The ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group have been delivering bags full of blue, green and white pompoms all morning, so that I will have enough to make a woolly garland to hang outside on Sunday. I’m opening my garden to the public then as a fundraiser for the Nystagmus Network, a charity very close to my heart, and the pompoms are all in the charity’s colours.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIES!
This year the Fenton Knitting Group will be celebrating its fourth anniversary. Our core membership continues strongly and we welcome every new knitter warmly.
Sitting round the table with friends over your knitting, crochet or sewing, drinking tea, eating cake and keeping up to date with local goings on – what’s not to love?
When I first moved back to Lincolnshire from Kent it was a wrench to leave my knitting group behind, but the joy of that group and the fond memories inspired me to start all over again. I’m so glad I did.
Thank you to the ladies of the Aylesford Knitting Group.
Different ladies, different projects, different kitchen – same table, same laughter, same joy!
Just in time for the snowy weather, I’ve knitted this 70s throw back, skinny rib polo neck jumper. It was an ‘in between’ project, the kind you can pick up and knit whilst watching TV, reserving the aran patterns for quieter moments when you’re more able to concnetrate. The wool is James C Brett marble chunky. The self striping colours are perfect for me. The jumper is warm and snuggly and also very flattering.
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Following my holiday in Suffolk (more about my holiday knitting soon!) the Fenton Knitting Group will be knitting tonight at the barn as usual. Courtesy of the lovely Mary Berry we will be enjoying a ‘weekend fruit cake’ and this on a Tuesday! Shocking!
This evening, instead of knitting along with the lovely ladies of the Fenton Knitting Group, I am, thanks to the wool and haberdashery department of the Winch and Blatch department store in Sudbury, starting a lovely new scarf with some Sirdar Sylvan thick and thin yarn. And where am I knitting? At The Swallow’s Nest in Ilketshall St Margaret, near Bungay in Suffolk.
Whilst in Winch and Blatch I had a lovely chat with some ladies also choosing wool. As always, time and careful consideration were needed to ensure that the correct colour, shade and dye lot were selected for the project they had in mind. After a little humming and hawing a satisfactory decision was reached. The justification given, totally unnecessarily, was that one is allowed a certain amount of dithering once one’s hair has turned white. In that case I am resolved to cease forthwith covering up any signs of white hair. On second thoughts, though, and after further reflection, maybe not!
Ailbe is also enjoying his very first Suffolk holiday with Mummy and Daddy, who are much more regular visitors.
As fog and frost continue to shroud Fenton with only an occasional burst of watery winter sunshine to dispel the general January murk, this little woolly bird has arrived in handmadebysoo’s garden to cheer us all and remind us that Spring really is just around the corner.
blue tit: 75 birds, butterflies ans beautiful beasties to knit & crochet, by Lesley Stanfield
garden spade: handmadebysoo original!
Members of the Fenton Knitting Group will be crafting again at The Barn this evening from 6pm, catching up on all their crafty achievements over the holidays. There will be handmadebysoo Christmas cake to sample and something for the chocoholics. New Year’s diets do not apply on Tuesday evenings!
Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
Soo enjoyed a restful and refreshing New Year break in North Yorkshire. There were lots of very muddy walks with Ailbe, huge pub lunches and a little bit of knitting, too.
handmadebysoo is currently on holiday in Yorkshire, walking on the moors and doing lots of knitting, too. The Fenton Knitting Group will resume next Tuesday at The Barn. Till then, keep knitting and Happy New Year!
You’ve chosen the perfect yarn from at least 50 shades available online. You’ve had the adrenalin rush when the parcel arrives and you get to rip open the paper and feel the texture, followed by the tinge of guilt as you realise there is still so much yarn in your stash, but, hey, you’re over that already!
Then you’ve downloaded your chosen Pdf pattern and printed it off, selected your needles, plumped up the cushions in your favourite knitting chair, drawn up an appropriate foot rest (mine tends to be the dog and his bed – so warm!). You’re all ready to begin and then you read …
… cast on 376 stitches! What?!
So here they are – my 376 stitches. And I’m already on row 16. Yay!