Sunday, 17 July 2016

LOST AND FOUND........


Yesterday, we had a busy day out ( the clue is in the photo above) and got home pretty late last night, so today has mainly consisted of pootling about, doing not very much. It's been so, so hot too! Even sitting in the garden knitting this afternoon, didn't capture my enthusiasm. So, I pottered around doing odd jobs, whilst Mr Snoops was out playing in a Bridge competition.

I needed the hook pole to pull down the garden blind that shades the lounge on days like this and whilst rummaging for it (no, I didn't find it!) I came across something much, much more exciting..... my cardboard box full of all the knitting patterns I had ever bought pre the 'let's not knit anymore because it's gone out of fashion' era. We're looking at patterns that had also been my mother's; patterns costing 9d!!!! Old money! Yes, these are real treasures and have been missing from my life for way too many years. It's not that I haven't looked for them. Believe me, I have! I've racked my brains trying to remember where I might have put them or where they might have gone, but to no avail. Until today that is when, as I glanced down beneath shelves laden with rusty paint tins and discarded plant pots and odds and ends, deep down, well-hidden behind an old bike,  there I spied old cardboard box that had once held photocopier paper. That was the kind of box my patterns had been in, when I last saw them, so this was definitely worth a further look. You cannot imagine my delight when, as I lifted the old antique tin of white emulsion from the top and the rusty wallpaper stripper, there looking up at me was a little doll face wearing an orange and white bonnet!


I've searched high and low for suitable dolls' clothes patterns for my three little granddaughters, kicking myself each time I've needed one, remembering that I had some long ago that would have been just perfect. Well, here they are!

Found, after all this time! I couldn't imagine that I would have ever have parted with them, but for years they have lain hidden away. I have carefully taken out each one and wiped it free of dust, spider web and dead insects and rebooted in a new secure home with a lid. They have been ceremoniously placed on a high status craft shelf, next to the silk paints, never more to live amongst the spiders and rusty cast-offs! I think you can tell I'm pretty blooming pleased! :-)

The busy day out that led to my more restful Sunday was a day pass to see the pink, woolly sheep that have come to symbolise the Latitude Music Festival, held at Henham Park near Southwold in Suffolk. The sun shone, the rain stayed away, the meet up with friends was lovely and the music was phenomenal. There really is nothing to compare with live music and we always delight in seeking out bands that we have never heard of. I know, that's not difficult, as we are no longer spring chicks! The music ranged from John Grant, the National, Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats, the Squeeze and Sturgill Simpson to the more innovative and very exciting sounds of Ratboy, Half Moon Run, Kurt Vile and the Violators and........ the most phenomenal hour of the day brought to us courtesy of Soulwax.



All in all it's been a pretty good weekend. Looking forward to three more days with my current class, before we finish for the summer. Whoohoo!!!!!!

LOST AND FOUND........


Yesterday, we had a busy day out ( the clue is in the photo above) and got home pretty late last night, so today has mainly consisted of pootling about, doing not very much. It's been so, so hot too! Even sitting in the garden knitting this afternoon, didn't capture my enthusiasm. So, I pottered around doing odd jobs, whilst Mr Snoops was out playing in a Bridge competition.

I needed the hook pole to pull down the garden blind that shades the lounge on days like this and whilst rummaging for it (no, I didn't find it!) I came across something much, much more exciting..... my cardboard box full of all the knitting patterns I had ever bought pre the 'let's not knit anymore because it's gone out of fashion' era. We're looking at patterns that had also been my mother's; patterns costing 9d!!!! Old money! Yes, these are real treasures and have been missing from my life for way too many years. It's not that I haven't looked for them. Believe me, I have! I've racked my brains trying to remember where I might have put them or where they might have gone, but to no avail. Until today that is when, as I glanced down beneath shelves laden with rusty paint tins and discarded plant pots and odds and ends, deep down, well-hidden behind an old bike,  there I spied old cardboard box that had once held photocopier paper. That was the kind of box my patterns had been in, when I last saw them, so this was definitely worth a further look. You cannot imagine my delight when, as I lifted the old antique tin of white emulsion from the top and the rusty wallpaper stripper, there looking up at me was a little doll face wearing an orange and white bonnet!


I've searched high and low for suitable dolls' clothes patterns for my three little granddaughters, kicking myself each time I've needed one, remembering that I had some long ago that would have been just perfect. Well, here they are!

Found, after all this time! I couldn't imagine that I would have ever have parted with them, but for years they have lain hidden away. I have carefully taken out each one and wiped it free of dust, spider web and dead insects and rebooted in a new secure home with a lid. They have been ceremoniously placed on a high status craft shelf, next to the silk paints, never more to live amongst the spiders and rusty cast-offs! I think you can tell I'm pretty blooming pleased! :-)

The busy day out that led to my more restful Sunday was a day pass to see the pink, woolly sheep that have come to symbolise the Latitude Music Festival, held at Henham Park near Southward in Suffolk. The sun shone, the rain stayed away, the meet up with friends was lovely and the music was phenomenal. There really is nothing to compare with live music and we always delight in seeking out bands that we have never heard of. I know, that's not difficult, as we are no longer spring chicks! The music ranged from John Grant, the National, Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats, the Squeeze and Sturgill Simpson to the more innovative and very exciting sounds of Ratboy, Half Moon Run, Kurt Vile and the Violators and........ the most phenomenal hour of the day brought to us curtesy of Soulwax.



All in all it's been a pretty good weekend. Looking forward to three more days with my current class, before we finish for the summer. Whoohoo!!!!!!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

ANOTHER YEAR.....


Sorry I missed you last weekend. Life was busy and we were out and about; before I knew it the weekend had almost gone and I still had schoolwork to do. My best laid plans to post on Monday evening didn't come to fruition either, as I whiled away the evening researching holiday bits and pieces.

I celebrated yet another birthday last Tuesday, with a parsnip and coconut birthday cake made my a friend. It was delicious! I'm not going to tell you how many candles should have been on top; suffice it to say, I certainly don't feel my age! 

To kick off the celebrations I had a lovely visit from my dear friend Josiekitten, who came laden with some very, very lovely and thoughtful gifts. I felt thoroughly spoilt! 

As you can see, there were plenty of surprises to unwrap, including my favourite project bag to date, made by her own fair hands, which makes it even more special. I just love the cute doggie print and that beautiful yellow and white dotty lining ( she knows me very well..... I love spotty linings!). There was a skein of one of my favourite sock yarns, some super lovely gift tags, a tin of my favourite 'rings' stitch markers from FripperiesnBibelots, a beautiful kit to make my very own version of the gorgeous cushion covers that JK has been sewing up recently and that I've swooned over and a squishy cushion to cover with it! To top this magnificent array of goodies, there was a little bob containing 24 mini tied lengths of sock yarn with a card ........... A yarny 'Advent' ure to come!' Can you spot it in the photo? Well, my squeal of excitement was pretty loud! The message was pretty clear! I would be the lucky recipient of one of the 'must have', hard to get hold of, Opal Advent calendars. Twenty-four exquisite mini skeins to tempt the twitchy knitty fingers. Twenty-four unseen little windows of loveliness. I CAN'T WAIT!


These beauties arrived too. Such soft, pretty colours and shapes. They never last long enough for my liking though.



I've been knocking on with my 'Guernsey' sweater. Progress is quite slow with the fine four-ply yarn, but I'm enjoying the relaxing quantities of stocking stitch that make for very therapeutic knitting after a day at school. I'm just hanging on in now for the holidays to begin!

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

WHAT'S IN THE BAG?


It's been a busy week, as usual, chez Snoops' and the weekend has also vanished before I had really noticed that it had even started! Yesterday morning dawned warm and sunny, so I accompanied Mr Snoops to the Park Run. He ran, I watched!!! I love waiting in this spot, with Oscar too of course, as you can watch all the runners pass over the bridge three times in all. It's also a really great sun trap in the early morning.


I have three current projects on the go, apart from two blankets which will be ongoing for ever and a day. I am itching with startitis at present, but have so far managed to curb the compulsion until these three project bags are EMPTY! That means rather a lot of knitting needing to be done.


I'm loving this Regia sock yarn and have managed to work the heel using Magic Loop this time. For the first pair I made using this method, I switched to DPNs for the heel. Not sure why, as it's pretty easy to manage on the loop. The rest of the foot will be in the navy blue. Cute!


These Helen socks have been hanging around for way too long. I love the pattern and I love the yarn, so I just need to pay them some attention!


This little beauty is getting most of the attention at present. It's a reading, pretty straightforward knit; just perfect for school nights, when my brain is tired! As it's in 4ply, progress is quite slow, but the back is almost finished and that's enough to spur me on.

Don't expect to call back next week and find I've managed to empty those bags. That would be nothing short of miraculous, although after the awful week in British politics that has had to be endured I feel like I need to book myself in to a knitting retreat for a week!


We're not great gardeners, but with the large amounts of sunshine followed by plenty of rain last week, everything seems to be doing pretty well. All except the poor roses, that had come into magnificent bloom just as the storms arrived to decimate them. I know there'll be more!





That's about it from my little corner of Bogland. See you next week! 


Sunday, 19 June 2016

WIPs...........


It's been a busy week, but there has been a little bit off needle action. The socks are totally addictive, being stripes, as it's always a case of just finishing one colour to see what the next one is. It's a kind of secret knitting, as the colours are hidden away inside the ball of Regia 'Pairperfect' yarn. A fun knit, but I'm saving them for car journeys!


So, as another birthday looms, it seems right that I should bring this gorgeous sweater out of hibernation. The yarn was bought with a gift voucher from two of my children for my last birthday. I always seem to start sweaters with great enthusiasm, but it never lasts and before long the poor thing is thrown into the dim dark hibernation chamber.


I must say, I'm very glad to be enjoying this one again and am determined to keep going until it's done. The yarn is Debbie Bliss's 'Fine Donegal'. It's 95% wool and 5% cashmere. I love the pretty colour way, which makes up for the thick-thin nature of these tweedy yarns. The pattern is 'Guernsey', also by Debbi Bliss. The above photo is at rather a misleading angle, as it actually shows the start of the chest patterning.


It has an attractive Guernsey-style ribbing too. Yes, I'm enjoying this one now! Just need to get some planning done and then I should be able to manage another few cos this evening :-)


This morning we wandered down into the city centre for a Sunday morning coffee and  a stroll around the Food Festival. It takes place every year and includes a Norfolk's 'Best Banger' competition. You get to sample the sausage delights from eight Norfolk butchers, before selecting and submitting your chosen favourite. Of course Oscar wanted to have his say too! ;-)

I snapped this beauty as we left the house. The warm weather has brought many of our fragrant roses into bloom. The smell is simply wonderful!


That's about it for now; wishing you a good week one and all!



Sunday, 12 June 2016

MAGIC LOOP....


These have to be some of the the cutest I've made. I just love the pretty colours! Yes, I know they are the easiest of easy, but I used Magic Loop for the first time, which I have to say will most definitely now be my first choice method for plain socks. I also tried to use the Continental method, but I have to say, I don't think it will become a favourite.

It's been a knitting free zone this weekend, as I have been to London to stay with my youngest daughter for the weekend and have some fun!

We set off for `borough Market nice and early to beat the crowds and enjoyed a lovely hour browsing and sampling the yummy food offerings to be had. Everything looked so fresh and appetising! I bought a piece of the Drunk Cheese ( last pic) for Mr Snoops. It's really delicious!


We walked along the South Bank on Saturday morning and by chance happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch the Red Arrows flying over for the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. We had a perfect view!


We spent the rest of Saturday on and around the South Bank, doing what we do best.... mooching, coffee drinking, book shop and gallery browsing, people watching and generally enjoying each other's company! 


Our entertainment for the evening was provided by Femi Kuti at the Royal Festival Hall. He and his band and dancers were performing as part of the Guy Garvey 'Meltdown' festival. I love Afro beat music and we were not disappointed. It was brilliant!

Today, we spent time at the local garden centre, picking up some plants to make the younger Miss Snoops' garden look lovely! Who'd have thought she would have been interested in using her precious 'time' selecting and planting flowers! :-)

All in all it's been a really lovely weekend. I love family time!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

HALF-TERM DONE AND DUSTED........



Good evening! So sorry to have missed you last week, but I have been away for the half-term holiday visiting our children and grand children. We've had a thoroughly lovely nine days, with plenty of cuddles, trips to the park, ice-creams and fun! The weather has been superb with glorious sunshine for almost the entire time. It makes such a difference!

Not much knitting has taken place, except for some sock progress during the car journeys and managing to get a move on and finish Evie's hoodie, so that we could leave it with her. 


The pattern is 'Jake Hoodie' by Martin Storey and it works brilliantly. It's a super easy knit, with the only downside being the picking up stitches for the rather tedious neck and hood band. But it all seems to work out nicely and the fit is just perfect. I used some Rowan 'milk cotton DK' that I bought several years ago in a John Lewis sale. I'm not a great fan of knitting with cotton, but it is perfect for a summer hoodie and washes and wears very well.


I've managed a small amount of progress on my first attempt at Magic Loop and Continental Knitting. This is a little knit along practice challenge with Josiekitten, although I seem to be lagging behind by one whole sock! I'm totally smitten with the Magic Loop method and now wonder why I've not attempted this before. It's so much quicker than using DPNs and there's no chance of loosing your needle down the side of the car seat. However, the continental knitting method has not taken off quite as quickly. I have practised using it on my sock, but only intermittently as I'm too impatient!


Not too bad for a first attempt! I'm loving the gorgeous Fruit Gum colour way of the Opal Yarn. Just scrummy!


On my arrival home,  a squishy parcel of sock yarn goodness was waiting for me. I've spotted these gorgeous yarns and the lovely socks made from them  several times on Instagram and Revelry and decided I needed to give them a go. Postage was free for three balls, so three pairs it is then! ;-) I'm sure Mr Snoops will be the recipient of one these yummy pairs.

Right, now time to sort out what I am supposed to be doing tomorrow at school!