Friday, 22 May 2015

Five On Friday

Giving Thanks.

I'm easing back very gently into blogging after my Surgery so here are five very short snippets.

I am now one week post Surgery and feeling stronger each day, the operation went well and was really nothing to worry about.  As always the waiting and the apprehension is the worst bit, once the day arrives you really just want to get it over and done with.  I hated the waiting around from 7 30 am until 1 15 pm watching each person going before me and being the last to go into surgery, when it was my turn I nearly jumped onto that operation table I so badly wanted it to be over.  

I woke up one and a half hours later feeling sore and nauseated, but they have you up and out of there in a few very short hours. The first three days are the worst but for anyone who has to undergo Keyhole Gallbladder surgery please don't worry you will be fine
My first thank you goes to the Anaesthetist and the Surgeon, they were brilliant and put me at my ease, were very patient and answered all my questions.

The Second thank you goes  to my lovely daughter who did such a great job of looking after me on those first few days and to my work colleagues who have been so lovely sending me supportive texts and visiting me, they sent this lovely bouquet isn't it beautiful.





The third thank you goes to Christine Winwick Mum and the sockalong participants, making socks has kept me focused and given me something to strive for, I never thought that I would manage to make a  pair of socks for me but thanks to the help and encouragement from this lovely group I have made a pretty decent pair, and they fit!  More details to come in another post with pictures. 





A huge thanks to Linda from Chalky's World, she has to be one of the sweetest and most generous of people. Linda is making Twiddle mats at the moment and sent me one to take to work to get feedback from the Mental Health Nurses there.  Along with with the twiddle mat (you can see an example here)  Linda sent me this lovely get well card 


 and 

I'm going to use this yarn for my next pair of socks THANK YOU Linda xx

Thank you to Maisie for this beautiful get well card



Hand painted by one of her relatives, I have mentioned Maisie before on my blog, she is a sweet elderly lady  ( Happy Birthday Maisie it's her birthday today) who attends the Day Unit, she still makes things to add to my charity box and recently asked me to give a talk about the the things I make and the Charities Loving Hands Support in her local Community Center.  I agreed to do this, the date was set and lots of people were looking forward to it, there was going to be a tombola and tasty nibbles BUT the date coincided with my surgery and had to be cancelled, so I'm so sorry for letting her down but will set a new date as soon as I can.

And sorry Amy but I have to squeeze in a number six just to thank everyone who has left me good wishes and a huge thanks to those who have been emailing me regularly to ask about my progress and and have kept me entertained with their chatty messages.  We have never met but I feel like you are all true friends and I appreciate your kind thoughtfulness. :) xxx 

Have a great weekend! :)


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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Making A Difference

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a member of Loving Hands which was founded by Lou Jaap in 2007.  We now have thousands of members around the world all crafting together to make a difference to those in need.  Last weekend  I was very proud to read an article in the Sun newspaper about our organization explaining the work we do and how even a small pair of mittens can help a child who has been orphaned or indeed made homeless.  Sadly Lou  is now in ill health and although she is still at the helm a lovely lady called Kate Guant is now doing the invaluable job of taking over where Lou has had to leave off.  Because of the article we have seen a huge increase in our members it's heartwarming to know that there are so many who want to help.  You can read more about Loving Hands here  why don't you join us too.


One of the charities we support is Operation Orphan who are now in Nepal helping where they can. You can read  a harrowing and very sad account of what they experienced when they arrived there here.

Operation Orphan have put out a plea for knitted/crocheted blankets in all sizes, if you would like to help but can't face making a whole blanket six inch squares sewn into strips of six, or twelve inch squares sewn into strips of three made with DK yarn can be sent on to us, please email me for an address if you are interested.

Following on from my Knit a Block a Week Challenge last year, I'm challenging myself to make as many squares and projects as I can from the book 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton you can see what I have made so far here

and this is what I have made for this month so far....


BLOCK 166 PASTEL DELIGHT
BLOCK 56 PLAIN GRANNY
BLOCK 55 CENTERED SQUARE
BLOCK 30 SHELL LACE
BLOCK 145 CHOCOLATE BOX
BLOCK 89 SPINNER
BLOCK 96 LIGHT AND SHADE

I have made these particular squares in gender neutral shades for Liz from Unraveling Me do pop along to her blog to see what she is going to do with them.

As you can see there is always a great need for squares so many charities are in need of them. With the making of these I will be killing three birds with one stone..

  1.  Helping people in need.
  2. Keeping up with my Challenge.
  3. Stashbusting.

Making squares needn't be boring there are so many free ones to choose from online they are quick to make and are a great portable project too.

Thank you for all your kind best wishes for my upcoming surgery on Thursday, I'm hoping that it will go ahead as planned and it's not cancelled at the last minute which can happen quite frequently.  

I'm not sure when I will be able to post again but I will be back as soon as I'm able, I will have my ipad next to me so that I can keep up with what you have all been doing and I will be surrounded by yarn and needles so I will have plenty to keep me busy.

Take care all of you

love ya!


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Friday, 8 May 2015

Five On Friday

My Five Little Snippets

Wouldn't it be nice if there were no time constraints and we could sit here all day reading and replying to lovely comments, visiting blogs and leaving comments.  That's where I found myself last Sunday morning, even though there was lots to do I allocated the Sunday morning slot just to do those things it was doable because of the bank holiday Monday I had a bit longer to do the other not so pleasurable things like housework.



I found it pleasurable because I was able to read every word rather than skimming through with one eye on the clock.  It also made me realise that although it was possible then, it's not always and so to keep this blogging adventure enjoyable I have to make some changes.  I love to receive your comments and I read each and every one but it's not always possible to reply so from now on I will only reply to questions but will still visit your blog if you have one when you leave me a comment, it may take me a while but I will eventually find my way there.


Health Matters

I was quite amazed to get two appointments through the post last week after waiting over two months for an MRI scan result I was quite taken aback to get an appointment for my Gall Bladder Surgery for next Thursday! and one for an Endoscopy on the 2nd June.  If you can remember I was apprehensive  about the MRI scan so you can imagine how I'm feeling about this, but I have had so many well wishes from you all and reassurances from those of you who have had the same operation it's made me feel much better about it so thank you, you are all lovely.  I will tell you all about it when it's over and done with.

If you can remember a couple of weeks ago I was feeling quite despondent because I had finished two of the crochet alongs I was involved with, well look what came in the post and lifted my spirits.



Can you see that cotton yarn? it was just 80p for 50 grams! such a bargain I'm planning on making lots of kitchen goodies with it, and the stylecraft yarn is for the Lily Pond CAL, I do have some yarn in my stash I can use for it but none of the main shades.





I am way behind as they are onto the third part already and I haven't even finished the first nearly there though. I don't really care if I catch up or not I just want to take it slow and enjoy it.

And if that wasn't enough look what else I ordered....



I have joined  Winwick Mums Sockalong! regular readers of my blog will know how I have struggled with the making of socks in the past, this time with the encouragement of all the lovely members of this group I am determined to have a wearable pair of socks before next winter. :)

My progress so far....


I have just received a lovely cute little 30 cm addi circular needle and I'm going to transfer my work onto that, I always get into a twist with dpns.


I have been having problems with my laptop this week it has become infected with malware in the form of adware those pesky adds that keep popping up all over the page and stop you from reading the content.  I have all the relevant anti virus packages  installed but this malware can still slip through.  I have spent the week scanning downloading software to stop it and just when I think I have cracked it, up it pops again. My son has told me I need to reformat my laptop as that's the only way to get rid of it so I'm waiting until he comes home at the beginning of June so that he can help me with it.  In the meantime I'm using my small laptop which is very slow and my ipad not ideal but better than nothing. Any expert advise would be greatly appreciated. :)

Have a great weekend.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sweet Little Tops.

The cutest little preemie baby jacket




I love Facebook because there is so much inspiration and lots of beautiful free patterns to be found like this little baby cardi.


This pattern is so simple, it's knitted in one piece the only sewing being the shoulder and little sleeve seam. 

I took it along to show the ladies in the Day Unit where I work and they fell in love with it and wanted to  knit some too so between us this is what we have made so far.


I think there will be lots more before very long.


These are going into my Preemie box to be sent to a local preemie baby group who distribute preemie items to neonatal units throughout England.


A big thank you to Teresa Roberts for designing this pattern and sharing it with us, it comes in a newborn size too, because the link to the pattern doesn't work Teresa has given me permission to print it here on my blog.



Small Baby Cardi by Theresa Roberts.

Knitted in DK yarn on no.8 /4mm needles.Garter stitch(all rows knit).Takes approx 25 grams of yarn and about two hours to knit. Tension or finished measurements is not crucial.
Worked from the bottom up,in one piece up to arm holes.

Larger size in brackets..Measures 16/17ins chest..7ins back length..takes about 60 grams of yarn.

Cast on 40 sts (60 sts) Knit 2 rows.
Increase row.knit 2 sts.inc in next st. knit to last 3 sts,inc in next st. knit 2.
Repeat this row until you have 60 sts (90 sts).
knit straight until 26 rows (40 rows) have been knitted from the cast on.

Buttonhole row. knit 2 sts..yarn forward,knit 2tog..knit to end.
Divide for back and fronts...
knit to last 16 sts (23 sts ) put these sts onto a sts holder.
Cast on 5 sts (24 sts) at beg of next row,(for sleeve )knit these 5 sts (24 sts) and continue across row until last 16 sts (23 sts)
put these 16 sts (23 sts) onto a st holder.)cast on 5 sts (24 sts) at beg of next row,( for sleeve ) knit these 5 sts (24 sts ) and rest of row..This is the back.knit 20 rows (30 rows ) on these sts. Cast off loose....

Work fronts**Put 16 sts (23 sts ) back onto needles.Join yarn...cast on 5 sts (24 sts ) knit these sts and rest of row..

front edge decrease row...knit 2 sts.knit 2tog.. knit to end of row..
knit 1 row.
repeat these 2 rows,until 12 sts (38 sts ) left..knit straight until front measures same as back..cast off shoulder sts.**

repeat from** for the other front..
join shoulder and under arm seam..sew on button. you're done.

Note this pattern as written,gives the small size ,little cap sleeves,and the larger size long sleeves.

Hope this makes sense.
Please enjoy this pattern,you may gift or sell the cardies.Please DO NOT try to sell this pattern,or alter it to call it your own....many thanks.



Hope that you are all having a great week. :) 

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