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I knit, I sew, I run, I look after children and hamsters, I take truly terrible pictures, I cook, I complain.  Sometimes all at the same time.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

I change my locks every 16 days. That key's been useless since the 2nd Tuesday I gave it to you.

After this week, probably.  It's all a bit much really.  The children are clearly insane, and I'm catching it off them.  What fun. It was Mothering Sunday today, and we spent it in Spitalfields Market, where I failed to buy a little black dress and did buy some star print African wax cotton (5m for £12!) and some posh tea and had daytime gin (the best gin) and a chocolate brownie, and it was great until about three quarters an hour ago when we had the "I'm really tired but I'm not going to bed, I'm going to sit here and make NOISES and kick you and PUT MY COLD FEET ON YOUR TUMMY and whine" time until I gave up on supper and threw them into bed with mild threats.

They are quite cute when they want to be.
Anyway, that was today, but that's not what I wanted to talk about.  

I started a jumper a few weeks ago, part of the Mason-Dixon #bangoutasweater KAL, which was super fun and not hard at all.  A picture says 1000 words; a collage even more, and saves me boring on.

Genuinely one of the easiest and quickest knits I've ever made, and such a great, cosy jumper at the end of it.  This is not my last go at this pattern, and I'm going to use the Lett Lopi yarn to make an owlsjumper soon, as well as two Penguins jumpers for the girls.  

What else is new?  The Knit List is moving along slowly.  Most of the stuff is still in storage, but we're looking at about another fortnight of building chaos until I can put my living room stash back in its proper place.

The following things are being worked on:

Audrey in Unst: I'm at 26/36 rows of twisted ribbing.  I put it down to work on the Stopover and only picked it up today.  I can't say I love it.  I can't say I don't love it, but I don't love twisted ribbing ONE BIT.

NEW: A bright yellow Owligan: I love this.  It's bright and spring-like and will be a great cardigan to wear outside once I don't need a coat.  So, you know, May.

The Rainbow Raglan: huh.

These things are still in storage.

Hexipuff Quilt
Simon's Cobblestone jumper
Simon's massive man socks: I bought the yarn.
This One's for Parties Vintage Jumper
The Yellow Petrie
Rainbow jumper for Hattie

These are things that are waiting to be started.  I've added something.

Mini Hetty cardigan with sleeves for Lucy
A circle blanket for Robin
Cream and Beige Coco style boatneck striped top
Sun-Ray Ribbing Vintage Jumper
Ishbel scarf thing
Waterhouse Mittens
Bright Rainbow Blanket for Lucy
Burton Bear cowl for Hattie
Minion blanket for Hattie


Stopover Sweater
Yellow Myrna cardigan
Elwood Mittens for Lucy
Weather Blanket
Separate but matching vests for twin boys
Urchin hat
Peacock mittens

Right, there is gin to drink and the X-files to watch.  Hurrah for Sunday nights.


  1. Proving that there is a GIF for everything! LOL

    I think my husband and your kids have exactly the same idea - not going to bed no matter how tired. And why is sleeping on the sofa better than going to bed?

    I can't believe how fast you "banged out" a sweater! Although LOPI is pretty bulky, right? Looks lovely with that circular colour work yoke!

  2. Your newest sweater looks wonderful! And the yarns you're beginning new projects with look scrumptious. Glad to hear your Mothering Sunday was mostly a good one. I know I fight going to bed many nights (I think it's because I fear I won't be able to sleep when I actually get there), though my mother used to say I was the one child she had who always knew when to go to bed (I think because I must not have put up a fuss). I wish I could say the same today.

  3. Your sweater is gorgeous, well done. I love the yoke.

  4. Oh that sweater looks great and you did that amazingly quick, love the gif's to each section and why oh why do Moms always have to get to the point of mild threats? specially when they are over tired and you know it and can see it! Ruth

  5. Wowsa! I love your sweater! I have still yet to learn and master colorwork....but I really want to! So pretty! We have several things the same on our lists....the owl sweater and the weather blanket or was it a scarf. Anyway, I am so far behind in everything but I'm making progress ....just very, very slowly. I used to make my kids go to bed at the same time but I told them they could stay up as late as they wanted as long as they were quite, stayed in bed and read. It worked really mother did the same with me and we are all avid readers now....well, my daughter and I are. LOL! I'm glad you had a gin! One of the best Moms I ever knew had a couple beers while she cooked supper and she had 9 kids! She deserved a case! LOL! But she was so patient and laughed a might have been the beer! LOL!