Sunday, 5 July 2015

THE BIG 60!


It's one that has to come, but I feel sure there must be some mistake. I really don't know where the time has gone and certainly feel that old! Anyway, just to assure me that I am, I received a very scrummy courgette and dark chocolate cake from an old friend. Yum! Cake too from my great pal Helen (Josiekitten), my favourite Millionaire's Shortbread. Yum! Yum!



Flowers too!


Especially good was a visit from from my lovely friend. We had a good old catch up and as always I was spoilt with lovely carefully chosen gifts.


There was a lovely Three Bags Full bag and a beautiful skein of cashsilk lace from Sweet Georgia Yarns. This yarn just has to be one of favourites; it's so, so warm and lovely to knit with. It will become an 'Almost Ovals' scarf.


Then there were some cute little 'Anyone for Tennis' stitch markers and a useful needle gauge (the numbers won't rub off this one!) and last but not least a very beautiful glass 'wish stick' made by Cornish glass designer, Jo Downs. What a lucky girl I am!

Not much longer to go now before the end of term, when hopefully my knitting rate will pick up. Let's hope so!

Monday, 29 June 2015

ABSENCE MAKES.........


Well, they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I'm not so sure how true that is, but I have missed being here to share the many little moments in the life of Snoops. It's been a busy time over the last couple of weeks, as there is a huge amount of end of year paperwork to be completed at school as well as end of placement assessments to be written and collated for the student teacher who has been working in my classroom over the last few weeks.

Factor into the mix  a couple of very busy weekends and you can see why I have not been around.


The weekend before last, little Evie came to play for the weekend, with her Mum and Dad too, of course. She is the cutest little 'garden gnome' ever and the most helpful! 


This weekend found me in Islington, London, visiting the younger Miss Snoops. She is desperate to buy her first property, but finding the perfect pad in London is not too easy. So, after pulling out of one after a poor structural survey, she is back on the hunt. We went along to view a beautiful two bedroomed flat in a converted Victorian house and an offer was duly made. Fingers crossed! 


I was a very spoilt Snoops, as I was told to come expecting to take part in a pre-birthday 'activity': it's my birthday next Sunday! To my utter delight I found myself at the door of the Queen's Theatre, being quickly ushered into our seats just in time for the curtain to go up on a stunning performance of 'Les Miserables'. It was just completely fantastic! I've longed to see this show live for many a year. With a scrummy Sunday lunch, a stroll along Upper Street and afternoon refreshments in Camden Passage thrown in, I felt beautifully relaxed.

We had some lovely 'mum and daughter' time. It's so good to get away for the weekend every now and then, as it always makes the weekend seem so much longer. Sadly, knitting didn't get a look in!!

Sunday, 14 June 2015

SUMMER CAST-ON....


Well, I finished my last report this morning, whilst waiting for the drizzly rain to stop. It's such a good feeling to have them out of my head. I still need to read them through to check for any errors that I've missed, but that's an easy task that does not require any brain power.

I needed something new to cast on as a reward and although the yarn doesn't look very attractive in the photo, I am more than happy with my choice. I bought the yarn a long while ago in a John Lewis sale for £1.25 per 50g ball. Bargain! It's a very pretty grape colour and will suit little Evie very well. It's Rowan Milk Cotton DK and is gorgeously soft to work with, if a bit split (as cotton always is).


I've decided to make a summer hooded cardigan which will hopefully be finished before we all go up to Yorkshire at the start of the summer holidays. It's a very simple pattern, with stitches picked up and cast on for the hood and with the button border stitches picked up once the garment has been sewn together. It will be perfect for cooler evenings or windy days at the coast.

The pattern is 'Jake Hoodie' from Rowan's 'The Milk Cotton Baby Collection'. Happy knitting Snoops! The first I've done in two whole weeks!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN A DAY.....


Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! What, NO KNITTING! No, absolutely no knitting for one whole week! Not one teeny tiny stitch was knit, purled, cast on or cast off. Not one pretty Three Bags Full bag was lovingly opened and not one scrummy skein was fondled and admired. But........... nineteen out of twenty-nine reports were written! Yay! So, that leaves me with a mere ten more to go and then I'm FREE! So, it's another week evening grind to get the job done.

It's been such a glorious weekend though and no reports have been written over the last two days, but lots of jobs have been caught up on and a quick stroll around the lake has been enjoyed, with a stop off for lunch!

There just aren't enough hours in a day, to be sure!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

HALF-TERM FUN!



As you can see, half-term has been very busy and lots of fun! I'll let the pictures do the talking. There has been very little time for knitting, although I have made a tiny bit of progress on the 'Tiddlywink Socks' that I started on the train to London a couple of weeks ago. I always like having a very plain pair on the go that can be worked on whilst travelling, chatting or T.V. watching. I quite like how the Opal yarn is working out.



I'd like to think that one of these foot warmers might be complete by next weekend, but with school reports to be done, I think progress will be slow, slow, slow.

Have a good week! Let's hope the sun shines!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

I Knit Fandango


Josiekitten and I had a wonderful day in London yesterday, at the 'I Knit Fandango' in London. The sun shone bright and clear, the company was good and the yarn was truly scrumtious! I'll let the photos do the talking.


The Royal Agricultural Halls' Lindley Hall was filled with light through the beautiful glass panes in the roof. So much natural light flooding through that the hall was ablaze with colour! Wonderful!


So many great dyers displaying their wares that it was hard to choose essential purchases!

So much choice, including Wollmeise with Claudia's beautiful colours and the fabulous dyeing of the EasyKnits boys!
Here's my small, very restrained, haul.....


The first skein is 'ohemgee' from Easyknits, in colour way Tuti. Such pretty colours and perfect for socks. The next two 150g skeins are both Wollmeise Blend. These two are both destined to become scarves. Finally, the midnight blue skein with silver stellina is from Debonnaire. My first pair of socks with sparkles!

All in all, we had a brilliant day, with a lovely long walk there and back from Liverpool Street Station, along the Embankment and taking in the sights as we strolled.

Here are a few shots of our 'tourist' part of the day!


 Big Ben's golden summit!


The London Eye


Westminster Abbey

  
Big Ben and London Bus!


St. Paul's


The Royal Exchange


Looking up in Old Broad Street!

I was about to say, 'Let's do it again soon!', but it won't be long before we are off to 'Fibre East' for our next feast of fibre goodness. Just the last half - term of the school year to get through!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

HELLO SUNSHINE!


After a fairly busy weekend, a little Sunday afternoon relaxation in the garden was called for. I had hoped to complete the first of may latest pair of 'Roger Socks', but a good book interrupted my good intentions.

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist has recently been announced and there were three  of my favourite authors included: Ali Smith, Anne Tyler and Sarah Waters. However, the one that really caught my eye was 'The Bees' by Laline Paull. It's her first  novel and so far (Chapter 3), I'm hooked!

The story is set in a beehive and explores the terrifying hierarchical structure of the beehive colony. It's the story of Flora who, despite being born into the lowest echelon of bee society, manages to change her destiny and her world, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival. 


So lovely to sit in the warm sunshine, at last!







Let's hope it's here to stay for a while!