Knitting Short Rows – My Favourite Technique


As most of you probably know by now, one of my current works in progress is the Vitamin D Cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier.  It’s been on the needles for a little while now, as I’ve been rather distracted by all of the other wip’s that I need to get through and the odd new project or swatch for Olann and.

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Empty Nest Syndrome – Knitting my way through it.


For the majority of my adult life I’ve been a mum

For all of my adult life I’ve been a mum, I had Dina before I was old enough to vote and if we’re being honest, I’ve grown up with my kids, the older two especially.  You’d be forgiven for thinking, that I probably never had a chance to leave home before my children came along, but that’s not the case.  I’d already been living ‘independently’, on and off for about two years, before I had Dina (whole different story and something akin to an Eastenders plot line).

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Goodies From Yarndale 2016


I’m not going to lie, I was a little disappointed not to be able to attend Yarndale this year, after having gone last year and the year before.  In addition to seeing all the lovely goodies on sale and making a few naughty purchases, it gives me an opportunity to catch up with my best friend, who moved back to Doncaster a few years ago.

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Today is a New Sock Day


I finished knitting these lovelies, whilst I was away on holiday, but wasn’t in any rush to sew in the ends at the time.  We were, as you know, having lots of lovely sandal weather and I was waiting for a pair of birthday shoes.  My children had ordered them in time, but sadly, they were out of stock and we were advised of a six to eight week delay.

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Stupid Hands! – The Explanation

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So why don’t my hands work?

It’s a bit of a long story that actually begins with The Tour of Britain, which kicks off today and runs until the 11th of September.  For those of you that don’t know,  it’s an 8 day event, that will see some of the world’s top riders, race on UK roads in British Cycling’s premier road cycling event.

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Stupid Hands!

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They’re working hands, battered and worn, there are scars on most of the digits and a callous on my right palm.  My nails, whilst long for me, are so soft you can bend all of them bar my thumb ones, back, without it hurting.  The skin, is always dry, no matter how much hand cream I apply and it curls up and dies, from contact dermatitis if I touch certain liquids. They’re a little tanned at the moment from the Summer sun, with freckles that have joined up to form larger freckles.  These will become the age spots, I hope fascinate my grandchildren one day.

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