Friday, 12 December 2008

Christmas panic!

Things are manic here! As usual I've set myself up for too much knitting prior to Xmas. Only 13 days left and about 4 more gifts to knit! Finished lots of projects but can't post pics yet, in case the lucky recipients happen to check out the blog...

Plus, I'm trying to tie up loose ends at work as only 4 days left until I start my maternity leave! In fact I'm going to have to go and do some work in a moment. Very sad for a Friday night. what's more I'd love a festive glass of wine (or 2, or 3....!) Didn't realise being pregnant at Christmas would be so hard.

And we've prepared nothing for Baby Dave's arrival yet. We still need to retrieve cot, pram, moses basket, washable nappies and all the other baby paraphernalia from the attic to see what kind of state it is in. And we've only got 5 weeks to go with Christmas in between. Agghhh!

At least I have most of our Christmas presents sorted.

Cafe Knit is happily busy, processing orders, adding new stock and preparing for some changes in the New Year with some additional suppliers and some (hopefully) funky new tweaks to the website...

Better go and do some work now....

Friday, 10 October 2008

Cute Baby things!

I've been busier than ever knitting away for our new arrival (I love knitting baby things as they are finished so quickly!)

Here are a few of the things I've recently completed:

  • Hooded jumper knitted in supersoft Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. I started this before we found out we were almost certainly expecting a boy, so I hope the colour isn't too girly! The pattern was lovely to knit and can be found in the new Debbie Bliss book, Baby Cashmerino 3

  • Angora baby bootees - the ultimate in luxury, knitted with Maggi's Angora, which I will hopefully be stocking very soon!

  • Baby bolero, knitted with just over one ball of Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton - perfect for baby items as it's supersoft and comes in a lovely range of subtle colours. Perfect gift for a new arrival

  • Garter stitch baby hat. I knitted this using the left overs from the baby bolero

And finally, so Milly wasn't left out, a new winter hat to go with her school uniform, knitted with Artesano Aran, another yarn I will be stocking soon.

All that is left for me to decide is what to knit next...? mmmm....

Monday, 22 September 2008

Baby Squash Hat

Just finished knitting this cute hat using some cream merino DK I found in my stash. It was going to be for our new January arrival, but I decided to give it to Becky who is due any day now - she doesn't know if Baby is a boy or a girl so cream is perfect. Just the thing to keep a little head warm this Autumn.

I think I'm going to knit one now for Baby Beech No 2 in some Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, which is fantastic value and supersoft. Maybe in a darker maybe....?!

Tuesday, 16 September 2008


Phew! Just sorting out everything in the aftermath of Queen's Park Day

Here's a pic of the stall, manned by Karen and Carol - I think it looked fab. We had glorious weather , almost too good to contemplate selling wintery woolly knit kits!

But it was a good day, all in all. Met loads of lovely people and handed out lots of flyers. and discussed running some knitting classes with someone - so watch this space!

Next crafty event is Handm@de in Oxford on the 9th November. If you're in the area, please pop in and see us.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

'Juliet' Cardigan

Finally finished Suzy's 'Juliet' cardigan in a soft dove grey Debbie Bliss Rialto, (yarn purchased at Cafe Knit of course!) and gave it to her last week. Hope she likes it - anyway, she was too polite to say she didn't!

Still busy knitting examples for the knitting kits for Queens Park day. I'm determined to be organised and not to be up at all hours finishing things off the night before. Have nearly finished a lovely soft baby blanket in apple green Lion Brand Homespun, and I'm halfway through a very easy, funky baby hat knitted in a strawberry shade of Nature's Choice Organic Cotton by Lion Brand. (Might have to make one of those for our new arrival in January!)

My evenings are being kept busy packing up Cafe Knit orders, which is fantastic. It really is a reality, sometimes I have to pinch myself.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Archie Beanie Hat

I couldn't resist - here is Archie modelling the simple crochet beanie hat, using Lion Brand Cotton Ease that I have been working on for Queen's Park Day. I'm naming it the 'Archie Beanie' in his honour.
What a heartbreaker....!

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Busy Bee

Now is up and running, I can turn my hand to the next event - Queens Park Day on 14th September 2008. If you are in North West London that Sunday , please come and visit the Cafe Knit stall, we would love to meet you.

So, I am busy putting together all the knitting kits we will be selling on the day and knitting up samples, so you can see what you are buying! At the moment I am knitting a beautiful grey sequined cobweb mohair scarf, which would make an ideal gift for Christmas, either as a kit or knitted up for someone. We'll also be selling our popular children's knitting kits, and many others such as sock kits, beanie hats and much much more.....

Friday, 25 July 2008

Been slack

I know, I've been totally neglecting this blog.

I've had other things to do you know.

Visit and see what's been taking up all my time.

I'll get back on the case tomorrow - I can assure you one thing I haven't been neglecting is my knitting. Housework yes, knitting never.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

It's a wrap

...or is it? I love it. I made the pattern up and used some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakan which I had previously HATED knitting with, but combined with some Brittany Birch needles, it all went swimmingly. Before I crocheted the edge using some left over Sari Ribbon I had, I washed the wrap and it actually felted slightly giving it a lovely heavier texture. It's so gorgeous, I can't wait to wear it. Intended destination: St Agnes, Cornwall, Time: 3 weeks. Cool summer evenings.

Actually, I've realised now that it would be a great gift for any new mum -she could wear it and it's soft enough, and big enough to wrap baby in too. I think I'll be making a few more of these in the future...

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Da Da!

Not the best picture, but it's finished at last. Husband's jumper. The biggest thing I have ever knitted. Probably The Biggest Thing I will ever knit. And just in time for this week's blazing heat.
Still being cynical I'm sure he'll get plenty of wear out of it if last summer is anything to go by.
I've started on my next project - actually I've started on two. Very naughty. Firstly I trawled my stash and decided to knit up some Rowan Big Wool Fusion I had in a light lime green, and I decided to make the cardigan on the cover of the new shapes book. I finished the back in a day or so (although it does look very small?) and then it got really hot and I got fed up of lugging it in my bag to and from work.

So then I decided to make up a triangular wrap/shawl, which I thought would be cosy for cool summer evenings in Cornwall (4 weeks away!). I'm knitting that in some cream Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakan I picked up in the winter sales. it's lovely and soft and looks good but it's not my favourite to knit. I think I'm going to crochet an edge on it using some left over Sari Ribbon, so it will look a bit special. Watch this space!

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Another unexpected birthday

Actually it should read, another completely unanticipated/forgotten birthday, only this time it was a friend's big 4-0. Didn't realise till the morning of our brunch invite that this was actually a slightly premature celebration of her big day, and I didn't think going along armed with something I'd bought in our weekly shop was a good idea. Anyway, Milly made her a beautiful bracelet and a week later I posted these gorgeous gloves to her- frugally made with leftovers from the wrap I have just finished plus a ball of Louisa Harding 'Impression' I had in my stash.

I LOVE this glove pattern - its knits up so quickly, great for last minute presents, the Louisa Harding yarn is amazing and the end result is gorgeously frivolous flirty gloves. the pattern can be found in Louisa's "Knitting Little Luxuries" book. A book definitely worth having.

Wedding wrap

Another project completed! A few weeks after I started in earnest, I finished the wrap for my friend. She was suitably thrilled - she is wearing it to a couple of weddings later in the year and has bought an outfit to match. I can't get enough of looking at it, parting was such sweet really was a joy to knit and it looks amazing. Back to husband's jumper now (well actually I did quickly knit another pair of gloves before I picked it up again!)...

Gardening and knitting

Mmm, not sure gardening and knitting are the two most complimentary hobbies....

After spending two years renovating our suburban semi, we are now tackling the main garden (not the veggie patch which I sorted out the summer we moved in). But as a result of a few weeks digging and weeding, my hands are rough, dry and permanently soil stained, not conducive to snag-free knitting. However, much I slather my hands with hand cream, (I favour a L'Occitane one for very dry skin), wear gardening gloves it doesn't seem to make any difference...any advice?

Still, the garden is looking lovely, (especially if you don't look at the beds close up!), even if my hands are most definitely not . With a ceaonthus about to burst into bloom, blossom on the crab apple tree, a few scattered tulips, and our new wildlife pond it's definitely the best I've seen it...

Spuds, beetroot and spinach are in the ground (no signs of live yet) and in the greenhouse tomatoes, sprouts, broccoli , courgette, aubergine and a shallow pot of lettuce are sprouting. Just awaiting the chillis, peppers, cucumbers, sweetpea and nastursiums .....

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Matinee Jacket

I just had to post these pics my mother in law sent me. She has just finished knitting this beautiful matinee jacket using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Adorable! Almost making me feel broody again...(That's the best bit of being pregnant - getting lots of gorgeous hand knits for the new arrival)

The Good Life

With the threat of more bad weather to come this weekend and next week, I made what has turned out to be a very wise decision to do some gardening this morning. Specifically, I need to get my potatoes in the ground (they chitted fabulously under the stairs) and their destination in the vegetable plot was unprepared to say the least. So I managed to spend the morning digging and clearing, with a little bit of Milly's help, although her interest waned after about 10 mins, and she went to help daddy with the lawnmower. Power tools are always more thrilling!

Pic shows how vegetable plot looks now - you can see last years chard is still going strong -I'll post some more over coming months as things start to grow. On the agenda this week is getting those spuds in, if the weather is kind to us, and sowing some veggie seeds in the greenhouse. I have quite an ambitious list this year: chillis, peppers, tomatoes, runner beans, french beans, cauliflower, broccoli, courgettes, lettuce, cucumber, & sprouts (I'm sure I have left something out!) I tried aubergines last year, but they didn't flourish and I'm going to pass on the pumpkins as they simply take too much room.

I wasn't really looking forward to digging, but as always, once I started I really got into it. Digging is very therapeutic. The mind is free to just wander. Old memories resurfaced of helping my father and grandfather in their gardens. I remember my grandfather's plot being very neat and orderly, something I must strive for in mine. This year I want to really maximise my small plot and underplant the runner beans for example - see if I can't fit an extra crop in.

I came across three hibernating newts when I disturbed an old box of rubbish on the bed I was digging. Amazing what wildlife there is, even in a small surburban plot.

Good bit of news - we found out yesterday that Milly has got into our primary school of choice, which is only 3 minutes walk away. Compared to our lives in our small two bedroom central London flat, we really are living the Good Life! Just call me Barbara....

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Icecream, icecream, icecream

I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I last wrote. My only excuse is that we have been on holiday and only got back last weekend.

We wanted somewhere quiet and boy did we get it! We stayed in a lovely apartment ( which I would highly recommend. We went at what I guess was the beginning of the season so it was very quiet and not many other children for Milly to play with. So most days we zipped up the coast (in our upgraded-to-BMW, much to husband's delight) hire car to a lovely little resort called Santiago de la Ribera. This was perfect, still on the Mar Menor (Europe's largest saltwater lagoon), lovely soft sand, climbing frames for the little ones on the beach and two icecream parlours in view. Bliss! And every evening a little fairground opened up and Milly wiped us out of Euros - spending it on the super jumper trampoline ("I'm Peter Pan"), normal trampoline, bouncy castle and ball pool. Great fun was had by all.

And I even managed to finish back of husbands jumper and I'm a third of the way up the front. I WILL get it finished by the time we go on our next break (St Agnes, Cornwall) in early June.....

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Fit for a princess

Well, here they are. Gloves fit for a princess. My mum loved them - but not as much as she loved hearing her door open on Thursday afternoon and finding Milly standing there with a bouquet of beautiful flowers and a big grin on her face!

We managed the journey to Suffolk in record time (for me anyway - I'm not the fastest driver). Milly point blank refused to nap, preferring instead to watch her favourite "Horrid Henry" DVD on her portable DVD player (great invention, until you are driving along the motorway and you hear cries of "It's stopped working Mummy". Then try explaining to a 4 year old which is the play button and where it is located....Challenging!
I also managed to finish the hat for my Uncle (not without its complications - I ended up knitting two, the first was far too big, so I had to start the 2nd on the train on the way to work. As it happened I nearly finished it on my return journey, as the Metropolitan line was so badly delayed Thursday lunchtime. I was knitting with 10mm needles, so its not surprising) Anyway it turns out my Uncle was 19 on Friday, not 18.75 as I had thought. My Aunt and Uncle were also delighted to see Milly, and Milly spent a happy hour with my Uncle (a former teacher) writing on the blackboard which covers a wall in their home. I remember whiling away my time at the same blackboard over 30 years earlier! Anyway, my Uncle is minor celebrity in his home town, after being featured on the front cover of two local newspapers this weekend, with the headline "Pensioner is 19 today!"
Rest of trip was brilliant. I drove us all out to Dunwich on Friday and we had a bracing walk along the, followed by a reward of delicious freshly cooked fish and chips in the Flora's Team Rooms aka the Beach Cafe. Dunwich, you may or may not know, is famous for what isn't there. it used to be the capital of Suffolk, but gradually the sea advanced foot by foot and in 1286 a storm swallowed up the remainder of town. Legend has it that is you listen carefully you can hear the sound of church bells ringing beneath the waves. Then we drove on to Snape Maltings and had a browse in the lovely shops there. Finally home on Saturday afternoon to find Mike had just finished redecorating the bathroom. Excellent timing.
My mothers day treat today was a lovely card - written by Milly's fair hand, and my greenhouse was washed and tidied for me. Now, that is a real luxury. Never in a million, trillion years would I have got around to actually washing my greenhouse.
Tonight, I think I will chill out and maybe treat myself to a luxurious bath in the new bathroom

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Favourite Uncle

No knitting yet this evening, but about to sit down. Pressure is on - got to sew up last glove for my Mum's present and just realised that my Uncles's 75th birthday is on Friday. Which definitely warrants a special gift - not just because of the auspicious age he has reached, but his birthday only comes round every 4 years. By my reckoning that actually makes him almost exactly half my age!
Anyway, what can I knit in one evening? Time limits my options somewhat, so I've decided on hat. I have some pebbly coloured Rowan Spray which will do the job I think - infact I have only really had success knitting it into hats and scarfs and crocheting it into rugs. I did make a green cardigan for myself in it (my favourite colour), but I've only worn it twice - it's destined to be frogged and re engineered into a rug.

Gotta go and get knitting!

Monday, 25 February 2008

Men who knit

Not much time today - a pile of household chores to do. I have no idea how people find time to iron. the only thing that is ironed in this house is my husband's shirts, by me, on a Sunday afternoon. My mother in law is shocked that I don't iron Milly's clothes and when we go up and visit she makes a point of washing and ironing all Milly's clobber. I think I'm meant to feel guilty, but I don't. I just wish she lived nearer and could pop round once a week. Some domestic goddess, me.

For a bit of light relief, check this out; my husband sent me a link to it earlier today.

I'd be worried about my bloke stealing my stash though!

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Half a pair

Here is one unfinished glove. Very pleased with the overall effect. Still not sewn it up. But moved back to husbands jumper now, which is A Good Thing....

I was chatting to a friend last week about writing this blog and trying to encourage her to do the same (as unlike me she has something worthy to write), and I'm so pleased to say she has (and has even chosen the same template as me!). Karen's blog puts mine to shame and is about an altogether more serious topic: in her words "This blog will be an honest, warts and all description of my life with my autistic son. The ups, the downs, the good times, the bad times and the unexpected".

James and Milly are the same age. I met Karen on a dark and dismal January day in January 2004 at an NCT postnatal group when our babies were only a few months old. I have watched James grow up and experienced Karen's ups and downs in the early days after James' diagnosis, and the day-to-day difficulties of coping with James and the delightful, but sometimes mischievous Bea. But despite being so close, reading Karen's blog twice reduced me to tears.

Karen is having an evening of respite tonight and coming round for a crochet lesson. Last time I tried to teach her a few weeks ago we were in a pub, and a couple of bottles of wine put paid to any serious attempts at crocheting. With better luck we will crack it this evening.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Glamorous Gloves

I've decided. Glamorous gloves it is. In fact after a few false starts, I have already completed one (of course it needs to be sewn up). I settled on left-over Louisa Harding Grace & Glisten from my shawl project and added an old Jaeger mohair yarn with silver (Jaeger Mohair Spun with Glitter) that I had picked up at a charity shop. I'm very pleased with the finished effect. Pics to follow later....

Today is such a beautiful sunny day, if a little cold. My old bike is being mended and we are all going out on a family bike ride to the park. Yesterday was mainly spent in the garden clearing overgrown flowerbeds and getting out the most evil prickly plant I have ever seen. Still not sure what it was, but my legs now look like they have been attacked by a cat, despite fact I was wearing jeans at the time.

Managed to remember to pick up some seed potatoes today as well, so they are now enconsed in the cupboard under the stairs to "chit" (I believe that is the technical term!

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

70th birthday dilemma

No posts for a few days. Ive been struggling to work out what to knit for my Mum, whose birthday is in two weeks time, and I've just found out its her 7oth. Latest idea was to create a scarf using left over "Grace" and Sari Ribbon from my shawl, but after completing half of it I decided I didn't like it & it was duly frogged. (Much too thin and curling at the edges). So, what to make? It has to be a quick project as I've only got till the end of Feb.....

Monday, 11 February 2008

A Day of Completion

A few day's since my last post, but with good reason. I heard late on Friday that my sister in law was coming to visit on Saturday, and her completed jumper was sitting complete, but not sewn up on my 'shame' pile. I hadn't been able to face sewing in all those ends. But her visit spurred me on and so on Friday night I completed her cardigan, plus the shawl (even though I had worn shawl out on Thursday night - without adding flowers to collar)

But I think they both look great. What do you think?

Friend came round on Saturday night and saw my completed shawl and is desperate for me to start hers. But alas, I was waiting for a delivery of the Louisa Harding 'Grace' which forms the main body of the knitting, so all I had to be getting on with was husband's jumper (which he is now unsure whether he likes - tell me now, whilst I am on the sleeve, PLEASE! Not when I am halfway up the back). I was very tempted to start another project, but resisted. Very pleased with myself.

I've just realised it's my Mum's 70th in a few weeks time. Have I got enough time to make her something special? I do have some left over 'Grace' plus some Sari ribbon and the 'Glisten' in silver, maybe I could make a luxurious, very glamorous scarf? Mmm, have to ponder that one for a few days..

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Awkward Knitting

I don't know what it is about me - I think I just like to make things difficult for myself. Knitting on a crowded tube is really quite a challenge, but if I don't get my fix in the morning I'm just not ready for the day.

Next I tried to knit in a very crowded changing room whilst waiting for my daughter to finish her swimming lesson. Quite apart from the stares, I spend half the time trying not to drop the wool on the wet floor. Then I stuffed it into my bag, and by the time I'd got home I realised I'd dropped loads of stitches, so I'll have to start again. All that effort....At least they were only small flowers which will embellish my shawl. (which is very nearly done!)

And as soon as I sit down to knit this evening I know I will be pounced upon by my very eldery cat, who is in need of love, having been on her own most of the day, but rather than just sit on my lap, as soon as I start knitting she is just in my face - no other words for it - nudging me....aggghhhh.

Oh well, I think I'm going to get knitting. I have just received half the wool to make another shawl, this time for a friend, in the gold and pinks as featured in the pattern. But I can't start until I have received the Louisa Harding 'Grace'. Hope it arrives at work by Thursday, so I can start over the weekend. Otherwise it will back to husbands jumper....

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Knit through those Sunday blues

To cheer myself up this dreary Sunday night, I thought I would try to do a roll call of all the projects I have completed in the past 12 months. When I start to write them all down it appears I am more prolific than I first thought. Shame I haven't got pics of everything though. 2007 was the year I made all of my Christmas presents. Mind you, I did start in January...
  • Cream and blue cardigan in Rowan Ribbon Twist that I made for a friend. Finished off with some gorgeous blue vintage buttons. Lucky girl even got a matching hat this Christmas
  • I finished off something I had started ages ago. It was sitting waiting to be sewed up for over a year. (I have a history of doing this) Shame on me. Anyway, I had knitted it several sizes too big for my daughter (just as well) and it's still too big now. It's a boxy jacket knitted in a green blue Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed . I couldn't find any "double-edged organza frill ribbon" ?? , so I finished it off with a crochet edging in a purple cotton and added a button, as it is still a bit large for Milly. I like the finished effect though...

  • Circular rug in Rowan Biggy print "Allsorts". I crocheted this and made it up as I went along. I ended up getting a commission to make another one for a friend to put in her daughters bedroom. So easy & quick to make on a massive hook, but very striking.

  • Favourite thing I made last year - Swing coat for my daughter in bright pink Debbie Bliss Stella yarn. The colour guarantees it is worn loads and everyone comments when she wears it as it is a really striking, simple design. All done in garter stitch. She is pictured wearing it on a trip to Jimmy's Farm in Essex (fab place, very family friendly, thoroughly recommend taking the little ones)
  • I made several crocheted twisted scarves in Rowan Ribbon twist. Great effect but very heavy when complete

  • 2 x asymmetrical wrap in Rowan Ribbon twist, one brown which I kept for myself and one grey which I gave to my niece. I wear mine all the time, especially at work wear the air conditioning is set to freezing all year. I will take a pic and post it, as it is a really useful item and very easy to knit. Knitted in SS, but you wear it on the reverse, which makes it quite unusual

  • Random crocheted hat for Milly to use up some left over cotton. She loves it, but invariably wears it backwards

  • Warm scarf for my husband using Rowan Spray. I knitted a cardigan for myself in Rowan Spray, but I've now decided I don't like it. One to be frogged. But yarn works really well for a scarf though. Lightweight and very warm. Just remembered I made another two of these. One for my dad for Christmas and one as a leaving present for a colleague.

  • Loads of crocheted white parcel string baskets

  • Crocheted parcel string table runner. thsi took ages but looked absolutely fab when finished. It knackered my hands -quite tough crocheting with string. This was a Christmas present for my sister in law.

  • Spider's web beaded scarf in lime green which I made for my mother in law. Made with Crystal Palace Kid merino - a great alternative to Rowan Kid Silk Haze

  • Mohair mix wrap for my Mum, beautiful purple colour which I finshed by hand beading around the edges.

  • Green merino wool wrap for a nursing friend, made with Elvincraft Merino DK. Beautiful wool to knit with

  • Grey 'circular' scarf for myself made with Elvincraft merino DK. Made the pattern up myself, and I have to say it's fab. Iwear it every day and it's really warm and very stylish...! I'll take a photo of that one too.

I'm going to stop for tonight as there are so many other projects from last year to be listed, and I am nearing completion of the cameo knitting is beckoning me!

Until tomorrow....

Monday, 28 January 2008

Seeing red

Spent Saturday morning in Bicester with husband and daughter (and managed to return home empty handed as usual) Nipped into local Oxfam when we returned home and picked up 9 skeins of bright red Gefjun Lopi - for a grand total of £6.80! Brilliant! More than compensated for returning from shopping trip empty handed.

Knitted a swatch this evening, as I suspected it might knit up like Rowan Big Wool. And it does! Give or take a few mm's.

In my head I have visions of a knitting a big red swingy cardigan for me, which would look great in spring with jeans and Birkenstocks. I suspect it will probably end up as a rug or something infinitely more practical.

Name and Shame

I thought a good place to start this blog would be to catalogue every project I have on the go at this moment in time. Even though this year I vowed to complete each project before starting another, I have still managed to accumulate about 5, and it's not even the end of January yet. Maybe if I see them written down it will shame me into finishing them....mmm. Maybe.

  1. 'Cameo' Shawl which I'm knitting in 3 different Louisa Harding wools, in shades of blue and silver. Gorgeous. I'm loving it. Although it does require complete concentration for every row, and I keep having to file my nails as they get caught and snag the wool. Already have a commission from a friend who wants one to wear to a wedding this summer. And because it's tricky I need to have another project on the go, for times when i want something repetitive to knit, hence...
  2. 'Clam' jumper for my husband in Rowan Wool Cotton. Dove grey. Going to be lovely, a classic really. but going to take a LONG time as I am knitting the biggest size on what seem to be the smallest needles in the world. (I like quick results and I'm happiest with 7mm and above). But it's been a long time coming. Poor bloke has only ever received one hand knitted item from me - a scarf - and he only got that last November.
  3. Brown and grey striped cardigan in RYC Alpaca Soft for my sister in law. Nearly finished but needs sewing up and all the ends sewn in. Very Boring Bit.
  4. Cardigan in Rowan Ribbon Twist in a really nice greeny colour. Actually for me and I started back in April last year whilst on holiday in France. Not quite sure how it ended up in a box under the spare bed, or whether it will ever come out again.
  5. Shawl in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Astrakan in a cream. Picked wool up this year in sale, and wasn't sure what to do with it or even what wool would look like knitted up, so started knitting a shawl/wrap for me. Not sure about it. Might frog it and think of something else to do with it. I've got 6 balls, so if anyone has got any ideas....

I think that is everything. Famous last words. Expect to see a revised list tomorrow.