Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Oh yes its ladies night!

Hello again!
 I'm back from the ladies retreat. I had a fantastic time. the view from my bedroom window was lovely. Sometimes  I would just go and lie on the bed and enjoy the view. There were so many different types of birds in the garden.  I love birds but we don't tend to get them in our garden because of the high volume of cats in the area. (except the big butch seagulls)

Again apologies for the ropey photos. I'm still looking for the missing camera.
The days were filled with laughter and song and food. Lots and lots of food!  If it had snowed heavily we could have stayed there for another week with the food we had there! Everyone was so generous with their gifts of food, time and generosity.  I felt truly loved throughout the weekend.  I had a chance to connect to other women in the church who I haven't really spoken to much before.   We had a devotional time together which was brilliantly led by our pastors wife. We wrote down our dreams and aspirations for the coming year and sealed them in a envelope to be opened at the end of the year.  I have written down three different things which I want to happen this year.  I will share it with you at the end of the year. 
I shared a bedroom (and bed) with my good friend.  It was strange sleeping in the same bed as someone who wasn't my husband.  But it didn't stop me from sleeping!
In the evening there was a roaring fire and hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows!  oh and crochet. lots of crochet!
On Saturday afternoon a lot of the women went for a walk in the countryside but for those of us left behind we did some sewing with felt. It was very relaxed and just a time together to chat and craft and drink copious amounts of coffee!
All in all We had a great time!
On the crochet front I have finished the baby cot blanket.  The colours are beautiful and the photo really doesn't do it justice.  Lets just say I'm sorely tempted to keep it for myself as a snuggle blanket!
again apologies for the awful photos!

Well the time has come again for me to go.  Be blessed and keep warm!
Bye for now

Friday, 23 January 2015

In the bleak mid winter!

Hello! Boy its cold!
 I'm not one to feel the cold really but these last few days have been icy. Its good I haven't had to go out much so I could snuggle up under the blankets and knit or crochet. Ive made a start on another cowl poncho. I just love the way the ribbing comes together and is so bouncy and soft. Perfect to snuggle your face down out of the wind.  Here's my lovely niece  modelling for me so I could get a good picture.

 I'm totally in love with the colours and especially love the burnt orange.  I could see myself knitting a cardigan out of that colour.

I have also made a start on a baby cot blanket in a lovely mint and white stripe.  its a beautiful mix of colours.  I am crocheting using the "V" stitch and its working out quite nicely.

Oh course I had to use a green hook to make it! 
The start of the year is always a good time to start a diary.  I have kept one for many years and have kept the last seven years worth on my bookshelf.  I really wish I had kept more of them as I enjoy reading them back and remembering little things or moments i had written about.  This year is the first year that Princess CM has kept a diary.  shes still only nine but its lovely to see her recording moments of her day each evening.  Bless her she has been really diligent in completing her diary entry each day.  Ive encouraged her to write her prayers down too as then when they are answered she has a record to look back on.  She decided our diaries were too bland and boring so gave then a makeover!

We can certainly see them at a distance now!  Do you keep a diary? If not I encourage you to do so.  It needed be a essay writing experience each day, just a few words to record your thoughts and feelings.  Diary keeping is not just for teenagers you know!

I am off to a ladies retreat today with our church.  I'm so looking forward to a bit of me time.  Sharing time with like minded ladies over bible, food and friendship.
Well I guess its time to go now.  Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.
Bye for now

Monday, 19 January 2015

Poncho success!

Hello again.
 I hope you are all well and keeping warm! It has been terribly cold here. we get up to frost on the ground and while beautiful to look at I know some people don't enjoy it as much as I do! Well I finished the cowl poncho. here's my tadar!!!
What do you think? I love the colours. The way the bright colours sit so nicely on the dark grey background. I'm so very pleased with it! |I now have it up for sale and I'm hoping someone buys it really soon or i may be tempted to have it for myself! Also hot off the needles is a lovely little woodland friend Henrietta Hedgehog.
Isn't she sssooooo cute! I love her little toes poking out! Unfortunately i have been unable to wrestle this from the clammy hands of The Princess so she now belongs to her but Ive bought more wool to make one for me! she was made using the new King Kole tinsel chunky which can be found here in various colour.  One ball is enough to knit one large hog or two little ones suing the king cole pattern 901.  I'm sure more of these will be popping up in blog land really soon.

This weekend i am off to a ladies retreat with our church.  I'm really looking forward to some time to just sit and reflect on the Lord and life in general.  Sometimes it does us good to sit back and reflect on our lives and to make  desisions or just enjoy being ourselves with out the added pressures around us like housework,children etc.  I know I'm really looking forward to it and will tell you all about it when I get home.
Well time to sign off
bye for now

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

poncho and deramores review

Hello again!
As I'm just lying in bed a smile comes to my lips. I can hear my nine year old beautiful blessing singing along to popular from wicked the musical and I feel a sense of "YES!!" I have passed on my love of musical theatre to my daughter! Music has always been a big part of my life and i miss working in the industry. Still my crafts and family keep me busy!

 This week I've been quite busy with crafts. I've started work on the beautiful cowl poncho from Decembers issue of Simply crochet. this is my beautiful friend modelling it for me.

Then i worked on a cowl scarf. i found this extremely difficult to photograph so i apologise for the quality of the photos.

I placed a order this week with Deramores. I haven't used them before and in fact there is only one other time i have ordered on line for wool. i was really surprised with the service they offer. I spent £25.50 so I received free delivery (the order was delivered next day) Foe that money I got 800grm of red heart aran yarn in various colours, 4 pairs of Knitting needle's and 3 patterns. A super buy. i was impressed all round. the wool was lovely and soft, my order was exactly as ordered and they sent emails telling me the progress of my order. All in all a very good experience. I would definitely use them again. (just so you know i have not been paid for this post the views are totally my own!)
You can find Deramores by clicking here.

Well its time to sign off now and I hope to catch up with you all soon
bye for now

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

new year, new goals

And so we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year.
I've set myself some goals for this year. Not New year's resolutions as I never keep to those but lifestyle goals.

1, I'd really like to get more organised. Both in my mind, home, and crafting.  I have a tendency to be very enthusiastic about things and then lose concentration half way through.  Partly this is due to my medical condition but also my personality.  I intend to have a major declutter around the house to make organising much easier

2.  Make money from my crafting. I don't want to make a huge amount (although I wouldn't say no!)  But I would like to have a little profit. If I charge at all I tend to just charge the price of materials and not my time and effort.  I'm not intending to make a business as such but a little extra is always welcome.

3. Study God's word more.  I tend to read the bible mostly at night before bed but I'm thinking that maybe the morning would be better?  Not sure I'm just still pondering that at the moment.

Well that's my initial thoughts for the moment.  I plan to revisit this post about July time and see what my progress (if any) has been.  I'm not putting any pressure on myself and I will just go with the flow as they say!

I've been busy knitting away over the holidays but as yet I have no decent photographs to show.  The lighting here is hideously bad right now.  I'm praying for a sunny day where I can have a photographing frenzy!

Well time to sign off.
I hope you have a wonderfully blessed week whatever you are doing.
Bye for now