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!!

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.

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