Sunday, 16 July 2017

JULY.....



I'm so sorry to have been absent without leave these last couple of weeks. I have no excuse except for  what I can only call 'end of summer termitis!' I have had rather a large amount of test marking, data logging, assessment sorting etc. etc. to get to grips with. It's pretty grim really, but just has to be done. This coupled with weekends away and family visiting has meant that knitting, crocheting and blogging have been almost put on hold! However, with the light now shining brightly at the end of the tunnel, I  am very much looking forward to a summer of craftiness

It was birthday at the beginning of the month and I was well and truly spoilt by friends and family. My dear friend Josiekitten knows me so well and can always manage to find gifts that delight! Above  you can see my wonderful gifts from her. 


Aren't these just wonderful? I  LOVE liquorice all sorts and to receive their representation in stitch marker form was just brilliant (she also popped in a rathe large box of the real things!).


They'll be put to good use with this beautiful 'Greatest of Ease' sock yarn from Knit Circus in colour way Electric Mayhem Stripes. You won't be missing my feet in the dark next winter!


The photo below gives a much truer impression of the colour. 


 Then there was this skein of deliciousness from the Irish 'Townhouse Yarns'. It's Camden Tweed in colour way, Dubh Linn. It's destined to become a hat, I think. 
There will hours of sewing fun to be had as well, with the cute Hamish the Hound pin cushion kit and the wonderful dyeing kit! :-)


To add to the abundance of crafty goodness,  there were skeins sent from over the pond from a bloggy friend, Katherine. Josiekitten had met up with her in London and she had, so kindly, brought us some US yarn. Look at this little beauty! It's from The Noble Thread in Wilmington. I just love the graduated colour!


Next up, a skein of worsted from the Neighbourhood Fibre Co. in colour way Georgetown. The dyeing is deliciously saturated. It's beautiful!

Last, but definitely not least, was the scrummy skein of 'artisan sock' from Hazel Knits, one of my favourite sock yarns!

Kathering had just spent several weeks exploring the Shetland Isles and I had followed along vicariously, checking in on her each day on Facebook, so I was delighted to also receive this lovely hat pattern. A challenge for cold winter evenings, I think!

I was truly spoilt! :-)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

SUMMER MUSIC AND RIPPLES......


Well it's been busy, busy, busy here at chez Snoops'. No idea what's really kept me busy, except just general day to day jobs that need to be done, a garden that needs to be cared for and work! 

I'm making some progress on my blanket, but savouring every minute of it. This delicious ripple pattern is so soothing and relaxing. It's lovely to be choosing the colour pattern for myself rather than following someone else's plan. 


It's been summer music time in my little corner of life too. Take That took the stage at Carrow Road as part of their Wonderland tour. Th e night was absolutely terrific. I'm no Take That fan, but the sheer spectacle and drama of the evening was fantastic. 



This weekend it was the turn of Alfie Boe and Michael Ball's 'Together Again' gig in Thetford Forest. My pal Helen (Josiekitten) cam along too and we had a great evening. The weather was warm and the air was still, with amazing cloud formations moving across the sky as the sun set. It was all just lovely!



New up this week, is another trip to Thetford Forest to see my favourite band, Elbow! To say I am rather excited is an understatement. To get me in the mood, I watched their full set at Glastonbury, from the comfort of my sofa) on Saturday evening. It was brilliant!!


The weather conditions recently must have been just right, notably for outdoor music concerts, but also for the raspberry canes. Never have I seen such a good crop before. There have been three bowlfuls collected and frozen so far!


 The sweet peas are also blooming nicely. I'm loving these gorgeously bright  little beauties!


I think I have to confess to actually becoming slightly addicted to gardening over the last few weeks, which has eaten into my crafting time quite substantially. It's alright though, because once the flowering season is over, my new found passion will quickly subside, I suspect.

Right, blanket ripples here we come!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

BUSY............


There's been very little yarny action in my little neck of the woods over the last couple of weeks. Half-term week saw me away with family and occupied with the fun and games of little people and then this week the realisation that I HAVE to get my school reports started has finally hit home!!!!

I really hate writing reports and would much rathe have a face to face interview with the parent's, which would be much more useful, but this is not how it is done, so I have had to bite the bullet and get on with it. Needless to say, progress has been slow but at least a start has been made.

In order to motivate myself to the cause, I've used the carrot of 'a crochet stripe for each report written'. As you can probably work out for yourself, that's not too many reports flying into the 'finished' folder, but it's a start. I'm really liking the colours of this blanket now that I've got a little more completed and I know Isaac is going to love it!


This weekend the younger Miss Snoops has been home and we've spent most of our time trying to get  a bit more of the garden under control. The heavy rain last week has encouraged way too rapid growth for my liking!


Of course, Oscar has negotiated well to earn an hour of ball chasing and swimming time at the lake each day.


It was warm and sunny and so lovely to see the pretty blackberry blossom in full bloom.


Back on it this evening. I have to write a couple tonight to keep to my schedule!

Monday, 29 May 2017

'GREAT OUTDOORS' RIPPLES....


It's been a pretty lovely Bank holiday here weather wise, so as little time as possible has been spent inside. We've explored the great outdoors close to home. I have had some little visitors, so not too much crafting has gone on! However, I have at last started a new ripple blanket for Isaac. It took me a long while to settle on a choice of colours for him and I'm still not sure that my selection may not change still further as I get rippling. Who knows, anything is possible! So far, I'm loving the 'great outdoors' colours and hope he will too as he gets older. I always forget how wonderfully relaxing crochet is, especially when the pattern is simple and colour is involved. 

Oscar has loved having the little people around and has spent his weekend running, swimming, and playing a new game called 'rugby'! Best not to ask....... ;-)






 After saying our goodbyes, I've tidied, washed and gardened and now it's time for some rippling with a nice glass  of red!!!!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Busy beeeee!.........



Here, at long last, is Isaac's little blue merino and silk hoodie. I had no idea a bumble bee was flying across it as I took the shot. How funny! I even captured his shadow! :-)


This is such a good pattern from Debbie Bliss's 'eco- baby' book. It helps not to have to choose buttons, because there are none needed, or to have to pick up stitches to knit the hood band! I hate picking up a large amount of stitches evenly.


It's nicely styled too with the little side vents and simple neck opening. All in all, it's a pretty good knit.


It's been a warm and sunny weekend in our little corner of the UK and Oscar has made the most of it!!!  Long may it continue!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

SUNNY WEEKEND..........


Well hello little socks! Long time no see! I really should pay you some attention and get those needles clicking. I really like the stripes, but plain sock knitting in navy blue? I should have know better! It's not the most inspiring choice, but now I am sock number two, I can see the end may soon be in sight. For that reason only, I am marching forward with my task! 

The little hoodie that I had so hoped to show you this week is now complete but awaiting seaming.... another urrrgggghhhhhhh!!! I hate seaming and will need to do a bit at a time I think. With that plan in mind, the shoulder seams are now joined and the hood is attached and shames, so just the side seams and sleeves to go. 


To be honest, I've not had much time for knitting this weekend as the younger Miss Snoops has been home and we have made the most of the warmer weather and sunshine to enjoy the outdoors with Oscar.


 These little cuties certainly aren't very old but were enjoying the sunshine with Mum!


Oscar was enjoying the sun and water too, as always.


Love this boy to bits!


A little garden re-designing is taking place chez Snoops' too! We made a little trip to the local garden centre yesterday to make a start on the planting choices. Can't wait to see them in situ!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

LET'S GET A MOVE ON..........


I seem to be an old slo-mo at present. This little hoodie for Isaac has been on the needles for a little too long for my liking. It's such a pretty blue and the pattern from the Debbie Bliss 'eco baby' book is fab. It's just that it's not very exciting to knit! To be fair, I love a bit of easy stocking stitch sin the evenings after a busy day in the classroom, but if I'm honest........ I just want to sock knitting.

However, Isaac is a growing boy (he was 1 year old on Friday) and these small people knits don't fit for very long! So it's time to fire up those needles. It's definitely coming along now, as the hood is almost done and then I'll just have the sleeves to make before stitching up. I've made this little one several times before and it looks lovely once it's completed. The added bonus is that there are no stitch pick-ups to make edgings or borders. The open neck and hood borders are integrated into the main knit. Perfect! I HATE picking up stitches!


These little beauties have also been waiting around for rather longer than I would have liked. However, my mission is to clear anything already started, before allowing  myself a new cast-on. Two new blanket packs are lying ready and waiting too and once I allow myself blanket hoodie time the poor old WIPs won't get a look in! I love seeing them sitting in the yarn bowl patiently awaiting their turn to be chosen. I love them all dearly! ;-)


Oscar met up with his 7 month old red setter pal, Alfie yesterday. They had a lovely time sniffing, chasing and swimming (well Oscar swam) around our favourite lake and country walk.


Then it was back to some plant potting in the garden. It's such a pleasure to be outside at this time of year in the garden. Peaceful and relaxing!