Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Being accountable

Well, I have put off writing this post for long enough. You may remember that I set myself what now seems a ridiculously overambitious list of projects to complete over the summer holidays. Since my next school holiday is looming (we finish for the October half term break tomorrow, yay!!), I thought that it really was time to face the music! So here goes.........

1. Gabriola socks - done!

finished Gabriola socks (3)

2. Crochet ripple baby blanket - done!

Baby girl ripples (4)

3. Twig and Leaf shawl - untouched!

4. 64 Crayons blanket - done!

64 Crayons done! (1)

5. Test knit sock to start - half done! I test knitted one of the socks, but its partner is still waiting to be knitted. 

Pink Pony sock WIP (2)

6. Puerperium cardigan - done!

Raspberry Ripple Puerperium (1)

7. Simple baby hat - done!

Rapsberry Ripple simple baby hat (3)

8. Plain vanilla socks - done!

socks for Eve (2)

9. Socks for Monika - not started!

10. Socks for Hermi - not started!

11. Socks for Coral - done!

Coral's basketweave socks (1)

12. Podster mitts for Mu - done!

Mu's flip top mitts (2)

13. Swap gift for Kat - currently on the needles!

14. Swap gift for Kim - done! Photo later once we have exchanged packages!

15. Swap gift for Julie - done!

16. Purple Passion club shawl - not started!

17. September Morn sweater - not started!

In addition, I have crocheted two tape measure cosies as gifts.

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tape measure cosy gift (2)

On the whole, I am happy with what I managed to finish, although I would have loved it if I'd managed to knit the sweater too! It's getting chilly here and I could do with a warm sweater right now! 

Mr JK and I are off to Yorkshire on Friday. I am really looking forward to it - it's a part of the world that I don't know at all. I shall be taking my gift knitting for Kat and the test knit sock to try and get them both done and dusted. I have several projects (as yet, not even in project bags, but calling out to me all the same!) that will be waiting in the wings. I hope to blog a couple of times during the week so pop in to see what I'm up to. xxx

Sunday, 19 October 2014


The last week has been so hectic, I have barely had time to breathe! Lots of school things going on as usual as well as my old Uni friends coming for the weekend. We have been friends for more than thirty years and meet up annually at one or other of our homes. This year, everyone descended on Norwich. We are all celebrating 'significant' birthdays this year, so there was lots of cake eating! 250 candles might have been a bit of a fire hazard, so we compromised!

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We went into Norwich and did a sewing class on Saturday afternoon; three of us made bunting and two made cushion covers. Despite being a little anxious at  the start, all my friends thoroughly enjoyed the class and found it very relaxing! I'm really happy that I have shared my love of crafting with them.

We popped into Norwich Cathedral while we were in the city. Walking down one of the side aisles, I thought that they had some kind of special lighting effects in place. Look and you'll see what I mean.

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When we got into the colour zone, it turned out that the lighting was due to some new stained glass windows. The effect is very dramatic, don't you think?

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I was busy finishing off knitted gifts for my friends right up to Saturday morning! Nothing like leaving things to the last minute! You might remember my list of holiday knitting that I blogged about at the start of the summer break. I'll be telling you how I got on with my knitting goals very soon. I also have a gorgeous swap parcel to share with you. xxx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ally Pally 2014

When I discovered that I actually had this weekend free, I decided to book a place on a coach trip to Ally Pally. It's been 6 years since I last braved the crowds there. Travelling by coach is great. The pick up point is just a couple of minutes down the road and you get dropped off right at the event. No stress travelling on public transport clutching your purchases! 

There was a stunning pergola in the Palm Court entrance hall. A great number of knitters and crocheters contributed to the project and it looked amazing. I'm not sure if it's travelling around the country, but if it does come near you, it's definitely worth a view. I love the little slug, don't you?

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The trouble with going to Ally Pally on Saturday is that it's going to be BUSY! There was gridlock in the aisles at various points in the day. You just have to go with the flow and shuffle your way around. I did get my ankles bashed a couple of times by people pushing their trolleys too! Those have definitely increased in number since my last visit! I decided that I would try and have some kind of system and walk up and down each aisle so as not to miss anything. As well as all the stands, there was some absolutely amazing textiles work on display. I only managed to take a few photos; here's a little flavour of what was on show......

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Lucy from Attic24 was on the Stylecraft stand helping them to promote various packs of yarns to crochet her beautiful blankets. I had a bit of a 'fan' moment and snuck a photo of her. The yarn packs were flying off the shelves but I put my sensible head on and decided that I didn't need to buy one that instant!

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Her crochet blankets are so, so lovely. The ripple ones are my particular favourites. This is the Coast colourway. I think the other one is either the Cosy or the Cottage colourway in a new blanket design. I shall keep my eyes on her blog for details.

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I took a class mid way through the day on wet felt making. It was good to break the day up a little and sit down! I learnt loads in a very short space of time and will share it all with you once I have finished the project. Here's a sneak preview!

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So what did I buy?! I set myself a budget and you will probably be astonished to hear that I came home well under budget!!

Ally Pally purchases (1)

I bought 4 balls of alpaca yarn from Eden Cottage yarns. I have been a fan of Vicky's yarns for years and was delighted to see that she now has some commercially dyed ranges too. I bought some ribbon, a couple of fat quarters, a little sewing kit, a pattern, some silk throwers waste and a knitting kit. I came home very happy with my purchases and also pleased with my restraint!!

Walking back to the coach, the views across London were wonderful. I always find it exciting to see the skyline of our capital!

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On the coach, my neighbour and I shared our experiences and purchases and agreed that it had been a grand day out! If you went to Ally Pally, I'd love to know what you thought of the event. xxx

Sunday, 5 October 2014

In the pink!

We went for a walk around the gardens at East Ruston Old Vicarage this afternoon and there was a definite feel of autumn in the air. When I looked through my photos afterwards, pink was the predominant colour. Everywhere I turned, shades of rose, coral, magenta, fuchsia and baby pink were leaping out at me, catching my eye. Take a look and you'll see what I mean!

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East Ruston Old Vicarage Oct 2014 (22)

So why the sudden obsession with pink, you ask? Well, I took a couple of secret projects with me to take photos in the gardens, and they both happen to be pink! Firstly, a pair of socks............

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The yarn is String Theory Caper Sock, a gift from my friend Michele. The pattern is my own creation! I have been dabbling with various stitch patterns for some time now, and finally settled on this simple textured one for my first pair of socks. To  say I am pleased is a bit of an understatement! 

My second secret knit is a cowl ..........

jk cowl (7)

jk cowl (4)

jk cowl (3)

jk cowl (2)

I used a skein of Sunshine Yarns single ply merino which was a gift from another friend, Bobbie. This pattern is also one of my own creations! I made it almost a year ago and never got around to taking any finished photos. I unearthed it this weekend while I was tidying out my wardrobe. I did get one or two odd looks while I was taking photos, but I am pleased with the results! At the moment, both patterns are just jotted down on scraps of paper. Perhaps I should have a go at writing them up properly. What do you reckon? xxx