Friday, 29 August 2014

LAVENDER FIELD GABRIOLAS


I really have got my sock mojo back big time! Loving this pair of Gabriolas, just hot off the needles. The pattern is by Kim Swingles, as detailed here and is a fabulous knit. There is just enough detail to keep the boredom away, but not too much to stop it from being a great travelling companion.


The pretty yarn by Whimzy worked well and I just love how the soft  muted colours work so well together.

Think I'm ready for a little splash of brightness now!!!!!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

OUT AND ABOUT........


I guess boys have to do what boys have to do! But come on Oscar, you're spoiling the shot!!! We've been making the most of the sunshine and the last weeks of holiday. Our north Norfolk coastline would be hard to be beat, in my humble opinion...... wide skies, endless sand and amazing nature. What more could you ask for on a late August afternoon?


When we reach the boardwalk at Holkham, Oscar knows just where to go. He adores the sea and the wide, endless stretches of sand.


There's always time back at the boardwalk for a little bit of cool down time and often some digging, but not today.


One last look before we go!


We stop off on the way back at Morston Quay for a coffee, fresh cockles and deliciously scrummy crab sandwiches. Seaside Heaven!


Then it's on to Wells - next - the - Sea for another walk along the long harbour wall; right to the very end for a stop off at the ice-cream shop. Who we do we stop for? Well, yes, I love ice -cream, but not nearly as much as Oscar.


It's a very pretty little harbour.


Such a beautiful day!


Yesterday, we set off or Whitlingham Broad. It's only about a five minute drive from home and the perfect place for Oscar to run and swim.


It was early evening and despite driving there through pouring rain, by the time we arrived and sat for just a few minutes in the car, that lucky rainbow made way for glorious sunshine!


The storm had well and truly passed!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

TIME TO UNWIND......


Hello! We're just back from fun family times in North Yorkshire. It's been lovely to spend time with our grandchildren and potter around the pretty villages, forests and beaches.


Needless to say, nowhere near the expected amount of knitting got done! I managed to complete a second hoodie for little Evie; just the same pattern and yarn as the purple version that I showed you in my last post. I hurriedly completed it the evening before we came home and forgot to take photos. My dear daughter sent me a couple, but they don't really show the garment in detail. Sorry! :-)


I've also been working on a fab pair of socks. The pattern is 'Gabriola' by the talented Kim Swingles and the yarn is Whimzy Twisted MN. It has a high twist, giving lovely stitch definition and I have to say, I adore the colours!




Just cast the second sock on this afternoon, so hopefully there'll be a pair by the next post.

Right, must dash. Things to do and places to go! See you next week!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

SMOKING NEEDLES........


Here we go, hot off the needles. This is such a sweet little hoodie and a very quick and easy knit too. It's the 'Hooded Kaftan' from Debbie Bliss's 'Ecobaby' book, to keep Evie snuggly. I've made the 6 - 9mths size, using 4 balls. 


I like the fact that the edging is knitted as you go and not afterwards.


I also like the little split sides detail. Baby Cashmerino is one of my favourite yarns for small people projects. It's warm, very soft and washes beautifully.


I've already got some gorgeous bright red lined up for another one!

We are off up to Yorkshire tomorrow for a couple of weeks. We've a few days on our own, before being joined by our family, including Sophie, Jess and Evie and, of course, Scott! I'm hoping to make a quick start on the jodie, so that I complete it before they arrive next Saturday.

As usual, I'm taking way too many projects: I'll certainly need smoking needles to complete them all!!! However, a girl needs to have choice. I like some easy knitting for the car, socks for anytime and something a little more challenging. Think I'd better go and do some yarn-winding and project bag choosing!

Monday, 28 July 2014

FIBRE EAST 2014


Come feast your eyes on these little beauties. Aren't they just perfectly delicious? Well, read on as they are just a taster for the wonders of Fibre East that are to come. Josiekitten and I had a fabulous day there yesterday. We always have a fun day out when we get together and plenty of yarn, sunshine and catching up to be done made sure the day was just perfect. 

The five 50g skeins are from the Natural Dye Studio, one of my favourite UK dyers. Amanda's yarns are all dyed using historical natural dyes, with wonderful colours being produced. I bought the kit to crochet the very pretty Plankton Scarf that you can see illustrated in the two photos below. Sorry, the 'fab five'  are looking way too dark in the shady photo below!


The making of this little beauty will be a massive challenge, as my crocheting skills are not as 'brilliant' as my knitting ones! It's good to broaden your skills and the summer holidays seemed like the perfect time to get grips with a new, tricky project.


Here you can see the complete spoils for the day. I made very discerning purchases, I have to say, as the choice of vendors was vast. I have total love for everything I bought!


The skeins below caught my eye; gorgeous yarn, fabulous colours and expert dyeing. The top yarn is 'Dandy' from the boys at Easyknits; another of my favourites. It's 100% Blue Faced Leicester and the colour way is Grape Crush. It will become a lightweight scarf or socks!

Second down from the top is a skein of yummy 60% merino, 20% yak, 20% silk in 'deep violet' SOCK 4ply by Debonnaire; not a dyer I have used before, but the yarn looks and feels just gorgeous.

Next down is the very pretty skein of Twisted MN in colour way Lavender Fields. It's an 80%, merino, 20% nylon mix which is definitely destined to become socks, as the nylon does make them very hardwearing. Sometimes though, yarn love overrides sense, as in the case of the beautiful Easyknits skein that I just know will become socks 'from the heart'! The Twiste MN is from 'Whimzy', home of the fabulous Sokkusu yarns (another favourite).

Last, but definitely not least, is the wonderful skein of Natural Dye Studio (again) Dazzling 4 ply. It's the most dazzling yarn you could ever wish to meet; a mix of 55% Blue Faced Leicester and 45% silk, so incredibly soft. The Haddan River colour way is to 'dye' for! This was almost certainly become a small scarf.


GREAT YARN LOVE!!!!!! Then there's a little bit of doggy love thrown in too. See that cute little sausage dog kit. The kit is by Sue Stratford and contains everything you need to make the 'mini sausage dog in a box' keyring. Cute eh? I could see great potential for grandkid stocking fillers, minus the keychain.


I fell in love with pretty little buttons too, which will liven up a solid colour Evie jumper. I just couldn't resist the gorgeously crafted crochet hook in a perfect size 3, all ready to begin the Plankton Scarf project. The other plainer, but still pretty hook is a back-up! ;-)

So, not a bad haul. We did make two complete circuits in order to sniff out the most desirable and purchase-worthy goodies. I think I succeeded admirably!

Think I'll leave you with a photographic wander around Fibre East 2014 ........ ENJOY!





Sunday, 20 July 2014

FRIENDSHIP AND GOODIES!


Oh look at that beautiful pottery yarn bowl, made by Wendy Fowler. It's just perfect, with little holes to rest your needles when you leave your knitting in the bowl and even matching yarn! Well you see, I had a visitor on Saturday: my dear friend Helen (Josiekitten) came to visit bearing, cakes flowers and birthday gifts! As you can see, she knows me very well and has been very generous.

Those gorgeous skeins have already made their home in the roomy bowl. In the foreground is a beautiful skein of Fyberspates Nef Sock; unbelievably soft and such a pretty shade. It's 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk and 10% cashmere. I suspect it will make a snuggly neck warmer rather than toasty socks. Hiding behind is a skein of Eden Cottage Yarns BFL sock in a lovely soft grey. It's 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool.  


Heavenly hands come in the form a Lo-Lo Bar, all the way from America, but worth every travel mile! It's just the best hand moisturiser ever and ensures no snaggy yarn from rough or chapped hands. It also smells absolutely divine: Vanilla Moon is my favourite!


Next up is one of the loveliest project bags from Three Bags Full. Michele's bags are just the best ever! This one is a Valet, with plenty of space to hold a sweater project. Such a cute design!


As dear Josiekitten knows, the lining is also of the utmost importance and this one is just purrfect!


It's finished of with a beautiful glass bead on the zip pull and a sturdy carrying strap.


There were also some really lovely 'yarn' cards which will be very useful for swaps etc. and a cute little needle gauge; not forgetting those gorgeous flowers. I was well and truly spoiled and we had a lovely couple of hours sitting in the garden and catching up. 

Oscar is always pleased when his 'Aunty' Helen comes to visit and rushes to find his smelliest toy, usually a stinky pheasant, to present her with. Yesterday was no exception, except that we had Scott, Oscar's half brother, staying for a few days whilst his humans (our son, daughter-in-law, little Sophie and little Jess) were at the Latitude festival. Scott was NOT pleased to see her and did NOT bring a stinky offering. He DID bark and grumble for almost the entirety of her visit. Now I know she's not really a doggy fan and I know Scotty is definitely NOT a cat fan, so my reckoning is that Scott could smell dear Flo (Josiekitten's beautiful pussycat) and decided to get the point across that cat smells were not allowed!!!! ;-)


The postie came calling as well this week, with the first instalment of Anne Hanson'e Purple Passion club yarn. You can read all about the yarn on the label above. It really is a very rare cotton and although it can look brown or even deep red in some lights, it really is the most lovely, subtle, earthy purple. I loved the pattern too, but as I am not a triangular shawl wearer, this pretty cotton will become Wandering Thyme.


At long, long last the final three days of this academic year are almost upon us and on Wednesday we finish for six glorious weeks of rest, recuperation and fun..... lots of knitting and a bit of spinning too.

Next Saturday, Josiekitten and I will be heading off to Fibre East for the day, so come back next Sunday for a round up of all the latest news!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

CHEEKY CHAPPIE!


No knitting this week, as we've had family staying (baby Evie - smile, smile!) and I've had loads of end of year school stuff to get done. However, thought you might like to see this cheeky chappie, who is costing me a small fortune in sunflower hearts!!! He comes twice, sometimes three times, a day to feed and has got so brazen that he is no longer scared by my getting closer to snap a photo of him.


He seems to be able to eat an unusually large amount before quickly disappearing into the Magnolia tree; presumably to let his meal digest and take a nap!!!