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27 July 2016

Knitting - Wednesday's WIP

Along came Wednesday again!

Today's WIP is the Ellen Cardigan for me - I am really pleased with the colour combo that I selected from my stash.  Most of the yarn is from Aldi, those huge 400 gram balls that they have from time to time.  Hoping to get this well underway before I start on some baby requests for later in the year.  If I have time I may also start another ten-stitch blanket.  Several ladies from my knitting group have cast on and I do love these as they are just so easy to pick up and do.

Since I last posted I have made a cardigan for Gus - its the Seaside cardigan from Sublime knitted in Drops Muskat cotton which I got on sale at the Wool Warehouse

I know I haven't posted much again this month but I will be posting a round up of the month in photo form soon.

Take care and be kind to one another.  There is just too much sadness in the world right now

11 July 2016

July you are going so fast

July, you are 11 days old already, slow down.  Life has been busy here in Granny's World, we have some new additions.  Meet the girls, they have been here just over a week and finally settling down. Scruffy is leading them into bad habits and they have already managed to escape their part of the garden and are foraying into the flower garden!!

I have been busy knitting as usual.  Every time I think I can start on my cardigan I get another request.  I finished Jess' cardigan, made 2 hats for a friend of Rachel's.  Made a purchase of some Drops cotton from Wool Warehouse, some needed for a cardigan for Gus, the rest will go into stash.

My next project is a Rabbit for Gus, and then Rufus has asked for a cushion with a dog on it!! All exciting stuff.  There are 2 baby girls still to knit for, so life is busy.

The girls and I had their birthday shopping trip with young Gus on Saturday.  We had a lovely lunch out at Bills and managed to get the girls some new clothes.  Pops spent the day looking after the boys, so a good day all round.

Someone was getting bored
Smiley boy
That's it for today.  Hopefully summer will get here eventually.........

29 June 2016

More FO's & WIPs

This year is positively flying by, hard to believe it is Wednesday aain.  Today I have a new WIP to show you.  Its the Feather and Fan Baby Sweater from Lion Brand.  I saw this when we visited their shop earlier this month.  It looks a bit scrunched at the moment as the back and fronts are on stitch holders.  I wish I had worked the sleeves in the round, but I went with the pattern.

Since I last posted I have finished the three cardigans for a friend.  They have been well received, which is always great.

This was last weeks' WIP

Last Saturday I entered the bridal bouquet I made for Rachel into our village show and I won a prize.

1st Prize
 I was so thrilled, as was Rachel.  I now need to come up with something to top this for next time!

That's all from me today.  I had hoped to get into the garden but its raining again

22 June 2016

WIP's & FO's

Life is pretty busy again, So what's new.  We are trying to get out for a good walk each evening, which is cutting into my knitting time, but I need the exercise and its good to be outdoors. Especially now I have my hay fever under control.

This week we have lost two members to our family, firstly our laptop who gave us many good years of service, its replacement is on order.  Secondly, was Sylvie, one of our Goldline chickens, only just over 2 yrs but she has looked poorly for a while and not laying in ages or if she did they had no shell. We found her tucked up under the nesting box yesterday.  Scruffy looks a bit perplexed and keeps chasing after the cat for company!  We will try and get her a couple of new mates by the weekend.

I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment. A shawl that I am making up as I go along and Hundreds by Pekapeka.

The finished project is Composite also by Pekapeka

On a different note - the veg garden - rabbits have disseminated the cabbages, slugs are eating the beans and courgettes, and a mole if tunneling over the entire patch, only good thing there is its turning over the soil!!  We have decided to give up veg gardening and just buy the the plentiful veg stalls around us.

That's it for today, hope you are all finding some sun, its really in short supply around here.

17 June 2016

FO Friday - Ode to Doris

I am currently knitting for a new baby girl due in September, a friends 3rd granddaughter.  Knitting for girls is a treat, so much choice.  I am also in love with the patterns from Pekapeka, and am working my way through the free patterns until I get to need the next size up.

Ode to Doris - I have used King Cole Big Value DK for this one.

As I finished this last night I immediately cast on - Composite.  For this one I am using some of the yarn I won recently from Stylecraft - Lullaby, a very soft squishy DK

There is a good chance I will cast on Emma Asked as well.  I need to sort through my stash for 4ply, I know I have lots of cream, but I may have enough of something more colourful.  Kelly has just released this one - Taraxacum which is very sweet too and in DK. I also like this one, Hundreds, also DK and will use up those oddments of stash.

I have just treated myself to some of Kelly's pattern books for larger sizes, so expect to see some more knits for Miss J coming soon.

15 June 2016

Visiting the Lion Brand Store NYC

Inviting window draws you in

 So much yarn to squish. I loved the fact that they had all the yarns knitted up in decent sized pieces so you could see and feel how they turned out.

We both loved the blue cardi and I plan to make this for Jess

and this is what I bought - Shawl in a Ball

and Amazing - a wool/acrylic mix, no plans for either as usual!!

Whilst flying over to New York, I completed a little sweater for Angus, this was the stage it was at when I got on the flight

and this was it at the end.

A good way to spend the time waiting in Heathrow airport and a 6.5 hour flight and this is what he looks like in it