Sunday, 26 July 2015

FIBRE EAST 2015



Josiekitten and I had a fabulous day out on Saturday at Fibre East in Bedfordshire. The weather had threatened to be wet and windy, but an hour or so into our journey, the sun came out and stayed with us all day. There was an excellent selection of exhibitors, selling a vast array of yarny goodness and accessories. Spinners, dyers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters were all well catered for and if you felt the need to add to an already time consuming list of hobbies, you could have a 'try out'.  Hmm! I don't think I need another add on! I think the photos speak for themselves.

A few purchases were made, but I have yet to photograph, so pop back next time to see my goodies. 

Monday, 20 July 2015

LATITUDE 2015


Well, it's been a truly spectacular weekend here in the Snoopydog household, with a long awaited trip to the Latitude Festival. We had a really great time with our youngest daughter, her partner and one of her friends. The weather was just perfect, the company wonderful and the entertainment amazing.

It's so much more than just a music festivals, with dance, drama, poetry, literature, movies, comedy and cabaret. It's set on the beautiful Henham Estate, just over the border in Suffolk and has a wealth of entertainment for the whole family. We packed in as much as we could and discovered new bands with new music to enjoy.


Pink, green and blue sheep; no need to dye your yarn!



The beautiful Waterfront setting for Rambert's 'Rooster'.


Comedy fun.


Our favourite.... the BBC Radio 6 Music tent! We didn't know what to expect, but late night 'Catfish and the Bottlemen' followed by 'The Vaccines' blew us away!






The 'Obelisk' main stage where we listened to 'Badly Drawn Boy' (loved!),  Laura Marling (just okay), Lianne da Havas (amazing), James Blake (take him or leave him) and Portishead (okay).


Michael Rosen was superb! His eye on education and childhood doesn't miss a trick. I felt immensely lucky to spend an hour in his company.


We had such a good time right into the latest hours of the night.


Followed by a wonderful trip to the coast on Sunday....


.... Holkham and Wells!


A really fabulous weekend!



Sunday, 5 July 2015

THE BIG 60!


It's one that has to come, but I feel sure there must be some mistake. I really don't know where the time has gone and certainly feel that old! Anyway, just to assure me that I am, I received a very scrummy courgette and dark chocolate cake from an old friend. Yum! Cake too from my great pal Helen (Josiekitten), my favourite Millionaire's Shortbread. Yum! Yum!



Flowers too!


Especially good was a visit from from my lovely friend. We had a good old catch up and as always I was spoilt with lovely carefully chosen gifts.


There was a lovely Three Bags Full bag and a beautiful skein of cashsilk lace from Sweet Georgia Yarns. This yarn just has to be one of favourites; it's so, so warm and lovely to knit with. It will become an 'Almost Ovals' scarf.


Then there were some cute little 'Anyone for Tennis' stitch markers and a useful needle gauge (the numbers won't rub off this one!) and last but not least a very beautiful glass 'wish stick' made by Cornish glass designer, Jo Downs. What a lucky girl I am!

Not much longer to go now before the end of term, when hopefully my knitting rate will pick up. Let's hope so!

Monday, 29 June 2015

ABSENCE MAKES.........


Well, they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I'm not so sure how true that is, but I have missed being here to share the many little moments in the life of Snoops. It's been a busy time over the last couple of weeks, as there is a huge amount of end of year paperwork to be completed at school as well as end of placement assessments to be written and collated for the student teacher who has been working in my classroom over the last few weeks.

Factor into the mix  a couple of very busy weekends and you can see why I have not been around.


The weekend before last, little Evie came to play for the weekend, with her Mum and Dad too, of course. She is the cutest little 'garden gnome' ever and the most helpful! 


This weekend found me in Islington, London, visiting the younger Miss Snoops. She is desperate to buy her first property, but finding the perfect pad in London is not too easy. So, after pulling out of one after a poor structural survey, she is back on the hunt. We went along to view a beautiful two bedroomed flat in a converted Victorian house and an offer was duly made. Fingers crossed! 


I was a very spoilt Snoops, as I was told to come expecting to take part in a pre-birthday 'activity': it's my birthday next Sunday! To my utter delight I found myself at the door of the Queen's Theatre, being quickly ushered into our seats just in time for the curtain to go up on a stunning performance of 'Les Miserables'. It was just completely fantastic! I've longed to see this show live for many a year. With a scrummy Sunday lunch, a stroll along Upper Street and afternoon refreshments in Camden Passage thrown in, I felt beautifully relaxed.

We had some lovely 'mum and daughter' time. It's so good to get away for the weekend every now and then, as it always makes the weekend seem so much longer. Sadly, knitting didn't get a look in!!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

SUMMER CAST-ON....


Well, I finished my last report this morning, whilst waiting for the drizzly rain to stop. It's such a good feeling to have them out of my head. I still need to read them through to check for any errors that I've missed, but that's an easy task that does not require any brain power.

I needed something new to cast on as a reward and although the yarn doesn't look very attractive in the photo, I am more than happy with my choice. I bought the yarn a long while ago in a John Lewis sale for £1.25 per 50g ball. Bargain! It's a very pretty grape colour and will suit little Evie very well. It's Rowan Milk Cotton DK and is gorgeously soft to work with, if a bit split (as cotton always is).


I've decided to make a summer hooded cardigan which will hopefully be finished before we all go up to Yorkshire at the start of the summer holidays. It's a very simple pattern, with stitches picked up and cast on for the hood and with the button border stitches picked up once the garment has been sewn together. It will be perfect for cooler evenings or windy days at the coast.

The pattern is 'Jake Hoodie' from Rowan's 'The Milk Cotton Baby Collection'. Happy knitting Snoops! The first I've done in two whole weeks!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN A DAY.....


Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! What, NO KNITTING! No, absolutely no knitting for one whole week! Not one teeny tiny stitch was knit, purled, cast on or cast off. Not one pretty Three Bags Full bag was lovingly opened and not one scrummy skein was fondled and admired. But........... nineteen out of twenty-nine reports were written! Yay! So, that leaves me with a mere ten more to go and then I'm FREE! So, it's another week evening grind to get the job done.

It's been such a glorious weekend though and no reports have been written over the last two days, but lots of jobs have been caught up on and a quick stroll around the lake has been enjoyed, with a stop off for lunch!

There just aren't enough hours in a day, to be sure!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

HALF-TERM FUN!



As you can see, half-term has been very busy and lots of fun! I'll let the pictures do the talking. There has been very little time for knitting, although I have made a tiny bit of progress on the 'Tiddlywink Socks' that I started on the train to London a couple of weeks ago. I always like having a very plain pair on the go that can be worked on whilst travelling, chatting or T.V. watching. I quite like how the Opal yarn is working out.



I'd like to think that one of these foot warmers might be complete by next weekend, but with school reports to be done, I think progress will be slow, slow, slow.

Have a good week! Let's hope the sun shines!