Tuesday, 25 April 2017


.. we had sunshine with a cold wind .. not too bad x Then yesterday (Monday) the news was showing pictures of snow in Scotland .. well they like it for the tourists xxx

THS MORNING... I had to be out early to take mum for a blood test ... it had SNOWED and then frozen!!!!!!! WHAT.. its May next week .. this is "somewhat" close to the thoughts I was having as I scraped the windscreen !! lol x

These blooms are from yesterday .. today they are closed up TIGHT again xx

Walking home from visiting mum and dad me and the boys got HAIL STONES and rain .. now it is pouring with rain .. Hey-Ho .. this is England in the Spring xx lol Hope you are having it a bit warmer than us xx

Diane x

(ps. I thought I would try and bring a bit of brightness with the new background x ... what do you think?)

Monday, 24 April 2017


... a little sewing over the last few days ... some times it is good to just shut the door and leave every-one else out there xx .. well not Gus because he kicks up a fuss ...

.. he is having trouble staying awake now ...silly dog!

This shawl was garter and eyelets .. and SUPER fast as I did not have to think about it!!....

....again one to wrap around and around xx

We have had sun over the last 2 days so there have been some lovely flowers appearing..

..to-day is cold and dull so they are all closing up again.. don't blame them! lol x

mum has quite a few appointments this week .. blood tests, warfarin clinic and hospital.. so I may just be dipping in and out x.. hope you all find some time to craft this week.

Diane x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


... for to-day came out BIG.... in fact it came out ............. ENOURMOUS!!!!!!!!!

It is made with 4 ply and used about 2.75 skeins ... also it has eyelets and so just kept growing xx lol x The yarn is a mixture of wool and silk..... soooo soft and it drapes beautifully..

.. I had a lot of fun making it .. and because I enjoyed it .. it flew off the needles x

Continuing the theme the colour in the garden today  is...

..............YES the sun was shinning today xxx 

 ...... My granddaughter is coming to play tomorrow so I don't know if any crafting will happen .. you never know xx she will be ONE YEAR old next week .. how the heck that happened I don't know ! lol x

Diane x

Monday, 17 April 2017


... the fundraising from Sandbach Quilt Group we are planning a garden party ... ps. if ANY of you have contacts with the weather gods, we could do with, warm and dry in mid July xxx lol.......this means that small items for sale/tombola/raffle are required.

This morning I pulled out some pre-cut squares.... NO idea what they were originally cut up for !!! .... and began to fold and sew....

... then I started the finishing process and NOW...

... there are 12 pin cushions to donate . I was not going to make 12 .. I sort of got carried away x

I have no pink from the garden to-day .. but .. there is a pink and sparkly shawl instead...

.. I made this one with a gradient that was in my stash... I need to use up wool as much as fabric!! lol x It is in the present box now x

The colour from the garden to-day is...

It is still cold ,but, the rain has eased off x Hope you have enjoyed the Easter holidays.

Diane x

Sunday, 16 April 2017


... starting the catch-up with the shawls that have been completed over the month that I was away from Blogging.

It was a lot easier to put some knitting n my bag and take it along at visiting time .. so as you may guess .. there are a few xx

First there is this lovely one..

...the gold yarn has gold sparkle going through it .. so I decided to add even more bling and add on beads as I went...

.. it was fun to make ..LOVE it x

Next was a super quick one ...

...it was a special request (yes I got paid .. Wooo-Hoo x) and I am told the recipient LOVES it x.... more tomorrow x


.. young lady came to play with grandma a couple of times .. and kept me entertained with her antics xx

The weather to-day has been awful .. cold wet and windy.. but I managed to capture a little colour from the garden in-between showers...

Hope its been a good day x

Diane x

Saturday, 15 April 2017


... ladies who goes to Congleton Quilt group does a lot of charity knitting and sewing. She was given this kit...

....to make up and add to her collection of gifts, however, she does not like to knit toys .. so guess who was "encouraged" to take it away and make it up?... mm I don't know how this happens to me! lol x

SO.. now we have Milly..

I added a couple of bows and improvised with some details (as I do !) x Hopefully some child will have fun playing with her.

It was quick and easy to knit .. and for me not a problem... however .. the pack states it has everything needed to make this toy..NO IT DOESNT. There was a small length of black wool .. just enough to make one eye ring! .. and that was it ..  I have plenty of black scraps .. so no problem. There was enough stuffing to do the arms and legs .. no more. Again I have stuffing ...so no problem .It is just a shame that a child or a someone just starting out may buy/be given this and be put off through the lack of supplies. There is PLENTY of wool to make the body ... possibly even to make 2 toys if the colours are reversed x.... OK... moan over x

This morning I have finished 2 simple cushion covers .. they will go in the post next week some time x

The colour from the garden this morning is ...

.. I LOVE that lime green/pink combination that, to me, is such a sign of Spring.

Have a good day x


Friday, 14 April 2017


..... YES I'm back xx

I have been AWOL for a while ... but I have dusted off the cobwebs and found a moment of quiet to come back x

Mum has been in hospital.. had a big op that knocked the stuffing out of her .. and even SHE had to admit that she felt "unwell! xx ....HOWEVER she is now home .

It is going to take some time .. but hopefully .. she is on the road to recovery xx.. lets hope she stays on that road x

Between hospital visiting .. WHY is that so draining? ..  looking out for my dad ... AND carrying out all the "orders" being issued from the hospital bed!!.. I have not had a lot of free time x

HOWEVER there has been some crafting going on ... and I will share them over the next couple of days.

I was asked to make 2 bags ...

.. scrappy .. so using up some stash which is always good x
They went in the post and are already loved and in use ... which is always a nice thing to hear x

Grandson no. 2 ...as many of you know.. lives in Perth in Western Australia ... so, has no need of the woolly hats that I have been making for the others .....HOWEVER he will be with us .. here in England which will be somewhat cooler!!! .. at Christmas this year ....

he sent me a "request" for 2 hats x The first was made..

I sent him a picture .. and the reply was... WHERE IS THE BOBBLE? .. so a bobble was made and attached..

lol x The second hat is now made...

......and yes it has a bobble on the top x

To finish for to-day here is a little Good Friday colour from my garden

Have a good day

Diane x