Sunday, 22 July 2012

Little suprises make life sweet !!

Well , I can't believe it's been two weeks since I last blogged .  In fact yesterday was the first time in 4 days I had checked my e-mails . It's been pretty full on around here my eldest child is going to secondary school and there's been lots of extra events to go to relating to that and leaving do's at primary school . As well as working extra to cover for colleges and just general day to day life . But that doesn't matter now as we have broken up for six weeks . Yes , no more work for six weeks so as well as planning to have a fab time with the boy's and hubby when he has his two weeks off , I'm going to seriously sort out getting my stock made so I can open my etsy shop !!!! I woulds so love to be in a position very soon to hand my notice in at work and concentrate on what I really want to do !! The Hare's have been in very slow production but full steam ahead now !!

I think I'm going to have to start out today by saying a big THANK YOU to the lovely  Poppy Cottage @ .Thursday morning before I dashed to work an unexpected package arrived , obviously very excited  I rushed to open it . Oh my goodness me I found a beautiful card depicting a scene of Bridport and a lovely little pink envelope . In side were two delightful crochet hooks , just the right size for producing my sweet little Granny square Hare jumpers !!! ( poppy cottage had enquired a couple of weeks ago to what size hooks I used for the projects I do , but I had thought this a general query .)

Here they are a Clover 2.5 mm Ergonomic , which I absolutely adore and will be purchasing in different sizes . there is none off the slipperiness of my old one !!! As well there was a 2.5mm Bamboo crochet hook which is also delightful , This was purchased from a lady called Julie Norton who has an ebay shop called SewUknit .It is a lovely crochet hook to use but I think I would have to use it with a 3 ply yarn as the hook is a bit small to catch my 4 ply . But I am seriously considering purchasing some bamboo crochet hooks too . Both hooks are much much better than my old one . Once again I am amazed by the generosity of people who make up this blogging community . I've only been blogging 7 months but I love it more and more !! If we could bottle this sort of selfless generosity up and give a spoonful to everyone , what a wonderful world we would live in !!
This is me at tea time in the kitchen in the middle of making tea and waiting for things to cook using my lovely new Clover hook , Thanks again poppy cottage you've made making my Hare jumpers even more of a pleasure to make . ( please excuse the splashes of food on my apron I'm a rather messy cook !! In fact my mum always used to say that I was covered in " canteen medals " , guess I've never grown out of slopping food down myself ).

Another highlight Of the last fortnight I'd like to share with you is our little family trip to Saltaire ( World Heritage Site ) in West Yorkshire last Sunday . It's about 11 miles down valley from where we live . We go every few months to Salts Mill , which has the most amazing Art gallery and Book shop . My eldest son  when we told him where we were going said  " ah ,Salts Mill a place of quite contemplation " this is so true . But this time we only bought arts and craft things for the boys to use over the holidays , no major book purchases for me or hubby . However  when we walked up into saltaire to go browsing around the lovely boutique and vintage shops I was smitten by the most delightfully promising little pair of step ladders . The first shop we went into was Rose & Browns Vintage and antique furniture & homeswares .
 There they were just calling to me with the yellow flaky paint , I um and aah  , got a funny look from husband and left the shop to think about my possible purchase . Needless to say I went back and bought them . ( I do have a policy of if I'm unsure of a purchase that I leave the premises and return later and if the items still there it's meant to be , yes a risky strategy I know but I believe in Fate ! ).
So here are the step ladders , I thought they had the potential to be a great way to display future stock , but not in there present state !!
This is them a couple of hours later , I'm quite pleased the finished result !!
This is where they reside a present , my newly reorganised landing area . So that was a little peek into a couple of little things that have made busy life just that bit sweeter  !! So it's ta ta for now and I will be back much sooner .XX

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Being Indulgent !!

Well , I'm making no apologize for the simple  fact that I've had a totally self indulgent weekend !! After two weekends of illness and last weekend being devoted to voluntering to produce things for other peoples enjoyment ( I did  enjoy it too as well  ) , I had decided by mid week that this weekend was going to be about relaxing and having some crochet time . A weekend of not watching the clock and  things would take as long as they took and things would happen when they happened !!!

So Friday afternoon I started working on my youngests Dinosaur inspired blanket . I had taken it to crochet on Monday night to get their oppinion on an idea I had so I thought I would sit down and give it a go . What I was trying to do was essentially save myself some money by thriftfully  using my small amounts of wool up instead of going out and buying more wool . So we'd come up with the idea of doing small Granny's all the way around the last round .

Oh boy was this a mistake , I knew as soon as I had done six small grannys and attatched them that it just wasn't  working , the rythm of the blanket was broken . So I gave myself a good talking to and told myself to stop being tight and put my hand in my pocket and buy some wool . So Saturday afternoon  I had a little splurge which felt good and bought some more wool . Once home I pulled off the little Grannys and set too !!

I was so happy that I had decided not to compromise the deign of the blanket for saving a few pounds !! Lesson learn't. I am really enjoying the rythmic nature of this Large Granny blanket , the theraputic gentle motion of going around and around and around .I am also loving the colours , I've been looking at my sons Dinosaurs and I need to tr and fit in some purples and yellows and black . So I guess I need to buy more wool , Oh well when neeeds must .

Another little treat I gave myself was a new crochet hook , I'm finding the ones I have get quite slippy particularly when I biuld up a bit of speed !! , so I was persuaded to try this one .
The thin one is my usual sort of hook , so I'm going to givethe toothbrush shaped one  a trial over the coming week and I will give you the verdict , at the moment it feels a bit big but it has a good grip . If  anyone out there would like to let me know about their fravourite brand of hook I would be really intrested to know .

So having been indulgent with both my time and my money I've found I'm quite energized and ready for the week ahead . I have lots of plans for this week and the main one is to get on with producing my next batch of Hares . So after our evening meal I comondiered the dinning table and set everthing up , so when I return from the school run in the mornig I can set too  ( until I have to go to work !!) . I will also get a couple of hours in the afternoon to work on them too . So With some serious time management this week I'm hoping to make  big leaps in the production of the Hares .

So I'm just hoping my creative mojo is back to stay for a while as it's been missing for a few weeks . I'm enjoying feeling this amount of enrgy fizzing inside of me !! I hope you all enjoy the week ahead of you and thanks for popping by and ta ta for now . x