Tuesday, 29 April 2008


What a lovely day out for the yarn obsessed and foodies alike. All credit to the staff the organisation was very good. I went on Sunday with my hubby and the two teens.

The food stalls were great. The tasting wasn't bad either, products from chocolate to bread, wine, beer, ciders, liqueurs, pate, desserts, the list goes on. A gastronomic delight it was!!! We bought loads of stuff, the whole family enjoyed it.

I was in heaven so many stalls, crafts, gadgets,
colours, textures and YARN GLORIOUS YARN.

A photograph of the ladies at Sheepfold.

I bought a Starburst Bag Kit, in Black Leicester Longwool and Wensleydale Longwool. The kit includes everything you need apart from the needles. The pattern includes information about the breed of sheep used, explaining that the kit supports those that are preserving the sheep breeds. We take so much for granted when we knit with 'prepared' wool. We don't appreciate the whole process. The ladies were so friendly and informative, nothing was too much trouble for them. I look forward to meeting them again.
Thank you lovely ladies - Sheepfold rocks!!!!

This is me attempting to knit with extreme needles.Challenging I would say, but by the same token I want to try it again.
Initially they are quite difficult but once you get into a rhythm they are easier. Put it this way it is good exercise for the arms.

I also had the pleasure of watching a lady spin, explaining how it evolves from the fleece. I was fascinated and so were the hubby and kids. A lady was also taking fibre from a fleece to spin. The nearest I ever got to a fleece before was watching 'Jason and the Argonauts'. It is a whole different intriguing world!!

I will blog more next time unfortunately I have to get ready for work. I want to blog and knit and crochet and design instead. Such is life.

Keep tweaking the needles.

Love Aruba Blue

Wednesday, 16 April 2008


Read, enjoy be inspired!!! x

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Frogging a few ....

I can't really settle to do big projects at the mo. I have started several things and frogged them. So I decided to just have a play instead, my hands wanted to work but I just couldn't make my mind up, concentration is difficult.

So I made this with Opal sock yarn .... and a 4.5mm hook.

its a curly wurly scarf from one of the supplements in a knitting magazine. It is so easy, and the colour changes in the yarn make it interesting to do. So I feel I have achieved something!!

It looks very pretty. It will come in handy for unpredictable spring days.

I have bought Nicky Epstein's Crocheted Flowers book, it is so beautiful and inspirational. I really love her stuff.

I also bought some sale yarn - Sirdar Breeze its 60% cotton and 40% acrylic, its really easy to work with, reminds me very much of Paton's washed haze. I have got some corn colour, some lavender and a few balls of pink. My friend has become a Nanny again she has a beautiful granddaughter, I feel some more baby knits need to be done. The crocheted heart blanket was so interesting to do that I would like to do another, maybe not now but sometime soon!!

Keep tweaking the needles love Aruba Blue


Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Peace at last .....

My darling Nan passed away at 10pm on 8th April, she has peace at last. Goodnight and God Bless xx

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Visions of you in shades of blue .......

This is my youngest new friend he's 4 weeks old and models his new crochet shawl beautifully!!!

I am currently working on a blue blanket for a lady at work who is soon to become a grandmother, this baby is a boy too!!

This is my first serious attempt at filet crochet - still a work in progress but a very enjoyable one. I am using aran weight yarn and a 4.5mm hook, which grows very quickly. The pattern is a baby blanket from 'Celtic Crochet'.

A close up of one of the heart squares.

The family situation is still the same. My Mum (in law) bought me this lovely plant to cheer me up, isn't it gorgeous. I'm hoping to finish the baby shawl in the next day or two. I am itching to start a new project.

I have no interest in the knitted afghan I am supposed to be making for my daughter. She wants something very plain (boring), it only needs to be finished for next winter, so I have got bags of time for that. It's an ideal project to do when watching a complex tv programme.

Will catch you all soon, keep tweaking

love Aruba