Monthly Archives: January 2013

More ishbel


Hello hello!

I have now finished lace part A,B,A,B and am awaiting my new custom dyed wool from the lovely astashaddict 🙂 Shes been snowed under and hasnt been able to do much wool dying due to her pipes being iced up! I haven’t posted here for a little bit due to my camera breaking 😦

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But I have a new one! so here is my ishbel ! You can really see the lovely pattern appearing!  I had a major hiccup with it at one point… and despite putting a lifeline in I just couldn’t bear to rip it … so I painfully knit it back a row and a half to find my error where I had forgotton to pass the slipped stitch over. It took me at least six hours to fix my mistake! yikes. That will teach me NOT to knit when I’m sleepy and only pick up an easier knit…

So apart from knitting this I haven’t been knitting anything else as I’m waiting on new wool from Jamiesons spindrift for my beekeepers blanket. I have however been keeping myself busy with my little one and taking pictures! So meet my mad little family. This is Alex 🙂 He’s 15 months and toddling about like mad ! Keeps me super busy and just had his dreaded MMR. I love his cute little almond shaped eyes and it’s so true that when you have a little one you fall in love with them instantly. He’s my whole world.

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This is me! I forgot to mention my name is Julie 🙂 I reckon my little one looks like me ? no ? haha.

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Dinner times can get very messy hehe!

Meet my dachshund Rufus. Hes a lovely dog but doesnt much like big doggies :/

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and of course my two cats;

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The top cat is 9 years old and Timmy and Bear is the other cat. He was a rescue cat and must be about 16 years old now !! He’s still pretty happy with life but has developed a ‘chase random non existant mice’ thing at night. I can hear him pitter pattering around the house chasing his imaginary mice. Quite odd lol!

Oh my 26th birthday came and went and I got this for my present !

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Well thats all folks! catch up when I have done more knitting and have more to show you all ! 😛


Teapot cosy adventures and other past knitting


Im knitting up a teacosy! Its from this pattern here : The winter has been here for ages and Im sick of my tea getting cold!

So here is one side of my lovely cosy!


I dont know if I should do two different sides for the teapot cosy ? I get bored easily ! so the change of sides might be nice! answers below please lol! 🙂 basically I have this lovely wool and it has a purple speckled bit (you can see it in the owl below)  in it too that I’d have to cut away if I want the sides to be exactly the same… seems a waste of wool!

I made my lovely sisters these presents for their christmas and they loved them! I actually want to knit me one of each for myself ! so much I want to do!!! not enough time!!!

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The fox is a pattern by the lovely TinyOwlKnits 😀 her patterns really are amazing. You should definately have a look over at her ravelry and her website She has many many other knits I want to try at a later stage.  The fox was quite a straightforward knit too and Im pleased how he turned out. He took about 2 weeks to complete but I done him over a month along with my beekeeper quilt hexagonals I am doing. I used jamieson’s spindrift as suggested in the pattern, its a little on the itchy side of wool but looks lovely! I contemplated using fun fur to line him … or perhaps a fleece liner would work. Anyway he lives on my sister Kate’s neck now and is very loved.

The owl pattern is Owl puffs which I also found in ravelry…  

This one didnt take quite as long as the fox, its really really easy to follow for a beginner so if you’re looking for a good easy toy this is it! I filled mine with chickpeas to give it some weight at the bottom … and then stuffed the top with some old pillow stuffing. Worked a treat 😀 and I didnt even need to buy buttons ! They were hiding in a drawer unloved before being given the task of owl eyes…

And I made this mushroom this week. My lovely husband Alain is driven insane with my constant knitting and bought me Ysolda Teague’s Whimsical Little Knits book … this was in the book and the Ishbel shawl.

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Isn’t it sooooo cute! I want to make a fairy scene with more of these! Little gnomey feels right at home 🙂 It is suitably fairy like for my taste! Now to buy the red yarn …. and some white… for an even more fairy like mushroom! *toodles off to find some*… talk to you all soon xxx

Ishbel update


So I’ve just discovered … after knitting one and a half portions of the lace that I will definately not have enough for a complete shawl… its hand dyed wool 😦 so I cant really get another ball exactly the same 😦


Now I face the agonising – rip back and go with the small version …. or continue on and do a small lace pattern…. or continue it and join a new slightly different dyed ball and hope it looks ok 😥


Lesson learnt! Look at the pattern and see how much yarn you need BEFORE starting. GAH !

Second lesson I’ve learnt is to ball up future skiens … otherwise you end up with a barf-tangle (See below my lovely barf-tangle)


Other than that I have been eating countless numbers of chocolates. I should probably ban myself from the chocolate store… BUT they are soooo good ! 😀



excuse the fuzzy picture. My decent camera has went a-wall 😦

Heres my shawl so far with the lace starting to show 😀