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Sunday, 23 March 2014


Hello All!
I've had a knitty weekend. 
 On Saturday it was the Butterfly Garden Knitters Group and today I went to a new group in The Norwood Arms in Cheltenham.

Mr Clicky dropped me off and went on to see his mum.
We had a nice knitterly chat over drinks and then he came back and we had lunch.  It was very civilised.

When we got home I put my cardi on the floor to take a photo  ~ cos we all like a pretty photo ~ and guess what?  I kneeled on my Knit Pro and broke it!
Hurmph.  I've ordered a new pair and have transferred my cardi onto an old steel circular needle I have.
On a brighter note, progress on the cardi has been good with this weekend's knitting.  I'm past the sleeves and working my way down the body.  I'm really enjoying it and can't put it down, itching to get to the next stripe.

I think that's me for now.

Have a great week..........................Clicky Needles.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Brooch Swap

Hello Folks!

You may remember me saying I was taking part in a Spring Brooch Swap organised by Jo at Three Stories High.  

Me and my swap partner Amy have exchanged our brooches.
I had two beautifully wrapped parcels and inside.......
 ....two lovely brooches.  One sparkly pink crochet brooch and one made with bright spring ribbon.
The centres are vintage buttons and Any has backed both with a disc of felt, which I think is a cracking idea and I shall be doing with any I make from now on.
I've had a go at making a ribbon one similar and I think you need the patience of a saint and possibly another hand to get it looking good.  I have worn both and had lots of lovely comments.

  After having a mooch around Amy's blog I picked up that she liked blue, so the one I sent her was mainly blue Unfortunately the choccy chick got squashed in the post ~ but apparently still tasted the same.
If you want to see some of the others you can find the list here

Thanks so much Amy, I love my brooches!

See you soon............... Clicky Needles

Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Perils of Subbing Yarn

Hello Folks.

Today I have a tale of a Temari Cardigan.  A pattern made in Fiberspates Scrumptious Aran a lovely combination of Merino and Silk.   My budget wasn't going to stretch that far, so I found some Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed instead.  I swatched, tension was fine.  I started to knit, everything was going well.  I've now nearly finished one of the sleeves and upon consulting the pattern I realise that it's longer than the pattern says in fact the body is longer too.
Oh whoops.  
Now, I can probably sort it out, but it needs brain power, something I seem to be lacking in at the moment, so into the naughty corner it has gone.
Whilst it is there I started that other project that was bubbling away in my mind.
It is Mon Petit Gilet by Isabelle Milleret.  
I didn't find the pattern myself, I was mooching through some favourites of fellow Butterfly Knitter, Feltaria on Ravelry, and came across it.  I thought about it for a whole day ~ can I really be bothered to knit a whole cardi in sock weight yarn? ~ and then ordered the necessary.
The main yarn is Drops Alpaca, lovely and soft.
The contrast stripes are Drops Delight,
the same yarn that I made my Fabulous Stripey Socks in.
Do you want to see?
Of course you do.
It's top down so the ribbing is the neck edge.
I am loving it so far, making me go a bit heart skippy.  
Back in the real world the sun has made a welcome appearance, and Miss Clicky and me have been having nice horse rides (her) and walks (me).  
On Saturday we passed a field with some Jacob Sheep in
went through an interesting gate
and passed some ducks dabbling in the village well.
The sunshine has seen me in the garden, I've mown the lawn and cut back lots of shrubs, it's looking a lot better.  I've also done loads of washing.  There is nothing quite like sun dried washing.

Lastly some tulips Mr Clicky bought me ~ they've all had the pin prick treatment so standing right up to attention ~ look how well they go with my clock and Christmas  pom-pom bunting.
That's me for now.
Have a good week.........Clicky Needles

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Socks and Skating

Hello Folks!

I promised you another finished project and here they are.
Not that exciting I know, but they are hand dyed alpaca ~ by me ~ and very toasty warm.  These have been hanging around for a bit as well ~ year or so? ~ so it's good to get them finished.
I now need to crack on with my Temari Cardi and then I have a new project bubbling away in my head.

This morning Mr Clicky and me took Master Clicky to our local skate park, Rush.  Three neighbours'  kids came as well.   Rush is next to the Stroud Water Canal in an old warehouse.
Master Clicky took his scooter, but you can ride BMX or skateboards too.
 It is brilliantly decorated....
....with lots of space to ride, rails, steps and even a street!

 That's him in mid-air!
He had a brilliant time and wants to return.

This is our next door neighbour on his skateboard!
 All in a blur.
Whilst the skating was going on I crocheted a flower as I'm in the Spring Swap run by Jo at Three Stories High.  I just need to get a brooch back and then it'll be ready.

Righto, I'm off now, have a great week.

Clicky Needles.