Sunday, 17 September 2017

NEARLY THERE.....


Good afternoon! It's just a quick pop-in today, as I have a mountain of schoolwork to catch up on. To say `I've been procrastinating would be rather an understatement, so now I really do need to get down to it.

However, part of the problem is that I am really wanting this little beauty finished so that it can be winging its way to dear little Isaac, to keep him warm and snuggly. It's single bed size and I have ten more stripes to complete before embarking on the border. So near and yet so far!

I'm really liking my choice of colours, picked to represent the wonderful array of colours in the natural world. I have no doubt that Isaac, who is now sixteen months old, is going to be very much an outdoorsy kind of boy! :-)

Better get a move on and get this work done, then there may be time for another stripe or two this evening. Have a good week everyone!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

MINI-RAINBOW SOCKS


Well here they are!!! Pretty aren't they?  The yarn is 'Stride' by 'The Knitting Swede' and I'm pretty much in love with it. I really should have used a different heel, so as not to disturb the flow and regularity of the pattern, but never mind, I still love them!


There have not been many finished projects over the last however many weeks, as I have been seriously trying to get a move on with Isaac's blanket. Blanket crocheting over the summer is not as much fun as it is once the nights start to draw in again. Well now they have, so I have no excuse. Next mission is to finish it! Watch this space!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

SUMMER.......


 Hello my lovelies! Good to be back after an overload of holiday shenanigans. I've had a lovely summer, spending time with friends and family. In between North Yorkshire and Provence I met up with my dear pal Josiekitten to dabble in a spot of yarn dyeing. She had bought me a kit for my birthday and one for herself too.

This was a first time for me using acid dyes, so it was very hit and miss, but I have to say I am really happy with the end result. We both chose to dye our skeins light grey before proceeding with the colour sprinkles. The yarn is pure merino, so I'm pretty sure mine will end up as a scarf, as the yarn will not be hardwearing enough for socks. What do you think?


I did take a newly cast on sock project with me to Provence, but in the beautiful heat I did far more reading than knitting. However, I've been inspired by the gorgeousness of this fab yarn by 'The Knitting Swede' and as if by magic the first sock is complete!






The little flashes of rainbow colour make for pretty addictive knitting. You never know, I might have a finished pair by this time next Sunday.

Just as last summer, the younger Miss Snoops and I spent a beautiful and very relaxing week in Provence, taking in the sights and chilling beside spectacular lakes and inviting pools. Clear blue skies and hot sunshine are almost guaranteed and there is more than enough choice of pretty villages to see, delicious french cuisine to be enjoyed and friendly locals to chat with. All in all, we had a really lovely time.


Sadly, summer is now at an end and tomorrow it's back to school! Wish me luck!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

LITTLE BEAUTIES .......



I've been absent a little too long my bloggy friends and for that I am truly sorry. Since the summer holidays began three weeks ago, i've been waaaaaaay too busy with family shenanigans to manage to even pop in for a quick hello. But never mind, here I am with yarn and socks to delight you. What more could you want!

I didn't manage to get to Fibre East this year, as my daughter and her family were staying, so my dear pal Josiekitten asked if there was anything I would like her to bring back for me. 'A couple of pretties!' was my reply and she certainly didn't disappoint! Just look at those little beauties!



Just look at this gorgeousness. It's Travel Knitter's Tanami 4ply in just the best colour way EVER, 'midnight fireflies'. It's the softest of soft baby camel and silk. I LOVE it! It will become a gorgeously  warm and snuggly scarf. I'd lusted after this little beauty since seeing Travelknitter's pics on Instagram. I'd missed her updates two or three times, so imagine my delight on receiving my very own 'midnight fireflies!


As if that wasn't enough beauty to behold, how about testing your eyes on this precious little baby. Aren't the colours just wonderful? It's hand dyed BFL with 25% nylon for sock strength, in colour way 'blackened rainbow'. It' just beautiful! 


 Last up was a hat kit with the pattern by the wonderful Woolly Wormhead and the yarn collection dyed by BabyLongLegs. I can't wait to get going on this one!


I've just got back from our annual family week together in North Yorkshire. We had a really good time as always, with lots of forest fun, beach time, good wine, Adnams gin, evening board games (when the little people were tucked up in bed), great food and each other. I even managed a little sock knitting. 

This yarn was a special edition produced by WYS to celebrate Yarn Shop Day back in May. I'm loving the colourful stripes! Hopefully won't be too long before I have a pair to warm my toes when the Autumn chills begin to creep up on us. 


This week I'm catching up with Josiekitten as we have a sewing and dyeing day planned and then next week I'm off to Provence with the younger Miss Snoops. I'm really looking forward for some guaranteed hot sunshine!

Hope life is treating you well, wherever your small corner of the planet may be!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

JULY.....



I'm so sorry to have been absent without leave these last couple of weeks. I have no excuse except for  what I can only call 'end of summer termitis!' I have had rather a large amount of test marking, data logging, assessment sorting etc. etc. to get to grips with. It's pretty grim really, but just has to be done. This coupled with weekends away and family visiting has meant that knitting, crocheting and blogging have been almost put on hold! However, with the light now shining brightly at the end of the tunnel, I  am very much looking forward to a summer of craftiness

It was birthday at the beginning of the month and I was well and truly spoilt by friends and family. My dear friend Josiekitten knows me so well and can always manage to find gifts that delight! Above  you can see my wonderful gifts from her. 


Aren't these just wonderful? I  LOVE liquorice all sorts and to receive their representation in stitch marker form was just brilliant (she also popped in a rathe large box of the real things!).


They'll be put to good use with this beautiful 'Greatest of Ease' sock yarn from Knit Circus in colour way Electric Mayhem Stripes. You won't be missing my feet in the dark next winter!


The photo below gives a much truer impression of the colour. 


 Then there was this skein of deliciousness from the Irish 'Townhouse Yarns'. It's Camden Tweed in colour way, Dubh Linn. It's destined to become a hat, I think. 
There will hours of sewing fun to be had as well, with the cute Hamish the Hound pin cushion kit and the wonderful dyeing kit! :-)


To add to the abundance of crafty goodness,  there were skeins sent from over the pond from a bloggy friend, Katherine. Josiekitten had met up with her in London and she had, so kindly, brought us some US yarn. Look at this little beauty! It's from The Noble Thread in Wilmington. I just love the graduated colour!


Next up, a skein of worsted from the Neighbourhood Fibre Co. in colour way Georgetown. The dyeing is deliciously saturated. It's beautiful!

Last, but definitely not least, was the scrummy skein of 'artisan sock' from Hazel Knits, one of my favourite sock yarns!

Kathering had just spent several weeks exploring the Shetland Isles and I had followed along vicariously, checking in on her each day on Facebook, so I was delighted to also receive this lovely hat pattern. A challenge for cold winter evenings, I think!

I was truly spoilt! :-)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

SUMMER MUSIC AND RIPPLES......


Well it's been busy, busy, busy here at chez Snoops'. No idea what's really kept me busy, except just general day to day jobs that need to be done, a garden that needs to be cared for and work! 

I'm making some progress on my blanket, but savouring every minute of it. This delicious ripple pattern is so soothing and relaxing. It's lovely to be choosing the colour pattern for myself rather than following someone else's plan. 


It's been summer music time in my little corner of life too. Take That took the stage at Carrow Road as part of their Wonderland tour. Th e night was absolutely terrific. I'm no Take That fan, but the sheer spectacle and drama of the evening was fantastic. 



This weekend it was the turn of Alfie Boe and Michael Ball's 'Together Again' gig in Thetford Forest. My pal Helen (Josiekitten) cam along too and we had a great evening. The weather was warm and the air was still, with amazing cloud formations moving across the sky as the sun set. It was all just lovely!



New up this week, is another trip to Thetford Forest to see my favourite band, Elbow! To say I am rather excited is an understatement. To get me in the mood, I watched their full set at Glastonbury, from the comfort of my sofa) on Saturday evening. It was brilliant!!


The weather conditions recently must have been just right, notably for outdoor music concerts, but also for the raspberry canes. Never have I seen such a good crop before. There have been three bowlfuls collected and frozen so far!


 The sweet peas are also blooming nicely. I'm loving these gorgeously bright  little beauties!


I think I have to confess to actually becoming slightly addicted to gardening over the last few weeks, which has eaten into my crafting time quite substantially. It's alright though, because once the flowering season is over, my new found passion will quickly subside, I suspect.

Right, blanket ripples here we come!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

BUSY............


There's been very little yarny action in my little neck of the woods over the last couple of weeks. Half-term week saw me away with family and occupied with the fun and games of little people and then this week the realisation that I HAVE to get my school reports started has finally hit home!!!!

I really hate writing reports and would much rathe have a face to face interview with the parent's, which would be much more useful, but this is not how it is done, so I have had to bite the bullet and get on with it. Needless to say, progress has been slow but at least a start has been made.

In order to motivate myself to the cause, I've used the carrot of 'a crochet stripe for each report written'. As you can probably work out for yourself, that's not too many reports flying into the 'finished' folder, but it's a start. I'm really liking the colours of this blanket now that I've got a little more completed and I know Isaac is going to love it!


This weekend the younger Miss Snoops has been home and we've spent most of our time trying to get  a bit more of the garden under control. The heavy rain last week has encouraged way too rapid growth for my liking!


Of course, Oscar has negotiated well to earn an hour of ball chasing and swimming time at the lake each day.


It was warm and sunny and so lovely to see the pretty blackberry blossom in full bloom.


Back on it this evening. I have to write a couple tonight to keep to my schedule!