Monday, 30 January 2012

Fat Cat, Little Brother, Amy Butler Blanket and the FA Cup

This weekend has been a good one! It started off with a magnificent victory for Liverpool over our arch rivals, Manchester United in the FA Cup. It has been a lean few decades with a few notable exceptions (Champions League) following Liverpool, so victories like this are to be cherished. Next round is home to Brighton...The celebrations carried on from there, with my 'little' brother's 39th birthday on Saturday, which was a quiet affair for reasons you'll see in a minute- just a family tea at my parent's house.

Sunday was a cold and early start to watch the above mentioned brother run a metric marathon along the 'Strawberry Line' cyclepath, a distance of 26.2 km. He ran with a friend, and they managed to finish in 2 hours 35 minutes- an excellent time especially given that the temperature couldn't have been more than a couple degrees above freezing! They ran for a charity too, with my brother requesting sponsorship instead of birthday presents. He is turning into a lovely person in his old age!

Over the weekend I've made more progress on the blanket, with 3 strips finished and 4 out of 10 done on the next strip. It's growing at last, which is encouraging:

Amy Butler picnic rug/ blanket knitted in Debbie Bliss yarn!
 Today has seen me take our fat cat to the vet for his annual boosters. Unfortunately, not only does he has to go back next week for tartar removal, he has been recognised as being overweight and has to go to see the nurse. I'll be going to Pets at Home later to stock up on 'lighter' food for him, and he is going to have to start going out for more frequent excercise each day (we've had a number of battles recently resulting in blood loss for me). If I have to lose weight and get fit, so does he!

So cute when he's snuggled up- but he's doing a bit too much of this!
 It's been snowing all morning although it's too wet outside to settle at the moment. I'm hoping that it stays cold for a while longer, even without any snow, so I can get to wear the lovely, warm chunky snood and hat I knitted last year in anticipation of a winter like last year! Now it's time for a cuppa, a catch up on last night's tv (Birdsong), a bit more of January's book as I only have 2 days left to finish it (On the Road- 100 pages to go!!!) and some more knitting. How I love Mondays as I'm not at work...


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Wembley here we come!

Just a quick post tonight...after a very nervous 90 minutes I am relieved and delighted that Liverpool are through to the Carling Cup Final at Wembley!

Happy days...fingers crossed we beat Cardiff in the final now!

Monday, 23 January 2012

January so far...

I set myself some knitting/crafty targets for this year rather than my standard resolutions, as I might do better with these!

1: Now that I can knit basic cables I want to make a proper sized item using a cabled design
2: Learn to knit socks (with the help of Suzie at The Wool Sanctuary)
3: Try knitting a fair isle design
4: Learn to crochet
5: Finish my summer picnic throw/ blanket (see below)
6: Make more jams, jellies, chutneys and liquers
7: Sort my garden out after the devastation it suffered last year with demolishing our old garage and rebuilding a new one- get the veg/ fruit patch back in action
8: Make home made gifts for birthdays and Christmas for those that will appreciate them!
9: Read more (see below)
10: Start blogging

I think that's quite a bit to be going on with for 2012...but they are all things I want to do rather than I feel I have to do, so I'm hoping that one by one they get ticked off through the year.

I was given a kindle for Christmas by my hubby, Chris, which to my great suprise, as a lover of 'real' books, is great! I now have a good selection of free or cheap downloads to read at my leisure to compliment the shelves of real books I already have.
I made my own list of classics to read one a month this year, I'm also reading a children's classic a month selected by a friend and books from my work book club, along with anything else that grabs me. Done and dusted in January are:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (work book club for December!)
Wind in The Willows by A A Milne (from the children's book list)
Before I go to Sleep by S J Watson (work book club for Jan)- LOVED this!
I'm still plodding with On the Road by Jack Keroac (my classic list) which isn't quite what I thought it would be and isn't very inspiring, but I'll stick with it...

I've finished that Cath Kidston neck scarf kit that I was given for Christmas. I wasn't impressed with the quality of the yarn, but it looks nice knitted up.

I'm still working on my Rowan picnic throw/blanket made using Debbie Bliss yarn, almost done strip 3 out of 8, so this one isn't going to be finished soon! I pick it up in between other projects so it's in and out of the work bag.

Should keep me going for a bit...

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Hello and welcome!
So, I made first post on my very own blog. After all the time spent wondering how to do it, I haven't got much to say now!
I'll be uploading pictures as soon as I work out how to, so it's very much trial and error for now- but I'll stick with it and see how it goes.

I'll be back...