Monday, 30 March 2015

Another Edward Bear Sweater

I really love the pattern for this cute little teddy bear sweater. It's called Edward Bear's Sweater and is really quick and easy to knit, as it's all knitted in one piece. I knitted this one over the weekend while sitting in my craft room listening to an audiobook.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

A new project

This is a Bendigo Woollen Mills pattern, but the yarn I will be using for this project is Ashford Tekapo yarn which is made in New Zealand. We lived in Australia for two years and I bought Bendigo Woollen Mills yarns quite regularly, as I found that it  was good value for money and good quality, but living in New Zealand means that I now have to pay shipping costs, which pushed up the price quite considerably, so I prefer to buy locally made yarn for larger projects.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Fuchsia Hat

I had just one more skein of this lovely fuchsia pink yarn left, so I put it to good use and knitted this little hat. The pattern is free on Ravelry and is one I have used many times, as it's so quick and easy.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Cabled tea cosy

I have just finished this tea cosy which I made for my Brown Betty teapot. The pattern calls for 10ply yarn and 5mm needles and is meant for a large teapot; I was using 8ply yarn and found that casting on the same number of stitches and using smaller needles (4.5mm), I managed to achieve the correct size for my teapot.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Fuchsia Sweater

 Most of my Saturday afternoon and evening  was spent finishing off this little sweater, knitting up the neck, working in all the yarn ends and then sewing the seams. I have a couple of skeins of this lovely pink yarn over and am now trying to decide what to do with them.

I recently bought some yarn which I intend to use for a sleeveless pullover vest for myself, but right now I am so not in the mood for casting on a large project! I feel like knitting a few small items like baby hats and bootees and maybe a tea cosy or two. I have knitted several tea cosies and they tend to be more decorative than functional, as I very seldom use any of my teapots. I tend to make tea in a cup or mug with a single teabag, a really lazy habit, I know, but it does save time, especially on weekday mornings.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Reading and relaxing

I was intrigued by this book on a recent visit to my local library. I love Jane Austen's novels and have read several sequels by modern authors, but thought that this one would be particularly interesting, as it is the original sequel to Pride and Prejudice and other Austen novels and was written just over a hundred years ago. There are several characters from Pride and Prejudice, the main two being Mr Darcy and his wife Elizabeth ( née Bennet), as well as several from Austen's other novels.
I have only read a few chapters thus far, but as I have decided to take it easy and enjoy a relaxing weekend, I plan to do a fair amount of reading.

I have been doing a bit of knitting in the evenings during the past week, so have finished the back and sleeves of my current WIP, a teddy bear's sweater. This afternoon I'll be casting on the front, so that I'll have something to work on while watching TV this evening, as I can never just sit and watch a DVD without knitting.

Like most working women, I find that I can only go to the hairdresser or have a manicure and pedicure on weekends, not to mention shopping or going to the library, so my Saturday mornings are usually taken up with one or more of these activities. The past week at work has been incredibly busy and really exhausting, so I decided to just take it easy this weekend. I did go out briefly this morning to have my eyebrows waxed, but as that only involved a ten minute walk to the home of the beauty therapist, it didn't take up too much of my time and was something that I really had to do.

Apart from doing a bit of laundry and cleaning, I have had quite an easy morning and after a late lunch, I plan to spend the afternoon listening to an audiobook and doing some knitting - not very exciting, but certainly relaxing!