Sunday, 17 May 2015

Caramel is finished!

Hello folks.

At last I have finished my Caramel Cardigan.  You may remember I cast it on Christmas Day and it took three weeks to realise it was on the wrong size needles.  Anyhoo all done now.  Most of the yarn was gifted to me by my lovely knitting pal Romain.  I am very pleased with it.
 I had a little surprise in the post this week.
 I won an online giveaway from Let's Get Crafting magazine.  Five pretty stitch markers ~ always useful!
Thanks for your birthday wishes for my children, Master Clicky is into his GCSEs, he has two subjects this week, some days with nothing so he can stay at home or go into school to revise. 

With my Caramel finished I am now working on my Daybreak Shawl, but there is a little faffing around as my stitch count seems to be wrong.  *sigh*  I need to get it sorted as I'm off to France with my friend B next week and it will be the perfect car knitting project.  We're going to do some more work on our little house, namely tiling the bathroom floor.  This could be interesting as it is not something I've done before.  

Wish me luck!   
Bye for now .............Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Where did those years go?

Hello All!

It was my little boy's school Prom this week.  I don't know where those years have whizzed by.    From the little blonde chubby boy in Reception Class to a skinny beanpole who towers over me.

  From what he says he had the best evening, dancing, singing and generally leaping around.  He has discovered that he likes wearing a suit, so if we're very lucky he might be wearing joggers less in the future ~ it has been hard to coax him out of them, even for Christmas Day.  
 
  
It was his last day at school as well, GCSEs start tomorrow, the same day that he is 16.  Phew.


He doesn't have to wear uniform any more when he goes in for exams so we unceremoniously dumped them in a bin bag, nothing to be gifted on to others, they were threadbare!


 So the next few weeks will be taken up hard work and then he has 10 weeks to chill and then onto a new chapter of his life, college.

Let's hope those exams go well.

It's Miss Clicky's birthday today as well, no longer a teenager, she's 20.  This is making me feel old!
My next post will be more upbeat, I promise!

See you soon................................. Clicky Needles. 


Monday, 27 April 2015

Wonderwool

Hello Folks!

Life seems to have left me with little time over the past few weeks and when that happens blogging is an extra pressure, hence the short break.

I had a fabby day out at Wonderwool Wales with my knitting pal Romain yesterday.  I came back super inspired, full of ideas and wanting to knit.

I bought lots of lovely things and spent more money than usual.  
Would you like to see?  Of course you would.

Firstly a ready made top.  Yes, I know what you are thinking, I could knit that.  You are right.  I could.  It was for sale on one of stalls and I just fancied it.   The yarn is Shetland and it was made by a lady in Herefordshire who has some sheep of her own and makes felted items too.
 It has a really nice contrast scalloped edge.   We came across a lot of jumpers and cardis with a contrast edge, something I might use in the future.
On the Blacker Yarns stall I had a rummage through a bin of 4ply yarn and got 6 balls for £15.00.  Maybe a yolk for a cardi/jumper?  The green at the back is a blend of Blue Faced Leicester with Flax and is wonderfully smooth.
In another bin on the same stall I found two unidentified 400g hanks of mill ends for £8.00 each.
The Baa Ram Ewe stall had a wonderfully soft, squishy, warm yarn called Titus.  It is 4ply with 50% Wensleydale Longwool 20% Blue Faced Leicester and 
30% UK Alpaca.
 
 I got a large skein and 6 mini-skeins to make a Daybreak Shawl by Stephen West.  The shawl on the stall was gorgeous, although they had run out of they grey so I had two lots of green.
Also on this stall I bought a pattern for Dark Pearl, a drapy front lace cardi from Carol Feller.  This was made in the same yarn,  Titus.  
And lastly a single ball of Drops Lima, just to try it out as I haven't used it before.
We had a super time, wandering and chatting, with a few ooooos and aahhhhhhs thrown in.  There was lots of Alpaca and also a lot of felting this year, garments and needle felted creatures.

After our long, tiring day of woolyness, I was asleep as soon as the coach pulled off, which was no surprise to Romain as she knows me by now!

That's me for now, I'm off to cast on a shawl........
Clicky Needles.








Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sewing

Hello folks.

This week has been lovely, the sun has shone, I've gardened a little, read a book in the sun a little and sewed a little.

I have spent long, long hours on Pinterest looking at bags and sewing projects I might be able to tackle.  I popped into Stroud and the local sewing shop, Sew and So to pick up some zips.  A zip is quite an undertaking for me, it's over 30 years since I put a zip in anything.

I started with a simple make up bag.  There are hundreds of tutorials on line, I used this one from Melly Sews principally.  
I popped in a label.  I really like the blue/beige combination.
 Top stitching, not too bad?
 You can see I had a fight with the zip end.  I'm not too happy with how that turned out...
 ..but in my defence this Cath Kidston one I was given as a present isn't that much better.
 Deciding I hadn't done too badly, did I try another just to hone my skills and new things I had learnt?  Not I did not.  I went straight for a credit card holder.   This time the pattern was from Craft Passion.
I read, and re-read the instructions.   There was a lot of shouting at my machine, "COME ON!" and one or two other things I won't repeat.  Two bits of fabric got binned and I started anew.  One zip was discarded and a longer one used. 
Basically both sides of the zip have the fabric sewn to it and then they are turned through to the right side.  Working on the wrong side and turning it through is sometimes too much for my brain.   Getting the zip around the corner smoothly was pesky, but after a lot of perseverance ~ it was a lot believe me ~ I had something passable.
I used the leftovers of the tea-towel fabric from my Tea-Towel Tote.  There is an internal divider giving three pockets, two for credit cards maybe and a bigger pocket in the middle for some coins.
The original zip I had was too short ~ well that and I sewed the ends to the fabric instead of turning them out of the way, so after I had clipped the corners and turned it through it just didn't work, hence the reason two fabric pieces got binned ~ I used a longer one and shortened it.  I'm a bit worried that this one will just fall apart with use, should I have encased the end and the new sewn stop ~ is that the right word? ~ in the fabric rather than having it on show?  I don't know, please tell me what I should have done. 
Anyhoo, on the whole I'm pleased.
I've learnt loads of things about zips, some I had forgotten and some new stuff.  Working in reverse is taxing for me but I'm hoping I'll get better.  I also worked out that it is easier to have a handy pot next to you for all the threads and bit of fabric instead of dropping them all on the floor to pick up later.
I'm actually quite enjoying this sewing malarkey, I might do more.

Well that's me for now, back to school tomorrow which will be hard after two weeks off!  

See you soon.................Clicky Needles.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Scarecrows



Hi all.

Every Easter, Chalford, a local village has a scarecrow trail.  People make scarecrows and put them in their gardens and lots of others come to visit.  The maps cost £3.00 and there is a quiz to complete as well.  Mr Clicky and me have done it in years gone by with the children, but now Miss Clicky is at her boyfriend's and Master Clicky is still in bed.  We took the dog instead.

We started at the top of the hill and came across Olaf 
and someone from Minecraft.
Chalford clings to the side of the Golden Valley, there are lots of little pathways in between the houses.
I loved this Toy Story collection.
Look at Bulleye's feet! made from plant pots.  The locals must spend lots of time making the scarecrows.
Oooooh! Aliens.
Mr and Mrs Potato Head.
We carried on, looking down on roofs below us.
In the valley bottom we came across three crows.
 Gru and some Minions. 

The fisherman was fishing in the (to be restored) Stroudwater canal.  I don't think he was catching much.



One of the locks which will be restored.  As you can see there's not much water in it but one day....
From the bottom you can see where we're going to walk back up soon.
I liked the simplicity of this little girl.
Harry Potter on his broomstick.
And a lady having rest from gardening.
We need a rest as we walked back up little pathways with lots of steps.  The dog was worn out and slept for the afternoon.   I really enjoy the trail, we don't do it every year, but I am amazed at the inginuity of people.

Right now the sun is shining brightly and is set to stay for the week. 
Happy Days.

See you soon.......Clicky Needles.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Easter Holidays

Hi there!

School had broken up and we have two weeks off.  Easter holidays are the perfect length of time, time to relax and time to get stuff done.  I have a mental list of things I want to do, the usuals, gardening, painting, sorting and of course, knitting, sewing and crochet.

The weather is very spring-like, one day rainy nastiness, one day sunshine.  On the sun shiny days Tipper the dog sits by the door and whines, and when he been let out, finds the sunniest spot outside soaking it up.
Yesterday when Mr Clicky took Tipper for a walk it started to rain, which turned quickly into a hail storm.  The dog turned around and headed for home followed by Mr Clicky.

Miss Clicky bought me two little pots of bulbs for Mother's Day.
One of my favourite, Iris Reticulata 
and Tete-a-Tete Narcissus.
She's also brought some bargain pineapples home from work (25p!) and I thought I'd have a go at growing them.  I've never managed it in the past so I had a quick google.  Apparently you need to twist the top off before you cut your pineapple up.  This leaves a good bit of stalk, strip off the bottom leaves and then suspend over water.

After a little bit roots appear.
 I've now potted it up into compost.  It doesn't look pretty now I've cut the dead leaves off and there is only one left but I am hopeful that one day it will look like a pineapple.
That's me for now, I'm putting a big effort in my current cardigan so you never know..............

See you soon... Clicky Needles.



Sunday, 15 March 2015

More Bags

Hello Folks!

It was two of my old friends birthday's this week. When I say old friends, our daughters' are all 20 now and we met at our local playgroup.  They both had 4 children, I just stuck to the 2 and, when they were smaller they spent lots of time together while us mums drank tea and nattered.  As the children have grown up we see each other less, but we try and meet every few months.
I decided not to buy the usual pot of daffodils/primroses and make them each a bag instead.  I used the lovely birdie print fabric I got off eBay a little while ago.
This time the bags went much more smoothly.  No pins stuck inside and I even cut the selvedge off!
I had to buy some more lining material as I didn't have enough.
I was very pleased with the result, and, as it turns out, so were they.  We had a meal out in a local pub, and caught up.
Mr Clicky bought me some daffodils last week, and the young girl who served him told him to put sugar in the water.  She said they had done experiments in school ~ I told you she was young ~ and they lasted longer.  I've heard of putting lemonade in vases but I never have any.  Now, I wouldn't usually worry too much about a £1.00 bunch of daffs but I thought I'd give it a go.  Not only have they lasted longer they are standing more upright as well.  When I mentioned this to Master Clicky he said, 'Of course they will Mum, you're giving them food,' and even finished off his sentence with a duh.  That told me then.
Right, I'm off to watch Master Clicky play rugby, I am wearing long johns, thermal vest and two pairs of socks, I don't like getting cold!

See you soon, and you never know there may be progress on my Caramel Cardigan.

Clicky Needles.