Friday, 30 November 2007

6 recruits!

Yes! Thanks to Olga I have six PIF participants! Thanks a lot to all of you. Now I can start thinking about your gifts :)

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Earflap hat and mittens

I started the hat, top-down, this Sunday. On Monday I took my knitting to my friend Ailsa. It is wonderful to have a knitting friend living so near. Dory and I did have a lovely time, she enjoyed playing with the cat and was allowed to use a punch. Ailsa makes gorgeous cards and some of you are going to receive one of them in December :).
Monday evening I cast he mittens on. Tip down. Tuesday we had to go to the infirmary for Dory's eye test, which she failed. Nothing to worry about yet, we have to come back in 3 months. Since we were in Northwich anyway, we went to the town to do some shopping. D. choose to have coffee at Bratts, because of the Fairy Lunchboxes. While she was eating her egg-mayo sandwiches in order to have the crisps, I did have time enough for some knitting (and a second cuppa coffee).
When we got home I found a RM card, saying they could not deliver a package. That could be my magic ball! And now I have to wait for the re-delivery at Saturday to know for sure. I'll keep you updated!
In the evening I finished the mittens, made a I-cord to join them and crocheted the edging of the hat. The yarn, 4PLY BBR 'Birthday Girl', was sent to me by Darcy.
Okay, enough blah-blah for today, here some pictures and a clip of the result!

Sunday, 25 November 2007

One more recruit please!

Come on, who is in for the challenge? I need only one person more participate in the PIF. Are you the one? Read more about it in this post.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Baby Born gets dressed!

This week is a special one. Packages keep coming in. Today we received a parcel from Josee, my upstream partner in the swap of the Dutch soaker knitting group I posted earlier about. Oh my, oh my, we are spoiled rotten again!
She is convinced it must be her birthday!

What! You want to take a photo first? Well, hurry up then, the dollies need to get dressed!

Show off. Aren't they pretty? I think they are. Josee, thanks so much!

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Caffeine addicts swap II received!

Today a wonderful parcel was delivered! My Ravelry Caffeine Addicts swap partner sent me a box full of the most fabulous goodies! Thank you so much, Riggwelter, I enjoy everything in it.
First there was this beautiful card.

And a lot more! The mug is fabulous, pink with dots and large, one that can hold a good cup of coffee! The coffee is Percol, the yarn 2 skeins of Rowan Holiday and 2 skeins of a pink ribbon yarn. More treats: a bar of dark chocolate and a few sheepy postcards. For the kids little mrs Giggles and lots of stickers.

Needless to say Dory was having a lot of sticker fun!

Paying it forward!

I read about this on some blogs and was always to late to subscribe, but finally I got in through Nic's and Judith's blog. Well, actually I missed the fun at Judith's blog too, but she was so generous to count me in.

Since I am doing this through two blogs, I am looking for six recruits instead of three. And what is the meaning of this all?

It's based of the concept of the movie "Pay it Forward" where acts or deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, with hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on.

Here's how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 6 people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I do not know what that gift will be yet, and it won't be sent this month, probably not next month, but it will be sent in the first half of 2008 and that's a promise!

What YOU have to do in return, then, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. You need to add the button and recruit 3 people to PIF, and then you'll receive your gift from me :)

My gifts might be hand dyed yarn, something sewn or knitted or something else but I will make it for you and will do my best to choose something that you would like.

So - the first six people to comment and say that they would like to PIF, will be my recipients. Go for it!!

Monday, 19 November 2007

What a lucky visitor I was!

Remember this post? I was the lucky winning visitor on Babylonglegs.
Today the goodiness came in... and boy, how spoiled we are. Oh yes, WE! Dory was not forgotten. Did I ever mention she adores sheep? So much she pretends to be a sheep a great part of the day! Well, she got a notebook, a ruler and a pen with images of sheep. She took the ruler and book even with her to sleep, I did not allow her to take the pen as well ;).

And there was more. A lovely letter from Sarah and a beautiful drawing from Sarah's son. A hand made drop spindle, perfect for beginners like me, and some BFL fiber to spin.
Also DK pure wool in variegated greens. You have to know how I love these kind of longies and I am plotting to knit Dory a pair like them, because they are so legging like. This DK is perfect to knit them. Will keep you informed about any progress on these leggings to be.
And then... handspun Corriedale. I love the feeling of it!
Sarah, you are the best! xx

Wednesday, 14 November 2007


I love to do them! And currently I'm participating in more than one. Through the Caffeine Addicts group at Ravelry I joined the Caffeine Swap. So I put some Whittard coffee of the month, Chai tea, a travel mug, a few goodies and yarn in a box and sent it out. Unfortunately I forgot to take the picture and my swap partner does not have a blog, so there is nothing to show. But she has already knitted a nice hat with the Araucania Pomaire.

And then we have the Magic Ball swap, officially between residents of the Benelux. So I sneaked in I guess :). I have wound a ball for her. No secret anymore, as I am the only 'Briton' there it was not hard to figure out who was the sender of the British package.

Just finished my project in the swap of the Dutch soaker knitting group. No secrets this time, so no problem to publish the photo's of the Tunic Dress I made.

I used Scottish wool, dyed with Indigo. In this dress 300 gram of wool, about one meter left.

And then I am in the Knitting Vintage Socks swap. Yesterday I casted on, the socks will be purple.

For those who are familiar with the book, I'm going to do the Fancy Silk Sock.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

The most special socks ever!

What makes a pair of socks special? Nice fit, soft and warm, beautiful and hand knit by someone else. Have been to, heard her speaking and being touched by the Yarn Harlot is absolutely a must ;). Here they are, hand knit in Cherry Tree Hill Super Glitz by my dearest friend Darcy.

And also in the package these 2 balls of gorgeous BFL/nylon sock wool, brilliantly dyed be her and Laurie.
Thanks SO much!!

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

I won, I won!

Browsing through some blogs to find that PIF button, I saw the new post on Sarah's blog. I am so excited, only a few weeks ago I said I never did win anything and now this! Thanks so much, Sarah and son!