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Back To Basics: Blanket Squares – Garter Stripes

Hopefully you have chosen your wool & have decided how big you want your squares to be.

In this first square we are going to knit using the basic knit stitch on every row to create the garter stitch.
The only thing we need to concentrate on in this square is our stripes.
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Since making my t-shirt yarn I have become a little obsessed with what else I can make with t-shirts.

After making the yarn you are left with the upper section of the t-shirt which I didn’t want to waste so I set about googling what else I could create.
Pinterest became my new best friend for a day as I searched for inspiration!

Below are two tutorials the first is a little drawstring bag which I…

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Back To Basics: Blanket Squares

Now that you have the basics of knitting sussed & a couple of small projects under your belt lets try something bigger.

Blankets can be easy to create but when using just one stitch can be a bit boring so……lets learn some new stitches while knitting squares to create an interesting blanket.

Over the next few weeks I will explain how to knit a new stitch to create a square. It is up to you to…

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How To Hand Wind A Centre-Pull Ball of Yarn

Sometimes it is easier to knit or store yarn in balls, however not all yarn comes in a ball especially if you have made it yourself i.e. t-shirt yarn.
Below is a guide to creating a centre pull ball of yarn.

Hand Wind Yarn 1

Start by holding an end of the yarn in your hand as shown above.

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Where I Stand: Invest In Yourself

I hope that what I have had to share so far in this series has been helpful to someone.
It has been a good way for me to process what I have learnt.
Therapy is definitely something that I would recommend to everyone.
It has done wonders for me, my life has opened up, I feel lighter, happier & more connected to myself.

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Back To Basics: Pot Holder Project

The pattern I have used for this pot holder can be found here.
I have spoken about Ravelry before as it is such a great place to find inspiration & I recommend it on my Helpful Websites page.

If you don’t have the correct yarn to hand then see if you are able to combine yarn you do have to create the correct gauge.
I have used two strands of yarn to meet the gauge required.
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How To Make T-Shirt Yarn

T-Shirt Yarn

In a previous post Back To Basics: Yarn I mentioned that you can knit with pretty much anything.

In this post I am going to show you how to create yarn from old t-shirts.
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Where I Stand: Don’t Let Others Define You

I didn’t realise until I started going to therapy how much of myself I censored for different people.

After talking to my therapist about how much I worried about people judging me & how much I judged myself I came to the conclusion that I had different ‘faces’ for different groups of people in my life.

It is interesting to look back at how this may have come about but ultimately it’s about self…

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Back To Basics: Book Mark Project

Right now it’s time to start knitting!

This mini project is really easy & will get you started with Casting on & Off as well as knitting the basic knit stitch.
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Faith: Pope Francis’ 10 Secrets to Happiness

In an interview with the Catholic News Service Pope Francis revealed his top 10 secrets to happiness.
I am not Catholic but I think Pope Francis is awesome! I love the way he speaks, he seems so aware of everyday life & our reality. He is not a Pope who is cut off from the world & this come across as he speaks about things we can relate to.
I love all his points below but one of my favourites is…

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