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Archive for November, 2016

This week!

It turned quite chilly here this week. Time for some hunkering down, with all things woolly and stitchery!

I started with a little Secret Santa stitching.

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Project bag from my Secret Santa last year being put to good use again. Thanks Tialys

Then some more Secret Santa stitching.

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Then I got distracted and made up this cushion. I had bought the front piece at the Whitby Quilt Exhibition earlier this year.

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Front and back

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Anyone would think we were nearing Christmas. There was a super moon this week, which did make an appearance here. Despite my best efforts to take a picture on my little camera, I failed so no picture of a super moon. There was some baking of jammy buttons.

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Which nicely emptied three jars of jam which were lurking in the fridge, homemade plum , rhubarb and ginger and shop bought raspberry. I needed the jars for … secret santa

On Friday I attended my family history group meeting which was held in a freezing cold village hall.

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The talk was about DNA testing to trace your origins. Maybe I will do this one day. I would love to know if I have any Viking ancestors.

Finally there was some more crocheting going on. Three more blocks for the Deco blanket. Colours are inspired by heather on the  North York Moors and yarn is by Stylecraft .

 

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Another tinsel Owl arrived last night, but she is exhausted and not up to posing for her picture today, Maybe next week.

Hope you had a great week and wish you all the best for next week. Love to hear what you have been up too.

My coming week is going to be Busy! Bring it on!

Yarn Along!

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Knitting the first sleeve of the cable cardigan. I will get this done, I Will get this done, I WILL get this done , I so WILL get this done. This year I aimed to improve my knitting skills. To challenge myself. Well this cable cardigan has done just this. I can’t lose concentration for a second. If I do it is absolutely guaranteed to go Wrong immediately!

Knitting I found is something I usually do as a kind of meditation. I go into a trance. My mind wanders. I may even do some thinking. With cables I just can’t do this.  Which is why I have had two projects on the go since the summer, one to improve skills and one for fun. First the knitted village and now tinsel creatures. Yes that is another tinsel owl. Like to see where the last one has gone. She has made some good friends, let me tell you. Apparently she is a bit of a flirt. Click here to visit the one and only Wild Daffodil and the seahorses.

Meantime I had the most incredible surprise. One of my all time favourite knitting bloggers gave me a mention in her blog. Oh WOW!

The Twisted Yarn included me in her post about the best knitting bloggers. Oh Gosh! I love her blog. Not only can Phil do amazing knitting she can do it whilst walking or jogging or drinking wine. The Stoic Spouse and the twinnage make a regular appearance too. So not only is the knitting and crochet fantastic she is very , very funny too, and guaranteed to cheer you up. But don’t take my word for it, go visit… here

Reading has now moved onto the letter R. Finding a book to read by an author which surname began with an R was so hard. I choose this in the end because of the cover. Turns out that I choose a lot of books because of the cover. Anyway, think Dan Brown conspiracy novel meets would be spiritual cult book. I gather there was quite a spin off from this book. Hopefully I will find out why.

Joining with Ginny at Small Things for another good yarn.

This week!

It’s been a pretty ordinary sort of week for us.  I settle for ordinary and ok over upset and drama anytime.

In a previous life I worked in a wool and fabric shop. Saturdays always brought the unexpected, Mums trying to mend the frankly beyond mending, teenagers tentatively embarking on their first projects, and the chaps with beards. Chaps with beards invariably wanted to alter something, to attach something to a bike or a sports bag. The solution was usually velcro or tape, sewing was frequently not an option, glue was required.

Mr E, who has no beard, presented me with such a dilemma on Monday. The straps on his newly purchased rucksack were too short. Could I cut them here and here add some more strap, fold this here etc etc. We bought some tape, but his instruction on what was wanted were too complicated for me. So he cut the straps, folded the tape, I sewed the bits together under his direction. And voila one happy chappie.

Next day I went to my U3A meeting. The speaker was a former big band saxophone player. He was interesting to a degree. Big bands being more of my parents generation than mine. It was a shame he didn’t play any music to us.

Then Mr Trump, triumphed. The sky did not fall down.

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And Sheila from Sewchet sent me details of my Secret Santa recipients. Am very excited. My stitching and knitting people are lovely. I have trawled and trawled their blogs to get to know them thoroughly inside out and back again. I have dug out patterns, magazines and books. I have scoured the internet for ideas and now think I have a plan of campaign. Things to be made, purchases to be pursued. I have a £10 spend limit. Tell me if you were my recipient what would like?

It snowed on Wednesday. Not much but a little. And my baby boy turned 28. OMG.

My poetry group was on Thursday.  A lovely group of all ladies. Next month I have to choose some of my favourite poems to read. I wondered if anyone had a favourite poem? I keep thinking of the one called the Naming of Parts today, as it’s Armistice day.

I made the Christmas cake on Friday. The whole house smelt of singeing brown paper .

Yesterday it rained. I did some Christmas internet shopping.

Today it’s frosty but the sun shines. I have done the ironing and am about to have coffee before cooking a Sunday roast. The garden looks damp and bedraggled. Life goes on.

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Jasmine ready to bloom next year.

Have a great week everyone.

 

Yarn Along!

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The cable cardigan progresses slowly, just reached the shaping for the raglan on the right side.

Still reading through the alphabet. Q proved really easy to find a book. The library gave a choice of 5 authors. So my Q is for Anthony Quinn and the book is The Streets. I have just finished watching the series The Victorian Slum on BBC 2. This book is set in a Victorian Slum and the protagonist works as a researcher into conditions of the poor in the 1870s in a London Slum. Talk about coincidence. The book is really interesting. and the characters engaging.

Meantime I have a TAHDAH moment. Rachel had gifted me some crochet blocks. Here they are all joined together in three blankets and edged.

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This one is destined for a care home as a lap blanket.

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This one for my granddaughter Little Miss F.

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And this one is a sofa snuggly for Mr E.

Looking again at these blocks  which I also crocheted in Rachel’s CAL 3 years ago reminded me that I always intended to crochet one of the blankets in the book 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. I have made a start. The blanket is called Art Deco. I am joining the blocks and darning in the ends as I go.

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What’s he doing here, that’s not the picture of my blocks. Honestly House Elves aren’t what they are cracked up to be.

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That’s better. Now I know I said that was the end of Tinsel yarn for the time being. Seriously did you think I would keep to that.

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Now I thought the owl said he was called Ollie and off he flew to his new home. What’s with this tinsel yarn.  She told me a little white fib, apparently she is called Olivia. Well I never!

Now that’s it with the tinsel yarn. Honestly!  Yes really!

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

 

 

This week.

This week I should write a 16 for 2016 update, but there isn’t one really! I think I have achieved all that I am going to achieve from this years list. I will do a round-up in December. I am thinking hard about  a 17 for 2017 list.

The weather changed this week, big time. It’s colder and wetter now. The wood burning stove has been lit daily. One afternoon I lit it about 2pm. I cutched down on the sofa with a mug of tea and some crochet and life felt very good indeed.

Now that I am volunteering at the library my walking tally has improved. The car park is limited to a mere 90 minutes. Ok if you are shopping, but no good for a library two-hour shift , so I have been walking down. This week I helped put up a display for the BBC’s Love to Read campaign. I had to select books I had enjoyed. A most pleasant task.

Tuesday the weather was chilly but the sky was blue so I set off on a country walk.

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This is Cawthorne Roman camps. These were three temporary Roman camp sites used by the Romans for training purposes. If you look to the left below the tree line you will see the rampart. I was drawn into the middle by a splash of red which turned out to be brambles.

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Who knew a bramble leaf could be so pretty. The reason the camps were here is that you can see for miles around.

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Right across the North York Moors.

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And in the other direction down towards the lake.

I have started to think about Christmas, gifts, decorations etc, as I guess we all have. (Well not Mr E, he starts to think about it at 4pm on Christmas Eve. )I had a trip out to York. It wasn’t very satisfactory. I had in mind some things for the grandchildren and I needed some new shoes. Well maybe not NEED need but need. You know. Anyway the shops were out of the sizes for everything I had looked at. So back home and onto the computer for some on line shopping. I really really really want to buy stuff in proper shops, I hate the idea of a town centre with nothing more than estate agents and nail bars, but if they can’t get stocking levels right before Christmas just what can you do? Buy the wrong size? No wonder M&S are closing stores, they were one of the worst offenders. And yes I did manage to order everything on line. However, York was lovely as ever.

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The Minster! I mentioned crochet didn’t I? The three blankets are all joined now, just the borders to complete. It has been a real pleasure working with Rachel’s blocks. It reminded me that what I had wanted to do after crocheting my way through the 200 crochet blocks book, was actually make a blanket using just some of the blocks. So I have chosen  four colours.

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Yarn is Stylecraft DK. I am going to make the Art Deco blanket , if you have got the book. Just one more thing on the crochet front, have a look at Jenny’s blog on Simply Hooked. She makes some lovely things!

As I finish here , the sky is grey,it’s raining, it’s cold and it’s not yet 3pm. Time to make a brew and light that fire.

Have a good week!

 

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