Closing the book

Hello All

Its a moment of joy tinged with a little stab of sadness when a project is finished and you can close the book on it. There it is the last tick at the end of the last chapter in my pattern book DSCI0213

and here they are – thanks to Marielle Henault and her excellent free Ravelry pattern – my lovely snug fingerless mittens


I admit there was a little….lot…. of pulling back but I think it was worth it. You’ll all know how even the smallest mistake niggles and it is the first thing you point out to everyone. Or is that just me? Anyway Lorry (who snuck into the photo) seems to approve.


Happily closing the book on this particular Moke’s make means


it is time to get dreaming about the next one…..


Until next we meet, Moke x


In case you wanted to know –


Maggie Armwarmers by Marielle Henault (Ravelry free pattern download)


Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, 100g (apparently worsted is popular in American patterns);

1 pair of UK 7/4.5mm (US 7 needles);

1 set of  UK 7/4.5mm (US 7 needles) dpn;

Stitch markers;

Tapestry needle;

Scrap yarn.

Tiny toes and sore teeth

Hello All

Amongst the myriad chores that need doing time had to be made for some crafting this week. I know, life’s tough!

One of my colleagues has just had a baby giving me the opportunity to crochet a pair of bootees.


These little cosies for toesies are very satisfying to make. From the neat teeny soles DSCI0163

to the finished pair

there is enough variety in the stitches to be challenging yet they are hooked up in a trice. What’s more they are very very cute. The pattern comes from my favourite crochet book “Crochet Unravelled” by Claire Bojczuk.

Today my own baby girl has been suffering with a very painful wisdom tooth and in between finding a dentist and sorting out treatment has spent a great deal of the day on the phone to mum! Bless. All I could offer were soothing words coupled with encouraging advice and – when she had cheered up – the confession that while I had been listening to her tale of woe I had managed to knit up a hat!

And here it is DSCI0164

Knitted from a free pattern on the Rowan website


I used some of my Wool Clip stash for this Snug Hat pattern by Cathy Caron


I had hoped to use just one of the 50g balls but the hat needed a tad more so I used a little of this lovely purple yarn to finish off the rolled band. What pleased me most – and this was after No1 Daughter had visited the dentist – was using mattress stitch to sew together the seams almost invisibly. DSCI0168

Altogether the right simple knitting project to keep you calm while having a long distance comfort conversation with an ailing girl.


Unfortunately No1 Daughter still has a tender tooth but she is relieved to know she is doing all the right things, has registered with a dentist and made an appointment to have the troublesome tooth checked over. Hopefully in the meantime it will settle down.

Until next we meet. Moke x

PS She liked the hat. M x