Monday, 18 May 2015

The shawls


OFF the needles almost as soon as it went on them is the lively Fantoosh! By Kate Davies which is a shame because I was desperate to knit this and had the perfect yarn for it!  Essentially I could not get the pattern to work and it was stressing me too much even with the help of a kind knitalong friend there was no way it was working!
Instead! ON the needles is a lovely hitchhiker. I've wanted to knit one for ages and my two friends are also knitting one so I couldn't say no!
I'm still knitting socks - they are going well. I am still knitting Dune - also going well.
Elsewhere in the family, our no.1.son has his first exam today and no.2.son has his next week - we wish them both well.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Stash Diving

Well it's been a busy week this week on the knitting front and none more so than yesterday when two of my knit night pals and I went to see the marvellous Woman in Gold and following a lovely lunch we enjoyed the film very much.
We then went back to our friend's house and did some stash diving and bought several skeins of scrummy yarns each!  You can see what I bought below.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


I am knitting two pairs of socks at the moment and these lovely blue pair of drops sock yarn are for my no.2.son who requested another pair. The pattern I'm using is from the lovely vogue book and is a standard rib - I need, however, to find a new pattern for the males in my family but I know that if I try and knit anything too fancy it will be rejected!
Definitely not rejected were the willowherb socks I knitted for my no.1.sons uni pal - this pattern was a delight to knit and according to my son went down well!  I like socks but my favourite knitting is garments.   My Dune is knitting nicely and I've reached the armhole shaping - I love this pattern and can't wait to wear it!  I have plans already for next garment but OTNs is Owls and Black which I must finish first!
Scarves and shawls are an attraction and at the moment I have a couple of each on the go. It's true to say my house is littered with knitting paraphernalia and I keep promising to sort it out but it never happens.   Lastly I have plans for one or two projects out of the last two editions of The Knitter magazine.   I shall need to live another 100ys to see me right!?

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Dune from Echoes

I am enjoying knitting the lovely "Dune" from Kim Hargreaves' latest book - Echoes which as you can see is a lovely textured cardigan. It's knit in Rowan Denim which I bought some years back for a bargain £40 for 20 balls.
Say it quickly and it doesn't sound a lot does it?
Over the years I must have spent a small fortune on wool and fabric, haby and general notions but that's the thing with knitting you don't notice it under the mist of I MUST HAVE IT!

At a knit club one week were informed of a small stash of kidsilkhaze at bargain price was to be had - my knit pal, Sally, and I immediately grabbed a bag each while our friend sat and said "what about ME?"  But you said it wasn't your colour, we replied!  For that price it's my colour she came back with and so we shared!

Next time I'm going to photograph my recent purchases and demonstrate my new approach that of assigning a pattern to it!  Hurrah if it works, blast it if it doesn't I've bought it anyway!

Other projects OTNs include Owls and Black both of which are on my ravelry project pages and I will blog about them later too.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Drops sock yarn

The lovely Drops sock yarn that I bought in a recent sale.  In addition I bought some "sock rocket" needles too!  Both needles and yarn are lovely.

Some socks OTNs

Some socks OTNs include a pair - top - in blue for no.2.son using some bargain priced Drops sock yarn and below, a pair of Regia both of which are vintage rib pattern from the lovely Vogue book of socks.