31.3.13

A Happy Easter

Happy Easter!
A quick post as we still haven't got broadband back. We had a super family day. Eggs were hunted and found, the sun was shining, we had a lovely walk through the woods, a belly bursting Easter lunch with family and... here's proof that the scarf is all finished! Yay :).











26.3.13

Warm hearts

Lingering Winter, we've all had enough of you. You have overstayed your welcome, you have been an unwelcome guest for a while. You are not taking the hints or even pretending to be going. You like it here and are oblivious of the growing annoyance your hosts are feeling. Your skies still grey, the wind still whirling over the hills and through the streets, chilling every bone it meets and the world around us still colourless and quiet. You like your stone-cold days and wintery ways. With your freezing temperatures you are keeping Spring paralysed and the world around us strangely transparent.

I have almost forgotten what the sun feels like, don't let it be too much longer ~ please. I'll be wear this scarf for Easter, all it needs is a border and the ends sewing in.


9.3.13

Happy big changes

Just a quick update from my mobile phone.  We lost the internet in our house on Thursday... It is so strange without it, you really don't realise how much you rely on it until it stops working.  I've wanted to look up a recipe, order left handed toddler scissors, check prices for a new internet connection (ha).  Thank god for my smart phone keeping the internet addiction sweet with a little drip feed!

The good news is that the internet has moved out together with my lovely husband.  Well, he's kind of moved out :).  He has moved his work from our garage into his own office.  Things are still a bit up in the air, but what a milestone!

Once everything is out I get to reorganise the garage - yay.  For the last three years there hasn't been a welly boot, gardening glove or outdoor toy in it. *rubbing hands* I can't wait !!

One other change is that I now get to walk home from work. 2 miles, or just over 3 km.  No big deal right.  Shame that half of the journey is up the biggest hill ever.  I wonder at what point a hill because a 'mountain'?  I have to chant '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, who do we appreciate' to get up it.  I chant quietly in my head, don't worry.  I guess I'll be fit by the summer.

I've also been crocheting in the evenings, about halfway there now.

Happy weekend!

4.3.13

Round and round to make a square!

A few weeks ago I popped in to the lovely haberdashery where I take my sewing classes (off and on - and soon on again, more about that later!).  A happy place where I get to chat and mostly drink cups of tea.  Walking through the aisles bursting with crafting treasures my eyes were drawn to the most vibrant, multicoloured wool - pink, blue, purple, green...  Resistance melted away fast...


I'd been thinking about learning how to crochet granny squares and had seen a pattern in Mollie Makes (Feb'13 edition) using this kind of wool (thought the picture in the magazine showed pastel colours).  I made a quick estimation and worked out I'd need quite a few skeins - maybe 10-15?  I had no idea really.

Then, luckily for me - saving me an embarrassing moment / dented bank account - I enquired about the price of one of these gorgeous, sweets-coloured, woolly gems.  £3.5 per skein.  Ouch.  Right now there's no way I can justify spending £30/50 on wool.  I bought one, to see how many squares can be made out of just one.  I've crocheted six so far and hopefully have enough for a seventh.  So my adapted plan: the blanket will be a scarf instead.  And that's ok, because what I really wanted was have a go at and learn how to make a granny square.

Now, I'm going to state the obvious - but I feel amazing thing: you can make a square by crocheting round and round, starting from a circle... I mean that is blowing my mind right now.  And I know if you follow a pattern for something that looks square in the picture you'll end up with a square, extra stitches and such.  But still... just amazing no?!  Maybe it's just me :).  Needless to say I'm very happy with my new skill.  So here they are, my first ever granny squares, yey!   You'll see the finished scarf once I've had the time to get some more wool!