Friday, 27 May 2016

Back from Menorca


 We are back from Menorca.We had beautiful weather.This is the view from our balcony.
 We stayed in a place called S'Algar.Very quiet.
 We had a visit to Mahon the capital using the local bus.
 How about this for a choice of colours?
 Lovely flowers.Hibiscus.
 Bottle Brush tree.
 Help needed here.Does anyone know what this plant is?
It was a very restful week.It was good to feel the sun on ones face but is it worth all the waiting around at airports.We did all inclusive so we ate and drank too much.I think we decided this was not really our kind of holiday.We like our own space too much.Theprospect of a week in a cottage in France  I think is more"us" or a few days away in the UK.

Hope you can help with the flower

Saturday, 14 May 2016

I am all "socked" out!!!!!

 This is my sock drawer.
This is mine and C's put together!!I think I counted 26 pairs.How many pairs of socks do two people need?So,I think,enough is enough,.I have a pair on my needles to take away and then that is it for a while for sock knitting.I have done more than this as many have been given as presents.
I can remember being in awe at a craft fair in Manchester many years ago,of a lady knitting socks with no pattern in front of her.It was all in her head.How times move on and I must too.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

A couple of finished projecs and the start of new ones.

 These are my latest socks.Self striping yarn is so good.
 Yet another shawl and it is huge.I just kept going and going.Now what next.I don't need any more socks or shawls so decided I would reduce my huge stash by making a blanket for charity.
 My woolis being stored in the bag which I made for my daughter's birthday and then decided it wasn't really her.It is an Attic 24 kit.Quite snazzy I think.
It is such a shame the colours don't show true.Which charity it will go to I don't yet know.

I had intended to show you some pictures of the garden but my netbook froze so they will be for another day.

We are off to Menorca on Sunday for a week.A little bit nervous with my IBS problems.Fingers crossed I am OK.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

instagram?

Can anyone please explain to me why it is better to be on Instagram than on Blogger.Also why are people leaving blogger?I love reading blogs from around the World.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Helsie.

Helsie.
Where are you?
Hope you are OK.
I feel a link with you ,you having relatives quite close to me.
I really miss your posts.
barbarax

Sunday, 1 May 2016

A busy few days

 Last Thursday evening we hosted the U3A(University of the Third Age) Wine Appreciation Group.One couple normally do it but we offered to give them a break.Our friend Paul,sat at the end,said he would do the wine so we were left with providing nibbles to start and then cheese,olives etc half way through.and hosting it.Firstly, the house had to be cleaned(Iam not a fan of housework!).Secondly ,we had to assemble enough chairs,plates,glasses etc for 17.Thirdly, we needed 12 different cheeses.C wanted as many Welsh cheeses as we could find.We found seven.It was a great evening ,as always, spent with good friends.
 On Friday our middle granddaughter,Emily,was eleven.We went over after school and then all went for a meal at a Chinese restaurant.She is a beautiful girl,inside and out.Sarah,our daughter,nearly died the day Emily was born due to an incompetent anaesthetist.Thankfully it turned out OK and we have our gorgeous girls.
 I don't know whether I have shown you this before but it was on my camera to show the lady in our new yarn shop.All the flowers are crocheted.
 I am fed up of knitting socks,shawls and scarves.Every bed has a crocheted blanket as do all my grandchildren so what next.I decided I might have a go at these mittens and if they work out they would make good Xmas presents.
I have chosen two bright colours.I don't think the lady in the Yarn Shop approved but hey ho!
Just to finish I have to tell you how awful the weather is here in North Wales.It is cold and we have had sleet and hail for days on end.I just want some sunshine,just a little bit will do!

Any ideas for a new project would be welcomed.

Helsie,Kathy,Una,Bobo Bun,Jane where are you?Have you stopped blogging?

Love to you all.

Friday, 22 April 2016

My latest shawl.

 This is my latest creation.Rubbish photo I know but I just couldn't find anywhere to show it off without shadows so I ended uo putting it on our newly cleaned patio.The pattern is Matilda.The yarn isAlpaca 2-3 ply from John Arbon textiles.His name seems to be everywhere at the moment.
Here is a closeup of the pattern.it is a 16 row repeat which gets easier as the repeat goes on.It was a 100g hank 90% alpaca,10% nylon.600m.It only took me two weeks to knit up and I only knit in the evening.Not bad eh!
We have just had a weekend down in Cambridge with our son and family and from there went on the train(Eurotunnel) to France for four nights.A chance for some great food and some wine buying.(Claire if you are reading this I promise to meet up with you for coffee next time!)The trouble for us is a six hour drive back from Eurotunnel home.A great chance for some sock knitting and a nap!!
I am now working on a shawl to take on holiday in May.Off now to watch Coronation Street and of course some knitting.See you soon with the completed socks and possibly another shawl.