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Sunday, 14 January 2018

A Sorting Day

Hello folks!

I've been sorting today.  When our new kitchen extension was finished back in October I didn't have the energy or inclination to properly sort out the kitchen drawers.  I just chucked ~ quite literally ~ all the contents of the old drawers in and shut them.  Now I'm not talking about the cutlery and utensils that was sorted at the time, but more the pens and things that you accumulate.  A lot of the things have gone in the bin; I found 5 keys to tighten up rugby studs, spare studs, two packets of 50 balloons ~ 100 balloons what was I thinking?, 3 pairs of 3d glasses from the cinema ~ I hate 3d cinema gives me a headache, 5 lanyards, a paint colour chart, thousands of elastic bands, more pens than I know what to do with, 10 Ikea pencils, loads of Ikea Allen Keys, rawl plugs, screws............I could go on.  Anyhoo the drawers are now a lot lighter and more streamlined.

I've also had the laminator from school apart and removed a laminating pouch that got stuck.
I've filled my car up with oil, done several loads of washing, donated some items on my local Freecycle, walked the dog and fed the wild birds.

Do you remember Miss Clicky's boyfriend was in Shetland and I said he wasn't allowed to by any wool for me?  Turns out he did.  One of my Christmas
Presents was a Jamieson's bag and a ball of yarn.  
On the reverse is a key to wooly dialect, makkin apparently, is knitting.  I was very touched.
My temperature blanket is nearly ready for the border, just have to sew in those ends.  I know some people hate this stage this stage but I quite enjoy it. So if you need me that's where you'll find me this evening, on the sofa sewing in ends.

As always have a lovely week, and if you're in the U.K. make sure those hatches are battened down, there's some weather on the way.

Bye for now.............Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Happy New Year

Hello Folks!

I hope you all had a Wonderful Christmas and A Happy New Year.  
Our plans for a family gathering of 12 were slightly scuppered by some more snow.  We ended up postponing until New Year's Day instead.  I needn't have hung my pom-poms on the tree in the front garden after all.
My 50th birthday sneaked up on me just before Christmas. I'm not sure how but there we go.  It was fairly quiet; I'm trying to get people at work to make allowances ~ not sitting on the floor etc. ~ 'because I'm over 50' but they're having none of it!

One of our lovely friends made me some massive crochet hooks from wooden dowling.  I've put a 4.5mm hook next to them for comparison.  I'm not sure if I'll use them or not but they are very tactile and a handcrafted present is always wonderful.

Mr Clicky undecorated the Christmas Tree when I was back at work ~ he sent me a text saying what a well co-ordinated tree it was!  I did ask him if he had noticed the tree at all through Christmas and he said yes, but he hadn't fully appreciated it.  MEN!!!!
 So my big news to tell you ~ apart from the birthday ~ is that Mr Clicky is currently working in Chicago.  He went in October, was back for two weeks over Christmas and I took him back to Heathrow this weekend, that was hard I can tell you.  I will see him again at Easter, his job will last for 3 years.  The plan is that I will join him when I can ~ at the moment Master Clicky is not yet driving so I have to take him to work in the morning ~ the other piece of news ~ Master Clicky has a job! He decided not to go back to college, has joined the world of work and at the age of 18 is earning more than me.

On a wooly note our Godson and his new wife are expecting a baby soon, and I was invited to the baby shower they had.  I made a Puerperium jumper, which I liked because the front opens completely.  This was finished at the 11th hour ~ if you look carefully there is one less stripe of blue on one of the sleeves (!)

and also a pair of baby socks.

Good news! today is the last day of my Temperature Blanket so all that remains now is to crochet it together.  I shall be concentrating on this for the next few weeks.  I love the way it has come together and I can't wait to finish it.
So, I think that's me for now, have a great week................Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Have A Wonderful Time.

Hello folks.

Lots of things have happened over the last few months that I need to tell you about but for now here's a message on my new light box given to me by the lovely Miss Clicky for my (50th) Birthday.  I am hoping to getting some knitting in.

Hopefully over the next few days I'll have a bit of time to fill you in but for now 

H*A*V*E*  *A *  *W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L*

Clicky Needles.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

White Stuff

Hello Folks!

Here at Clicky Needles towers we caught some of the snow that has been dropping on Britain.  I awoke on Sunday morning to find lots of snow and it was still falling.  This was not so great as my new sofa was due to be delivered by Ikea.  I had a phone call early to say it wouldn't be coming.
The Velux in the kitchen were covered ~ it felt rather oppressive.
 Of course, everything looks beautiful covered in snow.
I like the Christmas lights.
I can hear screams and whoops of joy from our local sledging fields.  My school has been shut for two 'snow days' the roads are really slippy and dangerous.
Yesterday morning the covering on the extension roof started to move ~ downwards.  

I have been knocking it off when it reaches the bottom. 
 Today things have been better and it's even starting to melt a bit, although there is lots of ice on the rain chains.

 Master Clicky had one day off work and went sledging with his friends ~ I wasn't tempted this time.

School is back tomorrow, it is still icy so I'm hoping that it warms up and melts during the night.

Keep warm..........Clicky Needles.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

When did that happen?

Hello all.

Wow!  We're into December, I'm not sure how that has happened.  The last few weeks have flown by both at school and at home.  In Reception Class at the moment the Nativity play is the main focus, we've had a dress rehearsal and 'our' children are little stars.  They are adorable and their star dance is pretty good too.  

At home I've had some lovely walks with the dog, this on top of Minchinhampton Common.  
Our local woods.
Tipper is not too happy to stop for photos

but sometimes you need to stop and take it in.
I've fired up the woodburner, and what better place to relax after your walk?
I rearranged my shelving unit in the craft room and added more colourful cubes.
Still a bit more rearranging to do I think.
I went to see James Blunt.  One Word.  A-MAZE-ING.

It was a bit of shock driving through central Birmingham in rush hour traffic especially as I thought it was at the NEC but we got there in the end.

I've been melting old candles down in a bain marie
to make new ones.

And experimenting by adding loads of glitter, I'm very happy with the result.
The advent candle is burning down (a bit faster than I would like.)
And I've been folding origami stars.  I found some instructions here. The music paper came from Amazon.    They are really easy to make and I'm getting faster!
My last few pictures to leave you with, Miss Clicky's partner has been sailing around the North Sea working and visiting oil rigs on this ship for the past month.
He went from Shetland, this was Jamieson's window.  He did offer to buy me yarn but this was vetoed by Mr Clicky.
 He flew back in yesterday and took this stunning picture of London as he was landing, well worth sharing.
Well, that's me for now, I'm off on another dog walk and some more star folding.  
Have a great week.........Clicky Needles.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Half Term Doings

Hello there.

Half term was quiet for me, a couple of lovely friends came over, I went to see my mum and dad, took the dog for walks and generally pottered around.   

I brought two old pop-up tents home from school, which were no longer too keen on popping-up and were destined for the bin.  A shame to put fabric to waste, I decided to make it into bunting which can be used at school.
 I unpicked the edging strip which turned out to be perfect blind tape
and then started to cut out triangles with my scissors.  I quickly realised it would be quicker and much more fun to cut with my rotary cutter.
I then stitched the triangles into the edging strip and hey presto!  I put it up in our new room and I think it goes rather well with our orange blinds.

A few of the days in half term have been damp, grey and a bit miserable so I made my first hot chocolate of the season.  Yum!
 With the clocks going back I decided not to stay in bed an extra hour but get up and use it.  I did the summer/winter wardrobe swap, pulled everything out of my very untidy wardrobe and colour coded it.  What do we learn from this exercise?  That I like grey and pink cardigans!  It is looking rather neat in this picture, it will not stay like that but at least once a year it is tidy.
On the knitting front I am making another stripy cardigan from Drops Delight and Drops Alpaca.  It is a Drops Pattern, I am not putting the lace bit in.  It's bottom up in once piece and as it's 4ply the rows are long but no sewing up.
And here's a close up because who doesn't like wooly loveliness? 

That's me for now I think, have a super week.
Clicky Needles

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Blind Finished!

Hello Folks

Firstly I'd like to thank you for your lovely comments about my craft room.  I have to pinch myself when I go in, I still can't quite believe it's all mine! 

I've been working on the blind.  After a not very fruitful Pinterest search on how to make a Roman Blind I had a dig around in my (very) old patterns and came up with this one. I pulled it out of a magazine ~ Prima possibly ~ and made a blind for our flat we had when we lived in London 25 years ago.  A lot of patterns I saw used blind tape sewn onto the lining, this pattern however, makes the channels with the lining fabric which you then insert the rods in ~ for me wooden dowling.
The new kitchen island was the perfect place to cut and measure the fabric, no kneeling on the floor.
The instructions were easy to follow and I was soon congratulating myself on a job well done.  I hung the blind, tied the cords and pulled it up.  The centre hadn't come up that well.   I puzzled over why, did I need and extra cord in the middle?
Then I noticed that I hadn't stitched through all the dowling channels and the fabric was loose.  So down it all came, battening out, sewing machine back out the box.

That's better.

I love that the fabric matches the clock and oh! the wallpaper ~ I'm still excited by it.

I noticed that there is another Drops Sale on all their alpaca yarn ~ now until Christmas in case you were wondering ~ and the combination of alpaca and 30% off was too much to resist.  The folks at Wool Warehouse are super efficient at sending out their orders and this lovely combination arrived on my doorstep a few days later.  This is a new yarn, Nord which is a combination of 45% alpaca, 23% wool and 30% polyamide.  I got 3 balls of each colour thinking I'll make some socks and something else.  

It's a 4ply yarn similar to their alpaca yarn, but the addition of the wool gives it a bit more structure.  I can't wait to use it. 
Also this cute Knit Pro needle sizer dropped into my basket, I couldn't find mine anywhere when I needed it.  Of course a day after a new one arrived I found the old one.  Hey ho.

It's half term with me right now, the weather is distinctly autumnal and not in a good way.  Damp, foggy and grey. Meh!

Right, that's me for now, have fun.
See you soon.......Clicky Needles.