Friday, 10 March 2017

SPRING...

.. is finally coming to our little corner of the world . Nature is soooo wonderful x .....despite storms , cold and all the rest ...the flowers and the blossom show us how to hope xx

These trees are on the walk that I take most days with the dogs...



... it has been wonderful to see the blossom develop x

These...



.. are flowers (mostly crocus) that were originally planted, in a park close to my home ,by local school children .. many years ago x They have gradually expanded and moved along and down the slope x Beautiful.

The warmer/nicer weather has inspired me to move from the thicker wools and a 4ply shawl was made...





.....my grandson informs me that I  am "in" as these are colours of a Harry Potter house .. Gryffindor it would seem!... well I never ... I just liked the colour combination xx lol x I added some beads to the lacy border to add a little bling.

Have a good week x

Diane x

Sunday, 26 February 2017

LAST WEEK..

.. was a bit disjointed .. and not to plan !! lol x

Mum went to the Treatment Centre at the local hospital ... and had somewhat of a "wobble".. which resulted in her staying in .. oh well! It took some organising of dad .. we managed and once he had been to visit and saw with his own eyes that she was OK .. he settled xx

She is back at home again and doing OK again x

I managed to sew a small cot quilt that has been requested..



....simple and quick.. and has already been collected x

I started the bag for last week ... and my machine had one of those fits when there is a birds nest underneath your work!!! I only had the brain power to walk away .. swearing under my breath as I went xx lol x .. I havn't been back yet!!

A new hat has gone to the granddaughter...



.. more out of the stash x

A shawl was finished ..




BIG and squashy.. and because it has been cold wet and VERY windy here (thanks to storm Doris !!) .. it has already been wound around my neck .. several times.. and has kept me nice and warm.

Hoping for some time this week .. mum ONLY going .... to the dentist .. one appointment at the hospital and one at the Drs. !!!.. you never know xx lol x

Some little gems from the garden this week are ..



Hope you have all had a good week x

Diane x

Monday, 13 February 2017

THERE HAS BEEN..

... some sewing going on here this week x I am on track with the bags This..
.. is this weeks all done , and, the other 6 are done as well...



It was Congleton quilt group last Tuesday .. we had an on the night make. Its a heart ready for St. Valentines day..



...mine has become a pocket on the front of a little bag for my granddaughter to cart her "stuff" around x Every child needs a bag xx lol x






It was Sandbach quilt group on Thursday.. we had 2 ladies who talked about and showed wonderful church banners . I forgot to take my camera!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry .. but it was a wonderful talk xx

My peace lily is coming along...





.. lovely to have some flowers to look at .. esp. when the weather is wet ,windy and cold xx .. not complaining !! I prefer this (as you know to what the family have in Australia xx lol                                                                                               

I finished the shawl that was on the needles last week ... I made this one with DK weight ... it must be the cold weather wanting one I can wrap around ... and around .... lol ....




Hope you have something that makes you happy this week x

Diane x

Monday, 6 February 2017

IT HAS BEEN...

.. a funny old couple of weeks here x My mum and dad heard of the deaths of 3 "old " friends .. both in age and in years they have known each other .. then my mums middle brother died.

He had been ill for a while .. but he is the first of her siblings to die ... (they were  ALL  5 in their eighties )... and it hit them all hard.

It has been his funeral to-day , so, a day of mixed emotions.

Mum has had 4 hospital appointments AND .. believe it or not has actually been discharged from one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YES I did say DISCHARGED!!

She has been for a Pre-operative assessment as well .. so "minor" op to look forwards to now xx.. Hey-Ho ... the fun continues xx lol x

I have not had so much time for me this week ...so no bag ... tomorrow I hope .. I have 5 made so 1 tomorrow will have 6 bags for 6 weeks of the year ... now where did that time go? !!

I have finished a shawl...





.. and started another .. they are good for when sitting in waiting rooms and very portable.

Hope your last couple of weeks have been more settled and productive x

Diane x

Monday, 23 January 2017

GOOD MORNING...

... from a lovely crisp and frosty corner of Cheshire x My daughter (in Australia) continues to complain about the heat they are having .. and so.... I am enjoying our weather all the more x lol x The garden continues to put up shoots despite the cold...



.. my peace lily is putting out flowers for our poor old world...


(it lives in the house ...I took it out side for a better picture x)

 I managed to make 2 more bags for our charity ...



...and so have 3 bags for the first 3 weeks of the year xx On track ... so far!! 

There have been 2 new hats for the grandchildren..




.. more out of the stash ... wow! I am on a winning streak .. so far x lol x

AND a shawl came off the needles last night . It is blocking at the moment so ....I will give you a "sneaky-peek" of what it looks like ..



I was determined to use as much of the wool as possible .. this is an easy pattern to do that with ... and this..



....is all I have left x

My son hurt his knee while running and has (this last week) has a "little" op. to remove some cartilage and repair the tendon....someone HAD to play ... well care for !.... the granddaughter .. so I sacrificed myself to the cause !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .. and got lots of knitting time x

Hope you are having fun x

Diane x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

I AM ..

.. hoping that 2017 has been kind to you so far.

We had our first and hopefully LAST snowfall of this winter..



.. it came overnight and was gone by 10.am ish xx Thank goodness .. I'm NOT a fan xx lol x

The 2 quilting groups I belong to have re-started, Congleton Tuesday and Sandbach Thursday of this last week. It was lovely to catch up and share the Christmas and New Year stories with all the ladies xx

At Sandbach our charity for 2017 is the Christie Hospital (www.christie.nhs.uk ) .. one of the ways we are going to support them this year is by making bags ....to hold drainage bags ... they need to have concealed or French seams so that there are no ragged edges for "bugs etc. " to collect in!!


I am going to (hopefully !!) make one per week ...first one is made..


....now all I have to do is keep up xx I am DETERMINED that I will use up stash this year and this will be a good way to work towards this x

I have a new shawl ..






....again a long skinny ones to wrap around multiple times xx I have had this gradient wool for a while ... again using up stash x LOVE the way it knit up .

....the 2 youngest grandchildren have new hats ..


.....see! Using up stash xx Happy Dance x

My oldest grandson..


....informed me that ....IF... I wanted to go to see a film...


.....he was happy to go with me!!... good of him lol x We had a great time and VERY much enjoyed it xx

My dad had a birthday this last week...


...he is 87 now (NO idea why he has closed his eyes xx lol )x OF COURSE we had cake ...



.. none left now lol xx This young lady had her first taste of cake..


....and VERY much enjoyed it xx

Hope you are all well xx

Diane x