Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Snatched Moments

I have been sooo busy over the last couple of weeks. I have been working to get the w1Da project ready for the Southampton boat show, and then to staff the show and provide accommodation and sustenance for the rest of the team. Plus Sausages has started school, which has been a bit bumpy for all of us! Today I'm snatching ten minutes between the school run and swimming lesson to join in the Yarn Along and Watcha Workin' On Wednesday!

I knitted one whole mitten for Sausages to find that it was a perfect fit...for me! Fortunately mittens are their own gauge swatch, and I didn't cry when I ripped it out and started again at a smaller size.

I am nearly finished with Campside, and I love everything about it! The yarn is so drapey and shimmery, and the eyelet lace is gorgeous! The border is a rib, and I'm not sure that's going to be the right thing, so I'm thinking I'll run a lifeline in advance. The shawl is so floppy, I'm just not sure a rib will suit the yarn. I'm finishing this as a little treat to myself, since it is really time for Christmas knitting!

I've just finished reading Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham. It's my favourite of her books so far, very suspenseful! I found this little gem at my mum's. It has no cover at all, and I have reinforced the spine with surgical tape. My mum and I have a few books in this condition. It isn't because they aren't cared for, more that they are very ancient and we enjoy reading them!

I was having a big grump last week, so I decided to treat myself to a little yarn dyeing! The base is a stunning lace weight alpaca/cashmere/silk/sparkle blend I picked up from Belinda Harris-Reid at Unravel this year. I don't like red, so this is the rainbow re-designed by me! I have attempted to dye this as a shawl grad, with a little maths involved. Who doesn't love a nice maths problem with rules and right answers?! Perfect for my grumpy brain. I can't wait to see if it works out!

Do drop me a line to let me know what you're reading and crafting, I'd love to hear from you!



  1. that yarn looks AWESOME!!! wow, can't wait to see how it knits up.

  2. I love the colours of that yarn, hope your grump has passed, but it did produce something beautiful!!!

  3. gorgeous skein you adopted :) I love old old books that are tattered and loved, so yours must be magical to be that old!!

    1. Thank you. I have a thing for old books too, the libraries at Cambridge were bliss for that sort of thing!