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countries which visit our blogOur blog started towards the end of 2017. We had 406 visitors by the end of the year.  In 2018 we had 2569 visitors . Last year we did even better with 3884 visitors. That is really nice to know. Most of our visitors come from Australia but we continue to be popular with people in other countries . We have only posted a picture of the top countries. It is a good mix.

We have 252 followers now and have had 15,602 hits. That’s a good achievement and a nice way to start the new year.

 

 

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We now get thousands of hits from search engines and that was always the aim. people are now landing on our blog from the things they search. The WordPress reader continnues to bring us plenty of visitors and then things like Fcebook and Instagram…even dear Twitter which is not very good on textile arts and crafts.

 

 

 

 

posts and pages

Christine’s Celtic knot scarf was the top post of the year. Congratulations!! Her rust colloured crescent shawl was the second most popular post for the year 🙂 Talented lady.

Maria’s crochet Alpine stitich was very popular as was Alexis’ idea for poppies for Remembrance Day in 2018.

Glad to see theat the post we put up about knitting not just being a hobby went so well. it is NOT busy work!

Then there was Marina’s idea for the fidget muffs.

So it was mainly knitting and a bit of crochet which won the day for us last year but we would not get he numers or commitment from visitors without all the other things we do.

 

Crescent scarf

Sonya is knitting a lovely crescent scarf which has nice spring colours. It won’t  particulalry be for the really cold winter days but it will be a nice it to wear to keep warm on those early spring days where the weather can be a bit brisk. Crescent scarves can be made to any size and become shawls if you want them to be that big. It is worth mastering the technique if you want something where you can vary your project according to your needs.

There are two nice crescent patterns on Ravelry worth having a look at :

The Easy Garter Stitch Crescent Shawl  by Shirle Bedient and Terribly Simple versatile crescent shawl/scarf by Caitlin ffrench

 

Crescent shawl

crescent shawl garter stitchIsn’t Karin’s shawl so lovely? Don’t you like those confetti colours? Karin always dyes interesting skeins of wool which look so attractive as she knits the balls of wool. This is  hand spun alpaca, actually. It’s interesting how we often call any yarn in a ball “wool”. Karin likes to spin and dye alpaca because it is so soft to wear. Her crescent shawl is looking good. The garter stitch provides warmth and the edge pattern provides some visual interest and style. There is a nice free pattern for a garter stitch lace shawl by by Shirle Bedient on Ravelry.

Autumn colours

crescent shawl    You can see the complexity of Christine’s crescent  shawl in this picture and why she needs all her stitch markers. It’s the colour of the shawl which is important today. This is hand spun, dyed wool and it’s a rich rust/russet colour. A deep autumn colour and it looks lovely.

 

 

 

 

knitted handspun beretMajorie had brought along a beret for show and tell and the colour of that was very similar in colour to the shawl but with a bit more red. Unfortunately, the camera was making it look more pink. Marjorie had plied light wool with dark wool and then dyed it all to a rich rust/russet colour which matches Christine’s shawl very nicely ! Those who can’t dye yet were being shown some really good examples of how much the right dye will lift your spun wool into a new colour realm and so whatever you make will look so much better. Majorie’s beret is beautifully knitted and would keep your head nice  and warm in winter. Just try and imagine it that deeper colour with flecks of black. The pictures do not do it justice. It’s a beautiful autumn leaf colour.

knitted handspun beret