Sunday, 24 April 2016

SPRING GREENS........



This week has flown by! I have no idea where the days go! However, there has been plenty of action on the needles you'll be glad to hear. I'm afraid I'm in full 'baby knitting' mode at the moment, but don't worry, I'm sure it will soon pass. 'Spring Greens' was completed early in the week, but seaming avoidance tactics kicked into play and I managed to leave it in a neat little pile until yesterday. It seemed much more important to cast on yet another; same pattern, same yarn, different colour!

 I'm just loving the cute little buttons, which match just perfectly and were a snip at 5p each in a local store.


 I just love this soft grey and have three skeins sitting waiting to be used for a while now. I think there'll be a little beanie hat made to match; maybe with some 'spring greens' stripes.


I thought I'd show you another view, showing off my gorgeous 'Three Bags Full' bag. This has to be one of my favourites, with it's 'must have' spotty lining. 


We took a wander down through the city centre park in search of a Sunday morning coffee this morning; dodging the showers as we went. I've been taken by these lovelies for a week or so now, loving the gorgeous blend of soft colours and interesting variety of petal shapes. They are growing up against a tree trunk and black railings, at one of the entrances to the park. Just lovely!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

WEEKEND.................


It's been a rather relaxed first week back at school, I have to confess. Everything has been done that needed to be done, but pretty stress free and no excess! That's meant there has been some knitting time each evening; sometimes not much, but a little is better than none.

I have managed to complete this little cardigan for Evie's baby brother or sister, due in the middle of May. I've used this pattern (Anderson by Lisa Richardson) several times before and love it, although this time I've left off the pockets and the rather strange shaping that seemed to make the stitching look rather uneven and, in my opinion,  added nothing to the overall shape or interest of the garment. The yarn is Rowan many merino silk, which is warm, lovely and soft and seems to wash and wear really well. I've made the 3 to 6 month version and only used two of the suggested three balls of yarn. Bonus! It's quite tricky to see the buttons, but they have simple blue and white stripes on just the perfect matching blue. Just right for summer!


After an initial Spring burst of activity, which saw daffodils and magnolia in bloom, there seems to have been a lull in the garden; until today, that is! All the rain of the last week and the glorious Sunday sunshine today, seem to have joined forces to wake up the bluebells and sleepy winter pansies. I just love the sight of bluebells and we have little clumps in random nooks and crannies of the garden. Just lovely!


My pal Josiekitten uploaded an Instagram pic this morning of some scrummy looking homemade ginger cookies. I have to say, I could almost smell them! So, whilst the fancy took me and Mr Snoops had disappeared off to the local garden centre to buy some Growbags for the greenhouse, I set to work......... before the urge to cook disappeared. I have to say I don't often have that particular urge! They wouldn't win Masterchef, or even get me an audition for the programme, but they do taste good.



 The sun has shone out all day long today and we made the most of it with a trip to Whitlingham Country Park, one of Oscar's favourite places and only a five minute drive from home. He can sniff, run, chase his ball and swim to his heart's content.


 I can't imagine life now without our beautiful little companion!

Have a good week!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END...


 

The Easter holidays have been and almost gone! The two weeks have been a very welcome chance to unwind, relax, meet up with family and knit! We spent the second week in North Yorkshire and although the weather was not the finest, we had a lovely time. Oscar did too!

These gorgeous foot warmers were started as travelling socks on the long journey northwards, but the beautifully bright self-striping yarn made for pretty addictive knitting. The pair were completed in record time!

I started this little cardigan for Evie's new brother or sister, due to be born in May and managed to complete on the journey homewards on last Friday. Here it sits awaiting seaming. It might have to wait patiently, as it's a job I hate!


This morning, the final day of the holidays,  dawned bright and sunny with a stunning clear blue sky, which was very welcome relief after the cold and rain of yesterday. The beach it had to be! We were up, ready and gone by 9.30 a.m. and on the beach after a speedy cup of coffee. Holkham, on the North Norfolk coast has to be one of the most beautiful of beaches anywhere. In fact, it IS the most beautiful! 



To avoid the cardigan seaming job, I started a cute sweater for the new baby too. I hope he or she is going to like my thoughtfully chosen 'spring greens' colour! I'm not so sure my daughter will ;-)

We stopped off for a bite of lunch at Blickling Hall, before heading homewards just as the clouds began to roll in.

All in all, a lovely Easter break!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

THE TIME HAS COME....


It's heavenly to be able to cast on and knit without a head full of things that I feel I really should be doing instead. To just sit, knit and complete a soft, squishy bundle of yarn goodness. It's been a long time coming, but now the time has come I'm determined to make the most of it!

We have come up to North Yorkshire for a week and after a very, very cold day at the coast before we came away, I decided the time had come to make a warm, woolly hat for my very own head. I have to say, that this was quite a momentous moment, as I have never, ever worn a hat; not a wedding hat, a sun hat, or any other kind of hat come to that. There is just one exception...... a dark green school beret! Needless to say, the offending item didn't appear on my head as often as it should, which led to 'penalty points' and detentions during my grammar school years. Since then, I've managed to escape the need of any form of head attire, very nicely.


The pattern and scrummy yarn that have helped to bring about this turnaround have produced this little beauty! It's Anne Hanson's 'Squish Me Cap' (a very addictive little number!) and the yarn is John Arbon's 'Knit by Numbers' KBN04. I've not used this lovely 100%merino yarn before and I have to say I have been unexpectedly surprised by it's amazing softness. It feels as though there must be a whole cuddly alpaca hidden inside, but no it's purely 100% merino. A delightful find. It does specify hand wash, so I hope the washing of it will not disappoint. The finished hat is fab. I love it!


I can't seem to be without a pair or two of socks on the go at the moment, so this pair of Rachel Coopey's 'Dave Socks' had to make their appearance on the evening before we made our long journey northwards. I always like to cast on and get the ribbing done, before they become my travelling companion.


As you can see, it was quite a long journey ( and I drove for almost half the way)! After this afternoon's coastal trip I've now almost reached the toe. Smiles! The yarn is from my stash (even bigger smile!) and is a Regia Color yarn in colour way 03726. I'm just loving these bright and happy stripes. 


I've also begun the first of some baby knits for Evie's little brother or sister due to be born in May. He or she will be our fourth grandchild. I don't have pics yet, but a a little 'Anderson' cardi by Lisa Richardson is under way. I'll post a few pics next time, although I have to confess that the happy sock stripes keep calling out for my attention!!!! 


Needless to say, Oscar has been loving his Yorkshire break and making the most of any beach time.


The time had also come for some family catch-up time. It's always tricky to co-ordinate when they live a distance away and we are all so busy with careers etc. School holidays are the only suitable windows of time. Our eldest daughter and her gorgeous family visited for the weekend and our son and his lovely family are taking a day trip to see us on Tuesday. Easter weekend was happily spent with our younger daughter and her partner, so we will have managed a catch-up with them all. Hooray!


Sunday, 27 March 2016

HAPPY EASTER!


Happy Easter to you! It's been very relaxing here, with coastal walks, yummy food, mooches around our fine city and the excellent company of our younger daughter and her partner. There's even been time for some knitting, woohoo! 

As you can see, the Easter Bunny left some egg samples for us, which look rather lovely in their little wire bowl. In fact, they might look too lovely to eat!


With more evening time this week and the start of the much needed Easter hols, I've managed to shoot these little beauties off the needles. I just love the randomly sized stripes and the colour combo makes my little heart sing! They have been the perfect travel companion on visit to London and the seaside and now they are ready to take their place in the sock drawer, alongside their fellow sock pairs!


I really like Rachel Coopey's simple plain sock pattern, 'Dave', with it's thick heel and not too pointy toe. It's just right!

We are off up to Yorkshire at the end of the coming week and looking forward to some Evie time! I'll need to sort out another pair of 'Dave's to be my travelling companion, as well as some baby knitting for Evie's soon to arrive little brother or sister. Can't wait!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

A DAMN TOUGH WEEK.......


It's been a tough week here in Snoopydog's little world. The long and not so eagerly awaited OFSTED came to call! Now, it's not that we weren't expecting them, because we were. It's more that they didn't turn up around the time we had been expecting them; that is, around the pre-recorded time for re-inspection, as determined on the inspection report they left with us last time.  So you see, we have been on high alert for a pretty long time and it is pretty wearing, as I am sure you dear folk can well imagine.

Anyway, they have now been, done their stuff and gone! I've survived pretty well considering and managed to 'perform' rather well, even if I say so myself. But performing it is. If you perform in the manner that is the current WOW, then you do okay. Enough said...... they've been....... done their stuff and GONE!

Needless to say, all this leads to the conclusion that I have scarcely even sniffed the tiniest sniff of yarn this week, never mind touch, stroke or knit it! So, I thought I'd show a lovely Spring pic instead. I like it for the way the composition is kind of halved; half daffodils and half crocuses. I know, I know..... just humour me though, it's been a damn tough week!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

YARNY COLLECTIVE NOUNS.......?


A drawerful of cosy knitted socks!


A blanketful of heart-warming stripes!


A weeks worth of ends to sew in!


A holiday's worth of 'travelling sock' yarn! :-)


Can you conjour up some better ones?