Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Chilled right out. (and some WIPs)

I finished my course!!!!!!

All done. One 5000 word and two 3000 word essays, three 4000 word reports on individual children and 30 1 hr lessons planned, taught and evaluated.

Printed and handed in!!! Hurrah!

So to celebrate that and our 1st wedding anniversary we booked an impromptu trip to Canada to visit a very good friend of mine from my gap year many years ago.

And boy was it just what we needed.

Lots of relaxing, eating, drinking and sitting in the sun. It was fantastic.

I'll post some photos another time, I wanted to get a WIP post while it was still Wednesday.

My ripple blanket has progressed relatively well considering the small amount of time I've had to work on it.

Here's the before shot:

And here it is now:

It's just over 1m20cm (about 4ft) wide so wont fit in the shot but you get the idea. I LOVE it. I can see it being a WIP for a long time but there's no rush. I did warn the mother of the intended recipient that she might be 21 before she gets it.

I have another WIP too. As I was flying to Canada I wanted a project I could take with me, that was easy and that would fit in my handluggage - that ruled out the ripple blanket clearly as I'm working from 6 different balls of wool.

So I started another baby blanket. The friend we went to see has a 4 month old so she's not too big for one of my little lap blankets. I'd read up on the internet about taking knitting on planes and nothing was particularly decisive.

The best advice I did find was to take wooden or plastic needles (they wont show up on a scanner), dont mention 'needles' of any kind in the airport, take your project pre-cast on so that it's clear what the sharp wooden pointy things are for and take a self addressed envelope incase you arent allowed to take your project through.

So I rushed down to my local craft store and bought some Sirdar Snuggly Kisses. I've used Sirdar Snuggly for all the other baby blankets I've made but the kisses has a stripe in it and I fancied something different.

And this is how far I've got. I didnt get much done while I was away, it was too hot and I tried to sleep on the flight back so what I've done was pretty much all done on the flight there.

The stripes seem to be fitting into the pattern really well - this is purely by fluke but I like it.
So that's what I've been up to.
Oh and I'm reading Jubilee by Shelley Harris. So far so good.
I'm off to Tami's and Ginny's to see what everyone's been up to.


  1. Both blankets look really pretty!! I especially love the Kisses yarn! so cool that the stripes are working out with the pattern!

  2. i love that wavy blanket, reminds me of some of the blankets my aunt has made. :)

  3. Lovely blankies! That wave pattern is just timeless, isn't it? And the basketweave is my favorite for purses, very sturdy! The stripes really do make it lovely !

  4. Very nice blankets. The colours are pretty in the knitting.
    Enjoy your book.

  5. Hey you! I'm just back from my honeymoon and catching up on all my blog reading. Had to pop in to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! It must feel so great to be all done after all that work, and a vacation was definitely in order. Glad you enjoyed yourself!



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