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

Jealousy – The Green-Eyed God

As Shakespeare once said “O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” but I coveted Jenny’s Christmas present  from her daughters! I also coveted the one Judie carried too!

 

A Namaste tote for carrying projects. Oooo how I loved it size, pockets and colour. I must must must have one too!!.

 

So I surfed the web looking for one and on the website perused the styles but was always drawn back to THE MONROE.

Caribbean Blue

The next problem was the colour I loved the Caribbean Blue but no-one had it in stock, I had to choose between Red or Eggplant, in the end I settled on Eggplant even though Jenny had that colour.

 

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I am so pleased with it I can get more than one knitting project in it and all my other bits and pieces! I even use it for work as it holds A4 files perfectly

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I’m going to use it on my upcoming trip to visit daughter No1 and Grandson so I can knit all the way to America!!

Wool Winding

I always used to wind balls of yarn by hand from skeins with them hanging over the back of the chair, it took forever and often got tangled! Whenever I went to Great Balls of Yarn in Lake Worth I was really envious of their skein holder and wool winder but didn’t do anything about it till last year when I purchased the Amish Wool Winder.

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It was bliss, the yarn never tangled and just flowed off the skein as I wound by hand creating balls that rolled all over the floor. so I began to think I needed a wool winder!

The problem was what kind? Hand crank, electric or a Nostepinne?

A Nostepinne? So I did a bit of research and watched a video and thought this is the one for me, sent for one and here it is-

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It looked easy to use so I set up the skein holder and off I went… BUT I just couldn’t do it no matter how hard I tried to make a ball it just didn’t work and it looked so easy on the video. I nearly threw it across the room several times but in the end I just wound by hand as I had always done.

BUT I WASN’T GOING TO BE DEFEATED so I ordered a hand cranked ball winder  to try instead.

The first attempt was a bit loose but I persevered and hooray now I have centre pull balls of yarn that make life so much easier when knitting, especially when Albus and Rosie are around!!!

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So if you want to try a Nostepinne just let me know and I’ll send it to you – Good Luck!

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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Wasted Time?

Christmas has come and gone – time spent with husband and daughter no 2, trips to pantomime and avoiding sales – just John Lewis (online) – just ordinary family things and in between – you guessed it knitting! So what have I started/finished over the Festivities?

Charm – Kim Hargreaves – Rowan Felted Tweed in Pine – finished and I’m really pleased with this

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Hitchiker – Malabrigio sock yarn in Archangel – easy knit to take to the Sunday Knitting Club

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Drops – tunic for a friend started and finished! She loves it!

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The neck was changed after this photo was taken because it was too low – just continued cable for 2 more twists. It looks much better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie – Kim Hargreaves Rowan Fine Milk Cotton – back finished

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Obviously I didn’t have much else to do

 

Oh and I also reknitted Calisto -(see earlier post) but this time it was too small so frogged again!!

Tribal Lunch

Well at last it’s finished and sewn up although there is another problem there are no pockets! Walking round Bluewater before our Knitting group I realised how difficult it is with no pockets. Where does on put one’s mobile phone? In the waistband of the leggings? Down the top tucked in the bra?

 

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Had loads of time to spare so popped into Starbucks for a coffee and thought I would do a bit of knitting ( the rib of a sleeve) while I whiled away the hours til lunch and all was fine until a young couple came and sat behind me. Hushed tones became a little strident and the next thing I knew was – a domestic brewing, driven out to wander aimlessly for a bit.

Time passed and lunchtime came – 10 of us all knitters sat down in Pizza Express to celebrate Christmas. Lots of pressies exchanged hands and await the heralding of Xmas Day to be opened. Can’t wait for the delights to unfold.

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Hell and Damnation !!!!!

I was going great guns on Tribe and the second sleeve was well on its way when!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning while everyone else was asleep I, with a cup of tea worked on to finish the sleeve before anyone else got up.

I was almost at the decreases and was thinking if I really got cracking I could wear it tomorrow.  When I ran out of wool!!!!!

What I hear you say – YOU RAN OUT OF WOOL!!!! 

How could this happen ARGHH !!!!!!

I had bought exactly what the pattern had said: 5 balls Shale, 2 balls Mountain, 2 balls Bilberry, 2 balls Quarry Tile, 2 balls Mink, 2 Scree and 1 Alpine.

At this point I need Alpine for 3 rows and I’ll never use the colour again!!!!

And I have 1 Mink, 1 Mountain , 1 Scree and 2 Shale left over ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

Yarn Overload

You are probably asking about Sisters of the Wool, the shop I found in Westport following the disaster in Tiverton! So I will bring you up to date.

Daughter no 1 and I took the grandson to the park along with hubby and after we entered an aladdin’s cave of yarn!!! There was so much to look at it was like being in a sweet shop!

This was how I came out

I know you say not much! But I couldn’t resist them, no projects in mind but took advantage of Malabrigio, Ella Rae and Madeleine Tosh.

 

 

So with all this yarn did I do any knitting? Completed projects between playing with grandson? Well between naps –

 

 

Sea of Dreams baby blanket for daughter no 2’s friend. And I couldn’t resist using one of the yarns I had bought at Sisters of the Wool so daughter no 1 is now the proud owner of

a scalloped shawl by Malabrigio from their sock yarn beautiful colours and much admired

 

 

 

It was the Reindeer’s fault

Had a really pleasant evening last week when I went to the Rowan “do” at Bluewater. There was a very interesting talk about Rowan’s patterning process. What about the reindeer I hear you say!

I’ll come to that, the speaker was Jennie Atkinson who designs the most amazing garments using fine yarn and beads in the vintage style. http://www.jennieatkinson.co.uk/. My favourite was : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beaded-top-2

What about the reindeer I hear you say!!! – so at the end of the evening my friend Nat wanted some yarn for a scarf and I used my coupon to get a ball for her and while I was waiting at the till I saw the Reindeer!!

A flash of inspiration hit me like a lightening bolt!!!!

(Why it happens I do not know but it always means for more work for me!!)

So I took a photo of the reindeer and sent it to daughter No 2.

At this point I have to explain that she is doing an animation course at Westminster University and is currently preparing to make a Stop Motion film about foxes. You can see from the picture where this is going – wouldn’t it be different to knit foxes and use them as puppets I say to her (she can’t knit). No one else will make knitted puppets. So it will give you an edge.

I searched Ravelry for a pattern and came up with Copper the Fox

and of course started a prototype from scraps of Kid Silk Haze that I had in my stash.

Here is the first attempt, we took a couple of photos to check if they would work, daughter No 2 liked them so I was charged with making 3.

Of course I didn’t have enough yarn so we had to go back and buy off white and brown mohair for the bodies and black cotton for the legs. Over the next few days they were made.

Daughter no 2 made the wire skeletons (her contribution).

And here they are!!!

At least I’ll get into the credits on the film.

So now you know why it was the Reindeer’s fault!

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