Sunday, 27 September 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 13

 Well last week's promise nearly didn't happen!

We had a bit of evening drama when our second fish tank sprung a leak! Anyway we are now drying out, so I can do a brief update.

I have finished the first dreaming in Paris socks but I don't have a photo.   I will show you next week.   

I have been making good progress on the lacy shoulders tee. 

Just a bit of stockinette down the back and the neckline to go.

I have been making progress on the cornhill scarf. 

Here it is whilst I was watching Stephen West this evening. 

I signed up for his colour play webinar a few weeks ago and I didn't regret it.  He was excellent - I could listen to him for hours.

And I think that is going to have to be that for a minute as I still have some cleaning to do!

Monday, 21 September 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 12

 I'm a  day late posting this week.  I ran out of time yesterday and to be honest, there has been little progress made this week.

I have been knitting, but it has been slow and steady- which is fine.

I have made some progress on the socks, and some on the top, but not enough to photograph.   Saturday saw me doing lots of baking - bread, bread and butter pudding  and a strawberry cake.  Again no pics - sorry!

In fact the only pic I  have this week is of my getting ready for barbequeing on Saturday night!

I will be back properly next week, I  promise.  Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 11

 Well it has been a strange week.  Wonderful in many ways.  Wonderful to be back with the kids - I have really missed the interactions with them.   But, of course, so many things are different and we are getting used to teaching differently.   I have to stay at the front as neither myself or the students are required to wear face protection.  I can wear it if I want but I prefer to keep my distance so they can see me, hear me clearly and lip read if necessary - so no wondering amongst them it is!  As things are different and we teachers need to move a lot more, since the students are in their bubbles, I have been very tired this week!

Anyway, crafting has still been done!

This was me this morning.

The knitting is the lacy shoulders tee - I  have completed the lacy portion and now am making my way down the back.  I'm still really enjoying this and should be nearing completion soon.

I have also made progress on my Dreaming of Paris socks.

I have turned the heel and now am on the foot.  Hopefully I will be on the second one by next week. 

And to be honest,  that is it for this week - first full week of school coming up, so I'm taking it a week at a time!

Hope everyone has a great week. 

Sunday, 6 September 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 10

This week has breezed by!  Going back to school was good, although we are yet to start teaching - Tuesday is when it kicks off properly.

I have been beavering away at my Projects.  My lacy shoulders tee has seen very little love this week.  I have started the lace though and should get back to it before I  forget!

 The Rowan Summerlite is gorgeous,  wonderfully soft and not splitty at all.
I also cast on my Joji project in the week for the fall KAL.  
I am really enjoying these even though it is everything I don't like when knitting socks.  I am generally a two at a time, toe up kind of girl, but these are none of those!
In other news, I made some curtains and a kind of beanbag for Thomas's bedroom.

I also went through my wardrobe and checked on work clothes.  I realised I didn't post the skirt I hand sewed the other week.  Sorry for the smudges on the mirror!  I  must clean that.

And I altered a dress that was too short and turned it into a tunic top.

I think that will do for this week - I  did some sorting and cleaning of the greenhouse, but otherwise that was it.  I hope everyone has a great week. 

Sunday, 30 August 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 9

  Ok, so I didn't mean to miss two weeks!  Two weeks ago I was packing to go away and last week we were away.

You would have thought in two weeks I may have made a good bit of progress on my projects... no - virtually none!  So I will share what I have been up to.

I have done a little work on my lacy shoulders tee.

I am knitting this in Rowan Summerlite 4ply.  I am nearly to the lacy part!  I also did a couple of rounds on my skirt while we were away, but not enough to warrant a picture.

I have done a fair bit of work in the garden over the past few days.  We had some harvesting to do...

And I  created a little beachy area with the pebbles and shells the boys have collected over the years.

There has also been much weeding and mowing completed!

I signed up for the Joji fall KAL.   I was not as ambitious as previous years (I have not completed a Joji KAL yet!)  So, I signed up for her new sock pattern - Dreaming in Paris - I should be able to do that in time.

I also, having missed the rest due to timing, signed up for the colour play webinar with Stephen West on the 27th September.  I was sad to miss the rest so am really looking forward to this one.

Right now I  am enjoying sitting in glorious weather (the best in my opinion).  It was really hot as we went away, far too hot for me.  We had ok weather in Cornwall (pics to follow), and have returned  now to perfect weather, sunny, but chilly enough with the breeze to wear knits!  Hurrah - I am sat out with my Like a cloud on and it is perfect!

Otherwise, I am getting ready to go back to work properly on Thursday.  Apart from a couple of days supervising keyworkers children, this will be the first time since March.  I'm not sure how I'm feeling about it.  I'm not looking forward to having to get up and ready - I have fully embraced getting up at my leisure and getting dressed when I feel like it!  Anyway it is for the best although it will be very strange and unlike it was before.  I teach in a secondary school  (11 to 18 year olds) - the year groups are going to be in "bubbles" and the teachers will move to them.  I am lucky in that I teach mainly years 12 and 13 (17/18 year olds) so I will be fairly static.  We have no teaching this week however, just Inset and enrolment for year 12, so it will be fine.
And I  think that is it - for a post with very little crafting, it seems to have gone on a bit!  I will leave you with some pics of our holiday - have a great week. 

Sunday, 9 August 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 6

I have FO's!  Plural!

Firstly I finished Breathing Space no. 2.

I knit this in The Wool Kitchen in merpeople.   The yarn is gorgeous and soft and I can't wait for the weather to cool down so that I can wear it. 

I also finished my shortie socks.

These are knit in leftover Dragon hill fibre yarn - the same as my sock arms sweater.  When it is cooler I will show you that they match!

So now I am working on my other WIP's as my brain doesn't function fully in this heat (its between 32 and 37 at the moment - I don't do heat!)

On that note I will sign off.  I hope everyone has a great week and I will leave you with my boys pond dipping last week.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

A Year of Projects Update - week 5

Just a quick update this week as I am currently at my mum and dads.   For those of you that have been in the group a while, you will know that I usually spend the summer going to car racing meetings (the British touring car championship). Obviously  this year is a bit different - it is starting today behind closed doors and is on the TV.   So we will be watching all day!
I have made some progress this week and have brought 3 projects with me.
I am moving down the sleeves now and hope to finish this today. 
I have done a little on the socks.
And I've done some on the shawl.
And that is all for this week!  Have a good and safe week.