Thursday 28 May 2009

Off on holiday

This will be my last post for 2 weeks as we are going on holiday to the Loire Valley in France tomorrow.

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

Book list

These are the books I am taking away

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.

Here's hoping.

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

I had an interesting Bank Holiday Sunday.My stepmother had invited myself and myOH and my brother and his wife to an exhibition at her church.It was to raise funds for the church so we felt we ought to go even though it is 50 miles away.It was actually very good.The exhibition was showing the work of illustrator Waler Howarth.He did the covers for lots of comic type magazines and his output was staggering.It was good to support them and to see Jean,Peter and Janet.

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


Bank holiday Sunday

What a glorious day.Wall to wall sunshine.

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

knitting photos

The play was great last night.We had asked a friend to come with us whose wife has died recently so we stayed for a drink in the bar afterwards.All the actors came in and it is good to see them as ordinary people!

Why is it so difficult to find buttons which are exactly right.In anticipation of finishing (ha! ha!) my granddaughters' jackets over the weekend I went on a mission.In our town there is just a market stall selling buttons and of course all the ones I wanted were out of stock.Anyway I bought some. Around here you stay in on a bank Holiday weekend-too much traffic and a good excuse to knit!

I am going to post some photos of recently finished projects.More tomorrow and in the days to follow.

Friday 22 May 2009

No knitting news today.We are going out to the theatre tonight and that means lost knittting time!!I havn't picked any knitting up today at all.Will have to try before we go out.

We have Theatre Clwyd just 5 minutes from our house.It has 2 theatres plus a film theatre and studio rooms.We are so lucky.They often show films which do not appear at the multiplexes.

Tonight we are seeing the play Mary Stuart by Schiller.It has had rave reviews in the Sunday Times and the Guardian.Just hope it isn't too long!
No knitting photos today but a photo of the azaleas in my front garden.

Thursday 21 May 2009

I said I would tell you more about my knitting projects.At the moment I am knitting hooded tops for my 2 granddaughters.They are both in Tiny Tots wool,one in beige and one in pink.I have done the main bits for one but unable to face the borders started on the other one so I now have 2 lots of borders to do!!I am also knitting a stole in 2ply lace wool bought from Posh Yarn and a shawl also in 2ply.I am really enjoying doing lace knitting at the moment.

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

HI everyone.Good to hear from Sarah.
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.

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Hi.This is my first go at blogging.I read loads of other blogs but have joined a "box swap" and the others have blogs. a