Sunday, 24 April 2016

Wonderwool

Hi there!

Me and my knitting pal Romain had the best day at Wonderwool yesterday.  It was chilly underfoot ~ Royal Welsh Showground ~ but the sun shone and for the first time for several years we sat outside in the sun to eat our lunch.

This year I decided not to write interesting things down in a notebook as I usually do, but to take photos with my phone, of labels, designs and colours.  I know, get me using technology.

There are three halls to mooch around and we did lots of mooching.  

We both thought these mini socks displayed on windmills was a cracking idea.
Colour rainbows.
On the fivemoons stall was a lovely a-line jumper/poncho made in their Luna Sport yarn.  It was beautifully soft.    I was very taken by the crochet scarf too;  when I got back home I discovered I already have the jumper ~ Climb Every Mountain by Heidi Kirrmaler ~ in my Ravelry queue!  I've been less successful finding the scarf pattern but I shall persevere.  
There was an array of sheep. 


The always funny, alpacas.  These from Bird Farm Alpacas.  This one looked like it was the stall holder, it made us laugh a lot.
"That's £6.00 please Madam."
I didn't buy lots and lots but felt hugely inspired.  I looked at garments that I bought the patterns for last year and told myself to get on with them.   I accosted several people wearing things that I liked and we had a chat.   The stall holders were happy to chat even if we didn't buy, and the atmosphere was happy and relaxed.  At the end Romain said "It makes me want to go home and knit."

"So what did you buy?" I hear you ask.

Some more Drops Delight sock yarn,  I can't get enough of this, although I suspect I may already have some of these colour ways, must check. 
 Some Ullcentrum 2ply Fingering Weight.  This is imported from Sweden by Midwinter Yarns in Caerphilly.  
 It will be a stripy shawl, the pattern is Linus on the Line.

Two patterns from Woolyknits.  Both of the garments were on the stall and looked really nice.
And lastly some buttons from Textile Garden.  Always worth a look in. 
I sat on the bus and knitted more of my ravello top.  It's coming along well, although I didn't knit all the return journey due to a nap.  I told Romain that I might fall asleep when we got back on the bus, she looked at me and said "I'm expecting you to, you always do."
So there we are, a smashing day out.

Let's hope the spring sunshine carries on, and that it warms up some more.
Have a great week.............Clicky Needles. 





Sunday, 17 April 2016

Sunshiny Day

Hi Folks.

I've been busy in the last few weeks, we went to France the first week of Easter Holidays and then I spent a week teaching Master Clicky how to drive.  I think I'll tell you more about this next time.   Mr Clicky has come back from a week in Chicago with work and the washing machine has stopped working.  Luckily my lovely next door neighbour has been letting me use her machine.

The daffodils I got this week from the supermarket have been beautiful with just a touch of scent.
Today the sun has shone and I spent some time in the garden.  I took my tea out and attempted to make the garden look a little less weed ridden than it was before.  It was glorious when the sun was out and I can feel my face glowing.
I filled the brown wheelie.  I have discovered there is an art to getting the bin completely full and making full use of the space.  We are not allowed to have the lid open so a bit of extra chopping is sometimes required.  Long twiggy bits are best shoved down the sides and a lot of compacting gets more in.  Even though I filled the bin I'm not sure I've much of an impact; the soil is still very wet and heavy as our back garden is north facing and my boots were leaving tracks.
With the sunshine the tulips opened up their flowers.
With the prospect of a twelve hour car journey to France each way I was browsing my Ravelry queue as you do,  and came across ravello by Isabell Kraemer which I had queued a while ago.   Rav link here.  It's made in 4ply yarn so I had a stash dive and came across the ginger yarn which I've had for 6+ years.  It's either from Jamiesons or Jamiesons and Smith from Shetland.  I'm not sure which.  I then came across the yellow and green in ahem! another crate somewhere else.  I started to get excited and a bit giddy, bought the pattern and more green from Jamiesons (I didn't have enough of the other) and before I knew it I was off.
It was the perfect knitting for in the car.  In fact I've been loving the pattern ~ contiguous top down ~ but it was brought to a stand still the other evening when I snapped my KnitPro needle.  Thankfully a replacement has now arrived and I'm back onto it.
Right that's me for now, have a super week.

Clicky Needles. 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

A bit of Sunshine

Hello Folks.

We've had some sunshine for the first day of spring.  I popped some bellis in a pot by the front door, they are looking very cheery.

Which unfortunately, can't be said of me.  I have had a return of the lurgy that I had last weekend.  It has been going around school.  One day last week we had 10 children out of our class!   It was a blocked nose/sore throat/ sort of lurgy which left me very low on Friday and yesterday but thankfully, I'm livelier today. 

 I treated myself to a hot choc this morning made with Chocolate Charbonnel and a marshmallow melt.  They were both a birthday present from my mum and I had the last marshmallow today.  Oh! it was heaven.  Thanks Mum.
As I was grotty I sat and knitted and watched England win the Six Nations Rugby.  I finished one arm of my Driftwood and I'm halfway down the other.  I was trying to do the sleeves on a circular needle but wasn't really getting on that well, so I did a quick Amazon click and new set of double pointed needles arrived a few days later.  The sleeves are flying off the needles now.
We've only one week to go until the Easter holidays at school.  Me and Mr Clicky are off to France over Easter weekend.  Let's hope there aren't too many others with the same idea!

As always have fun...........Clicky Needles.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Straight Tulips

Hello All!

I thought I'd start off by showing my Mother's Day Flowers Miss Clicky bought me.
Red and yellow tulips.  Lovely.
They were a bit floppy however, so I pricked them behind the flower head with a pin and put some sugar for food in the water.
When I came downstairs this morning they were standing up straight in the sunshine.
I spent Mother's Day painting the en-suite.  It has been virtually finished, the plumber has to come back to put in the towel rail and two lights around the mirror.   Mr Clicky is banned from painting so it is my job.  After we brought the tin of newly mixed paint for the bathroom, he opened it, we looked at the colour and put the lid back on.  Whilst putting the lid on he got paint all over his hands and then splattered it up his coat and jumper.  He is no better with a brush in his hand, there's more running down his arm than going on the wall so, no more. 

I'll show some pictures when the bathroom is fully complete.

I have been knitting white a lot too.   This is my Driftwood by Isabell Kraemer.  The pattern is stripy, I am making mine plain with some colour blocks.    As it's a double knit rather than the 4ply cardi I made a while back, it's moving fast.  
The pattern had the lovely 'contiguous' set in sleeves and are a joy to work.  The yarn ~ Drops Lima was last year's Christmas  Present from Mr Clicky, so I'm pleased to be using it up.
I'm hoping it doesn't turn out to be be too much like a school jumper when it's done.........

That's me for now, 
have a super week........................Clicky Needles.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Bangs and Crashes

Hello Folks.

I have been sorting through some of my yarn stash this week.  The boarding of the attic is going well so I decided to box up (some) of the yarn I'm not using and get it into the attic.  My knitting pal Romain has been having a sort out too.    She gave me a huge pile of old Rowan Magazines some going back quite a few years and some more recent.  I had a read and a flick through and took out some that had things in that I might make.
Mmmmmmm, yummy colourwork.
When I came across this mini poncho I got quite excited.  It's made in Rowan Big Wool Fusion ~ so squishy ~ I had four balls languishing in my stash somewhere, and I do like a poncho.
  
A quick knit, I made the large size and decreased until I reached medium ~ bottom up pattern ~ and did more rows on the neck than the pattern.  I can't see the point of having a very warm, very snuggly poncho and pulling it down so your shoulders are exposed!

On a roll, I finished up the last half a ball of yarn on a hat.  I don't know who will wear it ~ not me that's for sure ~ but the yarn has all gone now and that's all that matters to me.

The pile of bathroom things has been piling up in the kitchen.
Today the fitter came and started work.  He thanked me for cleaning the old bathroom ~ apparently some people don't ~ and set to work.  There's been lots of banging and crashing this morning 
but by lunchtime nothing remained.
By the end of the week, we should hopefully have a new bathroom.   
Mr Clicky is in Chicago on business, so he's left me in charge. It's snowing there and negative temperatures so he's taken extra layers.  Me and Master Clicky are on half term so a chance to recharge those batteries, catch up on some X-Box FIFA (him) and a bit of knitting/housework/oven cleaning/dog walking/gardening (me.)  I'll need to go back to work for a rest.

Have fun, see you soon....... Clicky Needles.



Sunday, 31 January 2016

Got Those Gloves Done

Hello there.

Well, I finished my gloves.  I love the yarn ~ Drops Delight ~ it's so cosy.  I made the finger tips on the right hand match the left.
I'm very pleased with the overall result.  Not that I'll be needing them anytime soon, the weather is still warm, rainy and windy.  
Mr Clicky and I excused Master Clicky from rugby training this morning and went to the local DIY store to buy tiles for our en-suite.  It's been needing attention for several years now ~ we are unable to use the shower because the tiled walls have given up the ghost.  So we've bought tiles, 
a shower, a shower cubicle, got some mosaics on-line and been to Ikea at Bristol for a sink unit, lights and tap.  (Obviously I bought other things in Ikea too, chopping block, tea lights etc.)  We just need to get the toilet and spot lights now.
Hopefully the plumber will be coming a few weeks time, I can't wait.

I think that's me for now, I need to decide what my next knitting project will be.

See you soon.

As always have fun.

Bye.........................Clicky Needles





Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Excited By The Bin

Hello all.

I have been very excited this week. 
 Our new garden waste bin has arrived.  It might not look exciting to you but it is going to change the way I garden.  It will be collected every two weeks from February to November.  EVERY 2 WEEKS!!!!!!!!! 
No more packing the car full of old compost bags of garden trimmings with dubious things leaking out of the bottom.  No more tedious journeys to the tip, sorry, Civic Amenity Site, with half a shrub sticking in my ear and an ant colony followed by a snail trying to make a break for freedom out of the driver's  window.  I can drag it around as I chop and pull weeds with gay abandon and fill it to the brim.  The neighbours will not recognise our garden.  I am one very happy bunny.
I have finished knitting my stripy cardi but it needs buttons and a block so I'll show you that when it's completely finished.  I pulled out my flip-top gloves and decided to take the flip off ~ it squashed my fingers together, undo the ribbing on the finger and just knit them normally.
I finished the first off quickly ~ I rather like the effect that the different colour finger tips have ~ and I'm working my way up second hand.
Not that I need warm gloves at the moment, 3 days of frost has given away again, to rain and greyness.  

Righto I'm off to my 'Body Blitz' class which I will not enjoy so I'll see you again soon.

Bye for now........Clicky Needles.  

P.S. I'm sorry the font has gone weird I wrote part of this post on my iPad and it doesn't want to change.