Sunday, 17 May 2015

I Knit Fandango


Josiekitten and I had a wonderful day in London yesterday, at the 'I Knit Fandango' in London. The sun shone bright and clear, the company was good and the yarn was truly scrumtious! I'll let the photos do the talking.


The Royal Agricultural Halls' Lindley Hall was filled with light through the beautiful glass panes in the roof. So much natural light flooding through that the hall was ablaze with colour! Wonderful!


So many great dyers displaying their wares that it was hard to choose essential purchases!

So much choice, including Wollmeise with Claudia's beautiful colours and the fabulous dyeing of the EasyKnits boys!
Here's my small, very restrained, haul.....


The first skein is 'ohemgee' from Easyknits, in colour way Tuti. Such pretty colours and perfect for socks. The next two 150g skeins are both Wollmeise Blend. These two are both destined to become scarves. Finally, the midnight blue skein with silver stellina is from Debonnaire. My first pair of socks with sparkles!

All in all, we had a brilliant day, with a lovely long walk there and back from Liverpool Street Station, along the Embankment and taking in the sights as we strolled.

Here are a few shots of our 'tourist' part of the day!


 Big Ben's golden summit!


The London Eye


Westminster Abbey

  
Big Ben and London Bus!


St. Paul's


The Royal Exchange


Looking up in Old Broad Street!

I was about to say, 'Let's do it again soon!', but it won't be long before we are off to 'Fibre East' for our next feast of fibre goodness. Just the last half - term of the school year to get through!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

HELLO SUNSHINE!


After a fairly busy weekend, a little Sunday afternoon relaxation in the garden was called for. I had hoped to complete the first of may latest pair of 'Roger Socks', but a good book interrupted my good intentions.

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist has recently been announced and there were three  of my favourite authors included: Ali Smith, Anne Tyler and Sarah Waters. However, the one that really caught my eye was 'The Bees' by Laline Paull. It's her first  novel and so far (Chapter 3), I'm hooked!

The story is set in a beehive and explores the terrifying hierarchical structure of the beehive colony. It's the story of Flora who, despite being born into the lowest echelon of bee society, manages to change her destiny and her world, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival. 


So lovely to sit in the warm sunshine, at last!







Let's hope it's here to stay for a while!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

SNOOPYDOG MADE THEM ALL!


On this horrible wet Bank Holiday Sunday, I thought I'd take the time to show you my socks! Well, they're not all mine; some have been made for family and friends. The thing is...... I. HAVE. MADE. THEM. ALL!! Pretty impressive, don't you think.

I wonder which pair is your favourite?

Sunday, 26 April 2015

North Norfolk Sunshine.......


Goodness, time seems to be racing by these days. No sooner is it Monday than we've arrived at Friday and no sooner is it the start of the weekend, than it's Monday morning again. It makes such a difference to feel and see some Spring sunshine though and to be out and about!

We left home yesterday morning amidst drizzly rain and dull grey skies, but with the promise of sunshine as the morning wore on. True to the weatherman's word, blue skies and warm sunshine greeted us as we drove through Holt on our way to the beautiful North Norfolk coast. We live in a really lovely little corner of the country; in the heart of city life with Arts in abundance and yet only a stone's throw from big, big skies and endless sands. I love it! Oscar  seems to quite like it too!


I have got a little more of my Roger Socks done, although I have to confess to finding very little knitting time once again this week. I just love how this pattern looks and feels. It produces a lovely squidgy warm fabric. The heel is turned and now it's full steam ahead to complete the foot. This little 'beaut' should be done by next weekend and it's twin on the way.


The younger Miss Snoops has just had an offer accepted on her first flat in London. She's very excited  and needless to say I have managed to convince her that she really does need a Snoopydog Blanket!
'Cosy' is taking a short period of hibernation at present, but needs to wake up pretty soon and head to the 'finish line'.



Yes, I'm watching the London Marathon on TV, which the very same Miss Snoops should have been running, but lost several weeks of training at a crucial time and has consequently deferred her place until next year. Old Snoops has just informed me that he thinks he'll put in a bid for a ballot place too.  Hmmmmmm!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

ROGERS.....



I think Anne Hanson's 'Roger Sock' has to be one of my favourite sock patterns ever. The pattern is easily memorised, yet involved enough to keep the knitter engaged and it produces a lovely thick fabric. 


Couple a great pattern with a gorgeous yarn and you've got the perfect match!


 Here I've used Sweet Georgia yarn's 'Tough Love Sock' in colour way 'mulberry'. It's a slightly more delicate colour than the photos show; absolutely gorgeous. I need another skein of this for a scarf!


The beautiful bag, again one of my favourites, compliments the yarn beautifully! It is, of course, one of Michele's creations from 'Three Bags Full'.


I just love sock knitting! It has to be the best project choice ever....... especially with yummy yarn, cool bag and great pattern!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

LITTLE GREY MOUSE ...


Well, after weeks of feeling disgruntled about the lack of knitting time, I finish this little beauty in under a week. I've made several of these little hoodies and each one has been a great success. The pattern is quick and easy (Hooded Kaftan by Debbie Bliss and the Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK is lovely to work with and washes beautifully.


So little Evie, you'll be a snuggly little grey mouse in your new hoodie. It's a little large at the moment, but will soon be a comfy fit. I made the 12 to 24 month size, using five balls of yarn.


The surprising thing about these photos, is that they were all taken during a five minute snippet of time at around 5.30p.m. on a sunny late afternoon/early evening, and yet the light has thrown up two ends of the 'grey' colour range!!!! The actual colour is the darker grey.


Never mind the success of the close-up shot to show you the sweet side styling, have a look at that great grass! ;-)


Love how the simple neck opening lays well and requires no buttons or extras.

So, little grey mouse, what colour shall I make next? Perhaps you can become a gorgeous green alligator!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

AN EASTER HOLIDAY WELL SPENT.....


Well hello my lovelies! It feels a little bit like 'long time no see', but it really has only been a couple of weeks. A couple of rather busy weeks, in a variety of different ways. The last week of term was crazy, as usual. Then last week we had our son and daughter-in-law, along with Sophie, little Jess and Scott the dog to stay for several days.

There were two celebrations during their stay, Jess's second birthday and our 37th wedding anniversary. We played in the park and took a trip to the coast and had fun on the boating lake. The wind was determined to send us home, but we are made of hardier stuff and stuck it out!

Our wedding anniversary falls on April Fool's day each year and this year you could have been forgiven for thinking that one of us had played a Fool's Day trick. We gave each other the same card!!!!! Not sure what that says about us!


This week, we are up in North Yorkshire. For most of the Easter weekend we were accompanied by our elder daughter and her husband, along with sweet little Evie; who kept us fully entertained with her great sense of fun and joie de vivre. She really is a delight!

So here we are over halfway through the holiday fortnight. We still have a few more days here in Yorkshire, leaving on Friday to travel to Manchester for a couple of nights with the grandkids again and ultimately arriving home on Sunday..... hopefully with time to spare to get schoolwork done.

I think it will be fair to say that this has been an Easter Holiday well spent!