22 Feb 2010

While I wait

for some extra yarn to arrive to complete the red, black and white project .....................I started this to get me through the weekend (even though there is a cupboard FULL of WIP's that need my attention!!)  The stitch although it may look difficult, is actually very, very easy to do.  A tutorial for Diagonal Box stitch can be found here.

17 Feb 2010

New project

This is my new project I started yesterday.

Yarn purchased from PurpleLinda

12 Feb 2010

I think I am in love

I came across this image whilst browsing the net and instantly fell in love, with the colours, ooh the colours, and the design.  It would so not match anything in my home but I think it is lush!  It is on a fab Japanese site with oodles of inspiration and free pattern downloads, once on there just click around the images and so what you can find!  There is also this Japanese yarn site that mails out yarn worldwide!

Check this out too.  Beautiful or what?

I feel another project coming on.

10 Feb 2010

Crafting companion

My little Jess loves to come and have a snuggle when there is a bit of quiet crafting going on.  It's even cosier when it is so cold outside.
(*Notice Rottie dog - top right - also enjoying the delights of underfloor heating!!)

9 Feb 2010

Lemon Drizzle Cake

I know there is always a fresh post about this ubiquitous cake popping up in blogs, so I thought I would add mine to the list
I use this recipe. You can't fault it, follow to the letter and results are perfect every time.  (You might want to add a few extra minutes to the baking depending on your own oven.)

This time I did something I have never tried before. I used my processor.  I am normally a 'chuck it in the bowl, beat it up' gal, but yesterday I decided to throw caution to the wind and see what results I got from this method...................

Well even if I do say so myself, I think it came our perfect (polishes nails on collar) There WAS an end piece but Mr Neet was circling like a hawk after it was baked and whipped it off for quality control purposes - of course!

8 Feb 2010

Corners of my home

I am quite proud of my little home and the bits and pieces collected for it.  I have tried to change things now and again but always revert back to the original design and choices I first made.

7 Feb 2010

Sock love #2

These socks can become very, verrrrry addictive.  There is some real nice pleasure in knitting them and being able to wear them with pride and very real satisfaction.
I don't know anything about the main yarn, it was a thrift shop find but it knits up as 4ply and has some mohair content.  They are beautifully soft and cosy to wear.  I knitted the cuff, heel and toes in some off white 4ply 100% wool yarn to make sure I had enough yarn for the main body.  I am using the Wise Hilda Basic Ribbed Sock pattern at present, it is so easy to follow and there is nothing complicated about it at all for a sock novice.

So now that pair is finished I am onto Sock Love #3

These are going to be for Mr Neet.  I am using Regia Design Line for these, a self-striping yarn.  Hopefully they will be finished for February 14th, just in time for Valentines Day, knitted with love as they say.

I have got one more pair that I have planned and they are going to be my 'scrappy socks', as in, knitted with any bits of 4ply yarn I have that work together.  Then...............................I may just indulge my growing love and splash out on some swishy sock yarn (read 'expensive') and tackle a more challenging pattern, after all there are a gazillion of them out there on t'internet.