Sunday 4 December 2022

I've Been Busy

 Thank you so much for all the lovely comments about my kitchen and bathroom, I have to say I am loving them both I can't quite believe the transformation I keep stroking my kitchen cupboards and opening the doors and then watching them close all by themselves, I gaze down at my new flooring and give a sigh of contentment.  As for the new shower in my bathroom it's causing problems I'm afraid because once I get under it I really don't want to get out and energy prices being what they are that is not a good thing haha.

Once the mess was cleared and thing's settled down I had to get over the 70th birthday, thank you for all your birthday wishes😘😘 I did have lovely day and week, I was quite spoilt it has to be said and got some lovely gifts....

This is one of the gifts my lovely daughter got me to use for my embroidery and it has been used many times already, it makes it much easier having two hands free.

My eldest son and DIL gifted those lovely flowers still looking fresh after two weeks and the terracotta rug you can see on the floor, I have to be very careful what I say around my kids, I did mention that I needed a new rug for the conservatory and so they got me one haha.  

I was complaining to my youngest son about not being able to find a NHS dentist and on the morning of my birthday he said I have put a bit of something in your bank account Mother so you can go and get some private dental work done 😲 I really couldn't believe it, as a consequence I have a dental appointment tomorrow and at last I can get some much needed treatment, it's over three years since I was able to visit a dentist.  I am very lucky I know there are so many who can't afford private dental care and are in agony because of dental problems. 

My brother has MS but was able to make this lovely barrow for me it has pride of place outside my front door

I could go on I got some fabulous gifts from family and friends alike and I would like to thank them all for their generosity. 

So What am I up to? 

 I am still working away at the Festive Forrest CAL although I 'm way behind and the CAL is finished already. I wasn't able to keep up because of the disheaval in the house and we don't have much natural light at this time of year so I find it difficult to see to sew the tiny details. I aim to finish it in time for Christmas, fingers crossed that I'll succeed.

Now while I was wading through my cluttered home a new CAL was being released and I was dying to take part, it was impossible at that time and so just as soon as I was able I bought the yarn and I started to make the Whoopa cardigan, by then the CAL was finished and I was able to see all the lovely Whoopa's that had been made.  

The Whoopa CAL was a ten day CAL hosted by Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir. Tinna has a video tutorial for each day which made it super simple and very quick it took me ten days and look.....

She has introduced us to slouchy blocking which gives the cardigan a lovely drape. I think mine grew five inches after blocking.

I love this stitch it looks like knitted rib, I have used it before as you can see here

I used James Brett Masquerade Chunky and it only took six 100 gram balls to make it I have a feeling that I will be making more.

Another thing I have finished is this

This was an experiment for me, I used Rico Essentials Crochet Cotton which is a 2ply. I Lined the back to enclose the ends and it's the perfect size for a pot holder. I tried this because I'm toying with the idea of making one of the mosaic blanket patterns into a wall hanging, it would be far too large and bulky if I used anything other than the 2ply which I have used here. Cotton yarn doesn't have that much give and you have to be more careful to ensure that your stitches are neat and even but it hasn't put me off so watch this space.

You can find the pattern for this cute penguin here

At the moment I am working on this can you guess what the picture is going to be...

and this is the start of a simple sweater for me..

Time will tell if it ever gets completed.

I hope that you are all well and enjoying your Christmas preparations, I have have done nothing so far and am still looking for some small gifts to hook up for my friends, talk about leaving things to tha last minute.  I have come across these cute decorations here but I have a feeling that they will be super fiddly, although I do like those teeny sweaters, we shall see.

Have a great Sunday 😘😘

Linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday
Hand Made Monday


  1. Loving that cardigan, it's gorgeous. Briony x

  2. I'm so pleased that you got all the work in your house completed in time for your birthday celebrations, that you're so happy with it all, and that you enjoyed your big day. You certainly received some wonderful and thoughtful gifts. I'm always amazed at how productive you are with your crafting, the embroidery is so cute and I love the cardigan, it looks cosy and warm, just what's needed at this time of year.

  3. Your family pays close attention to what you say! Lovely sweater and I think your stitching looks fabulous! Gail at the cozy quilter

  4. The cardigan looks so cuddly and comfy. Perfect!

  5. Impressive cardigan! I had no idea that you could get crochet to drape so nicely. Good job.

  6. Love the cardigan. Happy belated birthday, and it looks like your family spoiled you in style! I had one side of my mouth I haven't been able to chew on for several years, but it got worse. I finally ended up purchasing a dental insurance program when I had to have a crown and then a root canal done several months ago. Still a huge chunk came out of my pocket. At least the dental office had a payment program.

  7. What lovely gifts your children got for you, Linda. The love is apparent. Your sweater is wonderful. Cozy and fun to wear, I imagine. Now to go catch up on pictures of your bathroom and kitchen! :)

  8. What a kind generous family you have, happy belated birthday. Your chunky knit cardigan looks so nice and cozy, it will keep you nice and warm over winter.

  9. It sounds like you had a lovely birthday and received some lovely, and thoughtful gifts.

    I do like the cardigan, it's a nice blend of colour and perfect for cooler days.

    Enjoy the new week.

    All the best Jan

  10. Your cardigan is very pretty. I find that they best presents that I can give are the ones I pick up on during conversations. How wonderful that you have children you pay attention to what you say. Happy Belated Birthday!

  11. Happy belated birthday wishes to you. Looks to me like you are doing lots and lots of lovely things. Congrats on getting renovations done. That cardigan looks very comfy and cozy. Holiday joy and blessings.

  12. Lovely cardigan, room and projects !
    Have a nice week !

  13. I'm glad you enjoyed your celebrations, and you were treated to some very thoughtful gifts. I especially love the wheelbarrow. Xx

  14. Hi Linda, I just found you and had to read back through about your renovations, etc. All so worth it. You were well gifted for you 70th as you should be! I am now ahead of you at 71 which I can't believe. I too crochet-an Attic 24 fan, and also embroider as well as quilt. I would love if we could be blogging friends. Happy Stitching to you in that lovely conservatory nook!

  15. Lovely gifts for a lovely lady. You have been busy, your stitching looks wonderful.

  16. Happy belated bday Linda. You received such nice gifts from your family. I love the cardigan you made and it looks so nice on you. Have fun with all of your other projects.

  17. Wow, you really have been busy! A cardie in 10 days is quite something!
    I'm really loving that wheelbarrow, it looks fabulous. Happy belated birthday.

  18. What lovely gifts from family for your birthday. I'm glad you enjoyed your special day. That slouchy cardigan is lovely and in only 10 days too. My knitting has taken a back seat this year but I'm hoping for a little more knitting next year :-)


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