Friday, September 28, 2007

Coffee morning.

And Coffee!

Very, very hard colour to photograph. Posh Yarns Emily Latte.

Interweave Knits Favourite Socks Meida by Nancy Bush (page 69)

Cable, can you see how tight they are, thankfully they are part of a 72 stitch sock.

It just happened! Posh Yarn Emily x 4.
Yearn, Mist, Languish and Haiku

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ally Pally

2 weeks today.

Better raid a bank or someones wallet!

Have fought with 5 x 2.25mm DPNS and a cable needle this morning on the train. Won't be doing that again.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


NOT the ones you get with your Fish and Chips, maybe thats a Northern thing?

Michaela has asked if anyone would like to donate 4" squares knitted from 4ply sock yarn towards a blanket, which she will sew together and then raffle for Olivers Fund.

As you may know, I knit socks. So I have lots of little balls of yarn that I don't know what to do with, or don't wish to do anything with.

So what better cause.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Mountain of Manos

Manos Del Uruguay 100% Wool

I want to knit one of these.

Which takes 2 skeins!

Do you think I have enough?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Don't look at this on an empty stomach

A certain person in this house has been having a clear out, he is now at work so can't be berated for this find. I have much, much, much smaller glasses now, really, I think these could make 4 of my current ones. In fact I think these are actually car windscreens. I have also realised the error of frilly blouses!

Circa 1989 so I don't mind you seeing this one.

Sorry but another little rant, Short Row heels. Yes, I don't learn and have tried again. In fact I am very proud of these which I started and finished on my journey home.

The problem is the join back onto the big was that hole. Am now going to spend the next hour trying to find a solution then they get a proper heel flap.

Pay It Forward Exchange

I've been reading about the Pay It Forward exchange on a few blogs, and have signed up on Gilraen's blog. Here's the deal:

It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based on the concept of the movie “Pay it Forward” where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on. You all know I’m already a PIF type of person. So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won’t be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent (within 6 months) and that’s a promise! What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

My usual readers appear to be signed up so if there is anyone else out there interested you are more than welcome.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cup of Tea?

Clapotis to be precise.
I am one step closer, yarn has just been delivered from this lovely Etsyite.

4 Skeins of 100% Merino Worsted weight yarn in Offshore. Dyed especially for me, what service. Free stitchmarkers too although I believe more than 4 will be needed for this project!

I am surely the last person to do one of these, the pattern is from 2004. May be a few weeks before cast on but I hope to get it done this side of Christmas. Ooops mentioned that word.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

14 Weeks and Counting

I won't upset you too much by mentioning the C word but I have just checked my diary and we have 1 weekend where we aren't committed to something before the event. Makes us sound popular but most of those are taken up by someone working, not me I'll be knitting.

On the knitting front I can't show too much, but its started.

Purple Cornish Pasties anyone, do you remember the Clarks shoes that looked like these, Polyveldts?

Not a Tissue box cover.

They remind me of frogs as well. Require a bit of washing.

I'm sure you've got it now but the final clue is its a Fiber Trends pattern using Cascade 220 yarn DOUBLE. How quick to knit.

And another, which is slightly more obvious. Twilleys Freedom Spirit in Fire. I am loving the River John Commuter Needles for travelling

Monday, September 17, 2007

Book in advance

As its highly unlikely that you'd get me on a plane to China, let alone an internal flight to see these we have booked, for 6th December, to see the travellers at the British Museum.

That's the birthday sorted, can't wait.

Tonight I am loitering in London after work and eating here

you need to read about it to know

its not quite as bad as it looks and sounds, I hope!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Merino Tencel

The Seduction socks are almost complete. These pictures actually show the colour as it is, it has proved very difficult getting a tru representation.
The pattern has been very easy to pick up. The yarn has a lovely sheen and is very soft on the hands. I think it would be more suited to 2.5mm needles or less to improve its lifespan but these socks are supposed to be for lounging in, not that I know anyone who does that.
My main problem is the last few socks I have knit have been Yarn Yard Merino or Posh Yarn Emily which are much thicker than the Merino Tencel. Overall I think its the sort of yarn for a treat as it looks and feels silky.

Now onto another of my pastimes that gets neglected, until there is some urgency.
This is a pending event so I had to get moving.

Tomorrow I am going craft shopping, although I don't need anything......much.

Happy Weekend.

P.S. I appear to have lost my stashalong counter, it wasn't anything to do with me. Honest. Does that mean its over?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Practice may make perfect.

I am usually ashamed by the quality of my photographs, I sometimes manage almost in focus but other bloggers put me to shame. I need to confess here to the beach pictures being taken by DH who apart from anything else has something more flash than a point and shoot camera.

So I felt a little practice was called for, and you dear readers are the guinea pigs.

Still a long way to go I think. This is one of my projects that isn't a sock and therefore gets forgotten.

Pattern: Fishtail Lace Scarf
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Sport, 3 skeins
Colour: a very lovely Chocolate IMHO!
Needles: Brittany 3.5mm

Monday, September 10, 2007

Weekend Report

I didn't want to let you down, freshly cooked.

My sisters latest production, she has cupboards full of homemade produce and very nice it is too.

A Dragonfly, sadly dead, that I met on my walk from the bus.


Fabulous, but then I have read the book and was prepared for it not being one of your run of the mill films. There were about 15 of us in the cinema.

Look at the colour of that dress. I now have the book on my present list.

Seduction Socks, I had to fold over the title whilst travelling so people didn't get the wrong idea! If I hadn't stopped to read I think I'd have finished a sock.

Friday, September 07, 2007


I am almost up to the charts for Summer Sky and panic is starting to set in. Not because I have to read charts but that they have Short Rows on them......think this will be one to study and study again when I have time.

Back to socks and perhaps a few Christmas presents.


A weekend of eating F and C, well once.
A weekend of being beautified, Hair Cut. Its needed.
A weekend of eating home made cakes, don't you just love mothers.
Possibly a visit to Sheepish in The Shambles, York.
Hopefully a visit to the cinema to see Atonement.

This weekends project is Seduction Socks, what a name. In Yarn Yard Merino/Tencel.

Will sign off now, and leave you with something else that is worrying me. Steeks, what on earth?

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Busy Winter ahead

Interweave Knits Fall 2007 edition

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

In search of perfection

A bit of light heartedness to entertain you.

We live in Brighton although not next to the sea.....where the fish live.

August Bank Holiday saw us at Camber Sands and although we ate fish they weren't accompanied by chips.
Where is everyone.....relatively clear beach and dunes.
It was quite warm.

Last weekend. After a very concerned husband bought me a new hairdryer, I think secretly he didn't want to be seen out with me! We made the Isle of Wight, sadly the restaurant didn't ring so we bussed it to The Needles Battery. No fish here.

Alum Bay with its coloured Sands.

Next weekend I will be winging my way North and will finally get the Fish and Chips to beat all. These are to be found in a village high on the Wolds miles from the sea but the freshest I have tasted. Wetwang here we isn't that a name to conjure with!
Knitting wise, if you're interested. I am battling with this in Rowan California Cotton. As you may have noticed I am usually knitting socks so the 300+ stitches on my needles are taking a bit of getting through.