Introducing Mable!



This is Mable, my spinning wheel, I love her….a lot!

Now I know what youre thinking, Shoe said she ‘didn’t need another hobby’ , surely she has more will power than that?

Nope, I dont! Ive been stalking ebay, gumtree and the ISO on UK spinners for the last month and eventually found what Appeared to be a good deal!The seller had been handed down the wheel but didn’t have anyone I’m his family to pass it onto so had put it up for sale on ebay.

I travelled to Ripon yesterday to pick her up!


I couldn’t wait to get her going, so I replaced the drive band and started her up! She spins really well and I managed two small bobbins yesterday evening!


This morning I plyed the two small bobbins! Im so chuffed with it!



The wheel came with two lazy kates, 4 bobbins and a whole box of stuff! Including the original instruction booklet and twelve bottom whorl drop spindles, not 100% sure what i will do with them but gonna try and find them a good home…..



Off to yarndale in a couple of weeks so Fibre is gonna be top of my list!!

Lots of love


FO: Shoe’s Spectral Lines Sportweight Socks



Wowzers, I’m on fire. Pair number 14 off the needles!

This is another String Theory Colorwork yarn. This time a sportweight yarn in colours which are even better than in the photo!


This was my first attempt at a rib sock and I really like the way it has turned out. Its a 3:1 rib with a 2:2 cuff. They have fast become my favourite ‘house’ socks – they’re super cosy! Did the best I’ve ever managed with yarn with about 3g left!

I love how quick sportweight socks knit up!

Thanks for reading

Shoe xxx

FO: Luxury self stripers



Yippee another pair off the needles! My 13th pair of socks!

These are another plain vanilla pair toe up with Jennys SS bind off. The yarn is from String Theory Colorworks a yarn base called Continuum (an 80/10/10 merino/cashmere/nylon giving these socks just a little bit of luxury) in the colour Resistor.


From a knitting point of view I’m not that happy with these socks. There is a massive ridge down the front of one sock, so bad I thought I had dropped a stitch but its just from where two dpns met. Hopefully it will block out after a good soak.

I guess the one downside of this ‘wintery’ weather is that there is an excuse for handknit socks!

Lots of love

Shoe xxxx

Harbour Yarns and a trip to the seaside!



As soon as the fantabulous Aimee from Knit Spin Cake mentioned that she was opening a yarn shop I knew I had to go and visit. Seaham isn’t that far from where I live and a couple of hours in the car seemed a small price to pay to support a new venture.

So Saturday morning the Welsh Boy and I (having decided to make a day trip of it) jumped in the car and headed to Seaham, a little town on the east coast.

The setting of the shop is amazing, right by the sea in a fab little development. Its a gorgeous bright and airy shop, with a lovely sea-sidey theme.

Aimee is just as lovely and awesome in person as in her podcasts and the Welsh Boy and I spent an hour having a cuppa and perusing yarns…… I also got to meet Aimee’s super talented mum (checkout Daisy Bun Boo – she makes gorgeous project bags and was so super freindly.

I eventually settled on a small but varied bunch of items.
Some natural BFL fibre;
2 skeins of Eden Cottage Yarns Milburn
And a fab project bag by Daisy Bun Boo

To be honest I didn’t want to leave, I could quite happily have spent the whole day chatting but we eventually dragged ourselves away from the whop to go for a little walk along the coast and have a spot of lunch and an icecream!


If you live in the area Harbour Yarns is totally worth a visit, its a fab ship and its worth having a mooch about the harbour too. Theres a gorgeous little sandy beach to sit on so take a blanket and a picnic and make a day out of it. There’s also a fab online shop if you’re a bit too far away to make the journey.
Thanks for looking,

Lots of love

Repeat after me – ‘I do NOT need another hobby’…


For christmas my mamma bought me a drop spindle kit from Hilltop Cloudand to be honest its sat there since then. Unused and unloved. Its not that I didn’t want to have a go but fitting it in with all the sock knitting has been tricky!

However a couple of weeks ago I thought I’d better have a go……my first attempt was, quite frankly, an insult to sheep around the globe and I would like to send a personal apology to the sheep that gave up its fleece to be turned into this:

I was a little disheartened but I did persevere and my second attempt was a little better:


I spun up some fabulous pinky yarn too:

Then I tried plying:



Now, it’s not perfect but not bad for a second attempt! The pink and blue yarns were both samples purchased through The Fibre Holics. They do fab bags of fibre and samples from loads of fab dyers – which is perfect for a beginner spinner like me, I’m still trying to work out which fibres I like spinning with.

Im sure this is going to be the catalyst for a whole new type of stash!! Need to try and get a bit better, Id love to be able to knit a pair of handspun, handknit socks!

Thanks for visiting me :)

Lots of love

Shoe xxx

FO: Mixalot Socks



Wow, another pair off the needles. I had expected my knitting to slow down over the summer but these socks were just so addictive that they flew off the needles.

The pattern is Mixalot Socks by the fantabulous Rachel Coopey. Its a great pattern with endless possibilities. There are four different pattern blocks in each of the three sizes, so you can mix and match as you please.


The yarn is the July Toddy Sevens from The Yarn Yard CJP club. These are by far my favourite sevens ever. The colours were so beautiful that I knew they had to be something special!


I wasn’t totally convinced that i would have enough yarn to do both heels in the same colour so I chose my two fave colours and did one in each.

There is one downside to these beautiful socks…………


Thanks for visiting me :)

Lots of love

Shoe xxx

The Golden Skein – Harvest Summer



Well its a miserable day up here in Yorkshire (although no thunder storms as yet) so what better way to brighten up a dull day than to talk about The Golden Skein – Harvest Summer club parcel.

This is the second round (third if you include the trial club) and the amazing yarns just keep on coming!!


The first yarn was a superwash merion/wool self striping (swoon) from desert vista dyeworksI hadn’t really heard of them before but since receiving this skein they are everywhere!

This yarn is one heel away from becoming a pair of socks! Love them!


The second yarn is from the fantabulous sparkleduck.


Its a merino/silk/yak (yes, yak yarn!) mix in a gorgeous colourway called plumbleberry compote.

At the moment it really is a Golden Skein, I have no idea what to do with it-maybe some totally over indulgent socks (yes I know these would not be hard wearing!) or a beautiful summer shawl…….any ideas greatly recieved!

The final yarn is this squoosy offering from ginger twist studios.

Its a merino silk mix, a slightly thicker 4ply at 338m per 100g (probably due to the squooshyness.

I think this will be a baby cardigan (again yes I know silk mix not the best for a baby cardi) but its just to soft and squooshy…..

Sign ups for the third quarter are open now, the picture looks fabulous so i am ( as always) totally excited. All the details can be found here


Got this bad boy in the post today too, TGS pinbadge! Awesome!
Shoe xxx