Friday, 29 January 2010

Long Time No See ......

It's been over 2 weeks since I last blogged, I have no excuse really just very busy !!!!

What with nearly 3 weeks of being snowed in with the little men off school & then a bout of tummy upsets life has been hectic with very little time for me.

I have been making slow progress with my knitting projects & crocheting hasn't seen the light since Christmas, hey ho ti's the life of a mum !

Normal serve will resume very shortly !

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Another FO ( Finished Object ) .......

I seem to be on a roll at the moment, here is another finished project to show you. I wanted a hat to go with my new winter coat & once again Ravelry came up trumps !!!
I had an odd skein of Malabrigo lying around which was the perfect colour & was just right for this pattern. It was oh so quick to make, two evenings in all, & I'm thrilled with the end result !!

Pattern : Spring Cap By Woolly Wormhead

Yarn : Malabrigo

Colour : Velvet Grape

Needles : 4.5 mm & 5mm

Monday, 11 January 2010

A Finished Project & WIP's .......

My mum had been saying she wanted to buy a snood/cowl to keep her head warm when she walks her dogs, so I decided to make one as a Christmas pressie. Unfortunately I didn't manage to finish it on time but she is still over the moon with it. The perfect dog walking accessory in this bitter weather, mind you she hasn't worn it yet as the snow is too deep for walking two little Shih Tzu's.

Pattern : Holland Cowl (free pattern on Ravelry)

Yarn : 3 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky

Needles : 8mm

Now onto some WIP's. The first is a 'Gathered Scarf' using the gorgeous, scrumptious Malabrigo Worsted. I love this yarn, brilliant for hats & scarves & oh so, so soft & warm. I have rather a large stash of this gorgeous yarn under my bed !

The next is a 'Lacy Baktus' scarf using another favorite yarn of mine, Manos Silk Blend. This style of scarf is very much 'in' at the moment & is like a wide, narrow kerchief. that you wrap around your neck & knot at the front.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

SNOW !!! Part II .......

Snowball fights ::
Sledging with Friends ::

Little man no. 1 hitching a ride ::

Making sure our feathered friends are well fed ::

The beauty of snow ::

Walking to my mum's yesterday before the blizzard hit ::

The walk back home in the blizzard ::

Our garden this morning ::

13 inches of snow, We're snowed in !!! ::

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Another Snowy Day - Part I ......

The white stuff hit our little part of the world again last night. By this morning it was about 5 inches deep & has been snowing off & on most of the day. The little men where so excited to see it when they woke, especially when they found out that school was closed.

They couldn't wait to go outside & have fun, but had to wait until it was light !!!

I'm really glad that I have my Misti Alpaca scarf, that I made last winter, to keep me warm.

Talking about scarves, here is my new winter scarf that I am making at the moment.

The yarn is Frog Tree Chunky Alpaca that I bought from Loop last year. This yarn is sooo soft & warm & the choice of colours are amazing ( I would love to make a scarf in each colour if I could afford it !! )

The colour is #25 which is a deep fuchsia pink, just scrumptious !! I'm hoping to get this baby finished as soon as possible as it'll be perfect for this snowy weather.

Monday, 4 January 2010

New Year, New Beginnings & A New Look Sitting Room .......

Well here we are in 2010. I'm hoping it's an improvement on 2009, not a good year for me.
Three weeks before Christmas the decorator arrived to decorate the landing & sitting room ceilings & to wallpaper here & there. It wasn't the best timing just before the festive holiday but I'm so happy with the end results that it was all worth while. After he'd finished I painted the sitting room a lovely creamy almond colour to go with the new wallpaper on the chimney breast.

Before ::

After ::

Before ::

After ::

The room isn't finished yet, I still need to do the gloss work & the carpet needs replacing, but it's a vast improvement don't you think.

The next big project is the kitchen, not sure whether to start that now or in the spring. I have lots of smaller projects I want to do & now that the little men are back at school I have 6 hours a day to get stuck in. Here are a few things I want to achieve this month :

My To Do List for January

  1. Repaint the little men's room
  2. Repaint my room
  3. Sort & clear out Attic (so that I can put more junk up there)
  4. Sort out my yarn stash
  5. Sort & clear the garage
  6. Sort & clear the study
  7. Repaint the study
  8. Gloss all the doors & paint work (not my favorite job !!!)
  9. Sort out old toys
  10. Paint the porch

Tomorrow I am hoping to tackle the mountain of ironing that has been growing & growing over the last two weeks, wish me luck !!