Sunday 18 August 2013

Year of Projects - 18th August update

Have just managed a spot at the laptop (my son is usually hogging it!) and settled down with a cup of coffee to update.

Well I have had a busy week!!
I have blogged the details here but most is not knitting related!!  In summary, we went to Hever Castle, Drusillas Park, London Zoo, went swimming and did some pond dipping.  Today I need to clean - but we will manage a trip to the park.

On the knitting front, I finished the wristwarmers and packaged them for Christmas, knitted a bonnet for my local premature baby unit, did some more hexipuffs, completed my third dishcloth and printed off the pattern and bought yarn for the next big project.

The next big project is to be little gradient by Amy Miller link here
I say that but I am going to start the first of the crocodile scarves this week as well - so will try to do both at once.  We are going to Somerset again this week so may take Little Gradient with me along with some hexis as back up!!  So may start the scarf tonight.
I have also decided to do a mKAL with Boo knits.  It is called Morticia and will be a big shawl with lots of beading.  I decided I enjoyed knitting Dragonfly wings so much that I would push myself a little further knowing that the Boo knits are so well written and there is always help on hand.  I have never used beads before so that and the fact it will be so big will push my knitting further - that is the theory anyway!!!

So here is how the list looks at the mo

  • For Daniel and Lily -  a toy- ?dragon and rabbit using stash yarn
  • For the sisters in law - wristwarmers - finished 14/08/13 
  • For my mum and brother - pot covers 
  • For Thomas and Luke - crocodile scarf  - hopefully starting today
  • For my mum and mil - dishcloths and bag - finished 3 cloths!

  • Then, there's all the projects just for me

    • Finish tote bag  - hurrah - finished 04/07

  • Hat for me - finished 09/08/13
  • Socks for me - definitely using my A Stash Addict yarn
  • Placemats - in time for Christmas I hope!
  • Scarf for the husband
  • Shawl for me - Dragonfly wings by Boo knits - will be my next project - finished 14/07
  • Winter hats for the boys

  • Additions!
  • Little Gradient for Thomas - Yarn bought
  • Hexipuffs
  • Bonnet for SCBU - finished 14/08/13
  • Vanilla socks as first sock project - yarn bought from Mellifera yarns
  • MKAL  with One skein - scarflette - finished 26/07/13
  • MKAL with Boo Knits - Morticia - start 01/10/13
  • Friday 16 August 2013

    A week with the boys

    We have had a busy week one way or another.
    Last Friday we went to Hever castle with my mum and dad to see the jousting.  It was a lovely day and the boys spent some time in the water maze before we went to the field for a picnic and some light horsemanship!!

     Can definitely recommend it as a lovely day out and not too expensive either - lovely ice cream available!!

    Tuesday saw us at Drusillas Park in Alfriston - just me and the boys this time.  Again had a lovely day looking at all the animals, playing golf, getting wet in the water part, riding on the Thomas the Tank engine train and playing in the play area.  This was a bit more expensive but we got some vouchers which was good.

    This was the boys watching the penguins!

    Then Thursday we went on a great adventure to London and to London Zoo.  We took the train up, then the underground from Green Park to Euston then walked to the zoo.  Took the underground as I wasn't sure about the buses, but Euston was not as buggy friendly as published!!  Despite the tube still spent about 2 hours walking!!  So got a taxi back to Victoria at the end - so worth it and the boys loved it!!  Zoo was great - loads of things to do and see - butterfly house was amazing!!

    Today we did nothing taxing except for some pond dipping blogged about here
    On the knitting front I finally finished the second pair of wristwarmers and packaged them up for Christmas.  Also, did some more hexipuffs, and to satisfy my need to be virtuous now and again, knitted a quick bonnet for premature babies at my local hospital!!

    Sunday 11 August 2013

    Another Sunny Year of Projects Post

    Another short and sweet post this week.  We have been away for half the week and now we are back with my mum and dad in tow!!
    We went to Crealy Park on Monday, went on the log flume and met the Octonauts!!  Went to Clevedon on Wednesday, which was lovely and then went to Hever Castle on Friday to see the jousting!  Will post pictures when I get some time in the week.
    Today we went to Tulleys Farm for coffee and a shop at the craft fair, and this afternoon Thomas went to a birthday party.  So quite busy - but managed to get some knitting done in between.
    This is the hat for me and finished 1 half of the last pair of wristwarmers on my list.

    This is the mystery KAL that I completed last week.

    I also received my purchase of Socktopus this week so I will be casting on a pair of vanilla socks this week and a jumper by Amy Miller - Little Gradient for Thomas.  I don't think either of these are on the list, so I shall add them!!

    Sunday 4 August 2013

    A Year of Projects - update from grandma's

    No pictures this week as I am not at home.  Have travelled to Somerset to stay with my mum and dad for a week.
    Had quite a trying week - that I mentioned here!

    Have managed to get several things finished though, including 6 hexipuffs, a hat for me and have made a start on my second pair of wristwarmers - so feeling quite proud of myself.  Some details of these are on my Ravelry project page here and I will post pictures when I get home.

    Also decided upon a pattern for the boys hats, it's called the strib hat by Kelly Williams (inspired by Ruth at Mysparemoments).
    And I believe that is it - hope everyone has a good week :-)