Tuesday, 25 April 2017

What a greedy girl.

I am quite embarrassed to show all my finds from Wonderwool, but here goes.

First on my list was Owl About yarn, it was lovely to see Zoe, from the Pins and Needles podcast, wearing her posh dress that she showed in the making.

I bought these lovelies as planned, stitch markers and had a good look at the yarn. It was all very tasty but I wanted to have a good look round before deciding what to buy.

My next port of call was Rosies Moments, I have bought yarn from her a couple of times and found two beautiful skeins of silky soft 4ply yarn there, and a little tin of plain round stitch markers.

The shine is the tin of markers, it would not photograph at all.

Then, after a good wander round I spotted these, on Moonlight Yarns stall. The multicoloured yarn had been knitted up into a shawl pattern and it literally stopped me in my tracks. It is called
Spatterdashette and is a paid for pattern on Ravelry, it is safely in my library now. It is a 2 skein pattern and I am going to knit the body of the shawl in the pale blue and the boarder in the patterned yarn but make it at least twice as deep.

More walking and looking, touching and maybe some drooling and I ended up here, Weavers Loft.

These are destined to be a shawl, the pattern is as yet undecided.

My companion and I were having a good look at all the yarns and she spotted these sock starter packs. well seeing her find just what she wanted made me get a bit closer and the lovely ladies made a mix of just the colours that I loved. I am not sure if they will be stripey socks or stripes in a garment, at 25 gs each there is plenty to play with.

We decided that it was time for lunch and started to wind our way through the halls, of course there were a few stops along the way. Then we spotted Blackbird Yarns, a long stall piled high with  Drops yarns.

I bought 200 grams of each of these colours. (After lunch we made our way back and I cleared the stall of the rest in both colours.)

200 grams of this pale yellow, almost Primrose, went into my bag, another shawl pattern.

By now I was on a roll and just went for it.

100 grams of this for socks for the SO. He does like bright colours.

This little lot is also for a shawl, The Arabian Nights, a free pattern from Drops, I saw it as a kit on another stall but it was £16, these 4 cost me £8:40. Bargain.

I did not spend all my cash, I could have spent 5 times and more quite easily but taking into consideration the stash I probably bought twice as much as I should have. 

But it is only yarn, it won't make me fat or drunk. It will give me loads of pleasure when I turn it into lovely things, many of which are destined to be gifts, and subsequently give pleasure to the recipients.

I know that I do not need to justify my actions but I like to make my plans clear. I hear too many podcasters saying how naughty they have been when showing all their purchases. I don't feel naughty just a bit greedy. I have no intentions of putting myself through the wringer, if I couldn't afford it I wouldn't have bought it. Simples.

On a different note I have a rotten sore throat and the start of a head cold, Boo Hiss.

On a better note Rufus is having a sleep over, he has started early and is snoring his head off on the sofa right now, as his owner left for Cardiff  at lunch time and will not be back until 12:00ish.

On a slightly shocking note we walked both the dogs this afternoon and out of a sunny, blue sky it rained and then snowed. The minute we got back I scooped the washing off the line and not a moment too soon as we had a ferocious hail storm, I half wondered if the windows would break.

Now I am going to drink my tea before it goes cold and settle down with my knitting.
I have earned a sit down, as well as 2 loads of washing done, dried and put away I made bread and a batch of marmalade today.

                  TTFN                                              Pam

Monday, 24 April 2017

Bleary of eye and weary of feet.

Ooher Missus, did I have a good day out. With all the bells and whistles.
We set off in a small convoy and arrived at Builth Wells showground in time to park in the first row. We had a quick leg stretch and "paid a visit to the necessary" before winding our way up to the entrance gate for  10 minutes or so waiting in the queue.

We made no plans, it was a given that we would bump into each other every now and then, and we did. I spent most of my time, wandering aimlessly or striding out with a goal in sight, with one of our group. We discovered that we share very many, far too many, interests in a myriad of crafts.

Although we did have a good look at the spinning booths and groups we were hooked by the weavers, particularly the Brinkley Loom Weaving on the Plant Dyed Wool stand. More research is about to happen on that particular front. 
The SO is happy to make a copy of the loom, cutting my expenditure by a considerable amount, he is also happy to make one for my companion.

I got everything on my list and much more besides I will be taking photo,s once my eyes are fully awake.

I did the draw for the giveaway last night just before I collapsed on the sofa with my knitting after a delicious dinner of spicy noodles and veg with lots of bamboo shoots and water chestnuts, two of my most favourite veggies.

In no particular order the winners are.

Julie, of KC's Court.
Vera, of The Threaded Lane.
Jackie, of The Land of the Living Skies. 
and last but not least....
Sheila, of Life's too short to iron tea towels.

Drop me a comment with your snail mail addresses and I will get them off to you asap. None of these will be published of course.

Photos will be up tomorrow, I did not take any at the show, the lighting was terrible and it was so busy that most shots would have shown the backs of shoppers heads and arms outstretched trying to grab something or other.

I made purchases from all of my destination stalls, gorgeous yarn from Rosies Moments, wonderful stitch markers and progress keepers from Owl About Yarn to name but two. 

We had a delicious lunch from No Bones Jones, a catering family team, who have vegetarian and vegan food to tickle the taste buds and satisfy the salivary glands. It was delicious, I did not make a pig of myself........well not till a little later when we stumbled upon a stall selling brownies with banana, peanut butter and sea salt. 
OMG I ate mine so fast I could hear my Granny saying "do you have to shovel that down like a workhouse kid?"

I am stopping here to get another brew on the go.

See you all tomorrow. It is the SO's birthday and we are off to look at wooden model kits, he's a bit of a fan of them. We may drop into a certain well known DIY shop to look at wood for a loom or two as well. he he.

                        TTFN                                           Pam

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Too Late Ethel

Oops, would you look at the time. I am in bed ready to get some shuteye before an early start in the morning.

I am off to Wonderwool with some of the knit and natter girls, be still my beating heart. (not too still mind)

I completely forgot to do the draw,but I have got 6 bags ready, I am sorry but it will have to wait till tomorrow now, or possibly Monday if I am shattered or on a massive yarn high when I return home.
It has been a super duper summers day here, but the wind was a bit chilly on Ben's first walk. No coat required after 10:00 this morning and by 2:00 a parasol would have come in handy. It was T shirt weather.

I have made a list of what I want to look for, I have new batteries in the camera, which is in my bag. I have a sock on my needles for when I sit down for tea... Oh My There is an area called Coffee and Cake, swoon swoon. I just lurve cake.

I have printed off the floor plan and circled all the stalls that I must call at.

I have a calculator , to work out anything that I need to, yardage and so on. 

I have comfy shoes ready, tissues, Werther's sweeties (sugar free of course) a bag for purchases and a bottle of water.

Most importantly I have cash, the plastic is staying at home safe and sound.

So now all I need is some sleep, my alarm is set early enough for a shower and my clothes are laid out ready.

All that remains is for me to bid you all goodnight.

                  TTFN                                                Pam

Friday, 21 April 2017

Disaster Strikes

 I had a disaster this morning and am lamenting for a little while with some chocolate.

I was knitting away on my new jumper, the one with 2 charts, when it took on a life of it's own (or maybe I sat on the circular cord!) and it came off the needles #~**""!! Sooo after a bit of nearly tears and a hot strong cuppa I picked up the rats nest. Stitches had run every which way and I just ripped it back to a good spot and started picking up to find that 10 whole rows had gone. I don't care (well maybe I do a bit) it is only knitting and as the song goes "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". 

see me in the next strong man event.

Anyhoo, it is all done and set up for row 7 I just needed to step away for a little while. It will be easier this time as I found a line magnifier and it has arrived plus I now understand how the pattern is formed instead of just blindly following the charts.

I will be putting names in a hattish thingy later and pulling a few out so tomorrow I will publish winners and if they have blogs will let them know, if not they will have to contact me with their details. All my comments are moderated so no addresses will be published.

I am much better today but am still taking it easy, I do have washing on the whirly thing but after all pegging out is not arduous.

The weather is warm and dry but cloudy so I am certain that it will get dry. 

I found a new podcast to entertain me this morning, Woolly Elephant, run by a mother and daughter team a bit further North in the UK than me. I watched the first episode and will be having a bit of a binge later on.
 I may even make a rhubarb crumble and a drop of custard to enjoy with it. I have to listen to my body and it thinks that will hit the spot quite nicely.

Still excited about Wonderwool, I really need to chose a project and search for the yarn to make it. I don't want to just buy random skeins and then have to search for a pattern to match. One of the knit and natter girls is hell bent on finding the yarn for the Pavement sweater, I do like it but am not sure that it is far enough away from the Flax sweater that is on my list. I do have a couple of shawl patterns that I love...I will make my mind up at the last moment I am sure. If not I could be stretching my arms by a fair few inches. hehe.

Time for tea now and a little walk with Ben, he is loving all this couch potato time, I may have to call him chips or mash soon.

                  TTFN                                                    Pam

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Turn that stopped me.

I got up to a grey drizzle, almost a different world to yesterday.

After my usual cuppa, swiftly followed by another, and a little podcast watching, Relatively Crafty,  scooped my wits about me and got Ben out for his first walk. I went a bit early as I had planned to pick Jess up and show her where I get my wild garlic.

I was absolutely fine till I got back home, I got just inside the house and had what my Granny would call "a bit of a turn". I couldn't get my breath and just sat on the stairs feeling completely out of sorts. I got the SO to call Jess and cancel then made my way to the sofa.
And there I stayed until about 4:00 when I felt well enough to move about a bit. I slept on and off during the day and feel much better now.
This is the first bad day that I have had for a while and came out of the blue, I have decided to blame it on the shock of such a wonderful sunny day yesterday.

I have done a little knitting on the socks, another yarn that I am not in love with, but they are not for me so I will finish them.

On to something happy.

I have a small stack of project bags, some drawstring and some zippered. I also have some fabric that I washed, dried and ironed on Tuesday morning, that is clamouring to be made into something.

Until I move the bags I can not make anything else, so to cut a long story short, I fancy having a giveaway.

leave me a comment and I will find something hattish and someone to dabble around in it and pull a few names out. I will post anywhere in the world and there will be around half a dozen bags of various sizes. I will allocate them quite randomly so you may get a sock size or a sweater size.

I nearly forgot to tell you that I got some happy post, The Knitter's handy book of top-down sweaters by Ann Budd. I heard Tilly Trout praising it and decided that an early birthday pressy to myself was quite a good idea.

I will be taking it very easy for the next 2 days as I am off to Wonder wool on Sunday. I am really looking forward to it, my first yarn Feastival, and no that is not a typo, I fully intend to feast to my hearts content.

                     TTFN                                      Pam(greedy guts)

PS thank you for the sweater comments, I will look at it for a few days and see if I can learn to like it.

Sorry to whoever,s comment that i just clicked on to publish it has disappeared, if you repeat the comment I will endeavour not to lose it again.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

No Gremlins after all.

It was just a total memory failure on my part, I completely blanked out taking the camera to the wool shop for photos of the windows.

My finally finished wip sweater, I loved it when I cast it on but now I am not so keen. I will wear it though, waste not want not.

I had intended to replace the sleeve cable with the lace pattern from the front but put that idea aside for the sake of speed.

Now for the window shots.

Easter in yarn.

A sample of some new yarns and garments knitted from them, such a good idea. It is great to see how a yarn looks in garment form, I 
have had a few disappointments over the years.

Knit and natter went well yesterday, we were low on numbers but not on chatter. Jess and Ivy came along and Sophie was there as well, once she woke up and started to move about Ivy was fascinated.

Dinner was a quick stir fry, I basically sliced everything from the salad drawer that was suitable and made a sticky sauce with soy, mirin and some maple syrup, with some thread noodles it made a very fast and tasty meal. There may have been a naughty trifle for pudding.

This morning the sun is shining bright and I have hand washing on the whirlythingamajig, I had an hour in the garden and had to come in for a cold drink. Once this is posted I will be going back out, it is far too nice to be indoors and there is far too much to do.

On that note I will wish you all a good day, wherever you are and whatever you may be doing.

                     TTFN                                                      Pam

PS, talk about pride going before a fall, I had to tink back 3 rows of my new knit as I had SSK,d when I should have K2TOG Right in the centre front yoke. DUH I am all caught up again now though.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Snowflakes and Gremlins, oh my.

The Gremlins have hidden my camera, I am in the Tidy up stage of knitting. The WIP sweater, duly photographed, has been blocked and is folded neatly in a drawer.
The "Posh" scarf is done and delivered, and properly enthused over.

All the odds and ends of yarn, Mmm nothing left from the scarf but 138 grams left from the sweater, have been put in the " One day I will make something from this lot" bag.

The patter has been filed along with the notes that I made.

I have treated myself to more yarn, and that also has been put in it's niche along with the patterns. More of that later.

I thought to myself, time to do a quick blog post, I'll just get the photos on the lappy. No camera to be seen, even though I had it in my hands last night just before going to bed. (better look in the bedroom soon)

As for snow, some of the new yarn is for the Snowflake sweater from Tin Can Knits, a paid for pattern. It has a lace yoke knitted from 2 CHARTS!!, my first charted sweater pattern knit in the round. it's a good job that I have umpteen stitch markers in different colours. I have knitted 1/3 rd of the yoke, in a soft purple, and the only problem that I have is focusing on the correct row to follow. My eyes like to wander a little, at the moment I am using two bookmarks to isolate my row. I need to find a proper clip on gadget that magnifies as well as blocks the adjacent rows, I will have a trip up the Amazon later.
The sleeves will be in the purple while the body of the sweater will be in Sand.

I was so pleased with my success that I have printed off the Knotty glove pattern by Julia Mueller, it is a free pattern on ravelry. I was watching Tilly Trout and she has knitted it up several times and that was recommendation enough for me. I haven't knitted gloves for a good few years, at least 15 and possibly more, and if all goes well it could become as addictive as socks.
Oh yes, I do have a pair on the needles, vanilla is the new black using a West Yorkshire Spinners  sock yarn from their Bird collection. Unfortunately I have lost the ball band and as it is deep stash have no memory of the name.

I did buy an attic 24 pack to make a bag and a cushion cover as my crochet mojo has started to nag at me. I just need to print off the pattern, or perhaps just make my own up as I go. Now that I think about it a lap blanket in that lovely chunky yarn may be the way to go. I'll get back to you on that.

If I find the camera I will get some photo,s and share.

It has been a mixed bag of weather over the past few days, bright sun, grey clouds, black clouds, cold wind and smeary drizzles. I haven't been in the garden for 3 days and doubt that I will get out today. I don't mind too much I have my knitting and some more "tidying" to do. Note, in this context Tidying is meant to cover stroking, oohing and ahhing and matching yarn to pattern. Along with a quick look at my fabric and patterns for various makes in the planning stage.

It has just occurred to me that tomorrow is knit and natter, these long weekends mess up my internal calendar even though I don't work any more. I will rephrase that to Even though I am no longer in paid employment, because of course I work. The house doesn't clean itself and dinner and bread don't magically  appear, oh for a bit of Hogwarts magic with dinner just showing up on the table.

Now I am in dire need of a cuppa, I hope that your weekend has been all that you wanted and that you all enjoy this last day of it to the full.

                   TTFN                                                   Pam