Monday, 28 September 2015

Come Visit Yarndale 2015

I had a great time visiting Yarndale on Saturday all the hustle and bustle it was absolutely teeming with visitors and because there were so many people there it was rather difficult to get any decent photo's you had to sort of jump in and snap while you could so some of them are a little blurry but I hope that you enjoy looking at them anyway.......



Some of last years  Mandalas

Lots of felty goodness this year


So much yummy yarn







This one is for Meredith. :) 

The 2013 Bunting still looks amazing

This years flowers for memories can you spot yours? read about them here









This is a rather blurry picture of Winwick Mums sock line, displaying socks that have been made by members of the sockalong, these are all going to be sent to charity, I too had a pair to hang on the line but silly me forgot to take them with me so I will have to send them on instead.  It was lovely to meet with Christine and have a quick chat with her on Saturday in the knit and natter lounge.


Inside the big red double decker bus that shuttles passengers to and from the station it was lovely to see the mandalas hung at the windows and the flowers at the side of the seats
So what did I buy? I was so good even though I was surrounded by temptation all I bought was this yarn.... 
with socks in mind.

Conclusion ..
Yarndale is noisy, crowded, and expensive, for example this simple scarf below would set you back £40. BUT the atmosphere is amazing, everyone is so friendly and ready



to chat about all things crafty. Even if like me you can't afford to buy much, where else could you get so close up and personal with so much delicious yarn not to mention all the other craft related goodies, role on next year. :) 

Visit Yarndale 2013 here






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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Catching Up

I'm still way behind with the Moogly Cal but here are three more, two of which I managed to complete last weekend....

Block 15 
Cupcake Celebration Square by Jenny Thomas 



A lovely fun square, it was easy enough to make but that cherry on the top was a bit of a nightmare, if I make it again I will just use a French knot. It's also turned out just a bit short of 12 inches so I think I will add another round of sc.

Block 16
Lilies on the Water by  Deborah Ziegler



This one was easy too and is a very pretty square, but is wasn't very pretty before I blocked it I would say that it was a bit of a twisted mess so if you do attempt it don't worry it will look fine after blocking, again this one turned out a tiny bit on the small side I'm hoping that it won't matter too much when I sew it into the blanket.

Block 17
Esme's Winter Cottage by Dedri Uys



Well I think this one is beautiful but boy did it have me tearing my hair out, it needed maximum concentration and still I made mistakes but to be fair the same can be said for most of them it does take a while for the penny to drop, I do get there in the end even though the end result is nowhere as neat and perfect as it should be.  

Two more to go before I'm all caught up do you think I can do it before Thursday 1st October? thats when block 20 will be announced just five more to go I can't believe it. 

You can see all the others I have made here or by clicking on the Moogly Afghan tab at the top of the page.  To go to any of the patterns just click on the name of the square.

I hope that you are all having a great week :) 





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Friday, 18 September 2015

Five on Friday

Well hello it seems like a long time since I blogged and I suppose it is, there is quite a lot going on both at home and at work at the moment so I have been just a bit preoccupied and trying to actually gather my thoughts to do a blog post has been quite beyond me so I thought I would join in with Amy's Five on Friday to give a little update on what's been going on....

I Enjoyed..
 A weeks holiday in benidorm with my family, it went so fast it now seems like I was never there, unfortunately it rained quite a bit in fact nearly every day! but it was still warm, the hotel was lovely as was the food and I enjoyed long walks along the promenade nearly every day, here are just a few of the many photo's I took...


Our hotel was so beautiful at night it changed colour from blue to all the colours of the rainbow and can be seen for miles.

Sunrise as seen from my balcony

Lots of yummy desserts all the food was amazing but it's the desserts we like to see
right? :)



My family enjoyed them too.

I also partook in a cocktail or two.





Regular coffee stops.
Dressing up for the rain.


I will be back. :) 

Worried about...
Things at work are in quite a bit of turmoil at the moment, my Unit is under inspection and it may have to close down if it's decided that it's not cost effective, it makes me so angry to think that everything is about money and making profit these days, not about the great service that we provide to the clients in our care.

If they do decide to close us down I haven't a clue where the people in our care would receive the treatment they need as we are the only facility like it in our area, also the staff will be moved to other units and if that happens I will retire, for now my colleague and myself have dropped a day at work each so that there is just one nurse working at any given time as they are claiming that we are over staffed.  

I wish that these pen pushers at the top would just come and spend a day with us and see how well they would manage to cope with the reduced number of staff that we are having to work with.
They just don't have a clue about what goes on in the real world, sorry rant over but it does make me angry that so many essential services are being fazed out due to lack of funding. 

Terrified about!....
Just before I went on holiday I had a lot of pain and swelling at the left side of my face, my upper left wisdom tooth has finally decided to put in an appearance, unfortunately it's growing into my cheek! 

After a course of antibiotics and a consultation at the dental clinic I now have an appointment for removal of TWO! impacted wisdom teeth the one on the upper left and one on the upper right.  I hate going to the dentist so you can imagine how I'm feeling about this I have opted to have sedation.. well wouldn't you!? and how on earth am I supposed to eat when both sides of my mouth are going under attack.  All of this is going to happen at the end of the month so I'm trying to put it out of my mind until then.

Not Much Time For...
Crafty things I'm so way behind with everything especially all the CALs I'm working on, all I can manage at the moment is a little work on my scrappy blanket and I enjoyed knitting this little hat with some stash yarn I've had for years do you recognise it? it's yarn I had left over from these.




It's an easy little beanie and should fit a child about 4-6 years, if you would like the pattern just say and I can put it up in another post. :)

Happy about...
Cutting this hedge 
before....







and after


This a job that gets more and more difficult every year and I'm always pleased when it's done.

So thats it for now I hope you all have a great weekend, I'm hoping to make a square for the moogly CAL I'm so behind and I have found a little baby jacket I'm just itching to start what are your weekend plans?   

see you soon. xxx

Linking with 
Amy's 5 on Friday






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