I’d noticed a little while ago I haven’t updated you on any of my knitting this past month or so, gosh I’m sucking!! You can’t complain though I’m here now at least I haven’t completely disappeared yet lol!

If you’re a Pompom follower at all you’ll have noticed a little bit of sock appreciation therapy over Valentines in February which was #valentoes plenty of beautiful FO’s were shared on IG and Rave. We got to join in and find new patterns we’d not discovered and basically fall in love with more sock knitting. Which to be honest is something I’ve been lacking over the years I was more into knitting socks when I first started the craft. I loved the versatility of being able to travel about with a small project that I could whip out at any opportunity, which I don’t always get anymore. So the excitement of Valentoes peeked my appetite for not just one but two pairs of hand knitted socks, although I don’t commute and need the tiny handbag knitting they’re still a treat to have on the needles.

With the latest issue of Pompom Quarterly at hand with two smashing new sock patterns inside ready and awaiting me. I purchased some Uncommon Thread BFL Sock and some Madelintosh Unicorn Tails from Loop Knitting and cast on the Fika’s.

It was an incredibly quick knit, I think it took me two weeks to knit but that’s because I did pick them up and put them down I like to work my knitting in sections lol! Toe, foot, heel and leg, it works for me at least. The twisted rib took a while because it’s a long leg but this does keep them elasticated nicely to the leg when worn. My only downfall which is my own fault not the patterns was adding the unicorn tail as the cast on round. It’s not elasticated and is a single so there’s not really any bounce back however it does set off the sock nicely with it being neon so I won’t grumble! Plus my Fika’s were shown on Pompom Quarterly Blog! My Fika’s felt like famous feet!!

Over the course of February and March there has been a Fika craze, with plenty of great knitters casting on this classic sock and rummaging there old and new skeins out of their stashes.

One thing I love about it the most is seeing what colour combinations pop up with the sock and that little garter toe line. Ever so pleasing!

If you make a pair of Fika’s you should come and join in the #fikafanclub on Instagram and show off your classic sockies! Also a nosey at my Project Page on Ravelry.

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Biscuit hedgehogs

Based on recent recent impulse purchases and the every three year ritual of feeling the kneed (pun intended) to learn how to bake! I sieved up my plain flour and rubbed up my unsalted butter and got my finger nails messy!

I purchased a very good baking book by ‘Ruby Tandoh’ named ‘Crumbs’, it’s very concise and aids the first time baker but you have to read it from the beginning you can miss out the crucial information she gives you about her baking and recipes.

In the past I’ve always snubbed baking as a task that I couldn’t do! However she states that all cooks can bake and If I’m not tooting my own horn too much I’m not at all a bad cook! So bugger it, I’m baking!

Looking for easy recipes I picked a favourite of mine to start with, thats shortbread. I wanted to test my skills I’d learnt but before I got myself into the book and doing the recipes I wanted to test myself with something simple. Which would have turned out great first time round if silly old me hadn’t left the oven on Grill and burnt my poor hedgehog biscuits to a crisp. Poor Hedgehogs!!

Batch 2 however turned out a dream and so now I can relax and delve more into the world of baking with Ruby’s tips and recipes to guide me!

Want a nice Shortbread recipe? try out Bakingmad’s Homemade Shortbread recipe it’s a treat!

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Slippers, Socks and Stockings!

All of which seem to want to jump on and off my needles recently!

I’m on a knitted footwear binge!

So last Friday after a week long delivery of knitting goodies I cast on the Fika Socks from the Spring issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. The pattern is by Maribeth White and is a simple but pleasurable knit and is aided by the use of such beautiful fibre yarns. For this particular project I decided to indulge and treat myself to some special yarn. Something I’ve never knitted with before that would bring a cheeky and happy smile to my face when knitting it up. So after much searching on Loop Knitting I fell head over heels (mind the pun) for some The Uncommon Thread ‘Tough Sock‘ I pick a shade named Tourmaline which I think is best portrayed in the photo below. I also wanted something for that little bit of striping in the toe but rather than using some old excess left overs I decided to have a nosey for some mini skeins. I found that Loop also stocked the cute and beautiful Madelintosh Mini ‘Unicorn Tails‘ which may I add is unbelivably gorgeous and soft. I spent ages browsing the colourways but my favourite was the neon yellow shade and well named ‘Edison’s Bulb’. I cast on the first sock last Friday and I only have 9cm left to do, so there coming on nice and fast. My favourite thing about these socks though was the ablility last Friday late afternoon after work whilst it was quiet was to sit down with a coffee and some biscuits and watch videos and practice the 1×1 rib Tubular cast on. It always feels good to still be learning something new from a hobby, it’s highly refreshing and pleasing.

Betty Lace Stockings

This is just and update but both stockings are coming on well as you can see! And although I haven’t worked on them a massive amount I’ve still been making some gradual progress through the week. They feel really soft and look like they will stretch nicely to may thighs when finished.

Next up the Wanderers Mukluks this is a pattern I found recently amongst my ravelry searches that is just craving to be begun. These particular pair are my favourites and are knitted in Malabrigo Worsted which I have just bought a skein of for a future hat project. All being well if it knits up nicely I’m tempted to by more to cast on these beauty’s. Aren’t they fab?

Image from Northcountryknits.

I tell you this month I’ve gained some kind of knitted footwear fetish where will it end…. ;)

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So Sorrel…. The one bit of knitting I did in January that I failed to post about! I know shame on me, right!!!

So with the Winter issue of Pom Pom Quarterly in my grasp I feel in love with both hat patterns. I’m going to tell you something most of you might not remember, I used to have  dreadlocks a few years ago. This mean’t I had a ton of big, slouchy knitted hats of which I loved wearing and knitting. Although once the big chop happened my handmade hat collection went from massive to zero in the space of a ten minute hair cut. No longer was my head big enough to fill my hats.

However I’ve never re filled this collection and my mum always said through my years growning up that I have such a good face for hats.

So with this and two new hat patterns to choose from I purchased some King Cole Merino Blend DK and cast on for the beautiful Sorrel. I adored the little laced arrows pointing toward the crown and the added pom pom was so cute it made it!

Such a great pattern and would suggest everyone to pick up your needles and cast on your very own, it was such a joy to make!

Here’s mine fully finished..

The only tip i’d suggest is not to heavy block out the hat especially around the rim where the rib needs to keep it elasticity. I’d suggest a damp towel over the top and steam press with the iron just around the crown and main lace pattern to make it more defined.

I’m certainly attracted to a good blue yarn, so what do you think?! x

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What’s On The Needles?

Have you ever opened up a magazine and seen something on that page that captures you? It’s beauty is like no other you’ve ever seen. After staring and anylizing it for a few days and even messaging the owner on Instagram for details. Planning how you’d go about making it and figuring out the maths and numbers, you literally just jump in head first.

I did and too myself I said ‘ This is that knitolutions 2015 project of which exprimentation and colour can hold it’s own’. Now whether you love this cardigan as much as I do is just a matter of personal taste and preference. For one mainly because as you can see below it’s made up of colour squares and that’s not always to peoples taste and nor mine realistically. However, it gets me into a more fun adventurous knit and being a lady who owns a lot of black in her wardrobe this could work to an advantage key piece of knitwear.

Anyway this is only in it’s early stages of 6 squares and theres plenty more to make so it might be ready in a few years time.

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Next Project… Oooo yes there’s more than one!!

This here is a lunch time project it’s the Tofts Alpaca Shop Pom Pom Mittens, if you are a Mollie Makes subscriber you’ll have possibly recieved this pattern in one of there magazine suppliments. I’ve just completed the first mitten today and it’s pompomless for the time being. I really loved the shape and they’ve been wonderfully easy to make. I did take some stitches out of the garter stitch cuff as I knew casting on 17 sts would be way too many for my tiny wrists. Overall this one fit perfect so just to make the second one alike.

Last but not Least …

 The Betty Stockings, my lovely mum bought me the Knit Vintage book as she knows how much I like to browse over old patterns as well as the new. I got asked a few weeks ago if I’d started anything out of the book, which I hadn’t but the pattern that most captured my attention was the Betty Stockings. I have in my wardrobe lingerie to facilitate a nice pair of grey stockings, so I treated myself to the exact yarn and shade as the pattern required. The yarn is Bergere De France ‘Angel’ 275 metres per ball and required two of, it blend is of Mohair, acrylic and polyamide but is so soft it’s unbelivable. Whilst knitting you have to be slightly careful until you gain some rhythm and a feel for the yarn. Over all it’s wonderful and I’m enjoying every minute of knowing I’m going to be able to wear these. I’ve popped them both on the same needle to knit together so the lengths match and the stockings are done on straights so you can have the vintage seam that runs up the back of the leg. I thought was a lovely touch.

Only one thing that bugged me was the 2×2 rib set up as *k2, p2, repeated, I hate the untidy sewng of a k2 to a p2 so I altered that to a K1, at each end so it will run up and match with the back seam perfectly into the rib.

Seemed like a well executed plan (Sewing Pun Intended) x

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It might seem a bit late to be sharing with you my knitting resolutions for the new year, however surely it’s a good sign that I’m still positively following my own made demands. A few weeks back we were asked on the Pompom group on Ravelry to share some of our resoultions to be discussed on there latest Pomcast 9 where I also go a small mentioning :D If you’ve never listened previously it’s a lovely friendly show with guest Erika Knight. Other than that after it was aired I wanted to further share these resoultions with you all, so here we go…

This year for me is more about Consideration and Playfulness.
Last year my goals were more work based until March when I grieving for a loved family member that went out of the window. I then started to enjoy knitting for me again and not a purpose so I want to focus more on that this year.

1st – After reading ‘Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads I’m going to focus on knitting more and want to open my palette range and enjoying other shades of colour rather than returning to the same 4 (favourite) colours.

2nd – I still have plenty of knitted garments that are shop bought because they fill in the gaps, I’d like to start filling in that gap with my own hand knits because that perfect staple black yoked cardigan should be one I made, right??

3rd – Remember to treat myself out of my budget once and a while to something luxurious so I can start occasionally replacing some of those lovely skeins I have saved aside.

4th- Making plenty of new friends and joining in some Kal’s where I can join in the fun and sharing.

I feel this will inspire and fuel my knitting year :)

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This post was inspired by a friend of mine Lea over at A Freeze Frame.
Loving eating healthier through the day by taking a big ‘nibble box’ as I call it full of carrots, cucumber, tomatoes and crunchy leaves.
Thinking about investing in a set of my own Knit pro interchangables, I love them so much but can’t afford a set.
Eating garlic bread and filling up on pop :D I’m such a kid!
Struggling to exercise, keeping fit is harder than I remember lol!
Wondering when my glasses will be ready.
Listening to Woolful Podcast, if you haven’t heard an episode yet I swear you need to get on it. Fast!!
Making I’m onto my second pompom project and making ‘Sorrel’ from Issue Eleven.
Feeling so very happy and settled at the minute.
Dreaming I did dream yesterday that at work they split the room in two and put up a wall to keep the noisey ones out. Thats a nice thought lol! :D
Finding a moomin bedshirt on sale for £3 has made me so happy, very cute find.
Celebrating my Birthday on the 6th February :D balloons, cards and cake!
Watching Game of Thornes season two I’ve had some catching up to do, It’s amazing.
Reading Choke by Chuck Palanuik, I feel like I’m almost re-reading fight club which I read last year! Next Book = New Author.
Enjoying knitting with King Coles Merino Blend dk.
Hoping My first ever pair of glasses actually suit me! I think I picked them a bit quick.
Wishing for a better nights sleep.

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