Sunday, 2 March 2014
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Hello there! I can't believe how quickly the week has gone. No sooner has half-term just begun than it's over! It has been a great week though. As you can see, I managed a little knitting, in between Evie cuddles and trips out and about.
It's Baby Kina made using some Millamia soft merino in colourway 'bluebell'. It's a very pretty lilac-blue, even though the poor light makes it appear grey. It's a simple, top-down pattern; knit in one piece with just the sleeve seams to stitch. The pattern is well written and very simple! Perfect TV knitting.
The week began with a trip to Islington to collect the younger Miss Snoops and her belongings from Islington. She then flew out to Singapore on Wednesday for six months, to complete her overseas final trainee seat before she qualifies. She then plans to take a three month sabbatical to travel through Asia, before returning to London as a qualified lawyer. I shall miss her, even though she is only a Skype call away. She has already kept us entertained with a myriad of photos and I'm sure she'll have plenty of fun alongside all the hard work.
We ate here, on Upper Street in Islington. The food is absolutely delicious!
The weather was glorious, so we made the most of a stroll along the Thames and a bit of retail therapy before loading the car.
Our eldest daughter and her husband came to stay with little Evie for the week. It was so, so lovely to have them for a whole week, all to ourselves. Evie is absolutely beautiful .....
We had plenty of walks and cuddles, a little bit of spoiling, visits from friends and lots of fun. When the sun shone we went out and about.
We bumped into Mr and Mrs Josiekitten at one of our favourite little tea shop on the North Norfolk coast. Great minds and all that!
Oscar had just buried his tennis ball for about the hundredth time!
What a lovely week!
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Well just take a look at this! They have been out for about a week now, but I have only just managed to take a photo. I love these first signs that Spring is not so far away. We have bulbs shooting too! Hooray!
I knuckled down on Monday and Tuesday evenings this week to complete my Monkey Bread Infinity Scarf. I LOVE it!
It didn't even get a blocking, as I just HAD to wear it; not very elegantly in the photo....... I was just too desperate to get it on! It is just the warmest thing to ever have around your neck. Just what is needed for the horrid English weather that we are experiencing at the moment.
My pal Josiekitten made two pairs of these cute little socks for baby Evie. Evie and her mum (my eldest daughter) bot agree that they are the cosiest baby footwear ever and the most fun! The ribbing does indeed stop the little socks from slipping off those cute little baby toes. I just had to make some more, as the gorgeous 'My First Regia' yarn comes in so many pretty colours; patterned as well as plain. The pattern is 'Cozy Little Toes' here. Aren't they cute?
School has been 'hell' this week, so it was pleasant light relief to spend last evening at the theatre. Mr Snoops was keen to see Dame Edna Everidge in his show 'Eat, Pray, Laugh!', although I was less so. However, it turned out to be absolutely hilarious! Just what was needed.
Looking forward to run down to half-term, although I have lots of assessments to do and two parent's evenings. At the end though, is the carrot of a heavenly week off and a visit from baby Evie. Can't wait!
Sunday, 2 February 2014
What a lovely afternoon walk we had today. It was a little chilly but oh the sunshine! It was SO good to feel it's very gentle winter warmth upon my face. It's been too long!!!! Oscar enjoyed it too, needless to say. We stopped for a cup of tea at the the little converted barn tea-shop, before heading home. A most pleasant and relaxing stroll!
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Well just take a look at this little beauty! It's been in hiding since a school snow day last year.
It was January 18th 2013 and I sat snuggly by the fire and enjoyed the impromptu excitement of both snow and an unexpected day at home. It was the perfect day to start a warm, woolly infinity scarf. Sadly, it lay untouched for the rest of the year, hiding in the corner awaiting the return of my 'scarf mojo'. Well, it's back! Resurrected on January 18th 2014! This little beauty is flying along and will soon be out and about around my cold winter neck.
It's Anne Hanson's 'Monkey Bread', using the gorgeous 70% mink, 30% cashmere mix from http://www.minkyarn.com. It is the softest, warmest and scrummiest yarn EVER!
It's actually a much deeper purply wine colour than the photos show. The picture below gives a much truer indication of the colour.
I used a provisional cast-on as it's an infinity scarf this time. I have previously made a blue long scarf version which keeps out the coldest of cold winter weather beautifully.
Slightly annoyed (er, that's an understatement!) last night to discover that I had made an error in the cabling and to frog about six inches of my labour!!! Still better that it's correct and taking a little longer, than completed but with an error, even if I'm the only one to notice...... it would still be there!
Maybe I'll be ready to show you next weekend. I also have yarn ready to begin a ripple blanket for Evie, but as always time in the evenings gets gobbled up by mountains of schoolwork.
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Well, these few 'bits and bobs' are ready and waiting to be sent up to Evie. No descriptions needed, as I've used the same patterns as for the last couple of cards and hats.
She is gaining weight beautifully, so these will be the last few teeny-tiny bits. Just as well, as I think I've become ever so slightly addicted to the perfect little patterns. Watch out for something totally different next week!
Sunday, 5 January 2014
Sadly, the Christmas holidays are drawing to close and tomorrow the Spring terms commences, although we have a training day, so no children! It's been a really busy, but wonderful holiday with the safe arrival of little Evie and time spent with our family. I just wish it could go on and on. I need another two weeks now to catch up on knitting hours!!!!!
Making the most of our last day, my dear pal Josiekitten came to visit this morning and we exchanged Christmas gifts and I gave her her belated birthday gift, so a double dip of pressie goodness! I was thoroughly spoilt, as you can see.
There were two of Michelle's wonderful bags; one a Tall Mia and the other a small notions case, containing some very lovely stitch markers, one of which was Snoopy and some trial-size Lo-Lo Bars!
Then there was a skein of Anne Hanson's gorgeous grey Breakfast Blend to knit her Tidal Sands cowl (also gifted) and a beautiful snuggly skein of The Fibre Company's Meadow, a wonderful blend of merino wool, baby llama, silk and linen.
Two absolute beauties. Thank you so much dear pal! I can't wait to get started on them. 2014 is definitely going to be a more productive woolly year than 2013! I've made a good start already, with more teeny-tiny bits for little Evie.....................
.............. a couple more little hats, using up leftovers ............
...... a sweet little red top-down, all in one card.....
............ and another top-down, all in one cardigan, this time in pale lilac. The light has been very poor here today and so the picture is not great. In reality the yarn is a very pretty and definitely not grey, as it appears in the photo. The last one I'm going to knit in this tiny size will be in grey. Both the lilac and grey versions are made using half price Rowan 'wool cotton' from the John Lewis sale. The red version uses Debbie Bliss Rialto, a lovely soft and springy yarn.
I'll leave you with a photo of the perfect model; little Evie, in red!