Sunday, 4 October 2015


Okay, so lets get these little beauties sorted with their twins! Both have been languishing in their snuggly sleeping bags for way too long and the colder weather is getting ever closer.

The gorgeous 'Roger Sock' above is desperate to cuddle up with his real life identical twin, perfectly made from Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in colour way Mulberry. As you can see, all hope is not lost; the very early stages of the twin's development has already begun. Don't despair little sock!

Then we have our darling Tiddlywinks Sock, who has only just entered the world as a new born sock.   It's a rather lonely life for a newbie and I promise, little one, that I will do all that I can to speed along the developmental progress of your sibling.

Sleep tight in your snuggly sleeping bags and before you know it your perfect partners will be born!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

AT LAST..........

At last, this little beauty is home and dry! It's been on the needles way too long and waited much longer than it should for its moment of glory. But well worth the wait! 

 It's a very easy plain knit, as you can see, but just right for a busy one and three quarters year old!

I really wanted plain buttons but had no success finding any that were both the right size and the right colour. These little wooden ones were languishing amongst several hundred other buttons in my button tin. Good to use up stocks, but I'm not sure whether I like them on the garment or not.

As you can see we are in fuschia heaven again at the moment. They all seem to have burst into full bloom this week, as the temperatures have warmed up again. They make a beautiful show of colour as the autumn 'nips' begin to rear to rear their little heads. 

Such delicate, pretty flowers!

Right, now I can get down to some sock finishing, as well as rescue my Cosy blanket that has spent a peaceful summer in solitary hibernation. I won't rouse him just yet, as he may be rather grumpy. Maybe next Sunday!

Sunday, 13 September 2015


The seventh stage of the Tour of Britain passed through Norwich yesterday and Old Snoops and I went along to cheer them on. There were well over one hundred riders and almost as many (or so it seemed)  police motor cyclists leading the way and checking the toads were clear.

Although they had all passed by within a couple of minutes, it was all very exciting. I have to say I was amazed at the speed they were able to travel at, especially as they were cycling uphill and having to negotiate speed calming humps along the way.

Along with a 'Food and Drink' festival, there was also a wonderful exhibition of early cycles from the 1800s. They had all been beautifully maintained and were in working order. Amongst the collection, was a Penny Farthing, a front pedalling bike and a racing bike used in the  first cycling race back in 1868. It had wooden wheels with iron tyres.

It was interesting to see two early front cycle lights. The earliest used a candle, followed by gas power.  As you can see from the above photos, saddles were being experimented with! The brown leather model above had an 'air passage' to allow ladies' bottoms to be kept cool under their layers of petticoats. The white mesh saddle is reputed to be the most comfortable bike seat ever made. The springs allowed the seat to tilt as the rider cycled around corners. Fascinating!

Needless to say.......... it's been a knitting less week! This week is likely to prove similar, as we are expecting an OFSTED visit any day. The inspection will certainly have taken place by half-term and then, hopefully, normal knitting service will be resumed. Throw into the mix the fact that the younger Miss Snoops has finally completed on her first home; a two-bed flat in London and will require Mummy's services to transport some of her 'clutter' .... sorry, I mean belongings, that have been hibernating here for  quite a while, my next few weekends could become even busier!  Roll on half-term! ;-)

Sunday, 6 September 2015


So, here we are at the end of the first week of the new term. Teaching staff have been in for four days and the children for two. Guess what! I'm snowed under with work. It's always the same at the beginning of a new academic year. During the holidays I spend several rainy days, when there is nothing better to do, preparing for the new term. Class lists were made, my new assessment folder organised, etc.etc.etc. After one day back the horrible feeling of 'oh my goodness how can I possibly get all this done' had returned. It will get done; it always does! Knitting and reading have to take a sideline though.

Fun knitting 'jobs' will also get done, as I get back into routines and plan for a little bit of 'me' time each evening. I have three portable projects on the go that I plan to complete before moving onto anything else. First up is the little cotton hooded card for Evie. It's getting oh so close to being finished: I just have the hood to complete and the borders to pick up and knit. Aiming for completion by next Sunday!

Then there are Mr Snoops socks that I began on our way up to North Yorkshire. He has asked a couple of times as to how they are doing!!! ;-) They're doing just fine! Sock number one has a heel and is almost ready for a toe!

Lastly, there are these little lovelies. These beats are for me, me, me! The yarn is gorgeous and the pattern and colour really rock. I'm loving the bag match too. A match made in Heaven ;-)

So, nothing too dull or insurmountable. The jobs will get done! I just need to make a little more of an effort to use my time smartly.

Sunday, 23 August 2015


It's been a really lovely summer holiday, with good weather more often than not and plenty of trips, visits and visitors to keep us busy. As promised, here are a few shots from our time in Pickering and the surrounding area. We had beautiful weather and lots of little people to have fun with for the first week and then peace and quiet for the second. It was a lovely, lovely chunk of family time and time of relaxation and leisure. Priceless!

All too soon, the start of the new school year looms with a new class, a whole host of new challenges and exciting projects to resource and plan. I've made a point of sitting in the sun to knit this morning, as my head starts to be filled with 'school stuff'. I started a little cotton hooded card for Evie at the start of the summer, but have done very little on it. My aim is to complete it by next weekend!

It's a very simple knit, requiring no brain power which is just perfect! The colour is a much softer and lighter shade than my photo implies. I tried several times to get a better colour match but with no success. The back and one front are complete, so it's a possible time scale for completion.

Sunday, 16 August 2015


I'm back from a really lovely two weeks in North Yorkshire. Apart from the 'travelling there' day and the 'travelling home ' day, we had really good weather too, so plenty of time on the beach. I'll post some holiday pics later in the week. This is where we were this morning.

Today, saw another glorious morning here in Norfolk and we made the most of our local area with a walk around the lake. This has to be Oscar's favourite place (apart from the seaside, of course) and after a two week break he was eager to have some homegrown fun!

It's looking to be a good year for blackberries, with hundreds almost ready to be turned into scrummy blackberry and apple pies. There are many, many bushes full around the lake. We just need to remember a bag to put some in.

My knitting output has been poor, but I have managed a couple of pairs of baby socks which are a special gift!

They are quick and easy, using 'My First Regia' sock yarn and 2.5mm needles. Nice toasty baby toes!

I'm really hoping that this week will see a return to dedicated knitting time. The hols are rapidly slipping away and so I intend to make the most of the time left to get one or two projects finished that have been hanging around for too long. I have a cotton hooded card/jacket for little Evie to complete, along with two pairs of socks (one for Mr Snoops and one for me) and a pretty scarf using a skein of LAST year's Fibre East haul!

So, I'd better go and get a move on. Pop back later in the week so a few shots from our family time in Yorkshire.

Sunday, 26 July 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.