The Cutest Buttons In The World and Podcast Episode Three!

The dress is finished, here’s the last detail shot….the buttons were the only thing left to do……..

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I chose these adorable pearl shell buttons for maximum comfort and because they look so lovely with the fabric…….but these (beautiful as they are) are not actually the Cutest Buttons In The World…….

…..these are The Cutest Buttons In The World………….

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These little donkeys look so happy!

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I found these amazing little fellas on the Skein Queen website…..a very lucky find! She has the most beautiful collection of buttons for sale and stocks hand dyed yarn and lots of other lovely yarn related stuff!

I’m going to use these buttons for my friend’s baby (due in June) – I’m knitting the Puerperium cardi, in linen this time. I’ve steered away from wool for this one, as it will hopefully be warm by the time the baby arrives! The best thing is, my friend has two donkeys! So these buttons could not be more perfect! I’m pretty sure she’ll squeal (like I did) when she sees them!

I’ve also been busy with the rug re-make…..lots of pulling down and steam ironing……

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I’ve started the process of stitching the strands together end-to-end to make them into one continuous strand. I’ll be crocheting these back into a rug in the next few days! So the next picture you see will be a finished rug! It is actually taking longer that I had anticipated, but I think it will be worth the effort – I’ll have a rug that I’ll want to use instead of a rug that I don’t know where to put in the house!

I also bought new yarn……..

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I need to take some yummier pictures of this gorgeous yarn, so this is just a peak, really. I’ll talk about it more in the next post, and what I am going to make with it. Or if you are impatient, like me, you can always just watch the podcast (below) and find out there! The yarn is BFL Singles by The Uncommon Thread and it’s very beautiful! I really can’t wait to start knitting with it. I have more yarn in the post (what happened to my resolution to only use stash yarn for the next few months?) for an exciting KAL that I’m taking part in over on Ravelry…..the Mandarine’s Shawl KAL is taking place throughout May and is the perfect opportunity for me to knit a shawl I’ve had my eye on for a long time…….more about that in the next post also!

…..and whilst not knitting, Charlie and I have been helping on the farm…….

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Here’s Charlie, checking that they’re all in the right paddock!

It is sometimes our job to follow the heard to the paddock after milking, and make sure the cows all get there happily! We have to close the gate once all of the cows are in the paddock, to stop them from wandering down to the village, or roaming around the farm! We like this job very much! The cows are such beautiful, friendly and curious animals – I love to be around them and they really like Charlie!

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The heard, very content, that’s what we like to see :)

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We live in such a beautiful place and I feel so lucky to be here, surrounded by all of this amazing landscape!

I’ve also been busy recording a third episode of the loop and bar podcast! I’ve had some lovely comments so far, which is very encouraging for a newbie! The knitting podcast world is so friendly and it’s so much fun podcasting and interacting with others out there! Doing the podcast has actually made me more active on Ravelry too, which is great! So if you are interested in taking a look, if you haven’t already, just scroll down for the loop and bar podcast episode three, in which I talk a little bit about my week in Wales, share some of the things in this post (and a bit more), show a favourite thing from around my house, and give a very mini welsh lesson! The pod notes are below it, for links to people/websites/patterns I’ve talked about :)

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Podcast notes……

Bits about Wales….

The Wonderwool festival in Builth Wells, Wales – how did I not go to this?! I’ll put it in my diary for next year……
My lovely resident Redstart …tweet!
The Llangernyw Yew

Patterns mentioned….
The Sunburst Granny Square (from the blanket) – I’ve linked here to the original place I found the pattern and this is the one I used, but the Sunburst Granny Square is available on Ravelry also, just put it into a search and you will find loads of versions.
Puerperium Cardigan – that’s the tiny blue one with the rainbow buttons :)
Andrea’s Shawl by Kirsten Kapur on ravelry

Yarn and buttons mentioned………
Lang Yarns – Carpe diem (how do you say that?!) – seriously gorgeous yarn, super soft with a very high squish factor! I got mine from my local wool shop, ‘Ar Y Gweill’, but they don’t have a website so I’ve linked to an online source instead.
Sirdar Snuggle Baby Speckle – from the tiny blue cardi :)
Drops Belle Uni Colour yarn
Jaeger Matchmaker Yarn DK – sorry, can’t find a good website to link to for this – I got it from my local wool shop in N.Wales
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK – Circus colourway
The Uncommon Thread – BFL Singles, colour: Attic Room
The lovely donkey buttons from Skein Queen :) Big smile!

Crafts people mentioned…..
My beautiful mug in this episode…..Jenny Murray ceramics available at Cwt Tatws, North Wales (among other places)
My little houses :)

Podcasts mentioned…..
The Gentle Knitter
Brooklyn Knitfolk

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