Elfies are a Big Delight (I hope)

It’s starting to get a bit colder and I’m still resisting putting the heating on at home as that seems a sure sign that summer is over. However, as we’ve got wooden floors, my feet can get a bit chilly so my weekend project is to rustle up a pair of these Elfie Slippers by […]

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Burns Night Knitting

To celebrate Burns Night I have just finished knitting some kilt socks for John. Actually, they were supposed to be for Christmas but I got side-tracked with other projects so tying them in with Burns Night seems like a reasonable excuse (to me anyway!) I bought the wool on a trip to Inverness because I had […]

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Close Knit

Last weekend I was lucky enough to visit the Close Knit exhibition at Hull Maritime Museum. The exhibition, organised in partnership with the Moray Firth Gansey Project and Hull School of Art and Design,  featured a wonderful range of ganseys from Yorkshire and Scotland. So what is a gansey? This extract from the booklet, Fishing […]

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Time for Tea

There is no trouble so great or grave that it cannot be much dimished by a cup of tea Bernard-Paul Heroux I’ve recently re-discovered my love of tea. Ok, so I still need at least one mug of coffee in the morning but, from then on I’m enjoying tasting different teas – my current favourites are […]

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If you want to get ahead get a hat

I know that Spring is supposed to be on the way but we’ve got snow here again today. Luckily, I’ve been going through a bit of a hat-knitting phase so we’ve both gots cosy hats to keep us warm. John’s hat is a ribbed slouch hat knitted in King Cole Baby Alpaca. A free copy of the pattern […]

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The Night Circus and Other Magic

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on down-town posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not”. I was gripped by The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern from these first lines. I simply loved this book and had to […]

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Knitting (and sledging) without tears

Some people just never grow up so, like many others, we took to the slopes during the recent snow. We’d bought a sledge on impulse at the end of last winter (no doubt because it was in a sale) and, when the snow came, we retrieved it from the depths of the garage. The nearest slope […]

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The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year! Like many lapsed bloggers, I’ve started 2013 with a resolution to blog more often this year. I’ve always got lots of ideas and projects that I want to share but, up until now, blogging has got pushed down the to-do list by more urgent deadlines. But no more…. one of my many resolutions […]

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Memories of Tanera Mor

I’ve just returned from a wonderfully restful week on a knitting retreat. The retreat, organised by Helen (aka Ripples Crafts) was on Tanera Mor, a tiny island situated off the west coast of Scotland. On Sunday 16th September, eleven of us met at the pier at Achiltibuie to board the small boat that would take us […]

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I’ve started so I’ll finish

Oh, to be a completer-finisher! The pleasure I get from casting on with a new ball of yarn far outwieghs the satisfaction of actually finishing something. Countless times I’ve started knitting the latest yarn purchased as soon as I’ve got in the door – before I’ve even taken off my coat or put the kettle on! The trouble […]

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