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Archive for November, 2016

Yarn Along!

The car needed a service and MOT last week. This meant that I had hours to while away in York, so I just had to go shopping. After all there were Christmas presents to buy and Secret Santa gifts to sort out. Which of course meant fabric and yarn shopping. I went to one of my favourite shops, Duttons for Buttons in York, and sure enough I found a cross stitch kit of a horse suitable for an 8 year old. By now I had done lots of walking and felt a sit down would be in order. I knew that on the top floor there was a chair for people to browse knitting patterns. Now , I so didn’t need a knitting pattern…. (can you see where this might be going?) I have tinsel yarn for owls and hedgehogs, a sheep kit from Dartmoor Yarns to make, a nearly 3/4 complete white cable cardigan, yes that one, wool for a mermaid’s tail, did you forget that somewhere I have yarn for a Bagpuss. I had until I found it earlier in the month. So I really have quite enough on the go.

But I was sitting there and wondering if they had CCTV on the top floor, the staff were all two floors below. Maybe I should pretend to be looking at patterns, and oh look isn’t that yarn pretty. No I don’t need yarn, I will just pretend to look at the pattern book.

Well you know what happened next. I really don’t need to say anymore.

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Go on seriously could you have resisted this self striping yarn? I knitted the front to the neck-band in just two nights. It’s CHUNKY wool. It’s scarcely going to impact on all the other knitting is it? The yarn is by James Brett and called Party Time Chunky. And Master T could really do with a new jumper, couldn’t he?

YES. Well done the correct answer.

Meantime I am onto S in my read through the alphabet at the library ridiculous personal challenge. I think John Steinbeck may well be my all time favourite author, he is certainly in the top 5, so when I found two books by him that I hadn’t read well I just had to read them both. I finished The Long Valley, a volume of his early short stories, Not his best but good anyway.

MMMM there are some very nice girly patterns and pinkish Party Time Chunky yarns, I wonder would Miss F like a new jumper?

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along

 

 

Photo Challenge- Still

Still Waters

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Edinburgh – July 2016

Next weeks prompt is Creation

Please leave a link to your picture in the comments section. We are currently working on a new photo challenge for 2017. Details to follow next month. It’s going to be exciting. Hope you will join us.

This Week!

Well I knew it was going to be busy and it was! The car had its annual service and MOT, and I had to go shopping in York whilst I waited. Please note the had to, more of that on Wednesday.

My son Mr J flew back from holiday and the lovely Ms M had said YES when he proposed. Youngest son Mr B and partner Ms G have exchanged contracts on their first house. And Mr T has been offered a new job. Not often all three have happy news and all at once.

I have managed a little knitting,

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Pink one is for my new step granddaughter, Miss S who is Ms M’s daughter. And the little one , well that’s for Secret Santa.

I went to Wales to visit my brother and my Mum. I delivered the blanket to Mum’s care home, with very strict washing instructions, Rachel.

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The care home Mum is staying in. Mum has Alzheimer’s. She recognised me but I noticed didn’t use my name. Her memory is very poor now. She knows she grew up in Liverpool and if told of a story she told me before, remembers it and can add details. But she is well looked after and she has lots of company. The day centre she used to attend when still in her own home has closed down now, so goodness knows how she would have been if she had not chosen to go to the care home.

My brother is well. We went out for a lovely pub dinner at the Lamb and Flag near Abergaveny .

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My brother Mr P and his tagliatelle dinner. He couldn’t finish it!

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Mrs L, my SIL. That’s chicken and ribs and she couldn’t finish hers either.

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And that’s my chicken pie and I ate it all UP. YUM.

From Wales I went to see my son Mr T. All are well, and Little Miss F was thrilled with her new blanket. It was very good for hiding treasures under! And for keeping little girls snug. Strict washing instructions given.

Thank you Rachel.

So home again yesterday to view the new sofa which Mr E had to organise whilst I was away. It looks lovely. Pictures next week. And I had mail.

First

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This is a Christmas present for Mrs T. From the Wool Warehouse, an Attic 24 weekend bag kit . The instructions look good and as always it’s nicely presented. My only criticism is it took them ages to get it to me.

AND a present from me to Me.

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Made by our lovely Bekki at The Dartmoor Yarn Company

Well every good Nana deserves a present!

The coming week should be a bit calmer.

Hope you all had a good week and enjoy this one too. And for everyone going through hard times, just remember when you hit rock bottom there’s only one way to go. UP.

 

 

Photo Challenge- Wild

Wild and Stormy Skies.

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Edinburgh – July 2016

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The moors above Whitby, also July 2016

Next weeks’prompt is Still

Happy Snapping!

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.

Photo Challenge- Socks

Or B****Y socks.

A couple of weeks ago a friend posted a picture of her laundry basket half full of black school socks. She has two children and the caption was B****Y socks.

How I remember those days. Three boys and a husband with identical socks to be paired up. Eventually I hit on the idea to ignore school uniform rules and so one boy had black, one navy and one grey. Mr E had striped. Life a great deal simpler. Even simpler when the boys took matters in their own hands  and branched out into batman socks, spiderman socks, turtles socks etc. But they thought I would know who owned which pair. And with verukas to beware of knowing whose was whose was important.

So today I dedicate my post to all who have to pair up the family socks!

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My socks were always easy!

Please leave a link to your socks pictures.

Next week’s prompt is WILD

Happy Snapping!

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

 

 

Photo Challenge- Hunt

The feral cats of Greece hunt for their food in the restaurants.

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Pictures taken on the island of Thasos September 2016.

And because you can’t have too many cat photos, here’s four more.

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Cute hey?

Next week’s prompt is socks!

Happy Snapping!

 

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