Sunday, 24 February 2013

52 Weeks of Happy #8/52

So this week has mainly involved clearing out and getting ready.

Hubby and I had the week off and we spent it (trying to) chill right out and preparing the spare room (difficult to manage BOTH! It seemed we could have one or the other at a time but they didnt happen simultaneously). We have got rid of SO much stuff I've lost track of what we've kept and what has gone. If he had his way a LOT more stuff would have been culled but part of me has to keep hold of it. I've found all sorts of random things in the clear out, 21st birthday cards, 'good luck in your year out' cards, 'congratulations on graduating' cards, 'thank you for teaching me' cards, soft toys from children I've taught, board games, jigsaw puzzles. All sorts of stuff. And most of it has gone. Our house is tiny and as babies come with more than their fair share of 'stuff' we have to make room for it all.

So it's gone.

Therefore my 4 things relate closely to this difficult and stressful process.

1. a cleared room!

2. a freshly painted ceiling (the people before had had it plastered but not painted it properly so the paint had peeled. What a pain.)

3. a new cot - an eBay bargain that turns into a toddler bed when they're big enough.

4. a tidied up blog! I decided that the pink was making me feel a bit yucky and lots of other blogs have gone for the white background recently so I thought I'd jump on that bandwagon!

I'm sorry there are no photos. I'm like a beached whale on the sofa already and just dreading the next few months. :(

Maybe more photos in the future.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

WIP Wednesday #34

As usual I've got a few WIPs at the moment. (mainly clearing out the spare room but more about that tomorrow!)  I'm still working on my pram blanket for the baby (well, when I say working on, I mean that it's here, on the needles still, waiting patiently for me to pick it up and feel sorry for it, know what I mean?)

But the baby carry bag that I'm knitting is making progress. (more info here)

And I've got another WIP in my head (does that count???)

I've adored a few granny square blankets from a distance for a while now but not managed to find a pattern that starts with a circle that I've felt was easy enough to follow....... Until the WONDERFUL Victoria from Yarnroundhook replied to a question i posted on her blog about the beautiful Spring Blanket she has been working on.

So now I have a pattern I just need to finalise the colours I'm going to use. I bought one of the Stylecraft colour packs a while back so am contemplating using all the colours in as random a way as possible, or just a few of them. I also bought a set of colours very similar to Victoria's Spring blanket and Cocorosetextiles Evening sun blanket BUT........ in the clearing out process we've been working on this week (come back tomorrow for a 52 Weeks of Happy post about it) I think that hubby has put it in the loft and I darent ask him to hunt it out and get it down for me! hmmmmm decisions decisions.

Am linking up with the usual Wednesday parties. Pop over to have a look at some other WIPs.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

52 Weeks of Happy 7/52

I missed week 6. Sorry. I've been exhausted and work has been busy. It always seems to get crazy at school in the run up to a holiday. Why is that???

I love my job, really I do but it's such hard work. I really can't wait to go on maternity leave and look towards something a little different.

I'm not really feeling the blog right now. I struggle with regular weekly posts and don't really feel like I know where I'm going with the it at the moment. I started it as a way of chronicling what I'm making but it never ends up looking as good as I'd hope or imagine. There are so many amazing looking and inspiring blogs out there that I guess I just feel like the poor relation. I never remember to carry my camera with me. And when I do, I feel a bit stupid taking photos of random things. Does anyone else get that?

Has anyone got any advice for improving the look of the blog or interest of my posts?? I'm not really sure where to go next.

Here we go....Another week, another 4 things..... with no photos. I'm determined that as I'm off work this week I'll be better prepared for my post this week.

1. 20 week scan. (despite being 24 weeks) (this was actually last week but I'm kind of writing about the last fortnight. Is that cheating??)

2. Shrove Tuesday. We made pancakes at guides. It was a floury, eggy, battery mess but they loved it.

3. Lunch with my family for my mum's birthday. I dont think my brother can go out for a meal without having far too much to drink but he is such fun entertainment. I love him!!!

4. The spare room is 99% clear!!! But now I'm a bit worried about the ceiling collapsing under the weight of the stuff in the loft !

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Love Your Library - February

So for this month I plan to make this.......

I know I'm cheating and I've already started it but really, I've done about 10 rows. Does that really count? Oh go on, let me get away with it. Please don't tell anyone.

If I promise to get it finished by the end of the month will that count???

I'd better get knitting I guess........

What are you working on for the Love Your Library Challenge?

52 Weeks of Happy 5/52

Gosh another week already.

I have been super busy at work this week and hubby has been away on business AGAIN. :(

But he's home again now! :)

Here are my 4 moments of Happy for the 52 Weeks of Happy post this week.

1. The first came last weekend. Hubby and I went into town to discover that the local produce market was on so bought a load of meat from the local farm annd some bread from the bakery so I treated myself to one of these beauties......... a custard slice!!! YUMMY!! (and yes I was halfway through before I thought to take a photo! )

2. Hubby came home AGAIN. and isn't going anywhere til now til July!

3. This little beauty was finished this week:

4. Date Night with Hubby tonight. We RARELY go out for dinner so I figured that as he'd been away we should make an effort. And as stuffed and immobile as I now am, I'm really pleased we went. It was lovely to be away from the TV, laptops, iPads and knitting and to just chat about everything and nothing.

Hope you've had some moments of happy too. xxx

Love your Library- January/ FO Friday

Ooops. I'd forgotten about this thread. The end of January has really crept up on me.

I dont have a huge number of knitting books and patterns. (I know someone who would say that I have too many but that simply ISN'T true!)

My Love your Library project for January came from this book:

I decided to make an elephant for my baby. To be honest I finished the knitting weeks ago and started to stitch him together. That was when I realised how much I hate the stitching part........ and the elephant project ground to a rather pathetic halt. He has spent the last few weeks looking like this.  How sad. I'm ashamed of myself.

So when I realised that January was over and that I really needed to get Nelly finished.

and here he/she is.........

I'm really pleased with it. I'm actually surprised at how like the pictures in the book it has turned out. Crazy I know but I am.
AND..... it's the first bit of knitting that Hubby has really shown an interest in. I think because it's for his baby and now just another scarf or something to clutter up the house.  So success all round ! :)
So I guess that's January's project done :)

I know what February's will be...... but watch this space.
I'll post about February's project as soon as possible. But pop over to snapdragoncrafts to see the other Love your Library posts.
I'm also linking up with Tami's FO post a day late but hey....



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