New Pattern! Cabled Christmas Wreath

cabled-christmas-wreath-1Hello Lovelies!

I finally got around to writing up a wreath pattern today.  I actually sat down and made it last year for Christmas as it was going to be our last Christmas in Germany.  I wanted to make a wreath for my own front door.

I searched high and low for a pattern that worked for me and found that there wasn’t one that I just fell in love with.  So I did what I normally do in situations like that.  I sat down with a couple of stitchionaries and made up a pattern my self.

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I love the end result and wanted to share the pattern with you all, especially now that Christmas is just around the corner!

I can’t wait to start decorating the new house in the UK this year!

I hope you all enjoy the new pattern!

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You can purchase and download the new pattern from the Patterns page or from Ravelry

Boo hoo!


Esmee and me chilling on the sofa, watching really bad tv while I try and get better from a stomach bug.

Actually, it’s more like me stroking esmee’s belly while she chills!

Anyway.  Hopefully there’ll be a better post soon with actual knitting content.

Well hello again!

I realise it’s been a while (3 years!!!) since I last posted and I truly apologise to anyone who is still reading this blog.  Life kinda caught up with me and even though I was still crafting, I was mainly using it to keep me sane.

There have been completed knits, crochet projects and even some cross stitch and I’ve had fun completing things, but haven’t really kept a catalogue of what’s been done.  Sorry again.

Hopefully I’m back now and I can concentrate on getting this blog back up and running.

In the meantime, we moved back to the UK about 3 months ago and I’m slowly finding my feet again.  I love where we are living. The area, the people, the house etc all is fabulous.  I just need to find some activities that get me out of the house a bit more! But that will come with time.

As we’re settling in I’m finding that I want to add some home made comforts to the place and with that in mind, I finally took the plunge and bought some t-shirt yarn so that I can make a rug for the lounge.


It turned up and I started my project using a pattern from Mandalas to Crochet and found that I was really struggling with the hook.

I’d bought a set from knitpicks and previously had no issues with the hooks at all.  They’re a pleasure to use and the grip made them easy to manovouer.  But with the t-shirt yarn I just seemed to struggle.  I was using the 10mm hook and at first I thought it was just because I don’t really crochet with the larger needles.  After a couple of evenings I changed that opinion.  It wasn’t the size of the hook that was the problem, it was the actual hook.


If you take a look at the picture you can see that there’s a bit of a ledge between the hook and the grip.  That’s what was causing the problem.  With the yarn itself being chunky, that gap is just not big enough. Especially when working stitches other than chain, slip, dc (sc in US).  The bigger stitches were just so much harder to work.  I put the project down and did a quick search to find a more suitable needle and ended up purchasing the HiyaHiya 10mm.


There is no ledge. It’s a smooth hook with just the grip and it’s amazing!  I only literally just got this hook and already I can feel the difference.  My hands aren’t cramping and the crochet is coming along much faster and much smoother than with the knitpicks hook.

I still love the knitpicks hook, but I’ve learnt that for chunky yarn, I’m going to have to but hooks that don’t have that ledge…

Hopefully this helps someone else when they’re picking out hooks for projects.

It’s nice to be back.  Let’s see if I can post a little more often!🙂

Happy Sunday to you all!

FOs: More socks!!

It’s been a few weeks, and the knitting has been interspersed with a little garden work and watching tennis (French, Queens, Eastbourne and now Wimbledon!!) a lot. So with that in mind, the knitting has been small projects.

First up, another pair of baby socks.. I think this is a great way to use up the leftover bits of sock yarn that I’ve accumulated over the years… This is after using a little for the crochet blanket I’ve had going for an age!

Eyelet Baby Socks

Eyelet Baby Socks

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Brombeeren
Pattern: Eyelet Baby Socks by Lion Brand Yarn
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: As instructed, but I changed the heel and toes. I worked a German Heel and my normal toe.

This definitely used up the last of that yarn and it was such a fun and cute little knit. It’s a good way to stock up on handy little gifts for when friends have babies and at the moment I have a couple who are expecting!!

Next up, it’s another pair of socks.

By The Seine Socks

I have a thing for feather and fan… Always have. But for some reason I haven’t actually knit that much of it at all. It fascinates me with the way that I looks so complicated, but is so darn easy to achieve! It also fulfills my need for the occasional stint of lacework.

By The Seine Socks

Yarn: Arauncania Ranco Multy
Pattern: By the Seine River by Dona Knits
Needles: 2.25mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: I started these on the recommended 2.5mm needles, but they looked huge to me, so I went down a needle size and these worked much better. The heel is my new favorite (if you haven’t already figured it out!) the German Heel.

I loved making these socks. They fell off the needles, when I had a chance to work on them. I love the yarn too. It’s pretty squishy and works up beautifully. The colors in this particular skein are stunning. The little pops of bright blue really do it for me! I think the yarn also makes for hard-wearing socks. I’ll definitely be buying more of this yarn.

By The Seine Socks

I have plenty of yarn left over from these beautiful socks too, and as you can already guess, I’m making more little things for little people. This time it’s going to be booties.. So I’ll be back with those soon.

In the meantime, I’m going back to watching Wimbledon and knitting a little more.. If any of you have any tried and tested baby patterns, I would love to hear about them. Let me know in the comments! Have a great week, my lovelies…

FOs: Komet Socks, Baby Cabled Socks and High Energy Socks

In between all the planning and execution of the wedding, there was actually some knitting. A couple of big projects, which are nearly finished now, and a few smaller ones. One big project just needs seaming and the other a couple of sleeves knitted and attached.

I do have some finished socks for you today!

Komet Socks

The first pair, I knit for a friend. She’s been watching me knit for a few years and about a year and a half ago she asked if I would mind making her a pair… I, of course, jumped at the chance to convert a newbie to knitting make something lovely for a friend, who actually wanted something made. I picked out a selection of yarns from my stash and a couple of patterns and she chose the yarn and pattern she liked.

Komet Socks

Yarn: Regia Colour 4Ply in Dark Pink
Pattern: Komet Socks by Stephanie van der Linden
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: I worked the German Short Row heel as instructed and I fell in love. It’s such an easy construction and makes perfect sense to me. It’s the heel I’ll be working on most of my socks now I think. The rest was pretty much as instructed. I worked the socks toe up and then when it came to continuing the pattern up the leg, I made sure to stop at row 12, instead of the 13 stated in the pattern. This meant that the 2 rows worked around the sock during the heel actually use a pattern row and a plain row, which leaves a pattern row to start on for the back of the leg.

The recipient is very pleased with them and wears them as much as she can!!

Baby Cabled Socks

The second pair was made from the leftover yarn from the Komet socks.. There wasn’t that much left over, but just enough for these.

Baby Cabled Socks

Yarn: Regia Colour 4Ply in Dark Pink
Pattern: Baby Cabled Socks by Dawn Brocco
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: Worked as pattern instructs, but the heel was the German Short Row as with the Komet Socks… I said I loved that heel!!

These were a really quick and easy knit and the texture makes them interesting. I’ll probably make these again at some point… Maybe.🙂

High Energy Baby Socks

And the last pair were made from the left over yarn from the Neely O’Haras I made for Kate.

High Energy Baby Socks

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Brombeeren
Pattern: High Energy Baby Socks by Jodi Green
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: I worked these toe up and the stocking stitch was a breeze. Once again I worked the German Heel. The pattern at the top was worked as instructed, as was the picot hem. But instead of doing it at the beginning, I worked it at the end and cast off at the same time. It’s a little tight, but for a baby, it should be fine.

High Energy Baby Socks

Another easy knit to use up some left over yarn! I actually had enough for another pair of baby socks which I started a few days ago… I finished the first sock today while sitting outside in the glorious sunshine, in between working in the garden.

One sock done... One more to go.

Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be the same… Slow and relaxing, with some knitting and gardening!!

It's beautiful outside!!

This is the oak I was sat under today… All speckled and cooling in the heat.

Our oak

I hope you’re all having a good weekend too… Let me know what you’re up to!

…And Relax.

Aero Island, Denmark

We’ve been back a week now and have been married for just over a week.

Aero Island, Denmark

Denmark is beautiful and the little island where we got married was simply stunning. Rolling hills, and the coast within a few miles. The hills were the surprise for me considering that the whole island is 10 miles long and 4 miles across!! The people are friendly and the locals loved the whole Indians dressed up and acting silly thing! I’m not sure they’ve seen the outfits in person before.🙂 We loved it and so did the dogs. It was particularly hard to drag them away from the beach and water! We have water dogs for sure!!

Aero Island, Denmark
Aero Island, Denmark
Aero Island, Denmark
Aero Island, Denmark

The wedding itself was simple and beautiful. We had family with us and it was a perfect day. It rained early in the morning and that was the only time. We had perfect sunshine afterwards. We met at the Old Court House before going in and then my father walked me in once everyone was inside. The ceremony was quick, but we had champagne afterwards and spent plenty of time posing for photos.🙂 Then we came out to a shower of confetti. Actually, it was three. Three takes of the same scene and the only permanent fixtures in all three were Ollie and I…🙂 It was a pretty funny moment.

Aero Island, Denmark

We went for lunch to a local fish restaurant and cut our cake, which my sisters had made for us. Actually on that note, I just want to thank my sisters for all they did before and on the day. My hair, makeup, bouquet, henna and the posies, buttonholes and cake were all done by my sisters. My new brother-in-law took the official photos, my brother the unofficial photos and my other brother-in-law was videoing everything, so thanks to them too. All a family affair!

Aero Island, Denmark

That evening couldn’t have been more perfect. There was a fire pit where my family were staying, so we went round there, mum and my sisters made food and we set the fire going and sat outside till late. Drinking, chatting, chilling and with some music contributed by my fantastic husband with his guitar! S’mores and popcorn and plenty to drink.

Aero Island, Denmark

I can’t believe how different things feel now we’re back home. It’s like a fresh page in our life story and it feels fabulous! I just wish the weather would perk up too!🙂

Aero Island, Denmark

We’re going back to Denmark for our holidays next year, it’s already been decided! We loved it…. thank you Denmark.🙂

Married

FOs: Socks for Kate & Yoga Socks

Neely's

Kate’s birthday was in February and I actually had these finished in time. But. At the same time, I had a trip planned to the UK so, I packaged up the socks quickly and then posted them when I got back. Unfortunately, in my haste, I didn’t take proper pics of the finished socks. What you have instead is some work-in-progress shots. They were also late.. Sorry Kate!

Neely O'Hara Socks

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Brombeeren
Pattern: Neely O’Hara Socks by Liz Abinante
Needles: 2mm dpns
Notes/Modifications: I didn’t really change anything. The heel was worked as specified, but the toes were my default ones. I should try some new ways, but I like the way my toes look, so I’ll keep using this method.

These were nice and easy to work up and I love the colour transitions of the yarn from dark to light.

These are now with Kate and I hope she’s enjoying them, especially in this not-so-spring weather!

Yoga/Pedi Socks

Next up are my yoga/pedicure socks that I finished last night!

I am so chuffed with these. They are snuggly and warm and perfect for both tasks. I used them last night for painting my toenails.. unfortunately, I spent more time admiring my socks than concentrating on my painting, so they look a mess! So no pictures with them on.. instead you get my lovely foot model. The socks then got another outing this morning for yoga.

Yoga/Pedi Socks

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn in S188 (purples)
Pattern: Yoga Socks #153 by Patons
Needles: 3.25mm KnitPicks Harmony
Notes/Modifications: The pattern is for a smaller length of sock, but I wanted mine long, so I made them longer. I used the full skein for both socks. After the pattern section, the pattern calls for an increase in the number of stitches, and I did this with the first sock and found that it was way too big for me, so I ripped it back to the increase and just carried on with the 64 original sts. The rest is the same as the pattern

Yoga/Pedi Socks

This was a pretty easy project. Apart from the ripping back of the first sock and reknitting and the whole splitting the skein in half so I had enough for both socks, I loved making them. It got a little tense near the end of the second sock as I had only a little of the yarn left, but my maths was correct and it all worked out great.🙂

Yoga/Pedi Socks

I hope you’re all having a great weekend. Here’s hoping that spring will make an appearance soon!
What are you all knitting this weekend?