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A new term, a new start.

Today I

  • Frogged a hat that was half knitted but I wasn’t hopeful it would fit my head. I did much pulling it and trying to convince myself it was going to fit and kept going. I kept holding it up to my head while it was on the needles 😦 Finally decided it was better to frog half a hat than have a full hat that didn’t fit
  • Baked (and sampled) a big sticky chocolate tray bake.
  • Played more chicken invaders than is good for me.
  • Dreamt of next years holiday.

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I have been a pretty busy girl of late. Although I have been a little more relaxed than before Christmas there has been a fair amount of running around and my crafty Mojo has been at a premium so I’ve been trying out some new things.

The Monthly Make 2011 has focused my mind and I’ve been really going for it in the craft stakes

The makes I wish to declare for January are;

1) A pair of socks. From a pattern by the brilliant sock designer Cookie a these really were a breeze to knit. The first one took me only a couple of days then I had a break cause I couldn’t be arsed was busy with other things!  Anyway here they are being wonderful modelled by the oldest-most-boldest despite protestations that had she known she’d have shaved her legs 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) A batch of up-cycled purses. Made from various, reclaimed from charity shop, fabrics these are some little projects. I haven’t decided what to do with them. I have a mental block about selling things because I haven’t got a lot of faith in my abilities but maybe I’ll have a go with these. The pattern is out of my head and 3 of them have a button pocket on the back so they’ll take cards/notes and coins. Maybe they’ll become Christmas presents. I have put them in my “Idon’tknowwhattodowiththese box” Does everyone have one of those?

3) A peg bag. Based on a pattern from Sew Fabulous fabric. This didn’t run entirely smoothly but I’m happy with the finished item.

 

 

Some of these things were done quite a bit earlier in the month but the light for photographing has been shocking. In addition to the monthly make challenge I am trying to try out some different disciplines this year and restrain myself from buying lots more raw materials. I really do have enough yarn and supplies to last me forever and in the current frugal times I really must try not to amass any more! (ask me about that one in March when my will power has left me and I have succumbed to the John Lewis yarny shelves…..again!

I may have good intentions but my willpower is rubbish

Louise xx

 

My crafty mojo is always at it’s peak in January. The excesses of christmas are over and crafting, that has taken a back seat from November onwards (in favour of shopping and stressing) suddenly holds an appeal again. My corner, the hub of all crafting activity is clear of all the Christmas clutter and I am motivated!
With that in mind I have decided to commit to “A monthly make 2011” kindly hosted by the felt fairy. Hopefully it will encourage me to do a little bit more, get off my backside and get my brain in gear. Make Januarys Mojo last a little longer than usual. In an added twist I don’t want to do the same craft more than twice over the twelve month period.

Would Mrs H please step away from the knitting needles 🙂

Let’s get this right. I love Christmas. I enjoy all the lovely things that make Christmas special. I’ve baked the cake, made and eaten some mince pies, listened to the odd christmas song and generally got in the spirit.

What I don’t enjoy is the hype. You know, the 3 for 2 offers which just make you spend more, the mammoth amounts of food and drink the supermarkets want us to buy (despite the fact they’re open again boxing day), the way people look at you when you explain you don’t actually re-mortgage the house every year to provide the children with every latest craze, the way everyone seems to be stressed and cross. I suspect I am going to hit the internet in a big way this year as well as inflicting “handmade” on people. In the quest to preserve my remaining sanity I think it is necessary.

My Christmas wish is for a peaceful time, festive TV oldies, a glass of wine or two and several (usually controversial) games of trivial pursuit!

Health, happiness and home. X

Ooooh I had a smashing monday! Half term went much too quickly although we didn’t do a lot of anything it’s nice to have the company of the children for the mundane things like shopping and coffee time – when they were out of bed that is.

Anyway, back to Monday. It had been carefully planned and everyone knew what they were doing, children had bus money to get to Grandmas after school, picnic made, car full of petrol then off we jolly well went! MrH and I had decided to have a day out on our own, when the children went back to school. We are extremely lucky in that we were able to go from our door to the “best bits” of the Lake District in scarcely an hour and, oh boy, the trees were all colours. Beautiful browns, reds, yellows and every colour in between. It was simply stunning. the sun was shining and it was one of those lovely crisp, cold days when you feel so fresh and happy to be alive.

Firstly we went to the town of Kendal for coffee at Farrers coffee shop. Lovely traditional style olde worlde shop with wobbly tables and mis-matched chairs. They sell lovely china teapots and yummy looking jams…mmmmm. I had to partake in a latte and an ENORMOUS toasted teacake at leisure. A quick look round the shops, in particular Armstrong Ward (one of the main objectives for the day) making sure I didn’t go in any of those chain stores I could just as well go in at home.

Next stop Windermere for a spot of Lakeland loveliness. After a few absolutely 100% necessary purchases (she said sheepishly!) it was off for a picnic lunch in a stunning spot overlooking Lake Windermere. As we sat in the car with a thermos of coffee and the newspaper it struck me as amusing. We were like all the other couples round and about, sitting in their cars, eating picnics, just 30 years younger! 🙂

On to Ambleside for a quick nose around all the outdoor pursuits shops (more for MrH than for me I must say) but I thought it only fair to indulge his whim as so much of our life seems to be about me. I think I am a high maintenance girl emotionally and it does me good to step back sometimes and think about how much he has tolerated from me and think about what he likes to do. I really should do it much more than I do.

Grasmere next (I told you it was a whistlestop tour) for some delicious Grasmere gingerbread requested by the children and a visit to the Herdy shop to ooooh and aaarrrr at it’s lovely sheepy goodness. Beautiful bright coloured goodies. Cold, dark and wet outside at this point so a lovely bright warm haven.

Finally a lovely end to the day in Bowness on Windermere for Steak and Ale pie, thick cut chips and Apple and Blackberry crumble with custard. What more can a girl want??? Oh yes, I know, a commitment to do it all again soon!

Louise xx

Today is the day….

I finish for half term!

For some reason we start back in the middle of august, long before the students. Long, long, long half term.

I’m not accustomed to overworking myself. I think it’s dangerous.

12 whole days off. Not that I’m counting 🙂

Coffee and Hooky me thinks

This weekend has been a bit of a mixed blessing. Mr H and middle daughter have been away camping with their cub pack. Fewer people in the house leaves some manoeuvrability with sleeping arrangements that did, for at least 30 seconds, make me wonder about the possibility of slapping a coat of paint on little man’s bedroom, a job well overdue. However I quickly came to my senses, decided I really couldn’t be bothered and bought some of this……..

to try a new plan concocted a few months ago when I bought this……..

This book was a lovely buy. I have wanted to try some small scale project with smaller hooks and fine yarn for sometime now and there really is some lovely things to make in it. The charts take a bit of fathoming out and the instructions are sometimes not quite as explicit as I could do with them being so I thought with the house down to me plus 2 it would be a little quieter and I could concentrate better. I decided to have a try at this;

It’s only big enough for a mobile phone so it is quite small scale working but it’s a start at a new technique. I have spent a large part of the weekend with the book on my lap, my eyes straining at the fine stitches, lots and lots of cups of tea and my boxset of “The Waltons” on the telly! I loved that programme then and I love it now, I always wanted to actually be in The Waltons family, but I digress!

It has been a really good unwinding weekend and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m pleased with how it has worked out and although it’s not finished yet here’s some “so-far” photos!

I love the delicacy of the patterning and though I can see some mistakes I’m really pleased with the initial look of it  🙂

A small hook and fine cotton, definitely a combination I’m going to work with again.

Although, of course I do miss them when they’re on camp, it’s nice to have a different dynamic in the house and a great chance to try something different without feeling guilty about the time spent on it. So happy I decided against the decorating.

Louise x

Please excuse the photo, it really doesn’t do the FO any justice but weather and light here today are awful. I am waiting for a good bright day as I have a number of finished objects to share.

This, however, is the first blanket I have made, based on attic 24 ripple blanket pattern. It started out as a baby blanket but kind of grew and grew and grew so I now call it “the enormous turnip blanket”. It has become one of “those” projects that we all have where 90% of the fun is in the “doing” and I am now unsure what to do with it. Don’t know whether to still gift it to the mum and baby in question, throw it over my bed to look arty farty or just keep it in my corner for wearing over my knees when the weather turns colder (how OLD am I?). For now it’s washed and packed away awaiting further instruction and a better photoshoot! 🙂

Louise xXx

As you can see in my blog title, I have a corner. It’s a great corner, it’s my little corner of the lounge, the house, the town, the world. It’s packed with stuff. Scissors, yarn, face cream, books, dr bach flower remedies, sewing box, various gadgets and chargers (tangled) etc etc etc.

I took a photo of my corner especially to share with you.

I know it looks a little out of hand but that’s nothing to how it is sometimes. I have, on occasion had to get a whip and a chair to fight it back. Some girlies out there (I know I read the blogs) are lucky enough to have a studio and believe me I am not proud of the studioenvy I feel. But sadly in present circumstances I am not able to have a fully decked out studio with fancy coloured boxes and tins, a place for everything and everything in it’s place so I have to make do with my corner and its chaotic filing system. I’ve always had a corner, my dad had one before me and I have always been ridiculed widely for it.

It has not been helped by the arrival of DAVE a very mixed blessing indeed……

We have a love and hate relationship

:: Me and Dave :: Dave and Me ::

He stands around collecting rubbish and neglecting his duty as a laptop table because you can barely fit a mobile phone on him never mind a laptop! But oh like any bad boy he has that way of making you just lurve him xxxxx

The final brightly sparkling jewel in the tarnished crown is this;

Made by my beautiful daughter (middle child without the syndrome) in woodwork club after school. I love love love it cause she made it specially for my corner, you may say it is bespoke 🙂

So this convoluted post is basically saying my favourite place to knit, to read to sew to do anything is this corner. I knit and crochet round the world, in planes, trains and automobiles. In shops, cafes, waiting rooms, hospitals and (shhhhh) even work sometimes. But 95% of the time it’s here in a corner at home – the best place in the world.

Louise xxx


Imagination……..

I love to see all the clever things that others design and make but I sometimes feel that if I’m not working from a pattern I feel that I am flailing about a little. I wish that I could use the inspiration I gain from others work to design my own things. I know that imagination is like many skills, it needs tending to grow and develop. It needs time and peace and warmth and nourishment. It needs encouraging and bolstering when things go awry and heaps of praise when flying 🙂

I know that I am able to give my imagination these things and I know that the wonderful Mr H will help me along, but right now all the aforementioned things are needed far more by the 3 blossoming teenagers in the house. I know that there will, in time, be opportunities for experimentation, trials, errors and growth. Until that time I’ll keep perfecting techniques and when my imagination can take flight, I’ll be able to keep up with it!

Louise xx

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