Thursday, 9 October 2014

Celebrating Wool Week






I love to knit with wool and am celebrating Wool Week with a 10% Off coupon: WOOLWEEK12 - to use with any pure wool purchase from my shop until Sunday 12 October: ClickClackKnits Shop

I have lots of designs for both men and women, beanies, slouch, cabled and pom pom hats, cowls, boot cuffs and fingerless gloves. Wool is luxurious to wear.

Wool is natural, keeps you warm and seems to last forever and when it has finally come to the end of it's life it is biodegradable which makes it Eco Friendly.

The Campaign for Wool was started by HRH the Prince of Wales, to help raise awareness of the unique, sustainable and practical uses of wool.







I realise that not everyone can wear wool and therefore include man made yarn in my collection as well.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sharing some Great Etsy finds

Thought I would share some of my great Etsy finds.

Beautiful Hand Coloured Glass Bauble from FatassDesigns

Hand Coloured Purple Marbled Glass Bauble, Christmas Decoration, Home Decor, Handmade, OOAK, FatassDesigns

Necklace by Speaking of Witch Wands fantastic selection of  gifts.

Maiden Moon Aspect with Two Rose Quartz  Necklace

Gorgeous fused glass by Nostalgianmore her creations are beautiful.

Unique Desktop Business Card Holder - Desk Accessories - Stained Glass - Blue Green
Cat Bow Tie by RockerchicBoutique this is adorable. Cats and human bow ties :)

Cat Bow Tie - Hipster, Pet Accessories - Striped, Brown, Tan, Beige, Burgundy - Puppy, Kitten, Dog - Small - Collar Bow

Vintage Finds by AntiqueAlchemyShop


Vintage Comedy and Tragedy Brass and Wood Bookends, Home Office Decor, Carved Heads, Antique Alchemy

Beautiful Baby Gifts by Imaginethatbaby


Boy Girl Twins Diaper Cake - Pink and Blue

I could add so many more but that's it for now.

Thought for the day:


Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

Casey Kasem













Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Autumn Has Definitely Arrived

Well the days are now so much shorter and cooler I'm guessing that the Indian summer we were expecting in September isn't coming after all. My log fire in the front room has been lit 3 times over the last 2 weeks, it makes it feel so nice and cosy that all I want to do it knit. 

I have added a new range of Fingerless gloves for the fall and winter, I wear these a lot so thought they would be a great addition to our collection.

These are knit in a beautiful mix of Merino wool and Alpaca. This is a really soft and warm yarn. You can check out the listing here:
Fingerless Gloves

I have many different styles in both wool and acrylic.  


These are knit in a beautiful British chunky pure wool. I love bright colours.  You can check out the listing here:

Chunky Fingerless Gloves














These are fun and quirky gloves knit in a mix of acrylic chunky yarns. Super warm and longer. Check out the listing here:
Fun and Quirky Fingerless Gloves


These are knit in a self patterning acrylic yarn with a cable design. Cabled Fingerless Gloves



More designs will be added over the next week, just got to go and light the fire again and start knitting!

Thought for the day - which is just what I think about my fire.


“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” 
― Edith Sitwell










Sunday, 7 September 2014

New Hats for September

Just a few of the new hats added to our collection over the last few weeks. To see more details please visit our  ClickClackKnits Shop.

Strawberry hand knit hat. Knit to order.









Quote of the day:


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Watching the Great North Run and Knitting




Sitting watching the Great North Run on the TV and knitting. The millionth runner will cross the finish line soon and make history as this is the first time any event in the world has achieved this.I can't believe 33 years ago I watched the first ever GNR and we were the only people standing looking over one of the bridges just before the Tyne Bridge, now there are 10's of thousands of people watching along the whole of the 13.1 miles. I don't think anyone ever believed it would become part of history and known worldwide. My eldest son (who was 3 when it began) and daughter and my niece have all taken part.  My middle daughter is there today cheering on the runners for Cancer Research and has been supporting the runners of different charities for the last 4 years.  There's nothing like the atmosphere of being at the Finish line to watch your children and everyone else complete the race it is so emotional and uplifting.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Wimbledon and Knitting

My favourite fortnight of the year, Wimbledon starts today! I have been watching this for over 40 years, I even used to take 2 weeks holiday when I worked for someone else. I have all my wools and designs ready to knit.  When a match becomes really exciting I knit faster, I don't know if anyone else does this :)

I have just finished a new design crop top, they are so easy to wear by themselves or over a vest top.


Will be knitting more designs over the next two weeks.  You can see the full listing details in my SHOP.

Also a new pure DK natural undyed British wool beanie hat.


Well only 5 minutes to go until Andy Murray comes onto court, have a great day.

Quote for the Day:

Always laugh when you can, it's cheaper than medicine.


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Current Knitting Projects

I am currently in the process of making two new items for my SHOP. Knitting a classic beanie hat using a British Sheep Breeds DK which is spun using wool from the Bluefaced Leicester, Suffolk or Jacob creating a beautiful natural undyed yarn.







Also knitting a red and white striped sweater similar to the one worn by the Where's Wally Waldo character.  This was the first item I ever sold online along with the hat to a journalist in France about 8 years ago! Sleeves are made and starting on the body. For some reason I knit the sleeves first which I never do usually.



Both of these will be added to my SHOP later this week.  I do have the yellow and black sweater similar to the one worn by Odlaw in the Where's Wally Waldo books already available in my listings. One of my customers bought this to look like a bumble bee :)


Crew Neck Sweater/Jumper hand knitted - Fancy Dress - Mens Womens - Yellow Black - Made to Order - Premium Acrylic - Odlaw


Thought for the day:


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Have a great day.




Thursday, 12 June 2014

International Space Station

Over the last week we have watched the international space station pass over our house 3 times, it was awesome. Shame we were not able to get a clear photo. I wonder how many other people have been doing the same.

In this photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Dragon capsule is berthed at the International Space Station Sunday April 20, 2014 as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost. Two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct a spacewalkWednesday April 23, 2014 to replace a failed backup computer relay system on the space station's truss. (AP Photo/NASA)

Also saw Mars through our telescope in the very early hours of the morning. We have a beautiful photograph we took of the moon last year through our telescope and had it printed on to canvas as it looks so surreal.  It's great looking at the sky in the summer as it's warm but you do have to stay up until the early hours.  The winter is too cold for me!

Wonder what we will see tonight, well if I can stay awake long enough.









Books, tennis, knitting and new hats

I have just finished reading The New Watch which is the latest book in the series by Sergei Lukyanenko. It was brilliant as are all the others. It only took me one night of insomnia and a day to read!



Watched the French Open Tennis final on Sunday but unfortunately like a lot of other viewers was watching on ITV 1 and had it on pause for 10 minutes so didn't realise the last game was only shown on ITV 4 so missed it!! I can't understand why they would change channels at that point of the match at least wait until the set was completed but luckily managed to switch over to see the presentations.

With all the tennis that's on at the moment, Queen's and then Wimbledon I can knit all day :) love tennis and knitting so a great few weeks for me!

 A new collection of crochet beanies have been added to my shop ClickClackKnits




Also new cotton, bamboo and linen hats, perfect for the sun we are having now and more will be added over the next week ClickClackKnits

Reversible 80% Bamboo, 20% Wool slouchy beanie hat.


 Bamboo and Cotton Slouchy Beanie



Cotton and Linen Slouchy Beanie



 Thought for the day:

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.




Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Making Jam Today, Knitting later.

My daughter and I decided to make rhubarb jam today with the last of the rhubarb from a neighbour's garden (they don't like it!). We have just finished peeling 750g of rhubarb added the sugar,lemon juice and ginger now it has to soak for 3 hours then only 7 to 10 mins cooking time.  How easy is that. 

The recipe is here if anyone would like to try it:

http://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/rhubarb-and-ginger-jam.html

Added a new item to my shop: http://etsy.me/1il58Yk

I love wearing these as scarves never stay where I want them too.

Hand Knitted Cowl, Infinity Scarf, Black White Neckerchief, Women's Accessories, Chunky Acrylic, Clickclackknits - Price £23



View it here: http://etsy.me/1h8aXWv

Thought for the day: 

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bright Knits

Had a busy week knitting infinity scarves, hats and headbands. Also managed to finish my latest book, I remember when I read at least 3 books a week, now I hope to finish one. I did try once to use a book stand but as I read as fast as I knit I spent more time turning pages, the same with my E-reader - I still prefer 'real' books.  This was a new author for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will buy the rest in the series.  It's nice finding new authors that are good, unfortunately not all of them are!



Hand Knitted Cowl, Infinity Scarf, Pink Yellow Neckerchief, Chunky Acrylic, Clickclackknits - £23.00



Shop link here: http://etsy.me/1h3NdD7


Hand Knitted Cowl, Infinity Scarf, Pink Yellow Neckerchief,Chunky Acrylic, Clickclackknits - £21.00


Shop link here:  http://etsy.me/1oaAhQI

Blue Green Hand Knit Headband Earwarmer, Womens Headband Hairwrap, Acrylic, Clickclackknits -  £10.00



Shop link here:  http://etsy.me/1teCOvA


Slouchy Hat, Slouch Beanie Cabled Hand Knit Hat, Sea Blue Green White, Women's Slouchy Hat. Chunky Acrylic, Clickclackknits - £30.00


Shop link here: http:  http://etsy.me/1jmbcSc

Slouchy Hat, Slouch Beanie Hand Knit Hat, Bright Pink Yellow, Womens Hats, Accessories, Clickclackknits - £21.00


Shop link here:  http://etsy.me/1nbxcmA


Thought for the day:





Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Peruvian Wool

Just found this beautiful new chunky Peruvian eco wool at Deramores, can't believe I haven't seen this before. It's available in a massive 51 shades and a 250g ball. I nearly ordered today but I really need to use some of the large stock I have already accumulated first! don't think I can fit any more bags in my office.

http://www.deramores.com/cascade-eco

Goldenrod

30% Off Sale throughout our whole shop until the 18 May.

New arrivals this week are:

Men's Brown Beanie Hand Knit Hat, Men's Accessories, Watchman's Cap, Accessories, Acrylic Chunky Hat - Price: £12.60

http://etsy.me/QIJDaj





Men's Beanie Hand Knit Hat, Men's Accessories, Watchmans Cap, Accessories, Acrylic Chunky Hat - Price: £12.60

http://etsy.me/1oODmpk

Blue Pink Cotton Bamboo Slouchy Beanie Hand Knitted Hat, Women's Hat - Price: £16.80

http://etsy.me/T2cAjB







Purple Mix Cabled Headband Earwarmer Hand Knitted, Cabled Headwrap. Women's Headband - Price: £9.10










Thought for the day:

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Sun is shining

Finally the sun is shining and there are so many vibrant colours in the garden. As it's not so cold now but as my ears still don't like the breezes I wear lots of headbands and decided I would add a collection to my shop: http://etsy.me/1il58Yk

Use code: CCKS1 - at checkout for a 15% discount.



Hand Knit Headband Earwarmer, Cabled Cream Headwrap. Womens Headband - Clickclackknits - http://etsy.me/1s25zcv



Brown Cabled Headband Earwarmer, Hand Knit Headwrap, Womens Headband - Clickclackknits - http://etsy.me/QdlhoH





Hand Knit Headband Earwarmer, Cabled Lime Green Womens Headband-Clickclackknits - http://etsy.me/1nnwFKM



Womens Red Cabled Headband Earwarmer, Hand Knit Headwrap -Clickclackknits - http://etsy.me/1opnh9E



Hand Knit Headband Earwarmer, Cabled Purple Green Gold Headwrap. Womens Headband - Clickclackknits - http://etsy.me/1kW9q9K



Hand Knit Headband Earwarmer, Cabled Purple Pink Gold Headwrap. Womens Headband - Clickclackknits - http://etsy.me/1jcE8Mz



Thought for the day:
We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale