Friday, 23 November 2012

FO: Little Clouds

Just a quick FO for today:

22 Little Clouds by the genius designer behind Hitchhiker.

The pattern is a free download from Ravelry and knitted up remarkably quickly. The pattern called for a dk weight but I used some Knitting Goddess cashmere sock yarn and love the drape of the fabric.

The ruffle is small but effective. Ruffles can be deceptively time consuming but at just 4 rows, this was over before it got too tedious.

One more for the Christmas present box - now for a bit of selfish knitting for me.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Knitting in public

Originally uploaded by l.tilbrook

A rather manic week in the madmum household has meant a lot of knitting in public (or KIP'ing) and very little knitting-in-front-of-the-tv-with-a-cup-of-tea.

The places I have managed to KIP this week include (but are not limited to):
School playground
School hall (waiting for parents evening)
Traffic jam (engine off, I hasten to add)
GP surgery
Waitrose (very long queue)
Sports hall (waiting for two small peeps)
Birthday party (as above)

This week has brought it home to me just how much time I spend ferrying people around, driving to and from work and other appointments and a particularly nasty tailback on the motorway reminded me of the importance of keeping knitting about my person at all times.

Such mobile knitting has pros and cons though. I need a simple project that I can just grab and go - hence the finished blanket. Unfortunately that means that the complicated sock pattern I am working on and which is destined for my father-in-laws Christmas present is no further forward than it was a week ago.

Still, hubby is out tonight with work colleagues so I have the TV remote control, boys on their way to bed and a mug of tea ready for some cosy knitting-in-private!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Autumn days

No knitting today. Just some photos from our lovely autumnal walk yesterday. There are some days when you wake up to a cold, clear and crisp autumn morning and you feel you have to make the most of it.
It was very tempting to let the small peeps lounge around in PJs and to get some sneaky Sunday morning knitting done, but no. Boys were chivvied, hats, gloves and other warming items found (not always matching) and the family stuffed in the car by 9am. Hubby had to be provided with a bacon sandwich en route but once he woke up and saw the gorgeous views he soon perked up.



Brisk walk, and then a spontaneous pub lunch on the way home - fabulous day.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Felted Noro Coasters

Felted Noro Coasters

I found myself at a loose end and with half a skein of Noro Silk Garden and a crochet hook I decided to whip up a few coasters and have a playful evening.

My crochet skills are variable to say the least so I tend to favour projects that can be felted - thus neatly hiding my mistakes.

I have a love/hate relationship with Noro but I love how the felting process merges the colours and that the set compliment each other without being perfectly matching.

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