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Christmas Round Things

Round Things, because they’re too big to be called coasters and too small to be called placemats. To make a coaster, I really need cotton yarn. But all I have is acrylic DK, so that’s what I decided to use. But I liked it so made five more, they’re going to grace my coffee table. Then I decided I needed six for the kitchen table so I’ve made a start on them. I have a solution to the size issue – I just need to find somewhere that sells enormous wine glasses and they’ll fit perfectly πŸ˜€

Coaster

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Thursday, 7th December 2017 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Choosing Colours

Each time I bought a new yarn, I’d snip a bit off and tape it into a folder with the colour name and number. I soon realised that this isn’t at all useful when I need to shuffle colours around when choosing what to use for a project of more than one colour πŸ˜€

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So I did this instead.

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But it didn’t really work, it was as if the colours changed slightly once they were crocheted into actual stitches and they didn’t really work together (does that only happen to me?!). I also tried winding yarn around pegs, that seems to work for plenty of people – but again, not me. So I sat and crocheted a small sample of each colour.Β  I find it much easier to see what works and what doesn’t.

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I’ve also realised just how many colours of my favourite yarn are missing, so I’m obviously going to have to put in a lovely large order πŸ˜€

Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

Catching Up

I’ve whined and moaned a lot over the summer – mostly to Scampi Dog πŸ˜€ I’ve quite often wanted to rant but he still gets nervous when he hears angry voices and is still reactive sometimes so my moaning is done very cheerfully – β€œOoooh Scamps, do you know just how annoying this shoulder is? And my hip is sore today too. People are getting on my nerves lately, me and you should move to Cornwall – just us. I think a biscuit might make things better, let’s have a Bonio”. He runs to his cushion, sits in his best look-at-me-being-good-and-sitting-nicely position, gazes at the Bonio box and waits patiently for me to give him his treat πŸ˜€

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The garden has been a bit productive this year but nowhere near as good as previous years. I’ve had enough to freeze some so I can make stews with homegrown veg but it definitely won’t last all winter so I’ll have to BUY SOME which I’m not at all happy about! What did manage to grow is actually very tasty so I won’t complain too much. I like to take photos of what has been harvested but after taking these, I lost interest. My Garden 2017 photo folder on my laptop is almost empty and I now wish I’d carried on capturing snapshots of the year.

 

 

My shoulder is still twinging occasionally but there’s no pain so I’ve been crocheting again for the past few weeks. I was halfway through a blanket for myself – I ran out of yarn so ordered more, I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered so I could carry on. But when it arrived I decided I needed a holiday project so it was tucked into a bag to take to Cornwall at the end of September. Halfway down the motorway, I realised I’d left it at home πŸ˜€ Had a great holiday but I missed my yarn and was happy to be back, crocheting again. And I’ve finished the blanket

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I started some Christmas cushion covers months ago then abandoned them, I’ve been working on them again lately

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I’ve started some cushion covers to match my grey blanket

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Now that I’m back in full swing again, I’ll be crocheting my way through my list of ideas and posting them here – disasters or not πŸ˜€

Thursday, 23rd November 2017 at 11:15 am 2 comments

Busy

Not with crochet, unfortunately 😦 I’ve finished a few things, but haven’t really got stuck into anything new.

We’ve been decorating. I say ‘we’, I actually mean Mr MB. We ripped out the old bath and installed a shower cubicle – I love it! Obviously the bathroom needed painting after that. The kitchen and hall, stairs and landing walls just needed a clean and I was ready, armed with sugar soap. Mr MB wanted to repaint so I told him he could do it himself then, lol. And he did – all three areas at once and he took his time over it – halfway through I was seriously considering moving out forever. It doesn’t sound too bad but I have no wall units in the kitchen, there’s a lot of stuff on shelves and hanging from rails – which all had to go somewhere else. Not tidily of course, it was shoved wherever he could find a space. It was chaos, I think he forgot about the three other people and one dog that live in this house πŸ˜€

I put things back when it was finally over, flinging things away as I went. By the time I’d finished, I was in full decluttering mode so went through everything in the house, flinging, rearranging, cleaning, tidying. I saved yarn-sorting til last, that was my reward – along with chocolate.

A few things I have had time to finish, the photos aren’t great though

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Working on a blanket to match the above two cushions

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Sunday, 8th May 2016 at 10:21 am 3 comments

Cleaning Is Bad

It has a knock-on effect that causes chaos and really shouldn’t be attempted.

I was wiping crumbs off the kitchen table and lifted my laptop to clean underneath it. I dropped it and the reader thing on the hard drive snapped. Annoying but I can get it fixed – for hundreds of pounds as it turns out, no-one will take the thing apart to put the bits in another case without using a clean room. I said I was willing to take the chance of losing info, but no. I had everything backed up on a memory stick, last updated a couple of months ago but it wouldn’t take long to re-do the latest info. So all I needed was a new hard drive. Problem solved, or so I thought. I’ve turned the house upside down looking for that memory stick but it has vanished. So I’ve had to spend days and days going through receipts and invoices from April 2014 and making up new spreadsheets in order to fill in two tax returns by the end of January. I didn’t stop, so didn’t really eat properly and gave myself headaches from staring at the screen for too long. Then I caught a bug that wiped me out for a few days, I’m sure it was worse than it could’ve been because I wasn’t looking after myself properly.

I filed the info online one day before the deadline then finally relaxed.

DO NOT be tempted to clean your house, it’s extremely bad for your physical health and stress levels.

On the plus side, I have plugged my camera in to charge it up, and have done a bit of crochet. I WILL take photos of my cushion cover – which is round and for some reason won’t lie flat, it looks like a Mexican hat πŸ˜€

Thursday, 11th February 2016 at 6:56 am 1 comment

Promises, promises….

I promised myself, back in November, that I would –

1. Check my WordPress reader every day
2. Take photos of everything
3. Blog twice a week
4. Crochet every day, even if I only manage five minutes

I have done none of those things and I’m cross about it! I wanted to take photos of my countdown to Christmas but that didn’t happen either. Never mind, I thought, I’ll take lots of photos of cute decorations and twinkling lights once everything’s organised. But the camera stayed in the drawer and it’s still there now, two months later.

I did finish my cushion covers, though I made two of them pillowcase-stylee. They’ve annoyed me ever since because the covers keep shifting around the cushion pad, so I’m going to add buttons to keep them in place.

I’ve searched everywhere for my Christmas blanket and couldn’t find it. I was beginning to wonder if I’d planned to make it, hadn’t actually made it but thought I had, lol! I’ve just scrolled through my posts and there’s a photo of it. So I did make it. But where on earth is it?!

Sunday, 10th January 2016 at 8:14 am 3 comments

Progress

What’s that, then? I looked it up –

1. A movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage

2. Growth or development; continuous improvement

3. Forward or onward movement

So, the complete opposite of me during the past few months πŸ˜€

Scampi Dog was great in the house and garden but awful on walks. After a while he started to walk nicely on the lead, decided it was too much effort and went back to barking and pulling at everything that moved. I’ve met many dog walkers and they all told me of their training struggles and what finally worked for them. I’d go home (after another disastrous walk) full of enthusiam, determined that this latest bit of advice will be the thing that works. And it does – for about a week, then we’re back to square one. It’s like he thinks β€œdone that, bored now”! So I admitted defeat and contacted a behaviourist. I explained what was going on and she was full of ideas. She also said she didn’t think she’d need to visit us, what I’d described is so common in rescue dogs and I can probably sort this out by myself. Wrong, I thought! But after a few struggles, Scampi proved her right. We still went backwards sometimes and I couldn’t cope very well with his pulling and sometimes yanking on the lead, but the barking at everything that moves has mostly stopped. Except pushbikes, he still hates them! I bought a Halti headcollar and the pulling has stopped. We’re not quite there yet, but he’s much calmer now.

So, crochet. I’d almost forgotten what it is πŸ˜€ I have three Christmas cushion covers to finish and a half-made baby blanket. Also a jumper which is about a third done. I have no pattern and have never made a jumper before, I’m making it up as I go. I’ll definitely finish it but I’m not yet sure whether it’ll ever be worn, it’s not looking good, lol.

Sunday, 8th November 2015 at 7:12 am 3 comments

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