Sunday, 14 September 2014

Wow!

 Hi there!

I was shopping in Stroud with Master Clicky on Saturday and this in a shop window stopped me in my tracks.  Wow! is the only was I can describe it.  A 'jumper' made of thistledown.  
Each individual seed head has been pierced through by a needle and thread and then possibly woven,  I'm not quite sure, into square mesh.  I cannot imagine how difficult this must have been to make.   I had a chat to the shopkeeper ~ much to Master Clicky's disgust ~ he had been having kittens all day because children had been trying to touch it.  
It was stunning.  If you're local, I urge you to have a look, it was just up from the Made in Stroud Shop.
I was in Stroud with Master Clicky getting new rugby kit.  He has signed on for Minchinhampton Rugby this season and played his first game today.  He played for the first half for Minch and, because the other team were low on players, the second half for the opposition.  He has the white 'inside out" shirt on so as not to confuse anyone.   Minch won and the team played together well.
If you are local or know this area you will know that Minchinhampton can be very cold.  It is 700 feet above sea level and extremely exposed.  We have gone for walks on the common in the past and not got out of the car because the wind is so bitter.  I am not looking forward to colder days!   You can expect lots of complaining in the coming months about cold fingers and toes I'm sure!

We have been lucky this week to have the Tour Of Britain pass through the Cotswolds.  It went through the village where my school is, I was super excited.  
Super, super, excited.
Then I realised I was on a Website course at the same time.
       NOT HAPPY.
I left instructions with the teachers and children that went to watch to take photos.
The children had a fabulous time; they cheered everyone that came past, the car drivers before the road was closed, the police outriders who put their sirens on just for them and of course, the cyclists themselves.
Apparently, they really wizzed by in a blur.
I think the Sky rider is Sir Bradley Wiggins, but I could be wrong. 
I contented myself with recording the whole of the stage and watching it back through that evening.  I took some photos off the TV when it was paused, so this picture shows our children on the left, just before the cyclists take a 90 degree right hand bend, which I understand was very hairy to watch.
They carried on through the Cotswolds and past Mr Clicky's work, so he got to watch too.
 On the knitting front I bought some sock yarn from a Danish shop in Cheltenham called Tiger.  It's sort of Ikea-ish but only the size of a normal shop and has all sorts of bright bits and pieces that you didn't know you needed until you see them.  (have a look at their Website you'll see what I mean.)    As this yarn was £1.00 per ball and a lovely vibrant pink I bought 8 thinking I might make another cardigan like the green one I've just finished.
I also got 8 balls of the same colour pink but chunky weight yarn which was again, £1.00 per ball.
I'm not sure what to do with it yet! 
 My Mum and Dad came for a takeaway yesterday and brought some dahlias from their garden.

 I had to split them into separate vases, as the colour clash was too much for me!  Thanks Mum and Dad!
So that's me for now, the late summer sunshine is still with us, let's hope it keeps on going.

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

Monday, 8 September 2014

Green Cardi finished!

Hi there!

Firstly I have a Ta-Dah!!!!!

My Little Green Indifference is all complete.  This project was cast on in July (2012!!!)   The fronts were a doddle but the sleeves, well they didn't go so well,  they were far too baggy, so I frogged them back and then it ended up down the back of the sofa languishing in it's bag.  I dragged it back out in June ~ the year!   The pattern can be found here ~ it's a tie front shrug made from the top down.  Instead of making the ties I continued straight down to the bottom.
I made i-cord ties to tie under the bust.  I left the cuff edges to roll back and picked up 2 stitches for every 3 rows around the fronts knit 6 rows.  I'm pleased with the turned back hem and I love the colour of the yarn ~ 4 ply Stylecraft Life.   I think it will have lots of wear.
 What a lovely few days we've had of September sunshine.   There hasn't been a cloud in the sky.  Mr Clicky and me could be laying a laminate floor in the bathroom, but we decided it was an outdoorsy sort of day instead. 
 I sat in my favourite place in the garden and knitted.  I'm back on my frogged stripy cardigan and still loving the yarn ~ Drops Alpaca and the stripes in Drops Delight, good fun.  
 Tipper joined me in the sunshine.
I thought you might like to see our new 'knitted' bedside lights.  I got them in The Range.   I like them very much.
School is back in full swing, and the germs and bugs are being passed around.  3 of our teachers have been ill with colds this weekend!

That's me for now, let's hope this lovely sunshine continues.

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

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Summer Nearly Gone

Hello Folks.

Well it's nearly the end of August and I haven't blogged as much as I hoped.   As it's turned a bit rainy I've also not got the front door painted, I'm hoping for a dry, windless day.

The first thing I must tell you is that Miss Clicky got the grades she needed for University and she'll be starting at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham (half an hour drive down the road.)  She's studying English Language and has decided to stay at home.

Me and Mr Clicky had another week in France.   This time we left both the kids behind and stayed for a night in Arras, Northern France to visit some WW1 memorials, more about that in another post I think.  The next day we travelled down to our house, and for the first time in roughly twenty years it had occupants.  That was a great experience, camping ~ only cold water, boil the kettle to wash ~ but we had crammed our £5.00 bed bought from Ebay into the car.  We took some old bedside lights and put some fleece blankets on the boards almost glamping!   We put up more plasterboard ceilings, fitted an new window pane and even went out one evening! 
We went to a night market at a local town called Cluny with our English neighbour.  We had a very pleasant wander around the stalls and then sat down at the tables, where families sat and chatted and enjoyed food and wine from local producers.
We had a freshly cooked crepes.  Yum.
Cluny has an impressive Benedictine Monastery
 which we sat opposite to enjoy a beer.  It was great to have a few hours off from plasterboard!
The weather was a bit changeable but one night we enjoyed sausages cooked on the front wall and admired the views too.
Of course, I got a bit of knitting in whilst not driving.  Another one of my Fabulous Stripey Socks finished.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
There are 8 so far, here they are living in the display unit in the kitchen!
My Green Behind-the-Sofa cardi is finished and blocking so pictures of that next time.  I have turned my attentions back to Mon Petit Gilet Raye, which has been scrunched up in it's bag for a while.  It seems my English arms and shoulders are larger than petit French ones so I have frogged it back to the yolk.  Yes, you're right, I should have worked this out before I knitted the whole of the front but there we are.
I've not made my bunting yet, but my sewing machine has been in demand as Miss Clicky has been handing me various items of clothing which need altering in some way.

One last thing to tell you about, I've been going to a dance fitness class ~ aerobics with ballroom steps ~ since Christmas.  We were talking at the class yesterday about our weight,  and I was paid the ultimate compliment "You're less wobbly than you used to be."  I spent the rest of the day with a smile on my face. :-)

Back to work Monday after the holidays, with a new gang to work with.  I'm doing Maths support all morning,  with both KS2 classes so a bit different for me too.

So there we are, I'll see you soon.

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

Friday, 8 August 2014

Sewing For Pleasure

 Hello there!

We're into the third week of the holidays already!  Mr Clicky, me and Master Clicky went to France with our friends to do some more work on the house.  Master Clicky was taken because as he's nearing 6 foot tall and with good muscly shoulders, is excellent at lifting plasterboard.  We even let him have a go with the angle grinder and bought him a bow saw and set him loose on the 'garden.'  You can read about our exploits here.

Back home and the sun was still shining, good for the mountains of washing that seemed to appear.

I've had it in my mind to get my sewing machine out.  It lives under the stairs, a bit unloved, making me feel guilty.
Mr Clicky had been on at me for ages to take up a pair of trousers he had, and Miss Clicky had a pair of jeans to do too.  When I asked her to try them on, she denied knowing she had them, they'd been in the basket that long.  I duly did both pairs of trousers ~ no pictures of that, too boring ~ and then decided to embark on some Sewing For Pleasure, but what to make?  
I went for a new cover for the poor, neglected machine. It's a Toyota and I've had it for at least 20 years.  Not that fancy, but does what I need.
The old cover is so disgusting I hardly want to show it to you. Yuk! 
I popped into Stroud to find some suitable fabric and came out with some fairly thick Duck Egg-ish ~ maybe Eau De Nil ~ spot cotton.
I used the old cover as a pattern, and winged it a bit too.
I pressed all the seams open and zigzagged as I don't own pinking shears.  I was pleased with how the corners came out, more luck than judgement I think.
And here we are Ta-Dah!  I made buttonholes around the bobbin holders??? ~ not sure if that is what they're called ~ and had read the instructions on how to do them, I'd clean forgot! 
 With hindsight ~ a wonderful thing ~ I should have made it a bit longer, but as I said I followed the old cover.  I added a bit of spotty ribbon along the bottom in pale blue just because....  So there we are Sewing For Pleasure, I quite enjoyed it.
 And now I have found some b e a u t i f u l birdie fabric on Ebay.  It's a heavy cotton and I have 2 metres of it.  I was thinking about large cushions for the garden, but now I'm thinking a simple shoulder bag, maybe both?  I'm not sure I want to cut into it, too nice!
I also got a remanent bundle on Ebay, as I am possibly the only person not to have made (or own)  bunting yet.  I know I am very late to this party, but better late than never.
Of course I am still knitting ~ I was very glad that I had my emergency knitting in the car the other day when we got stuck behind an accident in Worcestershire ~ and I'm attempting a turned hem on the bottom on my Green Cardi.

There's also a ton of jobs to do around the house and because I've bought some paint for the front door (undercoated at the start of last summer holidays) its now turned rainy.  Hey ho.

Me and Mr Clicky are off to France again this weekend for 4 days so I'll see you all after.

Have fun and I hope the sun shines on you.
Bye for now.....Clicky Needles.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Phew!

Hi There!

Just a quick post today.

School has finished, always a sad occasion with the 10 year olds leaving and this year, two of our teachers as well.   I've worked with both of them in different classes.  They were both Newly Qualified Teachers when we (school) got them and with a few years of patience and the help of the other teaching assistants we got them whipped into shape.  We had a farewell meal last night which was a very raucous affair.
In September we have two new NQTs and the process starts again!

We had a fabulous sports day with a picnic lunch and the trips have all proved to be enjoyable.
I've also been making more clock cosies!  The teacher leaving from reception asked for a clock cosy for her new classroom so I was only too happy to oblige.  I popped it on the clock in the classroom and the reception children said they liked it better than the old one and too be fair the colours were much more vibrant.  So, I had to make another cosy!
Here they are.

Master Clicky has been doing experience all week at a local company engineering company and enjoying it immensely.  He's been machining metal into different shaped pieces of metal, checking out the 3D printers (they're amazing Mum!) looking at the lasers and drinking lots of coffee.  

We are off to France tomorrow at 2.30am to carry out some more of a long list of work on our little house.  I really should be packing now, so I'll say bye for now and see you soon.  Fingers crossed we don't get another thunder storm like last night's when were driving!

Clicky Needles.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Days Out

Hi There.

The weather of late has been pleasantly warm, a few days of thunderstorms but on the whole great.

I took to my favourite place in the garden on Saturday ~ my steamer chair ~ and took out lots of things to keep me busy.
My current book ~ 1000 Years of Annoying the French ~ a highly amusing look at Anglo-French relations and August's copy of Style at Home Magazine which had come through the letter box that morning.
As I was flipping through I saw a crochet cushion which looked a bit familiar on further inspection it turned out to be our very own blogger Gillian from Tales from a Happy House.
I was so giddy for her that I didn't do much knitting.

I've resurrected this top down cardi from behind the sofa.  I'd left it in summer 2012 having frogged one of the sleeves because it was too baggy. I didn't realise it has been there 2 years!  The decreases now have fewer rows in between.  So far so good.
I was also sipping a Gordon's with elderflower ~ my first try of this ~ and I found it most refreshing.
I've been on 2 school trips this week, one to a local farm for the children to build dens, toast marshmallows and scone twists over the camp fire and generally have a lovely time outdoors.  The sun shone, and whilst the children had fun I made a cosy for our new Garmin SatNav which didn't come with any sort of cover.
 At least it can be put in the glove box when not in use and not get scratched. 
 Today's trip with the Reception children was to the Bristol Aquarium.  I've not been before so was looking forward to it.

The jelly fish had red and blue lights to make them glow.
The four round bits are their tummies.

Fish, I have discovered are difficult to photograph!
There were some real monsters!
The seahorses were my favourite.
 A Leopard Shark sitting above us in the tunnel. 
 A member of staff dip-diving to clean the tank.
 When we walked through Millennium Square back to the bus, people were watching Andy Murray (lose) his match at Wimbledon. 
 I am tired after my two days of trips and have already had a quick snooze on the sofa this evening.  Next trip next week!

Lastly my new stripy (but muted) door mat.  I like it very much and it picks up the colour of the tiles well.
That's me for now.....see you soon.

Clicky Needles. x