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Sunday, 17 June 2018


Hello there.

Peonies are looking magnificent right now.  I just love them, don't you?  These are my next-door neighbour's, a stunning white, double flowered variety.  Their little girl wanted her Dad to pick one for her hair.  I wouldn't mind one of these stuck behind my ear either.

The one in my own garden is a little more modest.  It was given to me by my knitting pal Romain. Well, actually she gave me three, one pink, one white and one red.  When we had our building work done, I tried to dig everything up to save it from a digger being driven over it but when the work was finished it appeared I only had managed to salvage the white one.  
It has rewarded me with a single flower this year. 
I've got a vase full of these pink beauties too.  I picked them up this week with my supermarket shop, they stand in the middle of my kitchen island and every now and then I get the most delicate whiff of scent.
 Talking of gardens, I am currently trying to get ours into some semblance of order.  Right now it looks like this, part left over building site, part scrubland, with a few plants clinging onto life.
 What's the nice way of putting it?   It has potential.  This is not nice to see and as the back of the house now has glass all the way along it we can see it all.

I've had some chunky sleepers delivered, they came the other Saturday morning.  I heard the truck whilst I was in bed drinking tea, and went to answer the door in my dressing gown.  The delivery driver told me to 'watch from the window,' and sent me back inside.  The plan is to use the sleepers to make raised beds and deal with the levels we have in the garden. 
Progress is slow, partly due to the stones that lurk underneath the topsoil and partly due to Master Clicky's cricket obession which means his weekends are mostly spent at the cricket club.  Whilst I can lug sleepers about and cut them, it's a job for two rather than one.   

That's about me for now, I have worked out I should be making three blocks a week for the Wedding Present Blanket I am making for my teacher, this week I've only done two, so already behind my target.  
I'd better get my skates on...........
Have a great week............Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

2017 Temperature Blanket Ta-Dah!

Hello there!

At last, a ta-dah!  I don't seem to have done one for ages now.  The temperature blanket I made has been nearly finished since January. I had popped it away just for the edging to be finished and promptly forgot about it.
If you haven't come across a temperature blanket before it's really easy.  Record the average temperature every day and make a square accordingly.  Some people make stripes, I went for simple Granny Squares.  I added white in the middle for snow, blue for rain and yellow for sun.

Mine started on the 12th January 2017 ~ bottom right in the picture with a temperature of 2 degrees and snow.
It finished on 7th January 2018 ~ top left with a temperature of 2 degrees and no snow. 
 I used a weather app to find the average temperature wherever I happened to be.
In 2017 (where I was) we had only had two days of zero degrees and the highest that I recorded was the 31st June when it got to 31 degrees

I have really enjoyed the whole process, it made me think a lot more about what's going on around me. I've also enjoyed colouring dots with my Sharpies.  

Unfortunately I ran out of red for 20-23 degrees and had to match it the best I could.  

If you're feeling inspired why not head on over to Pinterest where there are some beautiful examples. I really like the striped ones but for me, one square a day was more manageable.

I'm now working five days instead of four until the end of the summer term so I have to squeeze even more into the weekends, no catching up on missed TV on a Friday.  Master Clicky and me are trying to get some hard landscaping done in the garden but as he's plays cricket both days of the weekend usually, it's a bit tricky!  

Have a great week, I'm off to catch up with your blogs now. 
Bye for now..............Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

What a Lovely Weekend.

Hello there.

What a lovely weekend that was.  

Mr Clicky and I watched the wedding on both sides of the Atlantic over a WhatsApp video call.  The coverage for him had a minute or so delay but that was fine.  We chatted just as we would if we were sat next to each other.   Mr Clicky being ex-RAF loves a military band and some marching, although the RAF marching was terrible!  Some one will be scrubbing floors with a toothbrush for weeks! 

The faces of Meghan and Harry said it all, just a couple very much in love, it shone out of them.  There were touching moments all the way through, one of the best ones for me didn’t involve the happy couple but Mike and Zara Tindall.  At the end of the service he touched her on her very pregnant tummy in a really tender way.  Apparently she had just told him she needed the toilet!

Whilst watching I crocheted more squares for my Wedding Present Blanket.  I'm really pleased with the progress so far.
Today the weather has been glorious.  I have been digging in the garden ~ no photos it's only turned over earth ~ although I did get very hot and sweaty.  There is not much happening in the garden at the moment; my hawthorn tree is flowering, it is so pretty, although the thorns less nice.  Hopefully over the next few weeks Master Clicky and I will be giving the garden a makeover.
The weather is set to stay good over this week, so don't forget the suncream.

Have a great week.......Clicky Needles.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Sunny Days

Hello Folks!

Well, the weather in the last few weeks has changed for the better and people have been coming out into their gardens and dusting off their barbecues.  I went to buy a new watering can in the local diy store over the bank holiday, to find the whole of the town there and not a watering can in sight!  

I found a bistro table and chairs to fit our new little patio made recently by our builder.   It’s the same colour (yes orange!) as the accent colour in our new extension making the two blend well.
Previously we had planted shrubs in this corner which had grown large and I had forgotten how bright and sunny it is.  I’ve also added solar lights so we can sit out there on a warm spring evening.
The extension is proving to be a lovely place and I am finding unexpected shafts of sunlight coming through the velux windows as the sun gets higher in the sky.

The dog has been enjoying the sun also, there's nothing he likes more than snuffling through the uncut verges on his walks.
Do you remember that I lost my crochet hook?  Well I was flipping my mattress the other day and found it, wedged between the slats and the frame of the bed!  No wonder I couldn't find it! 
That's me for now,  I'll be back with some crochet news next time.

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

Friday, 4 May 2018

Test with the iPad

Hello there.

I am having a test post using the iPad.  I came across a brilliant tip from Christina at a colourful life the other day on how to add photos to a blog post with blogger.  I had tried and tried several years ago to make this work but gave up out of sheer anger ~ I do love my iPad but sometimes........... Christina obviously has a lot more perseverance than me.  Anyhoo here I am trying out her tip.  Looks like it works!  

Thanks so much Christina!

Here’s some tulips from my garden, which is about the only thing looking nice at the moment.  Me and Master Clicky hope to remedy that this weekend.  4 whole days where I don’t need to get up at 5.45am.  Bliss!  Have a great weekend. ..........Clicky Needles

Sunday, 29 April 2018


Hello folks.

Well, me and Romain had the best time at Wonderwool.  We may have led each other astray a bit but I don't think either of us went too mad.  The sun came out, so we were able to sit outside to eat our lunch, but there was still a chill in the air.
It was very busy when we arrived, lots of like-minded people, squishing and squashing and nattering.  One of my favourite things are the rainbows of colour on the stalls.

There were also sheep.
These were very laid back, all snuggled up together.

Sadly this year, no alpacas.

There was a wall of poppies, knitted by community groups to commemorate 100 years of the ending of the First World War.
They were spectacular.  The curtain is to go on tour and then will stay at the Gower Heritage Centre.

So, of course, you want to know what I bought.  I fell in love with these mini-skeins from Wrigglefingers.  They are a 4ply Bluefaced Leicester, the colours really jumped out at me and I had to have them.
I love the slogan, 'better living through dyeing.'
More mini-skeins, this time from fivemoons to make a crochet flower scarf.

The two sets of mini-skeins together, make my heart go skippy, in fact I could have bought more, mini-skeins seemed to be everywhere.
I also bought some yorkshire tweed patchwork pieces
 and a ball of Purl Alpaca Fine yarn to make some lovely mitts ~ I tried them on, it felt like putting my hands in clouds.
 We had a lovely time and I had my usual nap on the coach on the way home, albeit a short one.  I'm desperate to wind the skeins and start the scarf, but I must finish other things first.

As always have a great week.............Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

What a difference a hook makes.

Hello there.

Well spring seems to have come to these parts, birds are singing, blossom is out and weeds are growing and Master Clicky's cricket team are back in action.  Of course, a few days of sunshine and then it went all humid and we had a terrific thunderstorm last night.

I've been working on the Wedding Present Blanket ~ granny squares of 11 rounds of colour and then 3 of cream for a boarder.  I have lost  mislaid by 4mm hook from my Drops Circus Set.  It's around somewhere, I'm just not sure where.  
No problem, of course I have other 4mm crochet hooks so I found myself another hook and added the outside 3 rows of cream to some 'middles.'  Now it is entirely possible that I was crocheting looser,  a bit more relaxed that evening maybe, but look at the difference in size of the finished square.
Side by side it is even more pronounced.  Luckily I hadn't done too many before I noticed, so not too many to rectify.  I am pleased to say another Drops hook has arrived through the post and I can now carry on.
Here are my finished socks that I made going out to Chicago.  I haven't made socks for ages and I really enjoyed these.  Drops Fabel in Guacamole Print, I love their vibrancy.
Drops Fabel yarn comes in 50g balls.  I'd already decided I wasn't going for a matched pair so I didn't pay too much attention to the way the stripes were going.  It wasn't until I really looked, that I realised one ball was wound in the opposite direction to the other!  
 Well, that's me for now, next Saturday I'm off to Wonderwool Wales with my knitting pal Romain, so we're looking forward to having a wooly day.

Have a great week.........................Clicky Needles.