Friday, 15 September 2017

Small Hello


My latest crochet project....nothing too difficult beyond making the decision of which colour to use next.  Feels about the best thing right now, as typically for the beginning of the academic year things are  'full speed ahead'. New classes for the boys, new commitments after school, new races to be run (and the training that goes with them), new plans to be made.  I like all the newness, although it can become a bit difficult to prioritise.

I have been doing a few hours working here and there at the library and I picked up a crochet book which contained lots of ideas, none of which grabbed me, apart from the above pattern which, although not complicated is effective I think.

The library is such an amazing resource and so underused....(I might actually be becoming a library-bore).  I find new books each time I'm there....shame that when it comes to book-reading time at night, I can barely keep my eyes open.

Small hello from me anyway...hoping to be back here more 😊

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March



It has been a busy month....again....but now things are beginning to settle.  So many new things, setting myself a few challenges....the stirrings of spring have made me feel like taking on new projects....it's all good!

I had a mission to undertake recently, a painting commission that required me  going on a bit of a recce to take some photos.  The place wasn't really on my doorstep, so I decided to combine it with visiting another place I was keen to see.  The panorama view above and the view below are of Llangrannog, a small coastal village with the most stunning coastline.  This gentleman overlooking the sea, is Saint Carannog, 

I am very blessed to live right by the sea and the coastline is breathtakingly beautiful in Wales, I do rather like the more mottled colours in our landscape during the colder months, there is definitely something to see all year around.


Ends can only mean one thing...a finished blanket....a stripey blanket at that.....this is my Attic24 Moorland Blanket

It has been a lovely project and fairly easily done.  Two of my boys have recently been in a stage show of Oliver with the local operatic society.  My oldest took the part of Oliver, so for the past five months I have carted him back and forwards to lengthy practices, sometimes three times a week.  My trusty project bag has come with me every time, much to the amusement of the rest of the cast, but there was suddenly more interest as it looked more 'blankety'....some even sounded envious that I had something to show for my hours of sitting in the back of the hall.

Last week was show week and I got to shed a few tears at both my boys on the big stage....I am so proud of them both, especially the oldest having the courage to sing solo in front of  a sold-out 300 seater theatre.

Thinking of it still now makes me emotional, the music, the orchestra, the costumes....it was a fantastic opportunity I won't forget and certainly the boys won't.



Finally, I've been running again, this was a charity race for a Neonatal ward....it was muddy and steep, but a lot of fun!  Look, I'm smiling, but most likely as I could see the finish line!



Thursday, 16 February 2017

Walking, colours and crochet


Recently it seems, we've hardly had time to stop, I've been fetching and carrying a little more than usual and everything seems to be squeezed in.  Thankfully, on two recent Saturday afternoons, I've managed to get all boys and dogs walking in the same direction and been out for a ramble in our wonderful surroundings.

This first walk was best part of an hour away from us, but a place we often drive past and think of planning a walk.  From the road, the rocky outcrops look like three wolves, and I'd often wandered what they were like close up.

The day was clear and crisp, perfect for appreciating the panoramas and seeing the landscape's rich colours.




All happy boys....one not so happy a little later on, when we got a bit off-map and ended up with a couple of extra miles under our belts ;-)


Here, if you look carefully, is our collie Ned, watching his master, who is seeing what it would be like to sleep on top of a rock......hhhmmmm....

Some curious ladies also enjoying the dry day


A view from the other side....the light was beginning to fade (after our de-tour!) and it was satisfying to feel like we had earned our supper after a half day walking.



On the second Saturday, we ventured out in the same direction but to another rock, this one I can remember visiting when I was small child.  

The day we chose to walk, was bitter and threatening rain, so it was rather shorter than the previous walk.

We did picnic on this walk, but it wasn't quite as successful, as we were all pretty cold and fed up. 

The colours of the hills and bracken in the back ground did remind me a bit of my Moorland Blanket.

                                      
Which is coming along nicely, as I have had to attend a lot of practices  with my boys for a play which they are involved in.  Initially I think that people thought me a little quirky with my crochet, but now they are seeing it grow it seems to be making more sense.  In fact one of the ladies in the cast, came over and said she was making one too....it's a small world!


Friday, 13 January 2017

New Projects

First finished project of 2017...

This was a kit bought for me by my in-laws for Christmas, it is gorgeous... a quick make and great finished bag.  I haven't done yet, but I intend to sew some bias-binding along the handle to stop it stretching, but other than that, it is good to go.


 Attic 24's Weekend Bag in Heatwave



Somewhere between Christmas and New Year's day, I finished off the last few remaining squares of my Last Dance On The Beach (Under the Stars colourway).  I admittedly didn't follow it to the letter, there were two squares I just couldn't get on with (and a colour I disliked) and I swapped things about a bit.  I'm quite pleased with the end result, its a colourway I normally wouldn't go for, but I really like the darkest brown against it and it somehow works ok.


So I would normally be a little out of sorts without a blanket on the go, but all is well, as I quickly took up this....


Attic 24's Moorland Blanket which was also bought in kit form for me for Christmas, this time from my parents (my family know me well!!)  I'm enjoying this, the colours are beautiful.

So busy with this and a few other less exciting things.  Back to studying now and back with the running group I joined in October.  Hopefully 2017 contains a few 10k runs and hopefully I get to set some new Personal Bests.

Christmas 2016

I have spent about an hour trying to break into my blogger account....why does this happen....I blame the small boys who have been using the computer, changed everything around and then silently crept away...I have no idea if I will ever be able to sign back in again, so maybe I should just say everything I have to say now ;-)

So 2017 is well under way and the routine has become the norm again, after the bliss of the holidays. Christmas was good, although quickly over.  There was knitting



and crochet, a corner to corner piece which grew and then turned into rather a nice cushion cover


 I took part in a lovely christmas present swap and received some beautiful gifts from a generous lady who had found out all about the things that made me tick.  It was so exciting opening up gifts from a stranger on Christmas night when the boys were all settled to their own things.

One brilliant gift among all the lovely suprises was a candelabra, which I know is supposed to be used in a cake, but I put it on the grasshopper pie I made on News Year's day when we had family for lunch.

Isn't that the coolest thing ever??

I sent my gifts to America, lots of bits and bobs.... my favourite sort of presents.


I knitted these mitts with some wool I bought in the Cotswolds when we were there in October....and packaged them up too for my giftee, (I'm assured by a genuine Californian knitter that people from California do sometimes have the need to wear gloves etc... (I had a small wobble half way through making and wondered if I'd lost the plot!))


I took part in my second 10k race in two months, which was a fun filled (apart from the huge mile and a bit hill at the beginning) run with other nutty people dressed in christmassy clothes.  I crocheted my hat the night before and managed to keep it on the entire  race, which was an endurance in itself :-)
After the run, the finishers were given glühwein and a christmas pudding to take home....you can't say fairer than that!


And then it was done....just like that...and me being me, started feeling the need for some fresh air and new plans....so that is what has been happening in small amounts.




 No big challenges, or difficult-to-keep resolutions, just some good intentions which will be worthwhile and reasonable......watch this space :-)





Tuesday, 22 November 2016

..and sew on....

Last year, about the middle of November, I decided I was going to make a 'skirt' for our Christmas tree, I had a pretty good idea, how I wanted it to look, so being the highly experienced sewer that I am (hhhhmmmm....) I bought lots of bits of pretty fabrics and started hacking  cutting and sewing.  I soon realised that although I had applied some maths to my pattern, I really had no idea what I was doing and within a few days my enthusiasm was nil and the skirt was in a project bag underneath lots of things that had suddenly become more appealing!



I'm not entirely sure that I approached the project this year with any better knowledge, or even a pattern, but somehow, grim stubbornness has allowed me to make something that is getting there (not without a few small tantrums and big headaches).   I have no clue what I will do next...but even if it's just straightening up the edges, throwing it under the tree and piling the presents on top, it feels like going forward 😉



I've finished off the second baby mini-blanket, I do like lots of bright colours, especially as it's been rather grey around here....we've had our fair share of rain over the past few days, it always seems to me,  that I'm a day behind on my choice of clothing for dog walking, yesterday was a perfect example...and then today's choice was way off!

Thanks for the good wishes for the job interview, I haven't heard back and I'm not sure I interviewed that well really, there is being relaxed about the outcome and appearing unprepared, I fear I may have come across as the latter....ah, well...as I said I'm incredibly blessed and happy with what I have.....

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

New Things



There have been lots of new things recently... I definitely feel a bit like I'm reflecting more....good or bad I'm not sure!  

This afternoon, I will be going to an interview for a Library assistant.  I haven't worked in this sort of environment for 13 years, although I realised when I came to put my CV together, I've actually done a lot of things which are definitely relevant.  I feel sure that if it is the right thing, it will all work out, otherwise I will not stress about it.

On the crochet front, I've been doing ripples, this one for a brand new baby boy (and I have a more girlified one on the hook as well)  These have been my go-tos when the boys have had various things to be at.

I've been going along to a running group on a Wednesday night, I'm pretty much the slowest there, but I smile all the way home (not so much when I'm actually running!)

This last weekend, I did a 10k with the running hubby and middle boy (I whined all the way around as it was hilly, muddy and puddly and I found it sooo hard!) but I did it and was smiling at the end!


(there was a huge hill at the end, which I had already decided at the beginning I was going to walk!)


At Christmas, I did a painting of the daughter of a  friend, taken from a photograph of her when she was working for a charity in Durban, South Africa.  Then a few weeks ago, I heard about a colouring book being produced by a children's charity in Kenya to raise funds, this painting immediately came to mind and I thought I'd see how it worked.


A few days later, I heard back that they liked the picture and hopefully will use it in their book.  I am so pleased, as it seemed so right to me.  The charity is called Rafiki Mwema (Loyal Friend in Swahili) and they look after both boys and girls who have had unimaginable experiences, supporting them and helping them to rebuild lives....an amazing work!



Lastly...not leastly...some knitting.  These (there is a pair, but impossible to photograph without another pair of hands) are a pair of wrist warmers made for a Christmas gift swap.  So quick to make and lovely yarn that I hadn't used before.  The yarn is Louisa Harding and I bought the ball when we were on holiday in the Cotswolds.


I discovered a lovely yarn shop (it's a knack you know!) in Chipping Norton, The Fibreworks, small but perfectly formed, offering lots of beautiful yarns and crafting classes to boot.  The lovely lady on the desk even allowed me to sign-into her wifi so that I could open my ravelry account and find out what I needed (I needed everything of course, but restrained myself to one ball!)