Monday, 1 February 2016

What's on my needles?


So what is on the knitting needles? I treated myself to a mystery yarn box from Rosie's Moments with my Christmas money and what a lovely surprise it was! Some beautiful yarn called 'When Alice met the caterpillar' as well as lots of other Alice themed goodies. Although the box included a sock pattern, I decided that the yarn was too lovely to be hidden inside shoes and so after trawling Ravelry found the pattern for a Samadhi shawel by Martina Behm. I'm almost half way through and looking forward to wearing it. The pattern is really easy to follow and memorise, so I can pick it up and do a few rows every so often. I have to be honest and admit that I've subscribed to the next mystery yarn box too based on the story 'The Secret Garden' and I can't wait!
Alice in Wonderland mystery yarn box

I'm also knitting bunnies for my Pickle-Lily shop and enjoying choosing colours for their jumpers, I'll be a little bit sad when they go their new homes.
Bunny love

In between knitting the shawl and bunnies, and when my fingers feel like a change, I've reworked my felt badger design, as I'm looking forward to the next open week-end at the local wildlife rescue centre. It's the week-end visitors get to see the badger cubs and they are seriously cute!
badger badges

Sunday, 10 January 2016

I had a problem!

I'm hooked on sock knitting!
Just like many crafty people I tend to have several projects on the go - well slightly more than several if I'm honest! At the moment I am knitting Pickle-Lily a scarf and it is perched on the dashboard of my car, for when I have a few minutes of waiting, so I can to do some more to it, but it is not secure there and can fall off! What I needed was a project bag to keep it all safe and clean, not a big knitting bag, just something for this project.
So ... ta-dah!
Project bag with a pocket purse
 It's a tote style bag with proper handles so I can carry it with me, just the right size for a ball of yarn and some needles. I can attach a notions / pocket purse to it for the needle and scrap yarn for the life line to live in (or anything else!). There's a snap closure to stop my knitting from falling out if I need to close the bag.
With a snap to keep it safe.

But as you can see, it's not made to the car for P's scarf, it was perfect my sock knitting, so I'll have to make another one or more!
Already in use!
I've got some lovely fabrics to use, so look out for them in my Folksy shop or on Facebook as I always get carried away! They can also be used for lots of other things - crochet, sewing, packed lunches, books ....
Some bags waiting to be finished
Well to be honest I've got carried away and started some more already!!!

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Gift a ball

Beautifully wrapped

One of my favourite presents this Christmas was my gift a ball from Rosie's Moments. It was a ball of gold and silver mix 4 ply yarn with some sparkle in it, but that wasn't all! As you used the yarn little knitting gifts were revealed.
After much deliberation and perusing of Ravelry I chose the Hitchhiker shawl from Strickmich to knit and starting knitting. The pattern was very easy to follow and made an asymmetrical shawl with a saw tooth edge on one side. The yarn looks beautiful as the gold really catches the light.
Christmas bauble
The exciting part was waiting for the little gifts to reveal themselves - needles, pins, stitch markers, a row counter, a pair of sheep earrings and necklace dangle, buttons and some dpn holders! Oh I forgot the ribbon and the yarn came with a lavender bag and some dpns!
In fact there were 33 items!
Hitchhiker shawl

I just loved it so much and now know what gift to buy a knitter!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

"We all love figgy pudding

... so bring some right here!"
Christmas Pudding mini make

A ta-dah post for Pickle-Lily's latest mini make  - the Christmas Pudding decoration. In the mini make kit there is felt, ribbon, a button and some seriously glittery felt all cut ready for you to sew into a sparkly Christmas pudding to hang on your tree.
I am so pleased with these that I am going to have a mini giveaway for one.
How to enter
Follow my blog and then leave a comment to say you have done this. If you are already a follower (thank you) please just leave me a comment.

For extra chances to win you can....

'Like' me on my Facebook page and leave a comment on the post there.
Or leave a comment on my instagram post about the giveaway.

Please ensure that I am able to contact you. Pickle-Lily will pull all the names out of a hat on Friday 6th November.
Win me!
Good luck!

Friday, 25 September 2015

All the fun of the fair

Bunting everywhere!

Last Saturday Pickle-Lily and I had a fabulous day at The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. You know, the fair 'organised' by Kirstie Allsopp. I did manage to get a glimpse of her this year, but that was it!

My glimpse of the lady herself!
We had such a lovely time ...
So much to do!

...spending money
Annie Sloane display

...meeting Tilly Warnes from The Breat British Sewing Bee series one
Tilly Warnes with us

 .. . spending more money

My finished red work
 ... Dandelion Designs workshop was the best yet, it included a lovely mini red work kit
We're in this picture Mandy Shaw put on Instagram

... spending more money
all the table cloths were pom pommed!

... enjoying the Mollie Makes Mash-up between Mr X Stitch and Lisa Comfort
Mollie Makes Mash-up

 ... making felt flowers
Needle felted flower

 ... P met Lauren Child ( Charlie and Lola author and illustrator) such a lovely lady
P and Lauren Child

... and a HUGE thank-you to Mr P-L who drove us there and all the way home again.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Bristol Wool Fair

Last week-end was spent at Bristol Wool Fair with Pickle-Lily.
All set up!
It was a new venue for the fair and very different to last years Downs venue. I 'set up shop' on Friday, next to Fleecewitch and her beautiful alpaca yarns, and sure enough it wasn't long before I succumbed and bought my first yarn, and to be honest I had bought lots more from her by the end of the three days!
Fleecewitch yarns
I've now got two scarves on the go using her lovely yarns!
Valais Blacknose

Angora rabbit

Alpaca love!

There were alpacas, angora rabbits and Valais Blacknose sheep. I will leave the pictures to do their talking, but the sheep have to be the cutest sheep ever!
I met and chatted to lots of very friendly Hildsvin Vikings and found out what naalbinding is - making a crochet like material but sewing in blanket stitch type way, rather than using a crochet hook.
Viking camp

On Sunday, P and I took part in a needle felting workshop for the morning with Lydia from Black Dog and Ginger Cat. It wasn't nearly as easy as I hoped it would be!! But Lydia was very patient and a super teacher and yes, we came home with one of her kits.

There was so many fabulous stalls at the wool fair - I added three more pairs of Knit-Pro needles to my collection, Cat from Stitches from the Sofa ( also has a lovely blog post or two about the fair) brought two amazing dresses, I even got some super cosy mittens made from upcycled wool fabric, different beautiful yarns and much more.

Needle felting display by Jenny Barnett

It's on again next year - it's definately worth the visit!
Baskets for sale

Frozen needle felting

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Dismaland - A Perfect End

After our holiday in St Ives (see last post) Pickle-Lily and I decided a trip to Dismaland would be just the thing to finish our holiday off. It was the perfect ending!
We went on a miserable Monday afternoon and queued for an hour and twenty minutes in the drizzle and finally we were in!
A perfect ending

The check in was brilliant - the amount of detail and grumpiness of the security was amazing. P did enquire about  a job, she felt she that she can do miserable, grumpy and sarcasm with ease, but sadly there were no vacancies.
Once through security it was truly amazing. The old abandoned lido was the most apt setting and it was genuinely hard to decide what was original and what was added. We were very lucky that it wasn't that crowded and we could take our time and see with ease. There are now hundreds, probably thousands of photos on line, and I must admit we did all the 'standard' ones, but I will share some favourites.
Just like our back garden sometimes!

The miniature town was staggering in size and complexity. I wanted to sing 'Stupid deaths' from Horrible Histories when Dancing with Death came out in his bumper car (but was told firmly not to!)
Stupid deaths, stupid deaths ...
 I really liked the cross stitch car and the detail both inside and outside Cinderella's castle. Another favourite was the plants in the cardboard food boxes - staggering.

This was cross stitch
There was lots more there, but I can't do it justice. If you get the chance GO!