Wednesday, 16 October 2013


I've moved everything over to my TUMBLR page. Any minute now this page will REDIRECT! Don't panic, everything that was here is there, plus lots of other stuff too!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Coffee Cozy

I've been a bit under the weather lately, but I still have lots to show you. I've been enjoying some machine sewing. Sewing is something I have never really got to grips with and so have never liked, but altering altering some jeans last week I thought I'd make an effort. I really need a blind for my bathroom and have been procrastinating about it since February. Now with the darker nights returning, I need to do it. It's bad enough I have to look at my neighbours blurry naked silhouette, I don't want to be inflicting it on others! So in the spirit of neighbourliness I decided to acquire some skills. So I got this little book from my local library.

Some scrap fabric and a couple of hours later and I produced this lovely cafetiere cozy.

No more lukewarm coffee for me (not as quickly anyway). This book is very handy and there are a couple of other warm-up projects in here I have my eye on. I like the thick pages, and the little wallet at the back to put the patterns in. It feels like it would stand up to a good deal of wear and tear. The book is divided into sections for different rooms of the home.The supplies list, cutting list, and instructions are all clearly separated, and the instructions have nice, clear photos, which is very useful to someone as useless as me.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

WIP Wednesday #6


Today you find me in a mixed mood after having a lot of ups and downs this week. On the upside, I fixed my own toilet and finally got my wedding ring off after separating from my husband in January. I spent a lovely day yesterday with some lovely friends in their new home, being pampered with coffees, lunch, and dinner. No cooking for me at all yesterday. Today I’ve sold a rabbit run that was surplus to requirements, so hopefully I’ll be able to get my hair cut this weekend. I also got around to mowing the back lawn! On the downside, there is something wrong with my car (again), the hot tap in my bathroom has seized up, and my boiler needs fixing. Ho hum!

This afternoon I shall be chilling with my Betty Mouat sweater, while watching the finale of Falling Skies, after spending a lazy time in the garden and wasting too much time on facebook!

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Don’t forget to check out some other WIP’s over at Tami's Amis blog

Friday, 2 August 2013

Juice Fast–Day 5

So I managed to survive this far. It’s been touch-and-go on a few occasions though. I feel crappy. Days 2 and 3 were ok, although I was ludicrously hungry on both days with a severe headache. I have had to eat a light supper every night. On day 2 I had some plain rice, curried rice and prawns. Day 3 was my daughters birthday and I had a small portion of fish and chips in the pub. Yesterday (day 4) and today have been horrible. I am no longer hungry, I just have a constant gnawing pain in the pit of my stomach. I’m tired, nauseous, confused and tearful. I feel spaced out and slightly dizzy. Up until yesterday I had also not lost any weight, although I did lose an inch from my hips and waist. This morning I appear to have lost a pound. I am meant to be carrying on for another 11 days, juicing 4 times a day and eating two meals, but frankly if I see another glass of juice I shall probably vomit or cry, or both. It really isn’t worth it, I would rather be slightly overweight than be this hungry again.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

WIP Wednesday #5


I finally finished the ginormous cardigan and returned it to it’s rightful owner! An important lesson has been learnt here – never take on a big commission again. It really reminded me of the old days working for the yarn companies when I was expected to churn out huge mens sweaters to ridiculous deadlines for very little pay. At least I got paid a fair amount for knitting the ginormous cardigan. Never again though.

So this week has been quite exciting as I’ve worked on some projects that hadn’t been out in a couple of months, due to cardigan-related guilt. I found a couple of knitted creatures in various states of progress. One of them I finished completely (photo on Friday). Two of them are loitering on the bookshelf, not quite finished.


This little teddy bear guy has no eyes. I tried to embroider his eyes, but was not happy with the result. They were too small and he looked too much like a cat. He shall sit here until I finish pondering.







This cat has no ears. I found all the pieces of cat in the bottom of one of my canvas knitting-on-the-go bags, but when I made him up I realised I had neglected to knit him any ears. He is sitting patiently with teddy.






I also decided to reward myself by starting my long-awaited Betty Mouat sweater by Kate Davies. I’m using Artesano 100% alpaca. I’ve already managed to muck up the first cockleshell repeat, and I have no intention of redoing it. I’m such a rebel!


This post is part of WIP Wednesday over on Tami's Amis. Hop over and check it out!