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SAL- May 2015

One of the best decisions I made this month was to join the SAL. The grotty weather in England has helped too, rain stopping gardening etc.

I started the birth sampler for my first grandson 7 year ago intending to give it to him on his first birthday, but life and the joys of knitting for said grandson, meant progress was virtually non existent. Enter the SAL.



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No before,


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Looking like this now

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So my aim for June is to, finish the fox and badger. There are some mice to go in opposite the hedgehog, top right, Percy the Park Keeper and hedge at the bottom, two more leaf motifs top right and words in the middle. I may finish in time for Christmas.

The design comes from a book called Cross Stitch Characters by Adele Welsby

With grateful thanks to Avis for welcoming me and to all the others who are also sewing along.

Please check the links below ( There may be time zone delays)

Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com

Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/2015/05/31/sal-12-kowhaiwhai-third-quarter-progress/

Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com

Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com

Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com

Alison at http://minervahandmade.wordpress.com

Jule at http://fromtheboudoir.wordpress.com

Elizabeth at http://stitch4therapy.wordpress.com

Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com


15 for 2015-May update

At the start of the year I set 15 goals for 2015, inspired by Laura. Every month I write an update and the running totals can be seen in the page above.

15 minutes walk x 4 times a week, only achieved if I divide some long walks up over a 7 day period. I need to try harder to walk more frequently. However, I have been working very hard in the garden this month to keep up (nearly) with the weeds.

14 bags to a charity shop- well on the way with this one, another two bags have gone. 6 more and I will have made it.

13 animal photos- this has been a total joy this month. There have been a lot but I am only counting them as three as they were taken on three occasions. I don’t want to finish this one too soon! And to save the post being boring I will scatter the animals liberally throughout! First come a couple feline beauties slumbering and strolling through Goathland.

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12 meetings with friends. I can get so busy with my own family, home and crafting that I forget the need to interact with friends. This month my friend Claire came to lunch and I took her one of my favourite walks from Pickering. We had such a good talk and walk.

11 savoury new recipes- I tried two new recipes this month. Bit disappointed with how this is going, I am trying the recipes but the results have been disappointing.

Have a photo of sheep next, also taken in Goathland, nb the recipes were both chicken ones!I am not that insensitive!

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The sheep really do just walk/run up the road!

10 handwritten letters- this is not going well, so far just one, oh dear.

9 handmade cards, none made this month, but well on the way to succeeding with this one.

8 sewing projects- nothing completed this month, but I have joined a Sew Along to encourage me to complete a Birth Sampler for Master H, started 7 years ago. Do check back on 31 May to see progress. The rain has helped a lot!

7 new yarns- I have started a cardigan for yours truly using an Alpaca blend. Progress is slow, but Yarn Along keeps me going.

6 trips to museums etc, nothing to report.

5 projects for charity. Completed one lap blanket. That makes two projects.

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Made for Sunshine International blankets of love , this should hopefully brighten up an elderly persons day.

4 new walks. A wonderful new walk this week, complete with bluebells, trees, wild garlic,sheep and pigs.What could be better. I posted this on Monday.

Swans, took a lot of pictures last month at the Mere in Scarborough. Went back again for a stroll this month. I thought at first to use these shots for the Photo challenge Love, but decided it was a case of lust, not love.

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He spots her

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She’s having none of it and is off

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Still in pursuit!

3 craft workshops, none so far

2 new cities, Salisbury

1 railway journey, two so far, not bad for  someone who hadn’t taken a train  in yonks plus ages.

0 impulse purchases. I failed, I was probably bound to fail. And just how I knew I would. I wrote very good and all encompassing shopping lists, such as three new long sleeve tops, three short sleeve tops , fabric, craft materials, lots of wriggle room. I knew I would struggle in charity shops, so decided if I saw something I liked I had to have 24 hour cooling off period, then write the item on the next days shopping list. That way I acquired this lovely vase

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But then came my big temptation. Books. Now one of these books was covered under “the increase my local interest books”, but the other most definitely was an impulse purchase, I didn’t dare leave the book for a cooling off period, someone else might buy it.

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I mean could you have resisted the Sarah Moore book with pages like this

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or risked someone else buying it with projects like this?

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Oh well I can try to have 0 impulse purchases except for nice books can’t I?

One more set of animal pictures to finish on. This dog at an upper window at The Malton Food Lovers Festival on Saturday.

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“No-one looking inside”

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“No-one noticed me outside”

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“Can I make it?”

Oh boy did the bacon butties have his name on them!!

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Photo Challenge- Wisdom

I found this one very hard. What is wisdom, how to depict it. Wisdom to my mind comes from experience and the ability to reflect and learn, but also conveys a passing on of that knowledge. The knowledge has to stand the test of time too, I think. So my picture had to encompass all of that. But what?

A school , a church, a library. No Books, and which books, well a couple of books full of wisdom which have to my mind met the criteria.

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Aesop’s Fables and the Water Babies by Charles Kingsley.  How would you photo Wisdom? Can’t wait to check out others ideas for this weeks challenge. Please look over on Blue Daisyz and Wild Daffodil

Yarn Along!

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Thoroughly enjoyed The Shadow of the Wind. Straight onto Past Caring by Robert Goddard. This was his first book and I have to say by far the best of his that I have read in ages. Well crafted, with a very strong plot which kept me from my Knitting, can there be bigger praise?And pretty similar to the much later written The Shadow of the Wind? Two stories running side by side, a historian investigating a mystery and written memoirs  involving politicians and suffragettes in the early part of the 20th centruy in England. It is a real page turner!

So the knitting, a two colour cardigan for me, just started the second colour last night. I love both coolurs but not certain they go well together. We shall see.

Time to check out what everyone else is yarning along to over at Small Things!

Photo Challenge- Middle

I couldn’t decide which picture I liked best, so here’s two for the photo challenge this week. Taken on our walk round Goathland ( Aidensfield, Heartbeat).

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For more Middle pictures, visit Jamie and a Wild Daffodil and for some  sheep oddities go to Woolwinding

Bridlington Priory.

We recently visited Bridlington, East Yorkshire, and were delighted to find this gem.

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Apparently there are 18 Thompson mice lurking inside. I only found just this one.

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There he goes. The Font was apparently made of Frosterly marble in the 14th Century

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The history of the Priory has been told in tapestry panels made by local people

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I love this window above the altar. Known as the Jesse window depicting the family tree of Jesus.

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The Altar.

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Whilst we were there we were treated to an organ rehearsal. Lovely music, which added so much to our visit.

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Finally the west window, said to be the largest in the North of England.

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Linking with InSpired Sunday

Yarn Along!

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So I have crochet and knitting on the go at the moment. The crochet is to be a blanket for Mr B and Ms G who moved into a new flat in early Spring, colours are inspired by the decor and by bees!

Knitting is a cardigan for me. I can’t recall the last thing I made for myself so I am going to enjoy every row. The yarn is Alpaca Tweed by Stylecraft. It feels quite soft to use, but it is mostly acrylic (77%) with short bits of Alpaca (20%) woven in. Not as exciting as I hoped for, but never the less a new yarn for me and my 15 for 2015.

I have just finished reading a book called The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. A very good book , the main character of which has mental ill health. It has justifiably good reviews and having worked in housing support with people with long term mental health illness, I can verify its portrayal of a difficult subject. BUT, it is harrowing in places and I recommend it only to people in a good place themselves.

Currently reading two books, the history of Rosedale, a moorland dale close by, with a history of glass making and mining. And The Shadow of the Wind , by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, a good book but I am struggling to remember who all the characters are!

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along

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