Friday, 16 February 2018


I do this a lot.  Just ask my family.  But recently I have been trying to decide what to really make and what makes me really happy.  Putting a little more thought into what I am making and not just jumping on the band wagon because that is what others are making.  This past week has seen me rip back nearly a whole sweater and cast on a new one.  I was not happy with the sweater and the more I knitted the more I kept thinking that it was not really what I wanted to be making.  So off the needles it went and I casted on some different.  I decided to go back to knitting a designers design that I knew I would want to knit and wear.

I have never really thought that much about my knitting.  I know I am more comfortable knitting things flat and sewing up.  It is just the way I like.  I don't mind knitting in the round but I am happier knitting flat.  Also there are some designers I just know I like the garments - they tend to be the more classic designs. 

So for the time being I am going to make sure I stick with what I am happy with.  Surely the less pressure we put on ourselves the better.  Life and society put too much pressure on us already to fit in.  Let's relax and knit, do what makes us happy.

(Martha by Kim Hargreaves in Felted Tweed dk)

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye is never easy.  Unfortunately we are having to say goodbye by to our beloved dog. Rusty.  We have been through so much together and it is a hard day.  But it will be better for him.  He is nearly 15 which considering what he has been through at the start of his life and more recently is a miracle he has been with us this long.  He has meant so much to us all, both friends and family.  Always there to greet people when they come to visit.  Always a friendly lick.  Just being there and having someone to share your woes with and  not answering back.  Always getting you out of the house when you don't really want to and making you feel so much better for doing so.  Sharing runs in fields and lanes, walks, hikes up mountains, playing frisbee, helping clear the plates when we can't finish our food, cleaning the kitchen floor of crumbs.  (Oh my goodness I shall have to sweep the floor more often now).  These are just some of the many things you have done for us but now is the time for you to go and we understand that even though we may be sad we still love you and will miss you terribly.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Yarn Along and end of silence (maybe)

I have not been on here for such a long time.  Knitting has been going on and reading has happened but I just haven't felt the where with all to blog about it.

I have been doing lots of sample knitting, knitting for others and pattern testing lately.  I have been enjoying this even though I do wish I had more knitting time during the day so that I could knit so much more but real life just seems to get in the way.  There always seems to be something else that needs doing and it always seems to take longer than I think.

The above knit is a sweater that I am knitting up as a sample for A Yarn Story in Bath for their shop.  The pattern is Stasis by Leila Raabe and is knit in Brooklyn Tweed Loft.  This is the first time I have used this yarn and also knit something by this designer.  I am loving both. 

As for reading I am reading 'A Respectable Trade' by Phillipa Gregory, an author whose writing style I really like.

Well, not much more to really say this time other than that I hope to blog a little more in 2018.

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.