Shiela Dixon

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I'm Shiela Dixon, peahen on Ravelry, I blog at Stitchin' Bints and Shiela Dixon on Facebook. Here you will find information, news and supplies for the hand knitter.

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Sculptures using leaves and crochet

Sculptures using leaves and crochet

These images have done the rounds of the social media but in case you've not seen them yet...

Susanna Bauer blends fragility and strength. She uses crochet with found natural objects, often overlooked.

Explore the 'work' menu on her site for more leaves, stones and wood.

With thanks to Knithacker for sharing.

http://www.susannabauer.com/leaves3d/

Celebrities knitting

Look Who's Knitting

Here's a great collection of pictures of celebrities, past and present, engaged with needles and yarn, some staged, some genuinely.

With thanks to Wool and the Gang. Link doesn't require Facebook login.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153433339018938.1073741863.45057178937&type=3

Photos from The Gnome Genome Project

Photos from The Gnome Genome Project

I love Anna's tiny knitted world so much. The little gnome has become her trademark, so it's no surprise that she's chosen it as the theme for her solo art show, The Gnome Genome Project in Seoul.

In this blog post, she gives us a large number of pictures from the preview and they really are a delight.

http://mochimochiland.com/2015/05/photos-from-the-gnome-genome-project/

Guinness World Record for Largest Crochet Blanket

Guinness World Record for largest crochet blanket

The "67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela" group have stitched together 6700 blankets, knitted, crocheted or quilted, to set a new record for the area covered by a blanket.

The event marked Mandela Day. The blankets, which covered 3133 square metres, will now be distributed to the needy.

With thanks to Knithacker for sharing.

http://knithacker.com/2015/06/01/its-official-guinness-world-record-for-largest-crochet-blanket-set-by-67-blankets-for-nelson-mandela-group/

Jamieson's of Shetland

Jamieson's of Shetland

If this picture raises your pulse then you'll love this podcast episode in which Louise of KnitBritish visits Jamieson's of Shetland (not to be confused with Jamieson and Smith).

She discusses with Garry and Lizzie the history of their family business (Garry is fifth generation), the refurbished shop and 100% shetland yarn of the present and the future.

http://www.knitbritish.net/ep-30/

A brief history of crochet

A brief history of crochet

Have you recently learned to crochet? You're in good company, it was number 3 in Google's most popular how-to searches of 2014.

Wool and the Gang have compiled this wonderful walk-through of crochet from Victorian (that's Her Imperial Majesty busy making a doily in the picture) through to today. It includes the stylish, the ridiculous and the mind-boggling.

http://blog.woolandthegang.com/2015/05/a-brief-history-of-crochet/

Yarn shaming

Yarn shaming

Franklin Habit, self-confessed curmudgeon and knitting evangelist is well worth following. He's very witty and will provide a smile when you need one. Here's an enjoyable project - you've seen cats and dogs being shamed but what about when the yarn misbehaves?

http://yarnshaming.tumblr.com/

Needle Doodles

Needle Doodles

Knitpro's Dreamz needles are colour-coded for size, which is really helpful.

Valérie has personalised these regular bamboo needles using sharpie pens and a bit of something to seal the colour. You could devise your own system for denoting the different sizes!

http://incorrigiblecraftster.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/needle-doodles.html

A treasured gift

A treasured gift

These little flowers are details from a "wee knitted hoose".

Kate Davies has been in touch with the Royal Edinburgh Repository and Self Aid Society - also known as the Treasure Trove - for many years. After speaking at their recent AGM, they presented her with this gift which was made by a society member.

Click through for some close up pictures of the beautiful work.

http://katedaviesdesigns.com/2015/04/29/a-treasured-gift/

Japanese knitting book

What made you fall in love with knitting?

What made you fall in love with knitting? Cotton and Cloud shows us the amazing book which turned her onto knitting.

A fascinating idea; a story book combined with patterns (some looking deviously difficult!)

http://cottonandcloud.com/blog/the-original-japanese-knitting-book-which-made-me-fall-in-love-with-knitting/

No yarns of danger could deter this old lady

No yarns of danger could deter this old lady

This lovely story from a 1908 New York Times tells the story of one knitter's stand against Health and Safety.

With thanks to the Knitty Blog for sharing

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F4061EF73C5A17738DDDAC0994DB405B888CF1D3

The Queen's colour-chart

The Queen's colour-chart

This amazing chart shows The queen's outfits sorted by colour and shows which is clearly her favourite colour.

Thanks to http://www.facebook.com/WeLoveWool for sharing. "Lots of wool outfits in there too!!" they say.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2129730/Revealed-Why-blue-Queens-favourite-colour--doesnt-like-beige.html

Stainless steel yarn

Stainless steel yarn

Have you used stainless steel yarn?

Minniemoll has given it a go and says that it's fun and that you can shape the finished item.

Here she writes her thoughts about how to avoid the 'chain mail' look and knitting straight from the cone.

http://minniemoll.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/kusha-esque/

Oaklet shawl

How to spin and knit this shawl in ten days

One of my own blog posts, I'm very proud of this project.

I managed to spin and knit this shawl in 10 days of the Olympics, leaving time for some WIP wrestling.

Here are the details and lots of photos.

http://stitchywitches.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/how-to-spin-and-knit-this-shawl-in-ten.html

a traditionally constructed Haapsalu Shawl

Blogpick: a traditionally constructed Haapsalu Shawl

Jobo Designs has made her first Haapsalu Shawl - knit as a rectangle with a separate border seamed on.

The result is a rectangular shawl with beautifully rounded corners.

Despite being a slightly larger yarn than called for, it fits through her wedding ring.

Click through for more pictures and information.

http://www.jobodesigns.com/post/2012/08/03/Lilac-Leaves-first-crack-at-a-traditionally-constructed-Haapsalu-Shawl.aspx

Hand Carved Crochet Hooks

Hand Carved Crochet Hooks

Knitsnthings has a new look to her blog but she's being just as crafty as ever.

Wanting to do something with a dead branch from her pear tree, she's learned to carve crochet hooks which look cute and work well.

http://knitsnthings.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/hand-carved-crochet-hooks/

Reading Charts

Reading Charts

Many knitters are frightened of reading a chart for the first time, but when you know a few basic rules, they're not scary at all, says Anniken Allis.

She gives us an easy-to-understand but comprehensive tutorial which will help you to knit more quickly by following the chart rather than written instructions.

http://annisknittingblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/reading-charts.html

Bigger on the Inside shawl and actress Karen Gillan

Bigger on the Inside

Thanks to Knitty Blog for reporting this wonderful 'knitting meets Dr Who moment'.

Knitter and Doctor Who Fan Lisa Pinedo made this 'Bigger on the Inside' shawl and wore it to a convention. She made a spontaneous decision to give it to actress Karen Gillan (Amy Pond). She says it was "tough parting with it" but she now has this amazing photograph.

Bigger on the Inside is a free shawl pattern from Knitty.

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Lydia Tayler in her wedding dress

Bride knits her own dress

Lydia Tayler and Ash Pears went budget on their wedding in order to save money for a house, but Lydia still looks a million dollars in this beautiful dress that she knitted herself.

She spent four months knitting and says, "everyone just loved it. They could not stop looking at it and taking photographs"

She adds, "'If someone else was considering knitting their own dress, I'd tell them to go for it."

With thanks to VonnieS for sharing

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Fair Isle nail art

Fair Isle nail art

These detailed Fair Isle nails were one of the finalists of a competition held by Motel Rocks earlier in the year.

Kokoro says that they'd be perfect at Christmas.

With thanks to Rosy Retro for sharing

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Crocheted wedding dress

Crocheted wedding dress

In another wool wedding dress, crochet this time, Lucy looked lovely in this dress which was crocheted by her grandmother for her mother in 1973.

Many thanks to The Creative Crochet Crew for the news.

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25 ways to wear a scarf

25 ways to wear a scarf

If you find yourself stuck for the best way to wear a scarf, or if you've seen a photo that made you wonder "how did she put that on?" then this video may help.

Wendy demonstrates 25 ways to wear scarves and shawls and she has made the video in a very clever way.

After you've watched the video, do have a look at this slightly less serious take on the same subject shared by We Love Wool.

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Joyuna's Lazy Katy

Blogpick: Joyuna's Lazy Katy

One of my favourite finished objects recently, Joyuna says that this pattern was unbelievably quick and easy to knit but more difficult to block.

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