Wednesday, 13 March 2013

March news

Well, time has got the better of me again and it's been weeks since my last post.

The highlight of the last few weeks has definitely been Amy's gym competition, the Alex Strachan Cup in Reading. Since the end of last year's competition season she's moved up a level, so now competes at NAC level (which is National Aerobics Code I think!). This meant that she's no longer in a pair as her previous partner has now left the club. I was concerned about how she'd fit in, but she's been put in a trio and it's worked out brilliantly. The other two girls have been great, they've been at this level for over a year so are better and more experienced but Amy has worked hard and slotted in well. They won a silver medal for their routine, up against a more experienced and established trio from the same club- a fantastic start!  The next competition is at the start of June, in Cardiff, but one of the trio can't make it, so Amy will be entered with the other girl as a pair. Bring it on!!

From the official photo we bought - amazing shot!

It's fair to say she's very happy with how it went

Amy's first silver medal at NAC level

My weight loss 'journey' is continuing, I've now lost 20.5lbs, so I'm just 0.5lb short of a stone and a half lost since 17 December. I want to lose that amount again, but in the meantime, I'm very happy with how its going. I have a whole 'new' wardrobe now that so many things I bought then put away as they were too small finally fit. I actually went into Dorothy Perkins and bought a dress too! It's these small things that I've noticed that spur me on, and it helps that lots of other people are noticing too :-)

I had some news this week that selfishly made me feel quite sad, although it's undoubtedly good news for the person concerned! My knitting guru, Susie Johnson aka Susie Beans is moving away...a long way away in fact! She's been able to transfer her day-job to be with her boyfriend which is brilliant news for her, but (here comes the selfish part) it means knit club will be closing it's doors. It looks like this Saturday may even be the last one! Not only will I be losing my friend and guru, but I guess there's a chance we might not keep in touch as a group (although I hope not) and the Wool Sanctuary will be moving too. That means there will be no more Debbie Bliss and Rowan yarns within a 20 mile radius of my house!!! The website will still be running, but it won't quite be the same as selecting  my colours then having Susie tell me they are completely wrong and replacing them with a much better combination...!

Here's what I've been making recently...

Knitted Red Nose corsage
I saw a tweet last week from someone wanting people to knit Red Nose Corsages to sell in London on RND. I managed 4 (the petals in kidsilk haze were very fiddly and had to be done in good light) and sent them off, and got a lovely tweet back from @julietbernard who was organising the whole thing. Good luck with the sales on Friday!

The lacy snood- it has grown since this was taken
I've more than doubled the snood so far, but it's been put on the back burner for the Red noses and the hats...
Knitting at the gym competition - 'Where's Wally?' hat 1 of 5!
My old school friend Emma has asked me to make 5 (!) 'Where's Wally?' hats for the middle of April for her son's rugby tour...I'm going to make as many as I can, but 5 is quite an ask! The pattern is on Ravelry as 'The Elusive Gentleman' by Alexandra Tinsley. I'll post pictures when they're done.

I've had some amazing charity shop finds recently too, having been inpired by a book I read 'The Vintage Teacup Club'. Aren't they gorgeous?

My first purchase, all for £5.00!

It works!!

My second purchase, all for £7.00!!

On display in my kitchen cabinet!
Finally, I've noticed as I walk around the town, (exceeding my fitbit 10,000 steps a day target for 56 days in a row now!), spring is finally here, despite the snow and freezing temperatures we've had this week:
Blossom in Grove Park

I think Howard might just continue snoozing until the summer though...


Finally, Good-bye Susie Beans, I'm going to miss you....Good luck for the future xx