Saturday, 28 March 2015

Not Knitting Cardigans

Because I'm not knitting any cardigans at the moment, I seem to be getting through my works-in-progress nice and quickly.  What a good feeling!

This week I have cast on for another shawl.  I so loved knitting the ones for my Mum and for Eve that I thought I would make one for myself.

I'm about a quarter of the way through and it's going well.

The pattern is called Ashton Shawlette and it's by Dee O'Keefe - a lovely freebie, my favourite kind of pattern.

The pattern is made up of little leaflets - it'll look a whole lot better when it's blocked!

Here's the pattern picture so you can see what I'm aiming for - isn't it gorgeous.

The photos make my shawl look blue, but it is a dark grey yarn with bits of black in it.  The colourway is anthracite.

I'll try and get a truer colour picture when it's finished. Hopefully it won't be long.  See you next time.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Rosie Posie Granny Bag

As you know, I spend a lot of time over on Pinterest, being inspired and drooling over the lovely pictures of crafty makes.  So much to make, so little time.

Crochet bags have been an attraction for some time - a nice big roomy bag, that will hold everything. I really need one.

In my head I have made several bags and they have all been gorgeous!  But I think it's about time I actually took up the crochet hook and yarn and made a proper start.

I have a rough idea of what I want - it'll be something like a tote bag, with a zip closing.  Other than that, I'll just have to see what happens in terms of size.

I'm crocheting squares, all identical.  I did think about varying the colours but at the moment they're all the same colour.

The pattern I'm using is Sandra Paul's Rosie Posie Grannie Square.

The pattern is beautifully explained and a delight to crochet.  So far I have 7 complete squares, there's a long way to go, but so far so good.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

March Socks

So here we go, the plan is to knit a pair of socks each month for the next twelve months.  And here are the first pair.

These are actually the sixth pair of socks I have ever knitted, and the fourth different pattern used.  They are however, the first pair I have knitted with 4 ply weight yarn.

I thought they would be quite slow to knit but they grew surprisingly fast.  I knitted the two socks simultaneously, no danger of second sock syndrome for me.

I had intended to try and match the stripes so that the socks would be identical but I got my pinky/purple stripes confused so they are out of sequence.  Still, I think it makes them more personal.

The yarn I used is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in the Wood Pigeon colourway.  The colours are lovely and the yarn is so soft.  I would love to knit more socks with this yarn.

The pattern I used was Vanilla Latte.  It's a freebie.  The pattern was well explained in some places but not others, so I was glad I had made other socks previously.  Full details of this project can be found on my Ravelry project page.

I'm hoping now to build on my sock knitting expertise and try new techniques.  There are so many gorgeous patterns out there, I can't wait to cast on for my April socks.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Eve's Birthday Makes

Celebrations are still continuing for Eve's birthday, well you're only 21 once!  Today I thought I'd share with you the things I made for her.

Firstly, because she can't have a birthday without me knitting her something, I made her a shawl.

It was a delight to knit.  I loved the lace pattern.  The colours range from a purple/blue to a rich brown.

The pattern is called Kuura.  You can see full details of the pattern and the lovely yarn I used on my Ravelry page, here.

I also made this mini suitcase from a matchbox for Eve's dolls house.

It's really cute, I might make one for my dolls house next.  The inspiration for this came from Pinterest.

To celebrate her 21 years, I made a booklet with a photo for each of the 21 years.

Finally, you can't have a celebration without some bunting, so I spent a happy afternoon cutting out hearts to decorate the dining room for her birthday.

It was good fun making these presents, and even more enjoyable to give.

And just in case Grace might feel left out, I knitted her some fingerless mittens to match some socks she made herself.  Details on Ravelry, here.

Now that the birthdays are out of the way, I can sit down and plan some "me" knitting.  The sun is shining, the daffodils in the garden are in full bloom and I've got an afternoon of knitting to look forward to. I hope you're having a lovely weekend where ever you are.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Did You See It?

We were lucky to have some breaks in the clouds this morning.  And there it was the partial eclipse.  Oh so beautiful.

I'm so glad we managed to see it (and to capture the images).

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Oh Me Oh My

What a wonderful day we all had yesterday with Eve celebrating her birthday.  It's a lovely feeling at the end of the day, to sit back and be able to say, it was all just so perfect.

As I mentioned, Eve and I had booked to go for afternoon tea in Liverpool.  Eve had chosen an independent teashop called Oh Me Oh My, which we hadn't visited before.  Tucked away in West Africa House, opposite the Liver Building, it didn't look very exciting from the outside.

But inside it was charming, retaining some of the grandeur of a bygone era, with a lovely bright and fresh modern twist.

There was unlimited tea, with six special varieties to choose from.  We started with Champagne and Cassis white tea - and a glass of Prosecco.

The sandwiches and cakes were heavenly.  We were like excitable children, full of wide eyed pleasure.

After our leisurely tea, completed with a refreshing cup of peppermint tea, we wandered down to the water front before returning home.

In the evening, Grace came to stay, lovely to have all the family together for the occasion.

A lovely, memorable, fun day.  Cheers to Eve...

...may your days be filled with many, many lovely memorable and fun moments.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


What a happy day, my lovely Eve is 21 today.

Where have all the years gone?  We've enjoyed them all along the way.

Today we are off the have a fabulous afternoon high tea.  Can't wait.  See you soon.

Monday, 16 March 2015


...good wishes for Mothers Day,  sorry I'm a day late.  I hope that Mums everywhere had a wonderful day, whether they were celebrating Mothers Day or not.  It's always good to make Mums feel appreciated, every day of the year.

Yesterday we drove down to Cambridge and back.  Time to collect Eve at the end of term (doesn't time fly?).  We stopped off at my Mum's for a quick visit on the way.

I knitted her this lacy shawl as a present.  

The pattern was from an old magazine with some modifications.

I loved knitting the lacy pattern and I think it looks really pretty.  The colours in the wool are gorgeous - lovely and fresh.

The reason I've been away from the blog for the last few days is because, having returned from my birthday celebrations in Lincoln, I caught a virus and lost all my energy for several days.

I'm not a good patient!  I hate being inactive.  Thankfully the worst is over now and I can feel my bounce returning.  I need to get back up to speed because it's Eve's 21st birthday this week.  There are some lovely treats planned, so we'll be doing lots of celebrating.  Bye for now.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Thank You Thank You Thank You

Wow, I can't thank you enough for all the wonderful messages I received for my birthday.  I am so grateful to you all.  It made my birthday extra special to hear from so many of you.

I'm leaving the calendar unchanged for a few more days so that I can carry on celebrating.

I had an amazing weekend.  Firstly in Sheffield with Grace and then in Lincoln.

Our hotel looked up to the Cathedral, which was beautifully lit in the evening.

The view from the windows.

Lincoln is a beautiful city.  We've been there before and I loved it so much, I chose to go back there for my birthday weekend.

The weather wasn't great but we got out and about to see the sights.

Cup of tea and some cake - with a little knitting time
thrown in.

Grace knitted me some lovely socks and also gave me the remains of the ball of wool.

The colours are just perfect.  I think I'll make some fingerless mittens or wrist warmers with the remains.

For my birthday I received lots of lovely presents, including this book.

Who would have thought there could be so many ways to cast on and off in knitting.  My aim is to try and sample them all!

Whilst in Sheffield, I topped up my Stylecraft Special DK, adding some new colours to my stash.  And I couldn't resist stocking up on yellow and pink ribbons.

I also bought some of this lovely Alice in Wonderland fabric.

How happy I was to come home with such lovely goodies.

So, once again, thank you for your thoughts and wishes.  I think I need to come back down to earth and start getting back into the swing of things.  It's Eve's 21st birthday next week, so I had better get myself organised before she comes back home on Sunday.