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The Fearless Knitting Workbook – Chapter 4

Here is my fourth installment of my review of “The Fearless Knitting Workbook” by “Jennifer E Seiffert”.

The fourth chapter is entitled “Cables and Crossed Stitches”.

I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter as I always find cables a very complex stitch pattern and I usually end up crossing the cables the wrong way..

The first square was a basic cable square and involved knitting from a chart…I usually knit cables from row by row instructions so was interested in finding out whether chart knitting was going to make things easier…I am pleased to say that it did…Seeing the cables graphically on the chart made it much easier to cross the cables the correct way and am really pleased with how it came out…

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The second square was entitled “Expanded Basic Cable Square”…this square was again knitted via chart and was relatively simple to follow..

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The third square was much more complex and was entitled “Multitasking Cable Square”…The reason I say it was more complex was because there were 3 sets of cables which all crossed on different rows..Thankfully the chart made it relatively straight forward to knit as you could see when to cross the different cables…This is the square that I am most proud of…

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The final square of this chapter was entitled “Plum Tree Square” and wasn’t really cables but did involve crossing stitches…The chart made it straight forward to knit and the stitch pattern really stands out..

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All in all I really enjoyed this chapter, it made me tackle cable charts when I have always steered clear of them…In future I will always chart my cable stitch patterns out as it makes life much easier…

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Scandinavian Style Throw

Last year I collected “The Art of Knitting” and knitted up “The Shaker Style Throw”. This year I knitted up “The Scandinavian Style Throw” from it.

The throw was knitted up in squares and then sewn up into panels before finally being sewn up into the final throw and crocheted round.

There ended up being 14 panels….

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As you can tell, the squares ranged from plain garter stitch to lace and even some intarsia style squares. They were all straightforward knitting so was fun to knit whilst watching a good film. They were also knitted in acrylic yarn (which came with the magazine every fortnight) so it fully machine washable…

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The most monotonous part of the throw was sewing the squares and panels together…I hate sewing up and as I didn’t get the schematic of the panels until the last issue I had to sew them together all at once. The Shaker Style Throw was sewn up every couple of months which made it more manageable and less boring..

This year I have started collecting “The Art of Crochet” and as of yet have not begun crocheting the squares…I am a totally newbie at crochet so am expecting lots of problems with the project…

If you have any handy hints or tips for crochet then please let me know as I am going to need all the help I can get…

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Feeling Like A Big Failure

Yet again this month I am not pregnant….It has been 13 years since I began trying for a baby and every month seems to get harder and harder to cope with my failure….

This month has been extremely difficult to come to terms with as it was my 13th wedding anniversary and also the 13th anniversary of trying to get pregnant…

The past 4 months I have been taking Prednisone daily in the hope that it would help me get pregnant….and if I did fall pregnant then hopefully it would help me stay pregnant instead of my usual miscarriages….

Prednisone is a steroid and is supposed to control the NK Cells in my blood…If you have too many NK Cells then it can hinder pregnancy and cause miscarriages as they would attack the fetus and eventually kill it…the reason it would attack the fetus is because it would treat it as a foreign object which should not be there…

The past few months I have had numerous side effects taking Prednisone…the worse one is weight gain along with my face turning into a moon shape…At the moment I hate my figure and face more than I have ever done…My face has gotten huge and I am swollen all over….no matter how much I cut my calorie count I still gain weight..

Every day I say to myself “it will be worth it if I get a baby out of it”..but tonight I feel like this is never going to happen…It was only a couple of days ago that I found out I wasn’t pregnant (again)…and with one thing and another it has really gotten me down…

Everyone is commenting on my weight gain and telling me I should lose weight…I just wish they would tell me how I am supposed to do this whilst still taking Prednisone…

I desperately want a baby and will do whatever it takes…I have been through sooo much and don’t know what to do next….I have had numerous IUI’s…taken Clomid whilst having more IUI’s…gone through countless painful and degrading tests and procedures and of course my 2 failed ICSI cycles….

It is easy for men, they don’t have to go through all the embarassing tests and procedures…they don’t understand how difficult and upsetting it is to have the daily reminder of not being pregnant especially when it is that time of the month….

I feel such a failure everytime I see a pregnant woman or a baby…what makes it worse is that some women don’t deserve children, they are so quick to palm them off onto anyone that will look after them and don’t understand how lucky they are to have a baby….if there is a God then he has a warped sense of humour as it is often the women that would make the best mother’s that have the problems having babies…

As for me…..I guess I will keep taking the Prednisone and keep gaining the weight in the hope that it will work next month and my dream of being a mother will come true….

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Woolfest 2010

Back in June hubby and I went up to Cumbria for Woolfest 2010…

As you can tell there were a lot of raw fleeces…and I was very restrained and only bought one…a gorgeous grey/black/brown Texel fleece for the bargain price of £5.

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This time I decided to knit some sheep for the Sheep Auction which raises money for Farm Africa..

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As usual there were a lot of sheep for sale that generous knitters spent a lot of time knitting.

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The auctioneer did a brilliant job as per usual and as you can tell there were a lot of people involved in setting up and running the auction.

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My two little sheep in coats raised £10.

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My scary sheep raised £5

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And my favourite piece which I knitted was the Sheep Tote and raised a staggering £25.

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At the end of the auction they raised a grand total of £800 for Farm Africa.

Once the auction was over hubby and I decided to go for a cup of tea and a sandwich and as you can tell we were both really happy with the outcome of the sale of my sheep.

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Apart from the Texel fleece I bought some shetland roving, alpaca roving and alpaca/merino roving..

We both had a great time in Cumbria and you can see the rest of the pictures over at Flickr