Walking in a Yorkshire Wonderland.

Last Monday I went for a walk around the Wentworth Castle Parklands and as it's meant to be a "snap happy Tuesday" post today I thought I'd share some pictures that I took that day.
I really hoped to see some Bluebells, but there was no sign of them just yet. I'm going back again soon though so hopefully I will be able to capture their loveliness with my camera.
The Strafford Arms at the beginning/end of the Parkland.
Oyster mushroom?
Deer in the Rotunda field.
It was a lovely sunny day (very windy though!) and along with the lovely views, having time on my own, the lovely smell of the woods, flowers everywhere and even spotting a Sparrow Hawk in the sky, it made for a pretty wonderful day. I can 't remember the last time I was that at peace. Yeah, I know, I need to get out more.

The next ones are all areas where I've worked on when I was a volunteer conservationist there.

The Rotunda.

So much time spent here sorting out thorny brambles!

Cautious deer.

Stag leader (in the back).

"Graffiti" on the Rotunda. It said "K.S. 1945 G.E."

Came out brighter than I wanted, but still quite like it.
The Duke of Argyle memorial.
Lots of crazy sheep running/bouncing around!

The Serpentine Bridge.
You go over the Serpentine Bridge to go into and out of the parkland. (Unless you have parked in the car park). It used to be the main entrance to Wentworth House so I imagine it will have had lots of carriages ect going over it back in the days.

The view from the Serpentine Bridge leaving the parkland.

Clearly wanted to have his(?) picture taken.
 If you made it through all the pictures then thank you for visiting, I hope you liked them!

*Edit* I just realised I never added a picture of the actual Wentworth House, so here are a few.


I was abit busy last week with Vi still on her Easter holidays and I was also painting the kitchen, so didn't really have time to post.
I have been knitting (more about that below) though, whenever I could. Not much crochet progress unfortunately as I just can't seem to get the eyes the way that I want. I'm either going to buy different safety eyes or try until I find the right way/colour/size.

As I've got a new colour in the kitchen I thought I'd make a few of my stuff match it, so I started with this old serving tray. I sanded it down, which took quite a while longer then I expected. Luckily it has got proper wood underneath. I managed to completely take the image off by first sanding the top layer until I got to the paper and then making the paper wet and scraping the rest off with the tip of a table knife. There is probably a better way to do it, but that's how I did it and it worked. 

I tried to get as much black off as I could without actually damaging the wood and shape. Then I took off all the dust and bits with a damp cloth and painted the first layer of white. Tomorrow I will do another layer and then add another colour. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the middle yet, maybe add text or try something with contact paper.

 I haven't really been knitting anything in specific, just been trying out new stitches and patterns in squares and rectangles that I will eventually sew together as a blanket. I started one with the Honeycomb Stitch, but I felt that it wouldn't quite fit in with the other squares so I carried on knitting until a decent size for the back of a cushion. I also knitted a Chevron rectangle to add more width, but I'm not sure if they go together yet.

 I'm thinking of adding fabric on the other side and add some sort of retro image with embroidery or cross stitch... To be continued :)

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Why not

I know it's not Tuesday, but I took some pictures the other day and I thought I'd share them while I had some time to post on here.
The first two are of my guitar. I've had it for about 11 or so years now. I don't get to play it alot anymore, but still love to strum it every now and then. It actually hurt my fingers afterwards this time, that's how long it's been since I last played it. I'm no Jimi Hendrix, but I don't care :)
Hopefully soon the weather will start getting better and I will get some outdoor pictures. I'm going up to Wentworth Castle Gardens soon to catch the bluebells as it's so beautiful over there when they are in bloom. Like a bluebell carpet in the woods. :)
I used to volunteer there every week as a conservationist (fancy word for saying I trimmed trees and bushes and got rid of weeds and never ending thorn bushes, hah!). I might actually start doing that again, it was good to be out there and do something.
I hope you'll all have a nice Easter weekend and hopefully I will be done with my crochet project in the next post.

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Doodle inspired

I mentioned in another post that I wanted to try and crochet from a drawing, well I'm actually in the middle of doing this right now. I'm using a doodle that I made while drawing with Vi and I've got the feeling this will end up being hers when it's done! :)

I hadn't crocheted for a while before starting this, but I still remembered all the stitches. The one thing I always hate about using an existing pattern is that most of them are written in US terms and I've learned to crochet in UK terms so I'm constantly adding notes to the patterns.

At least I get to write the pattern with a fun pencil and eraser that someone gave me from Taiwan!
 If this turns out alright I might (if anyone is interested) put the pattern for it up on Ravelry and on here. I will add a crochet conversion chart to it though!

We'll see how it goes, if I can get my sewing machine out of the loft I might even add some fabric.

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I finished them last Thursday, but I didn't have time to edit the pictures until today. I'm really pleased with them and will definitely be wearing them as they're very comfortable! :)


 I ended up with a bit of the Second Sock Syndrome, but I gave myself a kick up the bum and finished them (eventually). I'm glad I did though as I do love them and I hate having u.f.o.'s laying around.

I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn aswell. It's Rockin' Rose by FiberOptica. I was lucky enough to win it on Twitter! It's very smooth and soft and the colour is just beautiful :)

These socks are symmetry heaven for me.

I love the flowing lines in the heel flap.
The only mistake I made was in the first sock where I accidentally p3, k1tbl instead of p2,k1tbl and because of that the lines of the k1tbl didn't quite match up at the top. But I don't think anyone but me will ever notice that so I'm not too bothered :)

I hope everyone (in the UK) had a lovely mothers day yesterday. I got a handmade card and another card from Vi and some Black Magic chocolates :)

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Inspiration Friday

I stumbled across a post on Twitter by A Creative Being (Winkieflash) of her blogpost about crocheting from a drawing. I really love that idea and I've got a few ideas in my head of what I want to make.

Which also brings me onto something else that has inspired me, a local artisan fayre. I saw that you can also rent stalls and sell things you've made. It's on this weekend and the next so obviously it's impossible for me to be ready for this time, but it made me think about maybe starting to make some stuff to sell in the future.
I think the tricky part is finding the balance between making things you want to make and things that will sell...

To be continued!

W.I.P. Wedn..Friday?

I've been a little bit busy and I didn't manage to write my W.I.P. Wednesday post, so I'm doing two posts today instead.

I am still working on my last Effervesce sock. I think I've had a bit of second sock syndrome, because there were days I just didn't get around to knitting and wasn't that bothered about it. But I've been catching up and I'm glad I did as it really is a beautiful pattern and doesn't deserve to be neglected and forgotten about.
At the minute I'm just turning the heel and going to do the gusset decreases. I think it's my favourite part of the sock. It's where the magic happens :)

I love how uninterrupted the design is, it all flows together.

They should hopefully be finished this weekend. And then onto something new! I've already been eyeing up a new pattern, but more on that soon :)

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Keep up, Petra!

I'm so terrible at keeping up with my blog, but I don't want to be. Due to my lack of blogging I have lost alot of readers and I really don't want that to happen again.

Luckily I was inspired the other day by Little Jess Knits post about organizing your blog better. I really like the schedule that she made up so I'm going to use it, but swap the Tattoo Tuesday for Snap Happy Tuesday to show some of my photography as it is something that I love to do aswell.
So the schedule I will try to keep will be like this:

Snap Happy Tuesday: Photography update, will also hopefully give me an incentive to go out and take more different photographs.

W.I.P. Wednesday: Every wednesday I will talk about what I'm working on (knit, crochet) and how it's progressing.

Inspiration Friday: A post of things that I have encountered that have inspired my creative mind. (I have a lot of ideas going round up there so maybe this way I can keep track of them aswell).

Planning sunday: Showing what I will be doing in the coming week.

As today is Snap Happy Tuesday I will put in a few of my recent images. This week I'm showing a few that I took while out on a walk with my daughter Violet.

The "Gaia" effect.
Barbed wire. Still have to work on getting used to manual focus with this lens.

Dodworth sunset

Lonely tree in Gilroyd, Barnsley

Vi didn't want to smile so I asked her to frown instead, haha.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoy my posts! :)

Something new

I got a free magazine from Dave's mum a few weeks ago and it had a section with free cardmaking paper with it (I don't know the technical term for the paper) so I thought I'd give it a go.
I made this card with it for my sister's birthday. I don't think it turned out too bad :) It would have been alot better if I had a stanley knife or a proper paper cutter of some sorts as it is hard to get the edges completely straight with scissors!

Luckily Violet had some pinking scissors (I had to look up the name for these as I just call them zigzag scissors, ha!) so I could cut out some nicer edges here and there.
I loved the theme of the paper. Very vintage 1940's WWII era style :)

I scraped the edges of the card with scissors to give it a more worn look, it was a happy accident really, but I ended up liking it.

Who knows it might be something I will do more often. It was fun making it!
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Heel and gusset

Heel and gusset by Petra Senders
Heel and gusset, a photo by Petra Senders on Flickr.

Another picture, but this time showing the gusset that has no hole in it for a change! Really happy with that as it puts such a downer on the feel of being finished when you've got a hole!

One done, one to go.

Twisted stitches by Petra Senders
Twisted stitches, a photo by Petra Senders on Flickr.

Finally finished the first one a few days ago and now I'm 3/4 into the second one.
Luckily this time it's progressing alot faster as I've remembered most of the charts :)

I've never added pictures via Flickr so I have no idea what I'm doing or how I can put more then one in a post, haha.

Via Flickr:
My first Effervesce sock all finished using Rockin' Rose by Fibreoptica.

Bubbly Rose

An update on my (Effervesce) Bubbly Rose socks. Most of you will already have seen it on IG, but I really want to get this blog going again and not neglect it like I did last time as I really do enjoy blogging! Unfortunately I have lost most of my followers, because I didn't blog for that long.

The pattern really isn't as difficult as I imagined it would be. Alot of repeats in the chart just shifting the positions of the bubbles. Wish I had a better cable needle as I only need to put one stitch on hold at a time each time so it can be a bit fiddly!

I've finished with the leg chart and working on the heel now so it shouldn't be too long before I will be onto the foot part and then the toes! :)

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Jabberwocky Cowl

This is the cowl/neckwarmer I knitted for Violet. I made up the pattern myself and the chart aswell. I'm happy with it, but I think in the end I should have made it abit wider as with the fairisle it came out abit tighter and I forgot to take that in account. I might make her another one sometime, but then alot looser and see how that will come out :)

I have put it up on Ravelry aswell and will put the pattern up if anyone is interested. It could easily be adapted into an adult one.

I found a downloadable copy of a very old German chart book a while ago, so doing this has given me abit more practise with charts as I really want to create something with a few of the charts from the book.
I've got so many ideas for them in my head already so who knows!! :)

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