Monday, 23 January 2017


... from a lovely crisp and frosty corner of Cheshire x My daughter (in Australia) continues to complain about the heat they are having .. and so.... I am enjoying our weather all the more x lol x The garden continues to put up shoots despite the cold...

.. my peace lily is putting out flowers for our poor old world...

(it lives in the house ...I took it out side for a better picture x)

 I managed to make 2 more bags for our charity ...

...and so have 3 bags for the first 3 weeks of the year xx On track ... so far!! 

There have been 2 new hats for the grandchildren..

.. more out of the stash ... wow! I am on a winning streak .. so far x lol x

AND a shawl came off the needles last night . It is blocking at the moment so ....I will give you a "sneaky-peek" of what it looks like ..

I was determined to use as much of the wool as possible .. this is an easy pattern to do that with ... and this.. all I have left x

My son hurt his knee while running and has (this last week) has a "little" op. to remove some cartilage and repair the tendon....someone HAD to play ... well care for !.... the granddaughter .. so I sacrificed myself to the cause !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .. and got lots of knitting time x

Hope you are having fun x

Diane x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

I AM ..

.. hoping that 2017 has been kind to you so far.

We had our first and hopefully LAST snowfall of this winter..

.. it came overnight and was gone by ish xx Thank goodness .. I'm NOT a fan xx lol x

The 2 quilting groups I belong to have re-started, Congleton Tuesday and Sandbach Thursday of this last week. It was lovely to catch up and share the Christmas and New Year stories with all the ladies xx

At Sandbach our charity for 2017 is the Christie Hospital ( ) .. one of the ways we are going to support them this year is by making bags hold drainage bags ... they need to have concealed or French seams so that there are no ragged edges for "bugs etc. " to collect in!!

I am going to (hopefully !!) make one per week ...first one is made.. all I have to do is keep up xx I am DETERMINED that I will use up stash this year and this will be a good way to work towards this x

I have a new shawl ..

....again a long skinny ones to wrap around multiple times xx I have had this gradient wool for a while ... again using up stash x LOVE the way it knit up .

....the 2 youngest grandchildren have new hats ..

.....see! Using up stash xx Happy Dance x

My oldest grandson..

....informed me that ....IF... I wanted to go to see a film...

.....he was happy to go with me!!... good of him lol x We had a great time and VERY much enjoyed it xx

My dad had a birthday this last week...

...he is 87 now (NO idea why he has closed his eyes xx lol )x OF COURSE we had cake ...

.. none left now lol xx This young lady had her first taste of cake..

....and VERY much enjoyed it xx

Hope you are all well xx

Diane x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

IT HAS....

... been COLD here since New Year. I am talking just about zero in the day and -5 or so at night .. I know for some that's not soo cold .. but when the relatives in Australia (Perth and south of Sydney) are talking about temperatures in the 30 + I am VERY happy with our temperatures xxx

Nature being the formidable force she is ... is pushing up shoots in the garden...

.. so I will be assured of some colour out there come the spring x

Long term readers may remember that I am slowly working my way through the 12 days of Christmas for my son and daughter-in-law .. this year was 3 French hens..

... now I have to work out 4 calling birds!

I am finding that I REALLY like the long skinny shawl patterns that can be wound round and around to keep the neck really warm...

We only had ONE appointment (warfarin clinic) this week .. so I celebrated by getting a head cold!! lol x Kept me in the house keeping warm and drinking plenty xx lol

Off to find my next project to work on x Hope you are having a good week xx

Diane x