Monthly Archives: April 2014

Vest tops and rainbows

Oops, I’ve been a bit quiet on here. With apologies to my lovely bloggy acquaintances whom I’ve neglected. Normal chattiness will be restored shortly. Life has irritatingly intervened. I do wish it wouldn’t do that. Doesn’t it realize that I have priorities?

Anyway, I’m still temporarily swerving a little away from the housey theme of this blog, to indulge my longstanding love of Adriafil Knitcol (not to mention my longstanding love of the toddler twinnage 😉 ) and make a few of these in different colour-ways:-

tank top modelled by a sample of twinnage

tank top modelled by a sample of twinnage

jumper 2

Actually, I think it’s a bit narrow at the top, so I’ve already ripped (ouch) out the top half and am in the process of grumpily re-knitting it. With emphasis on the grumpiness.

Oh, and whilst staying with a friend, I found some more spring flowers for another rainbow collage. Didn’t even have to sneak off to the garden centre and cheat this time. Spring has most definitely well and truly sprung round here, though judging from comments on my previous posts this certainly isn’t the case everywhere else.



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Rainbow spring flowers

You’ll know by now that I have a bit of a fing about rainbows. But if you saw my last post, you’ll also know that I’m picking around with lots of little projects at the moment so don’t (yet) have any major new knitted housey-ness to show you. Actually I’m taking a mini-break from the house-colouring theme of this blog to knit jumpers for the toddler twinnage in many shades of lovely Adriafil Knitcol. But I’ve been thinking about rainbows, too, in particular the beautiful spring flowers that are all around here at the moment. Look, I made a collage, just for you. All these flowers are either in my garden or photographed locally  and I just might have sneaked a camera into the local garden centre to nab the greens because I couldn’t find them anywhere else.

rainbow spring flowers :-)

rainbow spring flowers 🙂

Given that this village was traditionally at the epicentre of the cherry-growing universe, I really should get out and photograph some of the gorgeous blossom round here at the moment, but in the meantime, enjoy the rainbow.

More knitting on its way…


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A restless post of several little bits

Since the ridiculous, monstrous, ludicrous, in-what-crazy-state-of-inebriation-did-I-conceive-this-idea stained glass window afghan was finished, and also since the large crochet hippo settled in to life here in the old brewery, I’ve been picking at various projects in a desultory way. There’s a jumper* in the background that gets a bit of attention late at night. There’s yarn-bombing the outside of the house, very much a work in progress over the breakfast table. (Trust me, there will be photos soon.) There are sample pieces of stranded knitting for a tutorial I’ll be posting soon:-


And there’s a dress for my lovely cousin’s imminent baby arrival:-


Yeah, the baby will need to grow a tad to fit into this, unless she wants to get lost somewhere amongst the hem ruffles, but I figured that everyone gives you newborn stuff when you have a baby, so I’d look ahead a bit.

Can you tell that I don’t really like picking at little projects? I like a big, meaty, over-ambitious project to complain about. Ah well, I’m sure I’ll find something soon.


*translation for North American folks: sweater.


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Meet Hieronymus, the happy hippy hippo

This blog is (supposed to be) about knitting and crochet for the home. Hence that bonkers, never-again-even-if-you-paid-me stained glass window afghan. (In case you’re wondering, I’m currently sitting on the aforementioned afghan, and it’s also liberally adorned with toddler porridge, Thomas The Tank Engine stickers, and assorted toys. Is nothing sacred in this house?? NOTHING?!)  And hence the even more over-ambitious projects I’ve got planned for elsewhere in this old brewery.


You know that feeling a girl gets, sometimes? That I-must-crochet-a-floral-hippo feeling? Well, last week I got that feeling, and I got it bad. Here is the result. People, meet Hieronymus. Hieronymus, meet people:-

Crocheted hippo

Crocheted hippo

And again:-

Hippo on tour

Hippo on tour

…And again:-

Yup, it's a hippy hippo.

Yup, it’s a hippy hippo.

And finally, with me and the Stoic Spouse and the Toddler Twinnage on board:-

TheTwistedYarn on tour

TheTwistedYarn on tour

You want the pattern, yes? It’s the Happypotamus by Heidi Bears. Easily searchable on Ravelry, or PM me if you have trouble finding it. Heidi Bears also does a rather beautiful frog.

By the way, until I stuffed it, the Stoic Spouse said it resembled road kill. I would like you all to know that I am no longer on speaking terms with the Stoic Spouse.


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