Wednesday, 26 September 2018

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 486

Hello Everyone

It's been a while. I did try to write a WOYWW post the Wednesday I was in Wales but found it impossible to insert photos from my phone. There was broadband available in the cottage but only when the wind was in the right direction and stars in alignment!!! And then I got sick. It meant we had to cut our holiday short. Such a shame because we loved the hills, the fields and the hundreds of sheep, that surrounded us and there's so much to see and do around Llandudno too. Happily, I'm recovering and have started getting out and about once more. Feeling more like flexing my crafting muscles again too. Not that there's much sign of that on my desk, as you can see.
There's a pack of fine tip glue applicators and two new dies ordered from Amazon and only just arrived before we left for Wales. They are on my 'must try' list. Everything else at the back you've seen before - not much change there. The box at the front contains the pages made in the cottage - seven in total. Not bad considering the many distractions there were on holiday, including the sheep.

I can't claim that they were made at the WOYWW crop ... it's well documented that very little crafting is actually done on the day! No, most were made in the evenings on this tiny round table in the cottage. It's surprising what can be done with limited supplies and lots of determination. However, I did make a start on this page at the crop - it wasn't finished until the following day. .

The photo is of my father and his siblings taken at a wedding in the 1980s - the last time they all got together. Almost all are gone now - just one uncle, the one in the dark grey suit, survives. The photo brings back some lovely memories of the family and they look so smart in their wedding outfits too.

So it's obvious that there's not been much action in the craft room but I have managed to do some knitting.

I did start this little hat and cowl set while on holiday but only got around to finishing it yesterday. I was lucky to find the button in my stash. I think it will fit my youngest great-granddaughter perfectly.

On a role, I've started another hat. This mohair type yarn was a gift from a friend and it's lovely to work with - love the colours. Tempted to keep this one for myself!

And isn't this the most wonderful collection of knitting needles - some very old indeed. They were offered up free on a local Facebook site and because I have so very few sets of needles I snapped them up. I gave my daughter a very similar collection many years ago because I had lost interest in knitting and thinking I'd never use them again. How wrong could I be! My interest has been revived by the ladies at the Thursday craft group, many of whom are very experienced knitters.
And talking of knitting, needles and wool, look what came back with me from Wales. Well, it would have been rude to leave them there. These two kits are from a lovely little yarn shop, Find me Knitting, Betws-y-coed, that specialises in natural yarns like these. The pack contains Ada 100% Peruvian Highland Wool - how exotic is that - and the crocheted cowl pattern was designed by the yarn shop owner, Valerie, especially for this wool. The other kit of 4ply fingering, pattern and needles, is for socks ... yes, I'm going to attempt to knit my first pair of socks!!! Those needles are tiny - not sure I've not bitten of more than I can chew here!

And finally, because I know some of you like to read about them, two books I've been listening to recently:

'A Stash of One's Own' compiled by Clara Parkes. As crafters we know what stash is, it's our collection of paper, tools, embellishments etc. We take it for granted that every new purchase adds to our stash but I'd never associated the concept with knitting. After all you buy the yarn and knit up the intended item before buying more yarn for the next project Yes. No! Not so, as is evident from the the kits I bought back from Wales. I now have a small wool stash. And it's clear from the contributors to this book that I'm not alone. Shocking, enlightening and very entertaining.

'Walking with Peety' by Eric O'Grey. I loved this book. The subtitle 'the dog who saved my life' isn't an exaggeration. I quote, 'Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey'. This is a book that confirms the truism - a dog is man's best friend.

Well, I've gone on a bit today but I hope you and Julia, The Stamping Ground, will forgive me as it's been a while and I had so much to share with you all. Next week should be a lot shorter.

Hope you have a great WOYWW and a wonderful week ahead.


Annie said...

I love your wool Ellie esp the lovely red wool. Enjoy your knitting. What a good find your needles were.
Annie x #12

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Elizabeth, glad to hear you are feeling better. Love the colour of the wool for the socks, and for the new hat. Gorgeous, both of them. The books sound interesting, I shall have a look for them. The dog one reminds me of A street cat named Bob, that was a fab book, and a very well made film too. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #10 X

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I hadn't realised you'd been poorly toward the end of your holiday, I'm so sorry to hear that especially as you had to cut the week short. I love to see different yarns being used and you've shown us some beauties this week. I admire you a lot for thinking about knitting socks...I love the yarns but know that I simply don't have the patience!! But I really look forward to seeing how yours progress!
Hugs LLJ 6 xxx

Helen said...

sorry you had to cut your holiday short, but glad you're recovering. Love the needles, and your knitting looks fabulous. Helen #7

Caro said...

Sorry you've not been well. Hope you are fully recovered soon. What gorgeous yarn you have found. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day. God Bless. Caro x (#23)

Sarah Brennan said...

Those knitting needles remind me of my mother's collection. Glad you are feeling better Elizabeth, so sorry to hear that you had to cut your trip short. The wool you brought back from Wales is lovely. Happy WOYWW. Sarah #2

Lindart said...

I used to knit all the time! It brings back nice memories when looking at the lovely items you are making (yes-keep the hat!) Your scrapbook page is now such a treasure with most of them gone. Hopefully you will be able to go back to wales and finish your trip another time! Happy fall, have a great week, Lindart #21

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely post Elizabeth. Am so sorry that you caught the sick and had to cut your Hilda’s short. Equally I’m pleased to read that it hasn’t over lingered and that you’re on the mend. I think knitting a hat and keeping it is a very good idea, you dont want to be cold vulnerable and the colours of that yarn are very you! The hat and cowl set are just gorgeous, your granddaughter will look like a little film star!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Elizabeth, you poor thing being sick on your holiday. Hope you're much better now, sending gentle hugs. Have a lovely week and a happy woyww, Angela x16x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Sorry your holiday had to be cut short! Glad you are recovering though! You look to have been busy! The hat colour looks great! Hugs,Chrisx 24

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Good Morning Elizabeth, sorry you have not been feeling too good. It's been doing the rounds and i'm helping my Mother get through t at the moment.
I admire anyone who can knit as it's something I have never shown much interest in, far too much counting for me hee hee! The hat and cowl reminds me of something my own Mother would have knitted for my Daughter, so pretty and practical. There will be many Mom's asking where she got them when she proudly wears them.
Take Care & Happy WOYWW Tracey #4

Twiglet said...

I do hope you are better now - what a pity that it cut your holiday short. Your little knitted hat/cowl set is fab - I have the pattern so you have inspired me to have a go now that I have finished my Christmas pud covers for 20 choc oranges!! xxx Jo

glitterandglue said...

Hi Elizabeth. I'm so sorry you didn't get your full week in North Wales - but am glad you are feeling better now - and up for crafting! Those yarn kits are fantastic - must get myself down to Betws and find that shop! Being a lady of a certain age I can get on the train down the valley and have a day out without needing to spend any pennies!! All the more left for the shop - yes, free train travel down the Conwy valley and right through to Blaenau Ffestiniog!! Can't be bad.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #1