Look at the contents of my box from Sarah.Brilliant.Sarah, did you make the exquisite evening bag/purse?It really is a work of art.
Saturday, 26 December 2009
Look at the contents of my box from Sarah.Brilliant.Sarah, did you make the exquisite evening bag/purse?It really is a work of art.
Monday, 21 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
What I didn't get were my 3 days in hospital with nothing to do but knit and stitchso Emily's Flower Fairy won't be finished.
I have been to my Book Group this morning but because I thought Iwasn't going to be there I hadn't read the book and only managed the first 70 pages.Never mind.We were also choosing the next set of books to read.What do you think of this list?
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
Miss Webster and Sherif by Patricia Duckner
Red Tent by Anita Diamant
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
A middle ages crime story by CJ Sansom
That should keep me quiet for a bit!
I have also ordered a cross stitch kit today from sewandso.co.uk ( a brilliant company).It is of a Doll's house and is huge.So with that ,the reading and my Debbie Abrams Blanket Club I should be kept well and truly busy while I am on crutches and recovering!!!
Hope you are not getting too frazzled about Xmas.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
We have had a great day today.We had a phone call last week from some old friends who live in Bristol.We havn't seen them for 6 years just the annual Xmas card and letter.They were coming to Anglesey for a few days and could they come to lunch.We just took up from where we had left off and before we knew it it was time to go back to Bristol and we had been nattering for 5 hours!Also today we had a phone call from some even older friends who live in Portsmouth.They are up here next weekend and are coming to see us onFriday.Both these couples are younger than us and both husbands were work colleagues of my husband.it gave me real lift to think that friends from the past still want to come and see us.It just shows how good friends they must have been.
I am getting a little anxious about finishing projects for Xmas.I am telling myself that I will have 4 days in hospital where I can knit.I am kind if forgetting that it is not a holiday but a major operation!Do you think I can follow a pattern if I am drugged up with painkillers.My big concern is that I may not be out for the Strictly Come Dancing final.How bad that would be!!
Roll on 2010 when it will be onwards and upwards.We have great plans for holidays next year.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
I like to collect things and my latest collection is Mabel Lucie Atwell postcards.I just love the illustrations.They are so cute and remind me so much of Ruby.I have bought several on e bay and will give me something to hunt for when we are out and about.
I really shouldn't be on here.I am in 2 book groups,one more serious than the other!The casual one is next Friday and we are meeting for lunch as it's Xmas.We are reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which is 500 + pages long and I am only up to page 250.
My box is coming along nicely.I hope whoever gets it likes my choices.
Monday, 16 November 2009
Sunday was special birthday for my older brother so we went up tp Blackpool to his daughter's and met up with all his family.17 sat down to lunch.It was great seeing my nieces and nephews.My brother's first wife died aged 32 when the children were 9,6 and 4 so we have a particular bond with them.He has since re married and had another son.
Now I have a bit of a problem.I have knitted a lace scarf for someone for xmas but when I came to block it an enormous amount of colour came out.Can I give someone a scarf where if it rains and gets wet the colour could ruin their clothes.I could try and set the dye with vinegar but would I ever get rid of the smell.Advice please.
Do you know I told you that I have signed up for the very,very expensive Debbie Abraham's blanket club starting January because I am having a knee op in Feb or March and it would be something for me to focus on.I had a phone call on Thursday to say I am now having the op on Dec 16th.Oops.It was a good excuse.So I shall be spending xmas on crutches this year.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
I had my second of three sock club parcels yesterday.I had forgotten about it and think I am now really "socked " out.
We have bought Ruby a pram for her second birthday on Nov 14th and so I have to knit/crochet covers by then.Also a new dolly so clothes for that as well.She so loves playing with her dolls,feeding,them,putting them on the potty,putting them to bed etc.So sweet!
Emily,her 4 yr old sister, heard yesterday that she had passed her first ballet exam but surely they don't fail any of them.I hope not!
Anyone decided to join the Posh Yarn cashmere club?
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Saturday my daughter and family came for the day and we had a lovely time,a walk round the market in the morning and a country stroll in the afternoon.
Sunday was spent recovering!!
Monday afternoon I went to the second sess ion of an Italian group.I did Italian about 10 years ago but have forgotten most of it.We are following a book and just helping each other.The organiser has asked me to lead the next session which has scared me witless!!
Today we have been shopping in Chester this morning and went to look for a kitten this afternoon.We have seen a gorgeous tortoiseshell one but it is only 3 weeks old and we can't reserve it until it is 6 weeks.It's mum was run over and killed.
Jobs for this evening are-
sorting my clothes out for the Autumn
finishing the collar and sewing up a jacket for Ruby
blocking a 2ply lace stole I have just finished
maybe casting on a jumper for Ru
That's all until next time.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
This morning I went to my Reading group.We were discussing Birdsong By Sebastian Foulks.It was a good discussion and very interesting.I had an hour at home and then we were off to pick Emily up from school ,take her to ballet,pick Ruby up from nursery and then take them back to their house for tea.(Shepherds Pie which my OH had made while I was at reading group.He's very good and it was delicious).We then handed over to Dad.Mum is away overnight with school on a trip.
Tomorrow we are going to Cambridge for the weekend to our son's house.So I think it is about time I went and sorted some clothes out.
Don't ever think life is dull when you retire ( I retired at 50).I don't know how I found time to work!!!
Monday, 14 September 2009
I resisted buying Posh Yarn last night but am thinking of joining the Violet Green sock club.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
We met my daughter for coffee in Borders this morning and then went on for lunch in a store nearby.Thought I would share these with you.Sisters having fun.R was desperately trying to do do what E was doing but couldn't because she was holding a bottle of juice!
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Apart from knitting I have lots of other hobbies and one is penfriends.I started this by someone telling me about an organisation called International Penfriends.The idea was to promote international goodwill.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
He has been out walking with a group of friends today so I have had the house to myself and just pottered.We are usually so busy we don't have time to potter.
My daughter started her new job today where she will be teaching one and a half days a week.Her elder daughter starts in the Reception class this week.It seems she has had a great day and has got the right vibes about the school and the staff.
The decision about having another cat has gone on hold again.I would love one but they are a big commitment,
Monday, 31 August 2009
I am now working on a jacket for my granddaughter(nearly 2).It is in DK and is growing very quickly.I have also got a 2ply scarf on the go but I am getting a bit bored with it.
I spent the morning gardening,tackling a job that has needed doing for years so I think I have earned some knitting time watching either athletics or the US open tennis if it has started.
I am also trying to exercise more and putting on my pedometer.The most stepsI had managed was 6,000 but then on Thursday my D came over with the little girls.She arrived at 9.30.a.m and didn't leave until 8.00p.m and guess what-I had done 10,012 steps during the day and a fair bit of weightlifting(the girls).
Keep up the knitting!!
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
My knitting has moved on a little bit.I have finished my Violet Green socks which are a beautiful colour(photo tomorrow).I started the Dane shawl with my Posh sock wool and then undid and have now started knitting Dane shawl for the second time.It's only because someone posted a photo of the finished article and it looked so good.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
From there we went to Tatton(N.T) and had a walk round the gardens and some lunch.I had on my pedometer in the desperate attempt to lose some weight! I did 5,500 steps at Tatton so if I had had it on in Manchester it would have been a huge number.
Called on the way back at the Bead Trail at Blakemere and arrived home exhausted but felt we had had a great day.
Today has been somewhat quieter.A walk down and back to the market(3,000 steps) and a short shopping trip this afternoon.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Another shouldwe/shouldn't we is about buying a motorhome.We have talked about it for ages and if we don't do it soon it won't happen.More food for thought.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Today I thought would be a quiet day.Oh was supposed to be playing golf this a.m but rain stopped play and it was postponed to this afternoon.Then the phone went and it was Sarah saying her washer had broken and could she come and bring all her holiday washing here.They arrived at 11a.m and 2 meals,umpteen washes and tumble dries later they have just gone.Mike jumped at the chance of a game of golf.S. bathed the girls and put them in their pjs ready for bed.
It has been a lovely couple of days but I may have to recover tomorrow.Maybe knit all day?
Saturday, 8 August 2009
My socks are from the Violet Green sock club.You pay for 4 months and get a pack every month i.e 4 lots.A different pattern comes with each one and this to me is the challenge.I have 2 waiting to be done but they both look a bit tricky!! one has horizontal stripes in it!!
Thursday was sad day it that we had to go to the funeral of mt OH's last auntie.She was 85 when she died and had dementia.What also was sad that 2 of my OH's cousins were there and he didn't recognise them!!We moved away from our home town many years ago.I still keep in touch with all my cousins but i suppose that is the difference between men and women.
Friday I met my knitting friend and we put the world to rights and then went looking for a sat nav.Any recommendations gratefully received.
Today we have gardened and enjoyed the sunshine.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Today has been a gardening day.We have clipped ,cut, sheared and mown and it has taken us all morning.This afternoon we sat reading in the sunshine.Yes, sunshine here in North Wales!!We used to have a third of an acre garden which I loved but OH persuaded me that we should sell some of it as a building plot.Regrettably we now have a bungalow in the bottom half which we thought would be nice and quiet but they have 3 children and a very noisy dog.It has still left us with a decent size garden but just not the same as it was.
Wound some 2 ply last night just need a pattern for a shawl with inclusive borders.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Today I went to the dentist for a check up and for him to look at a tooth we have trying to save for ages but bits keep dropping off.Anyway he decided it needed to come out.It is right at the back and you can't see it.I am a real coward at the dentist but he is brilliant.He gave me 2 injections and although it had a twisted root he managed to get it out.He told me that I have very dense jaw bones.(Could this be why I weigh so much-dense bones!!)I am feeling ok but my bank balance is £130 lighter and it was all over and done with in a quarter of an hour.
I have decided to knit the Dane shawl with my Posh Yarn August sock club yarn.It is looking good but the yarn seems so thick after doing lace knitting.Has anyone got the book Knitted Estonian Lace and would you recommend it?
Between us and next door we have a cupressus hedge.For ages the lady there has been nagging us to get it taken down by 2 feet.In the end we arranged it but the bloke said he couldn't come for a while.In the meantime lady next door sold her house but we forgot to cancel the gardener thinking he would ring before he came .Anyway we were out on saturday morning and when we came back we could hear a chain saw and he had done half the job.He had climbed over our locked gate and just got on with it.There was no going back and the job cost £200.Also our main car is in for bodywork repairs..Someone ran into us in a car park in Stratford and just drove off.That is costing £150.Not a good week!!!
Saturday, 1 August 2009
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009
The grandchildren have gone home and we are exhausted!!We had a brilliant time- going to Chester zoo (5 and a half hours walking round),felt making at a local country park,Jolly Jungle play barn pot painting etc.Plus all the in house playing with Lego,Downfall,Stay Alive etc.
See above my completed Tilia shawl.It's not a very good photo but the best I can manage.It doesn't show up the beads.I don't think it is a pattern I will tackle again particularly as I have a super new book calledVictorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby.It is a lovely coffee table type book but it is full of great patterns for stoles ,shawls and scarves.
I am dreading the Sunday weigh in.My jeans tell me it will not be good news!!
Monday, 20 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Saturday, 18 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
I did lots of knitting and finally feel I am making progress with my Tilia shawl.I used beads at the start and am now using them in the central section.I decided replacing all the nupps with beads would be too much.
Does anyone watch Doc Martin?We had a trip to Tintagel and then went on to Port Isaac.We couldn't understand what all the crowds were watching and then realised they were filming.Martin Clunes and all the cast were there and it was fascinating watching how it's done.I had my photo taken with the one who plays the policeman .
We visited lots of National Trust properties and ate their cake so I am dreading going on the scales!But I needed cheering up with all that rain!!
What about the Box?I think some people thought they were automatically in it again .So shall we do it again?
Friday, 10 July 2009
I met my friend this morning for coffee.She is also into knitting and had asked me to try and get her some wool in last Sunday's Posh sale.She wanted 2 lots but I only managed one.After getting over the initial shock of opening the parcel and seeing bright pink(the tissue paper) she was thrilled and I must say I wished I had kept it for myself but I couldn't be so selfish.
My Tilia is ready for going to Devon tomorrow.I am now on the second chart.I am sure it must definitely keep the Alzheimers away working it all out!!I have other things packed as well and ,yes, one day I will get back into my cross stitch.I just must stop buying wool.
I will try and be careful about my diet while away but I hope the extra exercise will balance any lapses in the diet.Watch this space when I get back for a weigh in.
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Let's not think about that.My Tilia shawl is progressing very,very slowly.I like the effect of the beads.This is something new for me and I am thinking my 4 yr old granddaughter will love something with beads in it.She starts school in September and was due to go into school today and again next week and have a home visit etc but they had a message to say the teacher and her classroom assistant had been in a car accident and all these things were off.I just hope they weren't badly hurt.
Been to Chester this morning .Only intended to buy some shoes but saw a lovely top in M&S and couldn't resist it.Husband very impressed with it.It hides all my spare tyre!!
Monday, 6 July 2009
My Tilia shawl has not progressed much.I have decided not to do nupps (thanks sarah for the offer of practical help).I am doing beads instead.Do you know someone has finished already and it looks gorgeous.How do they find the time?I don't work but have other things that interfere with knitting.My husband is out walking plus lunch tomorrow so a good chance for knitting but I must clean the house before my daughter in law comes to stay straight after we get back from Devon.
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Secondly, nupps.I can't seem to get them even and all looking the same.I am left handed but knit right handed so that might be the problem.I am thinking of just leaving them out but I will have to undo 3 rows.Can I face it.
Thirdly, the diet.I wouldn't dare post my weight but I am ,this morning, ? stone and 13 lbs.My problem is I eat all the right things ( apart from wine) but at the wrong time.I never eat breakfast which would kickstart my metabolism and I end up the day drinking wine,all those empty calories.So those are the things I must address-have breakfast and no wine.
Please post how you are getting on with your knitting projects.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
I have done 9 rows of my Tilia shawl and so far so good!I have to do it in complete silence and not let my thoughts drift.
Count me in for the weight loss "thing" but we will be away a week on Sunday in Devon.Will I have to forfeit the cream teas?I think so.
Sunday, 28 June 2009
We are off to see my brother near Blackpool tomorrow and then on theway back we will pick up Emily and Ruby from nursery and look after them until Mum or Dad gets in. Sarah,our daughter, has gone to the Take That concert in Manchester today.Such excitement.She has gone with 5 friends and they decided to go at lunchtime and make a day of it so Dad has had the girls today.Ibet he's shattered .
Friday, 26 June 2009
I am not getting much knitting done at the moment.I was out last night with some new friends I have made through a magazine.That sounds dodgy but it isn't.They are really nice ladies and it is good to meet new people and enjoy a natter,a laugh and food.Tonight C and I are going out to meet some college friends of mine.6 of us who were in college together meet up twice a year at a central point with our husbands and have a meal.It's amazing that we are all still married to our original partners.
That's it for today.I must go and find a slimmimg looking outfit to wear!
Thursday, 25 June 2009
I did buy a Tilia shawl kit.I couldn't resist it.I chose grape hyacinth.Just hope I can do it.
Busyday today,x rays,my 2 gorgeous little granddaughters came for the morning and lunch , gardening,Andy Murray now playing and then out tonight with some new friends.How did I find time to work.
I have another coffee date tomorrow.My 4 th this week!!It all interferes with the knitting.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Anyone in the Violet Green Sock Club?
Did anyone get a box today?
I am expecting in the post
Posh wool from Sunday( I can't resist it)
Lego bases (for when my grandchildren come and stay in the summer)
Books from Persephone which I bought in their 3 for 2 offer.
And one day a BOX
Been trying to knit watching Wimbledon but I make so many mistakes!!
Monday, 22 June 2009
Did you know the Posh yarn Tilia kits go on sale on Wednesday but they have nupps in them.
Saturday, 20 June 2009
I had a text from our son who lives in Cambridge to say that he had got to the post office to send the parcel for his dad and realised that he had no sellotape so could I open the packet up and stick the paper down. !!Kids ..eh.
So C is not seeing the kids tomorrow but he will get phone calls from them.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
I really do need to take some lessons in photo compostion!
Monday, 15 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
I finished the first sock from my sock club.
I made a small shawl in 2ply .The pattern was called Swallowtail.It said that the advanced skill needed was to be able to knit "nupps".Now, I have never done these before and don't think I will again but undaunted I gave it a go!I found them very difficult with such fine wool.I am dreading blocking it because I think large holes might appear.Does anyone else find these difficult?
I have also almost finished a stole in 2ply as well which I am thrilled with.
I did no knitting en route (poor Emily ).
We called in Cambridge yesterday and had lunch with our son and his family and it was good to see the grandchildren.
Today we have been to our daughter's and been to Emily's "graduation " from nursery.She goes to big school in September.It was a lovely afternoon.The children acted out the story of "The Very Hungry caterpillar" and sang some songs.Then there were play and craft activities and wonderful food and wine.It ended with more songs and a presentation .All the children got a copy of the bookand a certificate.They had gone to so much trouble and on a day off too.We loved it.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
We popped over to Northwich this morning to see our 2 grandaughters and daughter before we go away.I also wanted to deliver the 2 hooded tops I had knitted.They were met with universal approval.Emily(4) and Ruby(18 months) are gorgeous (biased -I know!!).They are so full of love and cuddles.I shall really miss them over the next two weeks.
I have just had e mails to say my Violet Green Sock Club and my Poshyarn one are in the post but we are going early tomorrow before the post.Typical!
See you in the middle of June.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Past -it Notes by Maureen Lipman - very funny
They knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple- this is one from the Persephone Collection which are books that have been republished after being out of print.This one was written in 1934 and gives great insight into the lives of women in the past- fascinating.
Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber.I couldn't resist this one as it is about a knitting class!
The Return by Victoria Hislop.
Remember Me by Melvyn Bragg.
All I need is some sunshine and a comfy chair and a glass of chilled white wine.
I am feeling very pleased with myself today because I have written letters to my penfriends and posted them.I have penfriends all over the world and some I have been writing to for nearly 20 years.It is a fascinating hobby because you see changes in the world and hear about them from ordinary people.People who live in South Africa,Estonia,Russia,Argentina,Japan etc.I joined up originally because the intention was to promote international goodwill and I would recommend it as a hobby to anyone.It helps these days with a computer!!
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
On the way back to the motorway we did a bit of a detour and called in on some old friends who we hadn't seen for ages.What a shock we got.Kathleen was just a different person,had lost loads of weight and just couldn't remember things at all.I have felt really depressed about it ever since.
It looks as though we will go away on Friday so I have been collecting together my craft projects.They are....
A cross stitch picture in the Silhouettes series.I said I would like one for my birthday and OH bought 3.How daunting is that!!
A 2ply lace weight stole to finish
A 2ply shawl just started-Swallowtail
A hooded top for Emily(to do in the car)
My latest Violet green sock project
A scarf to start in Posh Yarn Eva 2 ply
Plus some wool,a crochet hook and a copy of Inside Crochet magazine to play with
Oh,by the way we are only going for 2 weeks but I like a lot of choice depending on the mood I'm in!!
Sunday, 24 May 2009
I have been sat on the patio and have managed to do the borders on one of the jackets.Hopefully I will do the other one tonight watching TV.
I am going to try and put on some photos of my Violet Green lace shawl project and some socks I have knitted over the winter.
Big decision .Do I try and buy some wool in the Posh yarn shop at 7pm?
I can't manage to put the photos on.Will try later.
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Friday, 22 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Today has been a funny old day.It started with my husband having a check up at the hospital.He had his spleen removed 6 months ago because it was 4 times the size it should be but they don't know why .Today we were told they have sent bits of to Birmingham who are experts.At one time we were told he might have lymphoma or leukaemia but these have been ruled out.
This afternoon my daughter and her 2 little girls came over because we were all having our hair cut.we have a hairdresser who comes to the house.
My OH has now gone to see a physio beause he has something wrong with his leg? foot ?Who knows.
Hope someone reads this!!
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
As I said in my profile I am a retired teacher(retired early!).I don't know how I found time to work because I am so busy now.Today C and I actually had a day where we had nothing in the diary.Neither of us!We have been meaning to go to Bodnant gardens for days but the weather has been awful.Well, we made it today.It rained a bit and it was a bit wet,well,very wet under foot.My new trainers ended up covered in mud and my jeans were all splattered but we had a great day.Bodnant is a National Trust garden not far from Conway in North Wales about 50 minutes from our house.It is famous for it's azaleas,rhodos,camellias etc so now is the time of year to visit.It is spectacular.
Now we are back home.I have taken my 87 year old neighbour some reading matter and soon it will be knitting time.More about my projects next time.