Saturday, 28 June 2014

Book Review - The Sequels

Whilst in my local garden centre I was browsing at the book stand (like so many garden centres these day they like to diversify) and a couple of books caught my eye - at 2 for £5.

When I got to the end of A Good Yarn I realised that it was actually a sequel to The Shop on Blossom Street - "ah that makes sense" I thought. Still it hadn't spoiled the story which was self contained. This book followed the trials and tribulations of a group of knitters who are initially all strangers to each other. They meet at a yarn shop once a week for a knitting lesson, in this case a lesson on how to knit socks. Nothing mind blowing but a nice gentle read.

On to the next - I picked up my copy of City of Hope and read the blurb again - "wait a minute" I thought "this is a sequel too" - this time to Ellis Island. By the time I'd finished reading the blurb I decided to just plough on and read this book anyway. This book followed the story of Ellie in the 1930s and contained just enough social history to keep me interested. Ellie's thoughts take us through the story as she tries to cope with life as a young widow, whilst America rebuilds following the Depression. I think there may be sequel to this book, could be interesting to see what happened next.

Will I go back and read the first books? May be one day!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Bag to Cushion Conversion

Back on the 1st May I posted my crochet notes for the Canterbury Bag, which I was quite pleased with and was using regularly.

However, my auntie and uncle have recently had their living room painted and have changed their colour scheme from red to blue. They also bought a black leather suite and so they needed to change their soft furnishings too. I noticed that the bag went quite well with the new arrangement and so I decided to do a little conversion.

I unpicked the bag and was left with the four middle squares and the three white rounds.

For the left cushion I did 1 round in Echo, then I did 1 round in Smooth of groups of four double trebles. Then I did a round of groups of four trebles and to finish groups of three trebles.

For the right cushion 1 round in Echo, then I did 1 round in Smooth of groups of three double trebles. Then I did a round of groups of three trebles in Smooth and to finish groups of three trebles in Smoothie.

I bought two cushions in Poundstretcher for £6.99 each (they are black) and I attached the front pieces to the cushions.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Knitting Knotes - Purple Primula


Yarn: Adriafil Primula 9 x 50 g balls
Needles: 3.25mm 3.25mm circular needle and 4mm
Yarn sewing needle
4 buttons

Finished measurements

Length:  64 cm
Length to armhole:  37 cm
Armhole to shoulder: 27 cm
Chest:   102 cm


Knitting Knotes

Everything as set in the pattern (I followed the largest size), except for the bands.

12 rows rib in total (not 10).

Front bands:
Pick up 10 not 8 along neckband.
Knit 13 rows in total not 11. 

I bought the Adriafil Primula at Bodkins in Benfleet. The owner is very friendly and very helpful and the shop is stuffed full of yarn for all budgets. 

I bought the buttons at Craft Arena on the Barleylands craft site in Billericay. Again the owner is very friendly and helpful. More of a craft shop than yarn shop - brilliant for beading. 


Purple Primula already to wear. 

What shall I wear with it?

With denim vest and scarf to wear with jeans.

With white vest and contrast scarf to wear with white trousers. 

With black vest to wear with black capri pants. 

Overall I am very pleased with this make - it fits lovely - despite being smaller than the pattern said it would be!

The yarn is a gorgeous soft merino, cool and warm - perfect all year:)