Wednesday 19 September 2012


As I have mentioned a few times, Eve is off to university at the end of next week.  Today her friend, Emma, who she has known since her first day at primary school, 14 years ago, goes away to Cardiff University.  They have been in the same class throughout their entire school life.

This has had a big emotional impact - the biggest change in their lives so far is now taking place.  It is a difficult time - excitement but also apprehension and even, at times, terror.

I made her this little card for some reassurance - with a simple embroidered message.

Sometimes, when you are feeling apprehensive and your confidence is low, it isn't enough to know you are loved, being liked can be just as important.

I'm sure emotional levels will reach fever pitch by the end of next week - not just for Eve - it's a big change for us all.

Not Middle-Aged

I'm pleased to see that a recent survey shows that people do not believe themselves to be middle-aged until the age of 55.  You can see the article over on the BBC website, here.

I believe that age is what you want to make of it - you're as young or as old as you feel.  I'm bouncy and jolly (most of the time); I like to skip around the house and dance in the kitchen when I'm cooking the meals.

I intend to remain a Spring chicken for as long as I can.

Enjoy every moment - and have a great day.

Monday 17 September 2012

Fingerless Gloves Finished

My lovely new gloves are finished.

A great pattern - easy to follow and quick to make.  Full details can be found on my Ravelry page, here.

They look very dainty and feminine - just what I wanted.

Now I should get back to working on my Fair Isle - it seems to have come to a bit of a stand still.  One final push and I'll be there.

Having said that, there may not be much time for knitting though.  This week and next will be spent getting Eve organised to go away to university.  There's still so much to do and all of a sudden the date she leaves is looming closer.  One by one her friends are leaving - it's all starting to get very emotional.

Friday 14 September 2012

Fingerless Gloves Update

Following on from yesterday's decision to knit some fingerless gloves, I can tell you that I am finally making some progress.

As I mentioned previously, there are a lot of beautiful patterns and many of them are free (my favourites!).  I'm planning on using some old 4 ply cotton yarn, frogged from a crocheted camisole - that was never really wearable.

I eventually settled on a pattern called Spring Buds by Robin Currier.

Spring Buds by Robin Currier
These are lovely and feminine - just what I wanted.   The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download, here.

I started this but part way through the cuff I felt as though it was on the large size.  I changed down a few sizes of needle but, even then, it was too big and loose.  It really is a lovely pattern and fortunately the instructions are written for both 4 ply and worsted weight yarn.  I may, at a later date, retry this pattern using the heavier weight yarn.

So I frogged what I had done and went back to the patterns on offer.  Plan B is a pattern called Lacy Fingerless Gloves by Rosemary Falk.

Lacy Fingerless Gloves by Rosemary Falk

An interesting diamond panel on the front.  Again, it is available as a free Ravelry download, here.

To help with my knitting, this week on the television, we have the Tour of Britain cycling race - Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins - our heroes.

This gives me an excellent excuse to sit and knit - so I'm now making wonderful progress with the gloves.

If I can knit as fast as Bradley Wiggins can cycle, I'll have no trouble finishing these gloves very soon.

Thursday 13 September 2012

Welcome and Thank You

I've just spotted that I now have 500 followers.  That's amazing!  Welcome to you all.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my posts and leave your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated.

Today, seeing as the weather has turned distinctly autumnal, I'm looking at some fingerless gloves patterns to keep my poor cold hands warm - so many lovely patterns to choose from, I'm loving them all.  I can't decide yet - I'll make a decision after I've been to the shops - and start them this afternoon.

Photos will follow.

Have a good day - whatever you are planning.

Monday 10 September 2012

No More 'Back to School'

I've enjoyed reading numerous blogs this past week on the theme of 'summer holidays are over and it's back-to-school time'.  I must admit that it has always been one of my favourite time's of the year.  A new beginning, better than New Year because it's not too cold or too dark to do anything.

This year is different.  No more back to school.  My girls are all grown up and their school days are behind them.  We are now counting down the days until Eve goes away to university.  Some of her friends have left to start their university courses already, but Eve still has three weeks to go.  What an exciting time - oh to be young again and to have all these opportunities and experiences in front of you.- I so envy her.

I couldn't resist knitting some little gifts for her to give to her friends before they left.  I used Grace's Teeny Tiny Mochimochi book again and made some human beans.

I thought they'd make a cute little buddy for them to take away.  Very quick to make and easier than you think.  I might make some for myself - to keep me company.

Friday 7 September 2012

But Where Will I Put It?

On Tuesday I dropped off a bag of clothes at one of the local charity shops.  I can't resist browsing these shops and so inevitably I end up buying something I don't really need - this beautiful, dainty cup, saucer and plate.

Whilst in the shop I spotted a lovely old, wooden shelving unit in the shape of a dolls house.  I thought about it, but well, what would I do with it? where would I put it?

Two days later I was still thinking about, so much so that Eve and I went back to the shop to see if it was still there - and it was - so, of course, I bought it this time!

Still not sure where I'm going to put it, but I'm glad I went back for it.  It has a wonderful homely feel to it.

And as you can see, some residents have already moved in.

Monday 3 September 2012

I Love Fair Isle

I love Fair Isle so much.  It just has a life of its own.  You start off with an idea of the colours you wish to use, the patterns you want to incorporate and the overall design - but once you start knitting it up something completely new emerges that seems to create itself.

My latest Fair Isle project is for a V-necked slipover.  I was inspired by the Ralph Lauren Autumn 2012 collection.  I wanted to use up odds and ends of DK yarn from my stash, so inevitably my colour scheme was to be based on pink and burgundy - with a touch of blue.  This, however, is what has developed.

I just love the way the colours dictate to me how they want to be knitted up.  They can be quite bossy and insistent!

Hopefully I'll have this finished soon and then I can start yet another new Fair Isle!