Sunday, 26 April 2015

Monster Sweater

It's been another quiet week here on my blog, we've had more visitors and Angus has also been poorly which has made for a very tired me! This whole month has been a bit of a blur, we've had lots of lovely visitors a and been away, Angus and I have both been poorly and Stuart has been working lots. I haven't even made it to my knitting group once this month, which I have really been missing. Although this month has been crazy busy  I am really pleased to share today Angus' monster sweater completed.


This sweater has been a long time coming, I checked my knitting notebook and I started it last July! I haven't been working on the whole time, in fact I think I put it down for about 7 months. If I'm honest this sweater was probably too advanced for my skills. It was a lot of hard work for me and I had to ask my friend several times for help! Having said that I want so pleased yesterday when it was finally finished and because it's challenged me so much I feel I've added lots of new skills to my knitting. 

New skills -
1. Intarsia
2. Using a circular instead of dpns 
3. Picking up stitches correctly 
4. Blocking


I should have blocked my pieces separately! Lesson learnt!

The other great thing about the sweater is Angus loves it!


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Weekend baking

This weekend has been much more relaxed than previous ones, we were at home and had no visitors. Stuart has been at work most of the time so Angus and I have had to amuse ourselves.

We spent some time looking out baby clothes, went to soft play and then decided that our Saturday wouldn't be complete without some baking! I wasn't in the mood for anything too complex but wanted something that would be satisfying when finished, I decided on scones.


Nothing fancy but easy for a 2yr old to help with and very satisfying when baked.


Happy weekend!




Friday, 17 April 2015

Wool for Ewe!

It been a bit quiet on the blog this week as we've been back in Scotland visiting friends and family! We've had such a lovely trip up north, catching up with old friends, watching Angus play with his cousins and just spending some time together as a family! Stuart and I also got some time to ourselves with was great and a great opportunity for Angus to spend some time with his grandparents.

On Tuesday morning Angus was with his grandparents so Stuart and I went into town to look round the shops and get some lunch. We had such a relaxing morning (anyone with a toddler will understand how difficult looking round shops can be!) and a really nice lunch. 

I was especially pleased as it meant I finally had the opportunity to go to a yarn shop I have been going on about for ages! The shop is called "Wool for Ewe" and is right round the corner from where I used to live. It has a wonderful selection of yarn, needles, bags and all kinds of accessories. The staff were very well informed and happy to help. They also run classes and do workshops. I was very restrained and only bought the yarn I needed, which turned out to be quite boring.


The yarn is for a cowl for Stuart so he got to choose the colour, which is not what I would have chosen but it has to be something he'll wear.
I did however, manage to pick up a couple of extra things!


A very handy tote bag, some cute tissues with balls of yarn on them and a bookmark.

I will definitely be going back to "Wool for Ewe" the next time we are in Aberdeen. I could have spent hours in there just touching all the lovely yarn, but I was conscious Stuart was with me and although he hadn't said anything I could tell he was getting bored! I was still happy with my purchases though and so glad to finally visit the shop!

"Wool for Ewe" also has a website if you want to check it out
Www.woolforewe.com


Friday, 10 April 2015

Fo Friday - Shaun the sheep

Really pleased to be posting this today, Shaun the sheep is finished! 


He was a really quick and straight forward knit. Even the sewing up wasn't too bad. The only thing that held me up was an eye infection at the weekend and having visitors! 


He's not perfect but I'm still really pleased with him! Angus also loves him and picked him straight up and gave him cuddles! So cute! Shaun even got to sleep in Angus' bed last night which is a very high honour! 


Well that's it for me today, we are just packing up and heading off to Scotland for a few days! 


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wip Wednesday- the easter edition

This week we have been embracing all things Easter. We have visitors coming for the weekend, so we have been busy buying eggs, decorating the house, planning activities for the weekend and thinking of lots of nice Easter treats! 

I have also been preparing Easter baskets for our niece, nephew and Angus for Easter Sunday. It's been really fun picking up little things to put in their baskets! I have also knitted some small things for the baskets, for my niece, a little rabbit, for my nephew a little chick and for Angus I'm making something slightly bigger, Shaun the sheep!

We took Angus to the cinema a few weeks ago for the first time and the movie was Shaun the sheep. He loved it and ever since has been slightly obsessed with it. I don't  mind as it's actually quite funny and definitely one of the less annoying children's programs!


At the time the movie was out a newspaper was including a pattern for knitting your own Shaun the sheep and even provided the yarn! Unfortunately I missed it! However, Rowan also released the pattern on their website, so I quickly downloaded that. I wasn't too worried about not getting the free yarn as I'm trying to stash bust and I have plenty white and black yarn. 

It's been really quick and easy to knit so far, although I suspect I may start cursing it when it comes to seeing up all the pieces! Here it is so far, not much to see really


Hopefully it will be finished for Friday! 




Sunday, 29 March 2015

Is it spring yet?

So the clocks changed last night so technically it is spring but it doesn't really feel like spring yet! There are signs it's coming though and that is good. It nearly April, the nights are getting lighter, the sun can be seen more frequently, the temperature has risen a bit (some days) and there is the first signs of growth in the garden! This all makes me feel quite positive, I've had enough of winter, I'm ready to feel the sun on my face again! (Plus none of my coats fasten anymore, so it will be nice to not have to wear one!)

To help spring along I've been surrounding our home with little things like daffodils, Easter cakes and little chicks! I've also picked up some yarn in lovely spring colours and my new wip is very seasonally (more of that on Wednesday)


Is it spring yet? Is just one of the questions I've been asking lately, others include - is it nap/bed time yet? Is it the weekend yet? Is it time for mat leave yet?

You may be sensing a theme, this week has not been a great week sleep wise, lots of getting up for the toilet and then not getting back to sleep again. Everything is much harder when you're tired and I've really felt like I need a break or a rest or a lovely holiday to lie on a beach (that last one is never gonna happen!!) But today is the first day of spring, I had a good nights sleep and feel ready for action! Well maybe not action, maybe just a bit of pottering around, making lists, eating cake and a bit of knitting!