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Knit a rainbow

Today I shall mostly be working on this gorgeous design for little Alice courtesy of the fabulous MIllamia. This rainbow dress is an adaptation of the original colourways laid out in the Carlota pattern which features on the front cover of the amazing Bright Young Things Collection and can also be purchased as a single pattern from Woolaballoo.

Carlota Dress

I have chosen my own vibrant colour scheme as I was desperate to try out some of the new shades from Millamia including the fabulous Lime and Cobalt limited edition yarn shades.

Millamia Carlota Dress

It is a real delight to knit with this luxurious 100% Merino Yarn and if you haven’t yet had the pleasure I strongly recommend that you try it out. You will never look back…

Bright Young Things celebrates colour with a vibrant collection of baby and children’s knitting patterns, inspired by clashing colours and playful, quirky designs.

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You will find suitable for all levels of knitter from beginners to the more experienced looking for a challenging project in this book. Designs range in size from a newborn baby through to toddlers and young children up to five years. Featuring patterns for dresses, jumpers, cardigans, outerwear, babygrows, accessories and blankets, there is certainly something for everyone!

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I have already completed the back of my dress and I’m now halfway up the front and hope to have it on display in the Hexham store very soon so that you can truly appreciate the vibrant colours.  It is a really feel good knit and makes me smile everytime I look at it. To find out more about what is on our needles or to post photos of your favourite Millamia knits find us on Facebook and share your projects. We would love to hear from you. x

 

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia

Once again Woolaballoo took to the road this week and we were delighted to be making an appearance at the newly branded Spring Knitting and Stitching Show (formerly Stitch and Craft) at London’s Olympia.

The Show took place from Thursday 14th through to Sunday 17th March in the newly renovated Olympia Two and West Hall a fabulous new light and airy space and hosted over 150 exhibitors from knitting brands and haberdashery suppliers to niche stores and bead stockists. The theme of the Show centred around the concept of ‘Making’ and many of the workshops encouraged visitors to try their hand at a new craft and learn a new skill.  Twisted Thread , the event organisers had worked hard to provide a good mix of craft stands to cater for everyone and there really was a myriad of inspiring fabrics, textiles and yarn as well as ‘how to’ courses to help every visitor find the perfect craft project for them.
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We were delighted to be joined on our Stand by the fabulous Erika Knight who was showcasing her latest design gem – a six project poster pattern – Knit for Baby.  We particularly love the simple sweater layered up with a fur gilet for the little people in your life.  I also have the gorgeous garter stitch blanket on my needles knit up in the lusciously soft British Blue yarn.  I have chosen to trim it in French and knit the main section in the chalky pink shade aptly named pretty. All of Erika’s latest yarns are available to purchase in our Hexham store along with the poster pattern.
Erika Knight British Blue Yarn
This supersoft gorgeous yarn knits up to standard DK tension and the poster pattern features six stunning designs including a fur gilet, a pair of leg warmers for baby, a simple jumper, a moss stitch cardi, a cute striped hat and a simple garter stitch blanket. Some of these items also feature in Erika’s Nursery Knits Collection and here is a sneaky peak at a couple of the yummy yarns knit up into mini garments for baby.
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So a huge thanks must be extended to the fabulous Erika Knight who is a true inspiration to knitters across the land.  Her straight forward instructions and classic designs are a pleasure to have on the needles.  The hardest decision is which shade to cast on next!
Erika Knight Collection

Genesis Chapter 3A?

A friend of mine passed this on to me the other day and I thought the blog would be a great place to share this long lost portion of the Adam and Eve narrative. It really is essential reading for all pet lovers…

 

Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”

And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unloveable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.”

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.

And it was a good animal.

And God was pleased.

And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.  And Adam said, “Lord I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a new name for this new animal.”

And God said, “Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

And dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.

And they were comforted.

And God was pleased.

And dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen themselves like peacocks and they believe that they are worthy of adoration.  Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”

And God said, “I will create for them a companion who will be with them forever and who will see them as they are.  The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion for Adam and Eve.

And cat would not obey them.

And when Adam and Eve gazed into cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.

And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And they were greatly improved.

And God was pleased.

And Dog was happy.

And Cat was really not bothered one way or the other.

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