Monthly Archives: January 2010

A bit more crafting!


Finally I seem to be getting into a good crafting routine, being able to do some most evenings!  January saw me :-

progress well on my Simple Yet Effective Shawl!  I am almost finished, got about a quarter of a ball left to use and I am done!  But there are loads of stitches now and so taking ages to knit, but still I am enjoying it!


Thanks to a good friend, who introduced me to Anchor Magicline at the bargain price of 59p / ball, yes you have just read that right, 59p per ball!!!  So I bought enough to make myself summer picnic blanket, made up of squares, which can be worked on anywhere!  Love it!  Here are is the stash and squares so far!


Next project I am working on is a Ripple Blanket.  Again it is so easy and loving it!  The repetitiveness of it so is mind numbing but certainly not boring!  Here is my progress so far :-

After nearly 2 years of not being able to cross stitch, I have finally picked up a kit and a needle again, and my cross stitch project for 2010 is this :-

 I saw this and just fell in love with it!  My progress so far is this :-

  It isn’t alot I know but for me quite an achievement with 20mth old toddler in tow!

So things are going well on the crafting front, the only craft I have not been able to touch is my quilt!

Roll on February and hopefully a productive month!

January 2010


So we are almost already nearing the end of day 2 of the New Year and so far 2010 is plodding along quite nicely!

We are all still off work or nursery and just enjoying the family time together!  Next week we are back to work, Luke is back to nursery and life returns to normality, which in the scheme of things I am looking forward to, I will be sad to have no more adult company during the day!

I have decided to not make any New Years resolutions this year, instead I am going to see how the year goes!  The only list I have made for 2010 is my knitting project list, and what I am hoping to complete this year!

So have you done a preview of the last decade?  In my last decade, I :-

Moved to the UK, my grandmother passed away, my parents moved over, met my husband, moved cities, got married, had a baby, survived 5yrs so far working with family!  Overall a good decade I would say! 

Here is to a wonderful start of another one!

Christmas 2009!


Christmas this year was spent with my family in Peterborough and it was just lovely!  However I will start the update from the Thursday before Christmas!

That Thurs we had the most awful snow storms in Suffolk.  I was home alone with Luke as Simon was out on his works Xmas do.  Friday morning I woke to inches of snow, it was really thick and when I took Luke out in it it was up to his knees, so he was not liking it!  Friday my brother drove down from P’boro to spend the weekend so we could get him a Christmas present.  Luckily my brother drives a 4 x 4 and whilst some of the journey was not good, he made it fine to us.  Simon came home Friday night and whilst he made it ok, the roads were still really bad!

Saturday morning and all I can say is thank goodness we had Gavin’s car!  We managed to get everything done we wanted and had no problems with travel.  Here are some pictures he took whilst he was here :-

 Front of our house!

     Luke finally confident to walk and play in the snow, and just loved it!

  Scenes from the countryside where no one else could drive!

So that was my weekend with my brother, he went home on the Sunday.  Monday – Thurs was a normal week, with Luke going to nursery as normal, and Si and I getting all our chores done before Xmas!  The weather was still not great and our road became link an ice rink with the ice!  

Thursday (Christmas Eve) Luke went to nursery in the morning, so Si and I could pack and get ready.  We collected him at nursery and drove straight up to P’boro.  The roads were pretty busy and we did hit traffic, but nothing worse than normal.

Christmas was lovely, we stay with Mom and Dad till the 27th when we came back.  So my family had 3 days with Luke and he was really good, slept well and generally just got on with life.  He loved opening his presents and what I was really happy about was that he played with every toy he opened before moving onto the next!  The other thing was he wasn’t spoilt and for that I am grateful!  Mom and Gavin cooked Christmas lunch and it certainly was a feast!  The did out do themselves!

The 3 days with family was spent mainly indoors as the weather was so awful, however on Boxing Day we travelled to Biggleswade to see my extended family and for them to meet Luke!  We had a lovely couple of hours with everyone and once again Luke was so good!

So we travelled home on the 27th and we then had Si’s praents round on the 28th and I cooked them Xmas dinner!

Overall I loved our festive season this year and I think 2010 will be even better!



Wow it almost seems to 80’s / 90’s to say Filofax!  Yes I still use one!  I had a few years where the PDA, mobile and eventually my Blackberry took over, and then one fine night whilst playing on my BB I accidentally deleted my entire calendar!  Talk about a lightbulb moment. 

Filofax never fails, doesn’t need to be rebooted, can’t be deleted by the accidental press of a button, so I decided on getting back on the Filofax wagon!

My shock really was how many I have, but I won’t go into that!  I was using a pocket one, but life has expanded so much that it really was bursting, pictures below :-

      So I decided for Christmas that I needed a new one, and settled on the Domino in Grape, to match my bag, with the family organiser pack.  Have to say I am in love!!!!  I just love having my Filofax to write in and it has now become my bible, with all my details, projects, etc etc in!  And here it is :-


I can now monitor my entire family and where they need to be and when, which is just wonderful!  So here is to a great 2010 with my filofax!

Craft update to the end of 2009


Ok, so December seemed to have passed me by!  Not sure how that happened, and without a single post!

What happenend in December?  Well we closed the office for 2 weeks over the festive season which gave us all a break, which was just lovely!

I managed to do some crafting, so let me update on that!

Attic24 inspired crochet bag, was finally finished, and whilst I never lined it, it seems to working well as a wool holding bag for my ripple blanket project!  Pictures of it are below :-


Next I made some Christmas decorations for our tree.  Nothing spectacular but something different!  Really easy pattern, based on a granny square, they did not turn out too badly actually :-

    They were made in both red and white, out of Stylecraft Special DK yarn.

Having been a role of getting things sorted, I finally managed to finish the Mystery CAL to at least hang it, although it still does need work, it at least gave a festive feel to my kitchen!

Next I finally finished my toasty snood, and whilst I still don’t have any pictures of me wearing it, here it is at least finished!  Actually I haven’t even taken a picture of it finished, so better get that sorted soon!

Next, I decided to finally start the Ripple blanket.  I realise that this project will probably take till then end of 2010 to finish, but I am enjoying it none the less!

 Selection of colours for the blanket!  Progress so far :-

The finally project I have started is Simple Yet Effective Shawl.  I wanted something that was easy to knit, I could pick up and put down without worrying about loosing my place and this seemed the perfect one to start with!  Here are my pictures of progress so far :-


I think that is now all my crafting updated, the next post will be a bit more general!