Friday, 30 August 2013

Naughty but nice

I've had a busy busy week being back at work after our holidays, it's left me dog tired, but I have found some time to be naughty in the evenings with this ...

The reason why I say naughty, is because I was supposed to be keeping focused with finishing knitting the sleeves of my scrappy cardigan, however I have found myself distracted with this chevron, ziggy zaggy baby blanket I am making for Lynette who is expecting her first bundle of joy in December. 

The pattern is from my copy of this gorgeous book by Jane Brocket. I have made a blanket in this style for myself before and when I went to one of my local yarn stores on Monday lunch time, I saw this Rico Aran 100% wool yarn and simply couldn't resist purchasing these beautiful colours.

I'm really not into blue for boys and pink for girls when it comes to baby blankets, I prefer more earthy colours and my thoughts behind these colours and the order in which I crocheted them was deep earth,earth, grass, sun and sky.

My plan is to repeat this pattern and colour pattern once again to complete the blanket. The first colour I crocheted to represent "deep earth" is actually a deep grey but looks almost purple in the above photo, maybe it looks more purple in the sunlight?

The easy rhythmic crochet of this pattern is ever so gently addictive, I just can't stop!

Wishing you all a marvelous weekend
I can feel the season changing as we head into September, goodbye August

Monday, 26 August 2013


Oh what a glorious week of camping we have had followed by the bank holiday weekend at our church conference in Ashburnham Place. We started out camping on the Bank holiday, but after all the rain and puddles in our tent by Saturday late afternoon we chickened out and came home to sleep. Someone mentioned to me that we had had about 2 weeks worth of rain on the Saturday, hence those puddles :o)

So, here are some of my beautifully free joyful moments over this past week...

Smiling at my tunic making efforts last weekend before we went camping. I decided to practice making a tunic with an old duvet cover I have and thinking I could sleep in it once made. Well, the tunic pattern wasn't what I hoped for, but I do get to sleep in a loved soft recycled cotton duvet cover in the warm Summer nights and Andy summed it up politely by suggesting that he was sleeping next to a pillow case (cheeky boy!)

Picking some flowers on our walks and sharing tea and cake with friends on the camp site.

Cycling to the beach and making some more crochet covered pet rocks for Alice and her friends who seem to be amused by them.

Enjoying "Alice's mess" ie. her scrambled egg that she makes for breakfast.

Beautiful grounds of Ashburnham Place where our New Ground Conference was held this past weekend.

The beautiful lake early this morning reminding me how I live by Gods Lavish Grace and mercy.

I hope all of you have found sweet little joys in your life this past week as I have.

Thank you also for the very kind messages about our burglary, we have now fitted a double lock on both front and back doors which should act as an extra guard against easily breaking in. 

I'm back to work tomorrow whist Alice has another week and a half off with Andy until school restarts.

Thanks always for your fab comments and conversation, always appreciated.

See you all soon with my scrappy cardigan progress 

Saturday, 17 August 2013


Thank you to all of you who visit my funny old blog and for your fabulous comments and conversation about our holiday snaps. I did manage to get to a yarn shop in the heat of Barcelona and purchased some deliciously gorgeous hand dyed local yarn which I will share in another post.
I'm back to my weekly happies, I missed out the first 2 weeks of August with being away and this past week having gone back to work was very busy trying to play catch up and get ready for our next Summer break this coming week. We are off camping with the hope that the heat and sunshine will reappear after hiding away for a lot of this past week. We camp quite locally as we can't be faffed to spend a day in the car getting somewhere and our car isn't big enough to accommodate for my glamping idea of camping! I like a proper portable mattress and duvet please, none of the sleeping bag malarkey (been there and done that for most of my childhood) :o)
So on with some sweet happy moments this past week;
My scrappy top down cardigan I am knitting, I have gathered all my scraps of DK yarn and am putting them to good use by making this scrappy cardigan which I can slouch around the house in this Winter. I hope to finish this next week on the campsite, unless I get distracted with crochet.                          
Alice baked some Nigella Lawson "cheesy feet" (quick and easy recipe found here) this week. They are delicious and we like to add a little more pepper and a tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper into ours. Yum!
Some present giving to my two colleagues going on maternity leave (these little pixie hats I knitted) and a lovely Italian dinner out.
Last, but not least some posies of my potted flowers picked after coming back from Barcelona. I was surprised to see how many of our pot plants survived and still flowered without being watered while we were away.
On a less happy note, I woke up to discover that we had been burgled last night! Our telly and mine and Alice's purses were taken. Nothing else, just mindless theft. The Sussex Police have been really efficient with statements and forensics this morning. A real pain to have to cancel cards and try and remember what other things I had in my purse. Horrid to think someone was lurking downstairs whist we were all asleep upstairs. Never mind, I 'm just pleased we were left alone and hope that what goes around comes around with such needless behaviour.
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and I hope to catch up with you soon. I'm off to get a new library card, can't live without that!


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

More holiday snaps

Please don't feel you have to trawl through what feels like hundreds of photo's from our trip  to Barcelona and Tossa de mar. I still have a gazillion others which I will save on another forum. However, if you feel like enjoying some of the colours, patterns and summery architecture of our trip please feel free to scroll down and enjoy!

See you soon