Closing the book

Hello All

Its a moment of joy tinged with a little stab of sadness when a project is finished and you can close the book on it. There it is the last tick at the end of the last chapter in my pattern book DSCI0213

and here they are – thanks to Marielle Henault and her excellent free Ravelry pattern – my lovely snug fingerless mittens

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I admit there was a little….lot…. of pulling back but I think it was worth it. You’ll all know how even the smallest mistake niggles and it is the first thing you point out to everyone. Or is that just me? Anyway Lorry (who snuck into the photo) seems to approve.

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Happily closing the book on this particular Moke’s make means

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it is time to get dreaming about the next one…..

 

Until next we meet, Moke x

 

In case you wanted to know –

Pattern:

Maggie Armwarmers by Marielle Henault (Ravelry free pattern download)

Materials:

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, 100g (apparently worsted is popular in American patterns);

1 pair of UK 7/4.5mm (US 7 needles);

1 set of  UK 7/4.5mm (US 7 needles) dpn;

Stitch markers;

Tapestry needle;

Scrap yarn.

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Melange

Hello All

I feel all to pot! I’ve missed a whole week of blogging. Here then is a melange of life’s events over the last fortnight.

I started last weekend with a walk into town popping into Williams’ Wools to buy a ball of worsted wool – yes just one! don’t know how I managed to restrain myself with so many beautiful yarns to choose from  –  to knit (KNIT?!) a pair of fingerless gloves.

Having bought my veg and eggs on the market I visited the library. I was hoping to find a book on knitting that would help me brush up on my knitting skills. But I couldn’t find quite what I needed.

However later that evening when I met up with a few old friends (old in as much as I have known them along time not old as in aged….hope I’ve dug myself out of that one). AJ produced some surprise gifts. Things she had seen that she thought we’d like. Here was mine.

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Exactly the kind of knitting book I had been looking for! A book that will help me with techniques I have long forgotten.

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Good friends can certainly read your mind. THANK YOU AJ, for the now well thumbed book.

Confidence boosted I found a pattern on Ravelry by Marielle Henault for a pair of cable fingerless mitts. Needles at the ready off I went.

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Now…it is sometime since I have knitted anything in a cable stitch and I confess there has been much cursing and pulling back. But I think I have finally got it and the pattern is looking good, front

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and back. DSCI0212

With a nip in the air I had better get on with them.

JG and I have been looking forward to visiting Walney Island for some time. JG has never been there and I wanted to look at the chalets by the ocean to see if one of them could be a home for me and my trusty old cavalier. This was the weekend we had earmarked for the trip.

Joined by JG’s friend R off we set to this little island. Walney is attached to Barrow In Furness on the mainland by a road bridge . Excitingly the road lifted up as we waited to get on the island to allow a flotilla of tall masted yachts through to the channel. Magical.

Both tips of the island have nature reserves and the views are amazing. Through the static caravans of the South End Holiday Park you can even see Piel Island and it’s medieval castle.

Walney is a stunning place to be. But could I live there?….

After a good look around Walney JG had booked us a table for lunch at the locally famous Bosun’s Locker on Roa Island. After all that fresh sea air a lunch of home made cheese pie, chips and peas was very welcome. In fact it was such a hearty meal that I don’t think I’ll need to eat for several days!

Mind you I somehow managed a slice of cake and a cuppa while sitting in R’s beautiful garden. And guess what? this melange can end as it began with a hint/whisper/clack/click (?!) of knitting and happy dreams of projects to come…. DSCI0208

Thanks to JG for organising a lovely day out and to our guide R (who has also loaned me her Tea Cosy book).

Until next we meet. Moke