Monthly Archives: June 2015

Horror of the journey from Middle England

Oh the horror! 100 miles from Middle England on our way to the land of pirates [Cornwall] it became apparent that I had left something important at home.  Agatha, how could I have left Agatha at home? Having spent the last few weeks looking at her longingly and sitting on my hands, just so I would have her to work on during our holiday, I had left my beloved Agatha at home. Horrible Husband supported by his matriarchal mother refused to turn back (in their posits I would have done the same).

Being one to turn a negative into a positive, this horrendous error led to a trip to a Wadebridge based local yarn store. While at Helen Sandersons Wooly Empire I purchased a ball of King Cole Zig-Zag New in poncho. Purples, blues, reds and greens self striping sock yarn.  The choice of needles was a little disappointing and I ended up buying a set of 3mm dpns (I need these like a hole in the head) when I had wanted nice long 2.5mm cable needles to knit a pair of socks magic loop stylie.

So the second wip on the needles is one basic ribbed sock for Horrible Husband. Let’s hope the Piskies leave my second sock alone and their mischief doesn’t bring me second sock syndrome.


What on earth am I going to do with this lot?

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I usually buy yarn with a purpose, otherwise my stash would rapidly outgrow our house.  I will draw the line at needing to store yarn in my shed.  As I already know what I’m doing with it when it is bought, so it generally doesn’t hang around too long

Receiving a yarny gift this week has left me a little stumped for ideas.  The pure wool has come all the way from Iceland and the Faroe Islands in my mother-in-laws suitcase.  It was very thoughtful of her to bring me Icelandic and Faroese yarn from her travels but I am really having to think very hard to come up with patterns to use it for.   The yarn I like to buy is soft smooth and squishy (the sort you could imagine falling into like you would a big pile of feathers) while this yarn is completely the opposite  and looks like it would felt at the drop of a hat so it’s definitely going to be a challenge for me to work with.

  • Ístex Létt-Lopi (50g/skein aran) in a red x1, dark grey-blue x1 and navy x2
  • Novia Duo (50g/skein sport) in grey
  • Snaeldan Nappað tógv 2tr (2-ply 100g/skein) in white x3 (this is on the creamy side)
  • Snaeldan Nappað tógv 2tr (2-ply 50g/skein) in blue x4

Any  suggestions are welcome!

Agatha begins….


I have started my first ‘big project’.  My first real adult cardigan.  Cropped, to suit my vertically challenged stature.  All 5 foot of me struggles with standard lengths and I’m not confident that I could adjust a pattern appropriately to fit.  I have carefully selected Agatha as the pattern. It avoids significant seaming and has pretty lace patterns that should keep me entertained. I’m not working too hard on it at the moment as I hope to take it on holiday with me, along with another project that is yet to be chosen following a yarn donation from MIL (more on this another time).