Sunday, 13 May 2018

THIS WEEK...

... we have had some sun .. some rain.. some cold wind .... AND temperatures between 9 and 17 degrees !!! .... maybe it is Spring after all!! lol x

The garden has reacted by "springing" into colour and action...





.. its lovely to go out there x

I managed some sewing this week.. for once x I am TRYING (always) to use up the stash .. and so 2 bags got made...










using up fabric AND embellishments .. go me!

I have had a cardigan on the needles for a while (for me no less x)...



.. I just need to get some buttons now and it will be done , ideal for those cool times (OK .. most days x)x

Next week between the parents there is an appointment EVERY DAY... so I am not sure how much the sewing room will see me x

Hope you get some time to at least TOUCH your fabric and threads xx

Diane x

Monday, 7 May 2018

WELL...

... it may be a Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK... BUT we have sunshine xx It is BEAUTIFUL x ... and .. this is the third day in a row that the sun has shone .. could Spring have actually sprung .. or is it just wishful thinking ? Time will tell x 

Gus is in his favourite spot..



he is an old man now at 13 and needs the sun on his bones xx

I finished my May Shawl Club offering  ...




I had not worked the mosaic stitch before and am happy with the way it worked.... you only work with one colour at a time and use slipped stitches to make the pattern... 



I like the fact there has been a new stitch to learn each time . ALSO that there is very little wool left to "slip" into the stash...


I think this may just be my favourite so far x Come the cooler weather I will be ready xx 

The family were all here for dinner yesterday .. it is so lovely to not have to be in doors with all the doors and windows closed .. mm we seem to be eating just as much .. nice to have ice cream though xxx Fun memories 

Here's hoping you ALL have some sun and fun times with family and friends x

Diane x

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...

... how the .. HECK.. can it be MAY?!! I didn't have April yet! 

I know I have said before that there is a black hole called "TIME" .. but oh my goodness it has really crept away from me this month/year!

Both my parents had some health issues that have involved GP and hospital visits .. but both seem to be OK at the moment.... if they would only be both be ill at the same time then it would make life a bit less busy! lol x Seems I am never happy x 

The granddaughter has been coming to play ..


...it seems we play so hard that she has to catch-up on sleep!... I admit I joined in a bit too! lol x being on the go is just Soooooooooo exhausting xx 

I realised this am. that it was May when the Post man brought the latest shawl club wool ..


.. and it said MAY on the sleeve! The pattern is due later to-day .. so exciting x

I have been doing some sewing for the 2018 Sandbach sewing project... but I cannot show you yet as it is due to be "revealed" at the June meeting .. which the way my black hole is working will be next week!

Congleton had us made some more blocks for a second raffle quilt..



STILL the same pattern and the TIGHT cut fabric. It seems the moaning and groaning from last time has had NO effect. The number of returned blocks has been small .. mm wonder why!

I have managed some knitting as usual.  During the Commonwealth Games I made some little gifts for the 2 smallest grandchildren ..







...there are 2 for the granddaughter because she has had her second (! WHAT! where did that time go!!) birthday 

I finished this shawl..



it was written for aran weight , BUT I wanted to make it using some double knit wool I had in stock (I am trying to reduce that as well as the fabric stash) .. because of that it came out a bit bigger which was just what I wanted x

I also made this shawl..





.. it is a lace weight and is for my mum We have a wedding in early September and she wanted one to put around her shoulders for the evening when it can be cool at that time of year x

Talking of weather it has been ALL OVER THE PLACE recently. One day of sunshine followed by at least 3 days of rain and wind. The plants in the garden are as confused as the rest of us .. although I have Mr and Mrs blackbird building a nest in my garden x

I MUST try and find time to blog this month .. honestly I will do my best xx 

Hope you are all well x

Diane x

Saturday, 17 March 2018

YOU MAY REMEMBER...

... last week I was working in the garden and watching the crocus begin to show their faces.

WELL... to-day we have this...


...visitor from Poland (so sayeth the weather man!)

Sigh... a bit longer to wait xx

Diane x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

THIS WEEK....

... it was Sandbach Quilt group meeting. Our speaker was unfortunately still in the land of snow ... SO a make planned for later in the year was brought forwards and we had a pack to make a purse or glasses/cutter case...




.. as you can see I went with the purse x It was quick and fun x

I finished shawl no.2...






I am happier with it than I was ... it makes me realise I like the first one more than I thought!! lol

Now it is thinking cap time .. mm which of the MANY ...MANY ...MANY projects I want to do will be next?

BEFORE that however I have to get back out into the garden. Over the winter I get a build up of a green algae on the flag stones in the garden .. if left it gets slippy when wet and I have had ENOUGH of the slip/trip/fall adventures to last me .. for a lifetime!! 

I COULD get a chemical spray to shift it .. but that is harmful to the wild life particularly the bees ..SO it me ..the yard brush ..a bucket of water... and lots of muscle power.. well a bit of muscle power! I tell my self it is good exercise for my arm.. and that is what the physio. ordered xx lol

Back to it then ... I am earning my tea-breaks to-day x

Stay warm and safe 

Diane x

Monday, 5 March 2018

FOR US....

... here in the UK the weather has been really unusual. The wind has continued to blow from Siberia .. and I SWEAR it has been blowing THROUGH not round all the bodies!!!

SO.. it is the time for lots of warm and chunky knitting to keep us (well more specifically ME!!) warm when we are forced out of the door x The dogs INSIST on still going out !! lol x

SO a warm scarf was needed for me .... for when I am out with them.. well mum got one so I had to join in didn't I?

I went outside to take pictures and it did this..




.. so I went back in!....



I used up scraps and made a big squishy one to ..



(When the weather conditions mean you do not go out much .. except to walk the dogs ...visit the parents and  do some minimal shopping ...!! .. there is time to knit x)

... this is not for walking the dogs ! lol x then I decided I needed a hat (with a pom-pom of course) .. and found some scraps for a Fair Isle try out..



I'm so happy with the way it came out that I feel more colour work will be on the cards this year... at some point. HOWEVER the next instalment of the shawl club arrived...


so I had to wind it up .. print off the pattern ..


......and get underway. The first 2 colours are close in colour and value and the designer has us alternating the balls .. no problem THEN the next 2 colours had more of a contrast ... I kept going BUT was not happy with the look of it...



I tried to convince my self I would be able to live with it .. NO. I have now undone it and started that section again .. much happier with it now x I am going to use the 2 yellows that are close in colour together and use the gold to finish .. not what the designer called for .. but I have to live with it ... and I have to be happy x

Hope you are keeping warm and safe x

The snow has all gone now .. wind still here but I live in hope it will go back to Siberia soon x I was in the garden this am. and found these beauties pushing up...


It WILL get warmer and nicer!! .... at some point..

Diane xx