Thursday, 10 July 2014

Apprentice Yarn Lover?

So a couple of days ago I got a nice little parcel of yarn in the post. The Drops cotton super sale is on so I stocked up to make a few summery bits. This little lady was all over the fibery package

She set up shop on the sofa

Relocated to the other sofa

And then felt that the table was the best place for it

Before mean old mummy made her put it in separate bags with a note on to remind me which project each yarn is for. Spoilsport!



Thursday, 3 July 2014

WIP: Greenwich Socks

My Greenwich socks are coming along slowly, it's pretty warm here so I'm just getting in a few rows here and there when a nice breeze comes along. I'm really pleased with how they look so far and I'm looking forward to getting past the heel so I can try them on and have an idea as to how they will fit.

The yarn I'm using is a Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett. I'm really loving the colours, the stripes are beginning to repeat themselves which is nice, but it does mean I'm going to have to try and match them for the second sock. The only minor annoyance I'm having is that the stripes do not begin and end crisply. As each new colour comes along I'm getting blobs of the old colour for a few metres before the new colour settles in.

This is leading to these wobbly looking stripes.

It's not the end of the world but I'm finding it a little irksome.

And briefly, in other news, this cheeky charlie.... now crawling! I'm not sure what her hurry is, she not yet six months and I'm finding it funny that she can crawl before she's even on solid food!


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Catch up

So, I got most of the way through blog week and then kind of disappeared. Things have been a little chaotic here, both kids got sick, Felicity was fine with it but Cassie took it very personally and was quite hard work. Since then I've been working on the little shrugs whenever I've had time and it hasn't been too hot and doing a bit of sewing on my new sewing machine but mostly I have been coping with the dreaded terrible twos! Cassie has been....challenging. She's mostly been very clingy, even a quick trip to the loo means sitting in the bathroom hearing her scream "I wanna cuddle!" over and over til I get back and I'm thoroughly sick of the phrases "it's mine", "it's Cassie's" and "not yours". It's all good though, all part and parcel of being a parent but it's not leaving time for much else.

So here's a quick round up to get me back on track.

Bridesmaids shrugs all done and dusted.

I did have to weave in all the ends in the car on the way to the wedding, but they were all done in time. Of course it was really hot on the day of the wedding, so I have no pictures of the girls all wearing them but I feel a bit like if it was Sod's law that it would be too hot for them to be needed then it was worth every stitch to guarantee glorious weather for Sam and Rachael on their wedding day!

Once those were done, I started these

I felt the need to do some socks, I haven't knitted any for soooo long. They are Greenwich by Shanghai Lily, I'm interested to see how they fit as they are a different construction than anything I've tried before.

This is my new sewing machine, it's computerised and I love it very much.

These are all the bits I've cut out for a Colette Parfait dress. There's a lot of bits, I really should find time to sew them all together.

Felicity is 5 months and looking very much like she's going to crawl any day now. Slow down baby!

I think that's it for the moment, now I just have to hope for a few more days like this:

Sunshine, my girlies and a spot of knitting. Bliss.


Friday, 16 May 2014

Day Five: Something a Bit Different

Inspiration was a long time coming for this one, Cassie has been poorly and rightly has taken up most of my attention the last couple of days. Then, yesterday my new iPhone arrived and as I was playing I discovered I could do this:

The Woolly Wishes from Hannah Smith on Vimeo.
It's kind of silly, but fun I hope. I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with!

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Day Four: Conversations Between Workers

I knew I'd regret the day my cruelly underused spinning wheel got an iPhone!


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Day Three: Experimental Photography and Image Handling for Bloggers

Photographing my knitting is absolutely not my strong point and this topic kind of left me stumped for a while. I find that in a house with little natural light, 2 kids and 2 cats I am lucky to get a reasonable snap devoid of the aforementioned children or pets. So instead of trying to think of a way to work around my life to get these photographs I decided to just work with it.

To photograph my knits as I see them every day.

To spot interesting shots in the day to day

To embrace the inevitable photobombers

And to capture the sweet woolly moments as they happen


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Day Two: Dating Profile

Name: Barry

Pattern: Barry by Lee Meredith

Yarn: Drops Nepal

D.O.B: December 12, 2013

Hanging with my friends
Me at work

Hiya! I'm a young, bright, fun and quirky knitted hat looking for a scarf, cowl or even a pair of gloves to keep me company and compliment me.

Some say that I'm very slouchy and I'll admit that that is a little true so a relaxed attitude is definitely desirable to me. I love bright colours and tend to shy away from 'sludgier' shades but don't let that put you off, we may go together really well after all.

My main joys in life are giving comfort and warmth to those I love. I thrive on social situations and always enjoy receiving compliments on my appearance and being asked where I'm from. I'm always very proud to say that I am handmade and one of a kind.

My dislikes are lacy types who tend to get caught up on my buttons and washing machines. I had a very close cousin who was a cardigan and recently got felted in a washing machine. Maybe you are the one to cheer me up after that terrible shock?

So do you think you could be the other half of my winter outfit, the companion to keep me entertained during the slow summer months? Give me a call, you won't be disappointed!