Wednesday, December 09, 2009


Just a quick update as things are a bit hectic at the moment. We have found an ideal care home for my mother to move to, and she has accepted this in principle. The problem is that she sees this as something that will be happening in the future, probably well into the new year. I don't want her to feel I'm pushing her out but things are very cramped here. Also, Steven is having some breathing problems especially at night, and may need an over night hospital stay,which is complicating things.
At least I'm getting some Christmas knitting done, several pairs of socks have been completed just one more to do, and I'm finished. Hopefully some pics next time.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Found a bargain today! Four balls of sock wool for £3.99, in Lidl. So I stocked up. It is the usual mix, 75% wool 25% nylon, rather dull colours but I have plenty of brighter ones in the stash.

My WIP at the moment is Mr. Greenjeans. The yarn, some Paton's Merino I got from House of Fraser sale in the summer, for half price; yes I'm a cheapskate, rarely buy anything at full price if I can get it for less. I would call the colour cranberry, I love the way it is knitting up and just hope it will fit when finished, I'm allowing a bit more ease than in the original pattern.

Things aren't improving much at home. My mother is still with me with little improvement in her back or mobility. Steven also had a week at home with a cold but is back at day care now. We had our flu jabs this morning and should be in the next round of swine flu jabs when the surgery gets them in.

Thursday, October 01, 2009


The little jacket is finished, at least the knitting part is, it still needs blocking and ends need to be sewn in. Vicki asks what it the make and number of the pattern. It is an old Patons pattern no. 250, dating probably from the 1950s or 60s. It was one of a series of Patons patterns featuring designs by Spanish designer Carmen Castresana. All are in 2 or 3ply and generally speaking quite intricate lace patterns. I already possessed one of these and now have nearly the whole series thanks to Ebay.
For a little relaxation a sock is in progress.
My mother managed to fall getting out of bed the other night and now insists on sleeping in the chair, and is actually sleeping very well. The doctor has prescribed stronger pain killers which have made her more comfortable, and I have my bed back which has made me more comfortable!
And finally, this was the magnificent sunset we had the other evening.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Well, I'm finally managing to update after a fairly traumatic few weeks. My mother, who is 92, has been suffering from backache for a while, and it suddenly worsened overnight and she could barely get out of bed. I got down to her house as soon as possible, she was seen by the GP and prescribed painkillers. It wasn't possible for me to stay overnight, so my sister came for a few days. When we could get her into a car, she came up to my house and has been here ever since.

A further visit from the doctor on Monday confirmed that she has a collapsed vertebra due to osteoporosis. We're supposed to go to hospital for an Xray, but she doesn't really feel like going at the moment as she can't walk far.
Some knitting has been attempted. I started this before the problems started.
My cousin loves this pattern, not sure why as she always has terrible problems with it and usually ends up frogging. This time I said I would do a KAL with her, big mistake. Hers has been frogged all ready, I'm still battling on.

The problem is that each row is different and it is useless to try to follow the pattern after the first few rows. You certainly need to be able to read your knitting for this one. I could do with some thing plain and soothing to knit at the moment. Like a sock. But I will not be defeated.

Each row, approx. 350 stitches, takes half an hour, but gradually the end is getting nearer.
Lastly a glimpse of my stand at the 1940s W/End which seems a lifetime ago.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Just a quick update for any faithful readers I have left. I should be busy at the moment getting ready for the 1940s weekend at Bantock Park. I have the pattern and material for a wrap-a-round pinafore, but need to get started on it. Some knitting is also in the pipeline. For some reason, I don't have the enthusiasm to get on with this, and instead have been making toys for and working on my sock yarn blanket.
Photos hopefully next time I post.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

June Garden

Just a few pics of my very overgrown garden, taken at the weekend. These are growing in the front garden. I thought I had lost this Halimiocistus - 'Merrist Wood Cream' during the hard winter we had, but there it is popping up amongst Lysimachia

These are growing outside the conservatory. The pink rose is Bonica from David Austin. No scent, unfortunately, but compact and suitable for the space it is growing in.

This, believe it or not, is my pool. I have made an attempt to remove the duck weed, but end up getting the net full of wriggling tadpoles. I'll just have to wait until they have all grown legs and left. It doesn't seem to bother the fish, I occasionally see a gleam of gold amongst the green and at least the heron can't see them!

Monday, June 08, 2009

More Ravelry day

Here are a few more photos. Unfortunately, I only had my phone camera with me, so most of the pictures I took were poor quality, partly due to the weather conditions. This is a slightly better one of the Knit and Natter area. Despite the numbers, there never seemed to be a shortage of seats.
Now for the Stash enhancment. This is 604 yards of silk, which quite probably will become a shawl.

An assortment of Jamieson and Smith's jumper weight wool. A cardigan for myself?
Some sock blockers and a bag.

And finally there was cake, lots of cake, a never ending supply of cake, which every one made the most of before braving the rain yet again for more stash enhancment.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Ravelry Day

What a fabulous day! The weather was dire, but that didn't put anyone off enjoying themselves. I've a busy day ahead, so will just show one photo of the knitters waiting for Meg Swansen's talk.
Seeing Meg and her sister queuing for the ladies with everyone else just about sums it up. And they noticed my February Lady Jacket, and commented!
Will try to update tomorrow with more photos.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


........ another long gap. I seem to have lost the blogging habit lately, sorry. Knitting has been happening and some projects are nearing completion.
As usual socks seem to be my most popular knit.
These are for myself, can't remember the yarn except that it is BFL.

and these are for Steven, Austermann Step I think.

I decided that, with Ravelry day rapidly approaching, I really ought to make something to wear. Beatties (HOF) had this in their sale at a ridiculously cheap price. Although it says 4ply, to me it is nearer to a DK.

 It said February Lady to me, so that is what I've made. I decided on short sleeves, well it is
 summer. Not sure how flattering it will be but at least I will have something knitted to wear that won't be too warm if we have a heat wave.

As you can see, everything is needing ends sewn in and blocking, but hopefully all will be done before too long.
I hope it won't be too long before I blog again, there may even be some photos of Ravelry Day!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009


I can't believe it's April already, what happened to March? Some knitting has been attempted and actually completed, mostly for Loving Hands charity.

A small blanket and shawl.......

A toddler's jumper and leggings......

and a couple of Jean Greenhowe's Rainbow Babies......

Also last week these arrived, yes my Ravelry Day tickets, after some delay due to paypal problems, happily now resolved. Roll on June 6th. The speakers/workshops seem to increase daily, the latest being Debbie Bliss.

I've also been distracted lately by this Lambcam which I find compulsive viewing. The Angora Goat kids are due to arrive any day but are in no hurry to emerge, probably due to the cold rainy weather they have been having lately.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Everything is against me this week. I was supposed to be attending a finishing techniques workshop with Debbie Abrahams on Tuesday but Steven decided to start a cold and I spent Tuesday listening to him wheezing and coughing. He has cheered up considerably today so hopefully is on the mend. However I have a small Teddy Bear sweater waiting to be assembled and whether it will ever get done is anyone's guess.

My computer is still giving me grief. Each day something else seems to stop working. Today it is reluctant to have anything to do with the photos in my camera as it is ignoring Bluetooth. It is also having nothing to do with my Bluetooth keyboard although strangely, the mouse still works. Luckily I have a USB keyboard which is working.

Now for something positive. At last I have some frogs in my pool, I began to think they had deserted me this year. They were obviously put off by the cold weather. And here is a photo of a visitor to my bird table, not taken by me but by my cousin Barry.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Snow again

I've been stuck indoors with Steven again due to a snow covered drive. At least some knitting has been done and some socks completed.

These were knitted in Austermann Step with Aloe Vera and Jojoba. After one wash they are wonderfully soft and lovely to wear.
My bird table has been very busy and it is difficult to keep it replenished. There is a large contingent of blackbirds who clear the lot and leave nothing for the smaller birds.

This year's robin is a shy, retiring soul, not aggressive as robins usually are. Here he is waiting patiently for his turn.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Seasonal and pretty, but........

.......... not my choice of weather for Steven's first day back at his day centre. My neighbour took half an hour to get his car up the drive this morning, so it wasn't advisable for the transport to come down to collect Steven. ( They are not allowed to walk down and push his wheelchair up, health and safety issues.) Over the years I've helped dig a number of vehicles out of the snow.
So it is another boring day for the lad. At least he is enjoying the television at the moment.

Plenty of knitting on the go but not much to show at the moment, mostly charity knits.