Friday, 6 October 2017

What shall I call her....

I cracked on and knitted up the bear for my Grandchild and oh boy, it was so quick to knit.  In fact I had not realised I was sitting at my dinner table (like I am now) knitting away and watching podcasts for about 4 hours sitting in one position. 

My back was aching and so were my hands so I had to rest for a while and made a plan that on Thursday I will do a big tidy up in my bedroom, move a bit of furniture, smash up an old chest of drawers that had seen better days in the back bedroom and hopefully, by early afternoon get on with finishing the bear.   Well, I did and felt rather pleased with myself for doing that flipping bedroom because it was getting a bit cluttered and there was crap in corners that just needed sorting.  So around 1230 hrs I was ready for a cuppa and to settle down with completing the bear.  I did stay up quite late (9.30pm which is late for me) to try and finish it but I was too tired so today I got up, made a cuppa and finished the pockets which is all I had to do.

So the dilemma that I have now is to name her...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I have called her Myabear on Ravelry.com but I am not sure.  Here is a photo of her and she puts a smile on my face.



This morning I popped out to the Heathway to get myself some hair colour to blend away the stubborn grey that appears rather too quickly for my liking and also bought a small notebook to put in my bag ready for my new job on Monday.  I am really really really looking forward to it, these past few months being off work has been soul destroying at times.

So I am now going to start another project and chill before Frank gets home.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

This morning

I made myself go out today for at least a short while and I intended to go to a bakers in Upminster to get some sour dough bread, one for the freezer and one to use.  I love this bread and with a decent butter and cheese it's even better.

So I got out the door about 9.30am and sitting on the bench at the platform the information  board said delays.   I was freezing sitting there so took this picture
and then got the train to go to Dagenham East Station which is where the delay was and got two buses to Upminster. 

I got the bread which was cheaper than Percy Ingles bakers which is unusual because the bakers in Upminster is known to be pricey.  After that I popped into Roomes which has a small habedashary section and I treated myself to this 
 The pattern book and four balls of Sirdar Snowflake came to £17 and I will be making two teddies. One each for my grand children.  I can use the Paintbox Double knit for the clothes.   

I then went into Marks and Spencer and got a bar of chocolate for a gift and a selection box of chocolates that were half price which are also a Christmas gift.  
They were originally £6 but got them for £3 and the date on them to use by is August 2018.  

I approached a friend on Ravelry a few days ago who lives in USA and asked if she wanted to do a Christmas Swap and she said she would love to so the bar of chocolate I got out of Marks and Spencer is a start for her box. I don't think they have a Marks and Spencer in USA. 

After that I got back to the train station and the District line was ok now and got the train straight home.  I then had a cuppa and watched podcasts and started on the teddy pattern.  

Now I am in bed and planning tomorrow to have a good clean because I may have someone to view my home for an exchange the weekend.  So I will say goodnight and hope all is well.




Tuesday, 3 October 2017

September bye bye

Hello and goodbye to September, I will not miss it and hope and pray that October is at least bearable. 

 Frank got me a new mobile phone to replace the one that was supposedly lost on the train and apparently Samsung mobiles do not like blue toothing photos to an Apple Macbook. So when I have written this, I will have to put a few photos on here that I have taken recently.  I will have to put them in on the end so I do not have to do any fiddling with the written text.

Since I wrote last I heard about my new job which is a Medical Typist and will be starting on Monday and I have to travel Kings College Hospital in London.  I have never travelled at peak time and I really do not like loads of crowds so heres hoping I can do it.  Plus goodness knows what I am going to do if there is a problem on the trains which normally there is. I would panic because I do not know my way around Transport for London.  I have got too dependent on Frank for that!

I am really looking forward to actually seeing and speaking to real people during the day and not words on a screen, watching podcasts or the odd phone call once every few days.  

On the crafting front I have crocheted another wash cloth for a Christmas present and I finished my Grandsons Christmas Stocking.  Today I went to Romford to get out for a bit but to be honest, I felt really miserable and tearful so I got a few little bits quick and came straight home. 

I wanted to get a notebook to keep in my handbag for notes on my first day back at work and then I got a couple of stocking fillers for my Grand daughter.  It was really cold this morning when I went out at 9.30am but now its quite comfortable and just want to go to bed for a while. 

For the rest of the day plans, who knows!


Kings College 

Monday, 25 September 2017

Rich Tea Biscuits & A Cuppa

Pair 14 are now complete.  I am not happy with them even though Frank said he loves them.  I thought I had done the ankle longer but you can see they are not plus I definitely wont be using a mixture of yarns again on the ankle either.  The sewing in of threads makes me think that it is a weak point so I am going to rethink these.

I am going to have a break from socks for a while, I have to knit another 2 Christmas Stockings so have started on my Grandsons stocking today and am going to start a crochet design too.

I heard about my new job so I am waiting for a start date which hopefully will be next week and then I can hopefully get this depression abated.  

As I said in previous blogposts the past 1.5 years have been awful and the past few days have been worse than ever which has put me in a state of solitude and confinement. 
 
Being a Mum is the hardest job I have ever had to do and it is even harder now!  

So i am going to leave it at that and hope that in time, things will be better for everyone.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Computers and crafts

Hello, just showing off my second part of the Christmas wash cloth gift.  
I have had a few more ideas for wash cloths and to be honest, could design my own because they really are not that hard to do. 

This next photo is of Tipsy getting cosy on my Memories Mitred Blanket. I had a visit to the dentist on Thursday and felt quite exhausted after the treatment plus I had a bad night sleep too so wanted to have a nap.  Can you see Tammie by my foot, she was sulking because the cat had got near my chest first to cuddle up. 


Today 18.09.17 I went to register for a Ecdl course in Ilford and what should have been a short visit ended up being a 4 hour visit involving 6 assessments of what I know and don't know about computers.  I came out with such a headache after and eye strain but glad I did it and now going back to officially start getting my knowledge better for the future. 

When I came home I made a cuppa, had some biscuits and then sat  and completed a sock.  This one is ribbed on the top of the foot, plain underneath and quite a snuggly fit.  I started the second sock about 6.30pm and as of 10.30pm it is over half done.  

I would like to get another pair done by Friday evening so I can give as a birthday present to Frank. 

That means I have knitted him, since January 2017, 13 pairs of socks so far. I love doing them and got a few ideas going on in head too, plus I'm knitting them so much quicker which takes away the second socks syndrome. 

I'm off to bed now with paracetamol for the headache and tooth pain and plan to make myself pop out tomorrow for short while to get a bit of exercise. 





Thursday, 14 September 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Just popping in

3 months nearly since I last wrote, wow!   To be honest, I have had a load of crap to deal with over the past 1.5 years and it all came to a full on explosion in July this year.  I have not been in the best of places  both emotionally and physically and even now, I am still trying to get over things which I will never.

Without the support of my Brother David and Sister Michelle, I would not have got through all this crap that God seems to be sending me.  It has made my faith seem in vain, if that is the right word and I am dealing with that too.

I have not been working since middle of July and the first few weeks have been horrible, lonely, crushing, mega emotional and much more.  After those few weeks I have managed to come to some sort of state that I could sleep a bit better and try to get a grip on life.  I made myself have a routine during the weekdays by getting up as if I have work, job searching before I do any kind of chores etc, trying to look for another place to live cause quite frankly, I hate this house and then around lunch time, I do my crafts.  My appetite was pretty much non existent for quite a few weeks and was just picking at snacks to keep energy levels up.  I am eating a breakfast now and sometimes I will have toast, egg or a microwave dinner but my interest is not good in meals. I think one of the worse things living by yourself and not working is the lack of people company.  It depresses the hell out of me not seeing anyone from day to day and I am now realising how the elderly stuck at home, retired and skint feel.

Anyway, I have knitted and crocheted a heck of a lot and made a lot of things i.e. a Poncho for my Grand Daughter, Bangers the Sausage Dog as well as a hat and scarf for him, a Crochet Blanket for a friend, 3 pairs of socks, a rug for my Grand Daughter, a wash cloth and am now starting a Fair Isle Christmas Stocking.  I used my Ravelry projects page to count how many yards of yarn I have used since July 17 and it works out to over 4,000 yards so no wonder my thumbs and wrists are hurting.

I have tried to upload photos from my phone to the laptop but I am having problems doing that so I will have to get my son Scott over to have a look for me as to why!

I have had a few interviews and a couple of weeks ago, I was offered a job I really wanted working for the NHS as a Medical Typist but the lady in charge was going away on the day she rang me to say I got the job and would be back on the 18th September.  So, that is not far away and I hope that I will be starting work soon cause I have had enough.

Anyway, thinking ahead and not knowing what Christmas gifting is going to be like I decided to look around for some things that I can make for certain people that are craft worthy at receiving knitted or crochet gifts and I found a lovely Wash Cloth pattern on Ravelry which I have done.  I am now going to make another one but in just one colour and add a nice bar of soap and wrap it up in a big ribbon as part of her gift which I know she will like.

I am also knitting a Christmas Stocking by Arne & Carlos, its a free pattern that I have adapted slightly to make space for some Duplicate Stitch to put my Grand Daughters name on.  I am also going to make a few dangly items like a heart, a bell to the top of it.

If anyone is on Ravelry.com, please friend me if you wish to, my name on there is Suehb and you will be able to see my projects that I have made.

I do not have a tv at the moment downstairs so I have been watching a lot of podcasts and thoroughly enjoy them.  I tend to go up to bed around 7pm because there is a small tv up there and I get pretty fed up with downstairs so I just shut the curtains, put the lamp on and get tucked up in bed with my dog Tammie.  She is doing really well, my cat Tipsy is 18 years old and she is now with arthritis in her back legs, cant hear much or see much, eats and sleeps all day and doesnt even attempt to go upstairs because of her legs.  She curls up on the sofa most of the day and night and cuddles up to me when I sit on there with my knitting.

So, that is a little update of whats going on, I guess its a bit like a diary which is another word for a Blog and I will try to keep it up to date with my thoughts and crafting.  Whoever reads this, I would like to say thank you and wish you a good day.