Hergest Helly

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Bootie knitting…

Here are the first pair of booties completely finished…

Yellow booties...

Yellow booties…

… I have another 3 pairs knitted and awaiting their pompoms – so cute!  These were made with 2 bits of left-over sock yarn – they only need about 20 grams and are knitted on 4 needles.  I have been raiding my basket of bits of left-over yarn and I have lined up yarn for many more pairs… they are addictive 🙂

Pattern is Cutest Booties by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee via Ravelry – a total joy to knit.

Happy days…


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Mum’s leg warmer finished…

I am really pleased with this – it is exactly the same shape and size as the original lightweight cotton protector provided by the hospital, so I really hope it fits ok…

Nighttime leg warmer...

Nighttime leg warmer…

Not the most exciting bit of knitting – but probably the most useful thing I have knitted.

I have made notes so I can make more – and next time I will use some jolly multi-coloured sock yarn.

Even though mum only has one leg, I still knit her 2 socks – un-matched for variety.  Now I can make her a matching pair – one for her foot and one for her stump… she will laugh at that!

Happy days…


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Is my head as scrambled as this…?

… my current knitting projects (this isn’t all of them, just those sitting next to my chair!)…

what should I finish first?

knitting heaven…

I can never have just one project on the needles – I like to have socks at various stages so there is always something to pick up and work on.

Four socks (brown, blue, yellow, grey/lavender), one baby jacket (rainbow) and a sock/protector thingy for my mum’s leg (pink).  The pink leg protector is for my mum’s leg stump which gets cold at night – this is the second attempt at making it the right size and so I must finish this first.

The baby isn’t due till July so I still have time to knit a few things – and my sock present drawer has 4 pairs ready for the next batch of birthdays – so my priorities are clear… pink protector thingy FIRST… 🙂

Happy days…


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Socks for sewing up…

Three pairs of socks are awaiting their finishing touches…

Almost finished...

Almost finished…

… and then they will go into my presents drawer ready for birthdays or any other whim gifting occasion – although I have my eyes on the pair on the right – I love that yarn!

The baby knitting is progressing – and I have found some more baby-suitable yarn lurking in my baskets… so I bought this pattern from Stephanie (Yarn Harlot) for garter stitch booties… really looking forward to making these little lovelies.

Happy days…


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My drawer of presents…

Present drawer...

Present drawer…

I like to make presents for my family and friends – for their birthdays or xmas or thank-yous or for nothing in particular.  I knit a lot of socks and save most of them for present giving.  My family say they like them (I like to believe them) and I even get requests for them…

Instead of hiding distributing these gifts around the house and then forgetting about them, I have a special drawer now in which to keep them all together.

Six pairs of socks is not enough for xmas – so I need to get knitting!  I do have 2 pairs waiting to be sewn up and 4 pairs on the needles at the moment.  I am also sewing mug mats and bags – I may need a bigger drawer!

Thinking about knitted presents has reminded me of my gran.  She knitted constantly – tea cosies, bed socks and hot water bottle covers… and all the women in the family got one (or more) of those for xmas.  I don’t think I really appreciated it at the time – I didn’t wear bed socks (still don’t) – didn’t use a teapot – didn’t put a cover on my hot water bottle.  But I do have the very last tea cosy she knitted – its red and white – and its very precious.  I think I might be turning into my gran….

Happy days…


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No knitting…

How can I knit when my eyes are totally glued to the screen – episodes 8 and 9 of The Bridge… this brilliant series is having a detrimental effect on my sock production!

So, with no sock knitting to report, here is a photo of my kitties.

Sweetie Pie, Magic and Tabbycat

Sweetie Pie, Magic and Tabbycat

Magic is “ours” – the other two are actually feral but have become very tame now.   They have negotiated the cat flap, are living in our porch where they are fed and have their own bed, and are very friendly with us.  Of course, that might be something to do with the amount of food I give them 🙂  But its lovely that they are safe.

Tabbycat is the big tom who has been here for over 3 years.   Sweetie Pie is the little lady who arrived 2 years ago with a litter of 3 kittens.  I fed them all and they lived under our hedge and in a makeshift shelter I made for them for a few weeks before I could catch them all and get them to our local Cats Protection League charity centre.

Sweetie and her kittens - June 2012

Sweetie and her kittens – June 2012

They found homes for the kittens and had mummy cat neutered but couldn’t home her as she was pretty wild.  So she came back to me within a couple of weeks and is now the most loving little thing although still nervous around strangers.  (I was very tempted to keep the little cream kitten, she was gorgeous – but I managed to resist… just… )

Magic and Sweetie Pie are inseparable now which is terribly sweet.  Tabbycat might be Sweetie Pie’s brother, father or “partner”… we will never know… he is very affectionate with her.  He is also pretty affectionate towards me and follows me around… and even purrs which is a huge improvement on the original hissing I used to get!  In those early days I would just put the food down, outside, and not touch him… but now I can even pick him up and give him a cuddle… wonderful progress.

Happy days….


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Two episodes* later…

Finished...

Finished…

… and another pair of socks ready for sewing in the ends…  I love these colours – these are mine!

I did make some progress on my latest quilt earlier in the evening.  This is a scrappy trip around the world – I am following the directions from Bonnie Hunter on her blog, but I am cutting my strips 1.5″ wide so the squares are just 1″ finished. Here is my progress so far – the blocks are just plonked fairly randomly but it helps to give me an idea of how its going…

Scrappy trip

Scrappy trip

Its a really jolly quilt and makes me happy just looking at it.  I am enjoying playing with the scraps and deciding which fabrics go next to each other (I can’t do “random” very well 🙂 )

Cheers…

* we are watching the final season of Battlestar Galactica – its amazing how much sock knitting you can accomplish with your eyes glued to the screen 🙂