Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Not Necessarily Knitting

::England in November and the perfect opportunity to visit some beautiful Towns and Villages in North Norfolk and, of course, to don some of my knitted accessories::
::The photo above was taken in Walsingham where I was able to buy some Christmas food items::
:: We were staying in Holt and just so Friday could stretch his legs we went off to one of the magnificent Norfolk beaches which was basking in some very exotic weather for this time of year::

::At the beginning of December (photos below) we were off to the Medieval Villages and Towns in Suffolk for Christmas Fairs and dreaming of owning a romantic thatched cottage::

::Mid December and time for brunch (and some mulled cider) in the Pump Street Bakery in Orford, Suffolk::
::Followed by some Christmas Shopping at the Snape Christmas Market::
::Then home to our local The Peldon Rose for a Roast Beef dinner by an open fire::

::After a lovely Christmas Day with family it was off for a walk along the beach to watch everyone who dared dive into the cold waters to raise money for the Royal Lifeboat Institution::Thankfully for them we are still enjoying some very mild weather::

::I was always toasty and warm thanks to my lovely hats and scarves and mittens knitted throughout the year::

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Holiday Glitter KAL

::love watching this to inspire me whilst knitting along with Lisette (ilovescarves on Ravelry) who has set up a group to knit something from the Louisa Harding book Simonetta to honour such a talented designer::

::I am knitting a Madelena 2 in glorious deep, rich Christmasy jewel colours::

::time to enjoy all things icy and glittery::

Monday, 14 November 2011

Knitting Kinfolk

::a beautiful package dropped through the letterbox this week::
::a reprint of the Kinfolk book with its wonderful photography and text::

::reminding me of how good it was to open my door to knitting friends::
::spending the day talking, knitting, and eating simple home-cooked food together::

Friday, 4 November 2011

::Look here where Kate Davies and Felicity Ford are having fun helping us all appreciate what makes wool different::

::here is my entry to the competition::Suffolk knits with Leicester::they are made with Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds DK::

Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween Yarns

::An overload of all things Dracula this Halloween::

::A visit to Layer Marney Towers where The Keeper's Daughter delighted us with a spooky adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula::The Keeper's Daughter is a social enterprise theatre company bursting with energy and this tour of Dracula to rural areas juxtaposed le coq physical theatre, chorus work, clown, improvisation, dance with a classic story::

::Reading the Oxford World's Classic edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula::

::Whilst listenting to CraftLit's reading of Dracula::

::Keeping my little needle felted Dracula nearby to add to the fun::made by my talented sister-in-law over on Folksy where you will find her as Felt Face::

::Hallowe'en or Mischief Night (Scotland) when children go 'guising' earning goodies by performing a party piece and the household they visit must guess who they are disguised as and then the children are given apples, nuts and sweets::

Heigh ho for hallowe'en
When the fairies a' are seen,
Some black and some green
Heigh ho for hallowe'en

::Whatever you are up to this Hallowe'en be spooky, scary and safe::

Thursday, 6 October 2011


::September slipped past me without my noticing::

::Straight into Autumn and to celebrate a pumpkin Soay by Gudrun Johnston at The Shetland Trader::

::Listen:: Isabelle::at Kitty Couture podcast::textiles::literature::set in France::

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Sparkling Ocean

::Sparkling glints of sunshine on the ocean on my morning walks was the inspiration for this amazing shawl::
::designed by Stephen West::
::the yarn was from the Unicorn Club and was a secret yarn made from llama, cashmere and silk and the sparkles were Sterling Silver Sparkle Sock which is merino, silk and nylon and they were both from Fyberspates::
::a shawl I will definitely be knitting again::

Friday, 1 July 2011

A Limited Edition of Rowan

::A Limited Edition of Rowan Magazine Issue #50::

::A hardback version bound in dark brown mock leather with gold embossing::

::Split into the usual three themes with its stunning high art layout::

::Wildwood is an evocation of the rich autumnal colours of the British rural countryside::
::especially beautiful to me Maple in felted tweed by Marie Wallin, Chestnut in Kid Classic by Marie Willin and Alder Wrap in Kidsilk Haze by Kaffe Fassett::

::Finesse inspired by the retro influences of the late 1950's and early 1960's::
::my own childhood era but not particularly speaking to me of those times I still admire Martha in Pure Wool dk designed by Sara Dallas and am intrigued by Connie in Kidsilk Haze & Pure Wool 4ply by Jenie Atkinson which does remind me of the textures I loved way back then::

::Finally Winter Essentials a collection of key shapes and textures on trend::
::Passion in Cocoon designed by Amanda Crawford is cozy and edgy but I am totally intrigued by Warmth in Kid Classic by Erika Knight which I think would be amazing fun to wear::

::Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 50, Limited Edition::Something to celebrate::

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Where your heart is

::Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply ::
 ::Incredible Angora 100% 4ply

by Orkney Angora ::

::Wazz's Winter Walking Outfit #1 by Kate Davis::

::the yarn is so evocative of Scottish landscape and this little head warmer is perfect for keeping your hair from your eyes and making you very cozy::

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Crossing your needles with Silver

::a treat::

::silver stitch markers to glide smoothly over lace knitting::bliss::

::worn around your neck they make beautiful and practical adornments::

::made by Tanya who runs my knit and natter group::have a look at her lovely jewellery here::

Monday, 14 February 2011

As Time Goes By

::time to catch up::

::finishing Macaroon knitted purse from Cotton & Cloud::

::Snowflake coaster by Martin Storey from the book Nordic Knits::

::Devon socks by Cookie A::

::Baby Boomer yarn from Juno Fibre Arts::

::Knit along with Round The Twist on Ravelry::

::Hand dyed silk yarn from Louisa Harding::
::to be Sophie from the Fade to Grey book::

::another knit along with Round The Twist::
::Wanida from Cookie A's book Sock Innovation::
::Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Somerset colourway::
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