WIPs, Books & Another Ticket Giveaway

Firstly, my apologies to the readers who have sent messages about the lack of Archie this week (clearly those people are not on Instagram which is in Archie-overload). I hope this will tide you over until the next post!
Archie Schnauzer - 9 weeks

WIPS: Knitting hasn't been easy this week. The time when I usually settle down with my projects now co-incides with the most playful period of the day for a certain young pup - it was the wrong time to try out long wooden needles for sure - they must look very tasty to little teeth.

Bo Peep - almost finished!Despite this, my first project from Woodland Knits is almost finished and I'm thinking about yarns/colours for the Dragon Watcher's Hood - those little bells are irresistable - and possibly the Mr Fox Stole too, it's so cute!

BOOKS: On the walk home from school this morning, I finished listening to The Cuckoo's Calling - the detective novel written by JK Rowling, under the name Robert Galbraith - and found it very enjoyable, looking forward to each opportunity to listen (it softened the blow of housework and laundry). I hope this will be the first in a series of novels about Cormoran Strike and his temp-agency assistant - it feels as though there is a lot more to learn about them as well as being a darn good detective story. There is nothing 'Harry Potter' about this book littered with strong language and murder, and I can see why Rowling chose to publish under a psudonym so that it could be judged without bias. It is engagingly written and feels fresh and contains humour in a way that books of this genre are often lacking. If you like the Kate Atkinson novels mentioned recently (Behind the Scenes.. and Life After Life) I think you might also like this - there is a similar level of observational detail and warmth and I'd certainly pre-order any follow-up.
Knitting & Stitching Show ticket giveaway

TICKET GIVEAWAY: If you're in the UK, I'm sure you're already aware that The Knitting & Stitching Show comes to Alexandra Palace next week (10th to 13th October) and the organisers have kindly offered a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. If you'd like to be in with a chance to win the tickets, please leave a comment below telling me which day you'd like to attend and with a Ravelry name or email address so I can contact you if you win. The winner will be randomly selected on Monday 7th October. Good luck!   The draw is now closed, if you entered please check your inbox! 


  1. I have finally found you on Instagram and head over for some Archie-lovin' when I'm feeling a bit puppy-less. Hurrah!

    I am definitely going to the show, but it would be nice to go for free! Thanks Sarah. Are you going?

  2. I have plans for the show but haven't bought my ticket( nothing like being last minute!!), so free one would be great, despite all advice I want to go on Saturday- my only available time!! Loving Archie- he is so sweet-but don't tell my daughters or they'll be nagging for a dog even more!!

  3. I'll have to check out that book!

  4. I love that dragon watcher's hood. So fun!!

  5. He I so sweet!!!! I look forward to seeing some of your Woodland Knits, theres's some fab patterns in this book. Deb x

  6. Archie is so stinkin' cute. I love see his layered fur. How's the potty training going?
    Thanks for the rec! Didn't know Rowling wrote that and under another name. I haven't read Casual Vacancy. I don't know if I can since I love her HP series so much.

  7. More than one of my large collection of Clover Bamboo needles has cat-teeth marks ... darn critters ;-)

  8. Archie is too cute.

    Thank you for the competition, my friend Geraldine and I would love to go to the show on Friday 11 October 2013.

  9. Archie is so cute :) in fact our black lionhead rabbit looks like him :) If i was lucky could i get 11th October please :) xxx

  10. Archie is goegeous! Really must get my head around Instagram one of these days as I feel I am missing out.

    I would like 11th October please. emshep@cheerful.com



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