Monday, 25 August 2008

Oh Dear!

SofM came back from the Leeds music festival last night and opened his Uni joining papers. He goes on 6th Sept. We first thought he was going on 13th Sept. This means we've less than 2 weeks to prepare. AHHHHHHHHH!

I'm going to go and lie down in a darken room, I can't cope, I hate packing!!!!!

SofM is exciting, he hasn't said much but you can see it in his face. I'm really happy for him. I told tonight I will miss him and his joking, he said he will be back to bring sunshine into my life!

Sunday, 24 August 2008

I've been thinking......

that I've got to cut back

I'm being taken over

by THINGS!!!!!! especially crafting things!!!!!

I think a lot of you out there will be able to empathise with this......

My house is bursting at the seams. Yesterday I started to tidy up my work space - AGAIN!! I have a nasty habit at present..... of buying too many craft magazines (it used to be house and women's mags). Once you've bought them and read them, what then, do you do with them? I tear out the bits that I think I might do......when I've time!!! The bits I tore out yesterday fill a hessian shopping bag which is now residing in the loft because at present I haven't got any more space for files.

Today I have given myself a stern talking to. I must limit what mags I buy as it all takes too much time up sorting them all out. I also am going to think much more carefully about what yarn I buy for knitting. I tend to buy yarn and patterns impulsefully and then decide they aren't going to be suitable or I don't like them. I don't want to go down the road of developing a large quilting stash!

I really can understand why a lot of you have been on stash busting excersises. It is so easy to keep buying but then you haven't got time to use all you have.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

A new yarn shop!

No hand quilting today, I couldn't face this evening when I came in from work. I feel really tired today and a bit 'under the weather' so I'm blogging and knitting instead.

This afternoon I had to do an assessment at the private hospital in Cheadle. After I had done that I nipped along to Didsbury and went into Sew In. This shop is a yarn and haberdashery shop with a little bit of needlecraft thrown in. They sell Rowan, a small amount of Noro, Sirdar, Debbie Bliss and Patons. They have a small amount of sock yarn and other odds & sods. The knitting notions were a bit limited, they didn't seem to have all the needle sizes and the only dpns were 2 sizes of Brittanys which looked like they were the popular ones for sock knitting. They may have had more but as I didn't want any I didn't ask. The assistant was friendly, helpful and would have helped if I wanted her to.

Of course I can't go into a new shop and not buy anything. I bought Twilleys Of Stamford Freedom Sincere baby book. Freedom Sincere is 100% cotton, very like Debbie Bliss's and Rowan's but a bit cheaper! I bought 3 balls of the yarn too and I have started a little jacket with a hood for the girl at work who is pregnant (I'll still try and make a little lap quilt for her as well). I also bought a new season Sirdar pattern (9063) in one of their new seasons' yarn - Tweedie Chunky. They haven't their stock of this yarn in yet which I was pleased about as I didn't want to buy it yet. This pattern is a long line waistcoat with a cable pattern up the front.

I will take photos of all things I'm up to as soon as I can so you can see what I've been up to.

Monday, 18 August 2008

An update on the quilt.

This week I am working office hours as my manager is on holiday which means I have more time in the evenings.

Tonight I had another go at machine quilting. i did a practice piece first which was OK then I had a go on SofM's quilt but I wasn't happy with it. The tension wasn't right. I am wondering whether it has anything to the different weights og batting. SofM's is heavier. i need to mess about more but at present I haven't got time. I have decided to hand quilt the bits I have decided upon, add the buttons and then add the binding. If I still think it needs 'holding together' more I'll do some hand tieing.

Because of the messing about on the sewing machine I only managed to stitch one square tonight but there's always tomorrow night!

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Still having that panic attack!

Do you remember this? This is SofM's quilt that I am making for him to take to Uni. As you are aware he goes in just under a month's time. This quilt is made from 2 Moda Marbles charm packs and a couple of metres of Moda Marbles. The blocks went together pretty well and the hand quilting is quite easy, just time consuming when you are in a hurry.

I have worked out that it takes me an hour to do the stitching on one of these squares. I have about 34 squares I want to stitch, that's 12 evenings working on 3 squares per evening. Then there is some machine quilting I want to do and sewing 16 buttons in place. Now there is a small possibility that I can do this but what is worrying me is that I haven't worked out how to machine quilt! If I can successfully learn how to quilt in the ditch I've cracked it! Watch this space!!!
I've managed 1 & a half squares tonight and I should manage a bit more. No knitting today!

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Panic attack!

I'm having a panic attack about all things I want to do before Christmas, that's why I've put a 'days before Christmas' banner on my blog. It's not to depress you but to spur me on to get some stuff done!

I've been muddling along planning this and that. I've got to rethink everything as I've signed up for a 15 week level 3 mentorship course with the University of Chester. I need to do this course to enable us at work to have student nurses on placement from the University. The course starts in September and will finish after Christmas. I will do most of the course on-line but I've got to do a 2,000 word assignment. This is all my fault as it is me pushing to have student nurses. I think we can give them a good placement as we work to a high standard. Student nurses need to have a really good grounding in basic nursing skills and we can teach that, they also need to have an understanding of the problems older people face with multiple disease processes going on. They need to seem them as whole people and not just a illness to cure. We can do that but I've now made a rod for my own back! Never mind I'll muddle through, I usually do.

I have been plannning to make some things to sell at work on the run up to Christmas as well as making cards. I'm knitting 2 garments for myself. I've signed up for the Secret Santa Christmas Swap, I want to make a small lap quilt for a girl at work who is having a baby at the end of January as well as I need to finish handquilting 2 quilts, one of which is for SofM to take to Uni in 4 weeks time (I wish I hadn't started to hand quilt these but learnt to use my machine to quilt them, it would be quicker). I am not going to get that done for a start as it is still too warm for me to have it on my lap (hot flushes and all that). And we won't mention my Pay it Forward gift(s) but I can work .

I have been given my swap partner for the Secret Santa Christmas Swap but that is all I can tell you. I've had a look at her blog today and I can't tell you how excited I am about this!!!

I've spent today looking at ideas for the Santa Swap and the baby quilt and have come up with some ideas. At the end of the month I am going to go to the Stitch & Creative Crafts show at Manchester Central so I will get everything I need for those. I am just going to have to be super organised - that's a laugh for me but I can try, can't I?

Meanwhile I'm going to lie down in a darken room and quietly have a nervous breakdown. Please don't put the light on when you waken me.

By the way I am still looking for ideas for my blogiversary, please give me some ideas.

Friday, 15 August 2008


I've got on this swap!!! I am really pleased.

When I first asked to join I was too late, Chookyblue had closed the swap because it was so popular but I got an e-mail yesterday asking me if I still wanted to join so I'm in!

I've had a look at Chookyblue's blog at the photos of the gifts that were swapped in last year's swap. There were some beautiful ones. There was an obviously high standard so I am going to have to work hard at it.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Son of Mine!

If you live in the UK you will be aware that the A levels results came out today.

Well! Son of Mine got his this morning. He wants to take chemistry at Heriot Watt Universary in Edinburgh. For the course he wants to do he needed 2 C's and a D. He got 1 C and 2 D's. Whoops!!! We had a sticky time this morning until he was able to confirm with the university as to whether they would accept him with those grades. They will!!!!!

Happy, happy dance!!!!!

SofM has always been very laid back, too laid back and I've always worried that he wouldn't do enough work to succeed. He did work, a little bit too late but he got there in the end, thank goodness.

We have now got a month to prepare as his term starts on 15th Sept, scary, scary! I will miss him lots!

I'm going to have to get that quilt finished!

Tuesday, 12 August 2008


Tomorrow is my 1st Blogiversary. Now I need help to celebrate it but I don't have any ideas as to how. What do you suggest? I know it is traditional to have a give away which is nice but being a maverick I would like to do something different. All ideas welcome.

Monday, 11 August 2008

New knitting patterns

Have you seen the new edition of Interweave Knits (Fall 08)? My copy came today.

I love Windowpane coat, Tweedy Waistcoat, Fresco Fair Isle Mitts, Braided Pullover and Sidelines Top. I don't whether I'll knit any of them as I've not knitted anything out of the other Interweave Knits yet but I can always dream.

I also bought 'Knit Today'. There are lots in this mag I like - Bobble bag, Fern Lace Cardigan, Timeless Elegance, the cushions and the baby blanket.

'Timeless Elegance' is done in Colinette Parisenne Luxury Kid Mohair and Tao Silk. Now, I have read various knitters blogs where they rave about Colinette yarns but have you seen the cost? Using the prices quoted in the mag it would cost £97. Now I love buying nice yarns but that's a bit much. Fortunately they suggest 2 Paton's yarns as alternatives so I think I'll be going with those.

The other problem with this particular pattern is that they haven't given a measurements chart. I'm going to look on the web site to see if it's on there.

Friday, 8 August 2008

You've just got to look at this!

I find this old blog archive tonight so when you've nothing better to do over the weekend take a look! And Jan, don't blame me if you hurt yourself laughing!!!

photos & knitting

I was going to post some photos from camp but I've got cross with trying to transfer them from a disk to the computer tonight so I'm afraid I'll have to try on another evening. The photos I want to use need to be rotated. I'll show you one of Prague at sunset instead.

The Oh! Bearded One and I have been out for some tea tonight. We were supposed to go to a leaving 'do' for some neighbours who are emigrating to Australia later in the month. I just didn't fancy it as I felt we wouldn't know anyone and would feel rather uncomfortable. The link is really through SofM and their youngest son as they have been friends since infant school. I enjoyed the meal very much so I think we made the right choice.
I am continuing with the knitting I started to take to the Czech Republic. It is the cardigan featured in the current issue of 'Simply Knitting'. It is done in Patons 100% Cotton DK. I love the yarn, it is smooth with a sheen to it. I love the cardigan and I love the way the yarn knits up but I wasn't happy that my usual size was going to work out 2 sizes too big despite my tension was spot on so it had to be frogged. I had just about got up to the armhole shaping when I realised I had done something strange at the edges and I was going to loose stitches when I came to sew it up so it had to be frogged again. I am now passed the armhole shaping and it is going well. The only thing I am unhappy about is that you can see that the yarn hasn't knitted evenly on the bottom half of the back because of it having been frogged and reknitted. I am hoping it will block or wash out.

Monday, 4 August 2008

I'm back!

Well! I'm back!

It's taken me 2 days to recover! I had a great time, an experience I will remember for a long time to come. The weather was good, too hot at times. The boys were great, well behaved and they had a whale of a time. It was a very busy 2 weeks and we managed to see and do a lot, I also walked my little socks off.

This is the camp site. It belongs to the Czech scout group that we stayed with. They camp here every summer for 3-4weeks. This type of camp is traditional in the Czech Republic.

The photo above shows the wooden hut that houses the kitchen and dining areas. The kitchen has a lovely old stove that the Czech leader does all the cooking on. She is an amazing cook and she worked very hard on our behalf. This hut has been extended this summer, previously it just had the kitchen area but they have doubled the size of it to give themselves a good sized dining area.

These are the little tents that we slept in. They sleep 2 on bunks with mattresses which are very comfortable. Our boys liked them but decided over all they prefer our traditional green scout tents where they are together in their patrol groups.
I took my knitting but I'm not talking about that!!!! tonight.
I'll share some other experiences over the next week or so.
By the way Dad is doing great - walking about in the house without crutches. I took him out for the first time today. We went into Northwich so he could go to the library as he is bored to tears.