Saturday, 9 May 2015

HERE I AM!

Yes, I am still here. Although we gained a day last bank holiday weekend I feel I've lost one this week, if you understand my meaning. I thought I really must this afternoon catch up with my blog, thank everyone for the lovely comments in my last post re: Blossom and give you an update on what I've been up to.

I'm really pleased to say that my cardigan for baby Alfred is on the verge of completion. Unfortunately though, it has been at this stage since last Saturday. I've since started knitting a new cardigan for Jack and if there's a choice to be made I'd rather pick my needles up and knit than sew a garment together and finish the button hole edges. A stumbling block for me but, one I must rectify in this coming week.


At last I've finished the cushion I've made for Kate. It only needed filling but every time I've been to her house to pick up an old duvet for this very purpose (she seems to have an abundance in her airing cupboard), I've been so distracted by my cuddling and cooing over Alfred that I've come back home without it. This morning, I did finally bring home the duvet and it's done, finished!


I've also cut out the pieces of fabric for Blossom's playmate so now I've got to get on with some stitching.


I'm really pleased that we now have a Knit Natter and Stitch group in our village and we're going to meet every fortnight. On the first afternoon I took Alfred's cardigan along to knit and there was just a handful of us there but at the next gathering the word had spread and there was quite a turn out. Some ladies had come along to learn how to crochet and one thing led to another and I was asked if I could teach crochet. My crochet skills are self taught so I was a little concerned that I might not teach them correctly and as the afternoon progressed we laughed as I told them that I was actually a swimming teacher and they had more chance of going home and swimming butterfly than using a hook. But we muddled through making chains and the odd dc and by the end of the session we agreed to return in a fortnight and have another go. I suggested that we should try and make a granny square.

Over the bank holiday weekend, I found an easy to follow video of how to make a basic granny square as I just wanted to check that I would be teaching them correctly and armed with a step by step pattern I went along to the group for our next meeting on Tuesday. Though a little daunted at first     and after a few false starts they did eventually all make a granny square which I thought was brilliant. Not because they made it, obviously that was great but, that I'd actually been able to teach them how to make it.

Hopefully now that they've made something, they'll be keen to come along and give crochet  another go. Who knows they might even get hooked!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend, tomorrow is supposed to be warm here. My plan is for gardening and sewing, let's see how I get on with that.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

BLOSSOM

There is blossom on our cherry tree which we planted against our garage wall last autumn. We're hoping to train it into a fan shape as time goes on. This is the small area in the garden where we have grown vegetables in the past, mainly being courgettes and runner beans. We had decided against growing any this year but we found a packet of courgette seeds in the garage and Michael thought it a shame if we didn't give them a go so they've been sown into pots and are currently in the greenhouse.
If we get a couple of good plants from these we'll have them in pots on the patio through the summer and hopefully we'll eventually have some nice homegrown courgettes.


Last Sunday afternoon we went for a long walk along the seawall and Michael took his new camera along. We found plenty of blossom in the hedgerows too!


And I finished the rag doll for our grand daughter Jessica this week. Lots of names were bandied around, Rosie being one of them but Jessica finally decided that she would be called Blossom.

Hasn't Blossom got huge, bold eyes?


In the book where I got the pattern from there was also a boy doll and when Jessica first saw the book she only wanted the girl . However now she has her she has told me she can't wait for Blossom to have her friend so good old Granny has got another one to make.

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend and wherever you are you find some sunshine!


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

A QUICK KNITTING PROJECT UPDATE!


This was supposed to be a "quick" update today. I'd uploaded my photos via the desk top earlier (for some reason I'm never that successful doing that on the iPad) and then planned to write my post sitting in the garden with my morning coffee. Unfortunately the person responsible for my broadband had most probably had the same idea and headed off into the sunshine leaving my broadband to flounder as it has been intermittent for the last hour or two.
However now that is working and I'm sitting under my gazebo with my iPad enjoying the most glorious hot sunny day I will get cracking with my post.

It all started with one ball of Debbie Bliss cash merino in brown that I found in my stash and this pattern. I only needed one more ball of a contrasting colour and I could knit this little cardigan for baby Alfred. Off I went to my local shop in the town to find that they have stopped selling Debbie Bliss yarn but fortunately they had a couple of balls left over, in these two shades of green. This has resulted in my one ball of brown returning to my stash for another day.


The pattern in the book is shown for a little girl but I will be swapping over the button edge and I want to crochet his initials in the contrasting colour to stitch on the front. I think that'll look good.


I'm also nearing completition this cushion for Kate which will match her pouffe. Like the pouffe this is also knitted in Drops Polaris but unfortunately I have run out of yarn,  needing two more balls. I've been trying to get the same dye lot but to no avail so I've taken a chance, ordered from a different dye lot and hope when it's knitted up it'll be ok. 

Enjoy your day, I'm going to spend the rest of mine, quickly finishing the ironing and then heading back outside with some stitching, I need to create the face for Jessica's doll that I am making. If all goes well you may see a picture of that very soon.

Monday, 6 April 2015

HAPPY EASTER!

I hope however you have spent your Easter you have had an enjoyable time. 

We were able to spend a lovely day on Friday with our family, quite a lot of time in the garden and yesterday we had a very long walk along the coastal path by Felixstowe ferry.


The tide was in as we set off and the sun had just broken through the cloudy skies.
We saw lots of very much loved boats, all shapes and sizes


and some that others had fallen out of love with.


As we walked along the well trodden and used path we had beautiful views of the river Deben on one side


and plenty of green open fields on the other.


We did walk quite a way but no where near the 14 miles or so we would have had to have done to reach Woodbridge. With our tummies beginning to rumble we headed back to the Ferry cafe and sat outside eating fish and chips.


At the start of our walk I noticed this abandoned windsurfer and questioned why it had been left attached to this buoy.
However on our return it was quite obvious why it was there.
As the sun shone down it became a resting place for seagulls wishing to do a spot of sunbathing!

We really enjoyed our day out and will definitely go back to walk a little further along that path. There's a lovely little village called Waldringfield en route to Woodbridge and a nice pub down by the river to have lunch.
That's another day planned in the calendar!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

IT STARTED WITH A SNEEZE!

Having felt quite poorly at the beginning of February with a virus, I really thought that I would be able to avoid anything else floating around. However, on Friday with a nice weekend planned ahead it started with, a sneeze and before I knew it along came a sore throat. Funnily enough yesterday, with 3 grandchildren here to entertain I didn't have one symptom and in the evening even commented that I felt back to normal.

However this morning, I woke up to no voice and snuffles but fortunately the voice has returned and I'm hoping to start work this afternoon on a little doll for Jessica which she saw in a book that I had for Christmas. I'll post some pictures of that soon.

Since grandson Alfred arrived 2 weeks ago I have hardly knitted a stitch despite having a cushion cover on my needles that is to match this pouffe.

I am really pleased with the pouffe, knitted in Drops Polaris. It is supposed to be for the baby's nursery but as soon as Kate saw it her feet went up on it straight away and whether it's left her lounge 
yet remains to be seen.
There are 2 sizes on the Drops pattern and I made this one in the smallest size, it's ideal for a foot stool.


It was really easy to make and I would recommend the pattern, very easy to follow. It has a black lining and the filling is virtually the whole of an old double duvet. I'm thinking about making one for myself, I'll put it on my "to do" list!

Thank you for all your comments on my blog, my plan of replying to them all has slipped at present but would just like to say they're very much appreciated.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

FRIDAY THE 13TH, UNLUCKY FOR SOME - WELL, NOT FOR US!

We had a nice weekend planned.

Friday night we had a meal and film with friends to look forward to and then Saturday, a lazy day pottering. Husband outside, painting the Lloyd loom chair for our daughter for the baby nursery before heading into his garage to work on his oars. Me, well I was going to spend the day working on the pouffe to go with the chair.
Mothering Sunday was going to be spent here with everyone coming to us for a late afternoon family lunch. 
Everything was organised, what could possibly change?

Our daughter had her last day at work on Friday, then she would be on maternity leave, with baby due to arrive in about 3 weeks. Except baby didn't want to wait 3 weeks, in fact baby didn't want to wait another day. So instead of going to work, our daughter went into labour and Alfred (Alfie) Joseph arrived just before 2pm that afternoon. 
There was so much excitement all around and I was so relieved that everything had gone ok. We couldn't wait to see him, our planned meal and film went right out of the window. Off we went to the hospital in the evening with my box of treasures.


As we didn't know the sex of the baby beforehand I went for a more neutral chest. Unfortunately the picture isn't that good but it was the only one I took.

  
Inside, was the first little outfit I had made which I had included in a past post. Afterwards I remembered that Kate sometimes reads my blog and if I posted anymore pictures of the things I was making she would have no surprises.


This little jacket also has a matching hat.
I found it really difficult to find patterns to make suitable for both boy and girl.
This one is made in Drops Fabel.


I really love this little jacket knitted in Drops Karisma. It's lovely yarn to work with. However this is also a 0-3mths pattern but it has come up much bigger than the other 2 little jackets.


I think the buttons are cute.


Here is the baby blanket, crotcheted in Drops Alpaca Silk. It is just so soft and Alfred looks very cosy snuggled underneath it.
I thank Heldasland for recommending this pattern and yarn, it's gorgeous!

Alfred is very tiny at the moment, he weighed just 6lb 4ozs but it won't be long before he'll be able to wear all of these things.

As you can probably imagine our planned Saturday went out of the window too. We spent our day collecting the pushchair and shopping for baby clothes. We did get to see our film and enjoy a meal with friends in the evening, that was really nice.

Our Mothering Sunday meal didn't go quite to plan either. My poor mum was poorly which meant that both of my parents stayed at home. My already well made little family of son, daughter in law and grandchildren arrived on time, but alas my new little family of daughter, son in law and grandson were running late. 
If you've ever arrived for last orders at a Sunday carvery, you'll probably understand how my dinner fared. Eight of the nine of us said they thought it was lovely. The ninth person, obviously me, reserved judgment.

With a new baby to celebrate we still had the most perfect three days and we welcome baby Alfred into our family.

Monday, 9 March 2015

A WEEKEND OF LOVELINESS!

1. Clear blue skies and fluffy white clouds.

2. Tidying a corner of the garden, then planting a couple of camellias there that were pot bound in           
    containers on the patio. Hopefully they will now flourish and eventually fill that space with colour  
    every year at this time.


3. Spring flowers poking up through the dappled shade and swaying in the breeze.

4. Uncovering the garden furniture and being able to sit outside and eat lunch.


5. Listening to the bees as they buzz around the cherry blossom.

6. The sound of the birds, tweeting and twittering.

7. Sitting by the open patio door knitting, whilst the sun shone through and warmed the toes of my    
     sock less feet.

8. Just pottering.

9.  Husband working happily in the garage making the oars to go with his canoe.

10. Peace and quiet.

Let's hope that the coming days ahead are as lovely as the weekend was.
Thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post, much appreciated.
Have a great week!