Sunday, 19 October 2014


Seeing as Mr Snoops keeps asking me if his one and only pair of hand knit socks have been washed, it seems fitting to make him another pair. This time HE chose the yarn himself!!!! Think you're going to have nice bright tootsies Mr Snoops!!!

I'm using Kate Atherley's Basic Ribbed Pattern; one I've used many times before. It always fits beautifully and easy enough for travel knitting, but not so easy to be totally boring. He's asked me to rustle up a couple of pairs for his Christmas present. Hmm, blanket to complete, twin to knit for my dear, elder Miss Snoops pair (also for Christmas). Better get my skates on!

October has brought some weather surprises to our little corner of the world. Yesterday we went to Holkham, up on the North Norfolk coast. Although the sky looked rather stormy, the sun did make an intermittent appearance and we didn't need a coat! In fact the temperature was up to 20 degrees!

Today, I noticed roses blooming in our front garden. Yes, it is mid October!

Sunday, 12 October 2014


Well who would have thought, after last evenings thunder and lightning storms, that today would wake up so perfectly! The lake looked amazing, with virtually no wind, sunshine and blue skies. Oscar had a grand time, running like the wind after his tennis ball and swimming to cool down. 

No 'woolly stuff' has happened this week, as school work bamboozled it's way across every evening. Unfortunately, I'm now returning to it.  Sorry for such a short and uninspiring post. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed next week.

Sunday, 5 October 2014


Here it is so far! I have to say, the colours are looking a little dark and the khaki green is looking brown, but nevertheless you get a flavour of the progress made. I must admit to be a teensy weensy bit addicted to rippling. The mantra has become.... just one more stripe, just one more stripe, just one more stripe! It's so satisfying watching the colour change from stripe to stripe and noticing how each change puts a whole different perspective on the blanket as a whole. I'm LOVING it!

Mr Snoops has worn his first pair of knitted socks this week and, believe it or believe it not, is a total convert. Now who would ever have thought it? Definitely not old Snoops! He has waxed lyrical about the comfort and declared the need for more! AS we were passing our local yarn store on Saturday morning I suggested we strike whilst the iron is hot and select the yarn for the next pair. No time to waste! He chose the above colourway, which I believe is one of this season's Opal offerings. This yarn is ideal for socks, as it contains polyamide for strength. Quite a good choice, don't you think?

 I just loved this colour way too, and as I have quite a queue of ever hopeful family members waiting to offer some socks a forever home, I thought I'd drop in the basket too. Should keep me out of mischief!

Sunday, 28 September 2014


 Hello there! Just popped in to show you my beautiful, new batik bag. It was a gift from my dear friend josiekitten. I had admired her own when we met up over the summer and so she secretly asked the lovely Michele over at Three Bags Full to make me one too!!! LOVE!

It's the perfect home for this month's Knitspot Passion club's offering. It's scrummy Miss Babs 'Isadora', in colour way 'Allium'. It's such a deliciously soft and cuddly lace weight; 70%merino and 30% tussah silk.

It will make a beautifully warm scarf, when I get time to cast on!

Sunday, 21 September 2014


So, here it is! Well, here is the beginning of it. I suspect the end may well be several months away. I would love it to be complete by December 23rd, which is little Evie's first birthday. I've set myself a target of two stripes an evening. There are eighty-four stripes in total, plus the edging, so it could possibly be finished in time. In reality, there is little chance of me keeping to the target, as too many other things get in the way.

The pattern is Lucy's 'neat ripple' over at Attic 24. If youwanrt to stick to Lucy's coastal colourway, as I have, you can buy the yarn in a ready-made pack from the Wool Warehouse, complete with a printed copy of the free pattern.

I just adore the colour range. It's perfect for Evie's 'Seaside Ripples Blanket' ; lots of memories of seaside fun and family times all stored up in one snuggly, woolly blanket!

I just can't stop rippling!!!

Already we have ripply memories of sandcastles, seaweed, blue summer skies, ages old grey pebbles being tossed into the sea, grey cliffs looking out over the deepest blue, sparkling under the summer sky, the grassy cliff top where we eat our picnic and fun family times! LOVE IT!

Sunday, 14 September 2014


Yay! One bright, smiley, happy sock done! I'll try to hurry up with his partner! It's quite hard to find time at present, as school work seems to be time consuming and endless. A bit more effort to work smartly is needed I think and less time reading blogs and pootling around on the internet.

It was while pooling around that I cam across the next must make project of my desire, over at Attic 24; the Coastal Ripple Blanket. I've been mulling over a suitable pattern and colour combo to make little Evie a bed-sized blanket ready for her first birthday in December. Well, this is a 'must make'!

Just look at those gorgeous seaside colours....... sand, sea, blue sky, seaweed and pebbles all in fifteen perfectly matched colours. Fabulous! They evoke so many happy family time memories. I just love the seaside! So, Evie's 'Seaside Ripple Blanket' has begun..... almost. Hopefully there'll be something on the hook to show you next week.

It's been a lovely weekend here in our small corner, so Mr Snoops and I headed off to the North Norfolk coast yesterday to give Oscar a good run on his favourite beach, Holkham.

We called in at  Brancaster....

and took a stroll along the coastal path at Morston.

The clouds rolled away as we headed back to the crab hut for lunch..............

fresh crab sandwiches, cockles and a cup of tea. Delicious!

Then on to Holkham. Oscar knows where we're going miles before we get there!!!

Doggy heaven! Time for a stitch or two in the car too!

Sunday, 7 September 2014


After the muted subtle tones of the Gabriolas featured in my last post,  I've moved on to something a little more zingy. Love, love, love these bright happy colours. They make my heart sing!

The pattern is Roxy Socks, again by Kim Swingle. I think this was her first pattern and is a super easy knit. We are in Manchester for the weekend, visiting our grandkids and this colour splash has made a perfect travelling companion. 

The blue-faced Leicester yarn is another hand-dyed, self-striping Nimbus sock yarn from Trailing Clouds. It's 75% wool and 25% nylon, which should make for great hard-wearing socks. It's also super wash wool and so can be machine washed at 30 degrees. I usually give the superwash socks at least a couple of hand washes before allowing them anywhere near the excitement of a soapy tumble in the washing machine; just to be on the safe side!

 A gorgeous splash of colour is always a great spirit lifter and as the long, relaxing days of summer are quickly disappearing and the first day of the new school year looms, I need that little splash!

Here's just one more....... just because! ENJOY!