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Sunday 22 January 2017

Crochet Progress

Hello Folks!

I am totally absorbed in crochet at the moment.  Progress on our godson's wedding blanket is coming along nicely.  So far I have 80 ish and I think I will need 300 ish, so I'm getting there.  When I looked at these circles I realised the colours were all a bit blues and greens so I popped into Stroud and bought colours way out of my comfort zone,
namely baby pink and yellow.  Not colours I'd usually go for but they really zing things up a bit.  I also got navy blue and another shade of pink, which I have yet to use.
The temperature blanket continues, one square a day.  
Yesterday I went to the optician to try out new contact lenses.  I've worn lenses for 30 odd years but my near vision has deteriorated, so I'm now wearing lenses that have one eye correction for distance and one for near vision.  This sounds a bit weird and I was sceptical, but your brain sorts out what you are seeing, what an amazing thing.   I'm getting on really well with them so far, and I can crochet and sew ends in without having to find my reading glasses, so at the moment I'm pleased.  I'll see how I get on at school tomorrow.

There are some other exciting things happening at Clicky Needles towers but I'll share that with you next time.

Until then have a wonderful week.

Bye for now................Clicky Needles.

Saturday 14 January 2017


Hello Folks!

I have at last got round to blocking my Stripy Scarf of Happiness.   Why it should take so long to block a scarf I'm not sure, but there we are.  It has made me so happy whilst knitting it.  Made from 2 balls of both Drops Delight and Drops Alpaca I cast on 60 stitches and knitted in the round.  I 'Magic Looped' it instead of using double pointed needles and I am now a complete convert.  I loved Magic Loop and I think I may even try socks with it next.  The amount of pictures show you how much I like it.

I've started a spot of crochet.  Well, more than a spot, I'm making a Circle in A Square blanket for our godson who is getting married in May.  It's a surprise for the bride and groom although his mum knows.   I am consequently crocheting in my lunch time and I carry my bag around so if I get a spare moment I can whip it out a get another circle done.  They will be edged with white, but I'm a long way off that yet! I'm sewing in the ends from time to time, there will be 300 odd circles in the finished blanket ~ not a job to do at the end.
I also came across a temperature blanket somewhere, and the idea grabbed me.  If you don't know you what this is, you crochet/knit  a square or stripe for the temperature of each day of the year.   I'm going for squares but the striped blankets look great too ~ have a google. The idea of recording the year's weather really appeals to me. I'm using the BBC Weather app for the temperature.
 I have chosen 13 colours of yarn ~ for me Marriner Double Knit ~ each one with a range of degrees.  It will all be recorded in a notebook and just because I can, I've got out my Sharpie pens and will use them to have a nice time colouring dots too.  I've added two more colours, blue for rain and white for snow, which will appear in the centre.  I've decided not to include sunshine as the colours for summery days are quite bright anyway.   You'll see I've optimistically gone all the way up to 32 degrees plus, I'm not sure there will be much of that in the U.K. but we can always hope.  I think I shall use the temperature wherever I am so if I'm away on never know.
The squares I'm using are simple 3 round granny squares, and I'm intending to sew the ends in and sew them together every day/time I make them.  Even after 3 days I am becoming temperature obsessed.  Today's square will be another turquoise and it looks like 8 degrees ~ green ~ tomorrow.  Sometimes I worry about myself.
That's me for now, have a wonderful week.
Have fun.................................Clicky Needles.

Sunday 8 January 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas Swap

Hello Folks!

Firstly I must say HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  Ours was quiet in places but pretty loud in others.

I took part in the Twelve Days of Christmas swap organised by the lovely Jo at Through the Keyhole.  The first present gets opened on Christmas day and you have a present until Twelfth Night.

Jo is master at swaps, I, less so.  She gave me a wonderful parcel full of lovely things.  The first thing I opened was the book called appropriately enough, Twelve Days of Christmas.  I love reading but I don't do it enough, mainly because when I read I want to finish the whole book there and then.  Nobody gets food, things aren't cleaned, you get the picture.  I started this book the day after Boxing Day and finished it the day after.  What a wonderfully indulgent way to spend Christmas holidays.  (My Mum also bought me a book ~ The Great Christmas Knit Off ~ I am trying to get a free weekend so I can indulge.)  
Also included in the parcel were:- 
Green and Blacks chocolate ~ yum.
Bath bombs.
A writing set.
Magnetic To Do List ~ that's on my fridge already.
Lip Balm.
Nail varnish.
Two balls of Drops recycled cotton ~ lovely and soft.
Clicky row counter and Made With Love heart charms in a notions bag.
Heart broach kit.
Fluffy slipper socks.
Truffle Praline Tea ~ tastes nicer than it sounds!

I've known Jo through blogging for quite a few years now, in fact I used to read her blog before I started myself and she was one of the people who inspired me to give it a go. A MASSIVE thank you Jo, I've loved opening those presents every day and I am feeling very spoilt.

Well, that's Christmas over then, the decorations are taken down and they have been packed away carefully for another year.
I almost enjoy packing away decorations as much as I do putting them up, wrapping delicate things in tissue paper and colour coding them.  Too much?
The new year has started a bit damp and foggy so it's a bit hard to get motivated, I'd like a good frost and a cold snap.  I've got a quiet week ahead, Mr Clicky has gone to Beijing with work, it looks that he'll need to stay inside as the smog is particularly bad.  

That's me for now, I'll see you soon with a few things I've finished and my current project.

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