Saturday, 22 February 2014


I have something new on my needles this week. I'm all blued out waiting for my baby grandson to arrive and then my friend told me she is expecting a  baby granddaughter and I felt a pink frenzy coming on. I'm knitting this blanket in Drops Eskimo and if I'm honest I've just finished an identical blue one, all to be revealed sometime in the hopefully near future. The pattern was so easy, knitted up so quickly and the yarn is so soft. I had to knit another!

Continuing with my pink theme, I had to share this picture with you. I took it yesterday out in my garden, an ornamental cherry tree in blossom, (a little earlier than it would normally be!) with a clear blue sky. I squelched outside across the muddy grass and took the shot whilst pegging out some washing. 

When I was purchasing my pink Drops Eskimo, I also ordered these colours from their Muskat range to knit up a couple of summer cardigans for my granddaughters. Once they are completed I have decided that I am going to be more adventurous when choosing yarn. The trouble is Drops make such lovely yarn, a great choice of shades and it is so reasonably priced. Children grow so quickly therefore growing out of things fast. So on hindsight perhaps I'll stick to Drops for children knitting and choose something different just for ME!

Friday, 7 February 2014


Every year without fail my Dad tells me that on the day I was born, there was a blizzard.
Also, he tells me, on the day I was born there was a train crash at Dagenham East railway station due to heavy fog and he couldn't get an ambulance to take my mum (and me!) to hospital.
I did actually look this up on the internet the other day and the accident occurred a couple of days before I was born, so I've assumed I took a little while to actually make my entrance.

February can be such a gloomy month to have a birthday.
It's usually cold, sometimes snowy, sometimes foggy and more often than not, pretty wet.

Shops are full of end of sale items, the things that you knew nobody would buy when they originally arrived on the shop floor many weeks ago.
My friend and I often comment when we go shopping, 
"who have they made this for?"
"who chose this colour combination?"
and we also often say,
"that's destined for the sale!"

At least the new spring ranges are coming into the shops which are screaming "buy me!"
But what's the point of doing that unless they come with matching galoshes.

However my February birthday was quite the opposite to gloomy.
A lovely meal out with my family and lots of nice little treats.

I have been given a new friend. This happy peacock who is currently sitting on my dining room table has been watching the rain out of the window since yesterday afternoon.
How can I put him outside?
He's to be a garden solar light but we've currently got no solar!

This lovely cup of grape hyacinths were given to me by my grand daughters. They are certainly cheering up the kitchen window sill.

And a very apt gift, a new knitting bag.
This is from Kelly Connor Designs 
Already full and in use.

All lovely gifts, to make me smile!
Have a great weekend!