Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumn Sunshine

Hi There!

It's been a very pleasant weekend in these here parts.
I treated myself to several hours in the warm Autumn sunshine with some knitting to keep me busy today.

Birds flocked to the cherry tree which is starting to turn red, where the feeders are.  They were visited by blue tits, great tits, long tailed tits, a cacophony of sparrows and a nuthatch.  They were all too fast for me to catch with the camera, I had lots of blurrs!  They disappeared as fast as they came and I could hear the shouts of a distant football match.
 Cricket has finished and the rugby season is upon us,  Master Clicky had training this morning.  He has a new pair of boots ~ he's growing faster than I can keep up with ~ he had already decided before we went into the sports shop they had to be pink.  What do you think?  I really like them. :-)
 The evenings are getting chilly and there is nothing the dog likes more than being cosy.  Unbeknown to me Miss Clicky wrapped him up in my Granny Blanket and, in true 21st century style I then received an emailed picture.  
And lastly a present that the above dog brought in last night before his bedtime.  I let him out in the garden for his last wee of the night and he reappeared with a hedgehog, dropped it in the middle of the living room and nonchanately got into his bed.  After checking that the hedgehog was ok ~ he/she seemed to be ~ I rolled it onto a dustpan and popped it back in the undergrowth.  I was actually very pleased to see it, I haven't seen any in our garden for several years.
That's me for now, off to do a bit of ironing and then watch Downton Abbey and Cider with Rosie which was filmed locally.

As always, have fun.............Clicky Needles

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Rugby, rabbits and dancing

Hello all!

Rugby World Cup fever has well and truly taken hold in Clicky Needles' Towers.  The flag is being proudly displayed and every one of the eight matches on over this weekend have been/are being watched.  Miss Clicky, a rugby hater,  is not happy.
I got in a range of supplies to keep us going.  I trawled my way through a massive pile of ironing yesterday whilst watching, a jolly good use of time I think.
Away from rugby, I was in a dance demonstration last weekend at a local Fair.  As I type this I realise that I've never told you about the classes I have been doing for a few years now.  I go to a Dance Fitness class which is huge fun.  We lunge around, waggle our arms, shimmy our hips and laugh a lot.  About six months ago I started another class with the same instructor called Body Blitz.  This class is every bit as unpleasant as it sounds.  I'm not sure I should really being doing sit-ups, burpees and planks (have a google) at my age, but I do.  This class is not fun. 

The main street of the village was shut off and the bunting was out.
 I was very apprehensive ~ I'm not sure people really need to see me in lycra, what if I mess up?   We danced in the school playground on tarmac which was hard work.
 As it was, it all went well.  I'm not sure why my arms are going in a totally different direction to everyone else's but never mind.
Look!  I've finished my Tooty Fruity Bag!  I am so, so, so happy with it.  
 I'm really looking forward to using it.
 The string is Nutscene and I used a 5mm hook and single crochet and the pattern from here.  I've made string bags in the past but with two strands and a big hook.  This is much stronger.  I made my handles longer so I can use it as a shoulder bag.
Lastly, I have the show The Bunnies.  They are very happily living in separate runs ~ they fight otherwise ~ this is Thumper a very lovely bunny who eats and that's about it...and.....
 .....this is Blue.  He looks so cute with his grey eyes to match his grey fur but don't let appearances deceive you.  
 He likes to dig holes and try to escape.  Indeed, he managed an escape the other week and disappeared under the fence into next door.  After much exploring through the undergrowth we bunny tackled him and got him back to where he belongs.  The lawn is not looking it's best. 
That's me for now, I'm off to Caerleon, the Roman Legion Museum near Newport tomorrow with our 'big' class at school.  We're asking "What have The Romans ever done for us?"  Well, apart from the sanitation, education, wine............

See you soon.......Clicky Needles 

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Holidays (are over)

Hello there.

Mr Clicky and Me have returned from our week in France.  We did lots of work on the house but there is still lots to do!

The school holidays are over, only one more day and I'm back to work.  It was hot in France, into the high 20s but even there that August feel was about.  Cooler mornings and early evenings.  Things on the turn.

My cultivated blackberry has been fruiting well, the berries are going into the freezer for a winter blackberry and apple crumble.
I have been making things over the holiday too.  Mr Clicky and I made this bonkers little table out of a pallet we had.  It took a few hours and we quite enjoyed it.  It sits on the patio next to my steamer chair.   Mr Clicky named it the 'knitting table' straight away.
The knitting you can see on top of it is a bolero made with King Cole Galaxy yarn.
The yarn was gifted to me by my lovely friend Romain and I thought it would be a good car knitting project whilst driving through France.
I've also hooked on a new crochet twine bag.  I was eating Tooty Fruities at the same time 
so it shall be called my Tooty Fruity Bag.  
I came across this on Pinterest from the Quilt While You're Ahead blog ~  I'm spending lots of time on Pinterest at the moment ~ anyhoo the colours of the bag stopped me in my tracks.  I made a special trip to a local garden centre to buy the colours of twine I din't have.  To be fair I have lots of twine in quite a few colours but I didn't have aqua, orange or yellow.  I have made twine bags in the past but with a large hook and double thread.  I love working with twine, I love the smell of it ~ I know, I'm weird ~ it's not as hard on the hands as you might think, and the results are very durable.

Righto I'm off now to catch up on some blog reading, which I've really missed out on.  
See you soon......................Clicky Needles 

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Behind The Sofa

Hello folks.

Long time no post from me.  I've been to France for a week and been pottering around at home, which has been great, but the holidays seem to be disappearing fast.

As I have time on my hands I've been Behind The Sofa.  Well not so much behind the sofa, as in the basket, under the table next to the sofa.  We've all got that bit of space where we hastily shove our knitting bag when someone pops by, and I'm afraid my half finished projects get shoved there too.  I decided it was time to hoover all the cobwebs and other nasties.  I also took the opportunity to have a look through the bags of half finished knitting.

Firstly we have a Fair Isle mitten.  This was a pattern cobbled together from a glove and a mitten.  Started in 2010.  Frogged.
 A toe up sock.  Not very exciting, I've had the needles out for other, more exciting socks, hence the reason there are only two.  Started October 2010.  Not frogged but not that promising either.
 The Blanket I'm Not Allowed To Make.  This was started 1st January 2013.  It will be on-going.  Mr Clicky was not happy about this, "Do we really need another blanket?"  It'll go in my shed, when he builds it for me ~ that may be a pipe dream.
 Flip Top Gloves.  A mash up of two patterns, with the flip-top bit not working that well. I think I'll take off the flip bit and knit the fingers all the way.  I wasn't even sure what pattern I had used until I looked on good old Ravelry.  Started December 31 2010.
Blender Socks.  Using up all the tiny pieces of sock yarn that I can't bear to throw away.  I still have loads of sock yarn, it must multiply in the bag.  Lots of ends to sew in but I still like the effect.  Have no idea when this was started.  Staying on the needles.
 And now onto the big stuff.
My Fabulous Stripy Cardi.  Started March 2014.  Drops Alpaca and Drops Delight.  Gorgeous combination.  Not off to an easy start, had to frog some and redo.  I got bored of knitting the sleeves in the round.  Will be picking up again.
Leaf Aran Started October 2012.  A lovely aran but the moss stitch on the back gave me aching arms and wrists.  That said, I've finished the back which is the main bit of moss stitch, must pick it up again.
Tamari Started October 2013.  Love the pattern, love the yarn, just not the two together.  Frogged.
And lastly two little tapestries that need stretching/framing/making into a cushion/something doing with them.   Miss Clicky made the heart, I did the cockerel.  They have been in the basket for 5 years plus.
These are old projects of course, this doesn't include my Daybreak Shawl (nearly finished) and a bolero that I started the other week for car knitting whilst driving in France.  You can have a peek at that next time.

So there we are, I do try to only have two things on the go at once, and I shall endeavour to do so in the future.  Is it any tidier in the basket, under the table?  Slightly, but if I'm honest, not really.

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

Monday, 20 July 2015

A Bit of Cricket

Hello All!

Mr Clicky and I went with our friends to The Cheltenham Cricket Festival last week to see a T20 match.  The Festival is held in the rather splendid grounds of Cheltenham College.   This is The Chapel end.
The Pavilion is just as impressive.
The weather was well......changeable.  It was raining one moment and blazing hot sunshine the next, making me wish I had thought of suncream.  We found ourselves a place in the stands, blew up our clackers
and got our 4 and 6 sign ready.

Gloucestershire were playing Kent.  Sadly Gloucestershire lost in the last few overs but it was a close match and we had a great time.

I haven't told you about my new camera.  I've had it a few months, and I am very impressed with it.  The main reason I got it ~ apart from the fact it is purple ~ is that it has a 24 x zoom.
This means I have a new obsession ~ taking pictures of the moon.  I couldn't do this with the old one and boy, am I making up for lost time.
I also captured a random planet (I think) ~ dunno which, if anybody does let me know!

School finished for the children on Thursday and for staff on Friday.  I've been in today however, to get all the peg labels in the cloakroom for KS2 done.  As I am the teaching assistant in KS2 it's all down to me.  One year I forgot completely and when we arrived back in September, 60 children looked at me and said "Where shall I hang my things?"  Not making that mistake again!

I'm off to our french house with my friend on Friday to do some more work.  You can find what we got up to on our last trip here.  It's really coming together.

See you soon...Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Beautiful Day

Hi All.

We had a fantastic family day on Friday.  My brother got married.

It was at a lovely hotel in Cheltenham.  The weather was perfect ~ overcast so not too scorchingly hot but warm nonetheless.   The ceremony took place under the arches of the door and the small group of family and close friends sat facing in.  Now I'm not going to post any pictures of my brother and my new sister in law but I will show you some lovely touches. 
Miss Clicky had her hair pinned up with a lovely slide in it.
She was wearing mad shoes!  4 inch heels.  She was supported by her boyfriend and Master Clicky when she need to walk.  She did manage all day in them though.
 The bride and bridesmaid carried beautiful bouquets of peonies and canterbury bells.  The grey silk behind is the bridesmaid's dress.
 They both had flowers in their hair.
 The bride's dress was stunning, embroidered and beaded.
The staff couldn't do enough for us, at one point I had 3 drinks on the go, G&T, red wine and champagne!
 Mr Clicky was best man, he made everyone laugh with stories from the past.  After we had eaten we played games outside on the lawns.  Miss Clicky and her boyfriend playing Jenga. 
It was a black tie event, and some of the boys wore of pointy shoes.  I tried to take photos without them noticing!

We had a wonderful day, everyone was smiling and the couple were indeed, happy.  As we went to bed the humid day finally broke and there was a terrific thunderstorm.  The day will be a treasured memory for years to come.

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