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!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Summertide Shawl

I hope you all have had a lovely Christmas,  ours has been fairly laid back if somewhat soggy.  Our city and region has suffered the most serious floods that Dave and I can remember,  Fortunately our part of Leeds has not been affected but I know people who have been.

This autumn I was unable to resist joining in with the Curious Handmade Summertide Mystery Knit Along.  The KAL finished at the end of October, I finished the knitting on time but as usual I procrastinated about the blocking as usual but I got round to it last week.


Summertide Shawl by Helen Stewart knit in Eden Cottage Yarns BFL Sock in Periwinkle and Green Tea.

I have also finished the second pair of socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Pheasant yarn, this pair are for Rosie.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Just Nan - Fairy Roses

For most of this year I have been meaning to join in with Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL but my blogging (and blog reading) has been so hit and miss that I keep forgetting.  But as I had a qualifying project this month I made sure that I put the date in my diary.

Over the summer I have been working on Just Nan's Fairy Roses as my small project, I was gifted the chart, charm and fabric by my good friend Beverly more years ago than either of us would probably care to remember!

I finished the stitching over half term and used the monthly deadline for the SAL as an incentive to crack on and get it finished.


Of course this was instantly claimed by Rosie!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Overdue Knitting Update

Sorry for another long gap between posts, I have been going to blog ever since the end of the summer holidays so quite how we've got to half-term I'm not quite sure!

However one of the reasons I've not got round to blogging is because there has been a fair bit of knitting and other yarny goodness has been happening so this is going to be a very photo heavy post.

First up, last month it was Yarndale.  This time I had a partner for the day as Rosie has enthusiastically embraced knitting and crochet over the summer holidays and was thrilled to come to her first yarn festival. 



My stash from the day, is mostly from Eden Cottage Yarns.  Their new pattern collection 'Drift', the fuchsia Whitefell DK is to knit Honey Bee for Rosie from the collection. I also bought a skein of BFL sock in Green Tea. I also bought some blocking wires. Rosie did a lot of shopping but it all disappeared into her bedroom before I had time to take a picture.


With all the knitting I have one finish, another pair of Rainbow socks this time for Christopher.


Naturally having finished one pair of socks, I had to cast on another pair of socks for Rosie using the Pheasant colourway from West Yorkshire Spinners.


Progress on my Hartfield shawl by Ann Kingstone has slowed down considerably as I can't work on it at home now, lace-weight cashmere and playful kittens do not mix! So this project goes to my knit group and gets worked on there.  It's not the best  project for social knitting but it does mean that it doesn't go into permanent hiatus.


I'm getting closer to finishing Manu by Kate Davies, I'm working my way up the yoke now.


However Manu has been put too one side for the time being as I got sucked into the Summertide Mystery Knit a long offered by Helen of Curious Handmade


I am much further on with this than the picture shows, I'm now well on with the second colour.  I decided to use a skein of Eden Cottage Yarns BFL sock in Periwinkle that I had in my stash and the new skein that I bought at Yarndale was for this project.  I'm not going to get this finished and blocked by the end of this month when the MKAL finishes but I should have a finish to share with you soon.