End of the week.

August 5, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  11 Comments

It’s the end of the week and I can smile as I am on annual leave next week. We’re going to go out for day trips so hopefully I may have some photos to share.

The photos below come from a book that I bought many years ago titled “The Hare and the Tortoise” – I was inspired to go and look for it by a blog post on a lovely knitting blog called “Flutterby Patch”.

The Hare .............

And the ………….


The illustrations were by Brian Wildsmith and I loved them when I bought the book and I still enjoy them.

This week I’ve managed to finish the combination SB piece so I’ll be taking it tomorrow to have it framed.
It’s going to be part of a wedding gift for later this year – I thought the heart theme was very appropriate. I’m fairly pleased with the end result but I do find it difficult when I change things around – it always takes me much longer.
I’m not sure what to work on next – it’s fun deciding.

Thanks again for stopping by and for your comments, I enjoy them immensely. Take care till next time.
PS Yes Irene, I do remember that particular poem!

Let’s hear it for the birds.

July 27, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  8 Comments

When we were on holiday recently there were lots of birds to be seen just around the converted barn we were staying in.
Some I managed to take photos of but there were some that I couldn’t as they flew off as soon as we got near.

The most beautiful ones that we saw were game birds. There was a partridge with her young and some others that I couldn’t identify. ( I didn’t get any photos at all of the game birds.)
As soon as we approached the little flock below they would hurry off.

They always looked as if they were chatting to each other as they hurried to make their escape.

Just for fun I thought I’d share a poem about a duck today.

“Ducks” by F W Harvey

From troubles of the world
I turn to ducks,
Beautiful, comical things
Sleeping or curled
Their heads beneath white wings
By water cool
Or finding curious things
To eat in various mucks
Beneath the pool.
Tails uppermost, or waddling
Sailor-like on the shores
Of ponds, or paddling
– Left, Right! – with fanlike feet
Which are for steady oars
When they (white galleys) float
Each bird a boat
Rippling at will the sweet
Wide waterway …….

When God had finished the stars and whirl of coloured suns
He turned His mind from big things to fashion little ones;
Beautiful tiny things He made, and then
He made the comical ones in case the minds of men
Should stiffen and become
Dull, humourless and glum
And so forgetful of their Maker be
As to take even themselves – quite seriously.

Caterpillars and cats are lively and excellent puns,
All Gods jokes are good – even the practical ones!
And as for the DUCK, I think God must have smiled a bit
Seeing those bright eyes blink on the day He fashioned it,
And He’s probably laughing still at the sound that came out
of it’s bill!

This little fellow was in a service station car park, of all places. This particular service station is set by the side of a little lake and so the birds wander up to the car park area to find leftover food.
I’ve had a busy week with work and appointments so progress has been slow on both the knitting and the stitching.

Boris is currently on hold whilst I do a little more on the SB combination piece. I had set it aside but I’ve decided to go back to it.

I did the Ukranian work at the bottom the other night and enjoyed it.
Matthew’s Doctor Who scarf has gone backwards this week as I dropped a stitch and had to take back numerous rows to fix it.
I’m not one of those clever people who can fix a dropped stitch without ripping
back so it takes time and patience.

We’ve had beautiful sunny weather since last weekend and I’m on a day off today so I’m making the most of the sunshine.
I hope the sun is shining with you wherever you are. Thanks for dropping by.

Where does time go?

July 20, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  8 Comments

As you can see from the photo above, it’s wet with us this morning.
My work schedule is back to front today as I’m working this afternoon instead of this morning.
I was going to post more holiday photos last week but things got in the way and I just couldn’t find time.
I’ll share a few today along with some progress on crafting.

Boris is coming along nicely but not as fast as I’d hoped!

As well as knitting Matthew’s Doctor Who scarf, I’m also trying a new technique for me called “double knitting”. I’m knitting a pot-holder which I want to embroider to finish but most knitted pieces are too floppy so I decided to give this technique a go. I love the way it works. It’s so simple but you end up with knit stitch on the back and the front of the piece and the knitted piece is doubled in thickness. (Does that make sense?)

When we were away in Yorkshire, the converted barn we stayed in was very remote so there was a lot of open countryside around us.

English countryside.

I loved this tree.

Being watched.

There are lots of dry stone walls in the countryside and they are home to many insects etc – I managed to catch a couple of butterflies that had landed on one.

I was so looking forward to shopping in the oldest sweet shop in England but ended up being disappointed as it was closed the day we were there.
As consolation we managed to visit Bettys Tearoom which is famous in this country. I bought some lovely cakes and teabreads.

There are so many beautiful places to visit in England and Yorkshire is one of them. One of my other favourites is the Lake District and I’m hoping to have a day down there early next month.

Thanks for stopping by today and for the recent comments (thanks Karoline!!)
Till next time.

Back from the south.

July 11, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  5 Comments

Well it’s back to work today after a lovely week’s holiday. We were in Yorkshire for a few days and it was good to get away.

The Road South

I took these from the car as we drove south.

Heading south.

The day we drove south was lovely and sunny and most of the time we were there it was warm.

The photo above shows Matthew trying to speak to one of the “locals” – he was a very friendly, large ginger cat.
I took it as we approached Ripon Cathedral which you can see below.

The next couple of photos were taken just around the corner from the cathedral and show a total contrast between the history of the town and life today. Not something you expect to see whilst driving through a historic town in England.

I’ve been working on Matthew’s scarf and I’ve started on Boris and Olga which I’m thinking of stitching together as a gift. (I’ve photographed the whole frame to show Rowyn how I use the siesta bars when I’m stitching a long thin design).

I’ve got quite a few photos to share from our trip which I’ll get round to posting this week, hopefully.
Thanks for dropping in today and thanks for your recent comments too.

Happy Day.

July 1, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  5 Comments

Today I can smile for several reasons.
The main reason is that Rowyn has at last received the exchange I mailed out to her early last month.

Scissors Fob

I made her a scissors fob and a knitted notions pouch. I knitted it with Koigu yarn from Canada. I love to knit with this yarn and in fact I started another pouch yesterday as I thought that Rowyn’s had gone missing.

The other reason I’m happy today is that I’m now on holiday from work for a week! Take care and thanks for stopping by.

Quick hello.

June 29, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  3 Comments

Exchange from Rowyn.

Yesterday I received a lovely package from Rowyn that made me smile.
This was the first exchange I’ve ever taken part in and it was lovely to receive an envelope with a very neat pincushion, lovely ear-rings and a little chart too.

Unfortunately, the package that I mailed to Rowyn at the start of this month still hasn’t arrived so it may have gone astray. I think I will be making a replacement exchange to send out.

I had written a poem in today’s post but for some reason WordPress has locked out on me and I can’t get things to work at all so I’ll keep it brief.
Instead, I’ll leave you with a few words of wisdom.


Bee Happy.

June 27, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments

I couldn’t resist the title.  Have you any idea how difficult it is to photograph a bee – they are so “flighty”.

This is a very quick post to let you know the two names drawn this evening.  A Swarovski pencil will be on it’s way to:


The names that correspond with the numbers are Rowyn and Barbara.  I have Rowyn’s details but I don’t have Barbara’s so Barbara can you please drop me a message with your address etc. It would be great if you could both tell me which colour would be your first or second choice and I’ll try to please.

Thanks for the comments you all left.  Karen, Matthew looked up the “Doctor Hoo” t-shirt and thought the design was very clever (are they in the shops?).

Gabi, our little pusscat Duski is a Brown Burmese.  She has a lovely temperament, she loves to tuck her head under my chin and rest there purring madly.

A few of you mentioned the Llama needle gauge.  It’s a great tool for checking knitting needle size and it’s marked in European sizes and American sizes which is handy.

I’m back to a little stitching again in the evening so hopefully I’ll post some progress in a couple of days.

Take care and thanks for popping in.

Scotland on a Saturday.

June 25, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  7 Comments

As you can see from the above image, our weather is still damp and miserable.  I took this photo on the way into Edinburgh early this morning.  You can see the Pentland Hills in the distance and the cloud cover is very low.

It was a very quick visit so I didn’t have time to stop and take photos so I took another two from the car.  You can see the back of the castle in these two.

I’ve made a little progress on Matthew’s Doctor Who scarf, it’s great when you want to sit down and “switch off” as you don’t have to think about what you are doing.

When I was tidying up earlier this little puss came to see what I was doing but as soon as she sees the camera she quickly disappears.  I don’t know why she is so afraid of it.

Camera Shy!

I bought some bits and pieces this last week – I’m ashamed to admit that there’s even more than I have shown above – the turtle is a measuring tape and the little Just Nan box is for knitting orts.

Swarovski Pencils.

I couldn’t resist these Swarovski Ice pencils this morning – each one features Swarovski elements.

Thanks for popping in to visit today for your recent comments.  Take care and stop by soon.

PS  JUST FOR FUN.  If anyone leaves a comment on this post, I will draw names on Monday evening and will send one of the Swarovski pencils to each of the first two names out of the proverbial hat.

Stirling in the rain.

June 22, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  10 Comments

On Saturday morning we went to Stirling and the weather was dreadful.  We got soaked just going from the wool shop to the car.

I was there to buy some wool to knit a “Doctor Who” scarf for Matthew.  He is going through a phase of watching all the old Doctor Who dvd’s and asked me to knit him the original style scarf that Tom Baker wore.

I’ll post a photo of it soon (when I’ve made a bit more progress).

It was too wet to get any decent photos of the castle etc so I just snapped these shots very quickly.

The photo above shows the Wallace Monument in the distance.

Our weather has continued to be very wet – it’s been ever so slightly warmer but not like summer at all.

Hopefully when you next pop in, I’ll be able to say that the sun is shining.  Thanks for the comments and for stopping by.

To stitch or not to stitch?

June 16, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments

I bought this plant on Saturday even though the rain was pouring down, I couldn’t resist it. It reminded me of something from my childhood and I still can’t think what it was.
Our weather has been the same old mix of sunshine and showers but mainly showers and not very warm for this time of year.

So to cheer myself up I ordered these scissors as they looked such a fun design. I don’t know if you know the Moomins – but the scissors I chose are called Moominmamma. There were four designs to choose from – two were large size and two were for children.

I’m still working at improving my skills in crochet and I bought the above workshop to help me along the way. I’m going to work through it a step at a time and hopefully I’ll become more proficient as I go. (At least that’s the idea).

The little pouch is a small extra that is on it’s way to someone who bought some of my destash items.
I’m finding that I can’t seem to get going on cross stitch at the moment and it’s very frustrating. I don’t want to start anything new till I finish the SB kit I’m working on as I know I will then be reluctant to go back to it.

I’d like to share a poem with you today that I think has a lovely feel to it. In parts of Scotland there are moors where a lot of heather grows.

“Moorland Song” from “Kingfisher Days” by Mary Sheepshanks

Wind in the heather sings me a song
of mountains and moorland where freedom is strong
– where mist round the fir-trees drapes curtains of sleep
and tear-stained with water, rock faces weep.

Breeze in the bracken murmurs a rhyme
of city-free spaces un-cloistered as time
while chimes from the harebells wild honey-bees ring
and crooning and droning, a cradle-song sing.

Pipits are piping; they flute me a chant
of cloud patterned hill tops with sunlight aslant
on weathered grey boulders where lichens have grown
a rusty green tracery printed on stone.

The wind and the wildness tell me a tale
to heal me and help me if courage should fail
oh blessing of beauty – my heart must belong
where wind through the heather blows me a song.

Thanks for dropping in today, perhaps when you next stop by I’ll have returned to some form of stitching (I hope). Take care.
PS Thanks for the lovely comments about my new banner, they are very much appreciated.