Dare to Dream

Those of you who’ve been coming here for a while won’t be staggered to discover I’ve cast on a project I didn’t plan to do this month…. I intended to knit a Boo Knits beaded shawl for my colleague for her birthday in June and had tentatively marked down April for that project. I’d also planned to use the gorgeous Yan-tan-tethera yarn I won in the giveaway for this project. 

BUT Boo Knits is running a Mystery Knit-a-long in April and I just HAVE to join in. It’s lace weight and needs beads, so I’ve picked some lace out of my stash, ordered some beads and am ready to go!

I was so excited with the idea of the MKAL, I just needed to knit a beaded shawl. It’s definitely my favourite thing to knit.  So, I caked the yarn:  

   
Picked my tools including some lovely gold beads:

 
And started:  

   

After a number of hours busy work:  

 

The start of the beading!  
Loving the pattern as usual.  

Some projects just don’t work out…

I was getting on really well with the hat….  

    
    
 
And then it occurred to me to try it on to see how nice it looked… Well, I hadn’t thought about how glasses might work with a very close fitting hat… 

 
Let’s be honest, it looks like an old lady hat turban. And not in a good way. I thought about finishing it for my sister, even though she laughed like a drain at the photo, but finally decided that as I wanted the yarn as a hat for me that the only way was frogging…

Back to Ravelry for a good pattern! 

A pretty good start to the weekend!

Damon went to visit his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren this last week for a couple of days. They’re a lovely family and I see them less than I’d like as D mostly goes midweek as he works nights at the weekend and of course I’m at work in the week. He brought back my birthday gifts from them – this fantastic cow money box – I’m going to save for yarn purchases so she’s been named the Yarn Moo 😄   

Also this beautiful glass bauble: 

  

Yesterday I bought some new winter boots! Yes they are teal coloured. And super comfy. 😊  

 Damon bought Mollie a new and rather large bed… For £9… I preferred the mink coloured faux fur one without cartoon dogs (that cost £60), but hey, they’re both happy. 

 

Mum and I attended the installation of the new Bishop of Taunton at Wells Cathedral today. We were excited to see our new woman bishop!  

  

I got home from Wells to discover some happy mail. Cuddlebums is an indie dyer from Yorkshire and I’d seen this colourway on her Instagram feed and felt compelled to buy a skein!  I think this needs to be some armwarmers – it’s got silk in it!   

Happy yarn owner…  

And, in a stroke of GENIUS, this morning I decided to fire up the slow cooker! Meaning that by 6pm I had a Spnish style potato, butternut squash and Quorn sausage stew ready to eat. Spicy and redolent of garlic, it was DELICIOUS. And there is loads left!
Plus Strictly and Dr Who! A pretty decent day!  I have high hopes for tomorrow. 

A shawl I didn’t knit! 

I’ve been taking part in an Instagram Autumn Shawl Swap – you make one for someone and they make one for someone else and so on! I’ve got til October 14 to finish mine (loads of time!) but the person making mine has sent it to me! The pattern is Peipponnen:  


And here it is laid out: 

 

Isn’t it beautiful? I’m am so pleased with it I can’t tell you. My swap buddy Karen @jumpingthroughloops has picked the perfect pattern and colour. Now I just need to finish the one I’m making!   😄