Monthly Archives: March 2009

Before Our Time


A new blog find….

Before Our Time – A Simpler Life aims to explore the simplicities of life pre-1970 (o h I remember those days with much fondness).  Their latest post concerns crafting our way out of difficult economic times (hey even I’ve committed to ‘handmade’ this year!) and makes interesting reading for those of us who crave the ‘simple times’.

They’re also having a giveaway of a gorgeous crocheted scarf  and I covet it so please take yourself over there for a good read.

You know I’d be interested to know if our mothers thought the pre-70s were as ‘simple’ as we remember.  I do remember most of my clothes being sewn by mum, handknits and macrame potplant holders, but I also remember difficult financial times and lots of mince-meals.  I suspect our mothers don’t recall those times as ‘simple’.  I might have to ‘interview’ my mother to find out!

There is a part of me that would LOVE to be at home to make breakfast and take the kid to school, and be home each night to help with homework, but there is also a part of me that loves the evil mortgage, being able to buy the stuff to craft and make things – it’s a vicious circle and I really admire those women with the strength and courage to do it!


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Toe Up Socks

I think I’m converted.  I may never knit a cuff down sock again.

There will be a fitting  memorial for my DPNs this weekend also.

Over and out (for now).


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Felted/Fulled Hat No. 2

Aspire Naturally - 70 /30 Wool Alpaca Blend

Aspire Naturally - 70 /30 Wool Alpaca Blend

This is hat number 2.  I’ve made the brim a little wider, and the crown flatter and less rounded – but in between washings – I played with the shape quite a bit – you can get LOTS of differet shapes if you play with and mould the wet object!

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First ever ‘almost’ felted hat

I knitted this hat in one evening and felted it the next day 🙂 


It probably could have done with a bit rougher treatment – but I was scared….you know?  There is still some stitch definition – perhaps I will give it some more hoo-har and shape it again 🙂

I cast on 140 stitches, knit 15 rows, then decreased some, knit another 15 rows then decreased some more.  I then knit a whole heap of rows, then decreased over about 15 rows for the crown…..not bad for a first effort 🙂

Now to decorate for the impending brithday of a friend’s little princess !

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And now back to our scheduled programming…

I”ve been out of sorts – understandably, but I’m back today with some piccies of  a few ‘little’ things I’ve done lately, and a short train story for you at the end !  Thanks everyone for all your lovely messages – I’ve really appreciated your concern and your support!

Socks…I’m addicted (as everyone said I would be) AND I’m about to embark on the toe-up adventure…stay tuned for the outcome of that!

These are three pairs I’ve completed lately, the red ones are the same as the first ever socks, knitted from sensational bright red – 4 ply Shepherd machine-washable baby merino!  Gorgeously soft and the stitch pattern is really great in the plain colour.

From Getting Started Knitting Socks

From Getting Started Knitting Socks

The ‘odd socks” are made from Grignaso Strong Print – and the recipient asked for odd socks so I didn’t worry at all about stripe matching!   


The white socks are made from the Mockery Socks Pattern from Wired for Fibre and again knitted from Patons Dreamtime in 4 ply.  Lovely squishy and soft socks for The Little Princess.

<cokery Socks - Wired for Fibre

I also love this particular beanie.  I can knit one in a day on the way to and from work – the pattern is VERY simple but the outcome is lovely!  I’ve knitted many of these but have pictures of three of them for you to see 😉




The green one I can’t recall what I knitted it from, the other two are made from Cleckheaton Kaleidoscope and as the hat is knitted sideways – the colour variations really stripe up nicely!  I love these!  To make them smaller or bigger I just change the needle size and the thickness of the yarn…..I always cast on the same amount of stitches 😉  Simple!

I’ve also just finished knitting a hat that is to  be felted – pictures of that soon!  I hope it works out OK!

And just so you know I’m back to “normal”…a train story for you!

Yesterday on my way home from work – I failed to score the PKP, however I did manage a seat that allowed me to knit “almost freely” so I pulled out my sock and started to knit. 

At the next station, a gentleman sat in the seat opposite to me ( let’s call him Darth Vader – man he breathed/snuffled  the loudest I’ve ever heard!) but annoying as that was, that really wasn’t the issue.   More accurately, I could have called him Mr-Extremely-Smelly- Feet!  As soon as he sat down, he decided that for HIS COMFORT (and obviously no one else’s) he would slip his shoes off under his seat and settle back for a nice relaxing trip home – ALL THE WAY TO MY STATION AT THE END OF THE LINE!!!!



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