Sunday, 23 August 2015


It's been a really lovely summer holiday, with good weather more often than not and plenty of trips, visits and visitors to keep us busy. As promised, here are a few shots from our time in Pickering and the surrounding area. We had beautiful weather and lots of little people to have fun with for the first week and then peace and quiet for the second. It was a lovely, lovely chunk of family time and time of relaxation and leisure. Priceless!

All too soon, the start of the new school year looms with a new class, a whole host of new challenges and exciting projects to resource and plan. I've made a point of sitting in the sun to knit this morning, as my head starts to be filled with 'school stuff'. I started a little cotton hooded card for Evie at the start of the summer, but have done very little on it. My aim is to complete it by next weekend!

It's a very simple knit, requiring no brain power which is just perfect! The colour is a much softer and lighter shade than my photo implies. I tried several times to get a better colour match but with no success. The back and one front are complete, so it's a possible time scale for completion.

Sunday, 16 August 2015


I'm back from a really lovely two weeks in North Yorkshire. Apart from the 'travelling there' day and the 'travelling home ' day, we had really good weather too, so plenty of time on the beach. I'll post some holiday pics later in the week. This is where we were this morning.

Today, saw another glorious morning here in Norfolk and we made the most of our local area with a walk around the lake. This has to be Oscar's favourite place (apart from the seaside, of course) and after a two week break he was eager to have some homegrown fun!

It's looking to be a good year for blackberries, with hundreds almost ready to be turned into scrummy blackberry and apple pies. There are many, many bushes full around the lake. We just need to remember a bag to put some in.

My knitting output has been poor, but I have managed a couple of pairs of baby socks which are a special gift!

They are quick and easy, using 'My First Regia' sock yarn and 2.5mm needles. Nice toasty baby toes!

I'm really hoping that this week will see a return to dedicated knitting time. The hols are rapidly slipping away and so I intend to make the most of the time left to get one or two projects finished that have been hanging around for too long. I have a cotton hooded card/jacket for little Evie to complete, along with two pairs of socks (one for Mr Snoops and one for me) and a pretty scarf using a skein of LAST year's Fibre East haul!

So, I'd better go and get a move on. Pop back later in the week so a few shots from our family time in Yorkshire.

Sunday, 26 July 2015


Josiekitten and I had a fabulous day out on Saturday at Fibre East in Bedfordshire. The weather had threatened to be wet and windy, but an hour or so into our journey, the sun came out and stayed with us all day. There was an excellent selection of exhibitors, selling a vast array of yarny goodness and accessories. Spinners, dyers, knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters were all well catered for and if you felt the need to add to an already time consuming list of hobbies, you could have a 'try out'.  Hmm! I don't think I need another add on! I think the photos speak for themselves.

A few purchases were made, but I have yet to photograph, so pop back next time to see my goodies. 

Monday, 20 July 2015


Well, it's been a truly spectacular weekend here in the Snoopydog household, with a long awaited trip to the Latitude Festival. We had a really great time with our youngest daughter, her partner and one of her friends. The weather was just perfect, the company wonderful and the entertainment amazing.

It's so much more than just a music festivals, with dance, drama, poetry, literature, movies, comedy and cabaret. It's set on the beautiful Henham Estate, just over the border in Suffolk and has a wealth of entertainment for the whole family. We packed in as much as we could and discovered new bands with new music to enjoy.

Pink, green and blue sheep; no need to dye your yarn!

The beautiful Waterfront setting for Rambert's 'Rooster'.

Comedy fun.

Our favourite.... the BBC Radio 6 Music tent! We didn't know what to expect, but late night 'Catfish and the Bottlemen' followed by 'The Vaccines' blew us away!

The 'Obelisk' main stage where we listened to 'Badly Drawn Boy' (loved!),  Laura Marling (just okay), Lianne da Havas (amazing), James Blake (take him or leave him) and Portishead (okay).

Michael Rosen was superb! His eye on education and childhood doesn't miss a trick. I felt immensely lucky to spend an hour in his company.

We had such a good time right into the latest hours of the night.

Followed by a wonderful trip to the coast on Sunday....

.... Holkham and Wells!

A really fabulous weekend!

Sunday, 5 July 2015


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


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


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!