Monday, May 02, 2016

Honey Bee Sweater

Sorry for disappearing for so long, I hadn't planned on it but you know 'life'

While I was on my break I finished knitting Rosie's Honey Bee Sweater.  This is a design by Dani Sunshine from Eden Cottage Yarn's Drift Collection.  I knit this in the recommended Whitfell DK in the colour way Misty Woods.  Whitfell DK is a baby alpaca yarn and was a dream to knit with.

Rosie was very pleased with her new sweater and spent a good while bouncing around the room going 'I love, love, love my new sweater!'  

A close up of the yoke detail (the colour is more accurate in the other pictures) 

Now I have to knit another one for Christopher, he has chosen the Charcoal colour for his version.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Dorothy Walpole

Just a quick post to show you where I got to with Dorothy at the end of the last rotation slot.  As you can see I have more of the border done and made a start on the bargello.



Sunday, February 14, 2016

Take a Lovely Sampler

Last time that I shared my progress on Forget Me Nots in Stitches 'Take a Lovely Sampler' I had just finished the top of the pincushion. Since then I have also finished the bottom.


The final piece of this set is the reticule. If any of you are familiar with Lauren's designs you will know that some of them involve a huge amount of stitching, this is definitely the case with this one.  I have got the reticule outlined and at the moment I am filling in the textured background.  Unfortunately this doesn't make for particularly exciting photos.  


I took this class with Lauren back in 2006 (ahem!) so I am hoping that I can get the stitching finished this year.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

The Makers Year - January Round Up

I had been contemplating coming up with some kind of creativity project/challenge for 2016 so when Kate of A Playful Day came up with her 'The Makers Year' project it was pretty much along the lines I was already thinking so I decided to join in.  I'm mostly participating over on Instagram but I thought I would do a round up over here of what I've been up to that I haven't blogged about yet.

One of the creative things that I want to do is to include the children more. They both love baking but with school and the activities they are involved in means we don't bake together much any more so making some time for this is important to me.


Making Banana Loaf

Rosie is also keen to develop her crafting, she got a sewing machine for Christmas so we have been making the Gathered Skirt for All Ages (from the Purl Soho blog) together.


Also involves learning to use the iron

As I mentioned on the post about Manu, my new project is for Rosie. It's the Honey Bee Sweater from Eden Cottage Yarns Drift Collection and it is growing very nicely.


I also have a new pair of socks on the needles. I've cast on the Expresso socks by Louise Tilbrook, the yarn is Gaspode, one of the Discworld colours by the Knitting Goddess.  These are the first toe up socks I've knit for several years and are also growing nicely.


Another thing I am trying to do this year is try some new recipes from my cooking book library. This month I tried Multi-Vegetable Paella from 'Plenty' by Yotam Ottolengi.


And Lentil and Sweet Potato Pie from 'A Modern Way to Eat' by Anna Jones


Both where delicious!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Dorothy Walpole Update

I hadn't realised just how long it has been since I last shared my progress on Dorothy Walpole.  But I have finally finished the flame stitch band that I had just started on my last update.


Dorothy Walpole copyright The Scarlett Letter 2011

I opted to stitch this band in rice stitch rather than the charted eyelets following a suggestion on the Dorothy Walpole SAL group on Facebook.


Dorothy Walpole copyright The Scarlett Letter 2011

Dorothy unwound from the scrolls, I'm approaching the halfway point!

Monday, January 18, 2016


I have another finish to share with you this week as I did the final finishing and blocking of Manu last weekend.


Manu by Kate Davies Designs
Knit in Wensleydale Longwool DK in Wild Thyme

I'm thrilled it's finished, it's finally turned cold here so a big warm cardigan to wrap myself in has been wonderful.

Next up is the Honey Bee sweater for Rosie from the Eden Cottage Yarns Drift Collection that I picked up at Yarndale.  However she changed her mind about the colour she wanted it knit in. Since I bought the fuchsia yarn back in September she has decided that she no longer likes pink (obviously I was devastated LOL!) so she has now decided on the Misty Woods colour.  The fuchsia yarn will eventually become a Swale hap also from the Drift collection for myself.


Friday, January 08, 2016

2015 Ornaments

I hope you all had a good new year and I hope you all have a crafty 2016.

I have two more finishes from 2015 to share with you, I gave the children Just Cross Stitch ornament edition from 2005 and asked them to choose the ornaments that they would like me to stitch for them.

This is Christopher's choice O Christmas Tree by Angel Stitchin'


Stitched on Potato Lugana using the recommended overdyed threads

Rosie chose Paws Off by Dragon Dreams


Stitched on 28 count Sparkling Cider Reflections from Silkweaver using the recommended DMC.

There has been a little bit of stash enhancement in the last week.  With the demise of Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly I have decided to pick a sampler chart that I would like every quarter instead - this time it was Rachel Howells 1856 and I also got myself a copy of the 2015 JCS Ornament edition.  Also I was unable to resist one of The Knitting Goddess sock clubs this year as she is running a new Discworld club.  My January club yarn is called Carborundum.


As you can see there was a furry photo bomber in the photo - Florence feels that no picture is complete without her presence.  She is getting to be quite a long cat now (she's almost 8 months old) although we discovered when she was spayed that there is a good inch of fur on either side of her!