Thursday, 29 June 2017

Cottage Garden

It is absolutely huge on my Kingsize Bed in length ways and touches the floor width ways on both sides.

I started it back in January to get rid of all my old unused acrylic tan from about  three years ago. I spent 2 hours this morning sewing in all the ends.

Is so warm and cosy and is a big yarn eater.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Socked out

Seventh pair of socks since January for Frank. . Yikes..

I'm now doing some crochet called Spun Gold, a shawlett made with my The Uncommon Thread BFL Fingering weight.

I have finished the large blanket I have been crocheting and will post a picture as soon as I get a chance.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

A knitters thought

I'm sitting up in bed knitting on Franks sock and I managed to knit 25 rows in 1 hour.   That's 70 stitches x 60 minutes.

Anyway, it occurred to me that the fastest knitter is a lady called Hazel Tindall who lives in Wales and she knits 180 stitches in 2 minutes which is blinking fast.  

So if I could knit the 140 rows of Franks socks (not including the heel and toes), how long would it take to knit a whole sock at the speed of Hazel Tindall.....

I reckon,  without any disturbances, I could knit a sock in about 3 hours.   I will have to try that one day.

I shall leave you with a photo of 2 young girls back in the 1900 knitting socks as part of their chores....
  Can you imagine if the kids these days could or even would do it.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Books and bugs

First of all my book reading has come to an end.   I have a bit of a history with reading books and then getting loads of bad luck and lately that is what has happened.  So I can't take much more and decided to just stick to my crafts and try to concentrate on the things that come my way.  

The next piece of this title 'bugs' is exactly that, I got on the bus to go to shops after work and got terrible pains and a sick feeling.   I ran to the library toilet and was overcome with sickness and diarrhoea with no warning.  I had to ring my son to come get me I felt that bad.   I spent the rest of the day and the next in bed.  This morning I tried to eat but my body wasn't having it and I have starved myself.  I'm flipping hungry and going to try a little dinner later.

So today I have spent knitting, moaning and generally a moody 🐮.    I've got to go back to work tomorrow so I must try and cheer up a bit.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

February 25th, 2017

I have been very busy of late what with work, home and getting on with things.  I did decide in the New Year that I would read more books because last year I read none.  I gave myself a target of at least 10 books this year and so far I have read 3.  I thought I might do a little review of them just in case anyone wanted to know if they were of any interest.

1. Monty Don My Family and Other Dogs

Monty Don is the presenter of Gardeners World on BBC 1 and is not just an experienced gardener but also a family man and the main reason I chose this book as my first read is because of his love for his dogs.

He talks about all of the dogs that he has loved and lost and how important they are to him and how they are part of the family unit.  His relationship with Nigel has been portrayed on the gardening programme and the book tells you about his dog following him around the garden, being spoiled by the camera crew at times and the way he poses when the camera points at him.  Apparently, Nigel gets more fan mail than Monty does.

2. Woman of God by James Patterson & Maxine Paetra

Frank had just finished reading this and said I would like it.  So I said to him straight away does it have a good ending and he said yes.  

The story is about a lady doctor who works in South Sudan working long days, under a lot of stress and heartache without much equipment or medicine.  She is a religious lady who has a strong faith and feels that is where her vocation is.  There are children around her that are orphans and she loves them.  In the midst of it all there is a bad person who just kills for fun and so does his men and it got me quite angry reading it.  Thank god it was not explicit detail and I had to stop reading it a few times so that I could think about the first part of the book.  

I picked it up again after a few days and the story line continued with some relief of good things happening and then it went to pot again.  I said to Frank that I thought it had a good ending and he said just to keep reading it.  

After the leader of the terrible men was tortured and she lost a loved one, she went back to her home country and took on another job as a doctor in a special clinic.  The rest of the book continues in this manner of work, love and loss but it does have a reasonable ending but not what I was expecting or hoped for.  I would however, recommend this book, even now I am still thinking about the characters in it.

3.  Monty Don The Jewel Garden

I know that I have read Monty Dons books in the wrong order but I just wanted to read something that would not make me so anguished as the previous book.

This book is briefly about how Monty and his wife meet, build a Jewellery business, have a family and enjoy making their garden.  Later, they lose their business and their home and Monty ends up unemployed. 

After the loss of a relative they gain enough money to start again and this book is about starting from scratch and one of their ideas was to have a Jewel Garden that reflects their love of colour using plants.

Monty often talks and shows you the garden on the BBC programme and the book has some fantastic photos of where they live and tells you how they build it up.

I really enjoyed this book too. 

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One of the reasons I like reading about Monty is his similarity to fighting with depression and my love for creativity.  That being said my creative side has been a bit hit and miss and it is only the past month that I have really bothered with anything.  So here are some photos of what I have been doing.

I have knitted two pair of socks for Frank in Regia 4-fadiq sock yarn, I first pair was a self striping colourway and the second pair is the Regia 4-fadiq Mosaic sock yarn.  He loves them, says the keep his feet warm when he is out working in the cold.  They are washed in the machine at 30c and left on the radiator to dry which is excellent with hand knitted socks.

I then crocheted this small blanket for a colleague at work.  Jessie had bought a doll for her daughter and I said would she like a blanket for it and within about a week, I had crocheted this.  I used a size 5mm hook and some Super Chunky Cream yarn and randomly thought of a design.  

Not bad for roughly 10 hours work!

So what am I going to read next....I have not got a clue.  I am debating whether to read another one of Monty Dons books or another autobiography but not sure who.

It is my weekend off so Frank and I had a lay in today (Saturday), went for breakfast in our favourite cafe, did a bit of shopping and then come home.  Frank started pottering around in the garden, planted his Rose bush and I did a load of cleaning and some washing,  We went back out to the local shops and took Tammie for her walk and then I spent a few hours crocheting on my big blanket and started a new knitting project whilst Frank read his book.  

Sunday will be another lay in, I hope and then some cuddles with my Grandchild, some breakfast and then Scott, my eldest will be visiting.  I have not seen him for ages and cant wait to see him again.

So I am going to wish you all a very happy weekend, spring is on its way which will brighten me up a bit and hope to write again soon.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

End of year 2016

Hi, I thought it about time to write on my blog and cannot believe it has been nearly 2 months since the last blogpost.

With that in mind and nearing the end of 2016, (in 4 hours time), it is only fitting that I at least make the effort.  I have not even been checking my stats on here, in fact it was a good month ago that I had a look at how many visits I have had and yet today, I checked for the first time and i have had 716 views this month.  I cannot believe that because I have not written anything, I have noticed I get a majority of views from the USA which is fantastic and the odd few from Germany, France and even Russia.

I have not really been up to a lot the past few months, in fact, just been a bit of a robot again.  I have however, been rather busy with my knitting/crochet even though some days I have not wanted to do any. I also finally, went to Liberty of London a few weeks ago with Frank to purchase the Liberty Bauble which I have wanted to buy Franks Mum but missed out on them last year.  

It is a rather nice Bauble at £5.95 each and I bought one for when my son, daughter in law and beautiful Grandchild get their own place.  It can take pride of place on their first Christmas Tree.

Can you remember the scrap acrylic blanket I started back in the beginning of September 2016, well it is finished.  Here is Tammie who has to get in on the picture laying on it and at the top of the photo you will see Tipsys head poking out from under the blanket.  All I have to do is trim off the ends to finish it completely.  Here are the stats for this blanket - it weighs 1350g and when I worked it out on Ravelry it is roughly 12.5 balls of yarn which equates to 3497 meters.  It measures 55 inches x 70 inches and fits my kingsize bed perfectly.  

Also, I am thinking very seriously of doing away with my duvet this year and going back to a bottom sheet, top sheet and blankets.  We never had duvets growing up and wonder why did we ever change to duvets that you cannot really wash much!

In total this year, I have crocheted 2 projects and 17 knitted projects = 19 projects this year.  I do like keeping my project page up to date on Ravelry so I have done..

7 knitted hats,
3 knitted blankets,
1 crochet blanket
1 knitted child cardigan,
4 pairs of knitted socks,
1 knitted cushion cover,
1 knitted shawl,
1 crochet scarf.

This works out to 13,184 meters of yarn!!

In fact, since being on Ravelry from 2009, I have made 112 projects and used 93,000 meters of yarn in total.  Am very happy with that result.

Finally, I have decided to try and make 2017 a knit and crochet blanket year because I want to advance my skills.  I want to progress in my fairisle technique of knitting and thought of having a go at knitting strips or squares of fairisle for a blanket.  I will try and complete at least one piece for each month of the year and have it ready by December 31st 2017.

I am also on the look out for another crochet blanket project of scraps to use up more of my acrylic stash from last year.  I am determined to not start using the Paintbox Yarn that Frank bought me until I can use the older stash first.  That way, in my reckoning anyway, I can have a bit more storage for when I purchase more of a quality yarn.   

I know for definite that scarfs and hats are not going to be on the agenda this year.  I may still do the odd pair of socks for knitting on the bus etc but that will be about it.   

Come to think of it, I have been trying to find myself a ladies Tank Top to wear over a shirt to keep my back warm and I have looked in loads of stores and have not found any. That was until yesterday, Frank took me to the Marks & Spencers sale in Romford and I got the last one on the sale rack.  I was very pleased with it but I would have liked a few more so Frank suggested maybe knit one...Hmmmm, maybe!

Anyway, it is almost 9pm and I am going to go and relax and reminisce about the year gone past and be thankful for all that I have in love and life.  

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Lace failure...

Exactly as the title says, I tried the lace and because of the lack of concentration and distraction, I just could not do it.  So, when I get things done that I want to do, perhaps in the New Year I can concentrate.

I have however, been working on the scrap acrylic blanket and as you can see, it is almost half way up the bed.  I do manage to get at least 2 rows done a day and I have been placing a progress marker so I can see how much it is growing.  If I didnt do that, I would think it was not growing.

I have also had another go at stranded knitting and below is a photo of a Christmas Tree Hat design that I got from  It is a free pattern and the instructions are so easy to follow.  It only took a few nights to complete.
 My next project is going to be a Christmas Pudding Hat that I started last night.  I am designing it as I go and with a bit of luck, it will be turn out ok.
It is certainly getting colder here now and I have got the warmer coat out, scarf and hat.  Even the cat doesnt want to go out much now so it must be colder.  She sits on top of the radiator to keep warm.

Talking of the animals,  I have to take Tammie out for her walk.  So will be back later.