Sunday, 27 February 2011
Hello there! Thanks for stopping by. It's always such a pleasure to spend a little bit of time with you. I felt sure that you would appreciate a little sneaky view of my button tin, well, one of them! Just look at those fabulous colours! I had quite forgotten how much pleasure a little glance inside this tin gives me. I was on the lookout for some suitable buttons for a little cardigan that I have just begun knitting for Sophie. Do you know, I nearly decided that I had none suitable and would have to make a small button purchase. Luckily, i did manage to find some that will do the job. They're not my perfect choice, but if by using them I refrain from buying more, all will be well. Once I start looking at brightly coloured buttons, there is no stopping me. It's a bit like feasting my eyes on fabulously hand-dyed sock yarn. It just's cries out to come home with me. For now they will do and I will resist the urge to find perfection. What do you think?
Hmmmm, I'm not so sure. Decisions, decisions!
You may well be wondering how this strange-shaped piece of garter stitch knitted fabric can possible become a baby cardi. Well, it does! The piece you can see is one sleeve. I've then cast on for the back section and am increasing at the other end of the needl to form the front. The pattern is a free Drops design and is knitted in two pieces, with a mitred front and joined up the centre back. I've already made a smaller version for Sophie, as you can see in the photo below. This one will be just right for the slightly warmer weather, as a little jacket.
No, I don't think I'm happy with the buttons. I would like three different colours again, smooth, completely plain, non-shiny and round! That's not too much to ask, is it? Buttons aside, these sock yarns are perfect for this kind of garment and non-expensive too. The pattern asks for two 100g balls for this size, but I expect there may well be plenty of the second ball left. I'll make a little hat too and I guess there will still be some spare for a few 'Sock Yarn Blankie' squares for Josiekitten and myself! I'd say that's pretty good use of two balls of sock yarn............................................. FROM STASH!!!
That's all the knitting I've managed since we came home on Tuesday evening. I've been pretty busy with 'house and life' stuff; the knid of things that get left until school holidays and then I have a mighty list to tackle. We did have a day at the coast on Friday. We drove up to Aldeburgh, stopping off at Snape and Orford. It was rather overcast later in the day, but dry and reasonably warm. I just love to be near the sea. Oscar had a great time too!
It's back to school tomorrow. As it's 'World Book Day' on Thursday, we are holding a 'book week' at school. There will be story sessions, library sessions, a 'dressing up as your favourite book character' day, a design a bookmark competition and tomorrow the teachers each have to choose a picture book to share with groups of children from different classes. The children will then have a go at producing a piece artwork for new hall displays. I've mused over what to choose all week. I just couldn't make a decision.
As it was such a beautiful morning, Mr Snoops and I wandered down into the city centre with Oscar, for an al fresco cup of coffee.
I had a quick book shop browse and there it was! The perfect book!
I just love Anthony Browne's books and they are perfect for my intended audience, 7 to 9 year olds (Years 3 and 4). He is the present Children's Laureate. I do own several, but did not have this one. It's about a little boy who worries. His Gran gives him some Guatemalan 'worry people' to help him. All is fine, until he begins to worry about the 'worry people' worrying about his worries. So, he makes them some 'worry people' of their own. I even managed to buy a little set of those very same 'worry people', made in Guatemala. How pleased was I!
Guess what we are going to be doing tomorrow?
Have a fun week!