no matter what the weather….

Ok, so now we have had the snow and the freezing temperatures to go with it, it almost feels like Spring is in the air.

I did enjoy the big freeze, but also know I’m very lucky as I have a warm and cozy home to go to and was able to light our fire too.

I hope you have all managed to keep warm.

I was so looking forward to visiting the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in London Olympia, no snow was going to stop me! After walking to our train station, then finally catching a train London bound, with one change, only to be told the train driver had fallen ill and was waiting for an ambulance to collect him! Poor man, I do hope he is ok.

Plan C had to fall into plan, another train, tube and cab and I finally got there. I did race through the exhibition halls as I kept hearing the announcements that the trains will be delayed or cancelled in the afternoon due to the severe weather conditions. I left for  home earlier than planned, but did manage to find some really lovely bits and pieces, some red linen for a dress I need to make soon, some cashmere lace from Yarntelier, yup you guessed it……. for another scarf/shawl. Funny though, I cannot find a pattern that I like, so I used some inspiration of another shawl I had made in the summer and wrote my own pattern. I will keep you posted on that one. The inspiration will have to be credited to “Bettle’s bum” you can find the pattern on Ravelry.

I also found a lovely stall called Block Kraft with amongst other things sell the most beautiful wooded blocks for fabric printing. I’m so excited to introduce these in my weekend workshops. Do have a look at their shop on line.

 

There were also some very inspirational works from students on display.

 

So many things to do again, I love it.

 

lots of love

 

E x

A chill in the air……

There is a chill in the air………….

The only solution might be a cosy fire with a warm drink and my knitting of course.

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My lovely  wrap is almost complete,  much needed with the cold weather forecast for the next few  days. I really enjoyed knitting this. At first I had to concentrate to get the pattern correct, but within no time the rhythm appeared and I managed to create another lovely garment. I do get asked, how many shawls do you need? Well,  you never know, one of these lovely shawls might just be for you 🙂

 

The shawl is called Tycho by Natasja Hornby and is available on Ravelry. 

I knitted it in a lovely wool from Manos del Uruguay, Manos Silk Blend a beautifully soft merino and silk blend.

Here we go, this is what happens when I don’t complete my blog post…….. I keep knitting and voila! My wrap is complete. I have worn it already, it is so toasty. The blocking will have to wait this time.

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Hope you are all  nice and toasty too

 

love E x

knitting, wool, crochet and more

Oh what to do with an ill daughter who needs to stay in bed? As a sign of solidarity stay in bed too, that was my thought this morning.

Finally I had time to peruse my latest Landscape magazine which I did, almost cover to cover, until I reached the article about Amanda Perkins who crochets the most beautiful blankets.Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 11.11.53.png

I just love, love,love the colours! The best is still to come – Amanda’s blankets will be exhibited at the Unravel Fair at the Farnham Maltings this weekend! Oh yes, I have planned to visit.

The fair is on all weekend (Friday – Sunday) I have visited the last two years and can thoroughly recommend you do too. It is small enough to manage and big enough to maintain the interest, the most lovely wools and inspiration galore.

 

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Well what is left to say, but to see you there (thank goodness husband can look after ill daughter)

 

love E x

Surprises, surprises

Now here I am again. I have finally received my lovely grab bag of surprise wool, which I was awaiting with great anticipation.

I don’t know how to describe what I felt when I first opened the package – surprise, because it was nothing like I expected, yet I had no reason to have any expectations as it was a surprise package, right?IMG_8189

I liked the colours instantly, a good start, but what was I to knit out of 3 thin balls of wool and 2 chunky?

I mulled it over, discussed it with my lovely craft ladies and slept over it…………. and now I’m knitting………….. sorry I can’t say what I’m knitting yet, it is a surprise for somebody who is very close to my heart. It will have to wait a little until I can share it with you, but I will!

You might remember the other surprise I was not able to show you, well here it isIMG_2727

A nappy cake!! Jackie’s son and daughter in law are expecting their first baby any day now, so Jackie make this great gift for the baby shower. I had never seen anything like this before and think it is a brilliant way to package a gift. Jackie put such lovely thought into all the little add on gifts too! How could you not love this!

Talking of birthdays, not matter what age I think you should celebrate, just because you can. IMG_8250We celebrated Kate’s birthday in style with a home baked chocolate cake ( home baked by Rachel) which not only looked spectacular but also tasted heavenly. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture. However I can share Rachel’s blog with you lovinghomemade. Have a look at the most delicious recipes, I use them so often. Unfortunaltely  I cannot tell which my favourite is as there are too many. I will be making some mango curd today using Rachel’s recipe, it is soo yummy!

I hope you are enjoying the lovely autumn weather we are having in the UK and have a little time to………….just relax………….

I did just that with one of my favourite magazines the simple things

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lots of love

Ex

Surprise, surprise

I’m sure you know by now that I love surprises, well you doesn’t? Well my husband maybe……….

Anyway when this lovely email landed in my inbox I could not resist.

LoveKnitting who supply the loveliest wools and many other things have made up some Grab Bags there are a selection of wools from various suppliers up to 80% off!!! No need to hesitate I thought and I placed my order for a grab bag form Lang.

Have I bought wool from Lang before? No. Well, it wouldn’t be such a surprise then, would it? So 5 balls in assorted colours, and weights are on the way to me, all I have to do is wait.

I’m still waiting……. and hopefully will be able to update you once they have arrived.

We also had a new challenge at Love to Craft this morning. I can’t tell you about it yet, as it is a gift which will only be given on the weekend. I will post a picture after that. Look out for it, it’s really cool.

Last but not least, I just wanted to let you know that not only do I love all my craft ladies, Tiger does too!!!

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Have a great weekend

love Ex

nothing like planing ahead…….

Yes, I should take note of planing ahead a little more often!

My children are having fun with friends and I was told to leave them to it. What an invitation to do something I should do far more often…writing a note on my blog!

Our summer term has come to an end, with our children finally staying home for the summer holidays. I have managed to complete some projects , a snood michelle snoodfor a friend on the other side of the world and a summer jersey for me 🙂 It is made out the beautiful bamboo wool my mum brought over from South Africa. Such lovely vibrant colours.bamaboo jersey elaI need to block it and will be ready to go.

I have also tried my hand at baking sourdough bread and would like to thank my craft ladies for their help and patience. My endless questions must have been very tiering. This is my first one, rather good, well I think so anyway.sourdough bread

 

The lovely Kate has definitely planned ahead and knitted this most beautiful blanket for a Christmas gift. Such a lovely pattern, I love the pompoms.

 

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Kate blanket pompom

 

 

 

 

I will be playing with several craft ideas this summer and hopefully will be able to share some of these with you rather sooner than later.

We resume our classes in September, cannot wait to see what my lovely ladies will have in store for me.

 

Wishing you all a very happy and sunny (even if it is only internal sunshine) summer.

 

with love 

E x

I can do that……..

Hello

the nicest thing about having new members in my craft classes is to see how fast they can achieve!

Mel arrived last week with a ball of wool and some knitting needles and asked: “What can I do with this?”

One week later she arrives with her very first, very beautiful snood!Mel snood

Now that was easy, wasn’t it? Now she is knitting the second one for her son. Watch out, Mel will be having her own market stall soon.

Lisa is quietly knitting the most beautiful pieces, including this adorable little hat for her grand daughter. I’m sorry the photograph does not do it justice.

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I have almost completed my mohair and silk cardigan, watch this space……

A big welcome to some new members, Kay and Helen. Classes are now on a Wednesday and Thursday morning and a Thursday evening.

I cannot wait to see what the new year will  bring and look forward to hearing all your crafting news.

Have a great weekend

love Ex

1st December

My goodness it is the 1st of December today!!!!

Right, no talk about being to busy to blog, I’ll just get on with it.

So excited about the 1st of December, but not quite as much as my girls. I try and create an Advent Calendar every year and have a lot of fun doing it. This year I knitted 24 little hats, one for each day. Finding a chocolate that is small enough was the real challenge. Not one I couldn’t overcome though.advent hats

Oh dear, as I type this I heard a crash, the Advent tree has fainted, with a little help from Tiger that is. fainted advent  treeThis is what it should look like.

advent 2014Right, back to the blog then.

We only have a few weeks left to get all our projects done.

Have you had a chance to look at the magazines out at the moment? There is so much inspiration. My favourite at the moment the  German magazine Landlust with its English counter part Landlove. This is where I saw the little hats which inspired me to knit mine.

I will be baking some traditional German Christmas cookies with some friends this weekend. Vanille Kipferl and Zimt Sterne. I know I could bake these at any time of the year, but the fact is I don’t which makes these extra special and something I look forward to every year. I will post the recipes for you too.

Hope you are enjoying a good week

love Ex

some new members

I Oh how delighted we are to announce another new member to our craft classes – Jasmin only a week old.

This is how dedicated her mother is, just cannot stay away from the craft classes and ladies.

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We all took turn to have a cuddle.

Tiger was delighted too, but she moved to fast to get a clear picture.

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I would  also like to welcome Aynsley and Mel who joined us this week, both creating some lovely tapestry and Christmas stockings. (picture will have to follow).

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My fair went well, and even though we would have liked more visitors I managed to sell a few of my lovely poppies, platters and some bags too.

 

I have managed to finish my variegated cowl and it has been cold enough to wear it. I love the colours and it feels so warm and soft.

I will post a picture soon.

 

love Ex

 

 

My lovely tank top

Hello

yes I finally completed my lovely tank top and have worn it too.

What started like this…..

 

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….is now looking like this.

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I thoroughly enjoyed creating this and am enjoying wearing it even more.

I had to learn how to do the icrod finish and can honestly say that is it a lot easier than I thought.A lovely way to finish edges of any kind. A great tutorial can also be found on the Purl Bee website.

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Just to remind you the pattern comes from Purl Bee my favourite website at the moment, and the wool is from Eden Cottage Yarns, bought through Loop.

What next I ask? No need to search for too long, Purl Bee have all the inspiration needed and before I know what is knitting, I’m in the middle of my next project. Or should I say projects? I’m in the middle of knitting a variegated snood

varigated cowl (another of Purl Bee’s creations) a silky mohair jacket inspired by Debbie Bliss and trying to get to grips with some linen wool I bought in the summer.

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Event of the week must be the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London this weekend. (8-12 October)

I visited last year and was overwhelmed by the volume and beauty of what was on offer. Unfortunately I will not be able to visit this year 😦

However there is still the Farnham Maltings Festival of Crafts next weekend (18&19th October) I quite fancy going to have a look at what promises to be a very inspirational  fair.

 

oooohhhh so much to do, I love it.

 

Hope you are having a great week too

 

love Ex