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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Dragonflies Hat in Rowan

After completing my recent hat I decided I really wanted a green one too and I saw Kay from Bakery Bear Podcast had knitted this Dragonflies Hat.  I don't have much experience with Lace knitting but I bought the pattern from Ravelry and thought, 'yeah I can do that'.  After a little bit of frogging at the beginning I kept with it and then decided after the first pattern repeat that I had had enough of the lace.

It felt like I was under tension to get it right and the fingers on my left hand were getting 'fixed' after a few rows so I decided to not repeat the pattern and just knit a few simple stocking stitch rows and then do the crown.  I am really pleased with it.  I used Rowan Creative Linen and only used just over half a skein which is brilliant.  The hat cover's my ears and is not slouchy at the back so I am going to either make another one in a different design or knit a matching scarf or cowl to go with it.

Here are a couple of photo's .......

I started a pair of Regia socks for my son Ross who has a size 10-11 foot.  He has wide feet and I wound up a 100g ball into two 50gs and started from the toe up.  I did my own kind of design in as much as I did the provisional toe up and will keep knitting until it is 10 inches for the foot and then I will do a sweet tomatoe heel which is the best heel around.  I then hope there's enough yarn to knit a nice length cuff.  Here's a photo of the progress so far.....

it's on my foot by the way, I was at my lunch break in work and decided to see if it was wide enough.  Ross tried it on that night and it is wide enough for him so that's good.

It's been a typical week all round and i worked today as a cleaner so I can earn some extra pennies for Christmas.  I came home about 4pm, took Tammie out for a walk while the rain had stopped and then did some housework.  I then coloured my hair again and finished off some knitting.  So now I am going to watch a podcast and hope that Sunday brings me a happy day for us all.

Here's a photo of Tammie a few minutes ago after I decided she needed a good haircut.........................

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Just another Sunday...

I thought I was going to have a nice weekend after having such a terrible week but alas, no.  I am beginning to feel like I've got a big massive cloud of emotions above my house at the moment and I don't know when and if it will ever clear.

I have decided that as much as I love Christmas, I am not going to celebrate this year.  I just pray that when New Year comes, the cloud will have left and I can start being my normal self.

In the meantime, I have spent most evenings watching knitting podcasts and obviously, knitting.  I started a project a few days ago called 'Capucine' on and I got my Mirasol Api yarn out to give it a try.  It's so soft and squishy and am really glad I carried on with it.  Here is a photo of it....

It fit's really nice and cover's my ears which is what I wanted it to do.  I have already started another project last night called 'Dragonflies' Hat and I am using the Rowan Creative Linen in a gorgeous green colour.  I will post a picture of it's progress here ..

The pattern does involve some lace which I am a little concerned over how I am going to manage with it.  I will certainly give it a go because I just love the hat design.  I can just see me wearing it with my green waterproof coat when the really bad weather comes.

The progress on my Ross 365 blanket is going very slowly.  I try to do a couple of rows a day and am on my 16th row.  I won't be able to take it to work with me now because it is rather awkward and cumbersome to carry various balls of yarn with me.  That's one of the reasons I started the Dragonflies Hat because at least it will fit in my bag.    I also intend to make a start on some more toys soon and am just deciding whether to knit them or crochet them.  

Oh well, I'm off now to try and keep busy.  I might have a go at making some cake's today but will see how the day pan's out.  Have a good week everyone and I will leave you with a photo of my baby girl who I

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Oxford Street Visit

I am back on blogger for now, I'm trying to keep a normal routine and most nights I do my crafts, walk Tammie and do some housework.  However, Saturday Frank and I went to London for a few hours and we walked around Oxford Street which was absolutely jammed packed with crowds.  I am going to avoid it when Christmas get's nearer.

Here is a photo of one of the window displays in John Lewis Store, the penguins are so cute and dressed in their knitwear.

We were walking around spending more time trying to avoid people bashing into us and I was getting rather irritable inside so we started to head our way back to the train station when we noticed the traffic had disappeared.  Frank looked down the road and saw some flashing blue lights and policemen on motor bikes and then we heard some shouting but it wasn't was these guys doing a half marathon for Help the Hero's.  Apparently they are Paratroop's and their front man was shouting encouragement to them....

People started clapping and kids were standing in the middle of the road doing 'high fives' to the men.  It was really good to see.

That was yesterday and I came home and spent the rest of the day alone with Tammie feeling quite low. I spent the evening crocheting another panel of the Tunisian Blanket which is a gift for Tracy and then I went upstairs to bed about 9pm but couldn't get to sleep so I ended up sitting on the edge of my bed knitting until my neck started aching.  Ross (my son) hadn't come home yet so I just turned the light off and waited for sleep to arrive.  Mind you, I never hear him come in or go up to bed and as long as I don't get woken up or come downstairs in the morning to a mess, he's really no bother.  

Today is Sunday and my eldest son came round for a while and we had a cuppa together and a nice chat.  I told him I'm not bothering with Christmas this year and he was ok with that so all I am doing is giving some money to my family.  To be honest, I will be glad to see the back of 2014 and hope that 2015 start's positively for everyone that i love and care about.

Ross has gone out now and I managed to have a Yorkshire Pudding dinner and now I am going to do some embroidery on the second panel of the Tunisian Blanket.  Hope you all have a good week and will be back again with progress....