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Galaxie by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

September kicked my butt…so it seems the best time to catch up and review the Galaxie sweater that I finished ages ago. (I’ve just checked Ravelry…I completed this on 20th October last year. This review is very overdue.)

Galaxie – the pattern

I loved Galaxie the minute I set eyes on it. I love the cropped sleeve, the draped shape and the ribbed panel up the side. I also really like the neckline on the model. I’ll revisit that later.

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Sheep in sweaters – Made by Ma!

These adorable sheep in sweaters were a gift at least a year ago from my friend Liz. They’ve been lurking on my To Do list, until Ma asked if I’d any projects I needed help with. She was happy to knit these up for me.

They are really quite delightful! The larger sheep measures 13cm x 10cm.

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Arne & Carlos Moon Night Socks

Hello lovelies. Thanks for your patience whilst we (and when I say ‘we’ I obviously mean ‘Dave’) transferred the hosting of this site this week.

I was listening to the Love to Sew podcast this week (I’m seriously behind so am box-setting it) with the interview of Kate from The Foldline. One of the questions was along the lines of ‘what would you do differently’ and the answer was ‘marry a developer’ (I paraphrase, of course). After this weeks shenanigans I can heartily recommend a husband with mad tech skills. Without him I’m not sure this blog would exist, and I know for sure that my other site would be dead in the water.

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Christmas socks for Grandad

I had a spare half hour recently so I took the opportunity to update my Ravelry page and noticed that I’ve several knits that are unblogged at the moment.

This is mainly because I’ve not taken pictures! It’s a common theme on this blog. I really must get better at it!

One of these projects was a pair of Christmas socks for Grandad, and when I asked if I could borrow the socks for photographing, I was met with a resounding no! I think he suspects Dave will hold them hostage, never to be seen again.

So he kindly took some photos and here they are!

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Christmas Yarn Gifts

I promised you a look-see at the yarn I got for Christmas, and as we’ve had a wee bit of sunshine today, I could take photos to share, so here we go.

The first of the 3 kits is the Breiwick hat by Ella Gordon from Kate Davies’ book Milarrochy Heids.

Image Copyright Kate Davies

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Candy Print Socks

Goodness, it’s nearly October!!!  We survived that summer holidays alive.   It wasn’t elegant, but we made it.  The last 3 weeks have been dominated by a renegade molar and regular dentist visits, but I’m hopefully the right side of it now.  I’m also hoping that October can be a little more relaxed than the past few months.

Autumn has arrived here in Lancashire, and we are being blessed with chill mornings followed by warm, sunny days filled with that glorious golden light you get at this time of year.

Basically, I couldn’t be happier with the weather.  It’s my favourite time of year.

And to herald the new season, new socks for Dave are in order.  So here they are.

I’ll admit that whilst I was knitting them, I wasn’t enthused by the colourway.  But now they’re finished I’m finding them delightful.

I’m particularly fond of the magenta pink stripe.  And the green.

And, of course, they’re perfectly matched!  Joy!

I have a very happy husband.  And a small girl demanding the next pair of socks to be put on the needles is hers.  Pink socks it is, then!

Project notes

Pattern: Regia 4ply sock pattern
Pattern cost: Free
Yarn:    Drops Fabel
Colourway:  Candy Print
Purchased at: Wool Warehouse
Yarn cost:  £4.60 (for 2 balls)

 


More Dad socks

It seems so long since Father’s Day, and I’d completely forgotten to share these socks with you.

As you all know the drill by now….it’s all about the yarn with these vanilla socks from Regia….and the sun is shining….I’m just going to let the pictures do all the work.

Hope the sun is shining with you…..have a great weekend.

Project notes

Pattern: Regia 4ply sock pattern
Pattern cost: Free
Yarn:    Drops Fabel
Colourway:  Ocean View
Purchased at: Wool Warehouse
Yarn cost:  £4.60 (for 2 balls)

Monroe and Marilyn

For quite some time now,  Summer’s Grandad has been telling her stories about a small mouse named Monroe and his wife, Marilyn, who live in their home and have fabulous adventures.

As a girl with a wide creative streak, she is entranced by these tales.

Whilst I was making Spencer the Pug for Dylan (who’s now called Robertson, for reasons that escape me), it seemed a fine opportunity to make Monroe and Marilyn for Summer.

Obviously, for a project such as this, there is only one designer you need…Julie of Little Cotton Rabbits.  I’ve waxed lyrical about her delightful family of woodland creatures before, so this was a complete no-brainer.

Julie’s patterns are not a quick make.  They are beautiful heirloom knits and as such need a little work.  But neither are they a difficult knit.

You just need to pay attention to her scrupulously written pattern and all will work out.  She holds your hand all the way, not just with the knitting but with the sewing up and stuffing too!

And at the end of it you get these magical little animals to delight someone special in your life.

Project notes:

Pattern: Boy mouse with a cabled sweater

Mouse girl in a flowered dress

Pattern cost: £6.75
Yarn:    Bergere De France Calinou
Colourway:  Bleu Nuit & Lac
Purchased at: John Lewis
Yarn cost:  £7.00

Kim socks

Who ate all my time!  I can’t believe it’s over a month since I last posted.

Life here is super busy.  Isn’t everyone’s?

After many years of battling we finally have some support in place for the children, so have social workers, family support workers, and conferences and workshops coming out of our ears!  Funnily enough it’s also led to a friend (also an adoptive mum of a chap with additional needs) and I to realise that there is a huge hole in the market for a one-stop-website for parents and guardians like us.

Over coffee one day, lamenting the lack of such a resource, and wondering why somebody didn’t do it….we realised that we were just the people to fill that gap.  Now we are working hard for an Autumn launch.   Its exhilarating and exhausting in equal parts, and the steepest of learning curves, but we’re only a month in and getting great feedback, so watch this space.

With all this going on, you can imagine that crafting time is limited….I haven’t looked at a tapestry sheep in weeks, and my sewing plans are gathering dust.  I’m slowly working on a waistcoat for Dave, but I’m awfully glad he’s patient!

Thankfully, I have been knitting.  Most recently finished are these beauties.

Look at those colours!

Look at those perfectly matched stripes!

Sock perfection!  And a happy husband.  I’ll take that win!

Of course I have another pair of socks on the needles, for conversational knitting occasions.  But I also have Galaxie from Quince & Co. for evenings in front of the TV.

Image copyright Quince & Co.

I’m knitting it in Finch in the colourway Stream.

Image copyright Quince & Co.

Both the pattern and the yarn are sublime.  I’m happily doing a few rounds a night and enjoying the making.  I’m usually a product driven knitter, so this is a lovely change for me.  And it’s nice to be knitting a garment other than socks!

It’ll be ready for Autumn too.

Project notes

Pattern: Regia 4ply sock pattern
Pattern cost: Free
Yarn:    Zwerger Garn Opal
Colourway:  Kim
Purchased at: Black Sheep Wools
Yarn cost:  £7.99

Flamingo legs (and a denim jacket)

Whilst the husband, Dave, has always been a big fan of the hand-knitted sock, the rest of the family is starting to get in on the act.  Most recently, the lovely Miss Summer.

As she’s growing like a weed at the moment, I decided to go with a tube sock.  With no heel, not only are these a ridiculously simple knit, they also last longer as she grows.

These are knitted from the toe up, so although they’re simple, it was a new technique for me.  Not a difficult one at all.

And as you can see from the pictures, these are well worn.  Summer absolutely loves them and is clamouring for another pair.

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To complete the flamingo love, I embroidered the back of a store bought denim jacket for her.

I didn’t have much choice.  Whilst we were out shopping she said how much she loved the jacket, but that it would be so much better if only it had an embroidered flamingo on the back.  And that would be something I could do for her, wouldn’t it?

You can’t argue with a 10 year old!  She’s got the skills of a Hague lawyer, that one!

Project notes:

Pattern: Tube Socks For Kids by Jane Richmond
Pattern cost: Free
Yarn:    Jawoll (not sure which one)
Colourway:  Pink
Purchased at: No clue!
Yarn cost:  Who knows? Who cares? 😉