Kinki Amibari

“Whaa?”, I hear you cry, “What is that?”

Kinki Amibari is also known as KA and they make all kinds of knitting tools! See…not as bad as you were thinking 😉

The very lovely pinkfeather has an eBay shop that sells KA products (check it out here) asked if I would try out the KA interchangeable needles and let everyone know what they were like…so here goes!

I asked for 4mm tips (5 inches long…I know, I mix metric and imperial measurements…sorry) with a 36 inch cable.

I have so far used it to knit a couple of cupcakes

and I have started on a sweater for my dog!

The screw in tips are easy to use and even with my hands being quite sore at times, they were fine for me to screw in place (although I do find it tricky to unscrew them)

The bamboo needle tips are quite smooth and, compared to metal, it is much warmer on your hands…but I also found that in the heat wave we had for a day here in the UK the bamboo tips were cooler than metal and not as slippy…so good for all weathers!

I did find that the bamboo wasnt quite as smooth as the KnitPro Symfonie (wood) needles I have tried and the tips weren’t as pointy as I like…but those things were by the by. I imagine the light colour of the bamboo will be better for a lot of people than the random KnitPro colours.

The cable is good and I dunked it in hot water just to get the curl out of it, which worked a treat.

Overall, the needle was comfy to work with and the screw-in tips stayed put; I never once had an issue with them coming unscrewed.

Pinkfeather currently has an eBay shop that sells KA needles…but will be getting her own online shop at some point, you can keep up to date with that at her blog here.

In the UK, I have no idea of anywhere else that sells KA so it’s good to know!

Thanks pinkfeather!

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

Saturday’s Things I Love

Well the weekend is here. It doesn’t feel like it though because the lovely boy has to work. It means I can get some knitting done though!

Here is my list of loveliness for today;

Robins wearing flowers as hats

Free downloadable, printable roses (and other images!)

This fabric:

 New scrapbooking goodies

Floral shoes

Wollmeise yarn

*I want to go there!*

Strawberry daiquiri

*yumness*

 All most lovely, I hope you agree.

Dont forget the Posh Yarn giveaway (you can find it here). It will be finishing at the end of June when the winner of the £15 Posh Yarn voucher will be drawn…exciting!

Have a lovely Saturday.

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

A change is as good as a rest

A few days ago my mum said to me that ‘a change is as good as a rest’. Do you agree? I thought I would try the theory out on my blog with a brand new layout and colour scheme! What do you think?

Well, I like it 🙂

So, the Posh Yarn update was on Sunday evening…so much gorgeous yarn! Tis was the one I picked…

It’s called ‘Female Of The Species’. I love the vibrant pink tones!

I also have my eye on this…

It’s called ‘Boleyn’ and it can be found at www.violetgreen.co.uk/

 In other knitting news, I have now finished all the pieces of the hoody I am working on and am on to the hood! Then all I have to do is sew it up. I’m so excited about it as it is the biggest thing I have ever knitted so far!

Here’s a quick plug for Lovely Online who make gorgeous jewellery at competitive prices. Here’s an example…

…isn’t it gorgeous!

The Product Of Loveliness giveaway will be ending this week so don’t forget to enter if you havent already!

And keep an eye out here for some exciting new happenings!

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

Circular circley things

This week’s theme is circles…so here are a few pretty circles for you 🙂

Super-bright plates!

And then…

…pretty vintage plates.

Cookies are circles too.

I like this swirly circle.

And wow! This crop circle is amazing!

This spiral thing is dated from about 3200 BC! It is thought to be a symbol representing the circle of life and can be found at the Newgrange archeological site in County Meath, Ireland.

So, lots of circles for you to have a look at!

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

Woolly Wonderfulness

Well, after weeks of grottiness I finally had a lovely day on Sunday. The weather was awful (hail stones!) but it didn’t matter because I was all snug and warm in the Boston Tea Party cafe!

I went there to a local knitting group where I met lovely people and we all sat around chatting and knitting and drinking coffee…except I dont drink coffee, so I had this…

 

*lovely*

Mmmm….and it was delicious hot chocolate too! Plus, the blueberry flapjack I ate was yumtastic!

So, I was there…knitting my sock. I was on to sock two you see (you remember sock one, right?) I decided to name sock one ‘Sockzilla’ and sock two, ‘Sockzuki’…you wanna see them?

 

The brothers are together at last...

There they are! On my feet! And I must say that my trousers match them perfectly 😛 I’m so proud of them…my first ever socks, but definitely not my last. (BTW I used Regia World Circus yarn…and still have loads left from a 100g ball!)

I must knit more socks because of this…

 

Ooooh, preeetty…

From left to right, the first one is Artist’s Palette Smoothie Sock Yarn (it’s so squishy and huggable), the next one is Wollmeise sock yarn (really expensive and someone sent it to me as a gift!) and the last one is Noro Kureyon sock yarn.

Of course, I don’t have to knit socks with them…but I really want to. I think I have been bitten by the sock bug. Besides that, my little sister wants me to make her a pair of green socks with pompoms on them…could be awful, could be genius…we shall see once I get the yarn!

I think that means I’ll have to knit some socks for the little-little sister too…best get your orders in soon as I may not have the time!

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~

More woolly stuff

So…you know I like knitting right?

Love you too, knitting

Thats my current project…it may not look like much now but it will eventually be a sock…and not just any sock, my first sock!

My first time knitting ‘in the round’ too…there are a lot of needles to contend with but I think I’ve got the hang of it now.

I’m also working on two secret projects…so, a lot of knitting going on…plus I’m already planning future projects. I got me some baby wool to knit some little, tiny clothes with to give to charity (one lot of pink tones and one lot of blue), I also bought some gorgeous Noro Sekku yarn in green/plum/blue…it’s beautiful and contains silk. I tried to take a photo but with no daylight it didn’t look very good, so I’ll try again tomorrow 🙂

In the mean while, look at this…it’s knitted with that same type of yarn.

Pattern by Cheri McEwen

This shawl was knitted by a Ravelry.com user called ‘Merchantofvino’…it’s so beautiful! I wish I could knit like that…maybe one day.

Lots of Love,

Ele ~X~