Jet Lag

So, we left the UK on the 21st of July and headed for Dubai and our connecting flight to Melbourne….Once safely arrived at Howard and Maria’s it became apparent that I had misplaced my phone! My lovely new purple Xperia Z2 no less. This was my second one in a fortnight as the first one had a dodgy camera focus problem.

Hope I’m making sense here, we only landed back in the UK this morning and I’ve been feeling rather peculiar ever since, but I just wanted to tell you the story of my phone

I looked through all my hand luggage, answered all the usual questions from Barry, but no, I did not have my phone any more :( The last I remembered using it was to phone my Mum, but we were a little late getting to the check in so after saying bye to Mum I remember just stuffing it into my hand baggage….I think it must have fallen out of my bag in the cramped conditions of the 6/7 hour flight to Dubai. Losing such a precious item is sickening, leaves a big hole in your heart, especially as I had only just renewed my contract. We contacted O2 and managed to put a block on my phone and number

The next day we went out with our wonderful hosts and visited some very interesting places, but I will tell you more of that in another post. One of the places was a mobile phone shop. Barry bought me another one of the same and a local sim to keep me going and all was well. We would claim for the new phone on our return to the UK,or so we thought…

So then, almost 4 weeks later, we find ourselves back in Dubai and Barry has a brainwave of asking if they have a lost property department. The security chap nodded his head towards the Police Office, so off we go. I managing, with some help from Barry, to explain about my lost phone and wondered if it might have been lost on the plane on our outward journey

It was a noisy office, lots of handsome policemen in there all talking arabic…except for the one asking me questions about the flight details and phone details…when, an oriental gentleman seemed to appear at the door saying the he was drunk and could someone please direct him to the toilet! Hmm…this was like border force, a programme that Barry and I enjoy watching. The oriental gentleman was ushered away and we continued with our business…I was left on hold to the lost property department whilst still sat at the desk in the police office, thankfully, the woman on the end of the phone spoke perfect english

Then, the officer, dealing with me, suddenly said, “Do you want to sit down in here or go to a police cell?”…with some relief I realised that the oriental gentleman was back in the room, all the policemen started offering advice, in arabic, then the drunken man, said that he needed water, to dilute the wine so he could get sober again. This caused a few smiles and I heard some mention of coffee…then he would be fine and able to go on his way. The silly man then said, with his arms flailing all over the place that coffee would send him to sleep and that he needed tea, tea would work!! This caused even more smirks from the officers…I was still on hold and was mouthing to Barry that we needed to go, we only had a few minutes left to get on the connecting flight to Heathrow. I was getting in a right old panic, the chap dealing with me seemed in no hurry to deal with anything, but Barry said we would give it 5 more minutes….still on hold…then suddenly the lost property woman was back and said she had my phone!! Hurrah!!…well sort of hurrah as we then really had to leg it to the boarding gate as we could hear the final call for our flight being spoken on the tannoy. I explained that we had to go, they made a note of our flight and told us to be on our way…so near yet so far….

We boarded the plane, explaining to the air hostess about the phone, she made a note of our seat number and said she’d let us know either way

Oh well, they had our details and gave us an email number if the phone didn’t reach us before the plane left…..oh such a kerfuffle…we were trying to calm down when suddenly, one of the officers was walking towards us with my phone in hand…I signed a form and that was that! I now had 2 phones safely put away in my zipped up bag :D

Then there were a few messages to the passengers about belongings left on the plane when we had to leave it so it could be cleaned before returning to it an hour or so later for the last leg of the journey. There were some headphones, then an ipod and headphones and then a camera was mentioned…hmmm…Barry had asked for my camera during the previous flight and I didn’t remember putting it back in my bag. I looked for it but no, we didn’t have it…can you imagine how flippin stressful all this is??? Barry summoned one of the airline staff and told them the model of the camera and the bag, a while later, he returned with my precious camera. I nearly cried with relief! The chap sat next to me must have thought we were really careless, which as it happens, is exactly how I was feeling!

So now we are home, Barry told me to stay awake until bedtime, but well, yes, you’ve guessed it, he’s snoring, loudly and it’s only 8pm!

I’ll leave you with the last photo I took on the newer phone….and because the phone was found, Barry has a lovely new phone the same as mine! Howard and HIlda live

Is it bedtime yet?

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Tops and Bottoms

I keep putting off my other sewing….you see, I have 2 very delicious little Granddaughters. Don’t get me wrong, all my Grandchildren are wonderful little people, but right now, I am enjoying sewing dinky little things for them <3 The first outfit is made from some soft stretch denim for the trousers and my last of that pretty owl fabric….. The pattern is one I have had in my stash for about 12 years, I bought it when Emilia, my eldest Granddaughter was about 2, she is now 13!! The pink outfit is made from some beautiful linen blend for the trousers and some cotton lawn I have had for a couple of years I used shirring instead of making channels with bias binding and threading elastic through…I love shirring!! This is Esme wearing her dress that I made, there’s some shirring at the waistline…love that photo of the little gorgeous with her Eldest Ali. In the background is my youngest Granddaughter Indi, she is such a little cutie, very sociable and constantly chatting!! The outfit I made for Indi was a bit big…which makes a change as I’ve been making quite a few things that hardly got any wear! This set will be good for next year too!

I made this pretty make up bag for a gift for a friend, I love the shape…It’s an AnnaKa pattern, instructions in Norwegian but the pictures are great!

I’ve also been doing a bit of machine knitting….  The red cardigan is being test knitted and will be published soon…. I have made a few more things but don’t seem to have photographed them…. Have a lovely weekend everyone xxx

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Kauni…Hearts and Flowers

I came across this wonderful design when I was browsing Pinterest…I get lost on Pinterest…

I have long admired the colours and transitions of colours of Kauni and when I saw this design I just knew I would have to make one

I ordered the kit, you can only purchase the pattern in the kit…sadly one of the colourways for the design wasn’t available, however, I did have one ball of it lurking in my stash so I was halfway there. I ordered the kit, but with one of the colourways in the picture on the front of the design, and another colourway that will be used for something else I’m sure

I had a bit of trouble working out which colour was to go where and after reading through the booklet I realised that there would be a lot of winding off balls of yarn in order to get to the colours that I needed to use in the Fair Isle

So, this is my progress, lots of little balls of colours and I’m sure there will be more as I progress, I loved the colours that the designer used and I am doing my best to place them where she has…

It’s definitely photogenic….

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Comfy Machine Knit Jumper Published

You can purchase the pattern via the link in the side bar or in Ravelry

This lovely machine Knit jumper features a soft V neck which is not so deep as a classic V neck and looks good with shirts or t-shirts. I love how the neckline looks with the fully fashioned decreasing and that satisfying tuck and rolled hems

All sizes have been vigorously tested by 5 lovely machine knitters with varying skill levels so that you can knit this design with confidence

Five sizes from 38-46inch chest, or bigger if you don’t want such a loose fit

One of the things that was noted by my testers was the looser cuffs, a design feature that I love but wasn’t so popular with all the wearers, so, I have given you two versions, the one in the photos and a narrower cuff

I have 2 more designs in the writing stage, so that will keep me and my testers busy for a while…

If you have any questions just leave me a message somewhere….

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Decisions and Designing

I have been designing for the knitting machine again…this time a fitted cardigan, with tuck detail on the waist and cuffs, I used Yeoman Yarn’s Sari, another beautiful yarn to work with. The design looks simple enough but the detail on it is quite complex and will need a fair bit of detailed instruction. I will be creating many sizes for this design, this one is the first size and fits a 32″ bust measurement, it needs a few tweaks but I’m very pleased with the outcome


For quite some time, I have been mulling over the idea of not exhibiting at Fibre-East this year and finally made the decision a couple of days ago…it felt like a great weight had been lifted from my shoulders. The build up to a show is immense, the workload is never ending until the day of the show and then all the hard work pays dividends. Meeting so many of my lovely customers, chatting, advising…I love all of that but even with the thought of those rewards I knew that for me, it was going to be impossible this year

Barry has to go to Australia again soon and this time I’d like to go with him, hopefully he will take some holiday one side of the 2 weeks working…in fact, he keeps popping off to so many lovely new places and I would like the freedom to choose whether I go with him or not

I simply need to slow down a little…my 2 youngest Granddaughter’s are growing so fast, I keep buying fabric and patterns to make them some dinky outfits but the thought of all the dyeing and sewing I needed to do for FE kept stopping me…so now, I can make a few things without a guilty conscience

I could be in danger of filling my new found spare time with more interesting projects though………

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Slouchy Review

I am delighted that so many of you are enjoying my new machine knitting designs, my Slouchy Cardigan Pattern has received such a wonderful review, makes it all worthwhile.

I have another design for a Comfy Jumper for Men (and Women) which is in the hands of the testers right now and will be released soon

Here’s Barry modelling it…

He came home from work, saw his new jumper on the back of his chair and put it on! So that’s why he is looking a bit tired…

I particularly love the soft V of the neckline

Whilst that pattern is being tested, I am working on a fitted cardigan for Women, I’m taking more time over this one as it is rather more detailed than the Comfy Jumper and will be in a large range of sizes

Today, I am going to a smallish quilt show in Spalding…so I better get off my bottom and get dressed!

Have a lovely weekend


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Ali’s Jumper has been published

Ali, my eldest, asked me to make her a not too boxy jumper which slid off her shoulders and had a curved front which touched just below the waist, shorter than the back, bracelet length sleeves. This is the result!

There are endless possibilities for change, longer body, shorter sleeves

An optional downward curve can be added to the back so the line curves from front to back

Neckbands are knitted on after the shaping, making life less complicated and giving superb results

The sleeves are picked up from the edges of the body and knitted down towards the cuff
Worn with 10-15 cms (4-6 inches) of positive ease this jumper is fun to make and wear!

The neck and shoulder shaping is fully charted; I find this makes it far easier to see where I am in the pattern and the charts are all on separate pages so you can just print off the size you require

All curves are worked using short row shaping, this is described fully in the pattern

To fit sizes:
Small 30-34”
Medium 36-38”
Large 40-42”
Extra Large 44-46”

I used a standard gauge knitting machine SK280, no ribber required!

Skills required: A beginner machine knitter with a little experience could knit this design with a little concentration…

Tibet is knitted at a looser than normal tension for 3ply to allow for shrinkage and this looser tension gives a lovely drape to the finished garment
28 stitches and 40 rows to 4” square at TD 8 (MT) after washing, drying and gentle pressing
Although this is a standard tension for 4ply coned yarns, I don’t recommend that you use it. The fabric will be too dense for it to drape as this jumper needs

This pattern has been vigorously tested by three lovely machine knitters offering various abilities, I particularly wanted newbie machine knitters to test the pattern as well as knitters with experience, because I felt that useful questions would be asked and I have answered them to the best of my ability in the pattern

This is the Extra-large size showing the downward curve option…

This one is the second size but knitted 2″ longer and also has the downward curve at the back

You can buy the pattern using this Ravelry Link or from the link in my sidebar if you’re not on Ravelry

I am so happy about the success of my Slouchy Cardigan pattern…I have more ideas in the pipeline, a man’s jumper and a fitted cardigan for women….I just can’t go fast enough!!

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A little bit of sunshine

Today, I had my camera in my hand as I’d been taking the photos of an old dwelling earlier, sadly those shots didn’t please…but I was amazed to see all these little beauties in my garden already…plenty of buds of more things to pop open too!

Have a lovely weekend :)

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Machine Knit Slouchy Cardigan is Go!

At last…the pattern has been tested and is now for sale

You can view it on Ravelry here or you can purchase it using the link in my sidebar without going into Ravelry ;)

finished mustard slouchy cardigan  (1)


finished mustard slouchy cardigan  (2)

I can’t wait to see your makes of this unusual design

I have created a group on Flickr so you can show off your lovely makes from my patterns…there will be more and soon!

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Pattern Coming Soon

I am so happy with this design…I just had to make another, this time I made the largest size just to check out if I understood the written pattern and charts myself…!!

I am sending a public apology to all my testers for the number of updates there have been to the pattern…must have been driving you all bonkers!

Still I do think we are nearly there though

The weather has been appalling here today, really black with rain one minute and then sunny but very windy! It was a miracle that I managed to get this photo as the wind was blowing it all over the place! I love the stormy sky though….

Today I made yet another of my Slouchy Cardigans…I love it! That design is almost ready for publication too…watch this space!!

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