Sunday, 28 April 2013


Although the baby blanket is not far off from completion, I fancied a change and as spring is in the air, I thought I would knit myself a bright scarf.
I popped into my local wool shop "Pins & Needles" and found this yarn which is double knit so not as fine as I wanted BUT I liked the mixture of colours and after all you never know whether we're going to have cold evenings or not, regardless of which season we're in.

The yarn is " Knitcol" and I found the pattern on Ravelry. It was a very easy pattern to follow and knitted up really quickly.

With the leftovers I crocheted myself an iPhone case. Not brilliant, usable but a prototype, more could follow.
I hope you've had a great weekend and you've managed to enjoy some sunshine!

Monday, 15 April 2013


It's incredible to believe that in the past two weeks we've experienced it all, snow, frost, chilly winds, rain and spring/summer sunshine with even some warmth coming from that sun!
We've just had a busy weekend which also  included a little DIY around the house by my husband. 
On Saturday we headed off up to London to spend the evening at the Royal Albert Hall. We left home when it was sunny and arrived at our destination over 3 hours later in the rain. (Yet another weather change and an abundance of traffic problems!! We do live in Essex, so it's not a great distance to travel.) 
Our friend was 60 yesterday and he had always wanted to go to the Royal Albert Hall so, we were in London to celebrate and after a pre theatre meal went to The Mountbatten Festival of Music which featured the Massed Bands of her Majesty's Royal Marines. We really enjoyed the evening, the band played such a variety of music, they were brilliant!

Yesterday, we were again with our friends as our family joined up with their family and their friends for a surprise birthday buffet lunch. The sun shone brightly as we spent a very relaxing afternoon nattering the hours away.

When we got home it was still such a lovely evening that we decided to finish our perfect weekend with a walk around the sea wall. Over the weekend I had read a post on a blog I follow and really enjoy I live, I love, I craft, I am me and she had taken some brilliant photos of shadows. Well, after the dreariest winter weather ever I had genuinely forgotten all about making shadows.

 So on our walk last night when these two very long legged people shone out at me, I had to take a photo. Mind you I did nearly fall of the wall trying to take it!
The "Keep off the Wall" sign is obviously there for a reason!

As for my knitting exploits, nothing accomplished over the weekend. I am making progress with the baby blanket but sometimes when I pick up the needles that song about 1 step forward, 2 steps back springs to mind. The yarn is so soft, Drops Alpaca and I have to be careful not to wear black when I'm knitting as I tend to look more like the alpaca after I've completed a few rows. When its finished it'll be fine once it's had a good shake out in the garden.

Have a good week!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013


This Easter brought snow flurries, chilly winds and bright sunny spells.
We spent our four days at home doing some DIY plus a little gardening, tidying the garage and washing the cars.
We caught up with our family and  they surprised us with some lovely homemade gifts!

Kate decorated an egg box and filled it with chocolate.

Charlotte and Jessica with their mummy's help made  hot cross buns and baby lamb cakes.

Our Easter was perfect.
I hope yours was too!