Thursday, 20 February 2014

Knitting Update - Mittens & Hat!

Winter is nearly finished, so naturally I've finished a few knitting projects that would have aided me in the quest to keep warm over the last few months.

Actually, I finished these mittens a few weeks ago, but I thought I'd share them :)
Aren't they a lovely colour? It's Hedgehog Fibres Sock yarn in Pollen, which I knit held double
 I started knitting them before I actually chose a pattern to use, just using my wrist to guess how much ribbing to cast on. Once I finished the ribbing I found the Vintage Cable Mittens pattern, which conveniently had the same number of stitches, and used it for the cable pattern, and the thumb size... 

I also improvised the top flap, but I may have to add a crochet edge to the top flap's opening... We'll see! 

Aaand I also made a Hat!
I used The Chunky Feather and Fan pattern, and an Aran weight yarn held double, 6mm Needles... Knitted up so fast I didn't get a chance to take in progress photos! Seriously, two evenings in front of the TV. Boom. No more cold ears.
And it's loose enough that I can wear my hair up under it without it looking TOO strange!

Are you on Ravelry? If so, here are the project links for the Mittens and Hat. My user name is Hollytron, add me! I'd love to see what you've been making!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

February Photos - Week 2.5

Hello Lovelies!
How has your February been treating you so far? 

This week's photos are a little later than anticipated, due to the enormous storm last Tuesday (Snow! Power cuts! Gale force winds! Rain!) and our house has been in somewhat of an uproar due to the hot water cylinder developing a leak and threatening to flood the house. It's quite amazing how quickly things get out of hand when your water supply has been cut off! 
But rather than photographing wet towels and the waterstains on the ceiling, I have decided to share: 
a) A Yellow Dinosaur ("He's screaming mummy!")
b) Pink Carnation (Not Valentines!)
c) Tulips (Valentines! But more because the supermarket over stocks on flowers and then we get them cheap!)
d) Puppy!
e) Glenville, Co.Cork (I think! We went to Glanmire via. the scenic route which I'm not familar with)

Hope you're all keeping warm.... is Spring here yet??

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Feburary Photos - Week 1

Here are some photographs from this week - I've been going through my old photo folders recently, and I realised that I haven't been taking as many photos these days. Couple that with my Daughter's 7th birthday, and the awful realisation that my kids are growing up and one day these photographs are going to be my best bet when it comes to remembering it all.... Well. Let's just say that the camera has been getting a bit of a workout. 
I also want to improve my photography skills, and take pictures of things in my life other than the kids (I asked if I could blog pictures of them - they said no.) 
So here is what we have this week: (from top left, clockwise - just like in the newspaper!)
1. Cloud, by Olly Moss 
2. Something Orange
3. Detail of a chapel at Ardmore, co. Waterford
4. Crows being total geezers
5. Best egg breakfast ever
6. Complete and utter vanity.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!