!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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For Digger

My dog, my Kerrowmoor Gold Digger, my companion through teenagehood, died on Friday the 29th of June. Last week. Do you have any idea how strange it feels or sounds to type that?

Digger in his bed
Digger in his bed

As soon as I found out, I wanted to write a poem. I’ve been struggling with forms and styles ever since. I used to be much better at poetry, but it has been a while. The most simple was the one I liked the most. It’s a haiku.

Kerrowmoor gold dog
His final rest, the last dream
Goodbye, my Digger

Digger at the beach, getting to be an old dog
Digger at the beach, getting to be an old dog

My second reaction was that I wanted to make something. JS and I jumped out of bed (I found out early on Saturday morning) and went to John Lewis in Oxford Street. I bought 4 balls of yellow yarn that matched Digger’s colour exactly – and it was only £30 (with some grey and orange) as there was a sale on.

Playing with him as a young dog
Playing with him as a young dog

It’s taken me a few days to cast-on, although I found the pattern at around 9.30 on Saturday morning. I only did it yesterday, as I’ve been reading my boss’ wifes book “A Golden Age” and trying to get to a point where I can think about Digger without feeling a bone-aching sadness. I’m there. Almost.

We have lift-off! Cast on with Debbie Bliss Amalfi in golden labrador
We have lift-off! Cast on with Debbie Bliss Amalfi in golden labrador
The yarn that will cause this to be a labour of love.
The yarn that will cause this to be a labour of love.

So anyway, the casting-on has happened. We are all good on that front. I think I’m going to hate this yarn. It is Debbie Bliss “Amalfi” and is 70% cotton, 15% viscose, 10% linen and 5% silk. It has NO stretch. My hands hurt already, and I’ve only done two inches.

Chewing on a bone
Chewing on a bone

When I told Wonder-Mum about it, she said she would give me his collar and tag, which means the Digger will go home to Devon, and I want to get it done fairly soon. I’d like to do it before I go home next.

Sleeping in his favourite position
Sleeping in his favourite position

I’ll keep you updated on it, as always. I’m plotting my next big project. Can’t choose between finishing Draco for Grumpy, or making myself a shawl. What do you think?

Much love,

Corrie

Making new friends on Dartmoor
Making new friends on Dartmoor
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