Saturday, 29 December 2007

Tired, tired, tired

I hope you and yours had a really nice Christmas.

We did!!

I have enjoyed it apart from the feeling of being soooooooo tired. Both yesterday and today I have stood in for our 2nd chef (she has been covering for 1st chef) in the afternoons, I have found it hard work, all the bending over sinks ands standing in one place. Because of the arthritis thing I have going on, this sort of work is difficult. Please don't think I'm complaining, I'm not as I volunteered, our chef deserves time off, she has worked really hard over Christmas. Filling in like this keeps my hand in. It means that if we have a crisis in the kitchen I can fill in without too much difficulty (I am used to cooking for large numbers at scout camps and it not such ideal circumstances).

Tomorrow we are off to Wiltshire for a family get together. We are meeting up at a pub in Cricklade. There is family coming from Wales and Sheffield as well as us from Cheshire so it should be really good. More about it later in the week as well as photos, probably on Thursday as that is the next day off I wil have time to fiddle about.

As for knitting, I have finished one sock, started it's mate (I need to turn the heel on that) and tonight I have started another sock to take with me tomorrow - lots of stocking stitch for travelling in the car as long as the Oh! Bearded One will drive.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Ready, steady, go!

Well! I am as ready as I am going to be this Christmas. The food shopping is done. The last prezzies were wrapped this afternoon. There is some hoovering to do but the Oh! Bearded One will do it tomorrow when has comes in from work. I work my last 12 hour day before the Big Day tomorrow.

I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and I hope Santa Claus brings puts lots of knitterly goodness in your stockings (knitted of course!!!!)


Thursday, 20 December 2007

Oh! it has been cold here the last few days - minus 4c on a couple of occasions, for mid-Cheshire, salt country, that's cold!!

If you hadn't noticed Christmas is coming, the trees are up, prezzie shopping is complete but not all are wrapped, one more session to go and tomorrow morning, very early, DD & I will hit the supermarket to complete the food shopping.

I am a lucky girl, I'm not working Christmas day or Boxing day, I am working New Year's Eve and New Year's Day morning so for Christmas dinner there will be DD, SofM, Oh! Bearded One, my Mum & Dad and DD's boyfriend, Gromit, oh! also Molly the cat who will hover hopefully for turkey.

Not only do I 'do' Christmas at home, I am involved in doing it at work. 'work' is actually 'home' for the residents who live there, they can't 'do' Chrsitmas so we must but we have to be sensitive about how we go about it. For some residents Christmas is a painful time, full of painful memories, especially for one resident who has lost her husband this week (his funeral is on Christmas Eve). It will be a bit bitter,sweet for us staff as well as 2 residents have died in the last week, they will be much missed.

We try really hard to make it special for both the residents, staff and relatives. We don't go over board on decorations but we do put a lot of emphasis on residents' spiritual needs so there are carol servives, communion and individual spiritual needs being met (it is a Christian Nursing home). We have a party in between Christmas and New Year, we encourage relatives to come and joined their loved ones in having some quality time and have some fun. This year that party is on the day after Boxing day.

Oh! I have been knitting as well! A sock! I have also been buying books, Interweave's 'The Best of Interweave Knits' and the 'Baby Knits' book by Debbie Bliss. I have also ordered a sock book form Amazon which hopefully will come tomorrow. I am looking forward to knitting something challanging but I don't know what I fancy doing so until I decide it will be socks! I have also set up a subscription for the Interweaves mag, I love it!

Friday, 14 December 2007

Knitting Resolutions-2008

As I have said before on this blog, I am a sheep, I follow where others have led before because I haven't had the imagination to think of them first or I'm not quick enough to get there before someone else does!

This time it is blogging about my knitting (& crochet) resolutions as others (Texas purl gurl & K1c2)before me have already started. These resolutions don't have to be about finishing items or reducing stash, they could be about learning a new technique or new stitches.

My resolutions are:-

  1. Finish crochet shawl
  2. Finish 'little crochet cardi'
  3. Finish current pair of socks
  4. Finish DD's mittens
  5. Go to Woolfest
  6. Add to my stash
  7. Complete at least one large garment from my stash
  8. Knit mittens on circular's instead of 2 straight pins
  9. Knit Dad's socks
  10. Start a lace weight shawl

I stand much more chance of completing some of these resolutions than my usual New Year resolutions of 'lose weight', 'stop eating chocolate' etc.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Old hat!

The picture above shows the hat I am knitting from Lizet's hand dyed yarn. I picked it up again after a few weeks of not touching it. I am much further on than this, I am now shaping for the crown so it should be finished soon!! I can then show off a FO!! Hurray!!
Yesterday I went into Warrington to do some more Christmas shopping. I went into Borders. I love Borders, I can happily spend hours in there. I was sooooo excited, I bought the winter edition of Interweave Knits. I haven't seen this magazine before and I now understand we other knitters get so excited by it. There are some lovely patterns, I like many of them although some of them aren't right for my body shape so I won't be knitting them but I would love to try 'Refined Aran jacket', Brushed lace cardi, Henley perfected, Ivy League vest, Subway mitts (not that I'm likely to ride the subway in them), Gathered pullover and the Logan River wrap. Well!! that's 2008, 2009, 2010's knitting taken care of then!!
By the way, I'm knitting socks as well!

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Rant & poll

Please would you take part in my poll,I want to know whether I am over reacting. I was very upset at work this evening that the local hospital to the nursing home sent a frail, 90 year old resident home by ambulance at 7pm. Both us and the family had tried to pursaude them to keep him until tomorrow morning. I only took the 1st phone call from the hospital at 4.15pm.

I am very concerned about older people are treated by our local hospital, this sort of thing happens frequently. I know there is pressure on beds, especially at this time of year but often, in the rush to discharge, older people don't get the necessary treatment to keep them out of hospital again. I can site quite a few incidents where residents have come back from hospital and then have had to be readmitted. This causes distress to the resident and relatives as well as unnecessary cost to the NHS.

I really don't think hospital staff have enough understanding of older people's needs. Older people living in Nursing homes do so because they have complex medical needs that interlink with each other. One problem can't be solved without taking into account other problems. The hospital tend to treat the problem presented to them in isolation, without taking into account other problems. This is a recipe for disaster.

Thank you for letting me rant, I am now off to knit & destress.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Belated photos

As you will be aware I haven't shown any photos of what I've been up to just recently so today I've got round to fiddling around with camera, memory sticks and computers.

So for photo 1 - this is one ball of two Regia sock wool balls I bought from John Lewis (Trafford Centre). I was so excited when I found that John Lewis had started selling sock wool. The choice is limited but never the less it is great that they have started selling it. The colourway is 5025, very soft, muted colours of pink, blue, fawn and cream. My friend, Cellostitcher, loved it so when I went again I bought her some. Also I know she has cast it on. I have had a go at casting it on but I wasn't happy with the pattern I was using so I frogged it and I am just leaving it at present, I'll come back to it when I have finished the mittens.

Every forenight a Cheshire library visits the site on which our Nursing home is situated. The residents of the site and the nursing home can then get library books. 2-3 weeks ago when it visited I borrowed a book on knitting for babies. Just about at the end of the shift I was flicking through it and one of my colleagues spotted some little stripy mittens and she said she would like some so like a fool I said I would knit her some. What you can see on the left is a pair of knitted mittens waiting to be finished off. DD saw them and wanted some so the one on the needle on the right is for her. The yarn is Jeager matchmaker DK which is 100% wool. It is really nice to knit with and you can tell it is wool, it has the slightly oily feel of wool. They've knitted up very quickly, one can just about be done in an evening.

This yarn I bought at the Knitting & Stitching show in Harrogate at the end of November. I have bought it specifically to knit Elizabeth Zimmerman's Surprise baby jacket, I also was able to buy a copy of the pattern. I am looking forward to having a go at this but it won't get started until after Christmas.

These 2 hanks of yarn were off the Hipknits stall at the show. The pinky tones are for socks for DD and the other is for myself.

I also picked up these balls of sock yarn. The 2 greeny ones are actual more blue in reality and they are for my Dad. He won't have worn hand knitted socks since he was a boy (he is 72 now) but as his circulation isn't all it couold be I am hoping they will keep his feet warm. It was my Gran that used to knit him the socks, she was an excellent knitter in her day and even up to her dying she was knitting squares to be made up into blankets for charity.

Monday, 3 December 2007


It was my intention to post photos of woolly things today but I've spend most of the day in bed as I am so tired. I've felt very tired for the last 2-3 weeks and as I was 'days off' I've rested in a bid to get over it. I feel I could sleep for weeks. I can't decide whether it is my arthritisy thing or whether it is hormones (I'm going through the you know what) or both as I've been horrible over the weekend. I worked over the weekend and I had to warn the staff just to ignore me if I was cross. I just wanted to let rip and somthing, PMT or what?

I have managed to write my Christmas cards and wrap some Christmas presents so not all is lost.

I am now going to knit for a while.

On Wednesday I really will try to post some photos of what I have been up to.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

What's that?

I am 'days off' from work at present (you may have guessed from the day trip to Harrogate) but I had to go into work for some training and for a meeting. Afterwards I decided to go to the Trafford Centre (it's only 20 mins from work down the M56/M60 if the timing is right, to miss the traffic).

Anyway, I started my shopping trip with a coffee in Starbucks. I sat and wrote a Christmas present list, once I had done that I whipped out a sock on my new, very cute needle. Within ear shot and eye line of me was a little boy of about 3 with his Mum and another lady. He was in his buggy. He started saying in a loud voice and pointing at me at the same time 'Mum, Mum, what's that, what's that? Mum was talking so didn't answer at first, when she did answer, her 'reply was ' I don't know'.

I had to chuckle to myself - A) because of the little boy asking, the fact that he was so obserant and B) I felt it is a sign of the times that young women don't recognise knitting when they see it.

Monday, 26 November 2007

Knitting & Stitching show x 2

We went to the Knitting & Stitching show yesterday and really enjoyed ourselves. There were 3 halls of stalls and exhibitions which was a crafters' dream and Harrogate looked so beautiful at night with the Christmas lights all lit up.

I was slightly disappointed that there weren't more knitting stalls but never the less the stalls that were there were good. There was Hipknits, Web of Wool, Pava yarns and Knit 'n' Caboodle and several other stalls whose yarns weren't really what I wanted at present.

Knit 'n' Caboodle did especially well out of me. I bought 4-5 balls of sock yarn and the cutest little 28cm circular needle for knitting socks with. I love this needle so much I have plans to order some more on line in different sizes.

From Hipknits I bought 2 lovely skeins of yarn which I will photograph and show you some other time.

DD and Cellostitcher bought lots of thready and fabricy goodness for the type of work they do - see their blogs for their work. They both want me to have a go at the sort of things they do which I would love to do when we have time to get together so they can give me some ideas.

We decided next year we would like to go up to Harrogate on the Saturday, do some Christmas shopping, stay overnight and then do the show on the Sunday. I really like that idea and I hope it comes off. I also plan to go to Woolfest and I am hoping Cellostitcher will go with me.

Today my friend, Lizet, came round for coffee and a bit of lunch. It was nice to see her and her daughter as I haven't seen her for a couple of weeks.

Tonight I've been cardmaking like mad as we have a bit of a Christmas fair at work on Saturday and I am starting to sell the Christmas cards from then.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Scouter's meeting

I went to a Scout Leaders meeting tonight. This a meeting of all the leaders in my Scout group, where we discuss plans for the future, equipment purchases, programmes etc. I took me knitting.

I don't think I will be converting my Cub leader to knitting any time soon, she looked at me as if i was growing horns. She has known me a while but I don't think she knew I knitted so she found it strange to see me knit and even stranger that I was knitting socks1 Her comment was 'it's easier to buy them'. My assistant Beaver leader knows I knit and her comment was ' you always knit socks at this time of year', she saw my first effort last year. I will haveto take my knitting more often so they all get used to it, my Cub leader might even see the purpose of it.

To all you Americans - Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a lovely day!

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Knitting & Stitching show

Next weekend is the Knitting & Stitching show in Harrogate. I am going on the Sunday with DD and Cellostitcher. I am really looking forward to it, I have never been to this particular show. Cellostitcher goes every year.

I am hoping to buy some sock wool and a portable light for my bedside table as I do a lot of knitting in bed, our current lights are not really bright enough so I struggle. I have found as I have got older I can't focus on fine detail in dim light, even with my glasses on, which is why I don't cross stitch by electric light anymore.

I'm told there isn't much in the way of paper products so I won't be buying much for my card making but you never know what I may find that I am able to use. If there are some lovely fabrics I may be tempted by those. I used to be a good dress maker, I even took a CSE in it at school and got a grade 1. I haven't made anything in fabric to wear for a very long time. These days my sewing machine tends to get used to make curtains, blinds and to take up the Oh! Bearded One's trousers and jeans ( he has short legs!)

Thank you

I am afraid I haven't got a memory like an elephant as my work colleagues will testify, my boss calls me colander girl (I'm no calender girl either). Now, where is this all going? Oh yes!! I've forgotten why America celebrate Thanksgiving. All the American bloggers are gearing up to this celebration and I am really looking forward to reading what a good time they are having, it's like being in America by proxy. Please could someone remind me.

I love this bloggy thing. I love seeing photos of places I'll never visit and things I'll never see. I am being educated whilst having fun, it's great. I know I've said this before,thank you for writing your bloggs, sharing your lives, your dreams, your triumphs and your disasters, thank you. Please keep going.

Thursday, 15 November 2007


I have been knitting this week.

I have finished the first baby cardigan except for buttons and the next one is started, the back is complete and one of the fronts is started.

At the weekend I had a play on Ebay and won a old Sirdar pattern for bedsocks (if you keep up with me, you will know I want to knit bedsocks for some of my residents). Yesterday I received the pattern in the post. On this pattern there are 2 different types of bed socks and a pair of bedroom slippers. The bedroom slippers would be really useful for a resident who is chair bound, very frail and would be better with something really soft on their feet (some residents lose the ability to keep ordinary shoes and slippers on their feet).

Yesterday I started one of the bedsocks with Rowan Calmer (previously bought for socks for DD but couldn't master pattern). It knitted up a dream but I don't have enough of that yarn so it was frogged until further yarn supplies are acquired but at least I have now found a workable pattern.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Crochet, cards & baby news

Have you knitted with this yarn? Did you like it?

It is Sirdar Snowflake DK, it is made in chunky too.

I hate it. It is tight on the needles, it has no stretch.

The pattern asked for size 3mm to make the small snowmen (see below) but the yarn was so tight, the stitches wouldn't slide on the needles at all.

I was trying to knit these with it but I gave up as a bad job but I might have another go with different size. It won't matter, they will just come out a bigger size.

As you will be aware I have been card making for work like mad. I am going to have to make more baby cards this week. This afternoon, when I went into work, I didn't even get one baby card on the stand before it had been bought.

Here are some examples

A baby card, using my Cuttlebug and peel offs.

A birthday card, using punches, scrapbook papers, brads, peel offs and ribbon.

Another birthday card using decoupage and scrapbook paper.

As you will also be aware not a lot of knitting has been going on in this house but some crochet has.

This is my version of a prayer shawl. The stitch is taken from a little crochet cardi I'm doing which is currently hibernating. It is being done in Sirdar Denim DK, shade 0645

This shawl is going to be for me but I have got my eye on some other yarn to use for others that I will give away.

This is a close up of the stitch I'm using.

Other news - the nurse that had a baby and has pneumonia, is now on a ward so is getting better slowly. The baby is still un-named. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Another baby!

The other nurse that was pregnant, has had a baby boy by Ceasaren section yesterday. The baby is fine but Mum is poorly, she has pneumonia. She is a known Asthmatic so the operation must have affected her chest. Please pray for her. She had a really bad time after a miscarriage some time ago and was very worried right through this pregnancy so I hope she is well very quickly so she can enjoy her new baby boy.

I've done very little knitting, just a few rows on a baby cardigan (now both babies are born I must hurry up and get them finished). I have done more crochet, on my shawl, it is coming on well, I've done about a third of it now. I have also made cards, quite a few in fact, for work.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Happy Caturday

Happy Caturday!

No knitting, just a cat!!

Friday, 2 November 2007

No sneezing but no knitting either

I am now just about over my cold, I am just left with catarrh which is usual fo me. Thank you, fellow bloggers, for your kind comments.

Still no knitting but I've been card making, no pics, as soon as I've made them they have gone into work and are being sold. I am really pleased that they are selling but I am having a hard job keeping up with demand and keeping a good selection on the card stand. I am also itching to make some Christmas cards but before I do, I want to make sure there are enough ordinary cards to last until after Christmas.

Last night and tonight I have done a few rows of my crocheted shawl, does that count as knitting?

Tuesday, 30 October 2007


Yesterday I read a post on another blog about knitters being sheep and knitting the same things, well, I am also a sheep as I have joined many, many knitters in blogland, sneezing!!! I have got a cold. I hope I didn't catch it in blogland!! No knitting yesterday or today, I just don't feel like it. I should have gone to work this evening but I didn't. Fortunately I was on office hours, not nursing hours so hopefully I'll go in tomorrow instead. I have spend the day reading posts and watching mindless T.V.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Baby news

I have found out that my nurse who has had her baby boy early has called him Adain and he weighed 5lb 7oz which is a very respectable weight for a 6 week prem baby. Unfortunately he is still in hospital as he isn't feeding on his own yet.

I've continued to knit my hat and I have received the yarn to knit the Oh! Bearded One's hat that he wants for Christmas. This will be my only Christmas knitting this year. I've ordered Lett-Lopi, I'm knitting a Peruvian style hat.

I ordered his yarn form Stash of Chester, I also got some Louise Harding Kimono Angora in their Autumn sale, only £1.99 per ball instead of £3.95. The shade is called 'Girly' no 12. I'm really looking forward to knitting this but I'm not starting it yet, as I've got things I want to finish first ie. my hat, my crocheted cardi which is hibernating at present and my crocheted shawl which is coming on, I keep doing a few rows.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Birthday meal

In the last post I forgot to tell you about my birthday meal.

We went to the Bells of Peover which is in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. The Oh! Bearded One and I called in there for a drink after a walk we had done one Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago. The Oh! Bearded One liked the look of the menu so we decided to try it for my birthday and my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary celebrations. The food was very enjoyable and it was lovely to spend time as a family.

The pub is very oldy worldy, it dates back to the mid 13th century so it is old! It is a stones' throw to the village parish church which has a picturesque church yard.

Show & tell

This post is a show and tell post. There's lots to look at.

Look at what my new friend, Liset, dyed for me, aren't the colours lovely? I am knitting a hat with from here. The yarn is 100% Blue faced Leicester, it is soft and lovely to knit with. Have a look at Liset's site, the colours she dyes are lovely.

This is what DD and SofM gave me for my birthday. The chocolates are dark ones (my favorites) from Thornton's. I am looking forward to starting them as I am a complete chocoholic. Ask the kids, they know I won't share! DD gave me one necklace & bracelet set and the other set was given to me by M (admin lady) at work.

The Oh! Bearded One gave me this. It is a Cuttlebug die cutter for my card making. I've had a practice with it but haven't used it yet for actual cardmaking. DD also gave me 2 embossing plates for it so hopefully in the next day or two I will use it for actual card making.

This is my finished Sirdar Peru Naturals cardigan. I love it!! The colourway is Pico, it is the medium size done on 6.5mm needles with no changes to the pattern. It fits like a glove.

A different view!

I've made some more cards for work as the ones I did a couple of weeks ago have sold and the rack is lokking bare again. I need to make loads more.

If you have a look at my Flickr photos you will see this in it's unfelted state, it's now finished. It's come out too small, probably because of my front loading washing machine, it was washed too long. I am currently knitting a Booga bag in Noro. When I felt this I am going to try the quick wash on my machine to see if that is better.

Look what I got - Free!!! It is Wendy Elegance wool rich (60%) 4ply. I've swatched for this but I'm not starting it yet as I need to finish other things and this will need some concentration to get it started.

Tuesday, 23 October 2007


Today is my birthday!!! (I haven't gone to bed yet from yesterday, blogging you know!)

Tell you all about it later.

Monday, 22 October 2007

New Friend!

Today I met up with my new friend, Liset. She contacted me through my blog as we live very near each other. The first time we met was in Northwich at Costa Coffee and this time I went to her house.

We had lunch and she also dyed me some yarn (photo to follow) which was so lovely of her!!!! She is soooooo kind!!!

I had great fun playing with her daughter and I even got some knitting in, on my Noro felted bag.

We are thinking about setting up a knitting group but at present we are just getting to know each other.

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Half a century

Yesterday was my parents 50th Wedding Aniversary. They got married at St. Cuthbert's church, Firvale, Sheffield after Dad had been ill for nearly 2 years with TB in his shoulder (for a large percentage of that period he had been hospitalised with Mum visiting weekly) They were 22.
Dad has been plagued with illness most of his life, at 40 he developed Arthritis, he is a diabetic and has had 2 heart attacks and a heart bypass. He now also has osteo arthritis in his right hip and probably will need a hip replacement.
They are very quiet living people so there won't be any boozy parties late into the night. I & them went out for lunch yeaterday and then the family are going out for dinner on Tuesday as it is also my birthday.
I am an only child, as are Mum & Dad. Dad did have a sister but she was killed many years ago in a freak lightening accident. So when we go out on Tuesday there will be seven of us, them, me & and the Oh! Bearded One, DD & her boyfriend, Gromit and Son of Mine. We will have a good time as we all get on well, there are no family fall outs in this family, I pray it stays that way.

Thursday, 18 October 2007


I've been a very naughty girl today. I've sat on my bottom surrounded by a very mucky house and knitted but I've finished my Sirdar Peru cardigan (pics to follow). I am really pleased with it. I love the colour, the sleeves are just the right length and it fits well.

I am now going to sew up and finish the first baby cardi and I've started the second. I've not heard yet how heavy the baby was or what his name is I will report when I hear.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

New baby!

My nurse whose waters broke on Friday, has had her baby this evening! A boy! We don't know the weight yet and we think he is doing O.K as he is six weeks premature.

It's a good job I decided, on Friday night, to finish the little cardi I had started for her, I just need to sew the seams, do the bands and collar which won't take long once I get going.

The other nurse that is due in early December has now finished for Maternity leave so I need to grt her baby's cardi started.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Baby, baby

At work we have 3 nurses that are having babies. 2 of them are due end of November early December but as we well know babies will come when they decide to come. One of the girls' waters broke at 11pm last night. She is now in Leighton hospital in Crewe, playing the waiting game. If she doesn't go into labour over the weekend they are going to induce her on Monday.

I now have to get knitting to finish one of the little cardigans I started when I was on holiday in August. The back and both fronts are done and one of the sleeves is started. I am going to spend the next couple of hours knitting away on it before I go out to one of the other nurse's 25th Wedding Aniversary party. It's all happening!!!

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Oh! I forgot!!

I forgot to say in my last post, I got my invite to Ravelry yesterday. I am listed as 'Ailsa' if you want to look me up.

I have started to list my needles, projects etc. It is scary how many knitting needles I have and I still consider I don't have all I could do with, having discovered circular needles I want some more in different lengths and sizes.

I have put 3 projects on but there are more to go on.

I am not sure about Ravelry at the moment, it is very useful for the lists but I need to use the site more to get the most out of it.

I hate socks!!!!!

As I have had said before, I am trying to knit bedsocks for residents at work. I haven't found a specific bedsock pattern I like but I did find a sock pattern that is suitable so I tried it but I can't turn the heel. I am sure it is really quite simple really but I can't get it. The darn thing has been frogged after trying to get the heel right 4-5 times. I will not let it defeat me, I will have another go when I feel like it.

If anybody does come across a bedsock pattern that is different from the usual suspects on the internet please let me know.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

Husbands & Ravelry

Last night when I was having a read of other blogs a thought struck me - how lucky many knitters are with their other halves. Aren't our partners are very tolerate of our passion for all things woolly? The Oh! Bearded One has lived with me knitting or cross stitching for over 25 years and I am more obsessed at present than I have been in a long time. It's all you lots' fault for waxing lyrical on your blogs about all things fibrey but I will forgive you as I love all things fibrey too!!

Our partners take us to yarny places, live along side our stashes, listen to us clacking needles, listen to us rave about yarn, patterns etc and watch bank accounts being rapidly depleted. Lets hear it for partners hip hip hooray!!!!

About that certain place that all bloggers are raving about, you know, you do!!! Ravelry!!!!! It is looking like I will get my invitation in the next few days as they seem to be inviting 1000 a day and I am about 2100 in line so watch this space!

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Hands up!!

Hands up if you are blogging and doing something else at the same time. It is a well known fact that if you are woman you can multi-task so I bet you are blogging and doing something else at the same time. What are you doing? If it is rude I don't want to know!!! I am knitting a sock.
I am fascinated by knitting socks at present. You might remember these (above), they were my first attempt. They were knitted in Opal yarn from Angel yarns free pattern. They were knitted cuff down. Last night I cast on a toe up sock - Bluebell from issue 9 Knit Today, also in Opal sock yarn but I don't like it although Daughter Dear does!! I am hopeful that this pattern will be suitable to knit bed socks for some of my residents (they are needed where a resident has poor circulation). It is knitted in Rowan Calmer on 4mm DPs.
Tonight, after work, I nipped into Fibre & Clay in Knutsford (becoming one of my favorite places) and bought some Debbie Bliss Rialto which knits to a similar tension as Calmer. I've cast on with it and it so much nicer than the Opal sock yarn. I have an idea that a resident won't get a look in, Daughter Dear will have this pair, she rather likes the pattern and yarn.
I know, I know I'm casting on more than I am casting off but I promise I am working at other things as well, I have finished the back of my Sirdar Peru jacket and have started a sleeve and I'm half way up my Nero felted bag. With knowing you are out there wanting to know what is what I will be finishing some of these things, I promise!

Monday, 1 October 2007

Having a cuppa!!

I have been looking at tea cosy patterns because I want to take part in St John's Ambulance 'Have a Cuppa' campaign. I think St. John's does some good work, the Scout Association use them quite a lot for big events for their first aid cover.
The idea is to knit a tea cosy, sent it to St John's who will sell them to raise money, their initial target is for 5,000. Also on November 30th we are being encouraged to 'Have a cuppa' for them, to raise more money for them.
I think we are also going to try to do something at work, I need to take in details to our Activities Co-ordinator and see what we can put together.
Anyway, going back to the tea cosy knitting patterns. I can't decide which to do but I am enjoying trolling through the internet finding and looking at them. Once I have found one I suppose I have trouble choosing the yarn. All that searching in beautiful yarns shops. Life is so difficult isn't it?

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Card making

I finally got round to having a mega card making session as the stand at work was looking very bare. I am very pleased that they are selling so well.

I try to make a variety of cards, including birthdays, new home, birth, weddings anniversaries and sympathy as standard and then put in the specials such as Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day etc.

I also try to use a variety of styles to appeal to a larger audience, also so that I don't get bored making them as this is for the long haul, I need to be able to keep making them.
The techniques I use include decoupage, stamping and cross stitch. The cards shown above include decoupage, which is one of my favorite techniques. A lot of the cards I make include flowers of some description as I love flowers. They could be Mulberry paper, silk or paper, made with a punch.
I am now plotting & scheming Christmas cards, I have already got some made but the magazines coming out just now have some different ideas that I will want to try. Watch this space!!!

Saturday, 22 September 2007

Saturday Fantasy

I had my fantasy Saturday morning this morning.

Son of mine works as a kitchen assistant at my work on a Saturday. He is currently learning to drive so as the Oh! Bearded One is down in Bristol for work I sacrificed my lie in and sat with Son of Mine whilst he drove to work. As I was going to work anyway I spend an hour and a half doing some paperwork that needs doing for next week. Then I started my fantasy Saturday morning.

My work is about 5 miles away from the centre of Knutsford which is a pretty town in the heart of Cheshire. I had spotted a advert in a knitting mag for a yarn shop in Knutsford so I took the opportunity to look for it. It was worth the search. It is called Fibre & Clay and it is on King Street although apparently it moves to Minshull Street in about 3 weeks time. As well as being a yarn shop there is a gallery for artists working in many mediums, not only in fibre. I spent a lovely hour looking at patterns & yarn and plotting & scheming projects. Of course I couldn't possibly NOT buy yarn. I bought some Noro Kureyon to knit a Booga bag, I also bought Debbie Bliss's Donegal Tweed book to knit 'Killybegs'.

Once I finished in the yarn shop I had coffee & a cake and then a good browse around Waterstones, which in Knutsford is a very new shop, it wasn't there last time I went into Knutsford. I bought a book for the Oh! Bearded One for Chridtmas. I'm not saying want just in case he sees this blog.

Oh!!! I did enjoy my Saturday morning, I must do it again soon but not too soon as I can't afford to spend any more money on stash.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Naughty, naughty

I found myself in the yarn shop in Northwich, completely by accident!!! honest!!!

What had happened was that I had a hair appointment at 3.15pm or so I thought but when I got to the hairdressers I found that the girl who had booked the appointment over the phone yesterday wrote down Friday at 3.15 but told me Thursday instead. They were very good and fitted me in but I had to go away and go back half an hour later. I used the time up by going into town, so that is how I found myself in the yarn shop. Thet is my excuse and I am sticking to it!!

I went in for an extra ball of yarn for my 'little crochet cardi' as I am sure I will run out of yarn. I also wanted some yarn to crochet a prayer shawl. I am going to use the same pattern as the crochet cardi (see photo in previous post) as I really like and I think it lends its' self to a prayer shawl, it is also very easy to do.

The yarn shop always has lovely window displays of tempting things to knit and today was no exception. There was a Sirdar pattern for a cardigan in their new 'Peru' yarn, it was knitted in one of my favorite colours so I couldn't resist pricing up the yarn and looking at the colours the yarn comes in. I was going to just buy the pattern but it was the last one in the shop and I could only have it if I bought the yarn, well! I couldn't not buy it, could I?

I am now half way up the back, on the second ball of yarn (pics to follow). It is very simple, in stocking stitch with long sleeves and cut away on the fronts. The yarn makes it special. I should get it finished quickly as long as I don't get distracted by something else.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

History weekend

We had a weekend full of history this weekend.

This is where we stayed at the weekend for our murder, mystery dinner on
Saturday night. It is Bosworth Hall Hotel in Warwickshire (not Northampton as the Oh! Bearded One told orginally), the oldest part of which dates back to William lll & Mary ll. It's a big hotel with 192 bedrooms, it's the biggest hotel I've ever stayed in. It is set on the edge of the village of Market Bosworth which is a very pretty village is most famous for the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

We drove down late Saturday morning, stopping off at Sudbury Hall on the A50 for lunch. I got some knitting done on the way as the Oh! Bearded One drove. We got to the hotel late afternoon and then had a wander around Market Bosworth. The dinner started at 7.30pm and it was pretty good. On Sunday, on the way back, we stopped at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. We've been to Sudbury Hall before but but we've never been to Kedleston Hall, it is very grand.

Both of these properties belong to the National Trust and we are members of the Trust so we get into the properties free. As we went to Powis Castle the other week and these two this weekend, we have had our money's worth.

Saturday, 15 September 2007

Quick post

I have no knitting pics at present so I hope you enjoy this photo of this Dahlia that I took at Powis castle the other week. I think it is just beautiful, I love the colour.

Just a quick post to say the Oh! Bearded One and I are off to Northamptonshire for a Murder mystery weekend at a hotel. It has been organised through his work. I am looking forward to it and will tell more next week.
I am glad the working week is over, it was another really busy week. Next week I go back to my own job (I have been covering for the Home manager) which means I get days off in the week and work on Sunday. I like my days off in the week, it is quieter if I go out and there is no one at home if I stay in. I am planning a serious card making session as there are hardly any left at work where I sell them. I have to the dentist for a filling and Daughter Dear & I have a shopping trip to the Trafford centre arranged.
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Why I nurse older people

I have done a search in Blog land and haven't found anything very positive about nursing homes so I am redressing the balance about the people I work with and look after.

I qualified as a registered nurse in 1984. I was unusual in my set of 90+ student nurses, I was one of the very few that wanted to work in older peoples' care or 'Geriatrics' as it was then. My first job was at Nether Edge hospital in Sheffield on an acute medical ward for older people and I have mainly worked in this area ever since. I have worked in my current home for 8 years and prior to that I was Matron of a small home in South Manchester for 4.5 years, I also did agency nursing in different nursing homes both in Sheffield and here in Cheshire.

I love my work despite the stress it can bring at times - deaths, staffing problems and too much to do and not enough time to do it in. I am passionate about giving the best care I can possibly give. Older people deserve good care. The generation we currently look after have lived through a world war, some of them have lived through 2 world wars with all the hardships that entailed and now, having working hard and saving, they have to pay for the care they receive so they deserve the best. This can be in conflict with the company who are after profit margins. Profit shouldn't be made out of older peoples' care but unfortunately that is the system we have got at present, here in England.

The company say they want the best care too but the system within the company is cumbersome, it takes so long to get new equipment, get things repaired or replaced which can be very frustrating.

Having said that I feel that the atmosphere in our home is very positive and the staff work very hard and are very caring. Every single member of staff is valued for the contribution that they make. Every single resident is loved as individuals and for the contribution they make to the life of the home. We try very hard to employ the right type of staff that have empathy for older people.

We have sad times when residents are ill and die. Staff can be very affected by residents dying, they can attached to the resident and the family. We also have happy times when staff and residents come together and have a good time such as at Christmas.

The staff team can become very despondent when nursing homes come in for yet more criticism, sometimes we feel as if we are very isolated and that we are not valued for our contribution.

I ask that people look beyond the news headlines and don't tar us all with the same brush. Lots of us do care about the older people we look after but we are human and don't always get it quite right but we keep trying, we go to prison if we don't.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Wedding aniversary party

I had a lovely 25th wedding anniversary party on Saturday. It was a party of 2 halves, my work colleagues & neighbours came around 4.30pm and went about 7.30pm, our Scouting cronies came at 8pm and stayed until 12.30am. It was great as we were able to spend time with everyone. My best friend of 33 years came from Sheffield, bringing along my God daughters. It was so lovely to see them. My oldest God daughter is 15 and is growing into a lovely young woman.

We had some lovely presents but I think people were giving us hints about timekeeping as we were given 3 clocks. We had nearly 40 cards which was just wonderful. The Oh! Bearded One' bought me a lovely diamond ring and a lovely bunch of unsual flowers (unfortunately no photo).
I know it is very corny but I do love the 'Oh! Bearded One'. Like most partners he can be infurating but he has many good qualities, he is kind, he picks up the houshold chores if I am too tired or in too much pain (as in the last few weeks) to cope with them, he cooks and he makes me laugh which keeps me going when things are feeling tough. He is easy going and easy to live with which probably more than can be said for me. I can be a really crabby old crow.
We are still eating the left overs and probably will do all week which is handy, I don't have to shop!!!
Still really busy at work and it could possibly be a sad week as we have 3 really poorly residents and at least one of them will die this week. Please pray for them and their families as they go through this reallly tough time.
I am on the last row of the back of my little crochet cardi but not much further on with any knitting.

Friday, 7 September 2007

A few words

I have had a busy week at work which is unsurprising as my home manager is away on holiday. I have done a little knitting and crochet. I have done the back and half a front of a baby jacket and have nearly finished the back of my little crocheted cardi.

We have only doen small amounts towards the preparations for our 'bit of a do' tomorrow but I'm not worried as it will happen.

Will report with words and pictures (hopefully) in a few days.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Strange things with paragraphs

Please excuse the peculiar paragraphs on the previous post. When I was writing it, it looked fine but when it was posted it came out as it is?????

I have read other bloggs whose writers have had the same problems. If anyone has advice I would be grateful.


Well!!! It's now September. Where does the time go? It doesn't seem two minutes since we had the last Beaver meeting in July, we'll be back at Beavers next week. I always feel that once the schools have gone back we are on a very fast count down to the end of the year and another New Year.

I've been busy over the weekend. My Daughter Dear, her future Mother-in-law, Cellostitcher, and I went to the Stitch & Creative Craft show at Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex). We really enjoyed it even though Daughter Dear had a bad cold. I felt there was a good mix of stands there, representing a large group of crafts. I felt it was bigger than in previous years although I heard other ladies say they felt it was smaller.

I've found enough a quicker to post photos. At work we have the updated version of my camera and the software is downloaded on the computer so I am able to upload photos from my camera onto that computer and then onto my memory stick. Hey presto, photos to post!

This is the pattern I am using to knit for the 2 nurses that are having babies later on in the year, I am also going to knit it for another nurse's little boy who will be 1 just before Christmas as I didn't knit for her when she was expecting him.

The yarn is Sirdar Denim, the colourway shown is Almond, I am also going to use Walnut and Adriatic.

It is a nice easy pattern that knits quickly. Last night I finished the back and cast on for the front.

I bought new crochet hooks from the show as I was having a lot of problems with pressure on my thumb from the one I was using previously (shown on the left). I have bought these Clover ones and they are much better because they are so much broader and softer.

It is so much more comfortable now, crocheting my little cardi.

I bought this hat pattern as the Oh! Bearded One loves daft hats for walking up mountains in and I thought he might enjoy this one.

I fell in love with this yarn, these Autumn colours really suit me


I bought this pattern!!

I also feel in love with this yarn.

I am now going to spend some time looking at sock patterns, to choose one for a pair of socks for myself to slouch around in the house in the winter.

Saving the best for last - look what I knitted!!!

A bag - to be felted of course!

I knitted this Saturday evening (what I haven't said, is that I was still knitting at 1am and had to rip it back twice as the shaping wasn't right) I attched the handles yesterday. The yarn is Twilleys of Stamford 'Freedom' and Sunbeam 'Paris' knitted together, bought from Designer knitting yarns who were at the show on Saturday. The bag should have been knitted on 12mm needles but I used 10mm as that is what I had got. I 'felted' it yesterday. I meant to photograph it this morning before I went to work but forgot so photo of finished item to follow once I have put the embellishments on it.

Tomorrow is my 25th Wedding aniversary and we have started getting cards which is really lovely. We are now on the count down to our 'bit of a do' on Saturday, I am really looking forward to it. More on that later in the week.

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Christmas presents

I am now back at work so the knitting and crochet has slowed down although I have just gone past shaping the armholes on my crocheted cardi.

The scarf I was knitting has been frogged as I don't really like it and I don't now need it as a Christmas present as we not now giving individual presents as we have done in previous years. This was probably my fault in the first place as I started getting presents for the qualified staff I work along side as a thank you for the support they give me in my job role as Deputy Manager. We didn't used to have many qualified staff, we now have a lot and it has got expensive. We are going to put names in a hat, pull a name out and get something for that person to a certain value. This will be better as we will be able to put more thought in for the individual we are buying for.

The other thing we are doing is not giving each other Christmas cards but give the money we would have spent on cards, to a charity like World Vision, to buy an alternative Christmas present for a thrid world country. The nurse that put forward the idea wants to buy a goat!! I am happy with these ideas but it leaves me with a personal dilemma as I still want to say thank you for the support I'm given by the nurses as a team. Any ideas would be most welcome.

I am still going to knit the baby jumpers though.

Apparently I am 26481 on the waiting list for Ravelry, I hope it is worth the wait.

Monday, 27 August 2007

Yarn, more yarn and books

A cute picture of Molly the cat with Gertie the bear in the conservatory. This is on of Molly's favorite places as it warm, there is under floor heating so she often lies on the floor in there.
It is also a great place for me and my crafting as the light is so good.
On Saturday I went back to the yarn shop in Northwich town centre. J who owns the shop must think I'm mad as I've been in there 3 times in two weeks, twice in 2 days. I feel this shop is excellent, J stocks large range of yarns including Lousie Harding, Jagger and some Rowan. She sells a large range of Sirdar and Patons. This was where I bought my Sublime yarn for the green jumper I'm doing and the pink yarn for my crocheted cardi.
Anyway I went back for the yarn I want to use for Christmas presents. My thinking is that I go back to work tomorrow and we are busy every Saturday during September so I if I bought the yarn I need I can just get on with everything without worring about when I would get to town to buy the yarn. I bought some more Sublime to knit a pair of socks, 2 more lots of Sirdar Denim for the other 2 baby jumpers I want to knit.
On the Saturday morning before I went into town I had been messing about with some 4ply Sirdar Wash & Wear that I have had a while and hadn't used. Earlier in the week I had bought 'Simply Knitting'magazine (I had bought it for the Noah's Ark booklet which is soooooo cute). Also in it is a crocheted throw which I really liked so I had a go doing a couple of squares using the Wash & Wear. At first I thought I wold buy the yarn to do the throw but then I decided that as this Wash & Wear is the right colour to match my bedroom I would use this and just buy contrasting yarn for the borders of the squares so that is what I've done. I now have enough yarn to keep me going to Christmas and beyond.
I have promised myself that I will not start anything else until I have got the scarf and gloves off the needles. I need to finish some things before I start anything else.
When I came out of the yarn shop I went across the road to 'Book works'. I did well in there, I bought 2 books, 'The New Knitting Stitch Library' by Lesley Stanfield which was marked up at £4.99 but when I got to the till it was £3.99 and 'Complete Guide to Knitting & Crochet' by Nicki French. The stitches book has a lot of different stitches in it from the other one I had bought earlier in the week so they compliment each other. The other book has some quite up to date patterns and some nice little things to make as presents.
Yesterday I spent another day messing about with yarn (I got on quite well with the crocheted cardi and I added some rows to the scarf) and today I must do my ironing, not that I've started it yet.

Friday, 24 August 2007

A fairly industrious day today. As it has been reasonably nice, warm and sunny, I cleaned the conservatory windows, both inside and out, the downstairs windows also got cleaned. This job was on my list of 'jobs to do' so that's one I can tick off. I also started cleaning the conservatory but didn't finsh it as Son of Mine was using the vac, that's tomorrw's job. I am trying to get the house clean as we are having our 25th Wedding Aniversary party at home on 8th Sept and I go back to work on Tuesday.
I shot this photo of a dragonfly in my conservatory a few weeks ago, it's beautiful I think, a truly gorgeous example of God's creation.

As foresore Son of Mine cleaned his car inside & out, I probably won't see that again in my life time. He and I also went into town. He wanted things for his car and I needed to go to the library.

I couldn't resist the yarn shop either, it is very near the library. I bought yarn for the first of 3 baby garments I want to knit before Christmas. I have promised not to start the baby garment until I have finished the scarf (from the yarn that was giving me grief). I got on quite well with it this afternoon.

From the library I have borrowed a book called 'Essential Crochet' by Erika Knight. There are so nice projects in it. My books from Amazon came this morning as well - Shawls On the Go and Easy Knitted Socks ( I need this one as I am a sock knitting novice). I am planing to knit a pair of socks from it for a Christmas present. My knitting needles are going to be red hot, I've got that much planned, never mind the Christmas cards I'll do to sell at work.

Once I have finished blogging it's on with the crocheted cardi as my right wrist needs a rest.

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Trips out & changes.

We got the car over from Sheffield safely. Son of Mine is thrilled to bits with it and can't wait to start driving it once we'vegot the insurance sorted out. It's making a noise from underneath somewhere (note how technical I am) which will probably will be expensive to repair (aren't they always?) so tomorrow it will be off to have it checked out, then he'll spend all day washing, polishing and vacing it within an inch of it's life. Knowing Son of Mine that will be the first and last time he does it judging on the state of his bedroom.

As I said before the Oh! Bearded One's Aunt is 91, she lives on her own, is physically very fit but her short term memory is quite poor now so we are going to have to keep a close eye on her. She is a bit of a worry as we know she does things like go out and not lock the back door as she scared of not remembering her keys and locking herself out. There is no longer any close family in Sheffield. The Oh! Bearded One's parents are now dead and his sister lives in Cardiff ( she is really good, coming up when she can and staying with Aunt M). I am going to go over in a few weeks to check on her again.

Today it has been my Dad's 72nd birthday and as it was my Mum's 72nd birthday 2 weeks ago we've had a family day out. We have been to Powis Castle near Welshpool in North Wales, a 2 hour drive from here. The weather has been lovely, warm and sunny all day. The garden at Powis is beautiful and I took lots of lovely flower photos which you will see in due course, I wasn't so impressed with the inside of the castle, too much dark wood and dark rooms, not my cup of tea. We had a picnic outdoors which is probably only the second meal we've eaten outdoors this summer.

When we got home we had some good news, Daughter Dear's & boyfriend's (Gromit-he has a certain facial expression that just looks like the character) offer has been accepted on a flat! I am really pleased for her but I will really miss having her around at home (but not the washing). We get on really well and can spend hours on my bed watching TV and chatting. She isn't moving far so I will still see her a lot but things will never be the same and I think it will take me time to adjust but it's part of life's rich pattern and I thank God for what he has done in their lives.

I've only dreamt of knitting today but I did do a few rows of my shawl last night, then I decided I didn't like it as it was so started agai, doing it slightly differently and am much happier with it now.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Pictures of knitted things

As promised, I managed to get my memory card downloaded to a CD today so here is some evidence of knitted things or things in progress.

These socks were my first attempt. They were knitted for Daughter Dear and she was really pleased with them. They are knitted in Opal yarn from the free pattern that comes in the kit I got from Angel Yarns.

On a previous post I explained how I had started a sock for me but didn't like it so I am having a go at gloves instead, here is the first one, I am working on the second finger at present. This yarn is the same as above but the pattern is a Sirdar (5983) 4ply glove and scarf pattern.

This ball of yarn is causing me so real grieve. I love the colours in it but as there is a lot of cotton in it. I decided that I wouldn't like wearing it as I felt there wouldn't be enough 'give' in it. The yarn is Lana Grossa. As I have previously explained I started a scarf from the 4ply Sirdar pattern but I went wrong so it has been ripped down and I am going to start it again as it was making a really nice scarf.

This is the back of my Sirdar Sublime jumper, This yarn is so lovely and soft, I am really enjoying knitting it. The pattern is out of Sirdar Sublime book 603

My crocheted cardi (left front, the back is also started but not shown) from a Sirdar 4ply pattern done in Patons Diploma Gold.
I haven't taken any photos of the shawl yet because it isn't very far on and I felt it wouldn't look anything on the blogg yet.
Daughter Dear and I went shopping in Warrington, we had a lovely day (it has been reasonably warm and sunny). She bought more things for her 'bottom drawer' and I got what I really wanted which was a knitting stitches (400 Knitting Stitches, Hamlyn Pub.) book which I paid with the book tokens I had found when I was tidying up the study, I also bought a crochet stitch (The Crochet Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden, Batsford Pub.) book as well.
Tomorrow it is off to Sheffield (we all come from Sheffield orginally, we have been in Cheshire 15 years now). The Oh! Bearded One has a 91 year old Aunt that has just given up driving so Son of Mine, who is learning to drive, is going to have it so we are going over to fetch it. It is a 2000 Citreon Saxo which is ideal for him, lucky boy.

Monday, 20 August 2007

The Study is finished!!!!

I don't believe it, I have actually finished tidying my end of the study! My end is the craft table and storage, the other end is the Oh! Bearded One's with his computer, table and filing cabinet which is currently piled high with paper to do with scouting (I type this on my laptop on the bed). He says he will tidy it on a wet day!

This afternoon I then had a go at the piles of 'stuff' on my side of the bed. I have this nasty habit of dumping books, magazines, knitting, sewing and things I've bought in the space between the bed and the wall, in front of my bedside table so every so often I have to sort it.

Between the study and my bedside I have filled the paper recycling bad and 3 carrier bags with magazines and paper, mainly magazines. I am addicted to them much to the annoyance of the Oh! bearded one. I like card making, knitting & home mags, I also have subscriptions to Woman & Home and Good Housekeeping. I get 'Scouting' because I am a Scout Leader, in fact we get 2 as the Oh! Bearded One is also a Scout Leader. I have 'Woman Alive' saved at our local Christian book shop and I have a subscription to 'Nursing Older People' & 'Nursing Times' because of my work as a Deputy Manager of a Nursing Home. It is a good job it's curb side recycling day tomorrow.

The Oh! Bearded One has had another full day in the front garden today as it has been dry with quite a lot of sun although it has threatened with rain several times. He has planted the plants we bought the other day and moved some existing ones around. It looks so much better but we need quite few more plants.

No crafting today so far but I might manage a few rows of knitting once I have finished blogging.

Tomorrow it's shopping in Warrington with Daughter Dear which I'm really looking forward to. I get on really well with her and it is lovely to spend time with her. Today I found some book tokens I was given a while ago and had forgotten about so I want to look in Borders for a knitting stitches book.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

A day out, crafting included of course!!

I can't upload knitting pics from camera to computer so until I get my memory card downloaded onto CD at a shop next week (something to do with not being able to download camera software onto computer) I can't show knitting pics so have a flower instead.

Another day of heavy showers and sunshine, yesterday was the same.

The Oh! bearded one, daughter and myself went out yesterday. We went to Bridgemere garden centre which is a big garden centre (quite famous, bus trips are run there) the other side of Nantwich, near the Shropshire border. It's a perfect place for us to go, loads of plants for the Oh! bearded one and a Hobbycraft for daughter and myself, also they sell lots of home accessories so daughter was in her element as she has started collecting things for her 'bottom drawer'. She bought some wooden spoons.

The Oh! bearded one got a few plants for the revamping of the front garden and we got some bits for our card making and scrapbooking. Daughter also got a few bits to go towards Christmas presents for her crafty Mother-in-law, J and her daughter, L. We start early for Christmas in this house, I find it much less stressful if I plan and start shopping early, I really enjoy the season then.

One of the things I bought was a knitting pattern (what a surprise!!) for a baby's and toddler's jacket. At work there are 2 babies to be born just before Christmas and another's first birthday so I thought I would get knitting for them all. The little jacket should be quick to knit as it is in stocking stitch with moss stitch collar, ribs and bands.

On the way back we stopped off at Dagfields which is a Antiques place, antiques in the loosest sense, a lot of the stuff they sell is repro, modern or plain rubbish. Having said that I did rather well, I got a 500grm cone of yarn (very fine, knobbly and multi-coloured) for £4.00 which thought would be ideal for shawl making. Of course I couldn't resist having a go with it last night and it is proving successful, watch this space.

This place also has a second hand book shop and as I am looking for a knitting stitch dictionary, I just had to have a look at the craft books. I didn't get a dictionary but I did get a book about knitted and crocheted lace which is really nice, (some good ideas for little Christmas presents).

Today it is back to sorting out the study!!!

Friday, 17 August 2007

Old knitter, new knitter

A few ramblings about knitting.

I have been knitting seriously since I was 16-17. Mum and my Grans all attempted to teach me to knit when I was young and I got to grips with it eventually. I taught myself to crochet as I am left handed. Gran T was the only one in the family that could crochet, she tried to teach me but didn't manage it, we had mega rows instead.

The first garment I knitted was a rust DK stocking stitch v-neck jumper. I bought the wool whilst on a canal boat holiday with some church friends of the time. I carried on knitting for years, knitting for the Oh! bearded one, my Mum, his Mum and the kids until they wouldn't wear 'itchy, uncool' jumpers any more. I knitted at work on nights and on breaks on days ( Oh the joys of nurses having breaks on duty, those days have long gone!!!). Then I stopped knitting for quite a while, cross stitching instead and it became very uncool in the UK. I am soooooooooo pleased that it is now back in fashion big style.

I started knitting seriously again about 5 years ago when I was off work with depression. I needed something soothing to do that was easy and I didn't need to concentrate on too hard. I found I had to concentrate too hard on the cross stitch. Knitting worked, I did find it soothing and still do. The depression has been a constant feature of my life since so I am glad have have the knitting to sooth, I recomend it.

Same again, a bit of this & that

Another lazy day in the house for me and son.

Weather - better, sunny all day.

Knitting - Half a glove knitted this morning and a bit of crochet done this evening, also dreaming about other projects. I have had a long held dream to make a shawl (since the early 80's). From reading American bloggs these seem popular makes. I have been looking at patterns on web sites and last night I ordered a book off Amazon, along with a book about knitting socks. I hope there is something in this book that takes my fancy.

The Oh! bearded one went cycling around a Derbyshire lake and had a lovely day. The Warrington shopping trip was off because Daughter's best friend was available last minute so they went out instead. We are now set to go on Tuesday next week.

I was supposed to carry on with the study but I only managed to sort out the blank cards I use for cardmaking (I make cards and sell them at work to raise money for the resident's fund). I have felt very tired and out of sorts all week (I do have an Arthritis type condition that can make me feel very tired and gives me quite a bit of pain and I have taken the opportunity to withdraw a particular medication so whether that has anything to do with it), I am very disappointed with myself as I had such plans for these 2 weeks off work and I haven't achieved any of them. I hope I feel better next week.

Thursday, 16 August 2007

A little bit of this & a little bit of that.

Northwich weather - heavy showers and sunny spells

Study - a bit more done

Knitting - a few rows of Sirdar Sublime jumper, no crochet, ripped out scarf (didn't like the pattern or texture) and started a pair of gloves with some Opal wool I bought to knit a pair of socks for myself but I didn't like it knitted up for myself so rather than waste it I am knitting gloves, I've wanted to knit some for a while.

Food shopping - daughter and the oh! bearded one did it. Daughter also went around the estate agents for apartment details.

Scouting - Our plans to return to the Czech Republic to camp with some Czech Scouts (they camped with us in the Lake District last summer) have firmed up a bit more. We are on track to go next July.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Another lazy day

Another lazy day in Northwich. The weather has been better today, sunny but windy. The oh! bearded one has been back out in the garden and got all the tree stumps out. It is going dark and he is still out there but it is looking good and so much better.

Craft wise I have done a little bit more of the crochet and sorted out knitting and cross stitch patterns. That is part of tidying up the study as the oh!bearded one can't get to his computer and he is grumbling, also I can't find any of the crafting things I want either. I am plotting to take over son's bedroom once he has gone to uni next year but until then I will have to share with the oh! bearded one. I sound greedy, I dont't mean to. I know some crafters use a corner of their sitting room or bedroom, I know I am lucky to have a spare room we can use as a study but as all crafters know, the more room to store stash and spread out, the better. It means you don't have to keep putting stuff away when you are in the middle of a project.

This morning I got a knitting brochure from Reddicut. For those of you who think that Reddicut just produce rug kits, think again. They now do a whole range of craft goodies including knitting yarn, patterns, cross stitch kits and card and scrapbooking materials. I was very tempted by some of the knitting patterns so tonight I have placed an order on line. My oder is for a Patons DK book, a crochet afgan booklet and a Sirdar Misty cardigan pattern.

I didn't get the shopping done today but there is always tomorrow! Daughter is going to try and drag me around the estate agents in search of flats for herself and her boyfriend (they are currently living with us).

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Blog, knit, blog, crochet

Meet Molly, our all black moggie, I am sure she will appear many times more, very often sat on something I am making!!
The title gives away what I've been up to today. It's been a funny old day in Northwich, we've had sun, cloud and very heavy rain so it hasn't been conducive to doing much outside.

I slept very badly as I was blogging far too late so I got up late. I half heartedly started to tidy our bedroom this afternoon but gave up and had a go at my crocheted cardi instead.

The oh! bearded one got out in the garden to dig up tree trunks (he is revamping the front garden) between showers but a particularly heavy one drove him back indoors.

Both son and daughter have also langished about the house (college holidays and holiday from nurse training course)

Late this afternoon I took some photos of work in progress which I hope to show very soon and then I went back on the internet for some knitting stitch ideas so I can knit 100g of 4ply sock wool into a scarf, properly as a Christmas present. That was success and I have now commenced that!

I am not going to blogg most of tonight as well, I need some sleep. It's food shopping tomorrow and as we know girls ! that's hard work, isn't it? especially the putting it away in the cupboards part. I also need to do some other useful things as I have a whole list of jobs that I have lined up to do whilst I am on holiday and I haven't started any of them!

long past bedtime

Well!!! It is 02.19 in the morning and I have been 'blogging' for about 4-5 hours. It is seriously addictive!!!!
I have seen some beautiful work, there are some seriously clever people out there. The work has been inspiritional. I hope I can match the standard when I finally finish something to photograph and put on my blog (not that I have any idea how to do that at present but I'm sure I'll learn)

Anyway I must go to sleep!

Monday, 13 August 2007

Baffled & bewildered

I am very confused about how to narrow down blog searchs. There are so many out there, how do you find the best ones and which are considered the best ones. Can anyone help? Is anyone going to find this blog to help?

I am new to both reading blogs and writing blogs. It is a whole new world which is very enjoyable, having an opportunity to experience a little bit of other people's lives.

This blog is entitled 'Not enough time to craft' as I would love to craft much more but earning an income and running a home have had a nasty habit of taking over.


I am currently on holiday from work so I have spent this afternoon knitting and crocheting. I have a type of arthritis which gives me pain in a lot of different places but when crafting, the main problem is my right wrist so I am trying to swap between different crafts to ease joints.

I have bought some 4ply yarn this morning from my favourite shop in Northwich and am crocheting a little cardigan with it. I am also knitting a jumper out of a Sirdar Sublime book. The yarn is so soft!!!

I am also into card making and scrapbooking as is my daughter. We both make cards to sell at work in aid of my residents' fund (I am a nurse and Deputy Manager of a Nursing Home - a good one!!!!)

Some of my ramblings will include my faith, Scouting, work, my family and my cat, Molly.