Saturday, 29 December 2007
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
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
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
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:-
- Finish crochet shawl
- Finish 'little crochet cardi'
- Finish current pair of socks
- Finish DD's mittens
- Go to Woolfest
- Add to my stash
- Complete at least one large garment from my stash
- Knit mittens on circular's instead of 2 straight pins
- Knit Dad's socks
- 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
Thursday, 6 December 2007
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
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.
Monday, 3 December 2007
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
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
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
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
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!)
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 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
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
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
Friday, 2 November 2007
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
Monday, 29 October 2007
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
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.
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.
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
Monday, 22 October 2007
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
Thursday, 18 October 2007
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Monday, 1 October 2007
Thursday, 27 September 2007
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.
Saturday, 22 September 2007
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
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
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
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
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
Friday, 7 September 2007
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
I have read other bloggs whose writers have had the same problems. If anyone has advice I would be grateful.
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
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
Friday, 24 August 2007
Thursday, 23 August 2007
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
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.
My crocheted cardi (left front, the back is also started but not shown) from a Sirdar 4ply pattern done in Patons Diploma Gold.
Monday, 20 August 2007
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
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).
Friday, 17 August 2007
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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 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.