Sunday, 28 September 2014

BEAUTIFUL BATIK......


 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

SEASIDE MEMORIES


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

NEWLY HATCHED SEASIDE BLANKET


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

GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE SPLASH OF COLOUR IN YOUR LIFE!



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!




Friday, 29 August 2014

LAVENDER FIELD GABRIOLAS


I really have got my sock mojo back big time! Loving this pair of Gabriolas, just hot off the needles. The pattern is by Kim Swingles, as detailed here and is a fabulous knit. There is just enough detail to keep the boredom away, but not too much to stop it from being a great travelling companion.


The pretty yarn by Whimzy worked well and I just love how the soft  muted colours work so well together.

Think I'm ready for a little splash of brightness now!!!!!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

OUT AND ABOUT........


I guess boys have to do what boys have to do! But come on Oscar, you're spoiling the shot!!! We've been making the most of the sunshine and the last weeks of holiday. Our north Norfolk coastline would be hard to be beat, in my humble opinion...... wide skies, endless sand and amazing nature. What more could you ask for on a late August afternoon?


When we reach the boardwalk at Holkham, Oscar knows just where to go. He adores the sea and the wide, endless stretches of sand.


There's always time back at the boardwalk for a little bit of cool down time and often some digging, but not today.


One last look before we go!


We stop off on the way back at Morston Quay for a coffee, fresh cockles and deliciously scrummy crab sandwiches. Seaside Heaven!


Then it's on to Wells - next - the - Sea for another walk along the long harbour wall; right to the very end for a stop off at the ice-cream shop. Who we do we stop for? Well, yes, I love ice -cream, but not nearly as much as Oscar.


It's a very pretty little harbour.


Such a beautiful day!


Yesterday, we set off or Whitlingham Broad. It's only about a five minute drive from home and the perfect place for Oscar to run and swim.


It was early evening and despite driving there through pouring rain, by the time we arrived and sat for just a few minutes in the car, that lucky rainbow made way for glorious sunshine!


The storm had well and truly passed!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

TIME TO UNWIND......


Hello! We're just back from fun family times in North Yorkshire. It's been lovely to spend time with our grandchildren and potter around the pretty villages, forests and beaches.


Needless to say, nowhere near the expected amount of knitting got done! I managed to complete a second hoodie for little Evie; just the same pattern and yarn as the purple version that I showed you in my last post. I hurriedly completed it the evening before we came home and forgot to take photos. My dear daughter sent me a couple, but they don't really show the garment in detail. Sorry! :-)


I've also been working on a fab pair of socks. The pattern is 'Gabriola' by the talented Kim Swingles and the yarn is Whimzy Twisted MN. It has a high twist, giving lovely stitch definition and I have to say, I adore the colours!




Just cast the second sock on this afternoon, so hopefully there'll be a pair by the next post.

Right, must dash. Things to do and places to go! See you next week!