Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A success I think

Montego Bay is finished and I feel the need to show a few photos to try and do both the yarn and pattern justice.
I did wonder if the laciness of this pattern was me but as you can see it makes quite an un-lacy scarf also. The pattern makes it very stretchy so its surprisingly easy to mould and didn't require blocking.

The yarn is lovely, I have already said it is "cool" to knit with which I know Natalie wanted me to explain.........I know what I mean but its hard to describe. I often find when knitting with wool wool that my hands get very hot and breaks are required (sweaty palms some less polite would say), the Bamboo in this mean this is not the case and also mean that its not too warm a scarf for everyday wear. I have mentioned cotton string but that doesn't do the yarn justice.
Try it you'll like it.

Excuse the Double chin, very difficult photographing ones own neck!

I am feeling the need for a challenge, my enthusiasm for socks and scarves is on the wane. I think theres enough in stock.

So, what next, any suggestions?

Friday, January 25, 2008

Spring has Sprung

Well these Tulips have anyway.

Guess I'll have to find replacements tomorrow.

Snow in April again? Maybe not for those of you in the North.
Knitting is unfinished at the moment but I am working on that.
Currently Loving: Yarn Yard Bamboo.
Currently hating: Eating sandwiches with a Knife and Fork!
Currently Reading: Little Face by Sophie Hannah
Currently listening to: Andrea Bocelli (still)
Currently Wearing (sockwise): Cornish Scallops, think I'll do some more of these.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oxygen required Urgently

I know I said I wouldn't mention this again and I promise this will be the last time.

My tooth quote has just increased 6 fold and it wasn't low to start with! I don't like the look of the pictures either, the booklet is entitled "How Dental Implants can change your life"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll be on the streets soon.

With my wool of course.

Am consoling myself with Andrea.


I said I intended finishing things, well I managed to finish one longstanding project. the Chevron Scarf is in the box.

The results of this pattern are good but it does become a bit tedious eventually. I am hopeful theres enough yarn left for a pair of socks. They will have to be Toe Up and stripey so don't expect them soon.

Did I say I wasn't casting anything else on, maybe I didn't voice it but that was my intention. Anyway the Friday (and Saturday) night project. Two cowls Green is Fyberspates and thinner due to lack of yardage but fine for my short neck! Bluey one is Natural Dye Studio. I may have mentioned my aversion to sewing, due mainly to having a seamstress in the family. so I knit the seam.

Just to ruin any promises I made, a Montego Bay Scarf in Yarn Yard Bamboo, strangely it is a cool yarn to knit with. You would have to try it to understand what I mean.

The Colour is SnowBlue and I have changed down to Lantern Moon 4mm needles which are actually nearer to 4.5mm.

Now you won't ever believe a word I say......

Friday, January 18, 2008


Snowflake socks, not as neat as perhaps they could be but not bad for a first attempt.

January seems to be the month of starting things, last Saturday I knits this in Fyberspates yarn. On Sunday I frogged it because it would have never been big enough. Attempt 2 is this weekend with a bigger skein of Natural Dye Studio yarn.

Good Companions, this is my current travel kit. This year I am determined to get through the book mountain. So far so good, this is the second.

The scarf is this very simple pattern.

In lovely Yarn Yard Merino Chuckle.

I am going to attempt to get a couple of things finished this weekend, then I can start the Socktopus Sock Club socks.

Next books on the list.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


A piece of plain paper was found, well an envelope was dismembered.

7 names were written on individual segments. Then thrown into the Pensive (after it had been dusted!).
A passing, semi independent, Draw master turned his back on the bowl and drew out a piece of envelope. Looked very technical to me.
The Winner is.........Natalie
A book, which I hope you will enjoy, will be in the post to you later this week.
For the unlucky ones the next BAFAB week is in April but I hope you'll visit again before then.

Friday, January 11, 2008

WIP's or some of

I am almost at the end of my final Secret mission in between times among others I am finishing off the second Snowflake sock, not one for the train. does anyone have a good solution to not having yarn requiring untwisting after every row?

This is my current train project, not very wise, there are days when I have only managed a few rows due to the concentration required and dropping stitches.
That little Scarf in Dream in colour Smooshy Ruby River.

The chevron scarf keeps getting a few rows
I really must stop reading Blogs, now want to knit a scarf along these lines with either of these.
Yarn Yard Merino the Blue is a club offering and the other Chuckle.
What do you think?

Finally, this is part of my dress today, I am eyeing up the sparkles for card making so it may not be long for this world. Now that's what I call recycling.

Sorry about the quality of photos, its grim here today.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

And Finally (you hope)

Thank you for your kind wishes on the tooth front.
I now hopefully have an abscess, I say hopefully because I may have a tooth that has cracked within the gum. I will bore you no more with these minor health irritations which involve me having to leave work early.

If you trust me to buy you a book enter the draw here

Knitting pics tomorrow, if wet indoors!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


This is slightly long but I hope you'll find it amusing.

Monday as you may have already have read was interesting. Just to give you an idea of the pace of it!

Depart Brighton with lunch 05:49
Arrive St Pancras 07:16 (ish!)

Walk to office via Tesco, Purchase SOFT (and this is important) Bagel.
Arrive office around 07:30.

Take first bite of Bagel. Curse aforementioned supermarket because I think theres something hard in SOFT bagel. There was, my front tooth broken off to the gum. One of the 2 middle top teeth that show everytime you breath virtually.

Dentist not open til 09:00.
Finally get through and they offer 14:00 appointment.
Endure numerous comments about Shane McGowan etc and have lots of visits from people wanting smiles and funny looks from those who have to speak to me.
Distribute Apples as impossible to eat.

Depart Office with Lunch 11:20.
Depart St Pancras 11:40
Arrive Brighton 12:54.
Catch Bus home.
Arrive Home 13:30.

Shovel (you never know when your next meal may be after dentist appointment) part of my well travelled lunch in.
Clean Teeth.
Depart for Dentist 13:50.

Arrive Dentists, make receptionist smile (can't imagine why).
Enter Dentists room, smile.
Oh is the comment here.

Depart 14:30 with fake tooth and astronomical quote for full crown.

I am currently existing on rice, mashed potatoes and jam sandwiches cubed!

That's wool buying curtailed for the year..........but you can't live without your front tooth.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

BAFAB or Buy a Friend a Book

I am always pleased to see someone with a book, especially Children.
Can't say I have a proven formula for choosing good reads, it could be the title, the Cover or possibly the price! Certain people offer good encouragement. The main thing is I have to have a house full of them, its a comfort thing. Cookery, Gardening, Knitting, Crochet, Card making, Travel, Thrillers, Historic, Humour etc. we have a fair selection. One thing I do do is pass them on when read so someone else can have the pleasure that reading gives as well.

So for the first time I am officially joining in with offering a book for Buy a Friend a Book Week. Leave a comment on this post by midnight on Saturday 12th Jan if you wish to be included in the draw. I will endeavour to choose a suitable book for your enjoyment.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Oh No!

One of my front teeth has just broken off.
How bonny will I look!
I hate dentists.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Predictable as ever

That's me. The mystery was of course a sock. I am in training for these though and I can feel the pull of this even though I don't do hats. I'm sure something this beautiful would be acceptable Office wear (so my very flat hair wouldn't be seen).

I'm quite impressed with these especially as they fit! Thought for a moment they were destined to be a Christmas Tree decoration.

I have taken so many pictures in the hope that you can make a pattern out on one of them!

Pattern: Snowflake Socks Interweave Knits Fall 2007

Yarns: The Knittery Merino in Moss and The Yarn Yard Sock yarn in Porage Oats

This is what they should look like.

P.S. Back to yesterdays post do you think we could lobby Emma Bridgewater to design a knitting related mug?

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Friday, January 04, 2008


What do you do when your husband is working nights and you are at home, go Internet shopping of course! Its perfect, or at least I think so.
I saw this yarn on Jane's blog and thought it ideal for the project she is using it for, which is on my never ending list.

Sky, Stone and Willow


Posh Yarns Annual Sale.

Well it only happens once a year.

Helena 4 ply

Flaunt and Splash.


Swapped with Lin for my last skein of Socks that Rock.

Dream in Colour Smooshy

Beach Fog

Can you tell what it is yet?

More on this tomorrow perhaps but do guess.