Next in line – Yarn Along…

What happens when a friend is clearing out her knitting patterns, offers a stack to look through and this happy looking lad jumps out at you. ¬†And knowing you have just the right thing tucked away in your very slowly decreasing but thankfully not increasing (at the moment) stash of 8ply – well the only thing that could happen is that you spring into action ūüôā


With luck Winter has been and gone – I sent my final box of knitted goodies off last week – that means the charity will have things on their shelves ready to distribute when they begin their work in earnest next April – so that also means I’m looking at new ideas/styles to keep me occupied over the next few months. ¬†This is a fairly easy four row pattern to knit, similar to a Fishermans Rib. The sleeves knit up very quickly so I’m on to the back now. More stitches means more time consuming but I’m thinking ¬†if the neckline is easy to fit I may end up doing some more of these cozy shawl neck sweaters.


I was ‘between books’ for a while, then several turned up. ¬†I have Johanna Nicholls – ‘The Lace Balcony’ – available but because it is rather lengthy think I’ll leave it for the long hot days of summer (when they actually arrive). ¬†These two arrived from the library on the same day. ¬†Kate Morton’s ‘The Lake House‘ and Kate Grenville’s ‘The Lieutenant“‘ so it looks like I’m spoilt for choice now ūüôā


Ginny’s Yarn Along takes place each Wednesday ¬†You’ll find other knitters and readers over there ¬†Why don’t you pop over and have a look – and maybe join in one week

It’ll come together in the end – just you wait and see……

At the end of 2014 I showed you some of the knitting I was doing for KOGO
–¬†Fair isle jumpers¬†for little lads.

Bear and Lion KOGO

Well, like with most things that have mundane tasks associated with interesting ones (like plain knitting and fair isle) I’m full of good intentions but sometimes fall short of producing the goods.

As you no doubt have guessed knitting the backs and sleeves became a bit of a chore, so these were put to one side and promptly forgotten ūüė¶

But look here – guess what happened over the past few weeks when I was having a bloggy break. ¬† All the pieces came out and were stitched together, necks were added and hey presto! ¬†These will be going to the charity come the cooler weather ūüôā


And so I really don’t look like a loser I found enough browny coloured wool to do another along the same lines. ¬†No actual pattern as size was from one set of instructions and the Koala chart from something else. ¬†Just required a pencil and paper to do a bit of working out first and then some dedicated needle time. ¬†Front and two sleeves finished now just the back to tackle.


And the book –¬†looks like my reading mojo might have returned as well. ¬†

First one for the year, Breath written by Tim Winton (Australian author).

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is going to be hot so I might be turning page 1 sometime during the day.  Glass of cool (anything) close by.

Big things in disguise…….

It’s been a very small effort on my part in the knitting department¬†this week – small in size and small in number.¬† Certainly not small in intention tho’.¬† These little (minature sized) cardigans and other like sized items are destined for special gift packs given by grief counsellors assisting mothers (and their families) in the aftermath of losing a babe pre-term. ¬†These tiny ones are part of a program designed to help those who have a loss in the first trimester. Knit in baby 3ply on size 14/2.25mm needles they measure approx. 3ins from neck to waist and 3ins across the chest and are small enough to be held in the palm of your hand. A gentle reminder of the life that was lost.


After finishing Soldier of Fortune I’m thinking about starting another ‘old’ book. ¬†This one is really old, written in 1815 by Sir Walter Scott, the little blue book is an old copy of Guy Mannering (aka The Astrologer) complete with thin tissue like pages covered in tiny print and looking really interesting – but then on the other hand after I took the photo this morning I had a call from the library to say my ordered copied of this little beauty had arrived at the library so it looks like the 100 year old man will be my reading matter for the next week.


And as there was no way I’d let Kiera (who is still moulting her fine brown fur in preparation for a glossy winter coat) anywhere near my white knitting the little figurene of two Burmese cats got into the in the picture instead.

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