Thursday, 3 December 2009

Knitting by Candle Light

I love knitting lace but over the last couple of years I've discovered that much as I like the idea of it, I don't enjoy using laceweight. I do love sock yarn though and there are so many beautiful yarns out there. I always think that it's a shame to hide them away in your shoes though. If you buy something that pretty, why not show it off?
So, this is a little something that I've been working on for a while and when the lovely ladies from my knitting group offered to test knit my latest pattern, who was I to say no? So with extra thanks to Christine for knitting and modeling the two versions pictured, I bring you my Candle Light Shawl.
I designed it to be made from one 100g skein of yarn, you know one of those pretty indie dyed ones that we all love (mine included!). Why hide it when you can wrap yourself up in it and show it off? It's quite a simple lace pattern to remember and so it's a great pattern even if you're just starting out knitting lace. Maybe I'm overdoing the enthusiasm a little but it's my pattern and I do rather like it, I hope you will too. If you want to knit it yourself you can buy the pattern for £2.50 through Ravelry. Here's a little link that should take you there, whether you're a rav user or not.

The pink version was knitted in the Natural Dye Studio Nino using 4mm needles and the pewter coloured one was made from Posh yarn Lei on 3.5mm. They're both beautiful but completely different in size. It always amazes me how much difference needle size can make to lace, personally I like to use 5mm with sock yarn as I like mine nice and open. It all comes down to personal preference though. Anyway, happy knitting :)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

FO - round neck crochet cardi

Pattern: Top Down Round Yoke Cardigan by Milobo
Yarn: 8 balls of Mirage by Adriafil
Hook: 6mm

I absolutely love this cardigan and have worn it loads even with the current cold snap. (I have lots of long sleeve tshirts luckily!) The pattern itself is a bit of a strange one as you have to download and use Knitware design software to make it. The demo is free (available here) and once you start playing with it, really easy to use. Milobo walks you through a tutorial with the options she used to generate her pattern so you can make your own to fit yourself according to your tension. Once you've generated your pattern you just paste it into word (or something similar) so you can tweak it and print it. The wooden button was a charity shop find and it works really well.

This is the first time that I've use this yarn and I'm really pleased with it. It's a great colour and worked really well with the pattern. I think I'll definately be using it again, perhaps even for the little man as it feels like it's going to wear well and being machine washable is definately a bonus.

Monday, 30 November 2009

goodbye November, where did you go?

It's been a fab weekend on the knitting front with another successful weekend knitting meet for Colchester SnB. The wind might have been whistling past the front of the hall but inside was warm and cozy with plenty of tea and cake to sustain us. I finally caught up with a copy of December's Let's Knit magazine too and so managed to check out the Fibreholics article. I had to squeal in delight when I saw they'd used a picture of my yarn to promote it! How cool is that? Actually Fibreholics continues to go from strength to strength - we completely sold out in less than 10 days this time and are planning for next year already but more of that another time.

Actually it was lovely to be able to just sit and knit and gossip all day Saturday with no pressure to be up and doing which I always have at home. Other than me casting on for a pair of much need gloves for me, there hasn't been much knitty progess here at all lately as we've been knee deep in paint and wallpaper and when I've not been decorators mate, I've been in school painting and making for the various Christmas events. Hmm, a bit of a theme developing here. As I type, we've just put the finishing touches to the sitting room walls and I can safely say, I'm all painted out for the moment.

I don't know what it is about our family, we always end up decorating in the run up to Christmas. I use the royal "we" there but it's only me and mum that actually get the work done. For some reason everyone else seems to evaporate about the time that all the stuff gets brought into the house. They're quite happy to be around for the choosing and purchasing part but the actually doing side of it is apparently one step too far. I'm beginning to realise as I get older that I am far more my mother's daughter than I ever thought I was.

Sorry this is turning into a bit of an epic, slightly random but picture free post so I think I'll finish here and be back soon with some pictures. I find that having not posted very much lately I have more to document than I realised. Toodle pip and I'll see you in December, which reminds me I must find that advent calendar for the morning.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Ally Pally or bust...

It's funny, whenever I've neglected my blog for too long I always feel the urge to confess and it makes me giggle. Forgive me readers, it has been far too long since my last contribution .......... and I'm not even Catholic for goodness sake! Anyhow, this year continues to fly by. I honestly have no idea where the time is going. I now have a new internet connection - and one that actually works properly all the time too! So I really have no excuse not to post a little more often. The shop needs restocking too and I can't complain that I can't upload pictures anymore so expect a big update this week.

I made it to Ally Pally again this year and I have to say even though I had a great day, I came away feeling a little bit disappointed. Maybe it's just that my fibre tastes are moving more and more to the spinning side of things at the minute but you could really see the effect of the recession beginning to bite. I got what I wanted more or less but I was able to easily stick to the budget this year. There were several companies that I really wanted to visit but they weren't there. I think that perhaps with more and more of these yarn events happening, I Knit, Rav day not to mention Woolfest and Fibrefest, the yarn stores are being much more careful about where they spend their money.
Here's some of the Colchester knitters at the end of the day in front of the rather impressive knitted ship in the foyer. Looking at the size of some of the bags that people came out with, I was fairly circumspect in my purchases.
Roving from Piiku. On their stand they'd got some really impressive crocheted and felted mats mats made from some of this. I think this one is destined to be a table runner of some kind. I'm still deliberating at the mo. It might end up as a bag.
Jamieson and Smith shetland spindrift, enough for a pair of mittens.
and finally, sock yarn. It's fabulously red and is for a wrap/shawl to replace my ratty pashmina of the same colour. Other than some beads, in the end that's all I bought for me. Still, it;s what I wanted more or less and I certainly don't need any more sock yarn as my stash is overflowing.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Saturday already?

I've been a bit of a rubbish blogger recently. There seems to have been so much going on around here, it's taken me far longer to get back into a proper routine this term than it ever has before. I don't know what it is this time, I've literally been working from one day to the next. Still, everything's finally back on song, the routine is set, my diary is up to date, the Macmillan coffee morning went really well and I can relax and start to enjoy everything again. I've been back to the spinning guild a couple of times this summer and am really enjoying it all. I managed to squeeze in a visit to Winghams on my way home from Manchester so now I have a beautiful new wheel that is occupying much of my knitting time - I've given myself back ache on more than one occasion from sitting at it far too long.I did manage to finish a few of my projects this summer and I've tried to be good about not casting on any more but having visited the Woolcabin this week, I've got the next big knit lined up. I've been knitting for everyone else all year and I'm determined to make myself some new cardigans for this winter. So anyhow, in now particular order here's a couple of finished items.
Another cardigan for my sister, this time it's the Buttony Sweater by Katie Marcus. The cardigan looks great but it's one of those patterns that's a bit more of a recipe rather than fully finished. I had to really faff around with it to make it work as typically, I didn't use the yarn suggested! This pictures of it in it's final stages, I didn't actually get a finished one as I left it with her to find her own buttons.
A Crochet Flower Hot Pad - I just had to make one of these to see how it worked. It used about half a ball of the Lidl cotton DK I picked up a while ago. It's almost too nice to stand your pans on.
Finally, here's another cute little project for the mighty midget A scrap cardigan (rav link). He chose the pattern and the colours, I added the hood and can you believe it, now he won't wear it! Little rotter, I won't be knitting him another one for a while, I'm going to make something for someone who appreciates it, ie me!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Are you a Fibreholic?

Round two of the fibreholics bags has gone live, click on the sheep to go straight to the new website.

Check out the pictures of the samples that have been sent in, they're lush! I got to dive into the stash before it was all packed up and I can tell you now, there's some beautiful fibres in there. I'm surprised Carole didn't check my pockets before I left, I was really tempted to take some of them home ;)

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

A small shop update and an special offer.

This is the first of a few yarns I've added to the shop this evening and one of my favourite colours (well it is red after all!) - Burnt Red on a lovely merino superwash yarn. It could be yours if you stop by the shop and until the end of July, you'll get free postage on everything too.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Short and sweet.

I've been having another one of those "why do I even bother paying for this internet connection" weeks again, hence no pictures today or for the last few days. Frustratingly, I have a pile of yarn to upload to the shop and am struggling somewhat to get it online. I'll have another attempt later but as it's also the holidays now, I have to fight for some time on the computer during the day with the mighty midget himself. We need to arrange to get out more but although we're well, the same can't be said for all of his little buddies. This swine flu business is becoming a bit of a nuisance and the rubbishy weather that can't seem to make up it's mind isn't helping.

Anyhow, back later hopefully with pictures as I've more things spinny to show, a nice haul of books from the library to browse and it's about time I did a round up of what's on the needles again. If nothing else, I need to get myself back on the knitting straight and narrow as I am a serial project starter and not a lot seems to be getting finished at the minute!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Tour de Fleece, day 6

My spinning mojo is back again with a little help from the Tour de Fleece and I've been spinning up a storm the last couple of days.One upside of the MM being ill is that I have an excuse to sit and spin. (Not that he's actually that ill any more). I've been getting stuck into some of the fleece mountain that seems to be building up here and am spinning some more fibre from the lovely Sara of Babylonglegs. This is one third of a three ply spinners set that she sells in blue banana. I've already spun one single and am cracking in with the last. Looking forward to plying this one as it'll be my first three ply.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Just how big is a fleece?

alternatively, I could have called this post, "things I have learned the hard way about washing fleece".

I'm a sucker for a freebie, I really am and who in their right mind these days says no to the offer of a free fleece or two? I'd asked my friend's father in law if he'd consider selling me one of his fleeces some while back. The answer was "no I can't but I'll give you one. What sort of fleece do you want? Why don't you come over and take a look for yourself...." Some weeks went by and I completely forgot about it until my friend's hubby said one morning at school "I've got a fleece in the car for you". Magic I thought and toddled along to collect it. "Do you want a coloured fleece? Dad can't sell them, they're piling up" More free fleece? Hell yes!

Now I've not been spinning all that long in the scheme of things and while I have spun unprepared fleece before, it's always been washed and prepped already. I'd not really considered the logistics of the whole business, or actually, how big a fleece is minus it's sheep. Bigger than I realised is the answer. It arrived all condensed nicely into the box behind but for some reason, it doesn't want to fit back in. It'd been skirted pretty well already so I decided to jump straight in and "have a go" and separated a chunk of it to wash. About a quarter of it in fact. It filled my whole bath. In hindsight, I'd have washed quite a lot less in one go. I also wouldn't leave it out to dry under a tree again. My learning curve has definately been a steep one but for a first attempt, it didn't actually trun out too badly. I didn't felt it and now have some nice soft coloured fleece to ready play with. I still have to pick out all additional vm kindly provided by my laburnum tree but we'll just gloss over that one for now. Onwards and upwards as they say. Roll on the next sunny day.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Wow, what a mad few weeks it's been. I joined the PTA at the school a while back and we've been working hard to get things organised for the school fete last weekend. It was discovered that I'm one of the "arty" ones, and so I volunteered with my friend Marian to produce a set of picture boards and signs for most of the stalls. Hence the lack of knitting progress recently and also the lack of blogging updates. Here she is putting the finishing touches to the varnish on our boards. I've actually really enjoyed it all and although I was shattered after the weekend, I've rediscovered my love of painting so I shall definately be doing more. Probably on a bit of a smaller scale than these ones. Fun though aren't they? So anyway, from the sublime to the absolutely ridiculous, we are now in the midst of a swine flu outbreak. It seems that the mighty midget's school is the local hotspot and so now half of his class are being treated for it including him. It's so rampant through the populous, that they're not even testing anymore, they're just handed out the antivirus like sweets. I have to see the funny side of it though as we ended up seeing the doctor in the car park in the rain as they didn't want the MM in the building. Anybody'd think he was contagious or something?!

Our doctor's lovely and was really apologetic about the whole thing as he handed out the prescription and government gumph. At least we didn't get another one of those leaflets with the revolting sneezing man on the front of it. So that's it then, he's off school for the next few days and to be honest, he's getting bored already. By the end of the week I think I'm going to be a complete basket case. Well, that's assuming I don't have it too by then :s

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Friday, 12 June 2009

Are you a Fibreholic?

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a little group of indie dyers based in the UK who got talking one day about how it would be lovely to try everyone elses yarns and fibres. So someone said, well how about a box of samples? ...... and it snowballed from there. So anyhow, to cut a long story short, it's here and it's happening. Fibreholics UK is about to launch, the samples are finished and being boxed and we're counting down to the launch day.

So just what is it? Well, it's a way of getting your hands on some fabulous yarn and fibre samples from some of the best micro dyers around and without spending a fortune. The boxes are in two sizes - costing £10 and £20 and will feature a selection of either 5 or 10 different artists work depending on the size you buy. The first boxes are planned to go on on sale at Woolfest. Yes, really that soon.

You can follow the progress of the boxes and see a selection of the samples by following the blog or looking on the Fibreholics Ravelry group. So to get you started here's a quick peek at my samples.
Mini skeins of sock yarn, Popsickle (the bright pink) on Merino/Nylon superwash and Aniseed (the blue) and Hobgoblin (the greens) both on BFL/Nylon sock yarn. I've keep a couple of samples back of both of the BFL and am currently working them into my neverending sock blanket. Pictures of that to follow soon.
Now the fibre, there's Hubba Bubba on BFL - dusky pink and reds, real bubblegum colours and then Spring Greens on Falkland roving. I love them both and hope you do too. So anyhow, I'm a fibreholic, are you?

Thought for the day

What is it about small boys and toilet humour? Pull my finger ..... enough said really!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Fibre for the shop

I'm still doing battle with my internet connection but am persevering anyway. So here's a little taster of todays update - some fibre for the shop at last. It's all Falkland and Corriedale which remain some of my favourite fibres for for spinning. I'm trying to be good and resist pinching fibre from the shop to add to my stash but have to admit I have already have taken and spun some of the lime and blue on Merino. Oops.
Socks yarns to follow shortly although I really need to do some more dyeing too. I've some more of the Merino/Tencel and Merino superwash sock yarns and also some fabulous BFL laceweight. I've already test dyed a couple but have some more for the shop too and a question for you all.... Are you a Fibreholic?

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Colchester Knits

and here are the pictures to prove it.

We'll actually, not everyone's from Colchester we had ladies from Dedham, Ipswich, Chelmsford, Manningtree, Boxted to name but a few and twenty five of us in all. Much cake was eaten, new friends made, projects shared, yarns and magazines traded.

What was great to see too was that everyone was doing different things - it's not just about the knitting you know. We had tapestry, quilting, crocheting a little spinning going on too.

All in all, it was a great fun day and as there has been so many requests for another, we decided to make it a quarterly event. In fact, we have just set the date for the next one which will be Sunday 11th July. I'm sure I'll post more about it before then but if you want to be kept up to date, stop by the Colchester SnB group on Ravelry.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009


So, it's been a while since I last posted but hey, I'm back. I do have my fingers firmly crossed at this point though. Was trying to find a nice picture to put up but I'm not quite sure where to start as I have projects and all sorts of other things to chronicle, not least the Colchester weekend knit meet which was fantastic. Anyhow hopefully my internet connection is back up running properly again and I'll be back soon with pictures :)

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Travelling North

as I said at the end of the last post, I suddenly realised I'd not been blogging again and I'm annoyed with myself as I'd decided I'd try and post more this month. We're a week into April already, it's the holidays and we definately seem to be stockpiling Easter eggs. I also have a huge shop update to get posted but as heading to Manchester again in the morning, it'll have to wait.

We've been making the most of the lovely weather and been outside in the garden for the last few days. It's beginning to look great and now that we've cleared the bottom of the garden, I have a whole new veggie patch to fill and it's twice the size of the last one. All of the plum trees are covered in blossom too so hopefully we'll have a bumper crop this year and we've had the first of the rhubarb already. Yum. Hang on a mo, when did this turn into a gardening blog?

So to redress the balance a little, how about some yarn? Homespun yarn at that. This is some of my favourite so far, it's BFL/silk from Babylonglegs. The first bobbin came in at 26wpi, the second at 28wpi. It's more or less consistent and the finished yarn came out if I've measured it right at about 16wpi. It's lovely and it's going to make me a fantastic pair of socks :D

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

I love hats!

I haven't been completely unconstructive with my time lately, although the housework has slipped a bit as usual, I've been knitting like mad and dyeing away. Most of the last couple of weeks of new sock yarn hasn't actually made it as far as the shop though as the ladies of my knitting groups have dived on it instead. Still, can't complain the new yarn bases are a success and I'll definately be ordering more - the general consensus in Colchester seems to be that it needs to be superwash.

Although it's sunny again today, last week saw me making hats again. You can never have too many and I'm loving Woolly Wormhead's hats at the minute. My new haircut means I can wear beret's at last without looking really daft so I've finished a new Meret, made a Starburst hat for one of my friends and am considering doing another for me. I've also lined up Jared Flood's Porum pattern, Lisa's beret and a Flappy Cabler (sorry, those are all Rav links and I'm too lazy to find others). Never mind that I have a couple of pairs of socks on the go, I'm trying to finish two cardigans for myself, the mighty midget has put in a request for a jumper and I've also promised to knit dad a new aran. Are there enough hours in the day?

It's funny, I sat down to finish this post and suddenly realised it was a week old! Where on earth has the time gone? I only saved it to go and find some pictures of my finished hats. So here's me looking silly, wearing hats and yay, new hair.
Pattern: Starburst by Wooly Wormhead
Yarn: Wendy aran
Needles: 4.5mm
Pattern: Meret by Wooly Wormhead
Yarn: Sirdar aran with wool
Needles: 4.5mm

Rubbish pictures of me, but the hats are fine ;)

An award and some trivia

My blogging mojo has been m.i.a. recently so although I've sat down a few times to write an update, it's not got much further than a draft. Anyhow, here I am again. I'm still snuffling away with my spring cold but at least I feel like writing now. Thanks to all those who take the time to comment when they drop by, I really appreciate it so I'd like to share my recent blog award with you all. Suse has nominated me for an Honest Scrap award and in return I'm to pick 7 blogs that make me happy and nominate them in turn by posting on their blogs. Finally, to list at least 10 honest things about myself.

So here goes, ten or more trivial things about me:

1. My sister and I are exactly the same height but she looks taller as she's slimmer.
2. When I got made redundant, I spent the whole of my payout and more on a trip around the world. I had an absolute blast and met some fantastic people and wish I'd been able to travel for longer.
3. I love being outside on cold winter days so long as it's not raining.
4. My mum started me doing patchwork in my teens to stop me biting my nails in front of the tv. The patchwork grew so much, it now covers a double bed. I still haven't finished doing the final quilting part 15+ years later although I use it anyway.
5. I can cover a double bed with yarn and that doesn't include the shop stock.
6. If I have a good book to read, I can lose a whole day and it's the only time when I still bite my nails.
7. I have really low blood pressure and if I skip meals, I get migraines.
8. I talk with my hands, just like my mum and sister and I've noticed recently, I've passed it onto my son.
9. I also have never seen the whole of Titanic. Five minutes of the "happy Irish doing a jig" was more than enough.
10. I've surprised myself the last few years in that I've really enjoyed being a stay at home mum and now I keep finding excuses to put off going back to work.

Right onto the nominations and I've a bit of a confession, I've actually not been great at reading everyone else's blogs recently as I've been so wrapped up in everything going on here. I think since I started using Ravelry so much, I tend to just read the headlines rather than actually going and checking out people's individual blogs. As much as I love Ravelry, it can definately make you lazy.

So anyway, here's a few blogs that I go back to time and again and one or two new ones:
Cinders muses about... Ruth has so much to deal with health wise but she soldiers on.
knitpurldrop Paige is a transplant American in Colchester, it's great to see her enthusiasm for all things English as she crams as much of the UK into her trip before she heads back to the US to finish her studes.
Laughing Mouse I'm looking forward to seeing how Scarletti is getting on after her move. She's struck out on her own with her kids which is incredibly brave.
Babylonglegs - Sarah is an incredible dyer and it's hard not to keep buying her fibre when I have more than enough of my own already.
I saw her STRANDing there, Megan spins, dyes, knits, crochets and is far more organised than me.
Confessions of a Graveyard Gypsy. Kate's a fearless knitter, designer and publisher.
and finally another Lucy from Attic 24 who's blog I found after a knitting friend's recommendation, her blog's so bright an colourful.

Thanks everyone and keep on blogging :D

Friday, 27 March 2009

Date for your diary: 25th April

We're having our first weekend meet up and are opening our doors to anyone in the area, be it knitters, crocheters, spinners, felters - anything yarn related really. If you fancy a day out, it'd be lovely to meet you.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Meet Molly, currently the most spiteful cat on the planet. She might look beautiful but don't let that fool you. Underneath the calm interior lurks one of the meanest cats around. Oh she might be nice and come and cuddle up to you at night but let her into your room and she might just leave you a little something on the carpet. The weather is beautiful, the litter tray is clean but no my bedroom is currently her spot of choice for doing her business. All I can smell is cat wee. It stinks, it's pervasive and this is now the second week in a row that I've had my carpet up and shampooed. I even caught her in action the other morning so I know that it's her. As much as I love her - I am never having another cat!
So anyway to cheer myself up the last couple of days, I have wandering around my garden enjoying the sunshine. Let's face it, this is England so you have to make the most of it while you can. Still, if it carries on like it's started, we could have a beautiful year to come. I'd best start crossing all my fingers now. Actually, it's a bit cloudy and much chillier today which is why I'm in the study composing this instead of digging in the garden. Mind you, having shifted almost a tonne of soil between us at the weekend and also mended the greenhouse I don't feel so guilty about doing so. There's always so much to do in our garden as I'm not the only fair weather gardener in the house. It's an old place too with a pretty mature garden and having mature trees means it's never just a straightforward job to trim them back. This year it's going to involve ladders and chain saws at some point and that's well beyond my remit. I'll stick to the flower webs and the veggie patch. We did a soil test in the veggie patch at the weekend and wow, did we get a surprise. We have the most beautiful, light, free draining soil. Like a lot of Essex, we're on sand and over the years we have piled barrow load upon barrow load of compost into it. By rights we should be able to grow the most fantastic carrots but they never get to more than 2 inches long regardless of the variety. Anyhow, the test showed that the garden is alkaline and not just a little. I'm not sure we'll be able to pour enough manure in it to be able to fix it. Well, certainly not this year anyway.So anyway, here's my pick of the spring flowers so far. Helebores poking out from under their leaves at the bottom of the garden. This is the first year they've done as well - they don't like our regular summer droughts.
Pulmonaria or Lung Wort or as my gran always called it, Jacob's coat. It flowers really early in the spring and then all summer you get huge green spotty leaves.
The first of the violas.
Frogs, lots of them but so far, no spawn. I found young newts at the weekend too while I was moving some of the stones about. They were obviously still hibernating so I covered them back up. Finally the winter clematis - about the only thing in the garden that's a bit late flowering this year. Mind you, that could just down to it being in the shadiest part of the garden. Ah spring is definately springing, before we know it it'll be Easter.

Monday, 16 March 2009

I've just had the best day ever and I'm now sat here with the cheesiest smile on my face. It started out with a trip out to a new weekly knitting group (Monday mornings at Fillpots Nurseries in Boxted if you're in the Colchester area). I met some lovely new ladies, caught up with a couple of people that I hadn't seen for a long time and had tea and cake. Pimped out my shop a little and with the help of the others converted another knitter to start on her first pair of socks. I gave her some spare needles and a pattern and sold her some sock yarn - hehe, aren't I shameless!?

It's been gloriously sunny all weekend and I'm still on a high for working or should I say, skivvying in the garden. Then tonight when I picked up my emails, I had one to say my advert has been approved. I am officially a ravelry advertiser and of course, when I logged on, I saw my first advert. Ah, maybe I'm just easily pleased but hey, my little shop is being advertised on Ravelry. Yay!

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

FO - Hedera

Originally uploaded by Bearium

Hedera socks from Knitty. Knitted on my 2.5mm BB dpn's before I snapped one and using some of the Merino superwash from my shop. It's a lovely yarn to knit with and I'm really pleased with the way it's knitted up. I only got to play with it as it was a slight miss-dye but I might have to sneak another skein out.

Another lovely Cookie A pattern and a very easy knit once you discover the errata for the numbers on the heel. I'm still not sure I like the huge instep but I've been assured by Paige who altered it for one of her pairs that it's necessary.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

What's your word?

I came across this on Kai's blog this weekend, she lives with hope which I think is beautiful so I thought I'd have a try myself. Apparently I'm fearless.

Your Word is "Fearless"

You see life as your one chance to experience everything, and you just go for it!

You believe the biggest risk is being afraid and missing out on something amazing.

Sometimes your fearlessness means you're daring. You enjoy risky activities.

And sometimes your fearlessness means you're courageous. You're brave enough to do the right thing, even when it's scary.

What's Your Word?

I'm not entirely sure why I was quite so surprised especially when I stopped to think about it. I've been to university, I've travelled the world largely by myself and I'm raising a child as a single parent. Hmm, perhaps I'm more fearless than I realised. How about you?

Thursday, 5 March 2009

FO - Clogs

These have been on the needles for a while but finally, I cleared another project from the UFO pile. A pair of felted clogs (Rav link) from Fiber Trends. This is the largest size of the children's pattern and has felted down to about a ladies UK 4 or 5. They fit mum really well so hopefully she actually likes them and wasn't just being nice!
Needles: 9mm Denise interchangeables and dpns
Yarn: Rowan Big Wool Fusion - overdyed to suit mum
Size: ladies UK 4/5

This is my second pair of these and at the mo, I'm trying to work out whether I can rejig the pattern to make them large enough for me or whether to just bite the bullet and buy the adult version. I'm sure I'll make another pair before long as the MM tried these on as soon as they were dry.