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Yarn at Medicine, yarn show Birmingham

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a trip on the train with two yarny friends to have a look at a new yarn event that was taking place.
Any excuse for a trip on the train and if it involves yarn even better!
So having changed my shoes three times I opted for these very cute Mary Jane shoes with little leaf detail on, in order that I could model my "coming soon" new sock design called Liner Line, which is a lovely long sock which is perfect for boots or cute shoes and features a plain foot and textured leg pattern.
This were the beautiful yarns I came away with.
I have a passion for two types of yarns.  One is laceweight for making beautiful shawl designs.  So when I saw this delicate yarn by Third Vault Yarns which was a blend of Bluefaced Leicester and Silk it had to come home with me.


I am very lucky to be friends with Vicki who is the owner of  Vicki Brown Design.  She has an incredible eye for colour and I had been wanting to buy the "Wisteria" colourway y…

Just socks!!

I have been knitting socks for nearly ten years.  Initially I started with just plain stocking stitch pattern.  But last year I decided to start designing my own.
This year I released my first design called Twisted Journeys.  The sock was inspired by my travel on a train from Cheltenham to Skipton to visit the annual yarn show where I have shared my recent trip this year 2017 and 2015 in my blog.
I love train travel the anticipation of visiting places and the ability to see places wizz by whilst you are able to sit and knit is always fun.
So during this four hour journey the ideas began to develop in my mind and over a period of time the design progress evolved.

I started to knitting the design whilst staying in a gorgeous cottage in Skipton.

I took them everywhere with me, I sat and knitted in the sunshine after at day at the show with the icon Skipton landmark and high street to look at. I do love people watching and knitting.
It came to Copper's cafe with me a great stop off f…

The beauty of flowers.

I adhore my garden it brings me so much pleasure.  It is not a hugh plot of land and is surrounded from every window looking out at other people's houses, but this does not stop me loving my space.
Today even though we have now reached October I found myself gardening in my t-shirt!
So whilst I was doing some tidying I took some cuttings of a few gorgeous, colourful plants. In our house we just love to propogate and adhore self seeded plants that come back year on year and are always a surprise what will appear.  We also love to provide areas for nature collecting and storring driftwood for so many insects and bugs. 
We cut down a tree a while ago that was just growing in the wrong place and today I discovered this beautiful mushroom growing on it.
Do you have a lovely "green space", what do you enjoy about your garden?  I would love to hear your thoughts.







The humble sock.

I started knitting socks back in 2009, I can not believe it was so long ago, but thanks to the joy of Ravelry project database I am able to recollect this information.

During my sock journey I have made "gift socks for family and friends", socks for myself and socks for charity knitting.

However I do love designing and have decided that this is the area I am going to focus my attention.

I have built up quite a collection not only of glorious yarns, but also am building on my reference book library and currently have four great books that relate to sock knitting and designing.

My first book I bought was Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson.  The book has some great features including the basic construction of socks along with a really good selection of designs.

For me Toe up sock knitting is definitely my preferred method of sock construction.  I personally just like the fact that I can knit until I run out of yarn if that is the route I want to take.

Next in my library is…

Trip to Skipton woods.

Along with knitting my other passion is photography, all of which is taken using my Samsung S7 Edge phone.
During my trip to Yarndale this September I took a walk in the woods that surround the edge of the town.
It was a beautiful warm day just perfect for walking and being able to sit and enjoy the beauty of nature. 
Walking in the woods can be such a rewarding thing to do, being able to look up and see the sun shining through the trees, with the light dancing and creating amazing dabbled shade.
It was a perfect day for total crisp and clear reflections on the ponds which looked like an artists painting, you could not see where one image ended and the next began.
The sound of water which was provided by the mini waterfall was quite astonishing in terms of the volume as it echoed around the woods.  But you could just move a short distance and sit and listen to the quiet eb and flow of the stream which alongside the rustling of the leaves in the trees which I find such an incredibly …