Knitting in Bolivia

I’ve been travelling again. Well, what else is there to do with my free time? 

I had a three week trip to Bolivia which was all about climbing mountains and exploring, but I found myself suffering from altitude sickness quite badly and had to have some days in La Paz to recover. 

Which after I’d crawled out of bed and given up knitting in front of Spanish tv I discovered that Bolivian ladies knit, and knit a lot. 

Sure you’d expect there to be a lot of handknitted products around the city given that there’s so many alpacas in the country, but they spend all their time knitting while they work. 


Despite this when I did find the energy to explore I found it incredibly hard to buy alpaca wool. 

The market was a maze and densely packed with stalls selling everything from household products, food and construction materials. It took me over 2 hours of wandering the maze of streets to find a tiny road of stalls which had wool for sale. 


Of course I bought some but I’m guessing the best alpaca fleece goes for export as it wasn’t soft baby alpaca. There was also a lot of acrylic which was disappointing. 
Should you ever find yourself in La Paz and on the hunt for wool you’ll find some here, not too far from the tourist shop roads of Sagnarga and Murelle. 


Back home now I’m busy with the Xmas present knitting ….

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What next?! 

This summer has been crazy- where did it go?! 

I’ve been frantic test knitting for a friend so she had a sample for her pattern photos, (that sock on the top of the pile is mine!):

 
Then a bit of mellow knitting of mittens in between work, climbing and laying about in the sun watching the garden turn into a jungle without a desire to weed. 

And now it’s September and I’m patternless. And a stash that according to ravelry is over 5 miles long. Oh dear. 

My favourite yarn show is coming up this month, Yarndale in skipton. Is anyone going? I’m heading with a friend who is a fantastic knitter, felter, crocheter and spinner – so we might spend a lot!

I’ve also just bought some discontinued cards from a friend who runs little fingy– so that’s Xmas and birthdays sorted for a while! 

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7 month catch up 

Sorry it’s been so long since I last blogged, I’d made the decision when I came back from my Xmas trip that I didn’t need tinkerbellknits anymore, that I wasn’t her anymore.

That’s not to say I’ve given up knitting, far from it – I’ve made myself another steeked Kate Davies cardigan, made a friend’s new baby a cardigan, endless socks and mittens for presents for people and while I’ve yet to finish my own quilt I have made one for a friends wedding present which may be simple but I’m very proud of it. 


All that and endless adventures aside, I can’t suppress the need to write honestly. To be more than just the adventures. To say – that while I finally love being single and the freedom I have, I don’t like the stigma that comes with it, even from friends. 

My best friend is constantly trying to fix me up with someone as she feels sorry for me, and my relationship status is the first thing she asks me about when we meet up. 

And I hate male friends who try sympathy when they’re drunk and tell me it’s because I’m quiet or lack self confidence and say things they think will cheer me up but only make it more obvious I’m alone. The worst are those that say I’m more outspoken when I’m drunk and it’s nice that I am- as if they’re being nice but really pointing out I’m naturally quiet. Yea I’m a thinking not a talker. 

I hate being judged for being single. Why do I have to be in a relationship? I know a few single girls who genuinely are unhappy being single. I was once. 

As much as I genuinely love being single for the massive freedom I have (which I’m making the most of), I hate the moments I feel alone. 

I’ve no time to think often as I’m so busy having fun doing stuff I’ve always wanted to do, but I hate that I’ve not been on a date in 2 years. 2 years since anyone flirted with me or I with them, 2 years since I had a hug from someone not a friend or family. 2 years since I was kissed. When I think like that I hate that I’m in my mid 30s and feel like I’m the only single person in the world. 

So tinkerbellknits does still exist however much I’ve tried to bury her beneath the fun – I’m mostly alone but rarely lonely, and I wish that people could deal with that- it’s not a choice but I’m still relishing in the opportunity. 

So, I’ll keep knitting and recommend you all support the single girls in your life just by telling them they’re amazing every now and then, don’t make them feel bad about being single and keep them smiling when others make them feel down. 

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December patchwork challenge – red four corners

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Happy Christmas!! I’m jetting off on holiday very soon so this is the last you’ll hear from me in 2015. So happy new year too!! Here is the final patchwork pattern for this year which by some fluke I’ve managed … Continue reading

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The last of the Christmas knitting

I bragged a while ago that I’d finished my Christmas knitting, but then I forgot the decoration swap that we do at my local knitting circle. 

I created this lovely little penguin from a really old Jean Greenhowe toy book I had. But then I decided he was too cute, and he’s now sat on my book shelf.   

So I set about knitting the Alan Dart troll pattern as a Santa Claus. The first version was a little too big, so I made a second smaller one.  

 
I’m disappearing off the radar now as I decided not not spend the long Christmas break I get from work, mostly on my own after a couple of days wi family. So I’m heading off on holiday, merry Christmas to you all x

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If I’m making art it has to be sheep

I made this a couple of weeks ago and totally forgot to share pictures – I love sheep and the chance to bang a piece of wood with nails and then create something pretty was just too tempting. This lovely … Continue reading

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November patchwork challenge – orange peace and plenty

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Since this month’s block has not arrived from Helen, our block of the month queen, I decided to randomly pick one myself so I had chance to get something sewn this weekend. So it serves me right that this month’s … Continue reading

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