Archive | March, 2011

New adventures in knitting.

10 Mar

Yep, you read that right, people… knitting.

My Mum gave me the bug, after deciding to knit a gorgeous patchwork blanket for the Little Lady. (It is currently still in the process of being sewn together, but I can already see how gorgeous it is going to look. I promise to share when it is done.)

So I decided that, having never done any knitting before, I should keep my first attempt simple, so I settled on the good old scarf. Straight lines, one colour, easy peasy. I fell at the first hurdle, however, as I had no idea to cast on, so I admit that my Mum did that part for me. She also showed me how to cast off, and made the tassels for me, so really it was a joint effort, but even so, I’m very proud of it and it has barely left my neck since it was finished. Here is the little beauty;

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I’ll almost be quite sad when that elusive warmer weather arrives and it has to be packed away until next autumn. Almost.

So first challenge complete, I was well and truly hooked and immediately in search of my next project. It wasn’t long before it occurred to me that, actually, I quite fancy one of those lovely knitted patchwork blankets for our own bed, so, behold the new balls of woollen beauty I have chosen for it;

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I spent the best part of an hour in our local wool shop picking them out. They didn’t stock all the colours I had envisioned (I want an autumnal look) so I still need to find a deep golden-yellow (similar to my scarf, I think) a burnt orange, and perhaps some kind of shade of green. I’m very excited about this project.

Here is the first square, which I’m very proud to say that I managed to cast on and off all by myself.

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I think I can now (somewhat) safely say that I am a knitter!

So there you have it; my first crafty post. I do hope you enjoyed, as there will be more!

One of those days.

8 Mar

Today has not been a good day.

It all started with a less than decent nights sleep, then being awoken by a grumpy screeching toddler at 7am. Yes, 7am is a perfectly reasonable time, I know. But I still can’t help longing for the days when Little Lady would wake up at 8, happily singing to herself.

Anyway, the day pretty much went downhill from there really. Tantrums, screaming, generally being a bit of a cheeky madam. Her, not me, of course. I don’t scream. Then there was the Defiant Refusal of Nap, which went on for over an hour. Not fun.

So, I decided to give up on my well needed rest today and get the little monkey up again, thinking that perhaps a bit of creative fun would be good for both of us. So we sat at the table and ripped pretty pictures out of magazines and Little Lady glued them to a big piece of paper. Simple, but effective, and it succeeded in lifting both of our moods.

Here is the finished product;

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While washing our hands afterwards, I gave my much more jolly Little Lady a little squeeze and said;

‘I love you’.

‘I love you too’, Little Lady replied.

‘I’m sorry I have been grumpy. I have been a grumpy Mummy today haven’t I?’ I said, feeling really guilty now. To which Little Lady replied;

‘No you haven’t Mummy, I just been a naughty girl’.

Heart melts. Happiness is resumed. I love my girl.