Monday, 21 April 2014


We've been spending the second week of the Easter holidays with two of our children and their families, in Chorlton. It's been lots of fun! Mr Snoops and I took Sophie on a tram ride into central Manchester, to visit theManchester Art Gallery. Our elder daughter joined us with little Evie. She slept most of the time!

We enjoyed Joana Vasconcelos's exhibition, 'Time Machine'. She is an internationally renowned  Portuguese artist. Many of the exhibits to be seen hanging here there and everywhere had a 'woolly' origin. 

 Sophie loved looking at the large-scale exhibits............ especially the 'pink feather helicopter'. She took photos! It's the artist's vision of how Marie Antoinette might have travelled, had she been alive today. Sophie thought a princess would like to travel in it.

The inside of the car is stuffed full of soft toys; many dangling from the roof. They periodically move and squeak.

These flower-like structures are made from............ steam irons!!!!! The irons open, close and steam, creating the illusion of a humid flower garden. Sophie was mesmerised and decided to tell the flowers a story, to encourage them to open their petals and steeeaaaammmmmm!

 The knitted, crocheted and embellished pieces were a feast of colour for the senses and different pieces popped up all ove the gallery, often when you least expected them.

LOVE this!!!


Here's Sophie's exhibit, created in the children's area. Pretty good, I'd say. Maybe an installation artist of the future!

Sunday, 13 April 2014


We have been spending a very lovely week in Pickering with various of our children and grandchildren. The weather has been pretty good and we we have managed to be out and about every day. Today, we said goodbye to the last of of our visitors and set off for the stunningly pretty village of Hutton le Hole, about six miles from Pickering.

Once parked, we ambled down to the Ryedale Folk Museum. I fully expected to be done and dusted within half an hour, but I'm happy to say we emerged more than an hour and a half later. It is an absolute delight, created to celebrate the rich heritage of North Yorkshire, with medieval garths, cottage gardens, a farming area complete with animals and a traditional orchard with over 30 fruit trees. 'There are over twenty historic buildings on the 6 acre site. Many were rescued from around the area and with their contents they bring the lives of ordinary people from pre-historic times to the present day'. There is an Iron Age round house, various period cottages and a 1950's store and post office. An absolute delight!

As you can see, I took a few photos! In fact I took dozens! Well worth £7 per person.

Oh! Here's Evie wearing her new hat!

We're off to Manchester tomorrow for a few more days of fun with the grandchildren, before heading home for a well-earned few days rest before term starts! 

Sunday, 6 April 2014


The Easter holidays got off to a grey start with a trip to see the musical 'CATS' at the theatre. We took our three children to see the show in London in 1992, when Elaine Paige and Brian Blessed were starring. It not lost any of its sparkle and magic. It's a brilliant show!

We are setting off for a week in North Yorkshire tomorrow morning, followed by a few days in Manchester, catching up! I'm still debating what knitting projects should accompany me. This is always a dilemma, as I always want to take way to many. Not only do they take up vital car space, but there is no chance of more than one or two small ones reaching completion. It still doesn't deter my inner desperate need to take 'this one' and 'this one', oh, and 'this one' just in case and maybe
'this one' in case I fancy a change. It's quite exhausting battling with my inner self and do you know who wins? Well lets just say that I'm now seeking out a bigger bag to put all my chosen project bags and notions bag into!

This little project is a definite. I've used this pattern before and it makes a really cute little hat. You can see the picture of the hat properly on the top picture. It only takes one ball of 4ply yarn and knits up quickly too. I like the fact that the border is is included in the knit and not added at the end. I'm using a ball of Debbie Bliss 'eco-baby'.

These socks have also secured their place in the lucky holiday bag. The gorgeous 'Hazel Knits Artisan Sock' yarn and the Anne Hanson 'Movie Night Sock' pattern were a gift from Josiekitten not this Christmas just gone, but the one before.... 2012!!! They have been on the needles since December 25th 2012. I think deserve to be finished!

As to what else will make it in, well these newly purchased beauties are definitely coming. The Debbie Bliss is to make a second hat , using the above pattern and the rich, deep pink Rowan is to make another little roll-edged sweater for Evie.

Will I need more? The answer is NO, NO, NO! Will I take more? The answer is 'YES! YES! YES!'
Well let's see what I can make over the next two weeks: READY, SET GO!!!!!!

Sunday, 30 March 2014


Well, I spent my Mother's Day morning in the garden, seaming and finishing off this cute little silk and merino sweater for Evie. With a little bit of extra knitting time as we travelled up to the coast for the day yesterday, I could se the end was in sight. Thanks Mr Snoops for taking the driving seat so as I could knit..... as usual. Love you! This has to be one of my favourite patterns, both for its simplicity and the 'cool' look that the roll sleeves and neck give to the design. It just works!

I've had these little painted wood buttons in my stash for sometime and they just finish the whole thing off beautifully! Hmm, just spotted one of Oscar's hairs!!!

Here's the back view. Such an easy but satisfying knit! Love it!

It's been a lovely weekend here in Norfolk, with sun, blue skies and warmth, although not all at the same time. That would be asking for a little too much! We ventured up to our favourite beach spot at Holkham yesterday, to let Oscar blow a few cobwebs away on the beach. He loves the freedom of miles and miles of sand and sea.

He spent this morning relaxing in the garden, collecting sticks, flowerpots and anything else that took his fancy. You an see his collection on the path. Love him to bits!

Whilst I spent the morning relaxing and enjoying flowers and phone calls from my lovely children. The above vase full arrived from my son and daughter in Manchester and those below from youngest daughter, who is working in Singapore for six months. Love them all so much!

Must dash now! Pub, beer, friends and quiz to get to! Have a good week!

Sunday, 23 March 2014


Hello there. It's astonishing how quickly these Sunday afternoons come around. The week seems to have vanished in the wink of an eye, with a blur of lesson observations, Sport Relief activities and a never-ending supply of marking.

I've picked up the needles for a few rows a couple of times this week, but most of the back on this little jumper was completed on Friday and Saturday evenings. I'm using Rowan 'Baby Merino Silk', which is really soft and knits up beautifully.

The pattern is from my favourite baby knits book. Hopefully, I'll have enough yarn to make the little hat on the front cover as well.

I'm just making the little jumper and leaving off the pocket this time. I really like the sweet little roll neck, bottom and cuff edges and the button opening flap. The pattern works really well. I've already made it in blue, using cotton.

However, I'm not such a fan of working with cotton as the seaming never seems to work as neatly. I've made the hat once before as well. Here it is, again, in cotton. 

Hopefully there will some finished projects by this time next week, as they are both for little Evie. It's only two weeks until the Easter holidays, when we shall be travelling up to Dolby Forest for a 'cottage week', before heading to Manchester to catch up with up with our family.

Thought I'd leave you with the glorious sight of the Magnolia tree just bursting into flower! I love Spring!

Sunday, 16 March 2014


It's been a busy week, but such a fabulous weekend! The sun has shone and although there has been a bit of a breeze, it has been just glorious. We've made the most of it and been out and about. Everything just seems to be bursting into bloom. Our willow and magnolia trees seem to be in bud much earlier than they have previously. It all seems too good to be true, but fingers crossed, Spring is here to stay.

Sunday, 9 March 2014


Good evening from a very lovely and sunny little corner of East Anglia.It's been really glorious here this weekend. Needless to say, we have been out and about. There has even been a little time to finish up a couple of little projects for baby Evie. 

This is the second time I've made this sweet little card. It's Baby Kina and is constructed from the top down, making for a very easy and relaxing knit, with minimal sewing up - just the sleeve seams. I chose little mother-of pearl buttons which look decidedly white in the photos. They really are not!

 I used Debbie Bliss Baby Casmerino, which always gives a lovely soft, warm finish for baby garments.

I finished another pair of little socks so. I'm pretty much addicted to making these little cuties at present; they are so quick and colourful.

It really has been the loveliest of early Spring weekends here and we've made the most of it. This was the view from our bedroom window on opening the curtains this morning. The willow tree and the large magnolia are both well in bud.

The Whitlingham Lake was looking equally as lovely!

We're of to the theatre this evening to an old favourite of ours, Fascinating Aida, so got to go! Have a good week!