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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Year of projects - week 17


This is where I am up to on my shalom-cardigan

I like working with this wool and I am really really looking forward to wearing a wearable garment. If you look closely you may well see maskin tape which is a hotchpotch job of fixing another snapped needle. This time it just snapped right where the join of the loop is. Strange as no pressure was applied they just snapped. However they were a freebie with a Let's knit magazine so I am not going to complain but I won't buy this type of circular made with that plastic. I think they should last until this project is done, hopefully.

I have cast on quite a number of times and ripped back lots so far with this project. I am so used to joining in the round when knitting socks that I automatically did that. I have to say I like knitting back and forwards on circulars and will definately try again. They are great for larger projects.

This week has been my eldests ninth birthday and we enjoyed a shopping day out together. We visited our local museum. We saw this exhibition ...

and we shared half an our just drawing together and stuck our art work up in the gallery for all to see.

We did a sleep over too and gee wizz little girls and sleepovers = no sleep for mum. I only had one little girl stay over too I can't imagine what it would have been like with any more. Chaos .... lol ... Anyway my daughter had a good time so all is good.

Autumn has landed. We have a beautiful tree outside our house which I will miss when we eventually move. I often want to yarn bomb it and may well do as our little leaving present.

Talking of which we have our first viewing next week. Super exciting. I am also off work next week and plan on finishing off my youngests patchwork cushion and making a cross stitch keyring. These will be stashed away for little christmas presents.

Take care dear readers, thanks for reading ....... Leah

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Year of Projects year 6 - wk 15

Hello dear readers,

Well this week I have been feeling bleh. My youngest was poorly on tuesday and of course I ended up with the lurgy too and have had to take time away from work. I still feel rotten but not as bad as last week so aiming to get back to normal tomorrow. My youngest is ok too but don't you just love this time of year when everyone seems to have coughs and colds, yack.

Anyway less of my grumbles ;) I have a finished make for baby Margot. I love making these as I love how they turn out. This is my third time of making them for baby girls in our family.

I had to frog these a little as they are a true scrap busting project and I ran out of plain pink.So I had to add another musky pink and I can tell you I was cutting in fine there too butthankfully I had just enough yarn.

I really enjoyed picking the buttons for them and oh my goodness I really need to sort out my sewing box.

I am really pleased that I have used recycled buttons from an old top.

Yesterday I casted on for my Shalom Cardigan. I have just frogged it actually but will be starting again in a minute.

I have to say that this wool feels ever so snuggly and soft and I will look forward to wearing it for this very reason. I have also had it in mind to make a black oversized cardigan for myself too so shall have a hunt for the perfect pattern. However this will be very much a make for next year as too many patterns going on at the moment.

This week I have enjoyed seeing my lillies begin to open. They are my absolute favourite. Well big news this week is that our house is on the market for sale so the lillies were to freshen our house up a little bit.

I have also been very surprised to see my hydrangea flower, ok so it only has one flower but how lovely xx

I don't know if any readers remember my daugjters school project that she did before her summer holidays but they turned into these....

Other news is we made some delishous banana bread the other week which we enjoyed warmed with melted butter and a steaming cup of tea.

I also finished reading this A Fools Alphabet by Sebastian Faulks. I was disappointed with it. The writing just did not flow for me and I could have easily put the book down and not seen it through to the end but see it through I did. Quite often I find a book really does work if you finish it but not this time which is a shame as I really enjoyed Birdsong and Charlotte Grey. The book flits back and forth through different times in this mans life but that just did not work for me and I got lost most of the time.

My next book is going to be this ...

I know it is only October but I want to get into the christmas spirit ... I received this in a christmas swap last year and I am very much looking forward to reading it.

I thought I would also show you a few aquisitions. I had signed up to a christmas swap through ravelry but my partner has dropped out which is a shame. My origional partner was from here in the UK but my new partner is based in America so for that reason, expensive postal costs I have dropped out. Also I had already bought yarns specifically for my swap partner that she would have liked. So anyway that is my longwinded story about my new aquisitions.

The colours are not what I would ever chose but I am sure they will come in handy. I also have a new knitting bag in the woodland pattern and a new row counter, always very handy to have :)

Before I go I have been very inspired by money saving blogs lately so here is my own bargain that I shall be enjoying today lol xxx

Have a lovely week folks xxxxxx Leah xxxxxx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Year of Projects - week 12

The List.

Cushion Corner min 2

1. Blooming Flower Cushion, Attic24 completed 10th July

2. 9 square cushion started 16th July

Sock Drawer min 3

1. Honey - badger socks started 10th July

50% finished

Jumpers/ Cardigans min 1

1. Shalom Cardigan

Toy's min 2

1. Clarence the Cat

Blanket's min 1

1. Sock yarn blanket

Bag's min 1

Draw string bag, sewing.


1. Cross Stitch Christmas Card
crossed off as no way can I do this in time this year

Top Secret Swap

1. Item of somesort will update when swap completed


1. Baby Booties

Hi folks,

Well I have not blogged for a couple of weeks as really did not have much to show progress wise. But I have now finished one of my honey-badger socks :) Ok so to be honest I am not happy with it. My shaping is odd. I must have gone wrong and I did sort of  make it up at the end. Nothing to do with the pattern but very much me trying to read a pattern and following it properly.

I did a sample swatch and went down to 2mm needles, learning curve I think I should have just stuck to what the pattern said to use needle size wise because it is a little snug. I also think I should have knitted the larger version but I did do sizing between medium and small as I got lost. Note to self take note of where I am and what scale I am using.

So without further ado dear readers here it is.

I do like the pattern of it, very much. I also like the wear of it, feel of it. You can see in the bottom photo's what the colour is really like, a lovely purple.

Ok so I have to wait before I make the matching sock for now. Reason being is because a cousin of ours has just had a baby girl called Margot Lauren. So I am adding this to my list.saartjes-bootees I have made these time and again for any baby girls who arrive in our family, it's getting to be a bit of a tradition. So anyway I am casting these on today so when we pop and visit in a few weeks I can give them to our new mummy Ruby and her new baby girl Margot, what a beautiful name xx

I am also taking part in a christmas swap hosted on Ravelry. I have to make an item. I have decided what to make but as top secret you will find out what when swap is done and dusted. My swap partner has made me smile as she does not like purple and it is my all time favourite at the moment lol. So in the next few weeks will be getting started on this.

Right I am going to update you on our camping trip last week. I am very proud of myself as I conquered Helvellyn, I actually did striding edge. It was scary, it felt like rock climbing to me in fact it was. I did not come down swirral's edge as my legs were jelly and it was enough having made it to the top. We took a nice easier route back down.

We started in Patterdale, Lake District and ended at Glenridding, a good 10 mile walk. We camped at Gillside farm which has a great butty van for breakfast baps. Here are my photo's which no where near capture the beauty of this place.

Right I am off, have a lovely week and thank you for reading xxxxxxxxxxLeah xxxxxxxxxxxx