Saturday, 4 February 2017

February already?

Apparently it's February already. I'm not quite sure how that happened.


January got swallowed up with extended visits to my parents, my dad has broken his hip, my mum's Alzheimer's is getting worse.....

On the plus side the lost cable sock was found and I finished it's friend so I have lovely warm toes


I also knitted these lovely variegated socks in Hermione's everyday sock pattern from ravelry. So lovely to knit. So cross that I snapped my knit pro circular needle about ten minutes after finishing them. But at least it was after..............

I also finished the daisy cowl for when I want to wear a cloud of fluff.
Sometimes we need to wear clouds of fluff, it's kind of like pretending to be a unicorn.



Yesterday the sun came out for the first time in weeks.
I spent several hours battling with the mud in the garden and was rewarded with these snowdrops.




They have a fine delicate perfume and such intricate details.
Calming and restorative.
Just what I need right now.


Monday, 2 January 2017

new things and a new year.


New Year's Eve Knitting.


New Year's Eve walk


New yarn photographed with new macro lens for my phone


New crafts. lino cut goat anyone?


New experiences. I am now the parent of an adult.  


New traditions. 18th birthday =18 presents and a Fantastic weekend away

New Year.

I hope it is kind to you. 

thank you for being here this year. I know I haven't been around much.  t x

Sunday, 16 October 2016

knitting news

this week has been mostly about knitting. 
and mostly hats. Three so far.


hats and cats. 
this one is helping me wind a centre pull ball. 
he really is.... 


note to self. egg shaped balls are fine.... no you don't need to buy a yarn winder.....


waiting impatiently for postie to bring new circular needle provides ample time to mess about with knitting trying to photograph stylishly, or making Harry Potter symbols.


cat two, and hat two. 
cat in the hat. 

please excuse me, I'm off to cast on hat four......



Monday, 19 September 2016

September so far


Sepember so far. I have a new part time job at a local farm where they produce beautiful yarn from their goats and sheep The sheep like to keep an eye on me to make sure I am doing everything properly. "No sheep, I never make your yarn into terrible tangles........ of course not........"


The yarn dances around on these swifts looking like a circus field of carousels, and is measured onto the winder where it becomes lovely soft and squishy skeins. So soft. Such wonderful colours. I must learn to knit better so I can actually use some of it.....

The children are back at school. It is Miss K's last year. How is that possible? It was surely only a few weeks ago that were buying her first ever school shoes... Now we are overwhelmed with UCAS applications or apprenticeships or ??? E has to start thinking about A level choices or college applications or ???


Faced with the responsibility of such impossible parenting we did the only thing possible.
Sent them to stay with friends for the weekend and ran away.....



Thursday, 1 September 2016

August

ok, so let's gloss over the 2 month absence and look at some lovely August happenings, list courtesy of Hawthorn Spellweaver.

eye -  I may be little but I'm watching you....


feet - my feet are a bit scary....


button - a button like flower? happily growing in my garden. along with the nettles and the creeping buttercups..... which sound pretty, but trust me, you don't want them.....


something handmade - well I made these skeins, and I made the most incredible tangle in the process. does that count?


green - the lakeland fells, as seen whilst supervising a Queen's guide expedition. So green. So beautiful. And in case you're wondering, that water - So cold...... also pond weed. and possibly a lake shark....


glass - sweetie jars in an old fashioned shop on the Yorkshire coast that would be well suited to a home on Diagon Alley. (Harry Potter fans will understand....)


floor - the paths at Saltburn are embellished with fossils, Huge ones!


blue - skies above Whitby Abbey. We were so lucky with the weather this year. Glorious.


Favourite - my favourite holiday destination. We've been to the same cottage for 8 years now, I checked in the visitors book.


my choice - the view from Holy Island. or lack thereof. Still gorgeous.


August you were lovely. xxx



Friday, 1 July 2016

June's photos

I don't have the right words at the moment, so instead photos. 
Taken by E, joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver.

leaf 

 gate 

 sky

 dwelling

 stone

trees 

 water

his own choice.

we're missing "view" there isn't one in the garden apparently....
and "garden". because all the photos are already in the garden..... 
more teenage logic.....





Wednesday, 8 June 2016

catching up

good grief it's been a while since I wrote anything here. 


so quick update


  • mouse problem resolved. finally. the cat re caught it.....
  • slugs - so far my yeast/sugar traps, and all the other protections seem to be just about working.
  • now I need to stop the pigeons eating all the spinach.
  • I sang in a choir concert at the Sage, Gateshead - amazing place. Wonderful acoustics.

  • It's allium flowering time. Oh how I love them.

  • And cow parsley. love that too. although the pollen gets everywhere. even the cats have runny eyes.....

  • yesterday was hubby's birthday. We carried a birthday picnic all the way to the top of this hill, which has amazing views over the Cheviots, and the Northumberland coastline. Also huge thunderstorms We got very rained on, and carried the picnic back to the car and ate in the car park listening to the rain hammering down on the roof.... although I was less worried about wet and more worried about the lightning...... I had to make an extra large cake when we got home to recover!