This Christmas, the lovely Jodi from Cuddlebums Yarn launched an advent box which contained 25 little paper bags of loveliness. Lots of yarnies like me signed up and on the first of December we tore them open like excited toddlers.
The range and variety of resulting projects are amazing!
I started by knitting a pair of wrist warmers following this pattern. I used days 1 to 11; splitting each mini-skein in two so that I have a matching pair.
I realised after the first two days that 25 x 5g was a lot more than one pair of wrist warmers so I cast on my first ever Hitchhiker shawl. I had seen the pattern many times and it had been in my queue for ages! In order to create a big snuggly shawl, I decided to stripe the colours with some grey from Jodi which I already had in my stash. I used 3.5mm needles with a 80cm cable which was perfect.
I love how it turned out!
As a group, we shared our excitement each day. Some of us were good and didn’t peek ahead; some of us were not. Some of us knitted; some crocheted. Some of us were fast and finished by boxing day; some of us did not. But what we all had in common was that we loved the surprises and the amazing colours which Jodi and created.
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Last night I spent time with two amazing women. I respect and admire them and know I am very lucky to have them supporting me 100% in everything I do. This has made me think about all of the other incredible women I know.
Since becoming a maker, I have joined various online groups and met some women who have achieved what seems like the impossible whilst surrounded by small children, piles of washing, groceries, pets and sometimes – husbands.
I don’t think I’m a feminist. I don’t think these women are better than or different from anyone else on this planet but they stand out to me because of what they have accomplished by, and for, themselves.
These women have supported me in my new ventures and enabled me to join their ranks. Initially I felt like a fraud. They were confident, independent, talented. I was just me!
I want to share with you a few of these women who have inspired me over the last couple of years. There are many more out there and I would love you to share the women who have influenced you in the comments.
Stef from Agni Prasanda Burning
Rachel from Cake etc
Jodi from Cuddlebums Yarn
Daisy from Devon Sun Yarns
Nic from La Petite Fleur Cakes
Lucy from Woolaballoo
Emma from That’s Sew Newburn
Nic from Fleabubs by Lala
Who are the strong women you admire? Share in the comments, we’d all love to meet them!
I’ve finished my star ponchette! This was designed by A la Sascha and the pattern is available from Etsy. It was a clear and straightforward pattern which created a gorgeous cowl which is very easy to wear.
The yarn is the delicious stormy rainbow by Cuddlebums on merino/nylon sock weight 100g 400m.
My small talk challenge shawl is growing and I’m loving it more and more each row. The yarn is amazingly soft and beautiful. I wish I had more time to work on this but again it’s time for bed! Looking forward to the next installment.