Finished Canopy, fairy wings and belated show notes!

I finished my Canopy shawl! Yes!


Here it is at last! My beautiful Canopy shawl, finished and off the needles! My first ever shawl :)


I’m in love with it!


I love this cute applied border and really enjoyed knitting this so much! First shawl, first applied border, lots of new skills acquired!


Details for this shawl are on my Ravelry page here, or you can take a look through my last two posts and see the shawl’s progress and the yarn/pattern details :)

It was a joy to knit and so much fun being in the KAL! I can’t wait to receive my prize yarn! (I won it in the knit-along on Ravelry!) I’ll show you when it arrives…..

….and onto other things knitty…..

……the mystery WIP is now complete, and I will be showing it on the next episode of the podcast (that will be episode 7). You can see the second stage of this project in episode 6 of the podcast, which can be found at the bottom of this post. I did take pictures, but I seem to have deleted them from my phone before putting them here on the blog! Oh dear! We’ve had a lot going on these last few weeks, so it’s all got a bit muddled, I’m afraid! I will show the finished project on here in the next post, which will be very soon! I’m very excited to share it, it is so very cute and I love it to bits! So watch this space (or the podcast!!)

I also started a new jumper….

Here’s a glimpse at the start of it…..

…..and here’s the yarn….


It’s the Carpino sweater by Carol Feller. The lace pattern is so beautiful and simple, when I saw my friend Emily knitting this pattern, I just had to buy the pattern and cast it on!

The colour of the yarn is ‘Petrol Mix’ and I love it! The yarn is so soft and enjoyable to knit with. I will be making the sleeves full length, rather than three quarter length, as shown in the pattern, so I purchased extra yarn for this. Hope I got enough!

I’ve been sewing too…….with some very delicious and beautiful haberdashery……



This lovely selection of ribbons and beads was just what I was looking for to adorn a pair of fairy wings for our niece’s fifth birthday. I got all of these beautiful trimmings in my local yarn shop in the nearby town of Llanrwst.

Here are the wings in the making…..


I made the pattern myself, based on some inspiration from Pinterest. The wings have elastic loops for the shoulders and wrists, so they are easy for the child to put on and take off.


I’ve used a very drapey tulle, which I bought from Truro Fabrics in Cornwall, several years ago. It’s perfect as it is so soft and light and drapes so beautifully, not like the stiff netting you might usually find in some fabric shops. I’m now making a second pair of these for our other niece, who is turning four! I’ll show some finished pictures in the next post, hopefully! In the meantime, I shall try to resist making a pair of these for myself! It could happen!

We went up a mountain too…….

…..on a beautiful sunny, hazy day a few weeks ago, we packed a lunch and headed off into Snowdonia for a mountain walk…..

We chose to go up Elidir Fawr, starting in the village of Nant Peris. It was a beautiful walk but very hot and a really long way! Eifion wanted go up a mountain that was over 3000ft and I wanted to go up a mountain on which I wouldn’t cry and say things like “they’ll have to get the helicopter” (flashbacks to Helvelin, Lake district, three years ago, and no, the helicopter was thankfully not needed in the end, I just needed to stop crying and get walking!!)

Here’s what the walk looked like…..

This doesn’t actually look like a mountain, and I’m not sure which bit was the top, but this was taken on the way up! I suspect the summit was one of those pointy bits way off in the distant background, because it took hours to get there!

Oh, how I wanted to get in this stream! It was so hot and muggy!

….and even on his day off, a farmer is never off duty, especially when it’s silage making time! I suspect this was one of the many operational silage-cutting/tedding/bailing conversations that take place constantly over the weeks of late spring and summer!


A beautiful view from about half way up, down to the valley below.

….and last but not least, and very belated, here is episode 6 of the loop and bar podcast (it has been live on You tube for a few weeks, I just haven’t had time to put it here yet!

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I’m afraid I haven’t been able to put the show notes together for this one (we’ve had a tough few weeks here in our village, other things took over for a little while), but I have included info in the podcast itself, as pop up titles, so hopefully that will be enough. If you have any questions, just message me in the comments in you tube and I will reply that way :)

Happy knitting/stitching and see you in the next post :)

Shawl Knitting is Brilliant! And so is podcasting :)

I’ll start with a quick plug of my latest podcast episode (number 5)…..just in case you want to take a look! ……

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….I’ll put the show notes right at the end of this blog post……

……but if you’re just here for the blog, then here’s what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks……

Firstly, the weather has turned glorious and so the making of silage has commenced in earnest on the farm! Here’s one of The Men frantically collecting the cut grass from the paddocks before the rain came! I waved from my vegetable patch…..oh, to drive a tractor! It’s on my list…..(well, I’d settle for a ride on mower actually! Look at how much grass I had to cut this weekend! That’s only a third of it! Why did I tell the Estate gardener I’d like to cut my own grass?!)


…..the guinea pigs moved into their summer residence, and settled in very nicely. They are really enjoying making tunnels in the long grass and doing alternate bouts of grazing, napping, grazing, napping! The operation was of course overseen by Charlie…..


…..notice how I abandoned the grass cutting after not very much grass cutting at all?! If only I had twenty more guinea pigs and a couple of Alpacas, that would surely solve the problem!

I sowed a bed of cottage garden flowers…’s the project in the preparation stages….(this is no half-hearted attempt! I’ve got netting and everything!)


…and here it is with seeds scattered and chicken-defence-netting in place!


It seems to be doing the trick, the only thing I have to worry about now is slugs! I’m going to try nematodes! I dare not put down slug pellets as the dog might eat them (not to mention all the wildlife). Cross your fingers for me! I so want a beautiful bed of flowers here, to feed the bees and butterflies and bring lots of beautiful colour and scent into my garden!

Here’s what will hopefully spring up in the next few days…..


These packets of seeds were only 99p each from my local farm stores! I picked my favourites…..I also have some sun flowers germinating in the greenhouse – they can go out when they are bigger!
I’m so excited to be out, working in the garden again….we have had to wait a long time this year in the UK, the winter was long and Spring took a while to arrive! But that all seems in the distant past now, with the sun shining and the grass going crazy! Next stop, vegetable patch! I’ve got beans, peas and chard to plant out! Hurray for summer!

I’ll pop a few more pictures of the garden and farm on the ‘Loop and bar Garden’ page (see in the menu bar at the top of the home page) – for anyone who may be interested to see more!

I’ve been busy with my knitting and sewing too! I’ve been really enjoying being part of the Mandarine’s Shawl KAL over on Ravelry……here’s how big my shawl is now…..


I’ve made a lot of progress on this over the weekend, after a bit of a repeated stop-start! This is owing to the wonderful, magical super-brilliant using of the stitch markers after every lace repeat. Why oh why did I not take the advice of my lovely new friend and Canopy Buddy (That’s Antonella, of Diary of a Yarnaholic podcast), and Melody (advising another KAL participant) to place the markers at every repeat, right at the start? Who knows. All I know is, it’s the way forward and I’ll be doing this for every lace project I ever do in the future! It makes such a massive difference to the success of each lace row! I’m whizzing ahead now, nearly at the applied border – can’t wait for that:) This project is a great learning one for me, there are new techniques and stitches and I’m learning a lot about what effects different stitches give to a piece of work – especially now that I’m using the markers, as I can concentrate more on what the stitches are doing in the pattern rather than stressing about if I will get to the end of the row with the right stitch count!
I’m also loving the yarn now…….I was worried at the start of the project that I’d made a bad yarn choice for the stitch pattern (I’m using Sulka Nina by Mirasol) and I would choose a smoother, less ‘haloed’ yarn if I do this shawl again, as suggested by Melody in the pattern, but I think this has worked out ok, especially now that I have worked the longer sections of the lace repeats – the lace pattern can be seen more clearly now! I am really enjoying this pattern and the interaction on the KAL has been fantastic – lots of friendly people sharing their lovely shawl progress and helping each other out! It’s a great way to make friends in the knitting community. I may have to do another Canopy for the Autumn, in different yarn and colour, to add to my growing shawl collection……

…speaking of which……


…Here is my second shawl project, and I’m loving every stitch of this one too! It’s the ‘Andrea’s Shawl’ and I’m knitting this in ‘The Uncommon Thread’ BFL single – I LOVE this yarn so much! I want to make everything with it! It’s working very well with the pattern although it is a lot finer than the suggested yarn weight, so I’m getting a much smaller shawl that the pattern would normally result in…but that’s ok. I now know that if I knit this again with a similar weight yarn, I can easily add in a few more lace repeats to make it larger.

I’ve been sewing too……


I ordered labels……


…..and made more project bags! My new favourite thing….apart from shawl knitting and stitch markers, that is…….


I didn’t manage to get any really decent pictures of the bags this morning, in a bit of a rush as usual, so I will show them in the next post (or you could take a look at the latest podcast episode and see them on there!)…..but here is one of them…….


…..and it’s housing my Mystery WIP!……..

I’m working on a small project that I’m calling the Mystery WIP – I’ve showed it on the podcast, but wanted to share it here too……when I came across this pattern I just absolutely HAD to make it! I am using the beautiful Jamiesons of Shetland spindrift yarn for this, because I love this yarn and there are so many colours in the range – it was ideal for getting the colours to match those in the original pattern.

The idea of the Mystery WIP is simply that I’m showing a WIP but not telling what the pattern is until I show the finished thing! Just a bit of fun! Maybe you can guess what it is going to be? Here it is so far…..


The main part of the item is knitted in this beautiful peacock blue colour, in two parts, and joined at the top. I will be joining on the next colour after this row. You may have noticed a cheeky little novelty yarn in the picture! Does this give any clues? Any ideas, anyone?

I will of course give full pattern details and credit when I show the finished item in the next couple of posts / podcasts. I can’t wait to finish it! Watch this space :) ……

……and finally……….


….the big rug re-make is complete! Shortly after taking this (slightly fuzzy and out-of-focus) picture, as predicted, Charlie came in and plonked herself down on it and went to sleep! So it’s being put into immediate use by it’s previous owner, who seems very happy to have it back (albeit in a different shape!) I love this rug now – it’s really squishy and a much closer gauge than it was previously. I really do prefer the colours in blocks as they are now, rather than in one-row stripes – it was too busy before. I’m really pleased I did this and enjoyed working with my giant crochet hook again! I may need to make another in the near future!

Podcast show notes:

Welsh Word of the episode:
Gweill – knitting needles (plural)
Gwaell – one knitting (singular)
Nodwydd – sewing needle

Andrea’s Shawl , knitted in Mirasol Sulka Nina, colourway ‘Bark’
Canopy, being knitted in The Uncommon Thread, BFL, colourway ‘Attic Room’

Knitting shop mentioned: The wonderful Loop in London……

Addi Click review by Sarah from Crafts From the Cwtch……the review can be seen here

Podcasters mentioned:

Shara from What Shara Made (podcast) and website/etsy shop

Antonella from The Diary of a Yarnaholic podcast

Melody of Mandarines podcast

Mystery WIP – yarn: Jamiesons of Shetland spindrift – I want all of the yarn from this website.

The Cutest Buttons In The World and Podcast Episode Three!

The dress is finished, here’s the last detail shot….the buttons were the only thing left to do……..


I chose these adorable pearl shell buttons for maximum comfort and because they look so lovely with the fabric…….but these (beautiful as they are) are not actually the Cutest Buttons In The World…….

…..these are The Cutest Buttons In The World………….


These little donkeys look so happy!


I found these amazing little fellas on the Skein Queen website…..a very lucky find! She has the most beautiful collection of buttons for sale and stocks hand dyed yarn and lots of other lovely yarn related stuff!

I’m going to use these buttons for my friend’s baby (due in June) – I’m knitting the Puerperium cardi, in linen this time. I’ve steered away from wool for this one, as it will hopefully be warm by the time the baby arrives! The best thing is, my friend has two donkeys! So these buttons could not be more perfect! I’m pretty sure she’ll squeal (like I did) when she sees them!

I’ve also been busy with the rug re-make…..lots of pulling down and steam ironing……


I’ve started the process of stitching the strands together end-to-end to make them into one continuous strand. I’ll be crocheting these back into a rug in the next few days! So the next picture you see will be a finished rug! It is actually taking longer that I had anticipated, but I think it will be worth the effort – I’ll have a rug that I’ll want to use instead of a rug that I don’t know where to put in the house!

I also bought new yarn……..


I need to take some yummier pictures of this gorgeous yarn, so this is just a peak, really. I’ll talk about it more in the next post, and what I am going to make with it. Or if you are impatient, like me, you can always just watch the podcast (below) and find out there! The yarn is BFL Singles by The Uncommon Thread and it’s very beautiful! I really can’t wait to start knitting with it. I have more yarn in the post (what happened to my resolution to only use stash yarn for the next few months?) for an exciting KAL that I’m taking part in over on Ravelry…..the Mandarine’s Shawl KAL is taking place throughout May and is the perfect opportunity for me to knit a shawl I’ve had my eye on for a long time…….more about that in the next post also!

…..and whilst not knitting, Charlie and I have been helping on the farm…….

Here’s Charlie, checking that they’re all in the right paddock!

It is sometimes our job to follow the heard to the paddock after milking, and make sure the cows all get there happily! We have to close the gate once all of the cows are in the paddock, to stop them from wandering down to the village, or roaming around the farm! We like this job very much! The cows are such beautiful, friendly and curious animals – I love to be around them and they really like Charlie!


The heard, very content, that’s what we like to see :)


We live in such a beautiful place and I feel so lucky to be here, surrounded by all of this amazing landscape!

I’ve also been busy recording a third episode of the loop and bar podcast! I’ve had some lovely comments so far, which is very encouraging for a newbie! The knitting podcast world is so friendly and it’s so much fun podcasting and interacting with others out there! Doing the podcast has actually made me more active on Ravelry too, which is great! So if you are interested in taking a look, if you haven’t already, just scroll down for the loop and bar podcast episode three, in which I talk a little bit about my week in Wales, share some of the things in this post (and a bit more), show a favourite thing from around my house, and give a very mini welsh lesson! The pod notes are below it, for links to people/websites/patterns I’ve talked about :)

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Podcast notes……

Bits about Wales….

The Wonderwool festival in Builth Wells, Wales – how did I not go to this?! I’ll put it in my diary for next year……
My lovely resident Redstart …tweet!
The Llangernyw Yew

Patterns mentioned….
The Sunburst Granny Square (from the blanket) – I’ve linked here to the original place I found the pattern and this is the one I used, but the Sunburst Granny Square is available on Ravelry also, just put it into a search and you will find loads of versions.
Puerperium Cardigan – that’s the tiny blue one with the rainbow buttons :)
Andrea’s Shawl by Kirsten Kapur on ravelry

Yarn and buttons mentioned………
Lang Yarns – Carpe diem (how do you say that?!) – seriously gorgeous yarn, super soft with a very high squish factor! I got mine from my local wool shop, ‘Ar Y Gweill’, but they don’t have a website so I’ve linked to an online source instead.
Sirdar Snuggle Baby Speckle – from the tiny blue cardi :)
Drops Belle Uni Colour yarn
Jaeger Matchmaker Yarn DK – sorry, can’t find a good website to link to for this – I got it from my local wool shop in N.Wales
Debbie Bliss Rialto DK – Circus colourway
The Uncommon Thread – BFL Singles, colour: Attic Room
The lovely donkey buttons from Skein Queen :) Big smile!

Crafts people mentioned…..
My beautiful mug in this episode…..Jenny Murray ceramics available at Cwt Tatws, North Wales (among other places)
My little houses :)

Podcasts mentioned…..
The Gentle Knitter
Brooklyn Knitfolk