Sunday, 16 November 2014

CHRISTMAS IS COMING.....


There has been a small degree of successful knitting completed this week; mainly taking place yesterday during journeys to and from the coast. Suffice it to say, there was just enough time to complete Mr Snoops' Christmas socks. I really like this simple sock pattern, as the three by one ribbing gives a lovely secure fit. They are a good length too! The younger Miss Snoops has just returned from nine months abroad, full of work stories, wonderful travel tales and hundreds of photos.  She's only back home for one week, before she moves back to London. First on her list of 'to do's' was a walk on the beach! '

Good progress is being made with Evie's Seaside Blanket, although the light is now too poor to get a decent photo. I still haven't got used to remembering that decent shots at this time of year need to be taken during the morning. I really hope that by next weekend it will be complete.


That will just leave a partner for Lucy's 'Mind the Gap' sock...


.... and maybe a quick plain knit sweater for Sophie, if time allows!

Oscar enjoyed his time on the beach yesterday, just as much as I enjoyed captive knitting time in the car!


Sunday, 9 November 2014

BELIEVE IT OR BELIEVE IT NOT!



We took Oscar for a late afternoon run this afternoon. Believe it or believe it not these two photos were taken ten minutes apart. The top photo looking towards the west and, from where we stood throwing the ball for Oscar, the lake looking in an easterly direction. Amazing!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

LONELY SOCKS!




So, these little beauties have paired up! Maybe they're lonely. I need to get a move on and get their mates completed so that they have some company. The top sock has been waiting a while now. The larger  bottom sock not so long. In fact I've completed Mr Snoops' size 9 'stripy' during two day trips to the coast recently. It's such an easy knit, but gives a very satisfying fit.

Both of these beauties are destined to be Christmas gifts and I'm pretty confident their partners will join them in good time for the big day. Mind you, I also have Evie's Seaside Blanket on the go, which is taking priority right now. I've completed over two thirds of the stripes and am loving the easy going ripply relaxation that comes with each yummy colour change. I'll show you my progress next time, as the light is too poor now to photograph.

I'm off to visit the grandchildren and their adults :-) tomorrow for a few days. I'll take my singleton socks along for the ride and see how we go. At least they'll be keep each other company!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

SOCKS!!!!



Seeing as Mr Snoops keeps asking me if his one and only pair of hand knit socks have been washed, it seems fitting to make him another pair. This time HE chose the yarn himself!!!! Think you're going to have nice bright tootsies Mr Snoops!!!


I'm using Kate Atherley's Basic Ribbed Pattern; one I've used many times before. It always fits beautifully and easy enough for travel knitting, but not so easy to be totally boring. He's asked me to rustle up a couple of pairs for his Christmas present. Hmm, blanket to complete, twin to knit for my dear, elder Miss Snoops pair (also for Christmas). Better get my skates on!


October has brought some weather surprises to our little corner of the world. Yesterday we went to Holkham, up on the North Norfolk coast. Although the sky looked rather stormy, the sun did make an intermittent appearance and we didn't need a coat! In fact the temperature was up to 20 degrees!


Today, I noticed roses blooming in our front garden. Yes, it is mid October!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

BEAUTIFUL OCTOBER DAY.......


Well who would have thought, after last evenings thunder and lightning storms, that today would wake up so perfectly! The lake looked amazing, with virtually no wind, sunshine and blue skies. Oscar had a grand time, running like the wind after his tennis ball and swimming to cool down. 


No 'woolly stuff' has happened this week, as school work bamboozled it's way across every evening. Unfortunately, I'm now returning to it.  Sorry for such a short and uninspiring post. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed next week.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

HOOKED!



Here it is so far! I have to say, the colours are looking a little dark and the khaki green is looking brown, but nevertheless you get a flavour of the progress made. I must admit to be a teensy weensy bit addicted to rippling. The mantra has become.... just one more stripe, just one more stripe, just one more stripe! It's so satisfying watching the colour change from stripe to stripe and noticing how each change puts a whole different perspective on the blanket as a whole. I'm LOVING it!


Mr Snoops has worn his first pair of knitted socks this week and, believe it or believe it not, is a total convert. Now who would ever have thought it? Definitely not old Snoops! He has waxed lyrical about the comfort and declared the need for more! AS we were passing our local yarn store on Saturday morning I suggested we strike whilst the iron is hot and select the yarn for the next pair. No time to waste! He chose the above colourway, which I believe is one of this season's Opal offerings. This yarn is ideal for socks, as it contains polyamide for strength. Quite a good choice, don't you think?


 I just loved this colour way too, and as I have quite a queue of ever hopeful family members waiting to offer some socks a forever home, I thought I'd drop in the basket too. Should keep me out of mischief!


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!