Thursday 28 January 2016

Excuses, Excuses......and some knitting.

Hello to everyone, I'm sorry it's been so long AGAIN, I really have had a very busy few months. We moved house, I was working many hours, I got a new job and this little bundle of joy came into our lives so something had to give. Unfortunately, it had to be the blog, knitting, watching podcasts and reading other blogs.

Now things have settled down, I'm back and I've missed you all so want to get back to a regular timetable again. I'm enjoying my new job as a receptionist, in a busy beauty salon, I'm sort of going back to my roots, selling and working with beauty products as that's what I used to do before I finished work to look after my girls. I've never worked on reception though so that's all new to me but I'm slowly finding my feet and loving my new job which has more regular hours so more knitting and blogging time.

The most exciting thing that's happened though is the birth of my beautiful granddaughter, Darcie. She is so precious, I've been spending a lot of time with her and my 15 month old grandson, who is still a baby himself but has took to Darcie so well and is very loving towards her.

She is wearing A Bonnet for Every Little Princess by Linda Castles, a pattern based on the bonnet Princess Charlotte wore when she left the hospital. I knit it in Drops Alpaca so is very soft and delicate, perfect for a baby.

Most of my knitting time was spent on test knitting and baby garments, this was both. I test knit the Chuck Sweater by Lisa Chemery, it is a unisex pattern and ranges from size 3 months to 8 years. I did the 3 month size using Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran, it's a beautiful, soft yarn perfect against a baby's skin, though it has been discontinued now. I used two 50g balls, it is knit seamlessly, top down which is my favourite construction with now seaming together.

I've cast on a pair of socks, my friend Dani from Little Bobbins podcast, had her second annual Christmas Eve Sock KAL. After the hustle and bustle with the lead up to Christmas, I really look forward to sitting down on the evening with my knitting and a cuppa with all my cyber friends, where we were all sharing our progress on Instagram.

I like to chose a pattern that has a winter theme so this time I went for Winter Frost by Brenda Lyndsay, a simple lace pattern using The Wool Barn Smooth Sock, a hand dyed speckled yarn. I can't recommend Maya's yarn enough, I've bought a few skeins now and they are always so beautiful that I have to keep them out on display for a while so I can just look at them.

I got so much to show you and talk about but I'm going to leave it here for now and pop back soon, now my everyday life has slowed down a bit. Have a great week and will speak to you all soon.




Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Awwwwwwww congrats Grandma!! She is just BEAUTIFUL!! And CONGRATS on the job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jo said...

I love sublime yarn. Great to hear you have a new job. Jo x

Caffeine Girl said...

Hi Deb! It is so nice to hear from you.Congratulations on your granddaughter -- what a beautiful little girl. You have been super busy -- and yet you have done quite a bit of knitting. I'm glad the move is behind you and that you are happy in a new job!

Stefanie said...

Congratulations, Deb, on this beautiful addition to your ohana. She is precious and oh boy do the parents have their hands full with a newborn and a 15 month old. How fun to be able to knit garments for your grandchildren. I love that peppermint bark you're working with for your new pair of socks.

Una said...

A little stunner with a gorgeous smile!

Lee said...

Congratulations Deb!! She's a beauty! I hope you live close to the grandchildren so you can kiss those cheeks often:) I'm looking forward to seeing your blog again!

Unknown said...

What a precious baby girl - congratulations! I love her little "Chuck" sweater. My mom's nickname when in high school in the 50's here in Minnesota was Charlie Brown and her friends were the rest of the Peanuts gang. It's fun to see Schultz's legacy reworked into knitwear no less.

Jackie xxx said...

Hugh congratulations of your new granddaughter xx

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