Thursday, 29 November 2012

What a crop!!

First I must show you the lovely tomatoes my husband has grown.  He was given 2 neglected plants back in June. We had prepared ourselves for green tomato chutney but suddenly last weekend - the 25th November they ripened. It was like a taste of  the summer we never had!!

The latest update on squares knitted for The Big Knitathon has now reached 64 with a little parcel today from Jenny and her friends all the way from Manchester.   At the weekend I will be parceling them all up and posting them off to The Big Issue foundation.
And this has got to be the ultimate in knitted square blankets - we were honored to have a visit from Dorothy and her Debbie Abrahams mystery blanket.  It is absolutely fantastic and beautifully knitted. I particularly like the flags which make up the border. A family heirloom!!

I have been working on something on a much smaller scale - these crocheted stars for our Christmas window. The white ones are made in DMC Natura cotton and the gold one in Twilley's Goldfingering. The Goldfingering comes in gold, silver, green and red and is perfect for making Christmas decorations or knitting in with a plain yarn for extra sparkle. It could be used on a garment too as it is machine washable.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Autumn Quilt

First I must apologise for the lack of posts on the blog at the moment but my camera is broken!! As any seasoned blogger will know you are lost without your camera. I have "borrowed" my husbands camera until I get a new one but it is too big to fit in my pocket so not always to hand. 

Autumn is now well under way in Northumberland , the summer bedding plants have gone from the pots and the winter flowering pansies have taken their place.

Autumn too is a time for making the home cozy and I have made this lovely knitted Aran cushion to snuggle up with under my quilt. This quilt I made a few years ago when I was off work ill for 3 months so I named it my miserable quilt but really its quit nice so I might rename it my Autumn quilt because of the colours and the leaves on the fabric.

Happy Quilting xx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Coffee and Knitting

Ready Steady Knit
Open Days
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September
10.00am – 4.00pm

Coffee and cake  will be served in support of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support and there will be opportunity to have a look at the new season stock and get  some ideas for gifts to make for Christmas.
Come and Join us
At 17B Front Street
Prudhoe NE42 5HN
01661 830671

Friday, 7 September 2012

Crochet Classes

Getting organized in the shop now for the new term with our first classes.

Crochet Classes
We are pleased to be able to offer 2 new crochet classes.
Absolute Beginners – learn to crochet in a small group environment at an evening class at Ready Steady Knit. Over three sessions you will learn the basic sills and stitches you need to get going with this versatile craft. The sessions will be from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on Wednesday 12th September, Wednesday 28th September and Wednesday 10th October. You will need a 4mm crochet hook and a ball of Double Knitting weight wool – either bring it with you or purchase it on the night. Cost £10.00 per session to include refreshments.
Improvers – update your crochet skills in a small group at an evening class at Ready Steady Knit. Over three sessions you will have opportunity to update your basic knowledge of stitches, learn some new ones, and follow a pattern while completing three small projects. The sessions will be from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on Wednesday 19th September, Wednesday 3rd October and Wednesday 17th October. You will need a 4mm crochet hook and a ball of Double Knitting weight wool – either bring it with you or purchase it on the night. Cost £10.00 per session to include refreshments.
As both groups will be small and cosy, places are limited to 4 for beginners and 6 for improvers, please ring or email me to book a place as soon as possible.
The shop will be open before and after the classes for anything you may need.
Carry on Crocheting - Once you have built up your skills we hope that we will have regular sessions for people to continue with their own crochet projects. Watch this space.

Ready Steady Knit
17b Front Street, Prudhoe, NE42 5HN
Tel; 01661 830671 or email;

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Birthdays, Bells and Granny Squares

 Happy Birthday Dad. Last week we gathered together to wish my dad a happy birthday. Not room for 76 candles on the cake but a lovely family meal to celebrate.

On Friday morning we got up at 8.12 am to ring bells to herald the start of the Olympic games.

Jenny wasn't very happy about being woken up though!

Rosie and I have been learning a new crocheted Granny square from this book in the shop

And Rosie crocheted a Dumbledore all by herself.
 And at last a scenic shot in the sunshine. Today we went up to Hownsgill, near Consett in Co Durham on the C2C cycle route. The views over the Durham cuntryside were magnificent.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Craster again

All those pictures of Craster remind me of the lovely 2 day course with Janet Clare when we made a free motion machine embroidery picture. I can't believe that was 2 years ago. But when you sew the sea side you can make the sun shine.

Happy quilting xx

Friday, 13 July 2012

Crochet night and Kippers

 Last week Ready Steady Knit went out and about. With my loyal band of helpers I packed up a basket of goodies and went to join the ladies of The Hearth Craft group at Horsley for a crochet night. A great night we had too - sharing skills, drinking tea and eating cake.
 But I have been out and about this week too. On a rare day off we went to Howick Hall on the beautiful Northumberland coast for a walk in the gardens.
 With all the wet weather , the bog garden was in full bloom
 But not appreciated by everyone!
 Then we went to the nearby fishing village of Craster which is very picturesque
Where we bought some kippers from the world famous smokery to take home for tea.

Happy Quilting and Happy Hooking too.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Jubilee Street Party

Prudhoe Jubilee Street Party

Prudhoe jubilee street party last Sunday was a very busy day for the town

Celebrations were started by local newsreaders Colin Briggs and Kenny Toal, weatherman Paul Mooney and our MP Guy Opperman   
 There were things to eat .................
Things to do.................
Shows to watch ...............

And Music to listen to.    
Then we had these 2 visitors in the shop. Knitted by Jean!

Hope you enjoyed your Jubilee celebrations too.

Happy Quilting

Friday, 1 June 2012

Bunting up and ready for the Jubilee

Bunting up and ready to go!! All ready for the Jubilee Street Party on Prudhoe Front Street on Sunday.The window is dressed for the occasion - knitted bunting inside cos it won't do well in the rain - just like those knitted swim suits!!And lots of ribbon in red, white and blue and red white and blue!!
New in today we have a delivery of Trekking sock yarn - these are wonderful for the striped effect they produce with simple plain knitting.They come in kit form too - all you need to knit your first pair of socks - a set of 5 double pointed needles, wool, pattern, instructions, stitch markers and even a needle to sew up the toes.

this is Ann - our first customer to come back into the shop wearing what she has knitted - a lovely summer scarf in Aruba.
And finally - the scenic shot - this perfect family of swans on the Bradley Pond in Crawcrook in the sun last Sunday - hope we get some sun this weekend.

Happy Jubilee

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Good wishes and a good start

 Ready Steady Knit has made a good start and I would like to thank all my friends and family for their good wishes
I thought you might like to see some of what we have in the shop. Lots of pattens and yarn to knit for babies - everyone loves baby knitting. This little boys cardigan takes only 2 balls of Sirdar snuggly  and it is quick and easy to knit.


This Corilana wool is  also in stock - 100% natural undyed wool comes in the colours of the sheep. Direct from New Zealand it comes from Bev's farm Black Hills near Christchurch in New Zealand.  We have 3 shades of the aran weight wool in stock and a number of patterns.

We are also stocking designer original patterns  from local designer Stephanie Waugh. The finished cardigan in mohair is shown here. We sell the patterns but can also put you in touch with Stephanie if you would like to buy a kit.

It has been great to welcome old friends in the shop and great when Dawn popped in to show us these wonderful owl tea cozies she has been knitting.

And the blog wouldn't be complete without a scenic shot. The cherry blossom trees in Prudhoe have been quite spectacular earlier in the month before the rains came.

Happy Quilting and Happy Knitting x

Friday, 20 April 2012

Ready Steady Knit

Sorry the blog has been a bit neglected but have put down the sampler quilt in favour of a bigger project. My very own wool shop.
From this this.................. in 4 weeks
with lots of help from family and friends ....................................

Opening tomorrow at 17b Front Street, Prudhoe, Northumberland NE42 5HN

Come and visit us, directions on the website here

Happy Knitting XX