Friday, 7 April 2017

A knitter's life

 Sometimes I have lots of knitting to do and other times very little.  At the moment I have no test knitting or samples to do so I am getting on with a cardigan for myself.  I am on the first sleeve.  The plan was to do 2 at a  time but I cast on the first one and decoded to just leave it at that.  (The pattern is Daffodil by Helga Isager and the yarn is Isager Highland wool).  The yarn I am using is very light but looks as if it could be incredibly warm.  It is the first time using this yarn but I am sure it won't be the last.  In fact there are other designs by Helga that I am looking forward to making.  They are classic designs and are just the sort of thing I like to wear.  I had planned to have this finished but with a few test knits and samples that needed doing with deadlines this got put on the back burner.  But hopefully it won't take too long to knit the rest and I can wear it.  The weather here is still cool enough in the mornings and evenings to need an extra layer.

Thursday, 10 November 2016


Life goes on.  It's hard to know what to say following the results of the American election.  But the only thing to say is be kind to one another.  Think before you speak, make sure the words you say are kind words.  I was going to post yesterday but couldn't think what to say.  I read several craft blogs and other blogs and each one I read yesterday talked about loving each other despite what the world throws at us.  Wise words, so I think I shall leave it at that.

(I need to post an update on knitting progress soon - or I will finish my projects, if only.  Knitting with tiny needles and thin yarn is slow but there has been progress.)

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Beauty in Autumn

I'll let the pictures do the talking.  The last couple of morning walks have been misty and foggy.  It is very beautiful and atmospheric.  The weather is set to get colder so who knows what we will be greeted with first thing in the morning when we open the curtains.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


 I love autumn.  It means I can get out the Woolly jumpers and feel warm and cosy.  I like the changes in the trees.  Autumn colours are great.  On our dog walk in the mornings I find it is a great time to really think before the hectic rushing around for the rest of the day.  I find it is my calming time, my me time to think or not think (sometimes) to just be me.

On the needles at the moment is a test knit for Sabine - @frisabiknits (on instagram).  They have been a really quick knit and fun to make.  I have knitted them in Rowan felted tweed dk as that was all the dk yarn I had in my stash.  (I try not to stash too much yarn).  I'm not sure what to knit next but I know I do have a sock on the needles that I need to frog because I think it is too small and I had almost finished the first sock as well - I knew I should have tried it on before now.  Shall I re-knit the same socks or do a different pair or even make a shawl out of the yarn.  It is very pretty yarn from Hedgehog fibres.   Choices, choices.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Early mornings

 I love our early morning walks at the moment.  The skies have been great and I have taken so many pictures it is hard to decide which to keep and which to not.  We are so lucky to live where we do.  We have the countryside on our doorstep but also towns and cities nearby.

In resurrecting my blog I am thinking of a name change and maybe having a play as my blog no longer just reflects what I make/knit.  I shall still include the things I do make, such as these socks that I have recently finished.

( Delbert by Rachel Coopey and are knitted in Opal Yarn that I bought when visiting my mother in law and almost ran out of knitting!)

Friday, 30 September 2016

So long

 Didn't mean to leave it so long between posts.  Summer has gone and Autumn has definitely started.  I love it though, the changing of the seasons.  The leaves changing colour.  The amazing skies first thing in the morning and last thing at night. It is also the time to start getting the woollies out and also my needles get a bit busier in the run up to Christmas but I love the feeling being creative gives me.

At the moment I have a Brake cowl on the needles which is designed by Donna Smith and in some lovely yarn (Town End yarns Alpaca with Merino)  I picked up from Wild and Woolly on a trip to London with some knitty friends.  It is very soft and silky.   The yarn is not really the pinky colour in this picture, it is more of a red/pink but it seems to be a difficult colour to picture.  

Friday, 24 June 2016

Cotton Wool head

Terrible photo. it is a picture of some doodling I have done recently.  I seem to have lost my creative spark at the moment.  I guess sometimes it goes like this.  There are good and bad days but I just feel that recently I haven't really been very creative.  Yes I have had knitting on the go but I am following a pattern and not diverting.  I feel I am not using my creative side as I would like.  Problem is I can't see a way forward at the moment.  My head feels as though it is full of cotton wool.  Have you every felt this way?  And what did you do about it?