Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Stash and stuff

Last Thursday  John and I visisted the Knitting  and Stitching Show in Harrogate. We made the decision to go on one of the weekdays after the crush on the Saturday last year. It made such a difference and although some of the popular stalls still had a bit of a crowd it was so much better. I am afraid I was far too sensible this year and was not tempted by too many of the lovely things I saw.

So here is what I bought. It still came to a reasonable amount of cash though. I made the decision to buy a dangerous fabric cutting implement that really I  should not be allowed anywhere near and a 24 inch rule. These two items should not count really as I had intended to buy them online a couple of months ago and then never did. I was tempted by the book Here comes Winter as it as so many lovely thoings to make and plenty of snowman related projects. As you can see I have started using some of the yarn already as Biddle wants a new jumper to wear at Christmas. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and was excited to see my name on the list of people who contributed to last year's appeal for people to knit woolly jumpers for the Le Tour
As it was an alphabetical list by first name I was on the last page. Many of the jumpers have been collected back in and washed and are being made into blankets.  However the visit could have been so different! We were waiting at the crossings outside the Harrogate International Centre, as we crossed the road on a greenman  as car drove straight in front of us. John grabbed me back in time. The driver was did not blink and drove on.

I have been busy knitting and have made two pairs of fingerless gloves from my stash from Yarndale.
Both patterns were easy but I  made hardwork of the pair  on the left because I kept misreading the pattern! I am a bit cross about the hat kit I  bought at Yarndale. I was all set to start that at the weekend. I cast on the stitches on the circular needle went to start the first round and realised that the stitches did not reach to the ends of the needles. The kit included 80cm length ones which are too long for the 114 stitches needed for the hat. So now I have to purchase shorter ones. I have seen some 60cm ones on line so will get those but it is a purchase I should not have to have made. I am not used to circular needles and my practise with DPNs did not go well. We shall see. If necessary I will knit it on normal needles and put up with a seam.

Various  bits of Christmas stitching are happening at the moment including finishing my snowman wall hanging. The new Christmas tree will go up next week.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Some cat pictures

 magic have have been hungry
 because he ate all Tia's food.
 Luckily she wasn't around at the time.

She wasn't very happy when I told her.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


It's cold and damp and high winds and rain have been forecast for the forseeable future. It will be interesting to see how accurate it all is.

The garden is looking a bit lost at the moment although there are still a few flowers in bloom.
This photo was taken at the beginning of the month.

It was a warm day you can just about see the bee I rescued from the washing.

Here she is on my t shirt.

Today it is damp and dreary but Magic came to visit.  I am still not sure who is looking after him after the death of his adopted owner  nearly three years ago.

However he is wearing a collar  and despite the grey in his coat he is looking well and cared for. There are quite a few black cats around here but Magic is easy to recognise as he sticks his little pink tongue out.

I have been busy making Christmas decorations.

 I made some of these last year. They have a sachet of cloves inside. I have left the top open so that it can be replaced when the fragrance disappears.
 I fancied some rustic stars. I bought the fabric at Harrogate* last years and the string from Boyes, Christmas range. I think I shall be treated myself to some new pinking shears mine are over 40 years old now.
 This little doublesided bird was part of a free gift on a magazine. I think he needs an eye or two.

I have several other things made but not photographed and a pile of fabric waiting to be used.

* Not long now until this year's show.   I have the tickets but will buy the guide on the day it was nearly twice the price in advance!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A walk in the woods.

On Sunday Jaco came to visit. As Libby and I needed to go and buy some paint at B&Q John and Steve took Jaco to Bierley Hall Woods. We met up with them later.

Jaco enjoyed snuffling in the leaves and found a big stick (small log) to carry around for a bit. I did not really get a good picture of him with it in his mouth.
The holly bush was full of berries
and there was plenty of fungi at the base of this tree
If you read my facebook page you might have already found the spelling mistake on this notice

Despite living in Bradford for over 20 years now I had not visited this wood before.