Yarn Along | Cactus

Wednesday, September 09, 2015


I'm currently knitting a cactus (as you do) for a friend incapable of keeping anything alive. It's super quick to knit up, and now I just need to figure out how I'm going to fix it in to it's pot. And then I want to knit a few more.

I found the pattern via Pinterest and Ravelry and picked up the wool in a charity shop - three balls for £1.00 - and I've had the little pots for ages so it'll make a super thrifty gift.

I actually prefer this cactus pattern but it's knitted in the round and I find it so fiddly to knit that way, being a bit cack-handed when it comes to knitting I always get in such a muddle.

That said I think this pattern looks more interesting and offers more variety, so maybe I'll give it a go. And the upside of knitting in the round is that there are no seams, and my seams can be a little untidy...

As for my current read, I've moved onto another Victoria Hislop book. Last time I was reading The Sunrise, which I really enjoyed, so I treated myself to another of her books, The Return.

I'm really enjoying this too. I'm 147 pages in and although I don't think the story has really taken off yet, the scene has been set and I'm intrigued to find out where it's going. I like that her writing style is descriptive without losing the story to it.

I can tell that Yarn Along will be bad for my ever increasing to-read pile. I've already added two books to my Amazon wishlist, both from Elise, Stargazing by Peter Hill, and The New Moon with the Old by Dodie Smith. I've banned myself from adding anymore!

And not even going to mention the patterns I've added to my Ravelry library.

Joining in with Ginny over at Small Things.  


(Day 11 of blogging everyday for 40 days)

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17 comments

  1. Ah how fab. We once tried to knit cactii at Brownies but I just couldn't get the hang of it.

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    1. It was too cute for me not to knit!

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  2. Too cute indeed! I love little knits like that - toadstools, flowers, butterflies. They are just adorable. Now I have added those books to my list. Pretty sure I need to live to 300 to read all the books I have on my Yarn Along list!

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    1. I found one for acorns the other day that I think will look amazing as Christmas tree decorations!
      Too many books and knitting patterns, and simply not enough time.

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  3. That's adorable!! What a great idea for Christmas gifts.

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    1. Good for people to place on their desk at work!

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  4. Those are adorable. Also, perfect for me who has a black gardeners' thumb......

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    1. I want to make more, I think I'm heading into a little obsession...

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  5. What lovely little gifts, such a great idea.

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    1. Thank you. I think I'll have to make one (or two) for myself too!

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  6. Oh, they are super adorable!

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  7. I love it! So neat to see others' creative projects!

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  8. Great gift, I just used double sided tape to fix them and then used them as pincushions!

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  9. I love them!! that is the kind of cactus that I could not possibly kill or over water :)

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  10. The cactus is so cute! Maybe I should make one for myself, as I'm not the best at keeping things alive. :) I love the idea of knitting fake plants, ha!

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  11. Haha the Goodreads and Ravelry lists are dangerous! I went on to find a sweater pattern earlier and got sucked in for ages... Love the tiny cacti, that's the type of plant I need! :)

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