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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


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 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