Tuesday, 3 April 2018

April Yarn Along and March Finished projects

After a March filled with a lot of snow and rain, April is here at last and only that the daffodils are in bloom and there are lambs in field next to us it doesn't look like spring has arrived yet.

I'm currently knitting a pair of striped mittens using some Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I'm not using a pattern, it's just a take on a standard mitten design. I really should be finished them by now but it has been a busy week with the kids on their Easter break.

I'm reading The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden. It weaves a story around Russian folklore, political intrigue and adventure. I read the first book  The Bear and the Nightingale in January and while I found that to be a bit slow to start before it pulled me in, The Girl in the Tower has me gripped from the start. I'd definitely recommend both books.

I'll give a quick mention to the other books I read last month.

1. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. This is a novella that I read in the matter of hours. It is beautifully written story of a family travelling the road that is dementia. If you can lay your hands on this book READ IT!!

2. I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice. Ruth's late husband had Motor Neuron Disease and this book chronicles her life with Simon, 5 children and numerous carers coming through her house every day. Her coping mechanism is to be part of the 'Tragic Wives Club' and throw herself into swimming in the freezing cold waters of the Irish Sea. The book does jump forward and back in time from chapter to chapter which I think some wouldn't enjoy but to me it gave me the impression that it's a true reflection of her character.

3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I heard so many great reviews about this book but I was left disappointed. I did like the characters but the book was so slow and to be honest it didn't feel like anything really happened until the last 100 pages!!

On the making front, I think I had a productive month.

 I finished another pair of Harvest Date Fingerless Mitts, this time for my friend J. These ones were knit in Sunshine Yarns Merino Worsted in Crookshanks.

Another friend asked me to knit her a pair of flip top mitts in 'crazy rainbow colours', so I whipped up a pair from odds and ends of fingering weight yarn. The recipient is very happy!

My sewing machine has been busy too. I made Miss S a couple of headbands and  had a few request orders too! Some of these were some 6 and 7 year old girls and some were for a 19 year old! Thanks to the stretchy elastic at the back, one size fits all!

I also tried my hand at making a few keyrings which have all been bought and I'm planning on making a few more.

I'm trying to use up some stash so I made a couple of infinity scarfs from some tartan brushed cotton flannel. Very cozy, I just need to find some owners for them.

I hope you have a wonderful April, filled with good books and fun crafting!


  1. I really liked The Girl in the Tower, too. Can't wait for the next installment!

  2. Love your mitts and headbands! Adorable!