Monday, 28 July 2014

One Sock Finished

The school summer hols have started and would you believe it the first week the kids are off I come down with the flu! I have been feeling pretty bad this last week or so and stuck in bed or on the couch. Luckily I managed to complete a commission for a large crochet felt bowl before I was struck down with the lurgy! I also despite having a banging headache and the sneezes, completed my first country birds sock. I love the stripes the yarn makes and I'm really pleased with the results. I will be casting on the second sock today and I'm also hoping to get back onto some embroidery and course writing this week as my head is starting to clear and my nose isn't running as much lol

Blue Tit Sock No. 1

Saturday, 12 July 2014

One Pair Finished, Another Pair Started

I have just completed my third pair of socks! I'm really pleased with these as I managed to match the stripe patterning on both socks and keep the tension the same too. The wool I used for these was Wendy Roam Fusion in Heath and it's a beautiful variegated yarn. I love the self-striping yarns and I have just cast on a pair for my little boy in West Yorkshire Spinners new Signature 4ply yarn. The yarn comes in three different ranges Sweet Shop, Spice Rack and Country Birds. I'm using Blue Tit from their Country Birds range which is a self-striping, printed yarn. The colours are fantastic and I'm loving watching the stripes appear as I knit!

Just finished these!
Blue Tit - Country Birds by WYS

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Block No. 9 - Pretty Cross

I'm still continuing with my crochet blocks and this is block no. 9 which when worked forms a pretty cross design. I did have two attempts at this one as I didn't get the open spacing right the first time! But second time round it came out ok. I think this block would make a lovely Easter dishcloth or coaster and certainly combined with other blocks a wonderful lacy blanket.

Block No. 9 - Stylecraft Special DK - 4mm crochet hook

Friday, 4 July 2014

A Busy Week!

Since attending Woolfest at the weekend I haven't stopped all week! If you have school age kids you know what it's like when it gets to the end of the school year, one event after another! This week we have attended a school play, high school transition evening and sports day. The kids have had that many activities including dressing up in world cup football related colours and taking in scooters for the Tour de France activities. It's going to be like this for the next couple of weeks with another sports day, school play, summer fair and leavers assembly to attend!

Anyway my first time at Woolfest was brilliant! I spent way too much on sock wool, a natural dye kit and other goodies but we all really enjoyed the day! It was great seeing all the demonstrations especially the spinning ones, which I am keen to have a go at. We got some great advice and help from stallholders and everyone was really friendly. The kids loved seeing the different sheep breeds especially my little girl who absolutely loved the alpacas and the lambs. I must admit I was completely overwhelmed by all the stalls and by the end of the day my feet were killing me! For my daughter it all got a bit too much, she was completely shattered!

One tired little girl
Cute alpacas
A busy Woolfest 2014
A handmade basket of goodies