Friday, 27 February 2009


Or to be more accurate: books about cross-stitch. I havent made anything from these beautiful La Croix et La Maniere books yet, just looked at the pictures. I saw them on Linnet ages ago but the postage from Japan is too much, so I eventually ordered them direct from the author (Monique Lyonnet)! And she signed them for me too. I have some pale grey/blue linen which is going to be ideal for a small stitched object.... need to look at the pictures one more time before I decide.

Thursday, 26 February 2009


Maybe I should take some pictures of knitting from a bit further away! This is the beginning of Ishbel by Ysolda Teague. The yarn is pure wool and quite scratchy and thin. Hopefully it will soften up a bit.
My mum has come to stay for the weekend and brought lemon pancakes from Waitrose. Yum.

Monday, 23 February 2009

three on friday

We went to a cafe after work. Beer/white wine for the grown-ups, icecream with chocolate sauce for the birthday girl. Izzy wore her new blue cotton cardigan with four tiny sparkly flower buttons . . its a perfect fit.
Saturday was the first warmish day this year. A good excuse to get down the allotment and start digging. We dug up our raspberry canes from the old allotment, trekked round to the new one with the plants in a wheelbarrow and planted them again. Hopefully they will thrive away from all the couch grass. Keeping fingers crossed.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


My first time knitting with alpaca wool - this was 4 ply 100% alpaca from Yllotyll in Uppsala which I bought last year. Here it's in the process of becoming a pair of fingerless gloves. The gloves have since been joined by a 2x2 rib scarf which I made with the left overs so its a bit short. I love wearing them, they're really soft and warm,but I think overall I prefer knitting with cotton. The alpaca has quite a lot of give which I found annoying - probably just need to practice. The gloves are from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick and the scarf was inspired by Tiennie's 2x2 rib items.
Another first! This is the first pic with my new camera. I bought a panasonic with a good macro lens but its also small and light.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

no photos

So I was all ready to post some nice photos from my new camera... the burglars have taken the lead to connect to the computer! They left the camera but took the lead, dammit. So I have to go and buy a new one tomorrow.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

i'm back

Finally. I got burgled at the beginning of January so have been without a laptop for a few weeks. The insurance company have come through with the money now so here is my first post from my brand new one! Its fab. And very shiny :-) No photos yet as Im only just up and running. More soon, including photos of knitting.