Saturday, 8 February 2014


I have finally finished my 'Garden Gate Vest' by Vera Sanon knitted in Rowan Pure Wool Aran. I don't know why it took so long (other than being interrupted by scarf knitting for Christmas) as it was a very easy knit. It felt like the sewing up took longer...I procrastinated for a long time before finally working out how to do mattress stitch- thank-you You Tube! The photo isn't great as the weather is too dull to model it, but I didn't want to wait!

I've also bought the pattern and yarn for my next project, the 'Sally' top by Lisa Richardson in the new Rowan magazine (No 55) in Handknit Cotton. I'm going for a purple/dusky pink combo which I hope will look good... Amy has a gym competition next weekend, so I'm hoping to get it underway for then!

I have also finally found a new home for my Suzie Johnson knitted house collection. We needed a new coat rack in the hallway as the coats were hung right up against a wall which was going mouldy as there was no air circulation. The solution was for Chris to fashion a little shelf with a bar (for hanging saucepans on!) underneath so we can hang the coats on little 'S' hooks. The shelf looked quite empty until my row of cottages moved in and now it looks complete. Happy days!

We went to see Frank Turner in Cardiff during the week, it was a great show! I don't know how we managed to be unaware of him for so long, even after he sang at the opening ceremony for London 2012...but at least we're on board now. If you've not heard of him before, have a listen to his album 'Tapedeck Heart' - it's great.

Lastly, I have bragging rights in the house (at least until next weekend) as Liverpool (my team) just beat Arsenal (Chris' team) 5-1...whoop whoop!!

Have a good weekend!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Hello Stranger!

So, it turns out that I'm not very good at blogging! I can't seem to get the hang of a) making it work properly b) keeping it up-to-date and c) knowing if it's even worth doing at no-one reads it!

If there is actually anyone out there reading this, let me know!

Since I last posted, a number of months have passed and a new year is well underway. I have managed to complete a number of projects, which always feels good!

Ray of Light scarf/ shawl for me, designed by Suzie Johnson

Modified 'Opal' scarf by Kim Hargreaves made my my Auntie Susan

A Gryffindor Scarf modelled by my husband, knitted for a friend

A Ravenclaw scarf knitted for Amy for her birthday

I've also very nearly finished my 'Garden Gate Vest', it just needs some good light for me to complete the sewing up. With so much finished, I've also started a new project, yet another one designed by Suzie Beans (The Wool Sanctuary), a teacosy which is coming along nicely (the photo is out of date as I've almost finished the first side).

As always, I've already selected my next project, which I found on Dayana Knits' blog- It's going to be the Rowan 'Sally' top from issue 55, although I haven't selected my colours yet. I'll do that at the next Knit Club.

I've decided that this year, I'm going to try to make everyone I give birthday gifts to a small hand-made something as well as their 'main' present. This isn't likely to work out for the men unless they get baked goodies. The first recipient of a handmade gift has been my friend Sara. I gave her one of the tissue holders that I made at Christmas (my Mum got one for Christmas too):

I've recently added to my vintage china collection, but alas, still can't find a teapot to 'match' it. I'll keep looking though, one will turn up eventually. I have convinced Chris that we need to change the furniture in our dining room, including buying an old dresser to display my goodies on, so that's progress!

Finally, I've made myself tow new year challenges. One seemed easy when I joined up, but will be very tough...I'm doing the Peter Reed (the Olympic Rower) 2014 Push Up challenge. On 1st Jan there was 1 push up, then on 2nd 2, 3rd 3 etc. Now it's February 1st and I've done 32 push ups today. I'm not thinking of the start of April when it will be more than 100 a day just yet! My other challenge is to make my walks more interesting by achieving a goal.  I've decided to do this by walking each road in the 'old' part of my town and proving this by taking photos of the street names as I 'bag' them. I'm getting to see roads I've never walked along before, and have decided that I far prefer the old street signs I encounter, rather than their modern replacements. This is one of my favourites so far:

Who knows, I may even expand out into the newer part of the town if this goes well!

That's it for now...remember, if you've read this, please leave a note to let me might just keep me at it!