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


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.
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.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Autumn Rugby Internationals.

Hi Folks!

On Saturday Mr Clicky, Master Clicky and I went to Kingsholm the home of Gloucester Rugby to watch an Autumn International.  Sadly not England ~ too expensive ~ but Tonga v USA.

The kick-off was at 4.45pm so it was just getting dark as we arrived.
As we were at Kingsholm we stood in 'The Shed' ~ the bit with the sloping roof, nothing fancy(!) for the princely sum of £5.00 for Mr Clicky and Me and £1.00 for Master Clicky.  The Shed is a boisterous and noisy place and lots of fun helped along by the odd pint (not for me I was driving.)
I've never been to an international before; after the team's national anthems were played Tonga did their Haka (war dance) which is called the Sipi Hau.  I'm not sure if USA was unsettled by it but they certainly made a lot of noise.
 Kingsholm is great because you are really close to the action.
Three of the players from Tonga are in the Gloucester team so Tonga got most of the support.  The atmosphere was great, both and teams played well but Tonga was a bit faster where it mattered,  winning 40 -12.
We had a brilliant time.

I've been buying magazines.  I always buy Ideal Home this time of year as I do like a Christmas Magazine and Ideal Home has a free calendar.
Whilst I was in the magazine section I saw a Homemaker
with a Trio of Trees kit to make.  This came with printed fabric, stuffing, cotton reels ~ for stands and cotton thread.
I also got a Simply Homemade
which had the Twelve Days of Christmas printed fabric decorations.

Now, sewing isn't really my thing, but I think even I should be able to knock these up.
I'll keep you posted on my progress!

That's me for now, posting on a Monday for a change, whatever next?

Hope you have a good week, see you soon..........Clicky Needles.

Friday, 14 November 2014


Hello Folks!

Well it turns out that not only did I have a lovely weekend to myself the other week, the boys (Dads and Kids) had a good time on the rugby tour too.   When the Gloucester v Exeter match finished ~ Gloucester lost :-(  and everyone left Exeter stadium the boys went onto the pitch and had a kick about.  Afterwards they went onto Torquay where they stayed the night; tales are emerging of what they got up to, which I probably don't want to know about.  They played a midday game on Sunday which they lost, came home and fell asleep.
Back at home and we've actually had a frost.  Just the one.  It's now turned wet and windy.  Really windy.
I made myself a crochet poppy this year, of course I still donated to the Royal British Legion, and we held a silence at school.
I've also been 'buying' things from Tesco Direct.  Not really buying because Tesco have their Boost offer on at the moment, meaning that Tesco vouchers are worth double their value in some departments.  I save my vouchers for just this occasion, you may remember I got my SLR camera with them last year.
This year a Karcher Window Vac.  This is really, really good.  You wash down the window with soapy water and the vac sucks all the water off and no smears!  Brill. 
 And also got a new Dyson, as my old one I've had for 15 years.  The new one is much more compact, lighter and has such good suction that I had shoulder ache after using it!  All the better for not actually costing me any real money. :-) 
My blogging has been few and far between of late and I have missed telling you of what I have been up to and reading what you've been up to as well.  The internet in these parts has become dreadfully slow and it virtually impossible to use on a Sunday evening which was my blogging time, so I've decided to try another day.  Maybe Friday maybe Saturday, we'll see.  

As I write this the dog is curled up behind me in his 'bed.'  It's an old single duvet folded into quarters,  we have to pick up the top layer so he can get into it.   If we don't, he stands next to it and whines.  Pampered pooch!
Miss Clicky is working at Waitrose whilst studying and two of her shifts are evening ones.  She comes home with all manner of reduced items, mostly cakes, buns, and the odd cooked chicken, but other things too.  Yesterday it was this Camelia for a bargain 25p.
That's me for now, I'm off to catch up on some bloggy reading with a nice cup of Earl Grey, another one of Miss Clicky's bargains ~ 20p for a box!

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

Monday, 3 November 2014

Half Term

Hi there.

I've had a quiet half term.  Me and the dog have had some crunchy leaf walks.
 I tackled a large, overgrown clematis in the garden.   It took a good hour to yank it down through the bush it was growing through.
 Afterwards, a bit knackered, I sat down with a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
I painted the back door ~ at last! ~ had a haircut and just pottered about really.  

However, the best bit of half term has just happened.  This weekend just gone has seen Mr and Master Clicky away to Torquay on a a rugby tour and Miss Clicky working and then straight to the boyfriend's.  I had the whole house to myself all weekend.  This is the first time this has happened since the kids were born.  19 years!!!!!  A good deal of guilt free knitting and TV watching took place.  It was wonderful.  
Enough said.

Back to school today and all the happy, smiling faces.  Christmas next.

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

Friday, 24 October 2014

Half Term

Hello folks.  
Half term has finally arrived for us Southerners.  This has been an eight week term and has been a long, long time.  I'm looking forward not to be awoken by my alarm at 6.00am for a week.  Who knows? maybe I'll sit in bed with a cup of tea and my iPad catching up on blogs, something I seem not to have managed lately.

Me and Romain had a lovely day out at Ally Pally, but neither of us bought very much.  

I got two patterns from Purl Alpaca Designs. I tried both of them on and they were certainly very soft and squidgy, though if I make either, it won't be in the pattern yarn.

The other thing I bought was a set 4.5mm Knit Pro tips.  I'm sure I have some somewhere but I can't find them.  
So that was it, the sum total of my purchases ~ other than the tea/cakes of course.  There seemed to be less yarn stalls and more handbags/fabrics, although there was a huge amount of alpaca in various forms.  I'm not sure we'll go again next year, for us the show seems to have run it's course.

I have however, had a little on-line visit to Wool Warehouse  to take advantage of the Drops Alpaca Party, a 25% discount offer from Drops that runs until 31st December.  The yarn came in a pretty organza bag with a Wool Warehouse ribbon closure.
I got two balls of Drops Delight ~ sock yarn ~ a new colourway for me with some green in it and..
three balls of Drops Alpaca ~ 4ply.  This is a gorgeous yarn, warm and light and needs to be bought just for the cute label.   I'm planning on a stripy scarf inspired by one we saw on a stall at Ally Pally, because I really need another scarf.  
Talking of stripes, Mon Petit Gilet Raye ~ made from the same two yarns ~ is coming along well.  There are 486 projects of it on Ravelry so I'm not alone in liking it.  I am at the waist of the body still loving the pattern and yarn despite having frogged back to the yoke, and half an arm.  I've put two extra increase repeats in the yoke, and if it doesn't fit this time it'll be going to someone ~ anyone ~ else who fits it.  The yarn isn't going to take another frog.
 I'm trying to concentrate solely on it and not casting on a new stripy scarf.  I'll have a couple hours tomorrow as it is The Butterfly Knitters meet up, I'm not sure where the last month went, it only seems like a week since the last one.  Blimey! Christmas will be upon us before we know it.

Now I've said the C word to unsettle you all, I'm off.

Hope you have a cracking week.

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

P.S.  Just to let you know Master Clicky is fully recovered from his fall and eye cut, and now has a very interesting scar.  Thanks for all your good wishes.

Sunday, 5 October 2014


Hello all.
I was reading Meredith's blog the other day.  There she was thinking that things in her life were a bit boring, when she got a puncture in the middle of an alligator invested swamp in Florida and needed to go to the loo.  She was rescued by William the repairman, and she was mindful not to think that her life was boring anymore.

Not a lot has happened to me these past few weeks.  I've been to work, had some laughs, gone to my dance fitness class, but not a lot has happened.  Boring maybe.

I've started to have a veg box this week, which was a bit exciting, although it turns out the family are not big fans of spaghetti squash, so I'll take that off the list for next time.
And that was about the highlight of my week until I got home from work on Thursday.  Master Clicky took his scooter down to our local skateboard ramps and about 10 minutes later I got a phone call.  "Can you come and collect me please Mum?"  "Why?"  "Just come Mum," he said.
When I got there he was clutching over his eye with his (red) t-shirt.  He had gone over his handlebars whilst attempting something daft and fell onto his face and shoulder.  He split over the top of his eye and it was bleeding.  We started to walk to the car his legs buckled and he fainted.  He friends helped me drop him the floor gently and we got his feet higher than his head.  We popped back home, picked up Mr Clicky and then went to the minor injuries unit of Stroud Hospital.

They were excellent, no waiting and after a quick chat the nurse pulled the edges of the wound together with Steri Strips.
He will have a scar now, and possibly a bit of eyebrow missing which came off with the skin underneath.  He's banned from sport for a week and can't get it wet so no showers either!    

 Maybe boring isn't so bad. 

We've just had the driest September since records began in 1910, but Autumn seems to be here now.  It has been quite chilly in the evenings and we are promised rain.  The cherry tree in the back garden is turning red and leaves are dropping.  Woolies are coming out of their summer storage.
On Friday we had another minor disaster.  The graphics card has gone on our Mac, so it has gone for a week's holiday to a local repair shop.  I am typing this using Miss Clicky's very old laptop.  It's ok but it's not a Mac!
I'm off to The Knitting and Stiching Show at Alexandra Palace next Sunday with knitting friend Romain, which will be fun I'm sure, but let's hope the rest of the week is well, boring.
Bye for now, ........... Clicky Needles.