Monday, 28 July 2014

One Sock Finished

The school summer hols have started and would you believe it the first week the kids are off I come down with the flu! I have been feeling pretty bad this last week or so and stuck in bed or on the couch. Luckily I managed to complete a commission for a large crochet felt bowl before I was struck down with the lurgy! I also despite having a banging headache and the sneezes, completed my first country birds sock. I love the stripes the yarn makes and I'm really pleased with the results. I will be casting on the second sock today and I'm also hoping to get back onto some embroidery and course writing this week as my head is starting to clear and my nose isn't running as much lol

Blue Tit Sock No. 1

Saturday, 12 July 2014

One Pair Finished, Another Pair Started

I have just completed my third pair of socks! I'm really pleased with these as I managed to match the stripe patterning on both socks and keep the tension the same too. The wool I used for these was Wendy Roam Fusion in Heath and it's a beautiful variegated yarn. I love the self-striping yarns and I have just cast on a pair for my little boy in West Yorkshire Spinners new Signature 4ply yarn. The yarn comes in three different ranges Sweet Shop, Spice Rack and Country Birds. I'm using Blue Tit from their Country Birds range which is a self-striping, printed yarn. The colours are fantastic and I'm loving watching the stripes appear as I knit!

Just finished these!
Blue Tit - Country Birds by WYS

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Block No. 9 - Pretty Cross

I'm still continuing with my crochet blocks and this is block no. 9 which when worked forms a pretty cross design. I did have two attempts at this one as I didn't get the open spacing right the first time! But second time round it came out ok. I think this block would make a lovely Easter dishcloth or coaster and certainly combined with other blocks a wonderful lacy blanket.

Block No. 9 - Stylecraft Special DK - 4mm crochet hook

Friday, 4 July 2014

A Busy Week!

Since attending Woolfest at the weekend I haven't stopped all week! If you have school age kids you know what it's like when it gets to the end of the school year, one event after another! This week we have attended a school play, high school transition evening and sports day. The kids have had that many activities including dressing up in world cup football related colours and taking in scooters for the Tour de France activities. It's going to be like this for the next couple of weeks with another sports day, school play, summer fair and leavers assembly to attend!

Anyway my first time at Woolfest was brilliant! I spent way too much on sock wool, a natural dye kit and other goodies but we all really enjoyed the day! It was great seeing all the demonstrations especially the spinning ones, which I am keen to have a go at. We got some great advice and help from stallholders and everyone was really friendly. The kids loved seeing the different sheep breeds especially my little girl who absolutely loved the alpacas and the lambs. I must admit I was completely overwhelmed by all the stalls and by the end of the day my feet were killing me! For my daughter it all got a bit too much, she was completely shattered!

One tired little girl
Cute alpacas
A busy Woolfest 2014
A handmade basket of goodies

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Glam Hat

The weather has been really nice recently but it looks as though it is turning again. Today is overcast and dull and I think the weekend is set to be like this too! We are off to Cumbria this weekend as it is Woolfest. If you don't already know Woolfest is a celebration of everything wool and wool crafts. It's the 10th Anniversary this year though I have only recently discovered it and this is my first visit! It is being held in Cockermouth, Cumbria for two days beginning on Friday and I will be going on the Saturday as my husband is working Friday, so we are travelling down Friday night and camping for the weekend at a local campsite! I'm really looking forward to seeing all the different stalls and checking out the demonstrations of various textile techniques by local artisans. The kids are looking forward to seeing lots of sheep and sheep sheering and my husband is expecting empty pockets as I will be on the look out for some hand dyed sock yarn! I think it will be a great weekend.

I'm hoping it doesn't rain and the weather isn't too bad but just in case I made myself a hat! I have had this one ball of Rico Creative Galaxy double knit in my yarn stash for a while now and haven't really known what I wanted to make out of it. So yesterday afternoon I saw it sitting there and thought it might make a nice hat! I really like the colours and the little sequins add a touch of glam! It's a wool mix yarn and I think the colour is Eden. It only took a couple of hours to make using a 4.5mm crochet hook, but I'm quite pleased with the results. Right time to get back to the packing and ironing! Funny how I'm always left with all that after our weekends away!

The Glam Hat

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Mint Tea and Ladybirds

Yesterday I managed to fit in some crochet, some sock knitting and some hand embroidery. I have found that if I do a little bit of each it doesn't give my hands and my back chance to hurt as much! Yesterday while sitting at my craft table I sipped mint tea and stitched a little ladybird onto one of the leaves of my sun printing piece. I'm really enjoying rediscovering my love of embroidery and nature by adding various stitches to the background and simple imagery as well. I'm working on adding a moth to another leaf at the moment.

Many thanks for all your comments I love knowing that visitors to my blog are enjoying my blog posts and hand embroidery tutorials and that I may be inspiring others to pick up a needle or hook and have a go!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Openwork Block

As well as working on some hand embroidery today I also found time to work on another crochet block. Block no. 8 is an openwork block worked in double and treble crochet. The double crochet stitches are worked in between the treble crochet spaces. I had a few attempts at this one and I'm not completely happy with the edges so think I need to practice working some more openwork blocks to perfect this!

Block no. 8 - Stylecraft Special DK - 4mm crochet hook