Yarn Shop Day

Tomorrow is Yarn Shop Day, the day when knitters everywhere celebrate their favourite local wool shop. The ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group will be visiting The Wool Loft in Gainsborough. Small, but beautifully formed and absolutely jam packed with gorgeous yarns of every colour and type, The Wool Loft is a true hidden treasure and Liz is a fount of all yarny knowledge. Why not join us?

The Lincoln Imp came along, too!

imp at the castle

Pattern courtesy of Georgina Manvell at The Old Toy Knitting Shop

Did you have a happy Mother’s Day?

The run up to Mother’s Day was very busy, as usual. Gardening, decorating, dog walking and knitting could quite easily manage to fill my days before I even think of preparing and delivering a single class. And then there’s the ‘day job’, of course!

My son stayed over for a few days, taking a well earned break from his frenetic work schedule. He enjoyed some long muddy walks, relished the stillness and gasped at the freshness of the air.

It was an added bonus that the clocks finally went forward at the weekend, so that at last we can make use of all that extra evening light out in the garden and the greenhouse, where seeds are sprouting everywhere I look.

On Mother’s Day itself I did the usual things mums do: listened to the Archers omnibus, opened cards and presents, enjoyed a slap up roast lunch, courtesy of Mr handmadebysoo, oh and built a scaffolding tower! This was a most unexpected mother-daughter bonding exercise and sooo much fun! It also means that now my one remaining excuse for putting off painting the hall ceiling has disappeared!

 

The Fenton Knitting Group joins the big knit

big-knit

With 25p donated to Age UK for every bottle of Innocent smoothie sold, sporting a knitted or crocheted hat, it’s time for us to join in with the big knit.

Let’s see how many gorgeous little hats we can make. And what better way to use up all those oddments of wool?

There are some fabulous new patterns to try out this year. Or better still, let’s go freestyle and design our own.

Watch this space for photos of our hats.

Happy Valentine’s Day from handmadebysoo

The ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group will be meeting this evening as usual. There will be a very special chocolate mousse cake, courtesy of the lovely Mary Berry, and a few other chocolatey treats. And yes, despite our slightly sticky fingers, we will be working at the table as usual, underneath the Valentine hearts hanging from the ceiling.

 

An upcycled footstool

stool-before

This little footstool has been in the family quite a while and has already had a couple of makeovers whilst it’s been in our care. This time I felt it needed a really different look. The legs have had the full chalk paint, sanding and wax treatment. The fabric was worn and had to go (yes, we really do use it as a footstool, so it gets worn!)  It’s been replaced by a piece of Laura Ashley vintage brocade. All topped off with a length of sparkly ribbon. It’s still the prefect place to rest our weary feet, but so much prettier now, somehow!

stool-after