New Blog URL


Hi there :)

So a little of what has been going on behind the scenes at Stephcuddles HQ. I am a bit of a poor student who has found a few coins down the back of the sofa so I’ve bought a domain name and decided to self-host on there. I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing but I like to learn new things. I might have thought that stephcuddles.com would look better on business cards :P

So from now on my blog feed will be at www.stephcuddles.com please bear with me as their might be changes as I have a mess about with layout/themes/headers/backgrounds/plugins/widgets :)

As for what I’ve been up to recently, we found a blue box and checked it out

And yeah, I have a lot to share but I’ve been waiting for my domain to sort itself out :) so I should be back soon with lots of knitting, spinning, sewing, crafting posts. I hope to see you over at stephcuddles.com soon :)

 

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Afternoon Tea


Just listed in my etsy shop is a new style of markers. Expanding on from my usual mugs and looking back to when I used to make fimo markers last year I have started serving Afternoon Tea.

Though the photographs only show the plain white coffee mug, any style or colour of mug is available when ordering and can be specified in the notes. I hope you like them :)

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Etsy Coupon


Just to let you guys know, the 15% off coupon for my etsy shop (which is BIRTHDAY23) will expire at 8pm GMT tomorrow 30th July. Big thanks to everyone who has already taken me up on my offer :)

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Sock Sadness


I was making a sock called Clandestine. It was a little too complicated for my overworked brain. I ripped it back and started something as lovely, just a little simpler.

Hedera by Cookie A. A really addictive 4 row lace repeat – heaven! I think it’d be a brilliant WIP to take to Ysolda’s Trunk Show tomorrow at Purl City Yarns in Manchester. I’ll be back soon with some proper content :)

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Knit Today – August 2011


My stitchmarkers are in a magazine :)

I had to be informed I was in this magazine by someone who messaged me wanting a custom set of markers. So straight after I saw Harry Potter last Friday I made a beeline for Asda and tore into the packaged Knit Today in the car home :)

Apparently they are ‘Too cute!’ :P

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From Deborah #1


Now then, some of you may remember in the first Knit & Crochet Blog Week in 2010 one of my inspirational knitters was Deborah. There were some suggestions that she start her own blog. After a year I nudged her a little and asked her to guest post on here occaisionally. And so I’ll let Deborah introduce herself and I hope you like the first post of many :P

Hello! I am Deborah, I met Steph while I was studying at Leeds University last spring. I like to think that I got her knitting the online knitting world of blogs and ravelry, and that I got her knitting socks. I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to a blog of my own, so I’m gonna start by using Steph’s blog every few weeks or so. Who know? Maybe this thing will become so addicting, I start my own. So, let’s start with a few key things about me:

Ravelry ID: knittingchemisty (yes, I know I meant to spell chemistry, but I forgot the R, what’s really sad is that it took about two months to realize this)

Favorite color: purple

Favorite drink: Coffee

Favorite Designers: Stephen West, Anne Hanson, Cookie a, and of course that crazy genius Ysolda

Favorite thing to do while knitting: Listen to audiobooks.

If I were an animal I would be elephant, so I could give myself a shower!

One of the things that I think would make me a really bad blogger is that I feel like I never finish anything. Ok maybe that’s an exaggeration, but still. However, since summer started I’ve actually finished 3 things. (don’t think about when I started them)

First Up: Daybreak by Stephen West http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/daybreak

Started: September 24th, 2010

Finished: June 12th, 2011

Yarn Used:

Color A: Fearless Fibers Cashmere Merino Sock in Legerdemain (a grey with bits of blues and purple) from Fearless Fibers (http://www.etsy.com/shop/fearlessfibers)

Color B: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Fushia, which changes from purple to pink to red to orange

I made the largest size, but did 23 stripes of each color instead of 20, and I only did 5 purl ridges on the edging instead of 7, because I was running out of yarn. I blocked it out carefully so that I didn’t have any points in the shawl. When blocking I did notice that although I tried to keep the edge stitches loose when changing colors, I didn’t succeed all the time. It still turned out pretty well.

I love the Zauberball. I love knitting it in something like this, when its striped with a single color yarn. Watching the colors change throughout the shawl made knitting it fun. I especially adore how it changes as you work out and the rows get bigger. Like how the first section of orange is 6 stripes, and the second is only 3.

Since I made it the largest size, its kinda awkward to wear in the stylish shawlette way of the point in the front. But I can wrap it around to actually keep warm, and its very soft, with the cashmere/merino yarn and the zauberball softens up after washing. So I’ll be wearing it more like this.

Also I have some finished socks. I try to always have a SIP (sock in progress). Sometimes I even have 2, a simple sock that I can quickly pick-up and put-down that I don’t really need a pattern for, and a more complicated sock that I have to pay more attention on. The later one is good for traveling, like flights or long bus trips since the sock doesn’t take up much room, but having something more complex keeps me entertained better. So for finished socks I have some flaming red socks.

Pattern: Inferno Socks by Melissa Dominguez

Started: February 23, 2011

Finished: July 1, 2011

Yarn: Lorna Laces Shepherd Sock Solid in Ysolda Red

These were for my sister’s birthday, her favorite color is red. She was looking at my Knit Picks catalog and told me that she liked these socks. I also thought that they would be fun to knit, and so I went to ravelry to check out the socks some more. However, much to my surprise, very few people have knit these socks. So it became my personal quest in life to convince more knitters how awesome these socks are.

These socks have a chart of 32 rows, which is pretty much impossible to memorize. But it keeps things interesting. I knit these mostly on my flights to visit graduate schools. The heel was kinda different because you increase for the gusset, as you work down the leg, then you turn the heel. So the pattern continues down the back of the heel.

When I gave them to my sister, she said, “But Deborah, these socks have holes in them. How will they keep my feet warm?” Hopefully she come around to appreciate their beauty, otherwise I’ll be taking them back!

Second pair of socks

Hedera by Cookie A http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/PATThedera.html

Started: February 26, 2011

Finished: July 6th, 2011

Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy Superwash sock in Hosta http://www.missbabs.com/store.php?cat=21

These were my “mindless” socks for the last few months. A gift for my mother, technically 1 sock was for Mother’s day and 1 sock was for her birthday. I really like this pattern and can see it being something that I could knit again. I easily memorized the 4 row repeat after I got the sock started. I liked this pattern a lot better than cookie a’s most popular pattern, Monkey. It has the same benefit of being having a stitch pattern that is can be read, so you don’t need to be constantly looking at the chart, but I think Hedera looks classier. Just MHO.

Bye for now! I’ll update you next time on some of the things I am currently knitting. I’ll leave you with this cute picture of me and my niece Clara. 8 months old and still no teeth!

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Birthday Giveaway Winner and an Offer


And so, it’s over to random.org to pick the winner of this year’s Birthday Giveaway. We had 51 entries and random.org picked number…

16! Which was Kitten With A Whiplash  who wrote

“My birthday is coming up on the 23rd of this month. Let’s see, if you pull my name on the 18th, all these goodies could be here on the 23rd for me to open, right? That would be a wonderful start to a perfect day! Otherwise just hoping for a quiet day with good weather, a good meal out and German Chocolate Cake. Then a kick-a** surprise party with lots of good music, and friends all telling me how young I look, not all like someone who’s… Never Mind! Congrats on 23, it was a good age to be back in 19… Never Mind! Thanks for the giveaway.”

If you could email me at stephcuddles@gmail.com to choose your prize and to give me your address that would be great :)

Now then, as a sweetener for those of you who haven’t won I’m having a sale in my etsy shop. Use coupon code BIRTHDAY23 to get 15% discount off of anything for the next couple of weeks :)

Here are some of the new items that were previewed at Knit Nation.

And a big thank you to everyone who took part :)

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