Friday, 7 April 2017

Crochet withdrawal symptoms.

Hello and thank you for stopping by to read my blog. Just grabbed my cuppa and a triple chocolate chip cookie (from Aldi), mmm, divine! Should've made some really, anyway...
Aren't these tulips just beautiful, I thought you'd like to take a look inside, from this angle your gaze is drawn deep down into the centre. I love two toned coloured flowers, I don't know quite what it is, but there's just something really special about them.

These ones remind me of the sweets, Rhubarb and custard. 

These pink Senecio were bought from Tesco this week. M has planted them out in the garden underneath the bird feeding table, he and teen 2 are the green-fingered people in our family. I think we're planting up the hanging baskets at the weekend too, that's not a job I enjoy at all but it does look lovely when it's finished. I had an unexpected day off in the week and had called in to Tesco to buy a few things such as birthday presents, totally forgetting that I'd already bought a present for one of the people, oops! It was chosen specially too grrh! Oh well I'll make use of the present for someone else now, so no problem.

Teen 1 is getting so excited about his upcoming birthday next week, if he's told me once, he's told me a thousand times. He'll be 17 years old, how did that happen, one minute you're reading them stories, the next they're giving you route directions because you've I've got lost- again! Anyway he'll have his first driving lesson with M on Monday, yikes! 

On Thursday my friend Wendy stopped by with some crochet magazines for me (thank you Wendy). On a quick flick through I was overjoyed to see Lucy from attic 24 inside them writing a regular column. I've bought newer copies of this particular magazine and don't think she writes for any magazines now which is a real shame, especially as I've only just found her in some.

Ooh, well this looks exciting, the amaryllis is beginning to look a bit like a helicopter! I've put it in the kitchen at the moment so it has plenty of light from the two windows either side and the two velux windows above. Such a lovely rich red colour. Having bought these in the past as presents for people, it's fascinating to see it growing and bursting into bloom.   

Teen 1 washcloth is finished, yay! It will look better after a light pressing. Look here for a peek at the NF symbol. Teen 2 has decided he'd like a flannel designed for him, his tastes are more heavy metal with a more complicated symbol
Somehow I don't think this will happen for a very long time.

I'm itching to get back to my crochet having put it to one side to concentrate on finishing my knitting. It's been a while since I've finished something in the crochet department, the last thing was the coastal layered granny square cushion. One thing at a time, write it down and tick it off! So what next, first of all it's back to the Moorland blanket I'm crocheting and then to prepare some granny square samples for demonstrating purposes. Then I'm determined to crochet some bunting. I've bought some lovely wool recently so I will have to put some colours together and see what it looks like. These two crochet books both have bunting in so I'll choose one and go from there. 

I know this isn't a very good photo and may not be that exciting in the grand scheme of things, but this week we've had our new front door fitted. It is so much easier to open, close and lock, phew, how did we survive before. The builder is set to return on Monday to tidy the inside above the door, a light plaster and paint I think he said. Also he's going to paint outside - the top window sills and arch lintels too. The whole front of the house should look smart after that. Unfortunately the front door has been damaged so for now we're leaving it in his capable hands to sort it out. Such a shame but as it's from a major big company, at the moment we are hopeful of a good outcome.

QT was sitting watching the knitting yarn moving one afternoon this week and he looked like he was wanting to attack the end of the wool. Cats are so amusing, for an aged 16 year old he still has some very kittenish ways, particularly when I'm tying my shoe laces. Just look at his long whiskers, M always points this out when I say he needs a shave. I was sitting by the patio door with my feet up on the small ottoman in the lounge. The sun was streaming through the glass, just right for cats, knitting and a cuppa, bliss! 

Dinner tonight was Shepherd's pie, the main part was cooked yesterday so after work when I was trying to sort lunch, the builder, laundry etc I only need to prepare some mashed potato for the topping. Sometimes I can be organised with the cooking and the cook one, prep two method is helping.

Jobs this week, have a tidy up as we've had the front porch half emptied out for the builder to come in and make a mess. We can't put everything back just yet but it can all be tidied, hovered and floor washed at least. The other floors need washing anyway, otherwise it'd be a waste of time with the porch floor as the builder is back next week.

Outside jobs - plant the hanging baskets.

Get busy with my crocheting again!

Enjoy the weekend, until next time have fun with your craft projects or whatever you are doing. Do let me know what you're up to and follow to stay in touch, thank you for reading.


  1. Gosh you have been busy! Hope that all gets sorted with your new front door.

  2. Hi Amy, Thank you for leaving a comment. The builder assures me the door is being ordered. He's been this morning to do the outdoor painting and will be back. When he fits the new door he'll give a light sand inside and paint above the door - just so it looks ok.
    It's all ok but... just wish all the 'mess' inside was finished as you just get cleaned up then dust again. It will take a few weeks and can't be helped.
    We have 3 x book cases in the front porch that are full of books and don't want them dusty (plaster dust is messy).
    Anyway it'll be worth it in the end.

  3. Hi Cathy, thank you so much for your comments on my blog. I'm so glad you're enjoying it. I'm happy to meet you and I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog. Those tulips are so pretty. :)

  4. Greetings from southern California. I just discovered your lovely blog and signed up to follow. I love cats and knitting, too! I hope you're having a wonderful day. Pat

    1. Hi Lilly's Mom,
      Welcome and thank you for following, it's lovely to hear from you. I've always loved cats they are fascinating creatures. It's been a lovely day in the UK, sunny and clear. Have a good week. Cathy x


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