Sunday Sevens – June 25th

Joining in a day late this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven pictures of my personal week.

Here in the UK, Sunday last week was Fathers’ Day. Lovely husband was away, so Hicks made an e-card to send him…


Lovely Husband shared it with the girls and minutes later this arrived…

Father's day

Talk about sibling rivalry!

As you probably know, we had a bit of a heatwave here in the UK last week.I took advantage of the heat by dyeing some wool I want to knit into a cardigan…


Poor Mr Hicks couldn’t even walk as far as a stream to cool down. In fact we only went for a couple of ‘token’ walks because he was getting frustrated at going nowhere. Here he is on one of them, very close to the entrance of Lydford Gorge, after we’d manged a whole 20 yards.


The weather cooled down on Thursday – just perfect for a visit from our holidaying Great Nephew…


After heading out for a picnic in the park, where I finally bagged my third Dartmoor otter in the cafe…


…we went home again and the usual axe throwing and other dangerous competitions ensued…


… we even had the Nerf guns out while Hicks was asleep in the lounge. Poor chap is terrified of the sight of them, and everyone was under strict instruction to hide them the minute he woke up.



So that was my week. How was yours?



Dartmoor Yarns Episode One on YouTube – rookie errors and a giveaway

Having taken a very deep breath, I’ve just published my first podcast/vlog on YouTube. (Would somebody please tell me what it’s called? I always thought podcasts were audio only, but see people now calling their YouTube stuff podcasts.)

Of course anything new is going to throw up a few challenges and I made a few rookie errors. I also took ages  to edit it, which was extended even further because we had visitors – it will be clear to anyone in the UK, from the weather, that it’s a few days since I started working on it!

So there’s a few ‘warts’ I’m well aware of.  I’ll also add that there’s a giveaway for the pattern for this sock….

… I say I’ve put the pattern on Ravelry, and I intended to do so before I made the episode public. However, the competition is to vote for a name for the pattern and when I went to put it up on Ravelry, I  realised I couldn’t do that without a name. Doh! So the pattern isn’t on Ravelry yet, but please do enter the giveaway (see below) and I will put it up on Ravelry when I announce the winner in Episode 2.

Anyway, for better or worse, Episode One is up on YouTube and, as always, constructive criticism will be appreciated.

And here’s an explanation of how to enter the giveaway, the rules of the giveaway and links to other things mentioned….

Sock pattern giveaway

How to enter: In the comments section below vote for one of the pattern names I’ve suggested on the podcast/vlog or make a suggestion of your own.

For each person’s vote or suggestion in the comments section , I’ll put one entry into the giveaway. Since I greatly value my regular readers, I’ll add two extra entries for them if they enter the giveaway here. I’ll also appreciate any new blog followers, so I’ll add one extra entry for any new followers who vote/make a suggestion below.

You can also make extra entries into the draw in the comments on the Youtube comments, Facebook, Ravelry,  Twitter and Instagram. Check the relevant posts about how to do this on each one here:

Instagram: DartmoorYarns

Facebook: The Dartmoor Yarn Company

Twitter: DartmoorYarns

Ravelry:  The Dartmoor Yarn Company

Giveaway rules

  • This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday 3th July 2017 British Summer Time. Entries into the giveaway received after this time will be invalid and not be included in the draw.
  • One winner will be drawn at random during the next YouTube episode of Dartmoor Yarns. The winner will receive a free PDF copy of the pattern for the pair of socks shown as a finished object on Dartmoor Yarns YouTube Episode 1.
  • Only one vote/suggestion per social media channel per person will be accepted.
  • Instagram and Twitter entries must include #dartmooryarns.
  • No other prize can be substituted for the prize offered.
  • My decision on the winner is final.
  • No correspondence will be entered regarding the giveaway once the winner has been announced.
  • The final name of the sock pattern may not be the one voted for or suggested by the winner of the giveaway.
  • Only entries that comply with the criteria stated above will be entered into the draw.
  • By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age and are adhering to the above rules.

Blogs/yarn stockists mentioned

Beads and Barnacles

Blacker yarns

John Arbon

Marmalade Yarns

Rosie’s Moments

Rowan Yarns

Watercolours and Lace

Knitting cast on world record

Cast on 15 stitches dressed as a French girl

Look forward to hearing what you think of my first vlog/podcast attempt.

How knitters and crocheters can help the Grenfell Tower fire survivors —

Here’s a post about practical ways knitters (and crocheters) can help the Grenfell Tower survivors…

The Grenfell Tower fire in west London last week has been dominating a lot of people’s thoughts and we know that knitters have been asking if there is anything they can do to help the Grenfell survivors. We have checked with some of the charities involved in collecting and distributing the initial donations to the […]

via How knitters and crocheters can help the Grenfell Tower fire survivors —

How Can Readers and Writers help the Grenfell Tower Survivors? — Kathryn Evans

Reblogging this post from my author chum Kathryn Evans. If you’re and author you might want to donate. If you’re a reader, you might want to bid.

A terrible fire happened in London recently, you’ve probably heard about it. If you haven’t, check the BBC coverage, And if you’ve alighted here looking for help, you can see here what the government are doing. If, however, you’re looking for a way to support the survivors, you can get behind #authorsforgrenfell Many writers, editors […]

via How Can Readers and Writers help the Grenfell Tower Survivors? — Kathryn Evans

Sunday Sevens – 18th June 2017

I’m joining in, as usual, with Sunday Sevens, which was started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins.

Another difficult week in the UK with the Fire at Grenfell Tower leaving me yet again saying thank you to universe for my blessings and holding others in my thoughts. On a more practical note, I’m sharing this link to a petition that a friend has started to ensure the site is redeveloped for social housing and that others don’t profit from this tragedy.

As for my week, last Monday a friend came over for a sewing day.  We also went out for lunch and did rather more chatting than sewing – although a fair amount of chat was about approaches to constructing some of our projects, so not all gossip.



Tuesday I got on with washing more fabric and dyed a little more roving.


On Wednesday my lovely next door neighbour’s invited me over for tea. Forgot to take pics of food, but this wine was jolly nice..


Thursday was Knit and Neck It Sip in the lounge of our lovely local hotel.



With the weather turning beautifully warm this week, Nature has really sprung up. I spotted these gorgeous Oxeye daisies beside Lydford castle…

Oxeye Daisies

… and the foxgloves have really blossomed…


But, of course, in the heat, Mr Hicks has needed more river/puddle time than ever. Here’s one of the more cleans dips he’s taken…


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Wet felting with a sander – aka a warning to lazy girls about wet felting

Unfortunately my felt ball experience proved that deliberately wet felting is nowhere near as easy as accidentally felting your favourite wool jumper in the washer.  So when I wanted to make a flat piece of felt, I went looking for ways to make felting easy.

Can you imagine how excited I was when I discovered I could use a sander to speed things up?


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I’m joining in, as usual, with Sunday Sevens, which was started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins.

It’s been a unsettling week with the heart breaking stories unfolding from the terrorist attacks in London and the general election Friday. The weather seems to have reflected this, moving from vague sunshine to high winds and a lot of rain then sunshine again then more rain and fog.

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