SOLD – Striped jersey fabric for sale

As we clear down the loft ready to put everything into a storage locker and start ripping the room to pieces, I’ve come across another large piece of  fabric that won’t ever be used by me.


This is a lightweight striped cotton jersey in navy marl and white.  The stripes are even widths and run horizontally across the fabric.


There is a lot of drape in this fabric.


It’s a lovely fabric…just not ‘me’.  Wardrobe Architect has a lot to answer for! ;-)

It’s a little over 170cm wide and 3.2m in length.  Plenty to make a dress or a maxi skirt ready for summer…although you will need a slip underneath as this is lovely and lightweight and flowing.

£15.00 including UK postage and packaging.  

I’ll happily ship anywhere else…I’ll just need to get a price for the extra shipping for this.

Fabric will be shipped in a sealed poly shipping bag to keep it clean and dry.

Payment via PayPal please…just email me if your interested and I’ll send you the details. Use the little envelope button up there on the top right of the blog.


A very pink hat….Snowtracks Hat by Timothy Peters

I’ve been long overdue a new hat.  In truth I’ve shivered at the school gate too many days this winter wishing I had a cosy covering for my head and ears.  But like many other things, it’s been added to the bottom of the “to do” list and left to languish unattended.

So, when Himmelbjerget gifted me some exquisite pink yarn for Christmas, I knew immediately it would be a hat.


But still I procrastinated.  Which hat would it be?  I spent more time than is probably healthy scouring Ravelry for the perfect hat.  In the end I plumped for Snowtracks Hat by Timothy Peters for Stitch Nation.


This pattern is lovely.  The cable section is easily followed, especially as I put a stitch marker between each pattern repeat, which makes a world of difference.  You can quickly see where in each repeat you are, and save a lot of time working backwards and forwards in your head counting stitches.  Thanks to my friend Liz for that tip…it’s a gem!

The only problem I encountered was one that I couldn’t have foreseen.  Although I used the same weight of yarn and the yardage told me I had plenty of yarn….I didn’t!


I ran out 3 rows into the crown shaping.

I tried the hat on….and looked like a Smurf in a pink hat.  It was way too long. I like my hats snug not slouchy. So I did the happy dance, ripped it back to the right length, started the crown shaping about 10 rows earlier, took a few rows out of the crown shaping and ta dah!  It fits perfectly, with just a yard or two of yarn to spare.


Simples! The pattern is very forgiving of tampering knitters.

I look tired...bronchitis and a chest infection will do that to you.   Trust me...this is better than I looked yesterday!

I look tired…bronchitis and a chest infection will do that to you. Trust me…this is better than I looked yesterday!

And the yarn…, the yarn is oh, so wonderful. It’s Yarn Garden Aran in Purple Flowered Rock Rose, and it is sublime.  Soft and squishy in the ball.  Smooth to knit. The needles positively fly through it and the stitches dance through your fingers. Densely saturated colour flecked with speckled nuggets of tweedy contrast. And yes…it’s that pink in real life. I’ve had the devil with these photos as the yarn is blowing the colours out completely. It’s totally joyous, both to knit and to wear.


I was so sad to finish knitting, but am so happy every time I look at this or pop it on.


I want to knit this yarn again…now!


Sigh…it seems Patrick is determined to stick with his ‘stache!  But this week’s episode is 1950’s heaven.  And with devilish timings on the challenges.  I’m not entirely sure I wouldn’t have been on the floor weeping!

Children’s yoked sweaters – Made by Ma!

IMG_0107Oh this post is long overdue.  These lovely sweaters were knitted by Ma before Christmas and it’s now February!


I don’t care how twee matching sweaters are, I simply can’t get enough of these munchkins in these sweaters.  Too adorable for words!


Three colours of Drops yarn in each sweater purchased from Wool Warehouse. Drops is my new favourite brand of yarn for kids clothes.  Great quality and great prices.  And it washes up super soft.  Which is important in this house because Boy will not wear a scratchy sweater.  And, to be fair, who can blame him!

Maybe Ma will add a comment to let you know exactly which yarn she used.  I, for the life of me, can’t remember.


Patterns are David and Starshine available for free on Ravelry.


I cannot tell you how much I want a yoked sweater for myself!

And a bit more sunshine.  Our grey northern light doesn’t lend itself to midwinter photography.  These have been fiddled with in iPhoto to make them vaguely presentable.


But still….cute sweaters and cute kids will shine through however lacking the skills of the photographer!


More Great British Sewing Bee loveliness for you.

Is it me or is Patrick starting to grow his beard back?  I live in hope!  Although as Hubby pointed out, the series is filmed towards the end of October so maybe he’d shaved it off for Movember?!  We shall see!

Anyway…enough of my beardly ramblings.

Enjoy xx

Thwarting tears with Tangle Teasers

Ok…this is a totally random post, but these brushes are so fecking amazing it would be churlish of me not to share.  Honestly, I’m totally converted.

The thing is, I am mean to my hair. . Really, really unkind.  I am to hair care what Cruella De Vil is to Dalmatian puppies.

I colour it.  A lot.  I use the hairdryer and GHD’s with abandon.  Half the time it’s in a pony tail.

I am terribly harsh on my hair.

And because it’s so fine it pays me back by being fluffy and knotty and splitty and generally unruly.  You can’t really blame it!

Button, whilst she’s not got to the stage of highlights and heat, also struggles with knots and twists and glue tangling up her hair.  I’m not entirely sure I want to know what exactly she gets up to at school, but, goodness, she looks like a bird’s nest at the end of the day.

So every time we go near a brush the usual response is grimaces and cries of “ouch”. Button is the same….

For a while now friends with little girls have told me I should try Tangle Teezers, but I’ve always thought they were just an overpriced gimmick.

TT1Oh how wrong I was.

They are… can I put this….bloody marvellous.


We now have quite the collection of them.  Even hubby uses one to coif his quiff.

TT3The thing is that they swoosh through tangles without tears, work wonders on knots and leave your hair feeling super smooth and shiny.  And….mines not splitting every two seconds any more either.

I feel like such a dope.  I wish I’d bought these earlier.  So does Button.  She has that flowerpot one.

Now….if they’d just develop a styling brush with the same technology but adding in a handle, I’d be in heaven.

Note….the good folks at Tangle Teezers don’t know me from a pile of hair trimmings.  I just love these brushes and think you might too!


As you would say…..oohhh la la! 6 today!  6!!!!!  What the chicken?????*

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This picture sums you up so well, little man.  Always on the go.  Always making sure no-one is left behind.


My thoughtful, kind and caring boy.

When you came home to us you were so sad, so broken.  I thought you’d never see the sun in the world.

But now…you are full of life and joy and tiggerish bounce.  No-one’s heart should be broken so young, but yours has healed so big that sometimes I think it will burst clean out of your chest.


You are a whole bag full of fabulous contradictions. You are brave and gentle, loud and sensitive, hysterically funny and with a ferocious temper.  Any time you want to do something about that last one, count me in!

Demon scooterer. Budding footballer. Maths whizz. Classic Mini obsessive. Cake fiend. London Underground’s biggest fan.  Shocking flirt.  Old fashioned gentleman. Kisser of hands.  I love watching the ladies melt when you offer to hold a door for them, or insist on carrying my shopping because “ladies don’t carry their bags”.

We adore you, my darling boy, and see the man you are growing into.  He’s going to be amazing.  Because you are amazing.

Happy birthday, sweetheart.  We love you 10 hundred and 36 with Smarties on top.

*“What the chick-en!”  Boy’s favourite exclamation.  We don’t get it either, but it’s hilarious!



Sisterhood of the world

My lovely IRL and blog friend Lily Kate nominated me for this tag and as I’m still knitting sleeves and have a pile of photos unedited, I thought this would be a fun post to do.

1) What have you always wanted?  Did you ever get it, or are you still wishing?

A period house.  I love high ceilings and wonky walls, creaky floors and original ceiling mouldings.  Sash windows make my heart beat a teeny bit faster.  Stone mullions and bay windows are heavenly.  Don’t get me started on original fireplaces!

It’s tragic, really it is!

Especially as we currently live in a square, relatively modern house. However….home is where the heart is, and we are so happy here. But we still drive slowly past double-fronted Victorian’s with a wistful expression, and are working towards the day when we pack our little house up for something altogether older and more characterful!

2) If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?

The age I am right now.

My twenties were hideous.  My thirties, exhausting.

My forties have been just fabulous, and, Saga comments aside (I’m looking at you, Mr!), I’m not that worried about my 50’s.

Getting older surely beats the alternative! ;-)

3) What do you find uplifting?

Cello music.

It’s the instrument I wish I could play (but obviously can’t). When I dream music, it’s always the cello.  The sound of a cello is just sublime perfection.  Just listen to Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach and you’ll see what I mean.

4) What’s the weirdest thing about you?

I don’t like chocolate chip cookies.  I love chocolate coated cookies, but chips….eugh! People always look at me askance when I admit this as if I’ve told them I eat my own spleen or something.

5) What’s the first thing you thought when you woke up?

The same as every morning….

“get back to bed you wee beastie/s…it’s not even 6/5/4 o’clock yet”.

I long for the teenage years when they actually sleep in, although I’ve a horrible feeling that Boy will always be an early bird.

6) When was the last time you bought something, and what was it?

Other than food shopping, which seems to constitute most of my life, the last thing I bought for myself was some mascara and eyeliner.  I felt decadent even though it was only the cheap stuff.  I’m shockingly bad at shopping for myself (fabric and yarn excluded….obviously).

7) Would you rather trade some intelligence for looks, or some looks for intelligence?

Good grief…I don’t think I have enough of either to spare!!!

8) Do you have a strong local accent?

Most Northern folk think I’ve got a slightly Southern accent and vice versa for the Southern peeps.  In reality it’s a Lancashire accent with variations dependent on who I’m speaking to, which is a hangover from living in so many parts of the country, and from living in Surrey for a number of years.

9) What’s your favourite line from a film?

“Don’t be a dick, Dick”.  Vin Diesel in XXX.  Mortifying but true.  It’s the one I wheel out most at idiot drivers.  I truly wish it was something more highbrow, and am slightly mortified that it isn’t!

10) Have you ever been the subject of a rumour?

Probably…but I really don’t pay much attention to that sort of stuff.  And whilst folk are talking about me…they can’t forget me! ;-)


Now this is the point where I’d normally nominate a pile of folk to carry the baton on this, but I’m feeling rebellious so I’m going to duck out of doing that.  Instead, if you’d like to participate, here are 10 questions for you?  Let me know if you use them…I’m intrigued!

1) What would you eat for your last supper? 

2) Who would be your ideal dinner party guest/s?

3) If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

4) If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be?

5) What’s your dream job?

6) Paper books or Kindle?

7) What’s your secret vice?

8) How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

9) You are given an extra hour every day, how would you use it?

10) What’s your signature dish?

Have fun!

Alfredo Gloves

Finally my first finished project of the year. I’ve been holding off sharing these gloves hoping I’d get a chance to photograph them on my lovely hand model…but time has been against us, so flat photos it is.


It seems my love affair with colour work knitting continues.


The pattern, Alfredo Gloves by Suzanne Stellard, free on Ravelry, is lovely for newbies to colour work…just two colours and a very simple pattern repeat that I found easy to remember…and I have a brain like a sieve!


These were so simple, in fact, that I ended up knitting them with one strand of colour in each hand for the first time.  I was thrilled to not only be able to practice knitting Fair Isle, but to also have the chance to build a new skill.  Result!


The yarn was gifted to my by my friend Himmelbjerget, and has sat in my stash for far too long.  But you know I’ve been obsessed with clearing stash over the last year and I’m much happier that I finally knitted this and have mitts rather than just very pretty yarn.

The yarn is Eskimimi Twingles in the Flutter colour-way, but sadly all links to it seem to be broken so I’m not sure if she’s still making it.  Which would be a shame, because it’s a delight to knit and the colours are just slightly variegated and wonderfully saturated.

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That said…these will knit up nicely in any number of pretty 4ply yarns, so what are you waiting for? ;-)