Monday, October 05, 2009

just a little knitting

Not much knitting going on, still have a tendon/shoulder problem, so my niece's birthday present is going to be a little late, she is getting a Felicity hat and some Opera gloves by Ysolda, I hope she likes them, finished pics really soon.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Autumn weather

The cold weather is coming so that means that there is more knitting going on, in the summer heat I think the sum total of my knitting was 2 washcloths for the kitchen.
On the first cold day I shall be wearing these, Noro Silk Garden socks, yarn bought for me by my lovely Aunt in K1 in Glasgow.

My Garter Yoke Cardi is coming along, handspun yoke and Cashmerino body.

There was also a little fibre dyeing this week, some BFL and some merino/nylon, which I am hoping will make good sock yarn.............eventually!

My brother and SIL and one of our knitting group are both expecting baby girls so I might have to knit something pink and girly soon........

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The sun is shining

Spring has sprung at last and the sun has been shining for a couple of days, things are always better when the sun shines, except the colour of the windows I know and my car actually, thats tomorrows job, car wash, how exciting ;)

I received this beautiful box of batts from the lovely Faith this morning, I am leaving them in their bags for the moment as the temptation to do nothing but spin is huge but I really need to do some cleaning up before I can spin.

Faith has great photos of them though you can see them here. There is nothing on the wheel though, yeah, as I did manage to finish my singles for the SAL.
They are knitting up quite nicely into Ishbel, I decided I needed to be knitting something less complicated at the moment, comfort knitting is in order.

Laminaria got all finished up in time and sent to one of my aunts, she loved it and it did look cute on, so well worth the effort.

While in Scotland I did run away to spend a fab day in Glasgow with one of my aunts, we spent a nice time yarn shopping and had lots to drool over in K1, I was gifted some Silk Garden sock which is currently becoming these, it is just a little warm for them at the minute but they are going to be fabulous in winter, I love them :)

My Mum and cousin did the Race for Life on Sunday at Eglington Park, the sun shone and it looked a lovely day, I was dyeing some fibre and this is my Race for Life colour. With added cat of course as Pete likes to be in ALL photos ;)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Mum

Today is my lovely Mums bithday, she is currently doing a fabulous job taking care of no2 son for me. Its not easy as he is a stroppy teenager but I appreciate it millions, he is so happy to be studying in Scotland, the difference for him is HUGE!!
This is her birthday pressie, which I am sure has arrived, La Poste hasn't been playing up too much recently going in that direction.

It is Hey Teach from Knitty, knitted in Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora.
Hope you have a lovely day Mum.

The merino spinning is still on the wheel, I have dyed some fibre, some BFL and some Shetland as I am taking part in Amys groups SAL/KAL.
The challenge is to spin a laceweight single and knit it into a shawl, there a couple of shawl options, I think I am going with the Aeolian from Knitty as its less yardage to spin. I have only spun a laceweight single once and haven't actually knit with it............yet!

I dyed some fibre for this as I didn't have anything semi-solid enough AND everything I have is only 4oz, I need some wiggle room to get enough yardage.
The challenge has to be done over April/May, so I am hoping to get it done.

The Laminaria is still on the needles, I really am not loving it, though I have now got to the stage of being able to read it, before I was blindly knitting and letting out a sigh of relief when I got to the end of a row with the right stitch count. I am going to try to finish it soon, I have 10 rows to go I think ;)

Some little sewing has been done, need to make some more like this, so cute.
Also I discovered the cat likes to drink tea, now I am wondering, how long as he been sticking his paws in my tea cup when I am not around, bleuch!!

Friday, March 13, 2009


Well its almost spring, still cold but the sun is trying to shine.
This is last February's Spunky Eclectic Club roving, Think Spring colour, its South African Fine, it measures 310yds, it probably needs to be socks as I don't do yellow ;)

This is my Natural Dye Studio orphan Ishbel, by Ysolda, I did a couple of extra repeats added on to the small size, it measures and weighs 144g. I like it and think I might knit another one.

Just finished is a cardi for my Mum, it needs blocked and sewn up, I think I might just make it in time for her birthday on the 31st but don't hold your breath, I do love sewing up...........not!

Some sewing next, though I am waiting for our new iron to be delivered as the current on fried itself. I also need to get the owner to come and check out the electrics as I am sure there is something not right with them, we had to replace the televsion recently too, hmm.........

Lastly, for the last night of the panto we had a little fun quiz, we took an old photo, added a speech bubble and had to guess who everyone was, here is mine, taken on Irvine beach 1968 :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Fibre from Babylonglegs
There has been a little spinning going on after a little break, where I just wasn't feeling the love, I actually think it was the merino that was kicking my butt that did it. So anyone have any ideas on how I can spin merino on my Louet S10 feel free to jump in because last months Spunky Eclectic fibre was the softest organic merino and I don't want to waste it.

I also need to remember not to use the same Vaseline I use on my lips, on my wheel, this morning I wiped a smear of vaseline on my face before stepping out in the cold and got a big piece of fibre on my lip, not nice ;)

So last year I spun yarn for a specific project and recently finished knitting it.
Here is my 28thirty in Icelandic and BFL both by Amy, I love it and its perfect for our freezing cold weather.

I even have some fibre on my Ethan Jacob spindle, it is spinning the finest singles ever but how long is it going to take me to spin 2oz of fibre on it?

More knitting news, I recently lost 2 pairs of socks, they developed big holes in the bottom, so new socks for me are on the needles but according to no3 these two don't make a pair, personally I quite like them :)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Happy New Year

I know I'm late but that is kind of normal for me at the moment, so I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2009.
2008 sucked big time for us and I am hoping that 2009 will be better, it can't be any worse, so here's tae a guid yin!

So knitting, after the wrist/tendon thingy which is still playing up on occasion, I did manage to do most of the xmas knitting and only missed out on one pair of socks. So my lovely brother got an IOU, he did get another pressie so wasn't completely forgotten.

Xmas knitting out to dry here

We spent christmas in Scotland and New Year in france and this week we have some lovely snow, well lovely for me as I don't need to go anywhere, not so lovely for those who are snowed in and need to get out :)

There was a little xmas sewing this dress for the fairy princess and this bag for my friend, which was loved so I need to make me one now ;)