Sunday, 16 September 2012

Phew, i think i need a holiday to get over my holiday, lol.
I had two days when we got back to get the washing and ironing (and the cleaning after leaving my house in the hands of an eighteen year old!) before i went into work again on Friday, Mark was back to work on the Wednesday, he's away working in London, smack bang in the middle of Leicester Square for the next couple of months doing a re-fit of the Odeon Theatre.
  To be fair Stevie did a good  job at keeping house, it's just that i don't feel back in control until I've done the housework myself, (call me strange, most people do :-)
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We threw a little baby shower party for Jenny on Saturday, just a few friends and family but it was fun.
I made tons of cup cakes which Joanne decorated beautifully and i also made some of the famous 'just like millie's cookies cookies which were a big hit, (if anyone want's the recipe just say and i will post it here).

I also made her a cake


I must confess that I cheated with the booty decoration, i bought that from a local cake shop, aren't they cute!
The little daises are just some sugar paper decorations


We bought a pinata , which was a big success and gave us all a good laugh :-)

Jane gave it such a whack that it came flying of the hook, but it still took a bit of bashing before it finally caved in! 





I'll leave you with a few photos of the mum to be opening some of her gifts.





You can see some of our holiday photos on a slideshow here, for those who are interested.
That's it for now, sorry no stitching , yet again, but i have ordered a chart which hopefully will be here soon and i can show you, in the meantime i've started knitting another cardigan for the little one (only 4 weeks to go now!!!) 

I'm off to get myself set up for watching the much waited for NEW series of Downton  tonight, that's Sunday nights sorted for the next few weeks :-)

Until next time x

Sunday, 2 September 2012

I've come to the conclusion that I'm not very good at this blogging thing, I have good intentions, but then the excuses start, I can't be bothered to take photos, I can't think of a title, I haven't got anything interesting to say.  Some blogs you read and the words just seem to flow, they have intriguing titles that make you want to read on and an interesting post to follow, most have lots of lovely stitching finishes.  
I  have only picked my stitching up once in the last month, I worked on Sampler aux Chats for 2 hours at stitching group last Wednesday, no progress photo, see too lazy to get it out and take a snap!
The stitching group is going well by the way, we still meet up on the last Wednesday in the month, they are a nice bunch, there are six of us that show up every time and a few more that just turn up every now and then, and that's OK, keeping it small means we can all have a good old chin wag together :-)

I'm still knitting away and still finding it easier when i sit down at night than getting all the paraphernalia out that i need to stitch, although I really did enjoy the stitches i put in last week, perhaps i should just force myself and my mojo will come back.
Anyway, this post is not all about me moaning about my blogging laziness, I do have some knitting finishes :-)

Remember the Hip To Be Square blanket I showed you way back in June?  The one I got over half way done and decided to un-ravel?
It's finished!

This thing is HUGE, it fits my double bed


The second time around I added a moss stitch border as I went, which I think looks much better than my attempt at the I-cord edging.


Here it is hanging over the bottom of my bed post.


I made It bigger than suggested, mine Is 7 squares across and 10 squares down, knit in Aran weight with the yarn held double it makes for one snuggly blanket :-)

I also finished a couple of cardigans for the coming grandbaby, (which I still need to add buttons to)


The one above is knit in Wondersoft Pearl DK, which was lovely to knit with.
The one below I used King Cole Smooth DK which was equally as nice, I just hope they both wash well.


What no one tells you when you start knitting is that knitting  and sewing up are two entirely diffident crafts!  There are tips and tricks that the patterns don't mention, so after struggling with the sewing up I passed these onto my sisters friend who kindly put them together for me :-)

I found a free pattern on Deramores website and thought it would make a lovely blanket for the moses basket.


It's not too big and only took about a week, It's the first time I've tackled bobbles and I loved doing them!
There is however a mistake and I didn't notice until I'd cast off :-(

It's right at the beginning and I don't know how I missed It, grrr 
I think the only way I can get around it is to put a few stitches in to disguise it.  You can just see where it is if you look close.  
I've still got the ends to sew in and to block it when I get chance.

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We are off on holiday next week, destination Croatia, never been there before but we have been told It's very nice and the hotel looks good, I'm looking forward to a little R and R, no work, no cooking, no cleaning, for one week it will be bliss :-)

Speak soon xx