Purrrrrrrrrfect!!

It was relatively quiet at the Sunday Knitting Club – Guilty Knitters, we had settled down with our coffee and projects just chit chatting about mundane things when Sue arrived. Sue always has very interesting knitting projects – the Rose fairisle sweater, the Cocoon scarf for a work colleague. She settled down and lifted out a small knitting bag and from it brought a new project! Just look at these she said and we all looked up even daughter No2 from her Harry Potter cross stitch.

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“Wow” “Amazing” I love them” were the comments! They were a pair of mittens – but with Kitties on them and a fishbone and a paw print! – http://susancrowe.co.uk/2013/03/03/kitten-mittens/

We are all cat lovers in the group and as you know we recently went from three to six in our household!!

“Make me some Mum” urged daughter No 2 “I want some” So armed with the pattern I ordered 2 balls of Artesano 100% Alpaca and started knitting –IMG_0443

They were a lovely knit and soon I had one mitten finished!

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Then the race was on I had to get the second one finished before Friday! It would be too late and probably too warm to wear them if I finished them when I came back from visiting daughter No1  and Grandson!

So I battled on and despite having to undo a few rows where I had gone wrong in my haste they were finished!!

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They fit perfectly and now daughter’s friend wants some!

Finished in time I’ve packed my bag and am ready – this is what I’m going to –

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Oh well I’ll take my UGG boots and earmuffs

The Kitty Mittens are PURRRRRRRRRFECT it’s a shame they are staying here!!

The Terrible Two – Or Butter Wouldn’t Melt!

I mentioned before that we had suddenly doubled our cat household with the arrival of Bella and her two kittens Rosie and Albus. They have certainly taken over the sitting room and the dog is well an truly banished unless Albus wants to play, and play they do!!

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They look Angelic don’t they? Butter would’t melt in their mouths would it?

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Such sweet little things with not an ounce of malice in their bodies or so you would think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleeping in such funny positions!

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BUT when they are awake all hell lets loose!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t tell you about the leather dining room chairs but suffice it to say my husband is hardly talking to me because I along with daughter No 2 brought them into the house (the kittens that is not the chairs)

If that’s not bad enough they chewed through my Natural Dye Studio Silk yarn I was using to make Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki!!

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And tangled what was left of my Lucci Yarn Magic after I had finished Calisto!!

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AND if that was not enough I went to carry on with knitting Ghislaine fingerless mittens with a bit of yarn I had left over from the Ethereal Shawl and the stitches seemed stuck!

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Here is the needle………

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Butter Wouldn’t Melt in their tiny little mouths. LOL

Winter Wonderland

It’s snowing and it has been all morning! It snowed on Friday and Saturday so we were stuck inside! But no we braved it this morning, wiped off the car (Faithful “Gertie”, not the Roadster) and crept along the side roads to the main road and headed into Bromley. Roads were empty but we were determined to go out!!

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That’s Faithful Gertie behind my friend’s Mazda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made it to the Glades and here I am at Starbucks – notice the finished Hitchiker scarf in Malabrigio Sock yarn

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We knitted and drank coffee for a couple of hours – bliss on a Sunday morning – and a trio of fellow knitters joined us as well, then off home again, the snow was deeper but roads ok and as there were no hills to negotiate we made it back in one piece – thanks to “Faithful Gertie”, she might be old and not very beautiful but is she reliable!!

This week I haven’t been working on Carrie I succumbed to some of my Yarn stash – Lace weight by Phydeaux Yarns – Fee Aurellia, acid dyed in small lots by the amazing Brenda – and I started the Ethereal Shawl by Lakshmi Juneja. I have done nine repeats of the first pattern and just started the second chart

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Finally may I introduce you to Bella (mum centre), Rosie (tabby Kitten) and Albus (known as AL) who have been with us for a week now. Bella is a bit timid but loves to be hand fed turkey, Rosie is shy but I think she will turn out to be a hunter and Al well there’s always one, he’s really scatty, fearless and into everything and the dog has well and truly been put in his place!

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Keep Calm and Carry on Knitting

It’s been a traumatic couple of weeks culminating in the loss of one of our treasured cats – Charlie – a sedate old lady who became ill about two weeks ago. Dehydrated and with an enlarged kidney she stoically underwent blood tests, had daily injections for a week, a special diet and pills but to no avail. She became very ill on Tuesday morning and daughter no 2 took her to the vet – there was no hope so we sadly said goodbye after 14 years. Here she is in the summer enjoying the warmth in the garden.

Hence the title of this piece.

To cope I have been working on 3 projects!!!!! Yes three at the same time!

What do I hear you ask –

No 1 – Whitsand Bay – Phydeaux Yarn Soie Indigo – A shawl (pattern from Ravelry) Currently on short row shaping section

Should finish this soon on the last section- daughter No 2 says she’ll have it if I want. Love the yarn and am already tempted by lace weight on yarn website today. Brenda does such lovely colourways.

No 2 Charm – Rowan Felted Tweed – Pine

A garter stitch boxy jacket also by Kim Hargreaves, I love her patterns. This is a no thinking knit for stressful times.

No 3 Tribe – Rowan Cocoon

I had been looking at this ever since Kim Hargreaves published her book and I finally succumbed at the end of October – and have done fronts and back – sewing ends in today – a job I hate!

Need to knit the sleeves but because I have short arms – always have to adapt patterns – am hoping friends will be able to advise me where to start as the bands have to match the body.

Can’t wait to wear it on these Autumn days.

So lets hope life settles down and all I have to do is Keep Calm and carry on with the knitting.

To Frog or not to Frog?

Eugh!!! I was getting on so well with Calisto, the pattern was just perfect and I was sure the yarn was right and it would look great.

Easy knit and adapted the pattern as I thought I wouldn’t have enough yarn, got into a bit of a tangle when I tried to undo two rows at a time whilst on needle. But all seemed alright.

BUT as I got nearer to the end I began to think that it was going to be HUGE when it came off the needles and my euphoria began to subside. Would it be so big that I couldn’t wear it? There was only one way to to find out so it was off the needles and round my neck – Speaking of frogs we seem to be getting quite a few brought indoors especially in the evenings by another member of the household – he who is black and white and a bit special. No it’s not a murder on the TV but a serial killer on the loose in the kitchen!

“Me? No I would never do anything like that”  but the evidence is for all to see – hopping round the tiles screaming.

But back to the main question to frog or not well let’s see

It looks too big even without the fringe so I guess it will be frogged and re knitted on a smaller needle and less stitches. 4=1inch so maybe 180 stitches instead of 220. What do you think?

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