Come and look at the yarny goodness...

I have been spending money on yarny goodness. I just couldn’t help myself. Plus when Dreamcatcher and a lady at my knitting club both recommended the book depository I ended up making some more yarn-related purchases. Below is my list of shame.

Lovely lace weight Posh Yarn from the latest yarn club instalment. It is so soft and has a beautiful sheen. I’m going to be so sad when the yarn club stops. But I’ll just have to spend the money on some of Posh Yarn’s gorgeous ‘one-offs’ instead.

Next up some Rowanspun Aran in Gables. Now, to be honest at the prices the Cucumber patch use I think I’d feel more guilty if I hadn’t bought this wool ;-) I’m going to make Juno from Rowan 40. I wasn’t going to make this pattern until I saw this version on Knitting Betty and fell in love with it.

I also bought Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel, and I’m so glad I did. It is a lovely book and I will definitely make some of the patterns. There is some really useful advice on how to fit your knits properly and the patterns all seem to be very well laid out, with detailed schematics.
If you like Stefanie’s other patterns such as Forecast or the Simple Knitted Bodice then I think you will probably like the majority of patterns in the book - they are very wearable but have a fashionable twist to them. These are two of my favourites so far.

FO: Eunny’s Endpaper Mitts

Pattern: Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang (free pattern)
Yarn: Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in Old Gold and Plum wine (lovely names!) they took less than 1x25g ball in each colour!!
Needles: 2.25mm blue sky alpaca dpns and 2.75mm Brittany dpns

I love this pattern. It was great fun to knit and as I’ve said previously gave me the opportunity to learn some new techniques. I really enjoyed colour stranding and will definitely be looking out for more colour knitting projects to do. I am always really impressed with the thought Eunny puts into every detail of her designs - like the purl fake ‘seam’ down both sides of these - just perfect! I think that I’m going to get lots of wear out of these gloves because the plum wine colour is one of my favourites.

I apologise for my scarily pale skin in the photos ! I've included a picture of the reverse side of the knitting because I think the colour stranding method produces such a neat tidy finish!

I finally gave into temptation this week and bought some cute stitch markers from Knitz and Glitz. I bought the mobile charm versions and they are now firmly attached to my knitting tool bag. Aren’t the little glass sheep adorable. The markers were so reasonably priced I couldn’t resist.

More than you need to know…

Before I start this post I just want to say thanks for all your sensible and helpful comments on the last post. I have definitely stopped worrying and I’m looking forward to my knitting group tomorrow.

I’ve been tagged for two memes so I thought I’d do one big post and deal with both of them at once. I like memes, I mean in all honesty who doesn’t like talking about themselves!

All about me part 1!

Five secrets about me that have not been mentioned on my blog before. I was tagged by Lara , by the way if you haven’t read her blog you should because she is an amazing knitter, she has always just finished something I’ve been wanting to knit. Anyway here are the rules of the meme:
Get tagged
List five things that have not been revealed on my blog
Tag other people

1. I have a degree in Biochemistry.

2. I have a Lancastrian accent but I have never lived in Lancashire. I grew up in the South West of England but both my parents are from the North and so I somehow absorbed the accent. My older brother didn’t pick it up though.

3. I can lick my elbow. I read somewhere that this is physically impossible but I can do it! I’m so proud - give it a try!

4. I still have a teddy bear. He is imaginatively called Big Ted. My brother and I were always disappointingly literal when it came to naming our toys. There was Big Ted, Medium Ted , Tiny Ted and Red Dog.

5. I have an over-developed sense of justice… By this I mean that I just can’t stop myself ‘giving a piece of my mind’ to people spraying graffiti, chasing after shoplifters, and once when someone threw litter out of their car window picking it up and throwing it back in. This drives my husband and family mad as they are sure that one day my one-woman campaign will come to a sorry end.

All about me part 2.

The next meme is something I know a lot of you will enjoy thinking about - list 5 books that played an important role in your childhood and explain why. Then tag 5 people to do this. I was tagged by Brahdelt (Joanna) another very talented lady, who has some great free patterns on her blog!

1. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery- This has to come top for me as I loved Anne when I was little (I still love her now to be honest). The books are still so readable and relevant nowadays and I shared so many of the same dreams as Anne did. Plus there was the lovely Gilbert Blythe…

2. Teddy Robinson - Joan G Robinson. I love this book, just looking at the cover of my very old copy makes me remember my Mum reading me this as a bedtime story. My Mum did the best bedtime stories ever - with all the voices.

3. The Witches by Roald Dahl. I never got over this book after being read it when I was little. It petrified me. I still am slightly suspicious of women wearing gloves…

4. Anything by P.G. Wodehouse. I read P.G. Wodehouse while I was still very little and it was the first time I realised that adult’s books told stories too. Before that I’d always thought that adults only read non-fiction. I can remember the excitement when I realised the huge expanse of stories that was out there just waiting to be read.

5. The Brothers Grimm. I loved their fairy tales as a child and I still do.

If they are still reading after all that, I am going to tag, Nat , Jose , Anushka, Dreamcatcher and Emmms - you can do whichever meme you like or neither if it isn’t your cup of tea. If I haven’t tagged you and you’d like to do it please consider yourself tagged!