Sunday, January 26, 2014

Playing about

With my new photography app. Love that this looks like a postcard from the 70's.

Tilt effect and filter effects on Hound Tor on Dartmoor.

Red colour pop and changing the hue and saturation.

Our local pond   and pub given a sepia tone and a lower tilt blend.

I do so love my new toys.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Day at home

So far I have faddled around. Faffed about. Done some chores (yawn) and played with my camera. I am such a productive person.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Walking on your doorstep

I think that when you see something everyday. Drive past it. You forget exactly what is under your nose.

Five minutes from our front door and you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

It really is quite lovely.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Hatty McHat time

Leftover yarn just needed to become a slouchy titfer. Catkin hat by Kate Davies on 2.5 and 2.75mm needles. Yarn is as before TUT heavenly fingering in Nimbostratus.

Sloppy, floppy, soft and warm. Perfect.

Friday, January 10, 2014


I take less photos of Fergus, mainly because he sees the camera and hides. But caught him yesterday, he was sun puddling. I like this one, he looks scruffy but noble. He was clipped late November and he really needs doing again. He hates any kind of grooming though and gets quite defensive. So he'll most likely be scruffy for a while yet.

Double decker terrier trouble. This is what I got the camera out for. But Lottie thought she heard something and ran off to yap at her imagined foe.  They often sleep like this on the old armchair. They swap back and forward on the top deck. My cream cushion covers are always in the wash!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Trying to blog more

It's a quiet week at work so I'm about a bit more but no less busy. One of my non-resolutions was to firstly blog a bit more and secondly to write more in general. M bought me a beautiful yellowy/orange Moleskine lined note book for Christmas and with my newish ink pen I am attempting to write one flash fiction a week. This week I started number three and it has run away with me, think it will be more fiction than flash but hey ho. I might start a new blog and post some of them there, am undecided at the moment.

I have also been playing about with the new camera again. I do love it.

The quilt is progressing nicely too. But today I have to knuckle down and take back up at job of work. I've been asked to make a small crochet afghan for a charity raffle to be ready by May. Each square takes about an hour. I think I have made 6 so far. So, as I am waiting for the weather to clear up before taking the dogs, I am planning to make at least 2 or 3 squares today. I've also signed up for Ysolda's first mystery shawl knit along, which starts Monday (13th Jan). I have picked my yarn and swatched it.

This a 4ply superwash Merino fingering by Eden Cottage Yarns in the colour Pendle which I bought a Woolfest 2012. I have 800 yards and the pattern calls 600 ish. It has a nice subtle semi solid feel to it.

Lastly, we had some sad new this week. One of my elderly aunties on my Dad's side has passed away. We found out a few years back that she had developed dementia and finally allowed her daughter to put her in a home for her own safety really. I have very fond childhood memories of this aunt and when we used to visit her and other family down in Kent. She came to my wedding and in one of my favourite photos she is smiling at M and I in the background. She was truly a lovely person. My two favourite aunties from that side are now gone, my family so distant and scattered gets smaller every year :(

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Cloudy Conic - first FO of 2014

Conic pattern by Cookie A available via Ravelry.

Started in September but took a break for the Xmas knitting. Yarn is Heavenly Fingering in Nimbostratus by The Uncommon Thread. It knits up a dream, washes well and is light but warm. The colour is wonderful and goes with everything.

I really liked this pattern - it has a quirky construction and even with the stocking stitch is an interesting knit. I will make another.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

This year so far....

Playing with my latest toy.

Faffing around making a quilt top.

Also just need to cast off and my Conic cardi will finally be finished.