Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 24

The week's keep flying by in a blur!  I am feeling much more prepared this week though.  The house is decorated, the presents are wrapped and cards are written.  That said I decided to add to my WIP's this week.
WIP's 
The projects that have had all of my attention this week are both for me.  My advent socks
and my Land of Sweets cowl by Helen Stewart
Both are out of my advent calendar by Little French Meadow. 
I do now have three projects that are on a deadline - Thomas's Christmas jumper, mum's Christmas socks and I have decided to knit my gram a pair of mittens/wristwarmers.
Now, of course I only have 2 weeks to do all of these.  But if Thomas's jumper isn't ready for this year it will fit next year, I can always knit mum's socks and give them to her before we leave (that gives me until new year) and I should be able to whip up a pair of DK wristwarmers.  So we will see what we can do.
I hope everyone has a lovely week, do check out what everyone else has been up to from the side bar.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 23

Still don't feel prepared but I do feel much more festive this week.  We all started our advent calendars this week and this year I have a yarn one!

I don't have much knitting wise this week as I was fairly monogamous trying to get my November socks done.  I am pleased to report I did get them done in time and here they are.
Yarn is by Mothy and the Squid and the pattern is Dragon Pox by the Knotty Gnome.

In Works in Progress, I knew that I wanted to knit my advent calendar into socks, but I figured that I would have far too much yarn for just one pair.  Here are the socks so far.
So I decided to also knit Helen Stewart's Land of Sweets cowl from her latest knitvent collection, and so here that is.
I have the advent calendar from Little French Meadow and am loving it so far.

So over the next week I am intending to get on with Thomas's Christmas jumper and mum's Christmas socks. 
We went to see Santa today, so I will leave you with a couple shots from the morning while I go and make more mince pies (for those of you that asked last week, I use shop bought mincemeat so it does have suet, I am quite sure there are suet free versions)


Sunday, 26 November 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 22

It's beginning to get a bit close to the festive season for my liking.  I love the festive season don't get me wrong, but I'm not feeling that prepared.  That said, I baked my first batch of mince pies this morning.

I can show you my test knit today - as the Sugarplum Fairy was released on Friday.  So here are mine and I love them.

WIP's
I still have the same WIP's.  I have progressed on my Chuck sweater and my mum's Christmas socks but have no photo this week.
I have made progress but not as much as I would like on my November socks.  I have less than a week now so I have to get cracking!
I have also cast on Thomas's Christmas jumper and will hopefully get this done by Christmas (fingers crossed).
I think that will have to be it for this week.  I hope everybody celebrating had a brilliant thanksgiving, and I will be back next week.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 21

It is a beautiful morning here in England.  Mind you yesterday started nice and then quickly turned to drizzle!  We have no plans for today as I was out all yesterday at the craft fair.  I had a great time, sold some bits and pieces and got some knitting done.

On that note - here are some WIP's.
I knit a little on my mum's Christmas socks yesterday, they are not as far along as I would like them to be but there we go.
I have also made good progress on my November socks, knit in Mothy and the Squid - Christmas tree.  Pattern is Dragon Pox by the Knotty Gnome.
I have also made good progress on my Chuck sweater by Andi Satterlund.  I am loving these cables, the yarn is some that I picked up from Coldharbour Mill.
Oh, I do have a finished object!  I was inspired by a fellow Yopper last week and decided I needed a festive coffee cosy for my mug that I take daily to school.  So here it is.
Lastly I took possession of my advent calendar by Little French Meadow in the week and now am trying to stop myself opening all the little parcels all at once!  I will share as I open them in December - I am going to knit some scrappy socks to start with.
Anyway have a great week, Happy crafting.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

A Year of Projects update - week 20

We took a lovely walk this morning to feed the ducks.  Gave me a chance to get out all the hand knits as it has got decidedly wintery here.
FO's
I finished my test knit this week.  I will show you as soon as they are released but they are lovely if I say so myself.  I did mean that I was able to cast on my November socks - I am knitting Dragon Pox by the knotty gnome in the Christmas tree colourway that I got from Mothy and the squid.  I have pictures of neither of them, maybe next week!
WIP's
I wound my yarn for Thomas's Christmas jumper and hope to cast that on tonight.
I didn't make any progress on my mum's Christmas socks, but hope to put some work on them this week. 
I did make some progress on my Chuck sweater - I am now ready to start the front.
I have also made progress on the Pumpkin spice mittens.
I have my craft fair next Saturday so will be making sure I am ready for that and then the serious Christmas prep is likely to begin!  I hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 19

Back to school this week so only a little progress has been made on projects.
I forgot to mention last week that one thing I had done over the half term was to frog a hat I started over a year ago.  I came to the realisation that the reason I was making no progress on it was because it was likely to be too small for my revised plan of giving it to Daniel (revised when it was going to be too small for me).  And even if I finished it the beginning of it was not good enough to give to someone else either.  I think I realised this a while ago but was in denial as I don't like frogging things but it had to happen and did.  I am now on the lookout for something to do with the yarn I have left from this.

Anyway in good news...
WIP's
I am making my way up the leg of the test knit.  Ruth has revealed that the name of her new pattern will be sugarplum fairy and that is what I am doing with the sugarplum colourway from Stranded dyeworks.  It is absolutely gorgeous as is the pattern.  Will reveal all soon.
I have also made some progress on Chuck by Andi Satterlund in my Coldharbour Mill  yarn.  When the socks are complete I imagine this will fly by.
That is all I have been working on this week - I'm feeling a little purple this week.
I did receive this in the post this week.

It took me quite a while to take it out of it's gorgeous wrapping and now I am waiting for a few moments to sit and peruse it properly.
I think that is it for this week, hope you have a great week - happy crafting.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

A Year of Projects Update - week 18

Me and the boys have had the week off this past week.  We made it a nice combination of relaxing at home and activities (which meant I got a fair bit of knitting done).
FO's
I finished my October socks.
These are just a vanilla sock (knit one at a time this time as I started on a 9 inch needle - I didn't finish on this needle as the two of us fell out!)  The yarn is Oktoberfest by Zauberball.

WIP's
I have started a test knit which is going very well, but I cannot show you any of it!
I started my next sweater which is Chuck by Andi Satterlund.
Yarn here is by Coldharbour Mill.
I haven't done any to my next Christmas knit as I have been concentrating on the test knit.  But I have started the pumpkin spice mittens, albeit just a tiny bit.

Acquisitions
I caved and bought the following:
Yarn from Stranded dyeworks in sugarplum.  Sparkly yarn from Mothy and the Squid in Christmas tree.  A sock blank also by Mothy and the Squid and some Christmas progress keepers.  In my defence, they are all accounted for in projects so it isn't so bad!
 I shall leave you with a couple of photos from our week.  One of a zoo near mum's and the other was at Hever castle yesterday.