Monday, 25 June 2012

Bad Case of Startitis

:: Morning!::

Thank you all for your lovely comments and the warm welcome back to blogland I can't tell you how much that means to me.


What is that ball of yellow light in the sky?? I do believe it is called "The Sun" does this mean we may be at the start of summer? We have been battered by wind and rain for so long it's down right depressing. I cannot believe we have been lighting the wood burner and having the heating on in June!
I think this may be what has led to my serious dose of Satrtitis.
I know this is something we all suffer from at times, but I have been quite disciplined up until now. I now have 3 WIP's. I swore I would never do this! I have the  Hitch Hiker  which I featured in my last post. A pair of Artichoke-Socks which are a gift from my Mother to her friend?! Can't quite work that one out (as it's my yarn and work but her friend) but she is my Mummy and I love her so I'll shut up and make all the same and just be pleased she thinks my work is a worthy gift. Both of these projects are 3/4 done but I could resist the lure of the Daffodil no longer. I got some bargain yarn at my LYS sale. I know it's acrylic but I am not rich enough to be a picky ( I would love to do this in alpaca) at £1.60 per 100g ball I am a happy bunny.

  I know this isn't a good photo I took it last night and the light was bad (blasted British Summer)

It feels quite nice although it squeeks a little on my Knit-Pro acrylic (I think it would be ok on metal or bamboo) interchangeables but I am not letting that deter me. Bargain sweater here I come!!!!

I am loving the colour combo so far and I must just add this is my first time using more than one colour at a time and also my first ever Cable Cast On .  
Where would I be without YouTube??
I love learning new skills.

Righto must go do some work then home to wash Middle Littlies disgusting clothes! She has just returned from a residential adventure holiday with the school to celebrate the fact she is about to leave to go to secondary school. I think most of them are just fit for the bin, but she has had an amazing time.
I can't quite believe we have got to the point in life that she is moving up to secondary school but I think all us Mum's feel like this at major milestones in our babies lives.
Bye for now!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Whistle stop update.

::Whistle Stop Update::
Hello everyone who is still out there! I have missed you all very much and I just thought it was about time I updated a little. Let me start by thanking you all very much for your kind words and comments they really do mean an enormous amount to me. 
I can't believe it has been so long, that was not my intention but I do believe it has been good for me to take the break and come back when things were more positive. My blogging may have taken a back seat but my needles and hooks have still been put to good use! 
So what have I made since January?

Two of these:

A pair of these:

One of these for DD1:

And one for me:

My first ever adult sized garment:

One of these for my friend C:

I have one of the above cast on for me now:

For pattern details or yarn info you can find the bits and bobs on my project page on Ravelry.

I am looking forward to catching up on all your knitting, crocheting and crafting adventures.


Sunday, 15 January 2012

Is There Anybody There?

Are you all still there? I do hope so. 
I have felt so detached from you all and the rest of the world not having a phone line or internet for such a long time.
So apart from the festivities being all over I have kept my fingers and brain busy with my first project of the year.
What to knit as my first knit or crochet of 2012?
A rummage through  the stash revealed some lovely sock yarns I had forgotten about. My two Wendy Johnson sock knitting books have been missing for months so a Ravelry search brought me to the lovely stunning Watercress socks. I should have realised that when it came in 4 pdf's that it may be too complicated for my noggin!!  And too complicated it was for a bear of very little brain like me.
Hey-ho in for a penny in for a pound and always keen to learn new skills I began. I say I began but the truth is I didn't look any further into the pattern than the row that was coming next......Yes I was one of those pupils at school who when the teachers told you to read through your exam paper before beginning rushed on in then realised at the end I had already used the answer to the last question in question 2 !!!!!!!! Everything was ok until I came to the gusset (such a rude sounding "gusset" isn't it?) 
I knitted.....I frogged.....I knitted....I frogged. Nope I just kept getting holes where there weren't supposed to be holes :( I won't be so dull as to explain any more to you non sock knitters but the construction of this sock was totally topsy turvy to me so I decided to butcher the pattern.........I kept the lace pattern and went with what I new, then tweaked the bits that I had to do and this is what I came up with

Taaaaaa Daaaaahhhhhhhhh

The original pattern has a frilly top to the sock but I wear boots a lot and don't really want the bulk round my leg so I did a plain 2 by 2 rib. 
Even with all that frogging they are still the quickest pair of socks to date and I am very fond of them indeed.

 Now they are done next on the needles is a tank top for my baby nephew Archie. I am 3/4 of the way done but I will save the pictures and details for next post

Lastly for today...........
I had some news this week which has flipped my world upside down and 2012 is going to be a hard, emotional year so if I disappear again for a little while every now and again, please forgive me but I will be posting when I can.



Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy New Year! Normal Service Will Resume Soon (I hope)

Happy New Year to all you lovely Bloglanders! 
Welcome new Followers and thank you for the two blog awards.
I am unable to post as normal at the moment because I have no home phone line and no internet so I am writing this VERY quickly from work and hoping I don't get caught. I will do a proper post as soon as AOL sort themselves out and get me back in the land of the living. Ggggrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!
Until then lovelies hope you are all well and I look forward to catching up with all your posts and comments!
Love to you all