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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Year of projects - week 20

The List.

Cushion Corner min 2

1. Blooming Flower Cushion, Attic24 completed 10th July

2. 9 square cushion started 16th July

Sock Corner min 3

 1. Honey badger socks started10th July

50% finished

2. Tube socks for Ella

3. Tube socks for Sofia

Jumpers/ Cardigans min 1

1. Shalom Cardigan started 9th Oct

Cowl's/Scarf's min 1

1. Cowl for Virginia  started 13th November

Gloves min 1

1. Hermione Hearts

Toy's min 2

1. Clarence the Cat

Blanket's min 1

1. Sock Yarn Blanket started 27th Oct

Booties min 2

1. Saarjeet's Booties started 18th September - completed 8th Oct

Hello folks,

Ok so I thought I would do an update of my list as my mind has been buzzing with what to make with new yarn in my stash. So I have a couple of additions on the list, namely two pair of tube sock, some gloves and a cowl.

Right so this is my progress to date on my Shalom Cardigan. I am getting quite excited now to see this getting done. I like it as it is knitting up pretty quickly too. When I tried it on you can feel th snugglyness of the yarn. I can not wait to wear it layered with a shirt or something.

I have also cast on this cowl for me called cowl for Virgina Here is the link.

I am going to do two pairs of tube socks , linky is here. I get to learn something new here too as they start off with a turkish cast on which is something I have never done.

I am going to knit Ella's using this...

And Sofia's using this .... if I have enough that is ....

I am also going to make these Hermione gloves, linky here Using this wool....

Actually I have almost forgtten to add the baby booties I made to my list which were a last minute got to do them now kind of thing so booties are on my list now. I want to make another pair too for an older baby.

Right I am going to leave you with this if you want to listen. I am really in to country music in a big way and have discovered a new British band, yep you got that British who want to try and break the American market. So my fellow Americans here is some British country that is on my headphones this week. The Shires ....

Have a lovely week where ever you are friends xxxxx Leah

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Year of Projects - week 19

Hello dear readers,

Well it has been quite busy in the past few weeks and the weather has certainly turned colder with that tell tale cold crisp bite in the air. A winter's edge more than an autumn one.

Well folks I have started The sock yarn blanket. I am doing Shelly Kang's version sock-yarn-blanket. I had difficulty with my first square and glad this was my practise one. It started off well but to me it ended a bit messily at the corner. It was also the most tiniest, tiny of itty bitty squares.

Needless to say I have upscaled my needles to 3mm, to make the squares slightly. This is my progress so far ...

Just three squares. I think this will take quite some time to do lol. However I think I will buy some of those mini skeins you can get as I will have to knit up a lot of socks to reach my goal otherwise.

I had some time off from work with a few very selfish days to myself the other week which was utterly lovely. It gave me the chance to work on my Shalom Cardigan.

This is where I am with that, nearly up to the arms bit ...

I also had chance to tidy up my knitting cupboard, which was this ....

And became this ... a little bit more ordered

Don't you feel soooo much better after a good tidy up. I love looking at the different yarns I had forgotton and thinking of all the exciting possibilities.

I have a new needle case too :) Which is very much needed.

I love the cute woodland fabric of it.

I enjoy this time of year when Autumn has landed and I get to wear my hand knits. It was a joy to get these out again that I made the other year.. I want to make a pair in mustard for my sister at some point. I think these will need adding to my list.

My eldests school has been getting creative too and I could not resist buying one of the hand made poppies and my eldest daughter bought a new scrunchie for her hair. Isn't the poppy fabric lovely?

On my time off we paid a trip to IKEA . Oh how I love that place, I could spend hours and hours just wondering and imagining what to do with this space and that. My eyes popped when I stopped at the fabrics...

We bought a few things, namely storage but that's a little bit boring to show you.

I finished up reading Christmas Party by Carole Matthews. I really enjoyed it actually. It was a lighthearted read. Nothing too challenging about it and if you have read it I felt quite sorry for Tyler in the end.  Well worth reading. It is amazing how the author has written one whole book centered around one christmas party. Quite an accomplishment.

I have aquired two new books... these two...

The second is three stories in one book. Iris and Ruby by Rosie Thomas, My Best Friends Girl by Dorothy Koomson and Indiscretion by Jude Morgan.

This is the book I am reading now. 

I am five chapters in and it is very much an analysis of the characters, very deep, very involved. Jodie normally writes about a crime that has been comitted and the court drama following the events. I am not quite sure how this book will turn out yet or if there will even be a crime.

Other news is we had a fantastic time at bonfire night last night.

Here's a snippet of our night ... I have just about managed to thaw out lol....

Thank you for reading ... Have a lovely week.... Leah

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