Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A Cardigan for ME!

Well, hopefully...

It is a long time since I made an article of knitted clothing for myself, other than socks.  I can't even remember the last time.

But I have been turning out my stash and selling off some yarn, and making lots of socks, but when I came across this yarn and the pattern, I thought I might just make the effort to knit myself the cardigan!

It is a free pattern on Ravelry, by Carol Feller, and is called ICED.  It uses DROPS ICE yarn which is now discontinued...

Picture from a Google search...

This is as far as I have got...


...but it hasn't taken long as the yarn is chunky weight.  I have 18 balls, which is what the pattern calls for, but I'm a little worried that I might use more, as I have made the body straight, rather than shaped at the waist as in the pattern and I've already used 4 balls. Also, the sleeves don't look very long in the pattern pictures...

Image result for Iced - Carol Feller

This is one of the pictures on the pattern and it doesn't really show much detail.

However, I also have some of this yarn in a pale coffee colour, so I'm thinking I can make the front band and the ends of the sleeves in that colour if I need to...

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

RIP Richard

Just a quick post in memory of my husband Richard, who died 10 years ago.

Still love you...

Thursday, 7 April 2016

No News is Good News

Not much happening here at present.

Why don't you go and look at my other blog :


...which is where I am spending all of my time at present!

Looking towards front window

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A Prickly Subject

About a year ago I promised my daughter that I would make some cacti to decorate a certain shelf in her school.  (She's a teacher).  But somehow I baulked at the prospect - I just couldn't work up any enthusiasm so I ignored the whole thing, hoping it would go away.  Of course, it didn't...

So currently, after a rather pointed reminder, I am working on a series of 10 cacti, in 14cm pots.  I thought I'd show you some pictures.

Green flower fat

Yellow flower triangular

Yellow flower fat

Purple flower full pot

I have done eight so far and am currently working on the ninth so the finish line is in sight!

She also wanted the flowers to be in the school 'house' colours of green, yellow, blue and red, which stretches the mind somewhat as I have never seen green or blue flowers on cacti (other than those glued on the tiny ones in the local greengrocers!)

It's pouring with rain outside today, so i don't think I'm going anywhere until it stops.  I've lit the woodburner in the kitchen and the little portable gas heater in the living room, so I'm just going to be knitting for a while until No.10 Cactus is done and dusted!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

More Teacosies Vicar?

As a change from hats and gloves I have been knitting tea cosies.  The pattern for the cosy is my own, but the 'toppings' on these two come from other designers.

The big daffodil on this one...

Daffy Cosy2

...is from this free pattern by Loani Prior,  and the pastry tart on the top of this one...

Queen of Tarts 1

...is from this pattern by Jill Turner.

I'll be putting the cosies on my ETSY shop soon.

By the way - I've made another sale in my shop since I started promoting it with ETSY - so the marketing does bring more people to the site!  It's not expensive, either.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Hats Off to Larry

Not that I know who Larry is, except that he broke her heart...

...but it's a good enough link to tell you about the hats I've been knitting and putting in my ETSY shop.

I'm just using a simple pattern - a version of one by Hannah Fettig, which can either be worn as a conventional beret or pulled down into a slouch hat or a sort of not-so-tight beanie.

So far I've listed two - a deep purple one with sequins and a fresh spring green one...

Purple beret top

Green beret top

As you know if you've been reading this blog, I'm trying to use up some of my 'stash' productively, but it's slow, very slow...

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Not an Amazonian...

Today I deleted my 3 products (books) from Amazon. Why?

Well, it seems that if you want to sell in more than one Amazon country, you have to provide bank account details - with a bank in each country.

How many people have bank accounts in lots of different countries? I suspect only big companies do, so that works against me as a seller.  I also am a bit wary of entering any bank account details...

So, back to the drawing board...