Monthly Archives: October 2008

Quiet night in

Doorbell disconnected, lights off, husband on 12 hour nights.

Woe betide any child that thinks it amusing to interrupt me, apart from the one whose mother texts a warning!

 Believe that if you will, I still buy these in the hope that no one will call. 99p bargain.

 I have itchy fingers to cast on a multitude of things and gave in to one last night, Lady Eleanor.

Enjoy your weekend.


Cross and Patches

Cake was yummy if not a little sickly for me but the recipient devoured his share. We had to leave half with the children next door as we were in York for the weekend, cake like that doesn’t travel well. This weekend was for depositing and collecting Birthday and Christmas presents, one more to go. Its surprising what you can get on public transport.

On the knitting front I have finished these, what a saga. The sprouts are my birthday present from Mum and Dad, they have a sense of humour!

Pattern: Hourglass from

Yarn: Oceanwinds Merino (185yds per skein)

Colour: Truffle

Problems: There shouldn’t have been any. The yarn is not what is used on the pattern BUT it is the same yardage AND I did do the feet 3/4 pattern repeat less. So you would expect things to go fine, WRONG. On the first sock I firstly had a knot halfway down the leg, not too impressed but carried on. The yarn ran out about 8 rows into the toe. Maybe this skein is shorter than the other so I started the second sock with hope, fool that I am. This one was got a little further because of my caution so both toes were frogged and then cobbled, not a thing I like to do, one is still shorter than the other but the socks fit. Is it me or does this seem wrong to you? Rant over.

On a much more generous note. This very kind lady has once again volunteered to sew up blanket(s) this time for St Dunstan’s. It seems particularly apt as Rememberance Day is approaching. So if you have a few yards or more of washable DK spare and a minute or two knit a few squares for Michaela, as if she doesn’t have enough to do!

Only two so far but it hasn’t even dented the ball and I have 3 others to go at.

Mitred 4 “Square.

Yarns: James C Brett Washable Merino DK.

Needles: 4mm


Cast On 50 stitches. Check this measures 8″, this is because this will be 2 sides of the square, add or remove stitches as necessary and adjust the pattern accordingly.

Row 1: K23, ssk, k2tog, K23

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: K22, ssk, k2tog, k22.

Row 4: Knit

You get the idea.


Yarn and needles as above.


Cast on 1 stitch

Row 1: K f/b

Row 2: K f/b, K1.

Row 3: K f/b, K2

and so on until you have 35 stitches. This is where you check that the edges (not the stitches on the needle) are 4″. You may have to increase more or less

Next row: K2tog knit to end.

Continue like this til 1 stitch remains.

I aren’t an expert on these but they worked for me.

Still Here

Just knitting alot for Christmas which I can’t show of course. 

Last week we went to The Royal Albert Hall for the first time, oh to be able to afford more visits there. We saw Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra which was brilliant, he’s such a clever chap. Tomorrow we are going to see Frankie Boyle as part of the Brighton Comedy Festival.

 Tomorrow is someones birthday and Claude and I have been busy.

Not being a regular chocolate buyer I was surprised to see how few bubbles Aero have in each bag and how little chocolate there is coating the Maltesers. I’m sure It’ll please the 4 youngsters next door who always share their cakes with us.

Handspun and Help

At a loss with what to do with the fairly small amounts of my first attempts at Handspun. I found this pattern and combined what I had, that vaguely matched. At least the yarn isn’t wasted.

The ends are knit in my first attempt at volume spinning, Yarn Yard Merino Roving. The middle is some that I got from Diane at the Spinning Class, BFL I think, spun quite a bit better and thinner.

So, despite having numerous socks on the needles among other things what do you do, knit a dishcloth of course.

Ignore the background.


What do you use when the stair head is a bit wooden?

Always willing to get in on the act.

Enjoy your weekend.

Keeeep Dancing!


When I started knitting socks I kept hearing about Blocking, hadn’t a clue what it was. There was mention of, what I thought at the time, expensive sock blockers. After all wouldn’t feet block socks? Then Wire coat hangers, Blue Peter style, were mentioned and I started to get worried. I was missing something. I know everyone doesn’t see the need to block socks and I was one. But. Here’s a good example, I think, of where they make a sock look something, even wearable!

Not the best picture, because of the arctic conditions here. Socks for Olive Oil perhaps, certainly not for my thick calfs and ankles.

Soaked and stretched onto blockers, they become presentable and actually look wearable.

The pattern opens up and the effort was all worth it.

Pattern: Socktopus Socks Club August 2008, Hopscotch Socks by Anna Bell.

Yarn: Brooklyn Handspun Soft Spun

Colour: Toadstool

Method: Toe up. Magic Loop, my first attempt and I have enjoyed it so much the next pair were quickly transferred once the needle became available. One of the cables involved two needles I got some strange looks on the train when I had two cable needles sticking out of my mouth. 

A Plug with plenty of warning.

Treat yourself to a few hours of therapy.

Notice the mention of T and C along with Fibre, Knitting, Yarn, Swap and I believe there’s a Raffle planned too. Something very rare FREE Entry.


If you have Men and children to dispose of send them here. Can highly recommend the Cakes, my MIL and I provide some. This is also where I will be helping on the Sunday, no rest for the wicked, and boy I must have been wicked just don’t remember it!

Any more details you could try me and I will either answer or find someone who can.