Category: Knitting

#28 On the Needles in April!

I have been desperate to get this post out for a while and without further ado here it finally is.

We moved flat earlier this month and are experiencing some delays in setting up ie broadband and switching utility companies etc. Throw in an energetic 3 year old and boisterous 18month old to the mix and i hope you will imagine the challenge we had on our hands? …but nevertheless we have moved and are more or less settled ūüôā


Plenty of crafting was still going on especially on the knitting front. I know, i dont think thats happened to me before! RE-discovered some old podcasts i avidly followed once in my pre-baby days and i learnt a few new skills here and there. As we still have no broadband connection, 1 month on, i feel this might be a great opportunity to cash in on more skill development time…and why not?

[I have to apologise for my previous March post- it was admittedly a little rushed and the imbedded pictures left a lot to be desired – the impending move had a lot to do with that im afraid…but its something i’m working on]

So here’s what i got up to in April…..

Vintage Granny Shawl

Completed! I flew threw the last few balls and managed to crochet on an improvised scalloped edge to give it a more vintage-esque aesthetic… and im happy to say i have it on my sofa all the time, ready for me to wrap over my shoulders when it gets a little nippy and it hasnt disappointed. A couple of gold vintage inspired buttons given to me by an aunt added a further touch of retro glamour to my shawl. Cosy cosy..



My Fair Isle Fascination

Fair Isle designs have always caught my attention…the colours, the skill…completely awe-inspiring. However this seemed to be a whole different world of knitters and knitt-ing to a novice as myself. Recently, for some unknown reason i had become a sort of woman possessed…it was like a fair isle obsession from nowhere, i just really wanted to give this phenomenon a go!. (Running before walking as such is a phrase that comes to mind)…but whether i was going to be any good was another matter…i wanted to at least try it.
One night with the kids tucked up in bed, husband working late, i got hold of some needles and a few balls of yarn in different colours…armed with my phone i sat down and let you-tube teach me a bit about fair isle for beginners….. Voila!


If i had to name this ‘scarf’ would be my trainspotter scarf (no offense to trainspotters)..simply because it brought out a happy geek in me! Essentially, its just free-styled fair isle and the colour scheming is proving to be a helpful exercise- inspiring other possible scarf projects and helping me to visualise what yarns work together and which definitely don’t.

And contrary to my sister’s advice, i might even consider wearing it myself once its complete….again, why not?

Its definitely not something i would only try once, i fear Fair Isle might become a little addictive once you do get the hang of it…. time will tell.

The pink scarf request

April is still very much cold enough for big coats, fluffy scarves and woolly gloves so when my almost-4yr-old specifically requested a ‘pink scarf mummy’ the pressure was on.


I haven’t completed a scarf before but being a great beginner project i had tried a few times…but then ripped them out shortly after too.
Hopefully this time i will get one finished for her. Will fair isle sneak in there somewhere?….Never say never ūüėČ

Some YouTube videos i found usefull if you are interested in beginner fair isle knitting:

1. Knitting tutorial by iKnits

2. Tutorial by KNITfreedom

3. Reading patterns, adding colour and 2 colour fair isle by Kristen Leigh




#26 Inspired February

When Christmas becomes a hazy memory and the lull of the new year has officially worn off- you know its February.

January bills paid (almost) and the¬†bank account is hung over.¬†Its the time¬†you look to sorting paperwork, updating records¬†and¬†getting¬†more or less used to writing ‘2016’!

I spent the last few weeks just trying to get back into some sort of order and routine, following a short visit to London in the New Year. When we got back there was a sense of newness in the air- a peace, a calm, a new start. A welcome and beautiful feeling.


Health & Diet

I’m not one for diets, but having a healthy diet is important. Getting back into ‘healthy fruits and veg’¬†is bound to be hard after all the comforting stodge¬†Christmas and New Year¬†had to offer. That’s when my sister gave me the idea of the super-simple smoothie which even someone¬†as restless and preoccupied as myself can benefit from!


It works with anything you have around at the time, you just need a good blender to whizz it all together for you. It takes minutes and proved to be an easy way to get about 3+ portions of your 5-a-day in without having to chomp your way though the (cold and uninviting) fruit ūüėČ

I use 1x Banana, 2x satsumas, 1x pear, 1x apple, grated carrot, chopped spinach, half cucumber, berries, a splash of any fruit juice Рin any combination! There, easy and delicious.

Books, Books, Books

I love popping to the local library with the kids when I get the chance. Over the last couple of weeks they’ve have had a small sale on books; some going for as cheap as 10 pence! Well, you can imagine how happy that would make a bibliophile like myself…….


Esther’s inheritance is a gem I picked up at the sale, never having read anything by Sandor Marai previously. The Sunday Telegraph¬†likened the ‘rediscovery’ of Marai in these works as finding an Old master painting in the attic. I would have to agree; there is an air of timeless elegance about his work, this in particular. A short read and a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to discovering and reading more of his work in the year ahead.

Personal Endeavours…

My Family Tree


The journal in the picture above is the very same I had featured in a much earlier post about my crafty & cultural experiences around Scotland¬†during¬†a short trip here in 2013. I absolutely love this journal and have been using it to map out my family tree- a wonderful project¬†I’m working on with my dear Granny and Grandad whenever I get the chance to visit them (they are¬†in London, of course); they definitely¬†love being involved and¬†me being¬†the data freak that I am, is¬†savouring every detail.

I have been looking to load my information into a suitable software program, as the vastness and complexity of the information requires¬†much careful management.¬†So I’ll¬†keep on the look-out for that.¬†Its an amazing project to be working on and one that I hope will expand into a sort of resource for the family and my future generations!

Knitted Shawl

I spent so long on crochet projects recently that I was worried I would lose the skill to knit (gasp)! I started myself on a simple knitted shawl and ‘phew’ I was knitting again.


Its a plain¬†shawl with¬†a simple (knit-purl)* stitch format. Putting to good use the cream woolly balls my mum had left stashed away amongst her belongings. I think a repetitive pattern such as this is a good way to practice and tidy up your hand and again its a fun thing to do when you’re watching the telly or sitting with the kids while they play. And if I can get it finished before winter is out, I’ll have a snuggly shawl to wrap up in during those cold, stormy, Scottish evenings.