Sunday, 18 January 2015

Flat ~ In Two Ways

Hello Folks.

I awoke this morning to a flat tyre.  This was not wholly unexpected as I have been pumping it up for the past 6 weeks or so.  Today it was undriveable.  "No worries," I said to Mr Clicky, "I'll phone the RAC, they'll do it."  Mr C muttered that he could change a tyre and we didn't need them.  He started loosening the wheel nuts but the locking nut proved to be a sticking point.  We both jumped up and down on the tyre lever, but it would not budge.  30 minutes later the nice RAC man turned up and had it changed in a jiffy, the culprit being a broken off screw firmly lodged in the tread.
We had a little bit of snow in the week.  It was very beautiful, but unfortunately not enough to cause a snow day.
It then becomes a nuisance because at school the children take 10 minutes either side of break times, trying to find wellies, hats, scarves and gloves.  It had warmed enough by the afternoon for a bit of rain, and soon it was gone.
   My Mum gave me a Amaryllis for Christmas which was lovely because I can't remember the last time I had one.  It's been putting on inches every day and is nearly ready to burst.
Which about describes me as well at the moment.  Do you remember my Caramel Cardigan?  I cast on on Christmas Day, all excited that a new project was under way.  Remember that I said my tension was "a bit off'?"  I've got to the sleeves and split the body.  Maisie was happy to model.  There was however, a bit of a problem.  It was too tight!  I measured my tension again, still off.  What could it be?  I was at loss and then checked my needles.  Pattern states 4mm......................I was using 3.25mm.
What was I thinking????????  As I have previously said I did cast this on on Christmas Day but I had only drunk 2 glasses of champagne.    AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH.

This evening I shall mostly be frogging.

Have a good week, I'll see you soon.

Clicky Needles.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Back to it

Hello All.

The house had been undecorated and the decorations packed away snuggly
and put back into the attic.
Our tree joined the others in the village recycling skip after we chopped it in half to get it into the car more easily.  
One last Christmassy picture to show you, Master Clicky made this snowflake decoration in his graphics lesson.  It was laser cut by computer from a sheet of thin MDF, he wanted me to show it to you.
The first week back at school has been good, although it took a little while to get back into the swing of things, the weather hasn't helped which is wet and windy right now.

I though you might like to see these pictures.  The first one of Tipper (the dog) helping Mr Clicky doing some pre-Christmas plumbing looking very angelic.
And the second one what happens when he ~ the dog obviously ~ manages to get to the bin at night time.
Oh dear.

That's me for now, I'll see you soon.

Clicky Needles 







Friday, 2 January 2015

2015!

Hello All!

Wow, it's 2015. 
 I've had a super Christmas visiting family and having family here.  My New Year was very quiet ~ I was in bed by 9.15pm! ~ too many late nights that caught up with me.

On Christmas Eve I received this lovely cross stitch card of a partridge in a pear tree made by Jill from Emerald Cottage as part of the Christmas Card Swap organised by Amy from Love Made My Home.  Thanks for organising Amy!
Jill's life looks typical of a young family, being woken at 4am,  stockings, playing with toys received on Christmas Day, something that is missing from our (near) grown ups,  although being woken at 4am is something I don't miss.
Anyhoo I digress,  this beautiful card is definitely coming out year on year, thank you so much Jill, I love it.  If you click on the Emerald Cottage link you can see the one I made, which must have taken a fraction of the time Jill's did.
For Christmas I got the usual assortment of candles, chocs and smellies from the children at school.  The presents the children give are always lovely and their cards quite often have extra drawings and messages inside which are guaranteed to raise a smile.

Miss Clicky bought me an assortment of teas.  I love tea.  I've been having a few each day. Yum.
You'll notice some of the boxes are ripped, this happened on boxing day when the dog was left to his own devices.
I got a lovely bright selection of gardening gloves, brilliant, as all my current one have holes.
Mr Clicky got me a new friend.  Named straight away as Maisie, I've been after a Tailors Dummy for a while.  She's modelling my latest project ~ unfortunately the cable is giving it Fu Manchu type collar.
Waay!  The brain mush has gone and I have been knitting.  Like a demon.  I'm making a caramel by Isabell Kraemer.   I've got loads of Isabell Kraemer patterns in by Ravelry queue, lots are stripy and they all look really wearable.   I'm using some Rowan Felted Tweed dk gifted to me by my lovely knitting pal Romain ~ bet you wish you had one too!  I laid out the colours I had been given, in the order I thought looked ok,
but then took out the red (Rage) and aqua (Watery) as they didn't seem to gel with the others so much.  
My tension is a bit off, I don't know why, I'm usually pretty good, so I'll need to do a bit of winging but I'm sure I'll manage.  This could be the reason for the late nights...........
I always want to finish to the end of the stripe.

So there we are, Christmas and New Year finished.  The task of undecorating starts tomorrow.  This will probably take all day.

Do you remember I said I hadn't felt Christmassy and blamed the weather?  I decided that actually I hadn't felt Christmassy because I hadn't been to many shops.  Lots of present buying was done on line.  I shall remedy this next year........in fact I have chosen a new theme for next year's decorations and have spent a lot of time on Pinterest gaining inspiration.  My sewing machine might be coming out too.

Thanks for popping by, I'll see you soon.

Have fun..............Clicky Needles.x

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Eve

The candle has gone, one more sleep.
I hope you have fantastic day wherever you are, whatever you do.

With love..................Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Making Gifts and Happy Birthday to Me.

Hi Folks!

Last post I promised you a look at what I put those fat quarters too.

I've made two jar pin cushions for my two (crafty) colleagues at work.  I found the pattern here via Pinterest.
The little Kilner Jars came from The Range.  I followed the instructions pretty much but when I came to glue down the fabric I didn't trim it and glued it in the centre of the lid ~ the first time I glued it around the edge and it wouldn't then shut!

I used contrast fabric on the inside of the lid.
And filled with blue goodies to go with the blue fabric ~ unfortunately I couldn't get blue scissors. 

 You may have noticed three jars ~  the taller jar of the three is for me.

We've finished at school, which is just as well because I seem to be unable to even think at the moment, my brain has turned to mush.    We had a fabby meal out at a local pub.  We always have a secret santa and this year we had to find a present from a charity shop for £5.00.  I got this lovely christmas teapot.  I don't know who got it for me but they know me well, I always use a teapot. 
 It was my birthday on Saturday and we went over to see my Mum and Dad and have a curry.  They got me some perfume, which is great as I always wear perfume.  I've never tried this before, but I really like it.  Apparently Mum described me to the man on the perfume counter at Boots and this is what he came up with!
I was also given this felt ball mat by my lovely friend B.  I'm not sure where it will live yet, but wherever it is I will look at it every day, I love the colours.
 I've been decorating the house today and the Christmas tree went up yesterday.  I've left it very late this year as I haven't felt Christmassy.  This seems to be a problem for quite a lot of people I've spoken to, I blame the weather.  I've still got presents to wrap and a few to buy.

I'll be off now.
See you soon.............Clicky Needles

P.S.  The brain mush has rendered me totally incapable of knitting.  I am hoping to remedy this soon.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Oh Blimey! Christmas is nearly here.

Hello Folks.

December marches on relentlessly.  At school our first nativity has taken place, another tomorrow night.  I am getting a bit Christmassy but as yet, we haven't got any decorations or the tree up.  This will happen later on in the week when Mr Clicky has a day off work.  
The advent candle is disappearing, though if I'm completely honest, I don't always remember to burn it every day.
We have been into Cheltenham, the Municipal Offices looked rather splendid. 
We've also done some Christmas shopping.  Mr Clicky was looking for a decoration for his desk at work and we found a suitable snowman.  Obviously I had to knit him a new scarf.
Now, I'm not sure about you but I think he looks a bit cheerier with this stripy little number.
Ridiculously I loved making this.  Just a nice bit of garter stitch.  
Mr Clicky asked me to make something 'Christmassy but discreet' for one of his work's Christmas Meals.  I had a trawl through Pinterest and (several hours later) came up with a crochet Rudolph broach.   I am quite pleased with him.  The pattern is here if you're interested.
Of course, Christmas cards have been dropping on the doorstep, the usual collection of robins and trees.  A few have been more unusual, like this one, a sprout wreath.
I've been making two pressies for my colleagues using these pretty fat quarters but more about that in my next post.
Righto, I must get off now and write some cards!

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




Sunday, 30 November 2014

Making

Hello All!

I've had a bit of a making time.

Firstly some felt flower brooches for a Christmas stall at school.  I was inspired to do these by my lovely friend J at the Butterfly Knitting Group that I go to, she gave me a bag of felt pieces to use at school and within that there were a few handmade wool felt flowers.  I soon discovered it was much easier to use ready made die cut flowers than trying to make my own hand cut ones.  After a quick order to Blooming Felt  for more flowers and brooch backs and I had a production line.
Ta-Dah!
You may have noticed that rather battered coffee table.  We have joined the local Freegle group, on which people post things they want to get rid of but not throw away, less in landfill sites and one man's rubbish being another's treasure.  When I saw the table I jumped at it, with the intention of using it in our house in France.    Garage space being limited, we put in the in the living room 'just for now.'  It needs a jolly good sand down and wax but the trouble is it's become a bit useful, it may be staying in Gloucestershire.
I got as well from Freegle a big pile of House Beautiful magazines.  The intention is to sit with a cup of tea and have a good read.  Problem with those, there are so many it seems like a chore.  Lastly we picked up a new beer fridge for the garage which is missing some shelves but for what we need, just great.  
I've also been making the 'Trio of Christmas Trees', which came with The Homemaker Magazine I bought last week.  You may notice a pair of reading glasses next to the first tree I made.  At the grand of age of 46 my near vision has gone.  In the spate of about 3 weeks, I have gone from being able to read up close, to not.  :(
Anyhoo, after sewing and stuffing the first tree it became evident that the small wooden cotton reels supplied with the kit were not big enough to support it.  I found a few plastic reels in my sewing box with not much cotton on and wound it off.  I popped it on my shelving unit in the kitchen to see what it looked like ~ yes I do have yarn on display in my kitchen ~  I wasn't happy with the white plastic, it needed covering somehow.   I took the photo and looked at it on the camera.  The solution was there, staring me in the face.  Three reels of washi tape, bought because I liked the colours ~ also on display :-).
So here we are another Ta-Dah!  
A trio of Christmas Trees.
These very simple trees are giving me much pleasure.

 Our Sundays are taken up with Master Clicky playing rugby,  we arrive at the ground by 10.00 am and get home about 2.00 pm.  Today we were playing just north of Bristol.  It's been a really strange day,  fog but with sunshine trying to get through.  One moment we could see the players then they disappeared again.
 There was a very strange 'fog rainbow' at one point.  
 Master Clicky is really settling in to his new club, scoring his first try last week and making some crunching tackles today. 

I had a rather nice piece of cake and some hot chocolate to keep me going.  I also did a bit of sock knitting whilst the boys were warming up, so all good.

I think that's me for now.
I'll see you soon.................Clicky Needles.