Sunday, 14 March 2010


Helloooooo there! So nice to see you again. What a busy week I've had! Seems like my feet haven't touched the ground at school; soooo many deadlines and meetings, oh and some children to teach :) Anyway, it's meant there has been very little time for knitting or fun, crafty things.

I managed to finish the little baby cardigan that was begun last weekend. It's from the new Debbie Bliss 'eco baby' book. The pattern is very straightforward, knitted in moss stitch with a pretty crocheted edging.

 It's so lovely to be able to get some outside light once more, now the weather has improved. You can even see some shadows!!! Yes, the sun shone today! Hooray!

I have two more small projects lined up to get started on. Josiekitten has made the most adorable 'Rainbow cardigan' using Trekking XXL in  the colourway 'Rainbow'. I just had to make one too! The pattern is free from DROPS DESIGN and is very similar to the Elizabeth Zimmermann 'Baby Surprise' jacket.

 Just look at those beautiful colours!

I've also got ready to begin the Debbie Bliss teddy bear, that I chose the pattern and bought the yarn for, way back last September; the 29th to be precise! I had just had a phone call to say that my son and his wife were expecting their first baby (our first grandchild). Of course, I had to start choosing some patterns straight away, right then, that very minute.  Poor old Ted has been waiting ever since, but his time has come and hopefully he may be able to meet you all next weekend. That's pretty optimistic, so hows about I say that he'll 'try' to pop along in person, but if not then he'll send a representative arm or leg instead! We'll see how we go.

 The pattern is from the Debbie Bliss book 'Simply Baby'. I'm never very good at making the face look right on a knitted toy, but I'll give it a go.

 Oscar has kept us busy too, although that's a very pleasant busy-ness! He's discovered snails and they have hit number 1 spot on his list of favourite foods! Yeuch! He seems capable of sniffing them out of the most obscure locations and can then manage to stay just out of reach, until he has crunched his way through and swallowed in one noisy gulp. Still, I guess it's all added protein  and  he is acting as chief organic pest controller :)

 He's missed this one though! How strange..... this poor little chap is stuck right up there on top of a fast growing daffodil. Will he ever find his way down? Who knows!

Oscar's been out socialising at the water park this week and seems pretty cool with dogs, ducks and humans alike.

 It was so lovely there this morning!

Let's hope for a sunny week!

See you soon.


Jenny said...

I'd love Oscar to come and eat the snails here, he's the organic gardener's answer to the pest problem, wonder if he'd tackle the slugs too. The blue cardigan is beautiful and you have more knitting lined up so I hope you have a good sunny week with lots of crafting time.

josiekitten said...

The little cardigan is so pretty! Have fun knitting the rainbow too! I have just the right buttons for it, if you need some!! Send Oscar up this way too for a spot of snail munching! Have a good week. xxx

melissa said...

oh my - that cardigan is AMAZING!!!!! so delicate and sweet, i love it!

love all the little baby projects you have planned too - that rainbow yarn is fantastic!!

Sarah said...

Oh Oscar! Tasty snails. I had a forest school meeting a while back and the woman running it was telling us about an autistic boy who would crunch snails-if you were not quick enough to stop him!
I sympathise with the deadline thing-school is mad for me at the moment too-though whne isn't it?! I love the rainbow wool and that little jacket is beautiful. Have alovely week!

Maria said...

The baby cardigan is gorgeous. Bet you can't wait to see it on your baby ☺
Loving the rainbow yarn too

cmv said...

oh my goodness that bear is going to be adorable! love the edging on your cardigan too!

Dunappy said...

Oh I love those colors for that Rainbow Cardi! Totally beautiful. That little blue Cardi is lovely as well.

Karin said...

Wow, the blue cardigan is wonderful!

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Love the cardi, such a beautiful shade of blue like the heavenly sky above.
So Oscar has a taste for escargot does he? Such a seasoned palette.I bet he loves the water too.
Can't wait to see the completed teddy. I can tell this shall be a very special grand-baby indeed.
Have a great week.
Susan x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

That cardi is gorgeous and that Teddy will be so sweet when it is finished - I am sure it will be cuddled for years to come when little one arrives :-) Oscar is just so cute !

bellaboo said...

Oh Oscar! Is there some French in you maybe with the snail thing?
Bella will eat anything she can get her paws on..and even worse..well I won't go there,some people might be having their tea while reading this!
Oh the joys of having a dog eh?!
The little jacket is the way.

Bellaboo :o)

Bellaboo :o)

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a beautiful baby cardi! Mom can't wait to see how the handknit teddy comes out! What a lot of fun projects you have!
We've never had a snail to eat before, Oscar. How was it?

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

kate said...

That cardigan is delicious!! Love it.

Oscar should come teach my dog to eat snails, that would be very helpful :)

Mrs Twins said...

This little cardy is really so beautiful. I just love the colour. So fresh looking, its absolutely gorgeous, well done to you !
Hugs and Love Suex

Tracy said...

Hello, Ros! Hello sweet Oscar! :o) We have the occasional snail in the garden... I will save them for Oscar. ;o) The blue baby cardi is simply GORGEOUS--what a little treat that is, and just love the crocheted scalloped border. That blue is scrumptious! LOVE the self-striping much fab knitting you're doing these days! :o) ((HUGS))

Lucy Caitlin Higham said...

Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for your comments. Your knitting is fab and I love the rainbow yarn! Oscar is lovely too!
Lucy xx