The Land Rover Owners Ex Wife

……becoming me again


A Bonnet and mittens

First size bonnet and mittens

First size bonnet and mittens

I can get quite impatient about lots of things and don’t like to put things on hold, so to speak, and often I won’t happily put a new book down until it is finished and if I do have to, I’m counting down the minutes until I can pick up where I left off. Staying up until the wee small hours to finish my latest 1000 piece jigsaw is another example of my impatience and when it comes to knitting, I am just the same wanting to start a project and then once it is started feeling an overwhelming need to keep on knitting until I have completed what ever it is that I am knitting. Continue reading


Cardigan in Sirdar Country Style: Sleeves, bands and sewing the seams

151 stitches and a lot of knitted rows, makes for quite a heavy load.

151 stitches and a lot of knitted rows, makes for quite a heavy load.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I finished the last body section of my cardigan and started the first of the sleeves and in that time I have posted a few blog entries, of which none are related to this project and so you may be forgiven for thinking that I had abandoned my knitting for the time being. However, in between gardening and seed saving tasks, hoovering, cooking and dish washing, I have in fact been extremely busy, beavering away at the sleeves and I finally got the second of these finished just yesterday (Wednesday). Continue reading


Cardigan in Sirdar Country Style: The Left Front completed and Eldest Mudlets Christmas present

Completed Left Front

Completed Left Front

I didn’t get much chance to pick up my needles over last weekend and even Monday was a hectic blur of shopping and housework and so it wasn’t until Tuesday that I was able to carry on with the Left Front of my cardigan. I had already completed pattern sections one and two.

Pattern section three was to incorporate the shaping required for the neck line and so, to be honest, I was expecting it to be troublesome but in the event the way the decrease rows fell and where they were in the pattern, seemed to aid this task and with fewer and fewer stitches left on the needle, I completed the rest of this piece in no time at all. Continue reading


Cardigan in Sirdar Country Style: And one for me

Sirdar patternI can’t remember the last time I picked up my needles with the view to making something for myself but it certainly hasn’t been during the 11 or so years we’ve lived here. Ind fact the more I think about it, I can’t help but feel that it was some 22 years ago when Eldest Mudlet was born, an event that seems to have heralded the start of a succession (or should that be procession) of baby jackets, childrens’ cardigans and jean Greenhowe knitted toys. Continue reading

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Teaching the Mudlets to knit

Middle Mudlet is blue Little Mudlet is pink Mrs Mud is dark pink

Middle Mudlet is blue, Little Mudlet is pink and Mrs Mud is dark pink

For several months now both of the younger Mudlets have been asking me to teach them how to knit. I have been knitting since I was around Little Mudlets age and throughout their lives both girls have seen me making a myriad of items from baby jackets, to cardigans, toys and scarves. I’ve even been able to turn out emergency items in a very short time, such as 12 knitted fairy dolls in 3 weeks or so, following a last minute change to Little Mudlets party plans, a yellow hair bobble for Middle Mudlet when it became apparent, 24 hours before sports day, that she needed to wear her house colours for the occasion and the bunting and wildlife used to decorate their bikes, one May bank holiday. Continue reading


I tried to crochet ….. again.

Look closely and you will see:a mouse, toadstools, bunting and even knitted ladybirds.

Look closely and you will see:a mouse or two, toadstools, bunting and even knitted ladybirds.

I can knit! In fact I think I can knit reasonably well. I can make toys, jumpers, cardigans, scarves and I even made a candy floss pink woolen dress for Eldest Mudlet when she was about 2 or 3. Toadstools, ladybirds, bees, mice and bunting can be churned out in a matter of hours, if the Mudlets suddenly decide, 48 hours beforehand they want to enter the best decorated bike competition at the May Fete.
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