Tuesday Sevens – 13th November

Late again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

Last Sunday was the second day of Stitch Fest


Having spent Monday recovering, Tuesday and Wednesday were spent having a good and proper clean up. We even hired the rug doctor…


On Thursday LH returned to restoring the drive with a delivery of gravel. Unfortunately he underestimated how much he needed and we still need more…


While LH worked outside, I began making more stitch markers – having totally sold out at the weekend…


…I also finally photographed what remained of the knitting needle and crochet hook bags to put them on the website


I also began making more kits…


On Saturday we headed up country and met my brother and his partner for Lunch in the beautiful Star pub at Rusper.

The Star

We then headed off to spend the weekend with friends…


Although we did sneak off to have brunch on Sunday morning/lunchtime with Lovely Littlest and her boyfriend.


When we returned to my friend, her lovely mum had popped in to see us and brought me some gorgeous flowers.


After her mum had gone, I finally – after years of saying we’d find time/space to do it –  taught my friend to knit…


Hope you had a great weekend!



Dachshund and Beach Hut Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook Bags

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I posted a pic of this lovely Dachshund fabric in my Sunday Sevens post.


But I was so busy getting ready for Stitch Fest, I didn’t have time to show you what I made from it.  The moment I saw the fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted to make…

A needle bag…

Large Dachshund Dog Knitting Needle Bag

A slightly shorter needle bag…

Medium Dachshund Dog Knitting Needle bag

And a crochet hook bag…

Dachshund Dog Crochet Hook Case - Pencil Case

Or it could be a pencil case.

I also spotted another fabric that I also thought would make a fab needle cases and turned it into these…

Beach Hut Knitting Needle bag

If anyone fancies one, the ones that didn’t find good homes at Stitch Fest are now in the shop.

Progress on my Goals for 2017

Here I am, a week late making my bimonthly check on my progress for this year’s goals. Since things have gone rather astray since August and I’ve barely thought about goals, I almost didn’t review them. But there’s so much to learn from what we do and don’t achieve, I thought I’d do a quick review before I enter the home straight to the end of the year. And I’m glad I did, because progress really hasn’t been as bad as I thought… Continue reading “Progress on my Goals for 2017”

How Things Grow! Christmas Knitting Workshops

Oh my, how things grow! Last year, in a moment of madness, I decided I was going to knit a Christmas Santa sack each day throughout advent. Eleven months on I’ve improved and added to them, published them as a pattern collection and now I’m absolutely delighted to tell you that I’m running some Christmas knitting workshops on them at the Woolly Beader in Okehampton.

woolly beader

One of the aspirations I had for the patterns when I put them together as a collection,  was that as well as being fun for experienced knitters, that the simplest Santa sack could be used to learn to knit from, and that the collection could be used to build knitting skills. The three workshops I’m running are based around this idea.


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Thursday 9th November: Textured Santa Sacks (Suitable for Beginners and Improvers):
Learn to knit, or to improve newly learnt or rusty knitting skills, through knitting a simple textured Santa sack.

Thursday 16th November: Picture Santa Sacks using the Intarsia Technique (Suitable for improvers and more experienced knitters):

Explore the intarsia knitting technique to knit one of the 20 adorable picture Santa sacks.

Fair isle group Santa SacksThursday 30th November: Colour work Santa Sacks (Suitable for improvers and more experienced knitters):
Learn to knit stranded colour work/ fair isle or to improve your stranded knitting technique through knitting a festive Santa sack. Areas discussed will include tension issues in stranded colour work, knitting in the round, two handed colour work and avoiding the ‘jog’.

If you’re in interested you’ll need to sign up by contacting The Woolly Beader. 

And finally, a BIG thank you to all my lovely regular readers who’ve cheered me on with this project since the first mad moment when I decided I was going to knit a Santa sack each day throughout advent last year.

Sunday Sevens – 29th October

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

Last Sunday we went of a walk along the River Okement.  It’s several years since we’ve been up there and we’d forgotten what a scramble it can be in places.



On Monday the tree surgeon removed a dangerous bow from one of our trees, so LH spent a happy afternoon with his chainsaw dismantling it…


Meantime prepared for Stitch Fest. There was sewing…



…and I got to play with my new wool winder…


But it wasn’t all hard work. On Wednesday we did the pub quiz with our lovely next door neighbours and won for the fist time in months!


And on Friday I visited The Peter Tavy Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers annual exhibition.  Here’s a few of my favourite exhibits…

A gradient knitted bag…


This shawl was cobweb fine. A real work of art, but I’d be terrified of wearing in and ruining it…


Optical illusion weaving. Not sure if you’ll be able to see the two different ways the blue one appears close to and further away, but fingers crossed…



And finally, I couldn’t resist taking a pic of this cutie…


Hope you’ve had a great week!