20 to make Knitted Beanies by Susie Johns; this book has been such a hit between Mum and I that we have now knitted three of the twenty hats! There is a really good mix of patterns. Everything from a pretty silly alien hat to the really sophisticated blossom beanie which Mum has been wearing with her usual panache I have, as yet, completed my two hats on two needles but there is a little lacy cap which would be a perfect project on which to try out a circular needle or even….some double end-eds!! The instructions are very clear and the amount of yarn needed is modest so these would make lovely presents, or the book a good gift for someone who is needing to build their knitting confidence. I am happy with my slouchy beret but tried to knit the other hat in fairisle, my tension was all shot which has distorted the shape. I have to stress this is my up-tight fault and in no way the fault of the pattern! I also like that these patterns can simply be knitted in a different wool weight to make the adult patterns suitable for children and vice versa. All in all another book shelf gem in this affordable range, as long as I can keep track of whose bookshelf it is currently upon; mothers or my own!
I have no idea why Anna looks possessed in this photo- it might have had something to do with me asking for a nice toothy smile!
In other news, we have accepted an offer on our house in Sandwich. If the survey is problem free (are they ever?) we should be able to start looking for our permanent Dorset pad in the new year. It is so exciting to be dreaming of all the things we'd like to do in a new place and luckily Simon and I have a similar outlook on decorating. We have the job of packing everything up when we go back at half term, which will be hard I'm sure and goodness only knows what treasure might be uncovered in the loft but this is he final physical tie to Kent and it will be a relief to be able to pop back with the sole purpose of hanging out with lovely friends.
Look after yourselves! xx