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Knitting Daily DVD Series 100 Review

As promised here is my review on the Knitting Daily DVD Series 100.

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I purchased this dvd set from America as it is not available here in the UK. It is $39.99 which is not bad in itself for 4 DVD’s but…..The shipping is $30 and then when it gets here in the UK you will probably have to pay customs charges (I did), so it gets quite expensive. In saying this I thoroughly enjoyed it and am really glad I purchased it.

The DVD’s are NTSC so will only work on a stand along DVD player which will accept Region 1 DVD’s. The good news is that if you are reading this then you obviously have a computer or laptop with a dvd player so you can watch it on that (I did).

The DVD’s are in 13 programmes and each programme is in 5 sections:

Getting Started
Designer Spotlight
How To
You Asked It
Knit-Along

They are hosted by Eunny Jang, Kim Werker, Liz Gipson and Shay Pendray. Each programme has various guests which is really interesting to see what they actually look and sound like.

The 13 programmes are entitled:

101 – Luxe and Luscious
102 – The Sweater
103 – Amazing Lace
104 – Quick and Chunky
105 – Cozy up at Home
106 – Exploring Cables
107 – Almost Edible
108 – Special Occasions
109 – On the Surface
110 – All about Texture
111 – Chase the Chill
112 – Fabulous Felting
113 – Oh-So-Fine

All in all it is really interesting to watch and you learn lots of new techniques, tips and information. You also get links to free project patterns from the Knitting Daily TV website at http://www.knittingdailytv.com.

I would definitely recommend you ordering this dvd set and I give it ***** (5 stars).

You can go and buy the dvd’s at http://www.interweave.com/knit/dvds/knitting-daily-tv-100/default.asp

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Etsy and Knitting Updates

Yesterday I had some bad news.

The past week I have been trying to contact the lady who wanted me to knit for the London Fashion Week for her. Yesterday she finally replied to my many emails and informed me that she had decided to knit the garments herself to save time and money.

I am really annoyed at her leaving it so late to inform me of this as I had really been looking forward to the work and was relying on the money.

SOOOOOOOO, I have put a couple more things up on Etsy to try and sell (not that anything is selling there at the moment). For those of you who would like to have a look at what I have for sale you can click on the link at the top left of this post.

I blog about some of the things I have made and have put up for sale on here, but not all of it, so please check out my Etsy shop regularly.

In the meantime, here is the set I have hand-knitted comprising of headband, scarf and mitts/muffatees. They are really nice and if I wore scarves etc I would most certainly be wearing them myself.

Riverine Scarf

Riverine Headband

Riverine Mitts/Muffatees

At the moment I don’t seem to be able to get into any knitting. I don’t know whether this is because I feel like I’m coming down with a head cold or whether I am just knitted out.

Despite trying hard all week to lose week (have stayed under my 1397 calories every day) I gained half a pound so will have to try even harder this week.

I am hoping to feel better soon so that I can go on my spinning wheel as it feels like a lifetime ago since I went on it and since my IVF cycle is going to be in March I don’t have much time to go on it so had better make the most of the time in which I am allowed to touch the lovely fleeces I have.

Tomorrow is my Machine Knitting Club day and I am not sure whether I am going to go or not as we don’t seem to be doing much and all everyone seems to want to do is talk about their aches and pains rather than what they are knitting etc. I think I will wait and see how I feel in the morning.

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Stitch Markers Part Two

As promised here are the latest Stitch Markers which I have made.

I have had great fun making these and they are really addictive to make once you get started.

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Stitch Markers are really useful if you are a knitter especially if you do a lot of intricate knitting and want to keep track on your stitch repeats etc.

Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting more items which will be put up on my Etsy store as well as some excellet Knitting DVD reviews which I have been promising you for months.

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Infertility and Knitting Updates

Firstly I will update you on how my ICSI Consultation appointment went on Monday.

I thought we would have seen a proper consultant but yet again it was a nurse we saw.  She was really nice and helpful and we discussed our last ICSI cycle.  She said she was really surprised it had not worked as the embryo we had was a Grade A embryo and was 8 cell which was one step below being a blastocyst.

She recommended that our next ICSI cycle be done using higher dosages of medication as we had a few eggs but some were unripe and some were over-ripe hence why we only got one fertilised into an embryo.  During this discussion I got a bit upset and felt really embarassed about crying, but she was really nice about it and fully understood how I was feeling.

Since we did not have embryos to freeze we have to now go private.  We saw one of ladies who deals with private treatment and she gave us a “quote” for our treatment, are you sitting down???  It comes to nearly £5,000 for one cycle of ICSI treatment.  This does not include travelling expenses, hotel expenses etc.

As I do not feel ready to continue with another cycle just yet (I am physically and mentally drained) we have decided to telephone them on day one of my next cycle to arrange it all.  At that point we will need to pay the £5,000 before the treatment can be started

Onto some good news, I have been asked to machine knit some garments for a company who is going to be part of London Fashion Week in February.  I am really excited about this and can’t wait to get started.  The company I am going to be doing the work for is still waiting for the yarn to be dyed and then it will be forwarded to me. 

I am beginning to panic a bit as the Fashion Week is 16th of February which is only a month away and in this time I have to wait to receive the yarn and then to post the garments back to them, so may as well say there is three weeks.

For now I am still busy making things to put up into my Etsy shop, so please check back often as there will be a lot of new things being added over the next couple of weeks.  You can either click on the link on the top left of this page or go directly to it http://www.knitterscarlet.etsy.com

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Stitch Markers

A new path to my beading career is to make beaded stitch markers for knitting.

They have been really fun to make and look absolutely gorgeous and I have really enjoyed making them.

They have a 9mm jump ring so will fit upto a 9mm knitting needle which is larger than I knit with, but I am sure there are plenty of knitters out there who knit with needles that big.

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The stitch markers come in a lovely gift box and come in sets of 4 or sets of 5.

You can find more information on them by clicking on the link at the left of this page which will take you directly to my Etsy shop or you can go directly to it via .

This is going to be a short and sweet post as I need to try and get some sleep as I have to be back in Liverpool Women’s Hospital for my IVF Consultation appointment in the morning so will have to be up really early to make the 2-2 1/2 hour drive up there.

I will of course post and let you all know how I get on along with some very exciting knitting news I have.

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UFO’s (Unfinished Objects)!!

I hope everyone is having a great New Year and all of your hangovers have gone.

I am at the moment on the verge of having flu. The past week I have been waking up with a headache (not due to alcohol), sore throat and aching all over, so am just waiting for it to totally wipe me out.

The past week I have been busy finishing off my UFO’s (Unfinished Objects for the non-knitters among you). I have managed to complete three projects and only have five left.

One of my projects is the dreaded Bellocq Thigh High Stockings which I have been knitting on two at a time since forever. I did pick them up a couple of months ago but could not work out where I was on one of them so put them back down. Last night I decided to bite the bullet and pulled them out again. After further studying I noticed that the stocking where I had completed the calf shaping was wrong as I did not have the correct amount of stitches. If it was just one or two I would have left it but it was 16 stitches out. The second stocking again I could not work out where I was so after a few deep breaths and a bit of weeping I decided to frog the pair (unravel for the non-knitters among you).

I frogged them and have hidden the balls of Debbie Bliss yarn at the bottom of my knitting basket until such time that I feel brave enough to start all over again. 😥

Among some of the UFO’s was the dreaded Drying Jacket from “The Art of Knitting” monthly magazine. I hate this jacket and must have been having a moment of madness when I decided to knit it, especially as the yarn was similar to fun fur and had bits of glitter strands in it. It is absolutely huge and measures 50″ around the chest.

Drying Coat

On Christmas Day I cast on for a pair of socks using my new bamboo dpn’s which hubby had bought me for Christmas. I was not sure of the yarn which was King Cole’s Zig Zag Sock Yarn but now that I have completed the socks the yarn is not too bad.

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King Cole Sox

The final UFO which I have completed is the cute Drops Pattern entitled “Biscuits and Bones Dog Coat”. It is so cute and cabling was a nightmare but I completed it and am really pleased with the outcome. My dogs were not too keen on modelling it for me (hence their not impressed looks in the pictures), but after chasing them around the kitchen for half an hour I managed to get a couple of cute pictures of them wearing it.

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All these items and more are up on my Etsy Site for sale at . There are many other items up for sale and over the next few days I will be putting up some stitch markers which I have made.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!