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Knit and Natter Friday.

I have had a busy week as we run up towards Christmas. The visit to Wales was lovely, so nice to have someone coooking for me, and my brother is an excellent cook. We visited Mum and she was in good spirits. Mum has Alzheimer’s, and we went on one of her better more lucid days. She knew we were her children and was able to tell us that she loved us very much. I think this will help us no end in the future, as she had become very bad-tempered with us as her health deteriorated. A happy memory to treasure.

The French Windows have been rescheduled a total of four times  now. Currently due for installation 8.30 on Monday. Humph!

Mr E is under the weather, we have  few medical appointments lined up for him, please keep us in your prayers.

Mr B and Ms G should be with us tomorrow for the all important de clutter!

I met with June and using the appointment numbers we had dished out at the repair cafes had a little draw for a prize, namely a £20 voucher for a meal at the Penny Bank Cafe in Kirkbymoorside, here being drawn by Phil the proprieter , and ably assisted by your truly. I don’t often appear on my own blog. Picture by June.

I have finished the secret santa knitting with the pink hat and an owl shaped lavender bag, made from the leftover wool from my Dartmoor lamb.

Soon have that ready to post.

Now on the needle I have a baby toy.

A last-minute Christmas gift for this little chap, here sporting his Nana made blanket, picture by his Dad Mr J.

Hard to believe he’s only 7 weeks, quite a bruiser!

So, time for me to press on, I have some Boxing Day Chutney to make. Turns out it is a Kirstie recipe. I think you know you have arrived when you just need a first name for people to know who you are.. Nigella or Delia for example.  For non UK readers that is Kirstie Allsop who is  a property guru come crafty type TV person, Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith are TV chefs.

Anyway, enough chatter from me, over to you. If this is your first visit then please just jump into the comments, feel free to chat amongst your selves while I stir the cranberries, and get on with some knitting.

Have a great weekend and

Be Happy,

Cathyx

 

 

 

 

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Knit and Natter Friday!

We had snow yesterday.

Not a lot, but enough to keep me indoors, in my “office” reading and knitting.  The  Secret Santa knitting is going well.

Gloves are done, a bit plain in this picture but do not fret , I have added some pretties, however the first person to see them will be the lady who has been a good girl and deserves a nice squishy Christmas present.

Tell me how dense can partners be? I received a catalogue from The RSPB this week, full of goodies to do with birds. OH LOOK , I said thrusting it towards husband. They do a book of Knitted birds, how lovely is that, I would love a copy.

Three days later. Mr E says, ” Have you had any ideas for something you would like for Christmas?” Some days I realise I am just making noises and talking to myself.

Not only did we have snow but I am also full of a cold right now, and so hoping I will be well enough for the four and half hour drive to Wales to see my Mum and brother tomorrow. I am leaving Mr E in charge of the house, I have scheduled Tuesday for fettling said house on my return.

The crochet blanket has taken a bit of a back seat this week, as I am half way through knitting a matching hat to go with the gloves. Once again thanks for everyone’s help with the blanket project. It shall be done this year.

This Year- how quick did that vanish?

Meantime  the lovely Kate had a giveaway and this came through the post, thank you Kate,

Two lovely pieces of fabric. I must not just look at them and save them for a rainy day. I must make something with them, maybe cloakroom curtains or a cushion or a bag for my beach towel and paraphernalia. At the moment they are adorning a chair so I can look at them. Any ideas? Part of me does not want to cut them, but that is just silly.

The new French Windows should have been put in yesterday but this was put back to Wednesday next week. Oh life  has such a way of throwing plans out of the window. Tis only a door though, and worse things have happened, especially as it would have been very chilly with the snow and all that.

Meantime Nephew and Wife are expecting baby number 2 in June. Whoopee, more yarn required! 2018 will be ok.

Hope you all have a great weekend, please do share your plans, especially seasonal plans, above all

Be Happy,

Cathyx

 

 

Knit and Natter Friday!

Two trips to the theatre in the last week, both were very enjoyable. Turns out plays are just like buses. That will be it for months.

Jill at Nice Piece of work wrote a lovely post this week in which she said it was good to be thankful but it was beneficial to have something to look forward too. And she is so right. If you are having a tough day/week/month/year(s) as I have had in the past, (fortunately I am enjoying a quiet year worry wise in 2017 )then it really helps to focus on something to look forward too.

Christmas is nearly upon us, no good kidding myself that I am going to knit three jumpers, 10 scarves and an elephant in time to post them ( wasn’t actually but artistic licence and all that). Christmas for many of us is a joyous occasion, but bad things happen at Christmas, I have done hospital visiting on Christmas day, so I speak from experience, and there are our memories of people and Christmases past too. So I reckon having something to look forward too is a jolly good idea.

So have you something to look forward to? I am off at the start of December to stay with my brother and visit my Mum in Wales. The weekend after that young Mr B and Ms G his partner are coming up to and DRUM ROLL, clear out his bedroom which he has not slept in for nigh on 10 years. I don’t mind things going in the loft or having to take stuff to the charity shop , but it’s time t-shirts I bought him aged 15 went! And Buzz Lightyear, and cds of Marilyn Manson, and replica football kits going back to the first when he was 7. I have been very, very patient over this. I now have stuff from Mum’s house and my Dads and my FILs and I am in danger of looking like a mad hoarding type of person. There is stuff everywhere.

Jan at the Snail of Happiness wrote an equally interesting post about someone who had pared his belongings down to 111 things. He said he didn’t have a storage unit, but I noted he said nothing about his parents house and his old bedroom.

It’s terribly hard to move your children out. Part of me loves having his things occupying one bedroom, but part of me thinks it’s time he dealt with the stuff. My Mum had no such problems with me, when we got married and started to buy our first home, age 21, she just packed up all my belongings and put them on a removal van.

What finally prompted Mr B to come was when I told him we would be bringing a load of stuff down to him, he doesn’t want that!

Enough!

The Contented Crafter explained to me brilliantly in the comments last week why I was having such problems with the crochet blanket. I have copied it  here for you

I really like the centre square of your blanket. I like the buttermilk on the white background much more than when you team it with the orange – I think the orange is my least favourite colour here. Do you see how the colours become brighter when paired with the white, but when placed together they tend to become dull and heavy? It’s because they are all the same tone weight – which means there’s no light and shade to lift and move the eye across the pattern. Having lighter colours beside deeper shades makes it more interesting for our eyes. The orange, green and mustard are your same tone colours. Change any one of those up with a lighter brighter version of the same colour and magic will happen – or just insert a row of white between those colours and see what happens….. Or you could just choose your favourite colour and make the final squares and edge it all up in that same colour.

She is so right!

So now I have orange (Stylecraft call it Spice) and Cream together to brighten up the green, and mustard and grey with the Marigold block to dampen it down a bit. After that I will just do a DC border in the various yarns. Never before has a blanket caused so much hassle. Thanks to everyone for you help and support. In future I will think about colour and tone! Now all I have to do is crochet 14 blocks of each square.

Meantime Secret Santa has been hard at work.

A stocking for the Good Girl, and

one of Bekki’s Santa Sacks to go in it, which will be filled with all manner of good things. I went to a rather nice yarn store on Tuesday to buy some rather nice yarn and a pattern, Ohoh I blew the whole budget there, no matter, it’s quality not quantity for this lady. And you will never guess what, but some more rather nice cotton yarn for a rather nice bag just happened to fall into my shopping basket. I think the Gremlin that normally lives in the computer on yarn websites had come with me.

Seriously I think I might have yarn buying problem. Is there a self help group for me I wonder.

Knitting you ask? Well Secret Santa has been knitting some gloves.

I am taking rather a lot of care with these!

I have a quiet weekend in front of me. If it stops raining there are still jobs outside to be done, but other than that I foresee some yarn related activities on the horizon.

What about you, anything you are really looking forward to , some lovely things on your weekend agenda maybe, please join in I love to chat on Fridays.

Be happy,

Cathyx

 

Knit and Natter Friday.

We put the clocks back on Saturday/Sunday. I don’t like drawing the curtains at 5 pm ready for the night, thoughts of the dark days still to come. It was still quite dark at 7 am this morning, so hard to see what is gained by all this clock changing.

We had one of those conversations you have. It occurred to me that unless I had been taught at school that the earth went round the sun I would never have questioned the sun going round the earth. I wouldn’t have worked out that the earth isn’t flat, I am not even sure I would have thought about gravity. I asked Mr E would he, and he is a bit of a scientist, and he reckoned that he wouldn’t. Would you? I no longer feel the same incredulity towards our ancestors. I am no cleverer than they were, and possibly a great deal more ignorant, having none of the acquired wisdom say on plants and medicine.

Enough. Each year I think I will treat myself to a magazine on Christmas crafts. I begin by seeing what I have already and realising in some cases I have not made a single thing from previous issues. It’s the same again this year.

Hmm, more than enough to keep me going between now and the last posting date, and they don’t include projects yet to be decided for my Secret Santa. Can’t wait to see who I am drawn.

I mentioned in my last post I had a birthday. Bit of a big one, let’s just say that my private pension has finally started to cough up. Would you believe that they took off income tax pending having my tax code. Income tax? Chance would be a fine thing!

Anyway I had a lovely family meal, having departed from London to Swindon, with the rest of my family. It was Greek and wonderful.

L-R. Little Miss F, Ms G, Mr B, Master T, Miss J, Mr T, moi,and Mr E. Picture by my lovely DIL Mrs T.

And CAKE

I had help with the candles. Can you guess from whom?

Thanks for everyone’s thoughts on my crochet blanket last week.

That’s how it looks this morning. Loose concentration on those marigold blocks at your peril, the amount of frogging has been unbelievable.

I need one more block design to go round the outside. I was thinking something orangey. What do you think? The yellowy block I was toying with last week has gone.

All designs from the 200 crochet block book.

Meantime there has been progress on the matinée jacket.

On the second sleeve now. I may have a finish next week. I need a finish to begin the Christmas knitting, which once again I suspect I have left too late.

Right, I am off to have my haircut this morning. I found a split end on Tuesday. I haven’t had a split end for years. Time for a trim for sure.

This afternoon I have a friend coming round, which is jolly nice, but it’s valuable knitting time. She doesn’t knit. Would it be rude to knit while she is here? Inclination is that I have to bite the bullet and not knit, but it’s a tough one.

Have a great weekend. Look forward to all the natter. I do love these Friday chats, you help keep me real.

Be Happy,

Cathyx

 

 

 

 

The Gloves.

The last time I shared these gloves they looked like this. I used Sirdar country Style double knitting yarn, and pattern number 9445. I don’t think it’s in print anymore, but any pattern for plain gloves , or even mittens, or ready-made will do for what I am writing about next.

About 18 years ago I studied for my Part one Creative Embroidery City and Guilds award. One of our final projects was to create some wearable embroidery. I decided to try gloves. I did lots of research, visiting museums and even writing up my own history of gloves booklet.

The one thing that struck me was that gloves were highly decorated on the cuffs, but not so much on the main part of the glove itself.

I took further inspiration from a child’s book called Teeny Tiny and the Witch Woman. I don’t have the book any more, but I do have the picture that caught my attention.

See the way the branches look like fingers.

I was also very drawn to ivy clad trees.

So I decided to elongate the fingers and decorate my gloves with ivy.

I knitted the gloves, and this was the final result.

Back of the gloves

Palm of the gloves complete with gnarly bits.

Turns out that elongated fingers and bumps in the palms are wholly impractical and so the gloves sat in my drawers all these years. I always thought that one day I would use the ivy leaf pattern on a more practical pair of gloves. Working out the pattern was hard and deserved to be used.

So this Autumn I finally got round to doing just this.

Ivy leaves only on the front of the gloves, but still embroidered.

with chain stitch. The leaves are four ply yarn and the veins are stitched in a contrasting yarn.

Now on the vaguest of chances that anyone would like a pattern for an ivy leaf, could be useful on an autumn wreath, I set about turning my scribbled notes into something resembling a pattern. Not easy, and I am now very respectful of everyone who regularly turns out patterns, it’s jolly hard. The lovely Snail of Happiness made me very happy by having a go at knitting my ivy leaf. Thank you so much for this.

The pattern is below and I will put it up above on a new Page for all time! If you have a go please let me know, it would make my day!

 

Knitted Ivy Leaf

4ply yarn and 2 ¾ mm knitting needles. Stocking Stitch throughout. Tension not important.

Increase K stitches by K in front then in the back of the stitch, P front and then back in the same stitch to increase in the P rows

Make a small ball of green yarn for use on the first two rows.

With the small ball cast on three stitches.

With the rest of the yarn cast on three stitches, on the same needle (6 sts in all)

K- increase one stitch and knit across the first group- 4 sts

Keeping the two sections quite separate at this stage, K across the second group of three with the small ball , inc in last st, 4 sts

P inc one stitch at start of the row, P2tog at the end of the first group- 4 sts

P 2tog one stitch at the start of the second group, inc one stitch at the end- 4 sts

This has created two small points at the base of the leaf. You can now cut the yarn on the smaller ball as you are only going to use the larger ball.

K- inc one stitch, k 2, k2 tog ( 1 stitch from each group, thus joining the two points), k2, inc in last st- 9 sts

P- inc 1 st at each end- 11 sts

Stocking stitch 4 rows starting with a K row

Decrease rows are worked on knit rows, Slip one, Knit one then pass slip stitch over, P are slip one , purl one and pass slipped stitch over.

K- Dec1 st at each end- 9 sts

P- inc 1 st at each end- 11 sts

K- inc 1 st, K1, K2 tog, turn- 4 sts

P2 tog twice, turn

k2 tog and fasten off

With right side facing rejoin the yarn as follows

Make 1 stitch by picking up the loop before the first st and knit into the back of the loop.

K3, make 1 stitch by knitting into the loop before the next stitch- 5 stitches, turn and work on these 5 stitches

Starting with a P row, stocking stitch 4 rows

P- Dec 1 stitch at each end- 3 sts. Turn

Slip one stitch K ways, K2 tog, PSSO and fasten off

With right side facing rejoin to the last group of 4 sts by K2 tog, K1, inc in last st- 4 sts Turn

P2 tog twice. Turn

K2 tog and fasten off.

Darn in all the ends

Using a contrasting yarn chain stitch the leaf veins to each of the leaf’’s points using a

small chain stitch.

This leaf can be used to decorate gloves, mittens, hats, as a brooch or as part of knitted

wreath.

Who would think it took so many instructions for one tiny leaf!

Knit and Natter Friday

We visited a wonderful museum yesterday. It deserves a post of its own, which I will do this weekend, when my  thoughts are in line. It is the Bradford Industrial Museum, I thought you might like a taster.

Housed in an old mill , called Moorside Mill, an old Spinning Mill.

Lots of machinery to see.  This one is for twisting the yarn onto the cheeses, I think they are called. So much to see, I took over 45 photos  for me to think about. Thought I would share one more today. This is a splendid bedspread in a reconstructed mill workers cottage from the 1890s.

Isn’t that fabulous?

Meantime there has been a little knitting on the gloves, for ME.

Bit plain? Next time I show them they won’t be.

The Repair cafe, just in case you missed the post , was good. We had £36 donated for the repairs and £26 for the teas and coffees.

I did a bit of crochet while I was there and a little bit more afterwards.

All from left over yarn . I plan to make a blanket for a raffle prize for the Repair Cafe.

I don’t seem to have done much crafting this week,  still rather tired after the weekend .  I also felt a bit sorry for myself as I needed an emergency dental appointment for a wobbly crown. All is well though.

Hope everyone out there is well, and if not try to just take it a day at a time, and do look after yourselves. Find some “me time”  and make something nice. Over to you all now for some wonderful nattering. Have you been somewhere interesting or made something fabulous? Do tell please.

Love you all,

Cathy

 

 

Knit and Natter Friday!

I have been busy this week with lots of things!  All the Spring bulbs are in now. I love choosing new bulbs every year, having something to look forward to the other side of Winter! I have started the Autumn garden tidy up, which means another trip to the recycling centre with the debris is imminent.

I have also started to look again at my own Family History research. I bought myself a workbook in which to record names etc, it is helping show up gaps in where I got too when I did a lot of the work 8 years ago. I am hoping to go to the Borthwick Library based at York University next month, to search for Wills that are stored there.

So all that has left a little less time on the crafty stuff. I sewed buttons onto the Snowflake hoody!

They sort of disappear into the yarn but they are actually

ABC buttons! Then I had enormous fun knitting a Twiddlemuff.

It took a while to figure out what I was doing, so I took pictures as I went along to remind me, and I will write a separate post about it.

Then whilst I had the spare yarn ( not stash, but unused, leftover yarn) downstairs I crocheted a cat blanket!

Think that should be big enough for an outside kind of moggy.

Then I finally got round to starting to knit some gloves for ME.

The yarn is Sirdar Country Style DK, colour is called linen.

I borrowed this book from the library.

I have to say the projects inside are really CUTE, and the yarn they use is everyday yarn, not cost you a fortune hard to find yarn, which is a big plus to me. However two of the patterns are rattles and call for a rattle inner. I have never come across rattle inners for toys and I wondered if anyone else had, and if so where to buy them? Teddy growlers I have seen but not rattles. I am intrigued. I may also have to buy this book…..

Tomorrow is Repair Cafe day! That means weekend washing and shopping has to be done today. So organised!

Do tell what you have been doing this week, I so love our natters.

Have a great weekend,

Be Happy!

Cathyx

 

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