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Episode Four: Mvere

The latest episode of the Plutonium Muffins Podcast includes the #WIPCrackAway knitalong, some big news regarding fleeces, a resolutions update and a lesson on another breed of sheep. Enjoy – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway before the 5th of October!

Episode Four: Mvere

Mvere

“wool” in Shona

Section One: Knitting

In the Oven

Gourmet Knitting

The Kitchen Cupboard

  • My stash enhancements are Malabrigo, Rowan Fine Lace, Lioness Arts, Countess Ablaze and Whimsy. Stash found here.
  • Elegance Scarf Wrap

Newsflash

The first half of the Icon Dress
The first half of the Icon Dress

Section Two: Spinning

Half-baked

  • Splash still on the go

In the Pantry

Le Cordon Bleu

Section Three: Resolutions

Section Four: Crafty Roots

A Good Yarn

Sheep

  • Mouflon Sheep post
  • Navajo Churro (blog post to come on the 6th of October)

Conclusion

Contact me!

Tune is “Camembert” played by John on fiddle and Micky on guitar on Sunday 28th September 2014, with optional percussive interludes by a cute little springer spaniel puppy.

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Happy (2nd) Birthday!

The Etsy giftcard giveaway is now closed!

That’s right – today is Plutonium Muffins’ second birthday! We’ve gone from the first ever post to celebratory first year giveaways to pattern publication and the birth of my spinning career. My, it’s been a busy couple of years!

Last year I had a birthday box giveaway, which was really stressful because I spent the whole time worrying that the person who got it would hate it. This year, I am going to do something different, inspired by a recent purchase I made on Etsy…

Birthday Giveaway – Etsy – NOW CLOSED

In the spirit of birthdays and ignoring the fact that it’s nearly Christmas, I wanted to do something that would allow someone to do something they only get to do once a year – buy something for themselves.

Room with a View - by Louise Goodchild, my birthday present to Plutonium Muffins!
Room with a View – by Louise Goodchild, my birthday present to Plutonium Muffins!

So, you will be winning a £20 gift card for Etsy, with which you can buy anything!

I don’t know if you’ve ever had a look on Etsy, but if you haven’t I thoroughly recommend you going and having a look. A lot of the stuff on there is to die for! As it is all handmade, the prices can be high because as we all know, handmade takes time and love, and as a result costs more. I don’t often treat myself to things like this as I normally think I could make something myself, or I just simply can’t justify the expense…if someone gave me £20 for Etsy I’d probably go nuts with funky roving!

Camel roving would be my birthday treat to me!
Camel roving would be my birthday treat to me!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post completing the following sentence:

To treat myself on my birthday…

You can get up to three extra entries by sharing this post to your friends and followers!

The deadline is going to be the 5th of January 2014 (ick) and I hope the prize will bring the winner a bit of sunshine into a fresh start! Open to anybody in any location, so get commenting!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Gigantic Blankie & Tetris Scarf

I have been a bit short of time recently so progress on the Gigantic Blankie and Tetris Scarf has been a bit slow! Last week I was at the World Travel Market, we were puppy-sitting this weekend, and this week I am doing a course to learn more about some software I use at work. I have been doing a bit of work on the Tetris Scarf, and it has now been suitably long enough since I blogged about the Gigantic Blankie that I think perhaps it is time for another post about it.

Tetris Scarf

As we all know, JS is getting his wish on this scarf, and I’m not doing it in funky colours. I am loving it, the yarn is incredibly gorgeous, I’m loving intarsia and I am really enjoying the speed with which it is knitting up. It’s only 25 stitches across at the moment (I will be extending it) so it goes very quickly.

Two thirds knitted...sort of, still need to figure out how to stop it curling.
Two thirds knitted…sort of, still need to figure out how to stop it curling.

The best thing definitely has to be the excuse I get. Whenever JS complains that I’m knitting too much (when we are watching a film, when I’m meant to be cooking dinner, when I’m meant to be going to bed….) I can just say “Do you want your scarf to be done soon? Huh?!” It’s amazing.

The tetris scarf is languishing in a new knitting bag :)
The tetris scarf is languishing in a new knitting bag :)

I might knit for him more often.

Gigantic Blankie

I really haven’t worked much on the Gigantic Blankie as I have been working full steam ahead on the scarf. There is a bit more funky fur in there, and I have also bought some new needles to make it a bit easier on my wrists as I *love* this design and will be doing more. These are Addi, and I bought them from Loop.

Gigantic Blankie and some new needles.
Gigantic Blankie and some new needles.

I wanted circular needles because the blanket can rest in my lap while only the active stitches are actually weighing on my hands. It’s a lot less tiring!

We are nearly too full to fit the Gigantic Blankie in the basket.
We are nearly too full to fit the Gigantic Blankie in the basket.

That’s it from me for now. Friday is the last day for the Knitted Cats and Kittens giveaway, so get your entries in!

Much love,

Corrie xx WIP Wednesday's with Tami's Amis

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[Giveaway] Knitted Cats and Kittens CLOSED

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

I’m incredibly excited to announce that this month I have teamed up with Sue Stratford to bring you a copy of her book, “Knitted Cats and Kittens“. This combines two of my greatest loves – cats and knitting! Hurrah. I know that a lot of you share these loves, so I would urge you to enter the giveaway.

Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford
Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford

Not only do you get a copy of the book, but it is also signed! Before I tell you how you can enter, let me try persuade you a little bit more how much you want this book.

Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford.
Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford.

Knitted Cats and Kittens – Review

Beginning of book

With 112 pages of glory, Knitted Cats and Kittens goes through the usual knitting introductions for us. This is not a book intended for someone who has never knitted before and I really like these two pages as they are concise and clear, without being condescending – something I often find in non-beginners books.

The glorious contents page.
The glorious contents page.

The first two pages are materials and equipment. I adore the way Sue discusses some of the less usual materials that people who have not yet made toys may not have experienced before – I use her tips on toy filling all the time. Her ideas on how to make safety eyes look good are ingenious, and definitely something I will be utilising when Digger‘s eyes finally arrive!

The technique sections talks us through finishing techniques and some of the needlework techniques less commonly used by knitters – such as some embroidery stitches. This would be a fabulous introduction to decorating your knitting in ways that are not intrinsic to the stitch.

Main Content

The rest of the book is dedicated to the patterns – and what cats they are! All of the photos I’ve included are snapshots of the pages from the book, but they are by no means all of the patterns.

My favourite is definitely Clematis, closely followed by Rainbow and Doorstop Cat. The patterns are pretty, true to the nature of cats (cuddly, playful, cute) and useful. Doorstop Cat is actually a doorstop! Pretty cool, huh?

Clematis - isn't she gorgeous?
Clematis – isn’t she gorgeous?
Rainbow Cat!
Rainbow Cat!
Doorstop Cat...I would call him Gordon.
Doorstop Cat…I would call him Gordon.

Not only do you get to make cats, but Sue includes a Monster Cat, some mice, accessories, clothes…

Monster Cat-----rarrrr
Monster Cat—–rarrrr

I will tell you a secret – I bought this book for myself when I saw it back in February, when I had no money. I loved it that much. I haven’t knitted a single thing from it, but when I’m feeling really down, I flick through it and plot what I will make when I haven’t got Christmas knitting to do…

A Siamese, a bed and mice...all from the book.
A Siamese, a bed and mice…all from the book.
Family of cats!
Family of cats!
Furballs with an accessory you can make from the book!
Furballs with an accessory you can make from the book!
Valentino stole my heart <3
Valentino stole my heart <3

So I’m sure you’re all desperate to know how to win it…

Knitted Cats and Kittens – Enter

We are heading back to a month-long giveaway this month, as I want to give everyone a chance. The giveaway will close at 5 pm GMT on November 15th, 2013. It is open to everyone from anywhere and the draw will be random, thanks to the random number generator on Excel!

To enter, let me know which of the photos featured here you would make, and what you would call your cat.

You can get additional entries – up to three – by sharing this blog-post on a social networking site such as Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, and letting me know on this post that you have done so.

Please make sure you leave contact details so I can get in touch with the winner.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Resolutions, London giveaway & general update

Today’s post is a round-up of resolutions, a giveaway and a general update following has been a VERY busy few weeks/months. I won’t bore you all with the full details (folk festivals/the Netherlands/moving house) but let’s just say that I am so pleased to be in my new flat, with lovely and gorgeous flatmates, and in my new job!

First day in my new job!
First day in my new job!

Resolutions

My August Resolutions, if you remember, were:

  1. Finish Digger
  2. Finish spinning purple roving
  3. Make significant progress on Kittylow

Well, I finished knitting Digger, but his eyes still haven’t arrived from Thailand. I did half of my purple roving, and surprise surprise, I finished Kittylow! (Photos to follow on Friday.)

So, I count August as a success, given the crazy amount of other stuff I was doing!

Heeeeere's Digger!

My September Resolutions (in brief, I’ll update with more info another time) are:

  1. Make Wonder-Bro’s birthday pressie
  2. Make a wedding pressie
  3. Finish the purple roving

As two of these are presents, I won’t be able to post too much details – but I have to get them done, so September will almost certainly have a 66% success rate!

Giveaway for London Yarnies

Have you heard of the Great London Yarn Crawl? It is on the 21st of September (a Saturday) and looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Unfortunately I booked my ticket without thinking about the dates…and it is actually the aforementioned wedding on that day, so I can’t go. Great London Yarn Crawl

I have double-checked, and I can change the name on my ticket – so anybody who fancies heading on over to the Great London Yarn Crawl is in with a chance of winning it! My ticket is for the Green Route, which is:

iKnit –> Sharpworks –> Village Haberdashery –> Knit with Attitude –> Mulberry Bush

There is an after-party at the end, as well as goody bags. I am absolutely gutted not to be able to make it, and I hope that whoever ends up with the ticket will enjoy it as much as I would have!!! Tickets are nearly sold out and official registration ends on the 7th of September, so you this will be one of your chances of getting a ticket following that!

To win just post a comment in this post stating your favourite yarn shop ever. The ticket is open to anyone – however, you will have to get yourself to London for the event, and I bear absolutely no responsibility for anything other than providing the ticket, so please don’t apply if you can’t make it.

The closing date is Saturday the 14th of September to give you a week to make arrangements – you will have until 23:59 on this date. You can get only one extra entry by sharing on social media and letting me know you have done so.

(And my favourite yarn shop ever? Hulu in Modbury, of course!)

That’s it from me, it’s way past my bedtime. Work is going well, but I have to get up very early and it’s already 11:30 pm here! I have so much more to tell you all and I might post again tomorrow.

Much love,

Corrie xx

I’m not getting anything for doing this giveaway – merely giving it away instead of selling it on! Please spread the news even if you cannot go, as it’s a fantastic opportunity and I would hate for the ticket to go unused. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator.

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[Review] – The Knitter’s Bible

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It’s time for my long overdue review of The Knitter’s Bible by Claire Crompton. I hope you are all aware that this is my current giveaway! I was so disorganised that I forgot the book in Devon while I was in London, so I’ve extended the date to the 28th of June. Now, I know that it’s tomorrow, so my deadline is going to be midnight GMT.

The front of the Knitter's Bible.

Just a note while you’re admiring the photos of the lovely pages…the “PlutoniumMuffins.com” stamp is not in the actual book, it’s simply my attempt at protecting my images! The winner will not find this anywhere in the book, so fear not.

I also would like to say that I do not have a copy of the book myself, and I am so, so extremely jealous of whoever is going to win it. I will be buying it when I have enough money.

The Knitter’s Bible

The mini-blurb on the front of the Knitter’s Bible is The complete handbook for creative knitters. Flicking through, you get the smallest glimpse of this. The whole book is colour-coded (with some incredibly gorgeous pastels that make me happy). The sections are:

  • Getting Started
  • Creative Options
  • Exploring Options
  • Stitch Library
  • Projects

Signed copy of the Knitter's Bible.

Getting Started is a fully comprehensive chapter on everything from types of yarn, conversions from UK to other measurements, standard knitting techniques such as casting on, standard stitches and basic increases/decreases. The photos are clear, diagrams are obvious, and text is also focused on in as much details as diagrams, which I find very useful.

Creative Options covers more complicated techniques which a beginner knitter probably won’t be too interested in, but once you have covered the basics you’ll love to go back to this chapter. It includes techniques from lace to circular knitting, cabling to smocking. The example pattern is absolutely gorgeous and I would love to make this. Have a look at the colour!! I also adore the blue drink, I’d love to know where to get one like that.

Beautiful pillow and a fabulous blue drink!

Exploring Choices has got some of the more exciting options for knitting. These include beaded knitting, fulling (or felting), creating garments, and techniques allowing you to get more complex with your knitting, from picking up stitches to creating button holes. You can learn how to create the perfect seam, and how to correct a mistake.

The Stitch Library is fantastic. It includes so many stitches that I almost went into raptures when I opened it. This is the perfect place to try your hand at ‘making stuff up’. A good example of this is the Dimple Stitch, which I have found through this book and would love to use on a pillow. I would do it by simply making two squares the size of my pillow, in this stitch, and voila! My own design and my own fancy schmancy object.

Gorgeous texture stitches.

Finally, the Projects are to die for. They range from toys to throws, to sweaters for adults and children. I’ve seen one of these in real life during my lesson. Absolutely amazing, especially when it is finished properly. It’s incredible!

Beautiful sheep toy.

I hope this has inspired you a bit – make sure you enter now now now, as it’s your last chance!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Review & Giveaway – Finishing Techniques [CLOSED]

This giveaway is now closed.

Last Friday, I went to a finishing techniques workshop with Claire Crompton at Spin a Yarn, a yarn shop in Bovey Tracey. I’ve been meaning to do a finishing workshop for absolutely ages – the cost has been putting me off for a while, but I decided to bite the bullet and do it.

Finishing Techniques Workshop

Our tutor was Claire Crompton, a fantastic textile artistic who lives nearby. Apart from being lovely, she has written and published a large number of books, also spins, and is a fantastic teacher. She covered a number of techniques with us:

    • Blocking (steam & wet)
    • Weaving in ends
    • Mattress stitch for side-seams
    • Mattress stitch for shoulder-seams
    • Joining vertical knitting to horizontal knitting
    • Picking up stitches
    • Buttonholes

Learning material and the pieces I produced in the lesson.

Nothing we did was new to me, having been an eager student of knitting books, YouTube and magazines in heaps – but oh, I can’t explain how incredible it was to have someone showing you exactly how to do it, with a number of tips and tricks that I’ve never picked up from anywhere else.

Picking up stitches on a neck.

I’ve never been an advocate of physical workshops, having never done them – but I’m a complete convert now, and I will be doing more. I highly recommend you try one – the number of people sitting with us saying “I should have done this 50 years ago” was incredible.

(I was, as always at events such as this, the youngest by about 25 years. It’s fine.) A shoulder seam.

We had a really tasty lunch of quiche and salad, with divine chocolate cake for dessert. During lunch I also had a quick gander around the shop, and got some yarn for a sock commission. I may or may not have bought an extra skein so I can make myself more socks…(don’t tell JS).

The ladies were lovely, and I had a super day. Spin a Yarn itself is any knitters dream…I would be happy living in there forever.

At-Spin-a-Yarn

Giveaway – The Knitter’s Bible

Having had such a fine day, Claire pointed out to me that her books were sold at Spin a Yarn, and I immediately asked her if she would sign one for you, my lovely readers. She did! So, I have a copy of “The Knitter’s Bible” for you to enter for, with a dedication in the front saying:

Best wishes, Claire Crompton

If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post stating if you could do a workshop in anything, what would it be in? As always, you will get extra entries if you share the post to any social media network, with a separate link in a comment here letting me know you have done so. Entries are limited to four per person. Picking up stitches on a neck.

Anybody can enter the giveaway, so get sharing! It will end on the 24th of June – that gives you just two weeks.

I’ll do a review of the book tomorrow, I have far too much work to do so right now! (We’ve just moved house…again. Third time in two months.)

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Resolutions for April

I had such success with my Resolutions for March, that I am going to do some for April! I know we aren’t quite at the end of March yet, so I’ll update you on my progress when I get back to Kent – but I want to set my April ones now.

The Resolutions for March had a fantastic reception on Ravelry – we agreed to set up a new thread for April, which can be found here!

A certain man I love chilling on a bed of moss.
A certain man I love chilling on a bed of moss.

Resolutions for April

Last month I concentrated on spinning – this month I want to focus on trying something new, as I tend to get stuck with favourite patterns. I’m also on to socks at the moment (my family love them as presents…) so I think I might try learn a few new patterns as I’ve only tried one so far.

  1. Knit three different sock patterns (I’ll update you as I choose them – I’m pretty certain one is going to be Dr Who themed as a certain man I love has a birthday coming up). One of these is also almost certainly going to be the Vanilla Socks, which are free for the month of April.
  2. Knit something with beads in it. I have a pattern for a shawl, and the beads that I originally bought for this…but I’m starting to wonder if I’m a shawl-wearer, and I might start looking for cowl patterns, or even team-up with some socks. Any ideas?
  3. Find a suitable pattern for Wonder-Mum‘s Big Birthday coming up next year. It will have to be something epic. The shawl pattern I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show might do, but she might want something different – it would be cool to find a blanket pattern with 50 themes on it.
  4. Make a wool hackle. I want to blend some art yarn, and I have seen some incredible demonstrations of using a wool hackle, so I am keen to do this. I have a tutorial for a wool hackle which looks good.

    Resolutions for April - make a wool hackle so I can do funky things like this!
    Resolutions for April – make a wool hackle so I can do funky things like this!

I think those are enough to be getting on with, don’t you? Do you have any Resolutions for April? Share your blog posts about it with Mister Linky below!

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS tomorrow is the last day you can enter the Plutonium Muffins March Giveaway!

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[Giveaway] – 100 flowers to knit & crochet CLOSED

This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Beth! You’ve been emailed.

That’s right folks, it’s time for the March Giveaway – Lesley Stanfield’s “100 flowers to knit & crochet”.

Here in Kent, Spring is having an initial attempt at springing – the rabbits in the garden are chasing each other around like mad things, snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells are hesitantly blooming, and the weather is…about one or two degrees warmer than it was during the worst of the winter! I thought this book appropriate.

100 flowers to knit & crochet

So, before I tell you how you can win the book, a quick review.

Skinny Liz, a daffodil, and 100 flowers to knit & crochet.
Skinny Liz, a daffodil, and 100 flowers to knit & crochet.

The first section of the book shows absolutely gorgeous photos of the flowers as they are when completed, with page numbers directing you to the pattern. Lesley has thrown in a few critters too – a bumblebee is the one that immediately jumps out at me. The flowers are arranged primarily in colour order, with a section at the end to do with leaves, fruit and vegetables.

think that the flowers are mostly British – I am by no means a gardening expert, but I do recognise the majority of the flowers in it, so that leads me to believe they must be. Lesley also lives in England, so it would make sense!

Red poppies, one of the most powerful British symbols.
Red poppies, one of the most powerful British symbols.

The flowers themselves are extraordinarily fun to make, and lovely stash-busting projects. They are ideal to use as embellishments or ornaments – I have made a few which I have stuck brooch pins to, and used to hide missing buttons or similar!

The knitting patterns are lovely, and I think they are doable for most beginner knitters. It’s definitely a good way of developing your skills as a knitter, in any case. As for the crochet flowers, I unfortunately can’t comment on how easy they are – they include written instructions and charts, and that’s as far as I can go in describing them!

Pinky-red flowers.
Pinky-red flowers.

The final chapter of the book has a few projects, where it gives examples of how you can use the flowers once you’ve made them.

My mum gave me this book for Christmas in 2011, with the instruction “Bring the garden inside”. This is certainly a good way of doing so!

A project example.
A project example.

How can I win “100 flowers to knit & crochet”?

It’s easy! Simply comment on this post, tweet about the giveaway, pin one of the photos, like and share on Facebook, or use some other platform to share it. You have a maximum of four entries by using these methods, provided you prove to me that you have done so!

Some of my favourite fruit and veg on one page!
Some of my favourite fruit and veg on one page!

I will be running giveaways alongside this one in the next three weeks, where you will have a chance to win some of the knitted items from the book, so keep an eye on my Facebook page, or on Twitter!

The giveaway will close on the 31st of March, 2013.

Good luck to everyone, I will be crossing my fingers for you!

Much love,

Corrie xx

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere.

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[Giveaway] Nadalittas Bag CLOSED

14th Feb – This giveaway is now closed! The winner of the bag was Giselle, who has been notified!

A few months ago, I went to the pub. This in itself is not so abnormal – however, on this night I met a lovely lady who saw me updating Plutonium Muffins and asked what I was doing. We got chatting and she discovered I was a knitter. I discovered that she was a talented seamstress. This was Karen, who runs Nadalittas. Before the night was out I had checked out Nadalittas, talked about it on the Plutonium Muffins Facebook Page, and she had promised to send me a bag.

Nadalittas.
Nadalittas.

Nadalittas

Nadalittas is a shop for Karen’s upcycled creations, bags primarily, made from largely vintage fabrics. She designs her bags herself, and her style is influenced by designs from the 1940’s to 1970’s.

I received my bag in the post just before Christmas. I popped my work stuff into it without thinking too hard and just like that, it became a fixture in my life. The bag is Brilliant.

My bag, in all of its glory.
My bag, in all of its glory.

First of all, it’s gorgeous. Karen didn’t really ask me anything about myself or my tastes – she may as well have done. The main colour of the bag is purple, and the vintage design is beautiful. It’s bright and a one-of-a-kind piece. The blues and whites in the design also appeal to me. The geometry of the piece is one of the best things about it.

Additionally, the bag is basically a Tardis – normal bag-sized on the outside, and absolutely huge on the inside. I am not kidding – I have walked around with a 400 g ball of yarn and my 45 cm long needles in it, along with all of the usual paraphenalia of my usual life – an umbrella, a few pairs of gloves, sweater, countless receipts, a bag of chocolate, a folder with my work stuff in it, car-keys, pill-bags… No sweat, the bag swallowed it up, was comfortable to carry, and all the pockets inside it ensured I didn’t lose my keys.

Close-up of the fabric.
Close-up of the fabric.

So, why am I telling you all of this? My bag is one of the best knitting bags I’ve ever had, and you need one too! The winner of the giveaway gets a choice of the bags available in Nadalittas on the day it closes.

This bag will be brilliant for more than just knitting, so if you just love bags, you should still enter!

Entering

How do you enter? You simply share the link to Nadalittas on any social media site, and leave a comment here to let me know you have done so. Leave one comment for each time you share the link. There is no limit on the number of times you can enter. However, do not use the link to spam, if I check any of the evidence you provide and I judge it to be of excessive nature, you will be disqualified from entering the giveaway at all.

Isn't this gorgeous? It could be yours..!
Isn’t this gorgeous? It could be yours..!

The giveaway is open to everyone from anywhere, and will close on the 14th of February, 2013. The winner will be contacted via email or Ravelry, so please make sure you leave contact details. You will choose your bag, and I will get Karen to send it to you.

Good luck!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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