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11 January 2017

Podcast Episode 23



Ravelry Episode Thread


Show Notes


: :  SWAPLESS SWAP   : :

Two more spaces have been opened up in the Havirland Mini Swapless Swap

See the Ravelry sign up thread for more details


: :   THE GRAND STASH DOWN   : :

#BetterOutThanStash

Coming in a separate podcast very shortly...


: :  EDINBURGH YARN FESTIVAL : :

I'm going!  Are you?

Pop over to the Ravelry group and share your plans!


: :   DONE   : :



Love and Joy Cross Stitch

Kit by Alicia Paulson of Posie gets Cozy




Happy Scrappy Advent Socks in December

Made for the #AdventSocksKAL
that I'm doing with Sam from Betsy Makes

Yarn:  Herbstblatt Loves Fall Mini Skein Collection by Herbstblatt Regina on Etsy



Mercury and Mistletoe Socks
Ravelry Page

Made for the Little Bobbins Knits Christmas Eve Cast On
#lbkchristmasevecaston2016

Yarn: Under the Mistletoe Christmas Club Yarn by A Homespun House
Pattern: Mercury Socks by Kim Drotar

: :   DOING   : :



Birthday Socks
Ravelry Page

Yarn: Twinkle Toes Sock  (OOAK) by Hedgerow Yarns
Pattern: Slipt by Claire Devine



Granny's no Square
Ravelry Page


: :   PIP's   : :


Grannie Keep Warm

Pattern: Coming Soon!
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino


: :   GOODIES   : :

Christmas Presents Ahoy!

From dear friends...


Beautiful gifts from Emilia, including...
Little Smiles Yarn in Dirty Denim by Betsy Makes with pretty stitch marker
Rocky Mountain Autumn mini set by Knarlwhal Knits



Beautiful gifts from Heather, including...
Dachshund mug, liberty pouch, 2 beautiful minis



Beautiful gifts from Sam, including...
Cath Kidston mug and crafty pouches



 From my lovely twosome... 
Pax Sock in Love Luna by Havirland Yarns
Spark Sock in Yuletide and Trusty Sock in Mrs Weasley, both by Nomandic Yarns 

Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Sock Needle Set
Hiya Hiya Small Interchangeable Needle Set (Sharp)


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05 January 2017

A new year and a new start


Hello everyone, happy 2017!

So, things are getting back to normal again.  School is back in session and I can feel the comforting rhythm of routine starting to  wrap around me once more.

I hope you had a very lovely time this last couple of weeks?  Not everyone celebrates of course, but I hope you had fun and a chance for rest and relaxation, whatever you were up to.

I very much enjoyed our Christmas this year.  School broke early and Little Miss had a whole week free before the big day.  Although the extra time could be a potential drawback for a child, having to wait so many days with no nice shiny new presents to play with, I viewed it as an unusual bonus which we  needed to take advantage of.  So Hubby booked time off too and we went away for a couple of days and visited the Christmas market in Winchester.  

The weather wasn't particularly kind to us and our merry walk around the festive market turned ever so slightly into an increasingly damp trudge around some wooden huts but we did our best to put a brave face on it.  The highlight for Little Miss was the outdoor skating rink, which we all enjoyed.  It was undercover too, which was a definite plus.  After a whole day in the cold and wet we decided to settle for a warm hotel and a room service dinner to finish and I have to say, it was a great choice.  We each had a tray of delicious food and then snuggled up together to watch a film, it was rather perfect.

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It has been feeling rather colder since Christmas though, the temperature has noticeably dropped in the last couple of days especially.  We've had some crisp frosty days but I rather like that because it usually means a nice clear blue sky above and that brings me joy summer or winter.

Winter can be a bit of a slog, but there are some things to enjoy.  I love the contrast of the cold whites and greys of outdoors with the snuggly yellowy orange warmth of indoors.  The joy of yarny things to wrap up in, the warming glow of candles and fairy lights, the bubbling of something tasty in the pot.  The feeling of a hot cup of tea warming your hands, home made blankets to hide in, some cozy sofa hooky time and a good excuse to get into the pj's early.

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The New Year is the bit I've been really looking forward to.  Although I not too fussed about making a big celebration of the turning of a calendar page, I do love the fresh, new start feeling you get from the first day of the first month.  Time to turn over a new leaf, make changes, tidy, sort and organise.  Oh yes, very much my kind of thing.  Somehow I seemed to miss out on that feeling in the last couple of years, but this time it's back with avengeance and I want to make the most of it!

I want to set myself some goals, get things I've let slide under control, try new things, learn new things and make some changes.  I'm not even sure I know what changes, I just know I need some.  I don't know why but lately I find this last part particularly hard.  Still, I'm going to try all the same.
 


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21 December 2016

Christmassy


Ooh, it's getting close now isn't it?  Not many doors to open now!

It's been a lovely week here so far.  The school holidays started early this year and we've taken advantage by enjoying some lovely pre-christmas family time together.  Some trips out and about, soaking up the festive atmosphere and making the most of the calm before the big day storm.

We've roamed a few markets, warmed ourselves with mulled wine, slithered about on a alfresco ice-rink and sat riveted watching 'Fantastic Beasts' and it's been lots of fun.  We've even still been enjoying dog walking, despite the dampness and colder weather, if only because it makes you appreciate the warm, dry house all the more when you return to it.

As always at this time of year I love hunkering down at home in the warm glow of the twinkly tree lights.  I like to have lots of fairy lights about the place, they are just the best thing to create that cozy, comforting feel in my humble...  That and some lovely scented candles and I feel very happy indeed.  A nice christmassy smell wafting around makes me feel warm inside as well as out I think.

In fact, there are not many things in life I'd rather do than lounge around crocheting or knitting, decked in my pj's, watching a christmas film, bathed in that cozy glow, smelling that sweet scent.

I'm planning on fitting in as much of that as I can around all the busy days coming up.
I hope you find some time to do the same!

I'll leave you with of few shots I've been collecting up this month, my attempt to capture a feel of our December....

Have a wonderful break everyone and I'll see you in 2017

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Merry Christmas!

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14 December 2016

Podcast Episode 22 - Christmas Special



Ravelry Episode Thread


Show Notes

*✯✩✸   CHRISTMAS SPECIAL   ✯*

 : :   CRAFTING IN 2016    : :

31,704 yards knit or crocheted this year

51,013 yards added to stash this year

36 Projects made this year (That's an average 881 yards per project!)
12 Patterns released this year
4,846 yards on the largest project this year (Happy Scrappy Sock Blanket)

Let me know if you're interested in keeping track of your stash in and out next year too...


: :   DONE   : :



Happy Scrappy Squares Blanket
Ravelry Page

Pattern: Happy Scrappy Squares by me
Photo Tutorial:  Join as You Go Rows
Video Tutorial:  Join as You Go Rows


: :   DOING   : :


Love and Joy Cross Stitch

Kit by Alicia Paulson of Posie gets Cozy



Goblins in Aberfoyle Cardigan

Pattern: Aberfoyle by Joanne Scrace
Yarn:  Sparkle Sock in Goblin Dance by A Homespun House
and Oak Sock in Petal Pink by Herbstblatt Regina



Happy Scrappy Stripes in December

I'm making for the #AdventSocksKAL
that I'm doing with Sam from Betsy Makes

Yarn:  Herbstblatt Loves Fall Mini Skein Collection by Herbstblatt Regina on Etsy


: :   PIP's   : :


Grannie Keep Warm

Pattern:  In progress
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino


: :   GOODIES   : :




Christmas Club by A Homespun House
Gold Sock in Underneath the Mistletoe
Gingerbread Charm by Sucre Sucre Miniatures


Hazel Sock in Sledding Fun


: :   POD LOVE   : :

Potter and Bloom by Emma


S x




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