Saturday, 31 October 2009

Jack-O-Lantern ......

The little men & I had great fun making our Jack-o-Lantern. Hope you all have lots of fun tonight, Trick or Treat !!!!
I'll be watching some scary movies (I think ' Sleepy Hollow' to start with) once the little men are tucked up in bed asleep, with a big bag of popcorn & the cats for company

Feeding The Chickens .......

This past week the little men & I have been looking after my friends chickens while she is visiting Micky Mouse in Florida with her family, lucky things !!!!
The little men are loving it & every morning when we go to let them out they say "Hello Girls, have you laid any eggs for us." I must say that I am enjoying it too, except for the muddy boots & trousers. But the freshly laid eggs make up for that!

Any eggs in there !!!
So far we have been lucky with the weather, but the weather man is saying that it's going to pour tonight & tomorrow so we are going to be up to our eyes in mud & other yucky things tomorrow morning. Lovely !!!!!!!

Hubble, Bubble lets make trouble !!!!!!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Best Of Friends !!!! .......

Here are Cusso & Saba having some cuddle time with little man no. 1. They are all great friends, which is wonderful for all concerned !!!!

I grew up surrounded by all creatures great & small & want the same for my children, I think it gives children a sense of responsibility & in return they get unconditional love!!

PS: Please excuse the state of the carpet, we inherited it when we moved in ( it was cream !!!!) & it hasn't been replaced yet.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Sunday Afternoon In Tenterden .......

It was such a gorgeously sunny autumn day today that we decided to take a trip to Tenterden, which is only about half an hours drive from our village.

It is a lovely little town with fantastic shops & tearooms. The weather was so warm that we sat outside having our coffee & sandwiches.

A lot of the shops have got Halloween decorations in their windows, I really liked these pumpkin lights & they where only £12.00 each but unfortunately the shop is closed on Sundays.

Some shops where open & I did buy a few things !!!!!!

The little men had great fun playing in the leaves & throwing them up in the air & chasing them. They even made a leaf bed for Bagpuss, Bless !!!!!

I find it hard to believe that it is nearly November with weather like today, long may it last !!!

Sunday Mornings In Our House .......
I love Sunday mornings !
An extra half an hour in bed for me ( if I'm lucky !!! ), CBeebies, curled up on the sofa with Bagpuss, for the little men & pancakes for all of us. No rushing around in other words !!
I even get some hooking time in while children's telly is on.
I have started a new little project yesterday, while we where at my mum's, using Lorna's Laces Worsted, the colour is called Watercolour. This is absolutely beautiful yarn, sooo soft & the colours are breathtaking, the photos don't do it justice.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

More Wrist Warmers .......

Just a quickie to show off my next pair of wrist warmers that I made last night/ this morning. Not as colourful, but perfect to go with my kingfisher blue jacket !!!!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

More Finished Projects ......

I have decided to make two car blankets as I know there would be a lot of tug of war going on in the back of the car with just one between two little men that are now at an age when they like to have their own things !!!!

As you can see the first one is finished & I started the second one today. It's such a great way of using up so many odd balls of wool that have been stashed away under my bed for ages.

I have also been making some wrist warmers, another great way of using odd balls up. They are very additive to make & so easy & quick. I'm going to make some more pairs in different colours & maybe make some as Christmas presents. I feel a little bit like an Attic24 groupie at the mo but I just LOVE all of Lucy's crochet projects...... have you seen her little Birdie she has just made !!!

Lucy I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your designs. I just wish I had more time to make up my own designs, I really must have a go one day.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Summer Flower Cushion .......

Last night I sat up burning the midnight oil to finish my Summer Flower cushion. I really enjoyed making this, many thanks to Lucy for yet another fantastic pattern. I will definitely be making more of these cushions for my sofa. This one will be living on the chair in my bedroom.

Now onto the car blanket for the little men. I'm about half way so hopefully they will be snuggling under it by next week !
Then I am going to make myself some of Lucy's Wrist Warmers, ....... watch this space !!!!

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Another Unfinished Project .......

I started this blanket back in May of this year. It is my own version of Lucy's BB Blanket over at Attic24.

I am only using six colours & it will be a fraction of the size, so it is in fact a mini BB blanket ! It is destined for the sofa in my conservatory. I am doing a wide border, hopefully 18 rows in all, if I have enough yarn of each colour & ending with a scallop edging.

I am ashamed to say that this is only one of many unfinished projects that I really need to get on with.

My Unfinished List :

  1. Mini BB Blanket
  2. Ripple Blanket
  3. Summer Flower Granny Cushion
  4. Car Granny Blanket
  5. Classic Granny Blanket
  6. Mission Falls Sweater for little man no.1
  7. Mission Falls Sweater for little man no.2
  8. 2 x Tank Tops for little men
  9. 7 x Various scarves

I also want to try & make some Christmas presents for friends & family, I think I need to get my finger out & get a move on !

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Look What's Just Arrived .......

Look what I've just found on my doorstep, yes more yarn !!!
Debbie Bliss is discontinuing her Pure Cotton yarn & I found a yarn shop online that is selling it for £1.99 a ball, that's too good a bargain to pass by. I have the perfect project in mind, just wait & see !

A Little Something For The Car ......
Now that it is getting chilly the little men have been complaining that they are cold when we are in the car & they have been using my jacket as a lap blanket. Then on Monday I had a brain wave, why not use some of my odd balls of yarn in my stash to make a car blanket !!!!
What a great way off decreasing my very large stash & the little men have something colourful & cozy to keep them warm.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Fingerless Gloves .....

As promised here is the pattern details for the fingerless gloves:

Pattern : 75 Yard Malabrigo Fingerless Mitts

Yarn : (found on ebay)

Needle : 4.5mm & 5mm

This is a free pattern that you can find either on Ravelry or on Life in Cleveland blog site, posted 30 March 2008.

They are knitted on 4 needles, but as I can't get the hang of knitting on DPN's I adapted the pattern for 2 needles, which is very easy to do.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Summer Flower Cushion Update ......

I only have three more squares to do for the front of my cushion. I am loving how this is turning out & it will be perfect for my bedroom. These little flowery squares are so addictive to make that I find it very hard not to just sit & crochet all day. Alas the housework & the day to day jobs keeps me away from my addiction but I do manage to snatch ten minutes here & there while I have a coffee !

I have also being knitting my scarflette & some fingerless gloves. These are great for driving in & days that are not too cold.
They are so fast & easy to make, I made one in an evening, & are fun too !
Rain, Rain & More Rain ......

After what seemed like an Indian summer it hasn't stopped raining for the last 3 days in my little corner of the world. It rained so hard yesterday that I thought the house was going to float away !! Today is completely different with blue sky's & not a cloud in sight, no wonder the English are so fascinated by the weather, it is so darn changeable.

Yesterday morning I braved the weather & went for a walk, I love walking in the rain I find it so invigorating. Even though the weather was dull & grey there is colour everywhere !

Monday, 5 October 2009

The Beginnings Of A New Crochet Project ......

The weather outside is dismal, wet & grey. It's not nice rain either, it's the drizzly stick to everything rain. After taking the little men to school I came home with a Monday morning feeling, & decided to cheer myself up by starting a new crochet project with some of the left over yarn from my Bedroom Granny.

I love Lucy's Summer Flower Granny over at Attic24, she is such an inspiration, so I am making my own version. I'm not sure yet if it will end up as a cushion or a small blanket for the chair in my bedroom. I have already made 9 squares & I am using Lucy's instructions 'to join as you go' which is such a great idea.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Harvest Festival .......

Today was the little men's harvest festival. I love all the different festivals & I think the little people do too.
I am not a religious person but I am spiritual. I have a thing for churches & cathedrals, I find them so peaceful & I love to walk around graveyards reading the old grave stones wondering what the people were like in life. I have a particular love for our village church, my first memory as a child is the church bells ringing. When I am in the village shopping I sometimes walk around the churchyard & sit under the trees & relax.

One of the beautiful stained glass windows inside the church ::

At the little men's school all the young ones have an older 'buddy' who looks out for them, which I think is a great idea. Here is little man no 1. with his buddy, bless !!

The little men's class sang ' One Potato, Two Potato' they all looked so diddy & cute standing in front of the alter not really knowing what to do. They had a long applause from all the parents when they finished. I find these moments so special & are to be cherished forever !!