Saturday, 31 October 2015

FO Pink Socks

I finished these little ankle socks and quickly took this photo of them before washing and blocking them. It's a lovely sunny spring day here, so I have put them outside to dry on the front veranda.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Storage for stash

This is actually a laundry basket, but I think it is ideal for storing yarn, as it is lined with fabric. I once had one of those large baskets used for storing logs, but is was a bit rough and my yarn tended to snag on the sides of the basket, so I got rid of it. The padded chest on the left of the photo is quite large, but I use it to store winter jumpers during summer and my summer clothes during the colder weather, which means that it is always quite full and there isn't space for much else.

A bit of inspiration

I have been really inspired by some of my fellow knitters on Ravelry, as well as those who upload regular podcasts on You Tube, which I enjoy watching. Not only are these very talented people great knitters, most of them are really good at sewing, as well.
Knitting is my favourite needlecraft, but I do enjoy sewing and there was a time when I made many of my own clothes. Last summer I made a couple of casual dresses which I wear at home on hot days, but during the past winter I have been doing a lot of knitting and have not used my sewing machine for months.
Last night I was listening to the latest Truly Myrtle podcast and was so inspired when I heard Libby talking about her latest sewing projects, that I went out and bought some fabric this morning.

I  went to Spotlight and bought this Japanese Lawn which I will be using to make myself a pair of casual summer trousers for weekend wear.

I also bought some fat quarters in various shades of pink:

I enjoy hand sewing and will be using this fabric to make some patchwork hexagons which I will then join together to make a couple of mats for the round tables in my craft room. I have a few sets of these patchwork mats which I made many years ago, but none of them is very large, so this time I'll be making them much larger.

Monday, 26 October 2015

My WIP's

I am working on a pair of cotton ankle socks and am using the Vanilla Latte pattern I found on Ravelry. I finished the first sock yesterday and then cast on the second right away.

My other WIP is a cabled tea cosy and this is the pattern I am using:
I have made this tea cosy before, using pink yarn with sage green as a contrasting colour, but this time I am using red and green yarn to make a Christmas tea cosy.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

The latest RAL

As I mentioned in my previous post, Northanger Abbey is the Austen novel I am reading at the moment, as I am taking part in a read along on Ravelry.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

October update

We are already more than halfway through October and I have been meaning to post here, but somehow life just got in the way again!
I have not been doing very much knitting lately. A couple of weeks ago I had a bit of a meltdown while finishing off the cabled sweater I'd been working on, so I have put it aside and will tackle the finishing at a later date.
I had started knitting myself a pair of socks, but frogged them and decided to use the yarn for another project instead, so I knitted myself yet another Botanical Cowl which I finished over the past weekend.

Last Wednesday I had a day's annual leave, so I went to The Ribbon Rose, a store which stocks knitting yarn and accessories, fabric for patchwork and quilting, needlepoint and tapestry kits, as well as a huge range of buttons and just about anything else one might need for needlecrafts. I was like a child in a sweet shop and spent ages browsing, but eventually bought some yarn, buttons, knitting needles and some templates for patchwork hexagons.

I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately and recently re-read Persuasion when I joined a Ravelry read along. I also watched the 1995 version of the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. The next read along is Northanger Abbey and as my old copy was really tatty, I bought a new paperback copy last week, so I am ready and waiting for the read along to begin. I love historical novels and requested a copy of Philippa Gregory's latest Tudor novel The Taming Of The Queen, from my local library, but as there were more than a hundred other people waiting to read it, I bought myself a copy from my local bookshop.

A few weeks ago I bought a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle; I haven't started it yet, as I am saving it for when I am on leave over the Christmas period. I used to love helping my children with their puzzles, but have never attempted a 1000 piece jigsaw before, so it should be fun and probably a bit of a challenge! My mother loves jigsaw puzzles and says she finds them really absorbing and relaxing.