Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Today I baby sat........

I touched nearly EVERY ball 
lined them up and put the ball bands the right way up, well, that was my excuse to be able to inspect nearly every ball in that shop!! 
Sold lots of lovely wool - had a lovely compliment from a lady, managed to help people with questions, I am not as daft as I think I am!!
dreamt about making a blanket out of this.... (but I think Rosie has banned me from buying any more wool for a while!!) 
or this...... 
had an idea for this...... 
and this....... 
had to get out all of this and put it back....... 
just because I could!!!! 
Thought of my feet in socks made out of this......
not too sure about this.........  
shall I confess to pretending for a moment it was mine?
found the exact pattern a lady wanted - amazing as I didn't know where to look. 
And want to make a blanket out of this, no, in fact I am going to make one out of this!
Because I can!!

But the day lost it's lovelyness when I heard that one of the resident (joint 2nd on my 'we shouldn't really but you can help it' favourite list) of the home where I work died last night.  

The down side of my proper job.

x x x

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Making Stuff......

My friend Nicki asked if I would make her a fox for her birthday, we were looking through this site when she saw it.
 Before I say yes next time, please remind me to look and check it isn't in 4 ply!!!
 But saying that I enjoyed knitting Mr Fox and her face on her birthday was soooooo worth it, it was one of those warm fuzzy moments when someone loves what you have made.
 So, brain started working as when I was putting him together I pinned his finished head on my jumper and liked how it looked so thought that I would make some fox heads as brooches to see if Rosie at Bridport's new wool shop Yarn,  So far I have decided on knitting them on a 2.5mm needles (bloody small!!) as this makes a better sized head.  I was talking to my sister about crafts to sell and said about how yes it is really lovely to be able to make something quickly to sell but in reality, things need to look top notch and like they have had time and effort put in, to really catch people's eyes and make them part with their hard earned cash.  Especially now with so many people selling their stuff on Etsy etc.  (Hope you didn't take it personally Trace, it was just a general conversation xx)  I often look at things for sale and wonder how come someone has the courage to put a price tag on.  You know when you can see that something hasn't been sewn really well.  Maybe I am just too fussy. Anyhow, shut up Colette !! Back to the fox..... so far I have knitted three heads and hardly touched the ball of wool!!  I need to know how many I can make out of one ball.
 This is the pin cushion i made to go in Josie's Sewing basket.  I really loved making it and thought I would make some more.  I have plenty of fabric and ribbon to use up!!
 Years ago I covered an old sewing basket with flower fairy fabric for Jose.  For her 18th I re-covered it with New York fabric and put some bits and bobs in, including a pin cushion and a needle case made with fabric from her textile course work and I brought Chanel ribbon (how can they charge SO much for a mtr of 1 cm wide ribbon with some writing on it?????)

 I did enjoy putting it all together.
 Been playing with yarn at the same time as doing my NVQ 3 course work!! (FINISHED!!!!!!!!!)

 Winding wool for my sisters Birthday Present - I can show it as I made her open it early!!!!
(I was way too excited )

I put together a kit to knit a throw, but there is enough wool to make it either double of to make a few.

And I have really had fun playing with a pom pom maker.  
 And experimented with a mouse (still awaiting his eyes, nose and whiskers)

 And lost then found my sock, just need to finish it - then do it all over again!!
I don't seem to sit down in the evenings and watch TV and knit as I work a few evening, or waste time looking, whoops!! I mean researching things on the internet on on blogs, when I think of how much I could do if I didn't spend so much time sat in front of my computer..........

I also have some really good news....... not only do I have a day (and night job) that I love sooooo much, but now also have a little job in the wool shop along with a blimming lovely man in my life!!!

How perfect is that!!  See 2012 is going be good!!

All growed up!!

Where have 18 years gone?  Jose was 18 on the 27th January and my Mum and I travelled up by train to see her.  We stayed over on the Thursday night after seeing the show Wicked and decorated her kitchen before she came out of her room......well, I say before she came out of it Jose tried to sneek a look!! (nothing changes, memories of many Christmas eve's and this eagled eyed little girl!!)

 The cake travelled up really well, Devil's food cake with home made American frosting, very posh and grown up!! (blimming lovely aswell!!)

It was so nice to see her.  And remind myself what a wonderful young lady she is turning into.  I count myself very lucky.

She acted as tour guide/escort for when my Mum, Dad and Grandad went to re-visit where my Grandad grew up.  But didn't fancy the eels, mash and liquor!

I'd love to have seen my Grandad coping with the tube.

I had prepared this post ages ago but then blogger froze on me and I lost (or thought I had) it.  I don't know about you but I do prefer the way to old blogger worked.  I am not one who likes change.

I look at these photos and wish so hard that I could have my time back and play more with my kids.  Someone I knew from years ago asked me what age your children grow up and reach that 'I can do it on my own, your sooooo embarrassing Mum'.  Her son is 10 and still loves spending time with her.  I told her to make the most of it as once it is gone you never ever get it back, their lives seem to change so much, so quickly.  I know I wished it away, for the prospect of peace and quiet, less washing, no fighting but I would say there is not one day that i don't have a little moment (Jose - don't worry I am not getting soppy, I think this is a normal Mum thing) where I wish that I could just have that moment back just for a second, to open their bedroom door at night and see that sleeping child knowing that they are safe and warm and with me.


No more soppy-ness.

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