Sunday, 18 January 2015

STEAMING AHEAD....


There's nothing like the cold, frosty winter evenings and weekends, with the log burner roaring away,  to get me settled in for a bit of worthwhile 'knitting space'.

Having enjoyed making the 'Seaside Ripples Blanket' so much, I needed another quick fix of relaxing, destressing colour goodness to get my hook into. This next venture is the 'Cosy Stripe Blanket'; another bit of clever colour play from Lucy over at Attic24.


I'm already in love with the warmth generated by the gorgeous colour mix and the easy, but very satisfying pattern; consisting solely of trebles. Just perfect relaxation! Steaming ahead!


This has been a the weekend of new beginnings that I didn't have time for a couple of weeks ago at the real start to 2015. Having wound up the little sweater for Jess, I felt free to think about some new 'cast -ons'. I've learnt the hard way, that having too many WIPs on the needles is not a good plan, so apart from my longterm 'Sock Yarn Blankie' ( shown below), I try to have no more than three projects on the go at any one time.



I had wound this amazingly beautiful yarn several months ago now,  to make socks, but had second thoughts this weekend as there is no nylon content to strengthen the fabric, so it's not really ideal for socks! Just look at those beautiful shades........ just the best colour combo (well, one of them!).



Instead, I have cast on Anne Hanson's 'Crooked Little Scarf'; a pattern that I have been wanting to knit for a while.


I'll tell you more about the gorgeous project bag next time, when I will also be able to show you the start of some fabulously lovely socks.

Right better go and cast on!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

FROZEN...... in time!


Well hello! It's good to be back. I very rarely desert my little bit of bloggy heaven for quite so long, but Christmas chez Snoopydog was  a very busy affair this year. Busy in a good way, with our family arriving at different times, along with grandchildren and carloads of 'essentials' if you have little ones!

We survived and had a very lovely time, with walks, games, trips to the cinema and just generally enjoying each other's company.


I managed to complete this little sweater for Sophie intake for Christmas. I called it her Elsa ( from  Frozen) sweater, so that she would approve of the colourway and want to wear it. Sophie is a very 'pink' little girl! As it happens, she seemed to like it very much. The yarn is pretty cheap and cheerful but lovely and soft and a pleasure to work with. It's Sirdar Crofter DK and the pattern is Sirdar Crofter 2256. I picked it up at Fibre East last summer.


I love the simplicity of the little rolled neck and sleeve edges and the set in sleeves. 


I then managed to make an Anna version for little Jess. The fact that I have made two well within four weeks, shows that it really is a quick knit!





I made a cheeky little purchase last week in order to knit one of Kim Swingles' new Playtime sock patterns. Her newly published e-book includes three fab patterns especially designed with variegated yarn in mind. I have a feeling I shall make 'Teeter Totter'.  STR is the recommended yarn and as there seems to be a great big gaping hole in my stash, I felt I needed to go some little way to filling it.... or a the very least, plugging the hole! I love it and know that it will make a fabulous pair of colourful foot warmers.



Looks like two separate skeins doesn't it! Fun!


Right, now lets say goodbye and get on with some new blankie crocheting for an hour or so. Hopefully I'll be able to show you a worthwhile amount of what's being hooked next time. Have a good week!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

CHRISTMAS IS COMING.....


In that case it's time for a little Christmas pressie for moi, don't you! So here we are, all ready for the Christmas holidays and a little spot of Christmas sock knitting. I've been wanting a lovely pair of bright red socks for a long time, so now is the time.

The yarn is one of my favourites for socks, Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in colourway 'poppy'. I think I'm going to knit a second pair of Anne Hanson's Fishbone Gansey Socks. I love the design and the fit of these.

The second skein, also for socks, is Sweet Georgia's 'tough love sock', in colour way 'mulberry'. Looks like there'll be some cosy toes this winter!


The fantabulous 'Unruly Reindeer' Christmas project bag is another of Michele's wonders from Three Bags Full. An irresistible design, especially as it has a red and white spotty interior!

I made a little more knitting time last week, at the expense of school data collecting, but never mind, there'll be time enough to get it all done this week. So, I steamed ahead to complete the second of the pair of Kim Swingle's Roxy Socks . Love this pattern! Loved the pretty yarn too, but this pair are for the elder Ms Snoop's Chrissie parcel.


Hope she likes them!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

AT LAST!...........


At last! I guess that was exactly what Oscar was thinking as he immediately settled down on the completed Seaside Ripples Blanket. I'm sure he thinks it was finished just for him! He has spent many an evening sitting with his head resting on its snuggly ripples, as I worked away.


Well sorry boy, but it's for little Evie!


It's been a total pleasure to make. I have loved every moment spent with the ripply goodness. The rhythm of the stitches and the luscious colour striping have made it's making pass most contentedly.

The colours in the photos really do not do this beauty justice, but I fear there won't be any better light for the next few days, so I've gone with it. I used the pack of yarns put together by Lucy at Attic 24 and used the included colour order. I love it!


Now I just need to get on and complete these little beauties for the elder Miss Snoops. Such happy yarn!


It's another busy week at school with Christmas activities and lots of work completion. I'm definitely ready for a break!

Monday, 1 December 2014

YARN, YARN, YARN......














Well, there's not been n awful lot of knitting or crocheting going on chez Snoops' this last week or two. It's been mega busy, both at school and at home. But, I must drop by to show you some scrummy new yarns that have come my way. 

First up is the November instalment of Knitspot's 'Purple Passion Club'. It's a gorgeous 4ply sock yarn; a 75% Corriedale and 25% nylon mix. Such gorgeous colours!


 Much of the home busy....ness of the last couple of weeks, has been down to the younger `Miss Snoops arriving back home after working and travelling abroad for the last nine months. It's really good to have back in the UK. After a week at home, she has now relocated back to London, where she is based.


She brought me two lovely skeins of New Zealand reared and dyed yarn. Above and below are photos of the gorgeous 4ply merino. I love the colour mix!


Then there is this little beauty; a mix of merino and possum. This yarn never looks amazing until it has been worked and then washed. A magical transformation then takes place as it just blooms! I can't wait to use it. It will probably become a warm and cosy cowl!


I have had a few quite moments when I've picked up my needles or hook, so hopefully there will be a finished and edged Seaside Blanket to show you next time and maybe a pair of completed 'Mind the Gap' socks for the elder Miss Snoops. Fingers crossed!

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!