Monday, 12 December 2011

Calendar challenge - November 2011

Late again. 

Links to other participants at Kathryn Wheel.

This photo was taken with my iPad and the photo improved with Snapseed app. 

The blog post written in Blogsy.

I love my iPad.

Thursday, 1 December 2011


It's been a while...

The Woolly Brew yarn shop is now open!

It's taken 32 days, and a couple of years of planning, but today Karen and I made our first sales.  We survived, the customer survived and the till eventually stopped beeping at me.

I also got an iPad! Thanks to a very generous brother and a Black Friday sale it arrived this week.

Still finding my way but it's very intuitive.  I'm typing this on it!

Still need to work out a few things... But love it.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

knitting - a new hat

a new hat using Artist Palette Yarns and Lena by Quince & Co.

not sure I like it on me... 

this yarn had been my first shawl - but I didn't like that on me either so I ripped it out

this may be a trend...

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Calendar Challenge - September 2011

The squares on the right hand page are cut out of the page.

big list of other participants in this Calendar Challenge at The Kathryn Wheel.

Only 3 more months to go!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

food rut update

Update on my food rut...

Mediterranean chopped salad - good - nice in a wrap too, halved the dressing quantity
Prawns and Avocado with Old School Marie Rose Sauce - easy, quick and tasty
Mini Shell Pasta with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce- good but E not impressed
Everyday Green Chopped Salad - good, halved the dressing quantity
Chicken & White Wine Stew - much better the next day, didn't look pretty,
Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Crispy Posh Ham
Banana Tarte Tatin

Saturday, 24 September 2011

knitting to do

I need to finish:-
Baby Miss Greenjeans
Peggy Sue

I would like to start:-
Dew Point
Wispy Cardigan
I also fancy these Peppermint Twist socks by Kate Atherley using Yarn Yard Clan...

I also have some shop samples to do too...

Thursday, 22 September 2011

knitting needle wrap

interchangeable knitting needle wrap using this tutorial
 all done!

I redid the zip but made the same mistake again - cutting the hole too big.  It looked ok but as I fiddled with it the edges frayed and it started to look too messy...  Despite not having a big enough piece of fabric to do it again I unpicked it cut the fabric in half.  and sewed it back together again.  The zip 'hole' is better but its squint.  I daren't unpick again...

I'm really pleased with.  My handstitching is wonky and the zip isn't good but I love the fabric and it works really well with my Knit Pro needles - which I hope to add to...

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

knitting needle wrap

knitting needle wrap update...

so my zip arrived and I worked out how to sew it in... but its my first zip... and it didn't look good.

I managed to patch it but it was bugging me, so I cut the top part of the wrap off and unpicked the zip.  I will try again on another piece of fabric and then 'neatly' sew that piece to the main fabric of the wrap.  I'd rather a 'straight' line of stitching across the wrap than a patched up zip...

Monday, 19 September 2011

three years

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her or you can be full of the love you have shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she has gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she’d want – smile, open your eyes, love, laugh and go on.

Monday, 12 September 2011

knitting needle wrap

I've recently (finally) acquired some Knit Pro interchangeable needles.

These are tips (the knitting needle bit) which screw onto cables.  You get different lengths of cables and also little bits that can screw onto the cables when you take your needles off to use them on other projects.

You can use them as circular needles or just simply knit back and forth for flat knitting.

I only have 3 needle tips and 2 cables (120cm) but I'd like to get more as I like the wooden needles...

So obviously I will need another knitting needle case to store them in, and with my newly acquired fabric stash in mind I found this tutorial.

Despite having lots of other stuff to do I spent a few hours today making this...

I need to get a zip before sewing the whole lot together...

(and insert the zip)

Now... zips, who knew there are so many different types? 

Sunday, 11 September 2011


Margaret Cooter has an interesting offer as she continues her exploration of books, text and the journey they can travel.*

Check it out to take part.

*I wrote that quickly... makes sense to me but perhaps not a complete definition of Margaret's work!

Friday, 9 September 2011

iPad madness (part 12)

SimpleCount (£0.69)
Enjoy Sudoku (£1.99)

stuck in a rut...

...a food rut.

Its a pattern - I don't really cook in the Summer.  So...

Finally bought a copy of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food (so far just borrowed from library) and with the help of some post it notes I've marked some recipes to try.

School Girl and Hubby have to like them too (apart from the Prawn one - Karen is coming for lunch) and the ingredients can't be too expensive or perishable.

Not all of them are new but certainly ones I haven't made for a while.

So... recipes to try in the next week...

Prawns and Avocado with Old School Marie Rose Sauce
Mini Shell Pasta with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce
Everyday Green Chopped Salad
Chicken & White Wine Stew
Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Crispy Posh Ham
Banana Tarte Tatin

There are many more marked... Strange how many of these ones are on the Ministry of Food website... maybe the most populist!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Calendar Challenge - August 2011

bit late...

hasn't photographed very well and there are a few blank days...

big list of other participants in this Calendar Challenge at The Kathryn Wheel.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

knitting - red lace socks

Drops Lace Sock

I still can't photograph red well...

I'm only doing one (its a sample for the shop)... I used Drops Fabel.  I like it and I'm not really a red lacy sock kind of person...  would maybe wear it if it was grey or black... and if I knitted another one.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Calendar Challenge - July 2011

Completed July page for Calendar Challenge.

Not entirely happy with it.  My usual method of having a basic page then adding to it during the month has not really worked - probably because I haven't spent any time on it during the month!  Haven't taken a photo of August page yet.  Will post ASAP

A linky to other pages by other participants is at The Kathryn Wheel.

Friday, 29 July 2011

knitting - red racy socks

Drops Lace Socks in Fabel using a lace chart!

I've recently had an urge to knit a plain coloured sock.  I hadn't planned on doing anything lacy (I was thinking cables) but I saw this pattern and thought I'd give it a go.

We're researching yarns for The Woolly Brew yarn shop and we bought a range of Drops yarns to try out... I'm not entirely sure we I choose a red yarn for a sock but now I'm thinking it'll stand out as a sample in the shop...

I've used Fabel before to knit some toddler socks and really liked it - a good economical choice! 

some DROPS

Thursday, 28 July 2011

knitting - cardigan

We've started  a Work In Progress Wednesday post on The Woolly Brew website.  Which means I haven't been updating my knitting so much on here...

So for completeness (and since my cardigan saga has been going on for nearly a year...) I'll update here too...

This is what my Peggy Sue (by Linda Wilgus, aka Woolly Mammoth) looked like this last week...

and this is what it looks like this week...

I have done more stocking stitch rows - I think I need to do another 6 or so before I get to the cable ribbing...

I still haven't tried it on (needles too short) although another Raveller who is doing the Knit ALong suggested I put some stitches onto another circular needle.  This sounds so much easier than putting them on a piece of waste yarn....

and it is BLACK not charcoal or navy... or whatever colour the monitor shows it as!  

I am enjoying knitting it and I do feel excited by the possibility of knitting my own cardigans etc - and I'm learning to look at what will suit me and my lifestyle and not be seduced by the bazillion patterns I see on Ravelry.  I especially liked this (lengthy) article on Knitty about knitting your own garments...But Will it Fit? by Jenna Wilson

I am a bit concerned that the cotton/linen blend will not work for this cardigan - too loose and drapey, although I am confident (!!??!?!?) that my gauge is ok (I went down half a size).

I'm already planning my next garment project...

Friday, 22 July 2011

Daisychains ABC Crewel Sampler

Daisychains ABC Crewel Work Pattern Sampler by Alicia Paulson

Patten has been transferred and stitching has begun. 

I've never used crewel wools before.  They're very different from my usual smooth embroidery cotton....

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

knitting - cardigan

I'm struggling to photograph black...

Finally separated the sleeves on my Peggy Sue (by Woolly Mammoth aka Linda Wilgus).

At that point I had 370 stitches on my needles... This is knit top down and seamless.  That should allow me to try it on after separating the sleeves (good for checking fit and adjusting the length of the body).

Sadly my needles are not long enough!  I thought this when I started but cast on anyway...  If I am going to do more top down garments in the future I WILL need to get longer needles...

Monday, 18 July 2011

fabric stash

Whilst looking for fabric for my ABC Crewel Sampler I happened to stumble upon some fabric sales...

Combined with a few pieces I picked up last month I now have quite stash!  Most are fat quarters and a few are metre lengths.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Daisychains ABC Crewel Sampler

I have just seen my last post on a different monitor and it seems the brown one is a better match...

I think I need a second (real life) opinion.... and I'll just pick the one that looks good - whether it matches the original or not!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Daisychains ABC Crewel Sampler

I've decided the fabric I had for this sampler was too gold.  I'm now torn between two other fabrics... one a more definite brown, the other more yellow...


  I think the yellow one matches the original colour best....

Daisychains ABC Crewel Work Pattern Sampler by Alicia Paulson
Now I need to transfer the design...

Friday, 15 July 2011

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Daisychains ABC Crewel Sampler

Materials have arrived for this project!

bit concerned the fabric isn't mustard enough...

Monday, 11 July 2011

colour wheel

I love colour wheels.

Each arty/crafty course I've ever done always starts with colour theory and ideas to create colour wheels. 

This idea, by that artist woman, is a new one to me and really appeals... since I like sketchbooks, project books, colour wheels, reference guides and all in one kits!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Daisychains ABC Crewel Sampler

Daisychains ABC Crewel Work Pattern Sampler by Alicia Paulson

Found via Feeling Stitchy, and created by Alicia Paulson of Posie Rosy Little Things.

The pattern is available for sale in the shop.

Isn't it AMAZING!

It's my newest project... just ordered the crewel wools and fabric... it will measure 23cm x 32cm


I'm using the new blogger design to type this post...

Its a bit odd...  no change to functionality but looks very different...

Also read this recently too... Google are retiring the Blogger brand name...

I don't subscribe to "if it ain't broke don't fix it", as I quite like change and shaking things up... as long as it doesn't mess up my blog!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

iPad madness (part 7)

My iPad jam jar is at £126.68.

My fund raising efforts have stalled - too busy working (for no pay!) but I need to get going again as I still really want one.

Found this helpful tutorial on Ravelry - how to link your Ravelry library to GoodReader.

I don't have GoodReader but I think it would be good to link my Ravelry library to it....

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Fife Art Exhibition

that time of year again.  I didn't do it last year... not sure I'll have time this year...

Monday, 4 July 2011

knitting - cardigan

Whilst browsing through the hundreds of projects I have favourited on Ravelry I clicked through to my current favourite cardigan to discover that the designer Woolly Mammoth (aka Linda Wilgus) is having a knit along on her Ravelry group.  So I have decided to take the plunge and start the cardigan (despite having several other projects on the pins...)

I decided on Patons Linen Touch, for several reasons - I wanted a cotton or cotton blend (not too warm and less chance of bobbling) and also to try out the yarn.  My black acrylic swatch was just looking too fuzzy for my liking....

I'm going with black - more chance of me wearing it.  Hope the cabling still looks good...

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Calendar Challenge - July 2011

My July page for Calendar Challenge.
A little bit of colour (and some bubble wrap!)

A linky to other pages by other participants is at The Kathryn Wheel.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Calendar Challenge - June 2011

My June page for Calendar Challenge.

Half way through!

A linky to other pages by other participants is at The Kathryn Wheel.

This page has photographed better than it looks in real life.  I spent less time aimlessly doodling this month... but you can't beat some black paint and a piece of bubble wrap!

In fact I haven't even prepared a page for July yet!



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