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!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

BUSY, BUSY.........


Well hello there. I seem to have been absent without leave for the last couple of weeks. Easter passed  by in a happy blur of Easter egg hunts, basket making, windy beach walking and little people! Knitting didn't really get a look in, so it was a good thing that this gorgeous little cardigan had it's last end sewn in just the very evening before everybody began arriving home.

I had bought the lovely Rowan merino silk yarn last summer in the JL sale, with the plan in mind to make Evie a cardi. Time passed and I realised that if I didn't hurry up and get going on it there wouldn't be sufficient yarn to knit the size she would need. So, just in time and all yarn used, job done!


The pattern is one I've used several times before from Rowan's 'Just Baby' book. I'm a great fan of simple designs and the little rolled collar and edges on this just make my heart sing.


Needless to say, little Evie looked super cute wearing it and loved the colour. It looked great with her blue jeans. 


Last weekend I spent time with the younger Miss Snoops at her flat in London. Amidst all that has gone on over the last couple of months, she has still managed to keep her running going and proudly took up her place on the start line for the 2017 London Marathon. Although she has run several half marathons along with some 5Ks and 10Ks, this was her first full marathon. She finished on top form in a very respectable time of 4hrs 27mins. Of course, being the younger Miss Snoops she now realises she could have made even better time (although she wouldn't have had such a fun time stopping to greet friends, FaceTime her Mama and soak up the wonderful atmosphere etc.) and has already put her entry in for the next one; 'encouraged' by her Runner Bean brother! So, so proud of her!



Oscar enjoyed his walks in Telegraph Hill park and his Mamma enjoyed the stunning views of the City of London.


So, this week has required some '..... and relax' time in the evenings! 


This yummy bundle of Stylecraft Special DK arrived to begin making a blanket for Evie's little brother Isaac. In the wink of an eye he has gone from being a tiny newborn to an almost walking almost one year old and he STILL doesn't own one of Grandma's special blankets! The colour choices were his mum's and now they've arrived neither she nor I are 100% happy with the mix. I can't decide quite what needs to be taken out or added. I've already removed the bright green second along on the top row. I may just get started and see how the colours blend once the ripples start taking shape. However, I must finish his blue hoodie before I allow myself some 'ripple' time


Oscar's been enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend with some lake dipping and tennis ball hunting at our local waterpark. I think it must be his favourite place (apart from an empty beach) as his tail doesn't stop wagging, or his nose sniffing, or his legs running! It makes me so happy!



Bank Holiday weekend also means some new reads for ME! The top two books I have been eagerly awaiting and the bottom one seems to keep popping in booky places as being a great read. Now to decide which to start with.  I LOVE a little pile of newly acquired books!!! Right, a cup of coffee and make my choice!