A seat with a view

and joining Keep Calm Craft On.

Yarnalong 22 03 17

This is pretty much my view when I'm not at work, or paper crafting, or on my treadmill. I have finished (to the point that the pattern orders) both sleeves of dear husbands ranger cardigan. And I am only a couple of inches off starting the short rows on the body. Once the back has been lengthened, we're ready to add the sleeves. I had hoped to get an outdoor photo of this yummy yarn but just as I was going to take one, the heavens opened and the hail came down.

I am thoroughly enjoying Rosy is my Relative, by Gerald Durrell. It's such a light hearted and entertaining read.

I have been actively gathering sock patterns thanks to the inspiring yarnalong bloggers. Thanks all who share their sock WIPs.

Speaking of which, Ginny has decided to stop hosting yarnalong. Thank you Ginny for hosting and introducing me to so many wonderful crafters!

Happy Wednesday!

C xx

2nd sock

and joining Ginny for Yarnalong

Yarnalong 15 03 17

Last Thursday I travelled up to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Yarn Fest. I took along some yarn and a sock pattern as my travel companion. On the way up to Scotland I didn't do much knitting as I was reading my book and looking out of the window as the beautiful English country side whizzed by. (I have photos and my story to share later this month)

This sock is Marlee by CabinFour. And it's a pretty quick knit, for a newbie sock knitter like me.

I'm reading Rosy is my Relative by Gerald Durrell. It's a delightful story, and I'm so enjoying it.

Back to dear husband cardigan by the weekend I hope.

Looking for sock inspiration if you have a favourite pattern to share. I prefer plain(ish) socks and like to knit in solid colour. Thank you!

C xx

2nd sleeve

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 08 03 17

Photo from last nights stitch and bitch in our village pub.
I'm progressing well with dear husbands cardigan, having finished sleeve one over the weekend. The sleeve rounds are far easier than the long body rows and although I was trying to alternate my working I enjoy the sleeves much more. The artificial light is really not doing the colour of this yarn any favours. Looking forward to the Voila post photography shoot for this one.

I'm 20 pages off finishing my Wilbur Smith book. Good timing as I have a 5 hour train journey tomorrow and a new read (interspersed with a bit of knitting) planned.

I'm off to The Edinburgh Yarn Festival. So excited and a little nervous as it's a lone venture although I'll meet up with a friend on the Friday at the fest. So much chat on the Ravelry EYF board has my bank card twitching!

Happy day
C xx

Sewing buttons

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 01 03 17

I finished this cardigan a year ago, or was it two, and bought some buttons for it at last years Hitchin Festiwool. I was using a shawl pin to close it but was keen for buttons. A work colleague helped me with placement and I stitched them on last night. Because it's not strictly a button down cardi there are no button holes so I needed to crochet loops. I love how it's turned out!
And now back to dear husbands cardigan.

About 50 pages from the end of my Wilbur Smith book, Pharaoh. And still enjoying it so much.

Last week's yarnalong saw me adding a few new projects to my Ravelry library so I'm looking forward to see what everyone else is up to thins week!

C xx

Easy knitting

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 22 02 17

I'm flipping between long body of the cardigan rows and shorter sleeve of the cardigan rounds this week. The stitch pattern has become easier now and although I need to (and I do need to) mark off my rounds for the sleeves, things are progressing nicely and I'm so enjoying this make. I'm not great at knitting for other people because I get annoyed knowing it will be given away at the end, but at least this cardigan isn't going far.

It looks very grey in this photo and I blame artificial light. I can't wait to photograph this one outside! The colour is just wonderful and I'm not normally a brown person.

On the second half of my Wilbur Smith book, Pharaoh, and I'm starting to panic about it ending. Although I do have my next book lined up next to my bed and I am looking forward to re reading this one so it's not all bad news :)

Thanks for stopping by!

C xx 

Brushed Fleece Alpine Throw

Fleece blanket 1

Fleece blanket 2

Fleece blanket 3

Fleece blanket 4

Fleece blanket 5

Now that this throw is finished, I can say that I love it and I loved making it. And I will make it again. This bit shocks me most because I really did have a job getting my fingers co-ordinated and I didn't enjoy it begin with.

Here are some details:
I used Rowan brushed fleece in crag (grey) and cove (cream). The pattern calls for 7 balls, I needed another 1 and a bit balls. I didn't manage to get the same dye lot and forgot to alternate rows (rolleyes) so there is a slight difference that hopefully isn't visible to the untrained (ie a non knitters) eye.
Needle size, 6mm circular.
It took just over 6 weeks to make, but actually should have only taken about 3. This was me dithering with the snowflakes (another rolleyes).
Pattern is from Simply knitted with love by my dear friends Daniella and Linda.

Just a note on the yarn:
This is my third project using brushed fleece and this was by far the worst batch of yarn I have ever used. It broke. Just broke apart. Thankfully this yarn works SO well with the magic knot as there are many joins. And this could account for the extra ball (and a bit) that I needed. It was very frustrating and annoying. I must just confirm that I didn't have this issue with the cardigan or jacket I have made with this yarn. Bad batch of yarn.....perhaps.

A tip:
I used thread bobbins for the snowflake yarn to prevent getting in an even bigger mess than I felt like I was in.

There are such wonderful patterns in this little book, great for gifts. As this throw was.

Thanks as always for visiting.
C xx

Knitting and watching on my yarnalong

And joining Ginny for a yarnalong

Yarnalong 15 02 17

I'm making good progress on dear husband cardigan. I love the stitch! And Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn is such a pleasure to knit with.

I'm knitting while watching American Gothic through Amazon Prime. I started it today after finishing 'That Girl' which was such a sweet show although, wow, how crap were woman treated 50 years ago!!

Of course I still have my Wilbur Smith book on the go. And still really enjoying it.

Counting down to Edinburgh Yarn Festival next month!!

C xx

Making good progress

And joining a yarnalong with Ginny

Yarnalong 08 02 17

It's not usual for me to be working on two projects at once but right now I am.
I'm on block 38 of 40 of the cotton throw, the second intarsia block. I'm slightly addicted to colourwork, which I never thought I would say! There are ends to sew in, blocking to be done and then a few decisions to make. Do I sew it together or crochet it together? Do I knit a border that can be attached or pick up stitches and knit a border? Or do I crochet the border? So many unanswered questions.
This week I made a start on dear husbands cardigan. It's a knit in one piece item, so each row is pretty long. The rib band is almost complete and then it's a bit more interesting with a drop stitch textured pattern. I'm using Brooklyn Tweed shelter in Truffle Hunt colour way. This yarn comes alive in natural light with tiny flecks of blue that pop out every now and then.

Enjoying and loving Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith.

Thanks for popping by!

C xx 

Nordic Wind Shawl Voila

Nordic wind shawl 4

Nordic wind shawl 3

Nordic wind shawl 2

Nordic wind shawl 5

This was the last project I completed in 2016. And perhaps my wait there were too many lovely makes to have just one favourite. But this is really one of the best. Maybe it's the colour. I do love a bit of grey!

Lets talk details:
The pattern is Nordic Wind by Cabinfour which I bought off Ravelry.
Made with Lettlopi, I used colours black heather, dark grey heather, light ash heather and ash heather.
I knitted until I ran out of each colour, thankfully I didn't need to play yarn roulette as it was obvious when I wouldn't have enough for another row.
I used a 5.5mm 32 inch ADDI premium circular needle. Definitely my favourite shawl needle.

This is a great addition to my wardrobe! A wear with anything item. And an item worn so much already in 2017.

C xx

The final 5

And joining Ginny for yarnalong

Yarnalong 07 02 17

I'm on the 5th to last block of the cotton throw and it's the last solid colour block with cables. I was undecided on the background colour for the final 4 blocks (which are all the same), so I only got around to ordering it yesterday. These are intarsia blocks so I'm really looking forward to doing them. Can't quite believe I just said that!

My book, Pharaoh, by Wilbur Smith is so good. I am enjoying and savouring each and every page. I'm sure this book will be on my yarnalong posts for a while :)

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else is up to this week.

C xx