Saturday, 1 February 2014

Hello Stranger!

So, it turns out that I'm not very good at blogging! I can't seem to get the hang of a) making it work properly b) keeping it up-to-date and c) knowing if it's even worth doing at no-one reads it!

If there is actually anyone out there reading this, let me know!

Since I last posted, a number of months have passed and a new year is well underway. I have managed to complete a number of projects, which always feels good!

Ray of Light scarf/ shawl for me, designed by Suzie Johnson

Modified 'Opal' scarf by Kim Hargreaves made my my Auntie Susan

A Gryffindor Scarf modelled by my husband, knitted for a friend

A Ravenclaw scarf knitted for Amy for her birthday

I've also very nearly finished my 'Garden Gate Vest', it just needs some good light for me to complete the sewing up. With so much finished, I've also started a new project, yet another one designed by Suzie Beans (The Wool Sanctuary), a teacosy which is coming along nicely (the photo is out of date as I've almost finished the first side).

As always, I've already selected my next project, which I found on Dayana Knits' blog- It's going to be the Rowan 'Sally' top from issue 55, although I haven't selected my colours yet. I'll do that at the next Knit Club.

I've decided that this year, I'm going to try to make everyone I give birthday gifts to a small hand-made something as well as their 'main' present. This isn't likely to work out for the men unless they get baked goodies. The first recipient of a handmade gift has been my friend Sara. I gave her one of the tissue holders that I made at Christmas (my Mum got one for Christmas too):

I've recently added to my vintage china collection, but alas, still can't find a teapot to 'match' it. I'll keep looking though, one will turn up eventually. I have convinced Chris that we need to change the furniture in our dining room, including buying an old dresser to display my goodies on, so that's progress!

Finally, I've made myself tow new year challenges. One seemed easy when I joined up, but will be very tough...I'm doing the Peter Reed (the Olympic Rower) 2014 Push Up challenge. On 1st Jan there was 1 push up, then on 2nd 2, 3rd 3 etc. Now it's February 1st and I've done 32 push ups today. I'm not thinking of the start of April when it will be more than 100 a day just yet! My other challenge is to make my walks more interesting by achieving a goal.  I've decided to do this by walking each road in the 'old' part of my town and proving this by taking photos of the street names as I 'bag' them. I'm getting to see roads I've never walked along before, and have decided that I far prefer the old street signs I encounter, rather than their modern replacements. This is one of my favourites so far:

Who knows, I may even expand out into the newer part of the town if this goes well!

That's it for now...remember, if you've read this, please leave a note to let me might just keep me at it!


  1. I love those HP scarves, they look great. I am just starting to blog again as last year wasnt that good. Now I have new phone I can take many more photos so it will be very handy.

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    1. Hi Sue and thanks, its' good to know someone is out there. I've had lots of problems with my blog and had consequently lost a lot of the people I was following. Since upgrading to Google Chrome and Bloglovin' this is now sorted, and after reading your comment, I've found you again! Just spent half an hour catching up- you hadn't stopped blogging, I just couldn't see your blogs! x

  3. I've read it! Don't reply to me here because I don't think I get notified.

    You busy bee you, cataloguing all your finished projects like this proves how prolific a knitter you are. It's motivating me to knit more and maybe to blog a bit more too.

    New furniture, way hey! I've been busy painting my old furniture so I feel like I have new. Hurrah!