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Shaun the Sheep is My Home Boy

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Me and Shaun? Yah, we’re *like this*. Since I’ve finished my shawl, I thought I should channel my inner Shaun by practicing and perhaps challenging myself a bit. What’s on my needles now? Why this lovely scarf from One Skein Wonders:

I’m stash-busting by using some beautiful Debbie Bliss Cotton DK to make this scarf. Using quality yarn makes such a difference, and I’m not quite sure I would enjoy knitting with anything else! I decided to use this yarn, even though the pattern calls for aran weight, as I wanted to knit a lighter scarf. I am also using smaller needles (4.5 mm), as I find it easier to keep my tension nice and even using those. Does this mean I am a loose knitter?

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I borrowed a lot of books from the library based on everyone’s advice and one of the very best I’ve found is The Needlecraft Book. It’s perfect for a visual learner like myself, as it’s choc-a-block with full-colour photos. It makes short work of explaining knitting (and other needlearts) and has really fired my enthusiasm for my newest hobby. I’ve added this book to my wish list.

I’m really pleased with how the scarf is looking so far. I like the basket weave pattern and I hope to improve on knitting 1×1 ribbing by the end.

The lovely Kristen and I are planning a knit-a-long, suitable for both novice (me) and experienced (Kristen) knitters. All the details will be posted shortly and we hope you’ll join us! I already bought some scrumptious bamboo cotton yarn to use. Heavenly!