Saturday, 17 March 2018

YOU MAY REMEMBER...

... last week I was working in the garden and watching the crocus begin to show their faces.

WELL... to-day we have this...


...visitor from Poland (so sayeth the weather man!)

Sigh... a bit longer to wait xx

Diane x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

THIS WEEK....

... it was Sandbach Quilt group meeting. Our speaker was unfortunately still in the land of snow ... SO a make planned for later in the year was brought forwards and we had a pack to make a purse or glasses/cutter case...




.. as you can see I went with the purse x It was quick and fun x

I finished shawl no.2...






I am happier with it than I was ... it makes me realise I like the first one more than I thought!! lol

Now it is thinking cap time .. mm which of the MANY ...MANY ...MANY projects I want to do will be next?

BEFORE that however I have to get back out into the garden. Over the winter I get a build up of a green algae on the flag stones in the garden .. if left it gets slippy when wet and I have had ENOUGH of the slip/trip/fall adventures to last me .. for a lifetime!! 

I COULD get a chemical spray to shift it .. but that is harmful to the wild life particularly the bees ..SO it me ..the yard brush ..a bucket of water... and lots of muscle power.. well a bit of muscle power! I tell my self it is good exercise for my arm.. and that is what the physio. ordered xx lol

Back to it then ... I am earning my tea-breaks to-day x

Stay warm and safe 

Diane x

Monday, 5 March 2018

FOR US....

... here in the UK the weather has been really unusual. The wind has continued to blow from Siberia .. and I SWEAR it has been blowing THROUGH not round all the bodies!!!

SO.. it is the time for lots of warm and chunky knitting to keep us (well more specifically ME!!) warm when we are forced out of the door x The dogs INSIST on still going out !! lol x

SO a warm scarf was needed for me .... for when I am out with them.. well mum got one so I had to join in didn't I?

I went outside to take pictures and it did this..




.. so I went back in!....



I used up scraps and made a big squishy one to ..



(When the weather conditions mean you do not go out much .. except to walk the dogs ...visit the parents and  do some minimal shopping ...!! .. there is time to knit x)

... this is not for walking the dogs ! lol x then I decided I needed a hat (with a pom-pom of course) .. and found some scraps for a Fair Isle try out..



I'm so happy with the way it came out that I feel more colour work will be on the cards this year... at some point. HOWEVER the next instalment of the shawl club arrived...


so I had to wind it up .. print off the pattern ..


......and get underway. The first 2 colours are close in colour and value and the designer has us alternating the balls .. no problem THEN the next 2 colours had more of a contrast ... I kept going BUT was not happy with the look of it...



I tried to convince my self I would be able to live with it .. NO. I have now undone it and started that section again .. much happier with it now x I am going to use the 2 yellows that are close in colour together and use the gold to finish .. not what the designer called for .. but I have to live with it ... and I have to be happy x

Hope you are keeping warm and safe x

The snow has all gone now .. wind still here but I live in hope it will go back to Siberia soon x I was in the garden this am. and found these beauties pushing up...


It WILL get warmer and nicer!! .... at some point..

Diane xx 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

THE WEATHER ...

... here this week has been COLD! It seems (according to the weather people) that the wind is coming DIRECTLY from Siberia .. and my goodness it feels like it! However it has been dry and bright... perfect for getting out and about ..... my son and granddaughter got wrapped up and came to collect me ..



...and off we went. Close to us there are many stately homes/houses and grounds that are open to the public. We went to  Rode Hall to see the snowdrops and grounds....









...there is plenty of room for kids to run .. and adults to walk !! lol x There are wicker statues in the grounds to find...






There is a lovely tea room with "homemade" food and of course CAKE xx 

My mum decided she needed a new WARM and super thick scarf to keep out the cold SO..





I am still trying to decide what to make with my demonstration blocks ..... It seems the inspiration well is dry right now x

Hope you are having more luck with your inspiration x

Diane 

ps... forgot to say I am now discharged from physio xx

Monday, 12 February 2018

BE WARNED...

... it has been a while.. so there are A LOT of pictures to come .. so get a brew and settle back xx I have NO excuse for not posting .. I just didn't!! lol x

We had snow most of yesterday and over night... thankfully this morning it is warmer and it is going ..



... mind you there is MORE forecast for to-night and tomorrow!

SO the tea pot and cosy are in constant use ..


 the slow cooker is bubbling away..


GOOD time to catch up x

My arm is slowly improving and the physio continues .. so much so that I have my slave/child worker back to visit..



she is getting REALLY good at the washing up !

I did my session at Sandbach ... the ladies seemed to be happy x I didn't get any Booos anyway! lol x
My block was broken dishes.. 



so I made a couple of cushions..


 then I needed a bag to carry them in ..



and then a bag for the granddaughter..



 a table runner always goes down well...


As you can see ....I had lots of suggestions of ways to use the block....!! NOW I have all the demonstration/Blue Peter pieces over so I have to decide what to do with them ...


thinking cap on xx 

I finished the BIG shawl..




.....and a smaller one while waiting for mum to finish her latest round of treatments..




then a hat for my daughter ..



she has A LOT of hair so it needed to be big to cover it all x THEN she wanted a hat for the grandson that was like a dinosaur !!!! THIS is what I came up with ...





the stuffed toy was my best way to show it off!! lol x

Well done if you got this far xx I am off now for another cuppa x 

Have a warm and productive day x

Diane xx