I found some more yarn at Ally Pally for a sweater for Mr J (lucky man has had two sweaters from me this winter and one from my mother!) I decided not to use a pattern….. Dum dum dummmmmmm!!!
It knit up really quickly other than a couple of tries on the sleeves. It was knit completely on circular needles meaning it was completely no sew other than the weaving in of ends.
I am in two minds about writing up the pattern for sale…..
I’m not sure about the arms, it’s very slouchy…..
Mr J on the other hand loves it and has been wearing it since I finished it!! Announcing it was his new favourite jumper!!
What do you think….. To publish or not to publish?????
This morning Mr J and I went for a glorious walk over to Tredegar house with the puppy who decided it was a good day for swimming in the lake, reens and any other water course available!! There was evidence of a few downed trees from recent storms, but the sun, the aconites and the daffodils definitely herald spring!!
A little bit of knitting for you today!!! I have finally blocked my poncho. I knitted it in Rowan silk twist, which I bought at Ally Pally from the yarn scrum stall!!!
It’s a super simple pattern from Churchmouse yarns and teas, the easy folded poncho and it’s available on Ravelry!! Think I might wear it out to knitting group tonight!!
Last weekend Mum and I tootled into Farnham for this years Unravel!! I’m trying to have a more restrained year re yarn buying given that Mr J and I are getting marries in August and also we are purchasing a smallholding which is going to cost a fair old load of cash to get it liveable and then as a going concern!!! More plans coming soon!!!
I didn’t manage to get the camera out whilst at Unravel I was too busy concentrating on the yarny goodness and oh my there was a lot of that!! And We also managed to bump into 5 other members of our Great London Yarn Crawl 2013 group which was lovely!
Anyway my restrained ahem…. Purchases……
And then came the expensive bit…..
The Louet combs for dealing with the fleeces… Mainly the alpaca, as I found the carding process wasn’t getting rid of the detritus from the fleece and spinning bits of sawdust in was starting to grate on my nerves somewhat!!
Back at the beginning of February Mum and I went on a little willow growing course with the lovely Anna from Eastbridge Willow we started with a cuppa in her beautifully converted barn (so many ideas for ours!! And I think I’m sold on underfloor heating….. Now to convince Mr J) We sat and drank and got to peruse a number of willow books which I now have been out and purchased en masse!!! Eep!!!
The course itself was a lovely informal informative run down on how to grow and harvest willow and we even had a break or two in the weather to explore her withy beds and the grounds of Eastbridge willows and have a go at harvesting some willow!!
I managed a few photos!! Gotta love the colours of the willows!!
I feel a new obsession coming on and I am brimming with ideas for the new smallholding adventure!!
Well again another apology for checking in recently!! I have been here, but up to my eye balls in paperwork for this smallholding purchase. A lender that shouldn’t have even offered us an evaluation happily took our money and returned a nil valuation as it didn’t fit their criteria, then we found a broker who has been great and done loads of legwork in finding us a mortgage provider that deals with self build and land!!! Not an easy task!!! Then our solicitor shunted us across to another solicitor, same company much further away office!!! Argh!!!! And did I mention the paperwork for all this!!!!
This was all on top of the usual January delights of being in work all the daylight hours on the weekdays, the tax returns, tenacy renewals, cars MOT and service….. And the bugs, colds and Mr J managed to have a week of flu!!!
But!!!!!!! I still managed to finish some knitting projects
And I have some wips which have had some knitting done on them
The Adamas shawl, Hermione’s Everyday Socks, my Churchmouse teas poncho, and the wedding flowers!!
More on them all as they get finished!!