An apple for the teacher or handknitted socks?

20 07 2009

Well I seem to do this every year, I decide last minute that I will knit my daughters teachers a present at the end of the year. This year I decided on Thursday night that I would knit them both a pair of socks to be ready in time for the last day of term on Tuesday!!! Nothing like a little bit of pressure to get you knitting…

Well I did get them finished in time, some how! the green ones are knitted in James C Brett 100% Merino in a gorgeous limey green and the pattern is the International Sock of Doom. They where a lovely knit and are sooo soft! The purple ones are knitted in Sublime extra fine merino and are the Thuja pattern.

I am so happy to have them finished and ready to be wrapped with their little handmade tags (Thanks to Jen). I just hope they like them😀

Random Acts of Kindness

5 07 2009

Well yes, I am still around, the blog has been neglected again. Sometimes, life, work and things just get in the way and before I know it months have passed by without a post.

It has been a strange time of late, I have been having some issues at home, mainly the fact that my lovely hubby who has worked hard for 4 years to complete his PhD in Chemistry is now finding it terribly hard to find work. This has been a real strain on us and I have been finding it hard to find solace in my knitting, that was until I received 2 amazing boxes from the USA and a parcel from England.

Let me explain, I have this amazing set of online friends that I met via the “Friends of P” group on Ravelry and they are the most kind, thoughtful, like-minded, generous people anyone could dream of knowing. I had mentioned about my problems and they where always there (and still are) with a sympathetic comment and some positive vibes (even though they must have been sick of listening to me moan!) and they started hatching a plan of which I had no idea!

Until one day, I received 2 HUGE boxes from across the pond and a parcel from Derby. WOW, where do I begin, well I will just show you what I received:

I am a very lucky girl, the kindness really blew me away and really I just wanted to say a HUGE Thank You to everyone involved, you all know who you are, your generosity has restored my faith in human nature and I appreciate it more than words can say. Love your faces xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

They took a while….

11 05 2009

but after being on the needles for 18 months I have finally finished the Waving lace socks from Favourite Socks.

I really don’t know why I stalled out on these socks, the pattern and the yarn are beautiful and they fit perfectly. The yarn is Posh yarn Lucia in Denim coourway, it is a gorgeous cashmere/merino blend which was a real joy to knit with. There are so many patterns in this book that I love, a real classic for all sock knitters.

Springing Forward

23 04 2009

Here are my latest completed pair of socks, they are Spring Forward socks and are knitted in Malabrigo sock yarn in Indecitia colourway. I pretty much followed the pattern, it is well written and easy to follow but I did use 2.75mm needles (the pattern calls for 2.25mm) to compensate for my wide feet😀

I really enjoyed knitting these socks the yarn was beautiful to knit, so soft and pretty, the pattern was very intuitive and the chart was very easy to memorise.

Just an Afterthought…

11 04 2009

Here are the latest socks off the needles, they are based on the BlueBells socks from the book 101 Designer One Skien Wonders. They are knitted in the Zauberball from Schoppel Wolle, a beautiful singles, wool nylon mix, the colours of which are stunning😀

I did make an amendment to the pattern, however. I wanted to try an afterthought heel and thought these socks would be a perfect pair to try it on. I knitted the socks up to the heel and then used a provisional yarn to knit the stitches that would be the heel stitches, then just carried on until the sock was completed.

I then picked up the stitches that where knitted with the provisional yarn, the picture show it more clearly, the first picture is of the provisional line still inplace and the second is when I had removed it:

You basically then just knit a toe! I picked up a couple of extra stitches in between the live stitches and then just decreased as you would in a toe, until I had 18 stitches left on the needles which where then grafted together and the result:

It worked well and I like the look and fit of the heel but I am not sure it is my favourite heel. I like the sense of accomplishment on a sock when you graft the toe and didn’t get that on these as I still had to finish the heel, however, it was something that I wanted to try and I am happy with the results😀

Lambs, lambs everywhere!

9 03 2009

We took the kids to the Reaseheath College Lambing event yesterday. I really didn’t know what to expect but was surprised, it was an amazing day. There where around 244 lambs expected this weekend, as we arrived in the barn, 3 had just been born and where just amazing, all stumbling and cute!

It was so well organised and the sheep looked well cared for and the staff where very attentive, I even got to hold a couple of lambs, who where just amazing!


I did ask about the fleece as it seemed incredibly soft, the sheep where a cross-breed (names of which I can’t remember in my cold fogged memory but they weren’t breeds I was familiar with). They are sheered in May and the fleeces are sent to a mill in Wales where they are made into carpet or insulation, the farmer said they weren’t fine enough for knitting, even so they are beautiful and it was really lovely to see the beginning of the life of the  fibres that I use everyday😀

Friends of P Afghan Square Swap (FoPass)

5 03 2009

I joined in on the “Friends of P” Afghan square swap over on the Friends of P group on Ravelry. The rules are simple, you sign up for 3 months (Feb, March & April) to send a 12″x12″ afghan square to a friend  and receive one from somebody else (it is anonymous so you don’t know who is knitting for you, until you receive it). You also knit a square for yourself each month so if you participated for the full 12 month duration you would have a 24 square afghan at the end😀

Well I received my first square this morning and all I can say is WOW. It was from Stacey and it is beautiful. I specified that the colours I would like would be teal, purple or blues and she hit it bang on the head with an amazing square knit in Dream in Color Classy – Deep Sea Flower. If I could have chosen a yarn myself I don’t think I could have picked a more perfect colour for me😀

FoPass Square

But that wasn’t all, as well as the amazing square she truly spoiled me and sent me an unbelievable box of goodies😀

There was a “cheep” project pouch, a Piddleloop Valentines notions pouch, cute knitting girl socks, a heart tape measure, a StixFix which is an amazing little set of beeswax and cloths to rejuvenate bamboo/wooden needles and some Knitters Hand which is a solid hand moisturiser which smells so nice and leaves your hands so soft😀

All I can say is Thank you😀