Sunday, 4 December 2016

Roses

We've had a nice relaxed weekend, but also been pretty productive! Along with getting all of the housework done, I did a little more Christmas gift wrapping (though was gutted to find that my new parcel of ribbon contained someone else's shopping and was sent to me by mistake) and we planted our engagement presents from Mum and Dad - two roses!

Comte de Champagne
High Hopes

We have one climber and one standard bush, both now all potted up! The varieties my parents chose are really relevant - Comte de Champagne as a symbol of celebration, and High Hopes because after getting married, my surname will be Hope! They were such great gifts and I can't wait to see them in bloom next year!

Today I also made pulled pork!


...well, technically I started making it yesterday, and slow cooked it for 18hrs in a blend of paprika, garlic, red wine vinegar, and other herbs and spices! Mixed in with a little BBQ sauce, it's delicious. It's been a good weekend!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Week 48

It definitely feels like Winter has arrived!

25th November - 2nd December

From left to right: sleepy gerbils, details on Jackie's cardigan, a frosty morning, cuddles with Harry, temperatures reach below zero, Harry selfie (featuring me, Kirsty and Dicky), leafy walks to work, the aptly named "bonking mug" at work, and using your windscreen wipers to find that the water you are trying to remove, instantly refreezes...

Baby Cardigan

I've finally found a second to share my finished baby cardigan with you all! I made this using the Jasmine's Sweater pattern by Maria Bittner.

Front

Back

I'm super happy with the outcome! This was a request of my colleague Jackie, for her Granddaughter. She basically let me do what I wanted with it - I sent her a few patterns to choose from, and then Jackie allowed me to choose the colours and yarn. I used Caron Simply Soft in white, fuchsia and watermelon - it's a lovely yarn to work with, and as a first timer using it, I was impressed and will definitely use it again in the future!

Buttons and tags

I tried to make the finished item a bit more personal by adding a "made with love" tag, and a little "handmade" charm (which you can just see the top of, bottom right of the tag). I thought long and hard about what kind of buttons to use on this. After standing and comparing buttons for about 15mins in Hobbycraft, I finally went for these cute fabric covered polkadot ones, which I think was a good choice. I particularly like the fact that they add another shade of pink to the colour palette.

Overall, I really enjoyed making this for Jackie. It was my first time making proper shaped clothing (I am still yet to assemble the cardigan that I am making for Kirsty) so it was a little nerve wracking, but I feel that I pulled it off. Jackie loved it, and that's ultimately what matters!

I still have a few projects lined up to finish before Christmas (eek). Next up is another cat, and then a pair of baby booties...plus, if I have time, a banana for Ruben. I have already been asked to make a jumper for my practice manager's puppy, in the New Year - a lot of my colleagues are really embracing my crochet, and one of the doctors has even asked if I would be able to teach her! Spreading the word!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Wrapping 2016

I started wrapping my Christmas presents on Thursday, after months of trying to find a look that I liked! I eventually went with this...


Grey and stars! I absolutely love it - simple but effective. All of the goodies came from Cox & Cox, which is a new discovery for me. They have some absolutely gorgeous items on their website, so I'll definitely be back in the future!

I've cut down on Christmas this year, as previously I have spent way too much, and now I have a wedding to think about! Anyway, I have halved my budget so my present pile doesn't look as big as usual, but hopefully people will like what I have bought them. 

The countdown is now officially on! Less than a month to go - I have a little bit of shopping left to do, but I'm pretty confident about being finished in time. We are spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Dave's parents, which is going to make a nice change, and then Boxing Day with my family in Dorchester. So it's going to be hectic! I'd love to hear what you are all doing over the festive season, and also see what your wrapping is looking like! 

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Week 47

Starting my wrapping!

18th - 25th November

From left to right: my delicious looking pie crust, cardigan progress, "holidays are coming", not sure what Tesco are thinking with their cocoa and spiced rum crisps?, our beautiful engagement card from Rich and Sarah, the most amazing Christmas soap dispenser, cracking on with my present wrapping, a finished pressie in this years grey paper, and my rant to Hermes couriers for leaving on of my parcels in the bin

Monday, 21 November 2016

Life Update!

I've been so busy recently, so apologies for only posting my weekly update! A mixture of a busy time at work, lots of overtime, and a crazy personal life have contributed to my lack of presence! My first bit of news is that I got engaged on the 13th November!

Dave proposed on Studland Beach

It was an amazingly beautiful day - we went to Studland Beach and everything was perfect. I'm so lucky to have my wonderful man in my life, and can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him!

When I'm not being swept off my feet, I have spent the last 4 Saturday mornings at the flu clinic at work. Those were al super busy, and I made more tea and coffee than you could shake a stick at! It was all good fun though!

Regarding my current projects; Kirsty's cardigan is on hold while I finish smaller projects for colleagues. It's nearly finished and just needs stitching together, so in the mean time I have made a load of remembrance poppies and made a start on a baby cardigan for a colleague. I've only got one sleeve left to add to the cardigan, so that should be finished in the next day or two, with some luck! Here's how it looked at the weekend...


Obviously, it's come quite a way since then! As my first item of clothing, I am quite pleased with how it looks at the moment, and am excited to see the outcome once it's been pressed!

What have you all been up to lately??

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Week 46

An incredible week!

11th - 18th November

From left to right: icy mornings, Herbert the orange has made a transformation into Donald Trump, our invite to Kirsty's wedding arrived, beachy walks, I got engaged!!, the badger dug up our lawn..., something new, my lovely cushion from Liz, and the super moon!