Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A Yarn Along

sorry about the poor quality of this image, the lens on my phone is scratched.
I will replace asap

Its been a little while since I have participated in A yarn Along, well lets face it, its been a while since I participated in anything really over here in blogsville.
So currently I am reading The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, A book I have read before and decided I wanted to revisit this year. Its an awesome book. I'm on the home run now with only about 20% left to read, I can't wait to share my thoughts on the book with you once I have completed it, its almost 10 years since I last read it.

In terms of knitting I have a few projects going on at the minute (don't we all?!) The one I am sharing with you today is Wispy Cardi by Hannah Fettig. I'm knitting it up in Drops Alpaca 4 ply yarn. After vowing that I would never knit a garment in 4 ply here I am, knitting a garment in 4 ply! The pattern is a little confusing in place but now I've got my head round it its very easy going, just knitting in 4 ply can be a little demoralising at times! The colour is a mustard colour, when once I was drawn to reds and purples, I now seem to go for mustards and greens (funny how our tastes change).

I do like Hannah Fettig's simply but very effective style. I by happy accident recently acquired Hannah's book called 'Home & Away'. I bought the book as a birthday gift for my best friend. Unfortunately some one else also got Isla the same book so she passed me the copy I bought her and I have in return bought her a different book.

Ive not really had chance to look through the book but from what I have seen it looks like an amazing book, well styled and the garments I can see becoming staple pieces in my wardrobe. From the outset there are a couple of patterns I know that I would love to make myself, I can't wait to get cracking on my next pattern.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

A bit of a catch up

oops, I'm sorry I kinda dropped of the face of bloggy land there! I didn't mean to be away for so long, its just how it happened.

You know when life takes over?! I won't lie to you I have been stuck in a bit of a routine really, yes good things have happened but mostly family life took over for a little while, working, cleaning, school for little lady, and general family activities you know how it is.

There are a few changes in the pipe line at here at  the little house in the corner. You may (or may not) know that my day job see's me working as a business to business marketer for an industrial (not very sexy) company. Well I will now be moving companies to take up a more challenging role. I am really looking forward to the new challenge, this is one of the things that has kept me away from this little corner of the world.

I have to say I have enjoyed the break away from here, more than anything I have not felt any pressure to write about what I have been doing. Along with not posting on my blog, I have also been mostly absent from Twitter and reduced the amount of time I have spent on Instagram. I think sometimes the pressure of social media can become a little too much. Although I love seeing and reading about other peoples little worlds it can some times add pressure to be perfect (we don't always share the bad stuff do we?!).

While I have been away I have been reflecting on why it is that I write my blog and the future of my blog. I have always enjoyed reading other peoples blogs, writing about my own events, family activities and my crafts here and I think in a way I lost direction a little so now I am back with a renewed idea of what I would like this little corner of the Internet to look like and I hope that you will enjoy the journey with me.

I have a reading update and lots of finished projects to share with you, I just need to find the time to write about them.

Back again soon, I have missed you all.

Friday, 11 September 2015

PomPom Quarterly & Photography

Well I finally bit the bullet and subscribed to PomPom Quarterly. Have you heard of it before? Its a gorgeous magazine that has some lovely patterns in, covering mostly knitting but some crochet patterns too. Beyond that Pom Pom also includes recipes, various other crafts and interviews.
My best friend has been subscribing it for a little over a year now and I always love having a little peak at her copy. 

I kept seeing people posting up images on Instagram of them with their new pompom magazine, I looked on enviously. So this month I subscribed! I was so impressed when it arrived literally only two days after my purchase. I subscribed on the Thursday evening and by Saturday it was here!!! that's blooming good service right?!

So this quarters publication has some totally divine autumnal knits in and a lovely recipe. There are a couple of articles relating to wool type ventures but what really caught my attention was the article on polaroid cameras and films by Impossible Film. When my mum moved house earlier this year she found a polaroid camera and gave it to me so I have immediately searched it out and I really now want to order some film so that I can get snapping!

Isn't it strange that all the old technology is now making a resurgence. Record players being another. it's just retro.

I now need to source to film for the camera and check that it is in working order. Polaroid a side this article and recent camera related events (my point and shoot camera just not performing as I would like it to) meant that this week I purchased a lovely bridge camera. MR.M has a digital SLR and he is going to teach me how to use my new camera. 

I will now (when I learn) be able to take lovely pictures of my projects, days out with the family and generally capturing memories. I am super excited about this purchase & thank Pom Pom quarterly for inspiring me.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Tehquamenon Shawl - Rohn Strong

You may recall that last month I tested a crochet pattern for Rohn Strong. I have been meaning to  tell you all about it but life has just taken over! I also took a couple of weeks out from this little space. 

I felt very privileged to take part in the testing process, and thoroughly enjoyed liberating yarn from my stash to complete the project. I used two different yarns of the same weight:

Coldharbour mill Aran yarn in Jade
North Ronaldsay Aran yarn in a natural grey.
I used the full yardage on each skein and a 5.5mm crochet hook

The Tehquamenon Shawl is a very simple and quick project, its suitable for all ability levels. I finished the shawl in just two (maybe three) sessions so easily a weekend project and the pattern is so easily adaptable to be a small shawl to a much larger cosy shawl. I opted to follow the pattern to the later as I was happy with the sizing but I will make it larger next time. Yes I will be making this one again.

It really benefits from a good tough blocking as well once completed I gave it a good soak and then stretched it out over my blocking mats. This certainly increased the size of my shawl and flattened it a little too. 

Most of the shawls I make tend to be worn as scarf, just the way I am, I very rarely use them as shawls so I like them nice and cosy. I can see this shawl becoming a nice winter scarf this year and being a well used garment over the coming month.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Night Circus & September's reading

It has been a little while since I have joined in with The Year inBooks over at Circle of Pine Trees. I kinda lost my reading (and if I'm honest creative) Mojo for a little while. I took a break and now I feel motivated to read again. Do you get like that?

This book took me far too long to read. Nothing to do with the book but more to do with me not finding the time to read and the aforementioned loss of motivation. I did get a bit of a sprint on during my 2 weeks off work and, as I always find, the closer I get to the end of a book the more time I seem to spend reading it.

I truly enjoyed this book, I would say that there was occasional pacing issues, sometimes the plot moved on so slowly and was very descriptive and then other times I couldn't seem to keep up with all of the developments. The book definitely improved as the story moved on.

You know those books when the characters seem to stay with you when you are not reading, when you think about the story during your daily activity and wonder about the character’s? this is how I felt about The Night Circus. The Author developed the characters so well, I had an understanding of the individuals that they were and I looked forward to reading the next chapter.

Beyond the story of the circus and I found a deeper meaning in the telling of the lives of two of the main characters and how individuals impact the world around them and the lives of others, how others use them to fulfil their own sad little end games, without any thought of the impact on others. I felt quite angry about this development but it occurred to me that it is a reality that occurs in everyday life! Even now that (after my usual couple of days off reading)  I have started my next book, the story has stayed with me. The last time I felt like this about a book was when I read The Snow Child! (I don't recall writing about this book but it was amazing) 

So my next book. I’m going a little retro now and I am reading ‘The Day of the Triffids’ by John Wyndham.  I have read this book before it was actually about 10 years ago now. Mr. M recommended that I read this book initially and I loved it, I remember being away in London for the weekend so it was my train read. The details of the book are hazy but I recall the story. Considering the book was first published in 1951, I think it is very forward thinking. I am also back to listening to books on my daily commute and I have started to listen to the ‘Shadow of Night’ by Deborah Harkness. I found the first instalment of the series gripping so I fully expect the second book to be just as good. 

I confess that I have missed the monthly book chat and feel so happy to be back and involved.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Weekend WIP Along #12

I am home now after a wonderful week in Scotland, but I am still off work. For once I am not happy to see Friday as this means back to work for me on Monday :(

I have had a great week this week, I have not managed a great deal of knitting but I have done some. 

I only have a couple of WIP's at the minute and they are in the form of the Pester socks & my Pwani shawl. There are a couple of crochet blankets on the go in my basket but I only work on them when I'm bored and need a change.

This week my Aunty from Devon is visiting the Little House in the Corner. Aunty J taught me to knit a few years back but has since lost the knitting bug, that is until I went to stay with her at Easter and sh caught the bug again and wanted to knit some socks, so now Aunty J really does have the knitting bug again. She ordered a pattern and yarn and on Wednesday night cast on the Slipstream Cowl by Inspiration Knits and it is looking amazing.

Aunty J's Knitting

The yarn is Mobberley from Yarns from the plain and its knitting up so beautifully. The yarn is so soft and I can image how snugly it will feel when its around your neck.

Aunty J's knitting

Look how gorgeous the beading detail looks! It makes me so happy to see Aunty J knitting again and finding such joy in her creations. I will miss her when she leaves on Sunday. Yesterday we had a little knit & natter and the lovely Isla from Brityarn joined us, it was great to get together.

I Will continue work on my Pwani shawl this weekend, I am on the second lace panel now, the rows seem to take forever now as with each row there is an increase in stitches. I wanted to cast on a cardi for me earlier in the week but when I got everthing ready I realised that the cable I need for the circulars is in use on my shawl! gutted! I guess its trying to stop me having loads of WIPS! and a good motivation to get my shawl finished.

I do love the effect of the garter panel and the lace panel together. It will look great when it is finished. 

So what are you weekend project plans? Spinning? Knitting/crochet? Sewing? Baking? if you have a blog then why not join in below with the link up. post up your link and link back to this post to join in. I love to read what you are all doing.

*Please don't forget to link back to my post on your blog so we can help grow this little community.*

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Slowing down

The summer holidays are in full swing here and we have enjoyed a slower pace of life over the last couple of weeks. This week I am home with the little lady and we have been blessed with the good weather as well. 

Little ladies friends are all away so I have been trying to keep her occupied during the day with lots of different activities. Yesterday I took the decision to buy a posh pom pom maker after making a dodgy shaped pom pom using the traditional method. That purchase was a good move as little lady immediately pulled out the scrap yarn basket and set to making lots of lovely pom pom's. 

In a matter of half an hour little lady had made several 'they're so fluffy' pom poms...

My activity this week has been mostly on my Pwani shawl. I have just finished the second garter tab and I am about to join the next colour for the second lace panel. I am loving this shawl but I am not sure I will make the deadline of the end of August as the rows are getting so long now and after this week my knitting time will be limited again.

I am still working my way through 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern. I seem to have been reading this for such a long time. I don't have any issues with the book, in fact I am really enjoying it. I just don't seem to find the time to read. That said, being off work for a couple of weeks has meant I have found more time to read as well as knit. I have now managed 85% of the book so not much left now and the book has really picked up pace. Such a magical book that I can't wait to finish now.

Today I am linking in with A Small Things blog. 

Friday, 7 August 2015

Weekend WIP Along #11

Just a short post from me today.

Another week has passed and I have spent my week on the Isle of Islay with my family. I  am currently on route home, hence the brief post today.

Crafting has been limited so I will continue with my shawl, the secret project & the pester socks.

I hope to be back to give you a better update on my progress next week but for now I shall leave you to link up below.

So what are you weekend project plans? Spinning? Knitting/crochet? Sewing? Baking? if you have a blog then why not join in below with the link up. post up your link and link back to this post to join in. I love to read what you are all doing.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Weekend WIP Along #10

You wouldn't think it was summer would you? A serious amount of rain has fallen this week and the tempiriture is so low. It more knit wolly jumpers weather than knit summer shawls.

Have you had a busy knitting/crafting week? I haven't managed much crafting this week at all.

I do however seem to have a bit of a WIP pile going on. I've finished one pester sock and cast on the second, I also have the pwani shawl on the needles, a crochet blanket and a sector crochet project which I can't wait to tell you about, but I will have to wait a little while.

 I have cast on the second sock, don't you find it fiddly when you first cast on?

The Pwani shawl is an addictive knit, the rows are getting longer and longer.

My secret project using the scrumptious 100% baby alpaca from Eden Cottage Yarns. 

I am busy planning my holiday knitting currently an trying to resist packing all my WIP's haha. Its quite stressful planning which projects to take away don't you think?

Soo what are your weekend WIP along plans?

So what are you weekend project plans? Spinning? Knitting/crochet? Sewing? Baking? if you have a blog then why not join in below with the link up. post up your link and link back to this post to join in. I love to read what you are all doing.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Weekend WIP Along #9 - A Test Shawl

Another Friday is here and that can only mean its Weekend WIP Along time. I hope you have had a lovely week, mine seems to have totally flown by yet again. I am off work today which is a bonus, I would love my day to be filled with crafting but the reality is it is the school holidays and there is plenty to be done in the house and activities with little lady (which of course will be fun).

Last weekend was filled with birthday party activity and eating out with the family to celebrate both little lady's and my birthday. I would also like to thank you for all your birthday wishes. I did manage a little crafting over the weekend. In fact I cast on a new shawl with my new Hiya Hiya circular needles.

I cast on a new shawl (more to come on that in a post next week), I am also very close to finishing off the first pester sock however both of those projects have been put to one side for a special project. I am currently testing a simple crochet shawl for Rohn Strong, I've never done testing on a pattern before. I cast on the shawl on Wednesday night and it needs to be finished by the end of this weekend which is really achievable as its super easy and super quick but a very effective design. I would say I completed around 70% in one sitting.

This weekend will see me concentrate on completing this pattern and once I finish it I will continue work on the pester socks.

Last week I posted up about the last minute bunting, well I did finish the bunting and it looked great, I will write a separate post about the little lady's birthday party for you.

So what are you weekend project plans? Spinning? Knitting/crochet? Sewing? Baking? if you have a blog then why not join in below with the link up. post up your link and link back to this post to join in. I love to read what you are all doing.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Tin Can Knits - Old Growth

Regular visitors to my blog will know about this cardigan. I only been worked on it a couple weeks but the majority of the knitting happened while I was off work mid June.

I have loved the 'Old Growth' pattern since I bought Tin Can Knits book at Yarndale 2014. The collection is called Road Trip and it is a collection of cosy Knits.They create the most beautiful designs and what I love most about it is that most of their designs are created seamessley. I had to read the pattern a few times to get my head around how it worked but if anything that confused me more so in the end I just got on with it. Yes I made a few mistakes but I got there in the end.

I created the 7th size which is age 8-10 so perfect for Little Lady (Tin Can Knit patterns come from baby size to adult size), Little Lady never asked who it is for and I don't think she realised it was for her. Usually she takes a keen interest in my knitting but I think because I had knitted a lot that week, and mostly while she has been at school, I don't think she has given it any thought.

I cast it off on Thursday finishing with the most complicated piece of knitting, the button band, it blew my mind! then washed and blocked it. The buttons themselves were added once it was dried.

When I presented the cardigan to Little Lady she was so excited! and it will look great with her jeans when we progress through to autumn. So you may consider me crazy that in the hottest week of the year so far I knitted with Aran yarn, but at least the garment is ready for the colder weather when it inevitably arrives. My nana always said that she knitted our cardigans and jumpers in the summer ready for the winter and sewed our summer dresses in the winter so they would be ready. I guess I can see the logic.

I can't wait to knit my next Tin Can Knits pattern.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Weekend WIP Along #8 & A Birthday

Hello again, another week gone and for me another year older!

Cake for breakfast is allowed on your birthday!
Yes I had another birthday this week so its been a busy week, especially since today is the little ladies birthday as well. July is always a busy month for our family. 

For my birthday I got lots of yarny goodness, Mr.M bought me some sock blockers, a lovely crochet book, some hiya hiya circulars, some wys yarn along with lots of other lovely gifts from my friends and family. I am so proud of Mr. M purchasing such lovely yarn goodies for me I do feel very spoilt.

just a few of my gifts

As you will have ready earlier in the week, I have been hooking up some bunting ready for the little ladies birthday part and other than that I have not really worked on anything. Little ladies birthday party is tomorrow so I will be busy all day getting ready for that and on Sunday we are going out for lunch.

With all of that in mind I'm pretty sure that I wont get much knitting done. If I do manage to find some time to knit I will be working on what I have called the Pester socks, so called because Mr. M pestered me until I cast him on a pair of socks. Other than that I have no knitting/crochet plans. 

So what are you weekend project plans? Spinning? Knitting/crochet? Sewing? Baking? if you have a blog then why not join in below with the link up. post up your link and link back to this post to join in. I love to read what you are all doing.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A last minute project

Don't you love it when you have an idea but are limited on time to implement said idea?!

This weekend will mark my daughters 8th birthday (I struggle to comprehend where the time has gone to). This year she is having a little tea party with a few friends so I am going to decorate the dining room up for her.

So the idea, I wanted some crochet bunting to put up for her. I have lots of scraps of yarn that I keep for such projects so the yearn was not an issue, the problem is I only had the idea at the weekend giving me a week to create the bunting. I also have work and all my usual jobs to also fit into that week.

So far I have thirteen triangles which may be enough but if I manage more that would be great. Luckily these little triangles are quick and easy to make at around 10/15 minutes per triangle (without sewing in the ends). I have used Stylecraft DK yarn and a 4mm Hook and not followed any pattern. I hope they create a lovely little display in the dining room for Little Lady's tea party.

I do love crochet, anyone who has read my blog for a while will know that crochet is my first love although I do seem to knit more than crochet these days. Its good to be working on a crochet project again.

I really have lost my reading mojo at the minute so my reading is currently limited to knitting & crochet magazines. I really need to find my reading mojo again!

Today I am lining in with a yarn along. 

Crochet Bowl Pattern

Crochet Bowl

Picture courtesy of Brityarn

Yarn used: Blacker Chunky
Hook size: 5mm
Terms used are UK terms
CH = chain
DC = double crochet
BL = black loop

I created the Base using a standard circular increase which is as follows

Chain 6 and slip stitch into the first CH. To create a circle.
Round 1:   6DC into the circle.
Round 2 -  2DC into each DC (12 DC)
Round 3 - *2DC into 1st DC 1DC I to the next DC* repeat from *-* around (18 DC)
Round 4 - *2DC into first DC 1dc into the next 2 DC's*  repeat from *-* around (24 DC)
Round 5 - *2DC into first DC 1DC into each of the next 3DC* repeat from *-* around (30 DC)
Round 6 -  work even all the way around (1 dc in each dc)  (30 dc)
Round 7-   *2 DC into first DC then 1 DC into each of the next 4 DC* repeat from *-* (36 DC)
Round 8 -  *2DC into first DC then 1 DC into each of the next 5 DC* repeat from *-* (42DC)
Round 9 -  *2 DC into first DC then 1 DC in each of the next 6 DC* repeat from *-*(48 DC)
Round 10 - *2 DC in the first DC and then 1 DC in each of the next 7DC* repeat from *-* (54 DC)
Round 11 -  work even all the way around (1DC in each DC) (54 DC)
Round 12 - *2DC in the first DC and then 1 DC in each of the next 8 DC*  repeat from *-* (60DC)
Round 13 - work even around, however work 1DC into the BL only of each DC around. (60DC)
Round 14 and beyond - 1 dc in each all the way around.  Continue in this manner until the desired height has been reached.

To finish I worked what I call the crocodile stitch. Work double crochet as you normally would however instead of working into the next DC work to the DC behind, work the DC in the reverse. This creates a beautiful edging to finish with.

Enjoy, if you have any questions then please get in touch. I would love to see your crochet bowls if you make one. 

Friday, 10 July 2015

Weekend WIP Along #8

How have you all been? What have you been doing?

Last weekend I was working on the Hoodlet and Socks and also I needed to sew the buttons on the Old Growth Cardigan. Well Old Growth Cardigan is now completely finished and in little lady's draw waiting for the cooler weather to arrive.

The Hoodlet has now been put to one side. I managed to knit far more than I though I would and completed the front panel and the back as well. I went to start on the hood but sadly I had bought the wrong circular needles. It is my birthday coming up soon so I am on a purchasing ban and cannot buy any new needles so the Hoodlet will have to wait.

I have progressed well with the socks despite hitting a bit of a road block with my crafting this week. I had three nights where I just could not get into anything and wanted to do nothing! do you get like that?

I am back on it now and determined to get these socks sorted. I really don't have that many WIP's at the minute which is pretty amazing, I have got the urge to cast loads of things on though and need to hold back a little! I do really have the urge to do some crochet I'm thinking a cardigan.

So what are you weekend project plans? Spinning? Knitting/crochet? Sewing? Baking? if you have a blog then why not join in below with the link up. post up your link and link back to this post to join in. I love to read what you are all doing.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Blacker Yarn - Pure Black Welsh Mountain Chunky

A little while ago Isla from BritYarn asked me to crochet a basket to store her stitch markers in (for resale). Isla had chosen the yarn she wanted me to use and has asked me to write up my thoughts on the yarn from a crocheters point of view.

Picture Courtesy of BritYarn

The Yarn:

Colour way is black
50 g balls
yardage - 55 Metres

(I used three Balls)

I didn't use a pattern to make the bowl I just used a basic circular increase, but if you are interested I have written up the pattern and I will be posting it up on my blog in the next week.

The ball band suggests a 6mm needle however I know that I needed this to be a tight fabric so that it is more ridged than it should be, I first attempted the basket with a 5.5mm hook but it still was a little floppy so I pulled it out and went down a size to 5mm. The yarn handled being crocheted up and ripped out really well, I didn't notice any fraying that happens with some yarns when you pull it back. The yarn was lovely to work with and considering I was using a hook 1 mm smaller than the recommended size there was no issues with the yarn splitting at all which, as a crocheter has been an issue in the past with some yarns. The finished bowl only took a few hours to produce, and was very ridged and perfect for the job in hand.

The yarn its self is quite coarse and I'm not sure I would be happy with it made into a scarf or a garment that is too close to the skin, that said it would make an amazingly warm over cardigan/jumper and would knit/crochet up beautifully.

I would certainly make some more of these baskets for myself, perhaps for my dressing table for make up or hair things and they would also be great scattered around the house.

The only negative of this yarn for me is that this is the only colour available, It is the natural colours which you can understand why there are no other colour ways. This however is being totally picky as the yarn was lovely to use.

BritYarn is a online yarn shop that celebrates the British yarn industry. Isla has a range of British produced yarn some of which you will have heard of but also introducing you to others that you may not have. While Isla has been setting up this business in the last few months I have found myself becoming more aware of the yarns I use and where they come from. Pop over to BritYarns and see what you think for yourself.

This post is not a sponsored post and my opinions are my own, I would only recommend yarns/patterns that I truly love and have enjoyed myself. 

Keep an eye out on my blog for the bowl pattern appearing.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Tsunami socks by Judy Sumner

I bought Judy's book, knitted socks east and west, some time ago now, long before I could actually knit socks. I was drawn to the gorgeous photographs throughout the book.

I am now a sock knitter (oh how I love to say that) having knitted a couple of pairs for other people but non for myself. One evening I headed to the craft room and pulled out this lovely book and as I often do with my pattern books, I flicked through trying to decide what to make. After some debate I settled on Tsunami socks, I love that with each pattern Judy provides a description, or perhaps a context for the socks themselves. I knew just the yarn to set free from my stash. So I have the pattern and the yarn, let's cast on! Oh flip I don't have the right size needles, quick order them.

The yarn used was originally intended for the Schools out cardigan and was a supersize skein of deliciousness.  Yarn garden giant burr oak 600 meters (150g) of heavenly yarn. I can't find the label to tell you what the yarn is but I know it contains silk. I bought the yarn from Yarndale in 2014 so it was good to finally release it from the stash. I still have enough left to make another pair of ankle socks too.

Once my needles arrived I cast on, after the rib every round is pretty much a pattern round, so for me a lot of concentration is required. I class myself as a novice sock knitter and taking on such a patterned sock was a big risk. They did take me a while to complete but I have to say that Judy's instructions were so good that it was a very simple pattern to follow, even telling you how many stitches on each needle.

The entire process was very enjoyable and once the socks were blocked, I was eager to wear them, it was like my feet were wrapped up in silky softness all day long.

I would really recommend judy's book, I shall be knitting up some more of the patterns myself.

This sock knitting is totally addictive, I already have another pair of socks on the go. Unfortunately  they are not for me, they are for Mr. M.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Weekend WIP Along #7

Friday again already, and what a beautiful week it has been. It is typical that it should be such a glorious week when I started back at work on Monday. I am still not able to drive for another week or two but I am healing well and I have even managed a couple of short walks this week with my friend.

Due to not being as active as I normal I am managing a little more knitting time than I would usually enjoy in the working week, because it is feet up when I get home. This week I have been working on the Tiny Owl Knits hoodlet and Mr. M's sock. I set my self a small challenge of finishing the front of the hoodlet by Monday next week but with the scorching weather I am not feeling inclined to pick the chunky knit up, we shall see how that goes.

This weekend I need to sew the buttons onto the Old Growth Cardigan (which I still have not done),
try to finish the front panel of the hoodlet and get on with Mr.M's socks (which after having to pull them out are still not back to where they were previously). I also want to sit down with my kindle and make some progress with the Night Circus.

We have a free weekend this weekend, the previous plans have been cancelled now so beyond the usual weekend chores we can just go with the flow. Its the first and last weekend for a while that we dont have plans of some sort so we are just going to see how the weather is and what we feel like doing. Don't you love it when that happens?! (I'm hoping to sit in the garden with some knitting at some point).

So what are you weekend project plans? Spinning? Knitting/crochet? Sewing? Baking? if you have a blog then why not join in below with the link up. post up your link and link back to this post to join in. I love to read what you are all doing.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Tiny Owl Knits - Hoodlet

This picture does not do the beautiful Teal colour  or the cable pattern any justice!

I would say it was around 18 months ago that Mr. M bought me the Tiny Owl Knits pattern book. Tiny Owl Knits is the lady behind the Bee-keeper blanket design. not heard of that? its amazing. I have of course, along with many others started my hexipuffs for this blanket but they are as and when and I am in no hurry, I am in fact building up a stock of ball ends of 4 ply yarn to make a few more hexipuffs.

Any way I totally digressed there, lets get back onto the book. It had been in my wish list for a while and when I opened it up I was thrilled with it, the photography is amazing and the patterns are lush. I was immediately drawn to the Hoodlet but thought it was way beyond my capabilities. The book went onto the shelf!

Recently I have had a change in mindset when it comes to knitting/crochet, I do of course thing some things are beyond my capability but I still take them on one row at a time, learning a new stitches/technique along the way. I find this is really building my confidence. So last week while I was home I eventually cast it on. I bought the yarn some time ago for it knowing I wanted to knit it.

The recommended yarn is Rowan Big Wool, now I like Rowan big wool, but big wool comes at a big price costing around £90-£100 to make this garment so I researched and as mentioned before with the 'off to bed' project I found Wendy Pampas as an alternative. Wendy pampas comes in at around half the cost of Rowan big wool, but I got a notification through from Deremores saying they had a sale on this yarn and I bought the quantity I needed for around £25.00.

I dont mind spending money on quality yarn but I did think £100 was rather excessive and after the initial testing there is very little difference in the quality of the yarn.

The pattern is written so well, line for line and I have set myself little goals to reach, every row is different and requires concentration (for me anyway) there is no watching TV or talking while I am working on this one.

I've only worked on it a couple of times because as you will have read previously I was working on Old Growth cardigan but I have given it my full attention this week so far. I am so pleased that I have taken the plunge to knit this , it may take me a while but I will get there! Every one needs a really chunky knit on the hottest week of the year so far, right? Trust me to knit winter garments in the summer! haha

Don't you find that you tell yourself something is too difficult to make or it looks way beyond your capabilities but when you get round to it, you wonder what all the fuss was about?

I'm linking in with the Yarn Along today. 

Friday, 26 June 2015

Weekend WIP Along #6

Here we are again, Friday. This week has been a fairly steady one for me. I have been home all week recovering very well from my knee operation. It seems to have gone well and I am getting around really well already.

As predicted it has been a week of knitting and I cast on the main part of the Old Growth Cardigan for little lady on Sunday and cast it off yesterday. Whoop Whoop. Once it was blocked I just needed to sew the buttons on. I can't wait to show the completed cardigan as I am so pleased with it.

I also cast on the Tiny Owl Knits hoodlet but I've barely touched all week and then there is a the socks I cast on to take into hospital with me. Well the socks are no more, I dropped a stitch and the more I tried to recover the stitch the worse it got, so I just ripped the small amount I had done back and I intend to start that again this weekend. The Socks I am knitting is CoopKnits 'dave' from her latest book. and I am using West Yorkshire Spinners yarn in Partridge colourway. Lets hope that next week I will have some progress for you.

What are your weekend plans?
Post your blog link below and link back here to join in the link party. I would love to create a little chatter.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

A Yarn Along - Old Growth

Being off work certainly has its advantages. This week I have been working on the Little Ladies cardigan and after only a few sittings (exceptionally long sittings) I am almost finished it.  I've really got stuck into knitting this cardigan. I think because I am knitting in aran yarn it is working up quite quickly. 

I love Tin Can Knit patterns as they are seamless making it more likely that once its completed it wont sit in my basket just waiting to be sewn up. I am hoping that I will finish the cardigan today, all I have left to do is the yoke and the button bands. I will then need to raid the button box to see if I have any/enough suitable buttons for it or if i need to order some. I love my button box, a little box of colourful treasure, you remove the lid and can't help but smile and dive your hand into the treasure to see what you might discover.

I continue (slowly) to read The Night Circus and the more I read the more I love it, I guess as I am enjoying my knitting so much this week I will continue to read at the same pace. 

I am enjoying having lots of flowers around the house this week. If you read my blog regularly (thank you) then you will know last week I had a minor operation on my knee and this week I am recovering, I have had friends and family visit and with them they have brought some lovely flowers. The smell fills the house and the colours are bright and cheery. I shall be sad when all the vases are empty and the lovely scents have dissipated but thankful they were here if only for a short time. 

Today I am linking up with A Yarn Along.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A finished Hap

Hip hip hurrah, I have finished my hap. I have mentioned before about the hapalong.

Knit British arranged the #hapalong and since then, hundreds of hap's have been cast on. I'm sure I previously said I would not join in, but totally enabled by Mrs ID and Louise from Knit British I found a crochet hap that looked relatively easy so on the cast on date I joined in with the virtual knit/crochet group via twitter and instagram and cast on. The hap didn't take that long to work up really, but I have to say that I was not that impressed with the pattern. The yarn guide was incorrect, I did carefully gauge my yarn and convert it correctly, doing the calculations several times to ensure I ordered the correct amount of yarn. I had to order an additional three balls of yarn and after using up two of them I cast it off early knowing to finish I would need to order another two. I used 12 balls overall but I think if I had seen it through to the end it would have used 15 balls of yarn.

The pattern was also written in a slightly confusing manner, I think a couple of the other ladies also struggled with the wording and the repeats, after much perseverance I got there.

The pattern was Alchemilla Shawl. I used Drops Safran cotton Yarn (12 balls) and the suggested hook sizes of 4.5 & 6 mm.

I went for my favourite colour red and with it being made in cotton, it has quite a heavy drape which adds warmth to it.

The boarder is so pretty, I think that the confusion in the pattern is how the boarder is written. I have to say it is worth the perseverance's because look how gorgeous it is!

Blocking my hap was a bit of an issue, my blocking boards are not big enough and there was no where really that I could pin it out and leave it. In the end I moved out the dining room chairs and pinned it to a towel under the table, leaving it there for a few days to dry out.

Since I completed it, it has been used as a shawl, as a lap blanket and as a scarf. I love this hap so much. I have had many comments on the design and the striking colour too. My hap attracted a lot of attention when I was in hospital last week, with all the ladies on the ward wanting to have a look and know more.  I would love to make another one but with a different colour boarder.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Weekend WIP Along #5

Hello you lovely lot.

Well here we are again, Fridays seem to come around really quickly at the minute. As you will have read in a earlier post this week I did indeed finish my Tsunami socks last weekend and not only that I finished another quick project.

This weekend/week I will manage a fair bit of knitting because I am heading into hospital today to have the damage to my knee repaired. I am going to be home for a week and not able to move around a great deal, so no excuse for not getting caught up on my blog reading, book reading & knitting!

I have packed in my hospital bag some socks I cast on this week (they are for Mr.M) and beyond that I am still working on the Old Growth Cardi. I thought taking the socks with me would be best as they are basic socks and no major concentration is required.

Working on the second sleeve of Old Growth.

Just a short post from me this week but I hope that you can join in and share your projects, it will certainly give me some reading material over the weekend if you can.

So please add your link below, link back to here and join in the fun.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Off To Bed with The Night Circus!

This week is passing me by so quickly, I feel rather dizzy! Don't you find it happens that way sometimes? I have some time off work coming as I am going into hospital on Friday to finally repair the damage to my knee (cue lots of knitting & reading time coming up) hence this week I am super busy at work & home.

I am currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I will openly admit I have been reading it for a little while now. Its not the longest book, especially after the epic read that was Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Coming in at only 512 pages its half the size! The problem is the same one I encounter on a regular basis, Time! I think I am only around 15% through the book but I fully intend to read more over the next week. The book so far is very enjoyable and is based around magic (I seem to be drawn to these stories). 

I am also listening to a book on my daily commute to and from work as well. The Humans by Matt Haig, Again it is just a short book and I only have a couple hours left to listen to, so far I have found it highly amusing, I have found myself giggling away in the car. I am sure I have had some funny looks while being sat in traffic! The Humans is mostly about an alien landing on earth and his experiences in a human body. If you want a giggle then I would recommend it. That said I am not finished it yet so I will reserve full judgement on it till then. haha

Work In Progress

Knitting has been rather productive as well! This weekend I started and finished a knitting project and even better I started it and finished it in a day, BOOM!

This is the moment that I admit that I was using 12mm knitting needles and super chunky yarn. Don't you find chunky yarn knits up so quickly?!

The pattern is Off To Bed Pyjama Case by Suzie Johnson. This has been in my ravelry queue for an age now and I have had the yarn for a while too. The pattern suggests Rowan Big wool which in my opinion for a PJ case is quite expensive. 

Before the ends have been sewn in & and it has been blocked.

The yarn I used was:
Rowan Big Wool in wild berry colourway x 1 ball
Wendy Pampas in Rhubarb colourway x 1 ball
Wendy Pampas in purple colourway x 1 ball

The Wendy Pampas alternative is just as effective as the Rowan, yes you can tell the difference in the feel of the two different yarns but the effect is just the same and the cost is vastly reduced. If you are happy to spend the money on Rowan then that's great but for those with a tighter budget I found this yarn match the gauge and produce a lovely fabric. I mixed the two yarns together in this project and think it works quite well.

I loved this project, I would say it only took 3-4 hours total knitting time then half an hour to sew in the ends and wash it and block it.  It did however take a little longer to dry out on the blocking board. 

I did say earlier in this little post that it had been a productive weekend, well as part of my Weekend WIP Along (why don't you come and join in this Friday) I did say I would finish the Tsunami socks and well *smug face right about now*, I only blooming finished them! I have a entire post devoted to these lovely socks coming your way in the very near future along with a post about my completed hap (that's a lot of writing to be done).

Well I think that's me for today I'm sure I have rambled on enough now so I shall leave you all to your lovely day. Have fun. 

Today I have linked in with A Yarn Along over on Small Things Blog. 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Weekend WIP Along #4

Did you have a good week?

Did you join in the Weekend WIP Along last week? why not add your blog link to the link up below so we can see what you have been doing and see your projects?

Last week I was looking at working on my Tsunami socks and a embroidery project I discovered in the depths of my craft room.

We took a trip out in Daphne (our caravan) to a lovely place near Malton called Helperthorpe. It was nice to be away from it all and spend some time with the family. The weather wasn't the best with high winds hampering our plans to get out in the countryside. My knee is causing me some issues and I struggle to walk around, so when Mr M and little lady took a little time to go and explore the local area I spent some time in the caravan relaxing and of course knitting. This time knitting has meant that my sock is almost finished! yes that's right, almost finished! this of course has meant that I did no work on my little embroidery project.

Tsunami Socks

Don't you find that when you really get close to the end of a project you feel a need to get it finished and keep working on it! I feel a little addicted to my knitting and the thought of new projects is really spurring me to finish the socks.

So still on the go I have the Old Growth cardigan, the embroidery project and my socks. I will this weekend Finish (yes I said finish!) my socks and after that any other craft work is a bonus.

The starlings of the 2nd sleeve on Old Growth

I know that this weekend I am going to realise lots of time for knitting or even spinning. Mr M is heading off to Download today with his friends so its just little lady and me (and my mum). I am hoping that this weekend I will finally get some pictures of my completed hap so that I can show you.

so what are your weekend wip along plans? I hope you can join in the fun.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Weekend WIP Along #3

did you manage to get much of your projects completed over the last week?

I have at last finished my lovely big hap for the #hapalong. As yet I have not shown it to you or posted about it as it is currently pinned out on towels underneath my dining room table! The hap is that big it does not fit on my blocking boards so I had to find some other means of blocking it. I hope to share a ta dah with you in the next few days, when the weather has brightened up enough for me to take some pictures.

For now here it is blocking.

I managed to cast on the second Tsunami sock as well although only managed to knit the cuff and one pattern repeat but that is progress right? and I have not worked on the little ladies cardigan at all this week.
I have worked on it more than this now with 3 full pattern repeats completed.

For the coming weekend and maybe week ahead if I get the time I want to make some progress on the second sock as they have been a wip for a little too long really and maybe manage to knit the second sleeve of little ladies cardigan.

Also while searching around in the craft room for project bags I found some embroidery I have been working on but totally forgot about (for about a year or so haha). Its the 12 days of Christmas bunting. Its a redwork pattern by dandelion designs. I have made this once already about 4/5 years ago for my Nana but I really wanted one for my living room too. so I have managed the 1st and 2nd and just need the other ten days completing now.  I must remember to not go clearing out or delving into storage boxes in the future, goodness knows what I will find!

So my weekend plans are to work on the Tsunami sock and finish day 3 of the twelve days of Christmas.

Now for the fun part. If you would like to join in with the weekend wip along then add a link to you blog post below and tag back to this blog post so others can see, hopefully we can create a great weekend wip along community. I will create a button for this as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for playing and happy weekend wip along.