Sunday, 11 April 2010


 Good evening...... albeit rather late evening for some! We arrived in Pickering, North Yorkshire, on Friday and so far have had superbly pleasant weather. Long may it continue! A six hour journey (including puppy and human 'comfort' breaks) meant plenty of captive knitting time!!

I have finally managed to complete my 'It's Getting Warmer' socks. I love the pattern,  Charade, a free Ravelry download and the Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball is very colourful,  BUT... I think it's going to felt fairly quickly. It's got that kind of fuzzy halo around it. Also, the colour repeat didn't happen! I made two socks and they actually look quite different. One has rather tweedy looking colours and the other has purer colours. Both look great, but they look like they are each missing their true love! Can you see what I mean?

I've found time to start a couple of new projects too. More socks! I just LOVE knitting socks!

The yarn is Trekking XXL left over from the baby Rainbow jacket. The pattern, Primavera, asked for two 100g balls, but the jacket only took one and a teeny, tiny bit of the second. So, I 'm hoping for a pair of socks and  some left over for my 'Sock Yarn Blankie' too. Now that's economical use of yarn! Here they are so far...

I've also started to make a sweater, using the Manos del Uruguay 'Silk Blend' that I received as a Christmas gift from Mr Snoopydog. I spent a long time trying to find a suitable pattern, ending up with 'Artist', a Manos pattern. 

I like the detail on the sleeve....

 We've had a lovely few days so far, relaxing and taking life at a slow, slow pace. Just great! Today, our son and daughter-in-law, along with Scott the dog, and our eldest daughter and her boyfriend, came to spend the day with us. It was so good  to spend some quality time together, relaxing in the sunshine and catching up, before heading off for Sunday lunch at the 'Fox and Rabbit', just outside Pickering, on the edge of Dolby Forest. These kind of days are priceless! Oscar and his big bro Scott had some 'quality' time together too :) 



Yep! We're having a great Easter break! 
I'll leave you with a few sunset pics, taken this evening from Pickering castle mound....


And what about this one... taken half an hour later from just outside our cottage! Odd, but I like it!

Sometimes, you just need to step back and take time to think about what really matters in life for you. For me, its ......... family, friendship, natural beauty..................... and KNITTING! :)X
Have a great week!


cmv said...

my goodness- how did oscar get so big already?! wow!
your socks are just so bright and cheery and that sweater pattern looks lovely- that manos must be so scrumptious. beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

kate said...

Love the dog pictures, so cute!! North Yorkshire is such a lovely area, lucky you!

I'm knitting Primavera right now as well, but yours are more colourful.

Have a wonderful break.

melissa said...

ooooh! i just love that first picture!!
what a wonderful rainbow you've been knitting up over there!
enjoy your break!!

Kathy said...

Love your socks! Just the thing to cheer you up on a gloomy day!

Those dogs are mighty handsome and very photogenic!!!! I bet they have lots of fun together ... labs are like big, bouncy children - they just love to play!
Have a great time in Yorkshire.
Love Kathy xxx

Karin said...

The socks are beautiful.

Don't mind their difference, it's funny actually!
(which law tells us to wear identical socks? Hahahaaa)

Have a nice break!

~X~ Karin

Viknits said...

Ooooooh I LOVE labradors (we're a lab-crazy family), they're just gorgeous with such fantastic funny personalities! Loved the sunset photos - it looks lovely where you are. Your day sounds like my ideal day too - family, pub lunch, knitting, sunset, dogs.....

Oh I love the socks - both pairs (the Zauberball pair look really different to me), and Manos will make a lovely sweater. I recently saw someone wearing one and (geekily) instantly recognised it as Manos, and it felt and looked really good.
Vikki xx

josiekitten said...

Looks like you are having a good time! How weird are those Zauberball socks?!

Jenny said...

Sunshine and sock knitting make for the perfect holiday, throw in a dog or two and you have everything. Looks wonderful, so glad you found time to show us.

Tracy said...

Oh, how beautiful it is there! Look at those skies.. So glad you are having a wonderful time in Yorkshire, Ros! Those rainbow socks are such fun--so cheerful for happy feet. And the cable detail on the sleeves of the jumper is so lovely--the subtle green wool you've chosen is wonderful for this project. So thrilled to see Oscar & Scott... Happy Days to you all in Yorkshire! ((HUGS))

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

Love the socks and they are just right being odd as one's feet are not a perfect match either.
Yorkshire sounds lovely, home of some of my ancestors.
You certainly have been busy with the needles.
Those two handsome lads look like they're enjoying the break too.
Have fun!

Anonymous said...

if that first photo wasn't amazing, which it was, the others are just fantastic!
you really are a superb photographer and crafter.
those boys oscar and scott are melting my heart again xx
they are both so gorgeous!!!
i think lily has got a crush on scott. she adores oscar too of course, but he is not mature like scott.
your socks are wonderful! it's something i've never knitted and have always meant to give it a try... trouble is i don't do patterns very well as am dyslexic and dyspraxic. i wonder if there are any on-line tutorials? must look in to that. anyway, yours are beautiful...the rainbow colours are magic! :o)

wishing you and yours a super-duper week xoxoxox


Maggie and Mitch said...

What gorgeous socks and what a stunning sunset! Your dogs are so handsome!

Julie Harward said...

Hi there...thanks for your visit and kindness. You are a pro at knitting, loved the little sweaters and the bear! Love your beautiful dog too! The picture of the sunset and the tree look a bit like mine...come say hi any time :D

Maria said...

Beautiful yarn and absolutely lovely work. It looks like a good time is being had by all

The Garden Bell said...

Truely stunning pictures to end my night with. Now, I will have sweet dreams for sure. What a great posting today. Love the first one with the sock looking into it. Great composure. And that yarn....well, it's just "Too Die For"

Kate - The Garden Bell

Wyatt said...

Wow! What an artist you are! Great socks, the sweater looks spiffy too. My Mom is all thumbs and paws when it comes to knitting. Barks to Oscar, nice to meet you!

bellaboo said...

Oooh,it all sounds...and looks.. lovely up there in Yorkshire,and the dogs look like they're having a great time!
Enjoy the rest of your holiday...and the knitting!

Bellaboo :0)

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kath said...

Beautiful photos and knitting ... those first socks are a bit off, aren't they? I think I might snitch your idea about the sock wool blankie ...

Mrs Twins said...

Thanks for stopping by today Ros. We are multi taskers! Having to do so much at one time!
Great fun though.
I'm just loving these photos !
Love Suex

Sarah said...

Sounds as if you have all had a lovely Easter break. Shame it has to end!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous socks!! Now I'm off to Ravelry to find them. They are a "must knit"

Love the pups too!