Thursday, 21 August 2014

Hello..................

Just a quick post today but I will be back soon as I have lots to share with you. We recently had a lovely holiday in Anglesey with our three daughters, plus husbands and grandchildren. Such a big crowd in fact 14 in total. I had planned the holiday back in January and found two lovely cottages next door to each other on a fabulous farm, with lots of fun activities for the children and only a short drive from the beach. 



Unfortunately back in January I had no idea that my mum and mother in law would both be unwell. When we set off for our holiday my mum was beginning to recover from her hip replacement but still in quite a lot of pain, but my two sisters encouraged me to go as they planned to keep a close eye on my mum and dad. My mother in law was poorly but stable and was being well cared for. It still felt hard leaving them both but we were only a few hours away and able to telephone every day.

The holiday did us all a lot of good; it has been many years since we had a holiday with all of our children together. But sadly not very long after we arrived home my mother in law died unexpectedly. It has been a shock for us all but thankfully we were all home and able to spend time with her before she passed away.

Life feels strange at the moment, I feel quite numb but I'm busy with lots of things to organise, I've never helped plan a funeral before but luckily all of the family are involved. On Saturday I still ran a crochet workshop as it had been booked several months ago, I nearly cancelled as I wasn't sure I could manage but the four women who came were lovely and it really helped lift my spirits. I find keeping myself occupied is the best thing for me at the moment, but I am also feeling pretty tired and worn out.

Thank you for the lovely comments you leave on my posts I read and value everyone of them, I seem to have been apologising a lot recently for not being a very good blogger, sorry for not getting back to you all.

talk soon x


Friday, 15 August 2014

Yarn along - V stitch

I have been admiring a number of crochet projects using V stitch. This is a new stitch to me and after seeing Sam's V stitch blanket on instagram I was hooked. The pattern Sam has used is here you will love this blog written by Angie.

My pattern is a slightly different version it was one I found on youtube and is slightly more lacey but when I make my winter blanket I am going to use Angies pattern.


After missing many months of yarn along I am really pleased that I have my V stitch project to share with you and a new novel. My friend Barbara gave me the book, she is a great fan of Nicci French novels and highly recommended this one. It's reviewed as a psychological thriller that hits the ground running, early days yet but so far I am really enjoying it.


 I hope you have time to pop over to Ginny's blog and dip into some of the other yarn along projects.

 Talk soon x

Thursday, 31 July 2014

finished!

Do you ever have projects that you really wished you hadn't started or that you feel so guilty about not finishing that whenever you start something new you have guilty pangs? Months ago Daisy asked me to make her an outfit for her baby doll - Bobby. This sounded very straight forward I had already made a crochet dress and hat for her other baby Millie. I was even provided with a pattern from her friends Nana who had made a few sets of dolls clothes for her grandaughter. The pattern was for a jumper and leggings. The jumper had ribbed cuffs and panels of moss stitch and cable so not an easy knit. I started off without the doll but was assured that size 1 would fit, I had almost finished the jumper before the first fitting and it didn't fit! So back to the beginning, work ripped back and onto size two, by now I hated the pattern and my moss stitch kept going wrong on the increase rows and I have never been a fan of cable. So it was ripped back again and I decided to do a plain version, which I wasn't very happy with. So it won't be a surprise to you all that I sort of put it away and tried to forget about it. But as you know I see a lot of Daisy and have been frequently shamed by her enquiries about Bobby and his outfit - is it nearly finished Nana, when will it be ready Nana and then the final straw was when she told me she was going to ask Evie's Nana if she could knit Bobby some clothes.

The bag of hidden knitting was reclaimed and after a few false starts I worked out where I was up to with the pattern. It really wasn't that bad and with a bit of determination I have finished it - hurray.  I also made Bobby a little crochet hat with a pompom on top.

I'm not a fan of baby dolls and this one is supposed to be a new born and it does look very life like - Daisy loves him but I find him a bit spooky. It was such a relief to give Bobby back and Daisy is thrilled to have him back home all warm and cosy in his new outfit. I do feel guilty and I really don't understand why it took me so long, as when you see the finished outfit, you will all be thinking what a straight forward piece of knitting what was all the fuss about - I just didn't like it!




bye bye Bobby

Talk soon x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

did I really buy that much yarn!

I had a busy morning filled with household chores and then I went to visit my poorly mother in law. On my way home I nipped into John Lewis (very dangerous thing to do!) as I needed to buy some disposable piping bags. Somehow between purchasing my icing bags and getting back to the car I managed to buy forty 100gram balls of Rowan All Seasons Chunky. It's hard to deny any knowledge of this purchase as the yarn fills two rather large carrier bags, which don't easily fit behind the sofa or under the bed, so I am putting it down to the weather, my age, or maybe Aliens but I have to say I am thrilled with my bargain and I am thinking of a lovely warm winter blanket.


The photo doesn't really do the yarn justice, the shades are much nicer in the flesh - so lovely.................

talk soon x


Friday, 25 July 2014

Daisy' s Birthday

I can't believe 5 years has passed since the birth of my grandaughter Daisy. She was born 12 weeks premature and was a teeny tiny baby and caused us so much worry. Now she is a bright, beautiful, chatty, strong, healthy little girl so full of life and mischief. More than able to keep up with her boisterous brothers and cousins.

Daisy had asked me to make her a birthday cake and cupcakes for her party. The theme was “Frozen” which is her favourite Disney movie. I was quite daunted when Daisy showed me images of the birthday cakes she liked. I decided I needed some help so I did a search on eBay and managed to buy a "Frozen Scene" made out of edible rice/wafer paper. It arrives flat packed and you have to cut out all of the pieces which is quite a chore but over all I was very pleased with the effect.
I borrowed a snow flake cutter from a friend and made lots of fondant snowflakes to decorate the sides of the cake and finished off with a piped butter cream edging.

What do you think.........................



Daisy was really pleased and if you don't look to closely I think the cake has turned out well. The biggest worry was transporting the birthday cake and cupcakes to the party; however we did manage to arrive with everything intact.

I'm glad I have some breathing space before the next birthday, it keeps me busy having 6 grandchildren, although Laura is a fab cake maker.


talk soon x


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Happy Days

Few words mainly happy faces today..............


playing with cars.

once he had a bite it was gone in a flash

chip butties - what a treat

just a few special moments

talk soon x

Fun in the City - Day 2

I packed such a lot into my little mini city break with Kate and as an added bonus Laura managed to join us for a day and a night as she was interviewing in London. Poor Vicky wasn't very happy that she couldn't come as well but we bought her a present from her favourite sports wear shop - Sweaty Betty, surprisingly enough it's not a shop I regularly visit! I did visit one of my very favourite shops though "Anthropologie" we spent hours looking round the Kings Road branch. I may have to whisper this as I don't want to hurt any ones feelings and I might quickly change my mind but I think I might like Anthropologie more than Liberty - I can't believe I have just written that down!
We had a great time planning how we would overhaul our homes, especially the kitchen as they have such unusual and exquisite pieces, I pictured myself flouncing around in a beautiful long apron, so fussy and not a bit  practical ( it would take an hour to iron and who irons an apron, but so covetable). Laura and Kate had fun admiring the clothes and Kate was very tempted by a little black and white dress, we even ventured into the changing rooms which as you would expect was an uber cool distressed vintage space with a fabulous sofa.

As we were leaving the store we spied an amazing mini ceramic exhibition, which has given Kate some super ideas for work she could do with the boys next year. (Kate is Head of Art at a boy’s school)

When we finally left the store it was way past lunchtime so we stocked up on some tasty snacks and had our lunch in a very pretty Chelsea Park which was tucked away down a little side Street just off the Kings Road. We spent a lovely hour eating, chatting and resting our weary feet, and also sampling a very nice chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, very decadent to be drinking wine at lunchtime in the sunshine - bliss.

Then a little more shopping and I bought a lovely dress from COS  they have  lovely clothes, we were all tempted, but unfortunately I forgot to take any photos.

It was soon time to collect Jakey from Nursery and then back to Kate's to think about preparing dinner and starting my packing ready to go home the following morning.

I set off home around mid morning accompanied by Kate and Laura who insisted on carrying my suitcase and bags. We stopped off at Victoria to visit the newly opened Dutch shop Hema . When Kate was at University she spent nine months working at a design house in Holland and fell in love with this discount store so it brought back fond memories for us all.

Hema store at London Victoria

Yet more purchases to add to my collection. Then it was on to Euston where I caught my train home. It was a very peaceful journey after the hectic tube rides, my carriage was almost empty. I spent a lovely few hours making some crochet flowers for a project I have in mind.


I'm home now and have been busy catching up with everything and everyone. But feeling quite jealous as Kate has sent me two amazing photos of yarn bombing in Kew Gardens. She spent a lovely day in the gardens with one of her friend's, Jake had such fun picnicking and playing in the sunshine.



Another place to add to my must do list for my next visit.

talk soon x