Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend

The last while was a bit mental and trying.  Poor, little Lexi wasn't well.  It was very trying and there were moments that myself and John didn't think she was going to make it.  I went straight to the vet's with John's advice and my parents' encouragement.  The local vet's are amazing.  They are wonderful people to deal with.  Lexi is much better.  It is so wonderful to see.  To say I am delighted would be an understatement.  I am thankful for it and for all the support I got.  John is and was fabulous.  

The photos are of the mittens, I will be wearing this winter.  I will probably make a few more.  Irish weather = rain and wet knitwear.  It is good to have a few pieces of knitwear on the go.  I dyed the wool and spun it.  Didn't like the outcome, so overdyed it then knitted mittens.  I really like the outcome now.  The budgie with Lexi is Grizzly.  He is my favourite budgie.  He is so tame and great to play with.  Lexi is well behaved lady.

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
                                                                                                              - Anonymous

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Hello Autumn

Can't believe it is almost Halloween.  It's been quite mild weather-wise.  I've been quite comfortable wearing a hand knitted jumper with a hoodie and/or a raincoat.  I am living in Ireland now 20 years and I have only started wearing raincoats and waterproof, sensible walking boats.  Nothing like toasty toes in hand knitted socks (that are kept dry in proper boots) and a wool hand knitted jumper to give proper insulation.  I know my definition of luxury differs to many.

I love Autumn.  It is my second favourite season.  I love the colours of Fall.  I love eating different foods for each season.  I just had some turnip and roasted carrots and parsnips for part of my dinner.  I couldn't help but think about how Autumnal my plate looked.  Bring on the Brussel Sprouts!  Summer is probably my favourite time of the year.  Winter is my third favourite season .  Spring is nice but more often than not it is contrary.  October and March tend to be wild cards, either warm or snowing.

The photos are of some items in the shop- are beautifully photographed by my mother.  After I finish this blog post I am going to knit my Nepal jumper.  My friend, Rachel and I are having a knit along and she has the body done.  I'm playing catch up.  John has the Omega Man on, we're 30 minutes in and he has fallen asleep.  Usually, it is me.

Summer makes me drowsy.  
Autumn makes me sing.
Winter's pretty lousy, but I hate Spring
- Dorothy Parker 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


I have so many projects on the go.  Decided that I am not allowed to buy anymore yarn until I finish 3 jumpers.  Let's see if it lasts at all.  I got a bunch of yarn yesterday from This is Knit -Studio Donegal, my favourite.

I also I have some projects I need to finish so my personal knitting time shall be limited for the time being (tears on my merino!)

I will show what I am doing with the Nepal sweater that I am knitting with my friend Rachel. She is leaps and bounds ahead of me in our knit along.  I decided I was really unhappy with my first go, so I decided to do something different.  The colours are such a strong contrast, I found it a bit difficult to decide what to do.  I am going figure things out as I go, yarn providing will help design what it will look like.  I am happy that I went with my gut feeling.  Rip it out even if your heart is breaking!  

I am ripping out the grey with the yellow stripes.  It is still on the needles, waiting to be ripped.  I purchased the Nepal Yarn from The Constant Knitter.

I am also on a ripping unwanted projects out phase.  If I don't wear something, I am ripping it out to reknit it into something I will wear.  It is not easy but I do feel it is worth it.  I don't want "dust collectors" lying around not being of any use.  I am really into practical things.  My favourite things are practical wares that keep me warm (that I made!).