To our January 2020 Theme
We all have those balls of yarn that just never seem to get used.....
they languish.... sad, lonely and forgotten 
in the bottom of a knitting bag, a storage box or crate....
waiting, just waiting,
for their moment to shine.....
Their time is NOW!
Perhaps it's the dreaded (for some of us) fun fur.....
Stylish Handwarmers
Perhaps it's a colour that never seemed to fit with the rest of your stash
Perhaps it was a different type of yarn, bought with much excitement....until you got it home......
Or, as in my case, yarn  was bought, then more yarn was bought, then more yarn was bought...and these poor little 'original' guys simply got shunted to the bottom of the stash pile.
(no, this is not my stash..haha)
Please, give them, their 'moment in the sun'...their moment on your hooks, looms or needles.
To start off this New Year, the Pattern of the Month (PoM) is.....Wendy's Slip Stitch square (one of my faves)The pattern can be found here......
Diana D. has so very kindly knitted one for me, to share with you all.....
Diana found that with the yarn she used, she required 50 stitches to make an 8 inch square. Please check your measurements when making.
As we create our squares this month...and indeed throughout this year..... let's remember our umbrella for 2020, thoughtfully created by Chris Chiplen....
Sometimes a photo can say so much more than words can express.....
Please remember these joyful faces as we knit and crochet in the year ahead.
We have the ability with our love, imaginations, needles, hooks and yarn to brighten the lives of vulnerable children in South Africa, as we make and send squares, blankets, hats, hand warmers and toys to Ronda and her wonderful team of volunteers to distribute to the children.
So let us bring JOY to as many children as we can in 2020!
Happy Knitting. Crocheting and Looming!!!

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So pretty Gloria. 

Hey Gloria lass are you feeling okay??    Ha.   These are really pretty pink squares.   The swing technique in stripes  gives a lovely and different effect to these diagonals.

I'm working with blue now, Karen, so I'm recovering nicely.  Thank you for asking ... hahaha ... xo

Super squares, Gloria - I've been thinking of swing needle diagonals, but hesitated because I thought I might get in a muddle (happens too easily these days!), but I'll definitely have to give it a go now - something in mind for next month's theme.  Yet again you've inspired me to try something different - thank you :)

Lesley, I would love it if you tried diagonals with swing needles.  It really isn't anything too special.  It's just like regular swing needle knitting where you knit two rows in the same direciton before turning your work to knit two in the other.  This is how I do it.

With ball 1, cast on 3 stitches

Row 1 (Ball 1):  Knit 1, increase in next stitch, Knit 2.  MOVE & SLIDE 

Row 2 (Ball 2):  Knit 1, increase in next stitch, Knit to end of row. SWING.

Row 3 (Ball 1):  Knit 1, increase in next stitch, Knit to end of row.  MOVE & SLIDE

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to halfway as you would a regular diagonal.  Complete as you would a regular diagonal by decreasing instead of increasing on every row.

I hope I haven't made it too confusing.  If I have, let me know and I'll try again ... hahaha ... xo

Thanks, Gloria, I'll have a go :)

More pink, Gloria?? Gorgeous!! 

Shocking I know, Diana.  Please don't get used to it ... :)))) ... xo

You are right...there's some "forgotten" balls of yarn I need to hunt out. Right now I'm using a neon tweed, if there ever is such a thing but it's right there on the yarn label, haha.  These will be colorful squares. I love all the pictures I am seeing, and the new square patterns, very inspiring!  The slip stitch square particularly helps me work in a "not so thrilling" color with a solid neutral like a white and spruce it up. I look forwards to seeing pictures of what people get up to!

The slip stitch square is one of my favourites, Jeanne, but it seems I have forgotten how to count to four...a lot of frustration for not much result, thus far.  :((

From my well aged yarn collection - Beige / Orange - A beanie and two textured squares. 

Yellow / White textured squares



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