Thursday, 29 January 2015

Week 4

It's the fourth week of my weekly photo collage, and this one incorporates the other half of my stay on the Isle of Wight:

22nd - 29th January

From left to right: frosty drives between Sandown and Newport, haggis for Burn's Night, the moon, started reading 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, a teeny tiny amount of snow in Yeovil, floating in the Portsmouth, post-snow clouds, The Melville Hall Hotel (home for the week), and super cold temperatures!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Surprise Post!

I have always thought that it is nice to do something simple to please others - it doesn't take a grand gesture to make someone smile, and that's one of the reasons I used to really enjoy Postcrossing (though I haven't had any time for that in the last year due to crazy work commitments unfortunately). But recently I was invited to join the Little Luchas club on Facebook, set up by Kitty Pinkstars; a fantastic online crafting friend. It has come about that some of the members are sending out surprise mail to each other. We are randomly selected a partner and then have a week to put together a little something for that person, be it just a postcard, something handmade, or just something to put a smile on their face. Today, I received my surprise parcel from the lovely Caroline!

Happy mail!

What a great thing to arrive home to! Just seeing a little parcel for me (that wasn't from Amazon!) was enough to make me smile. And the contents were really cute too...

Thank you Caroline!

Badges, postcards, a clip, a tiny cup and saucer, and a lovely handmade storage case! The case will more than likely become the new home of my crochet hook collection (I have a Kitty Pinkstars pouch ordered, but now I know that they are big enough for a Kindle, I think that may be housing all my books!).

I love the concept of this little project. It was great fun choosing pieces to send to my partner, and I'm looking forward to the next swap so that I can make someone happy again. At least, with working away a lot at the moment, it means I can send some things that I can't buy at home! I may even pick up a few bits and pieces while I'm away in the Channel Islands. It's a great feeling knowing that someone, somewhere, will have their day made knowing that someone they've never met, cares enough to send them a present. Hooray for good old fashioned "snail mail".

Monday, 26 January 2015

Miniatures

Miniature crochet is so cute!


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Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Hobbit

I'm home! I got back from the Isle of Wight at about 20:30 last night - long day! But that is not the subject of this post. Whilst away, I used my Kindle (a Christmas gift from Dave) for the first time, and delved into the wonderful world of The Hobbit!


Dave has been recommending that I read this for a long time, and it stands as one of his favourite books, but I never got round to it. Anyway, once I got a chance to sit and download some books to my Kindle, this was the first one that I opted for. I wasn't intending to read it straight away, to be honest, as I also downloaded a Paul Finch book from his DS Heckenburg series that I was eager to get started on. But I was also conscious that I was only staying away for the week and wanted the challenge of finishing a book in that space of time. Needless to say, I was successful and polished it off (I finished the last 5% this morning).

Like a lot of people, we have been going to see the three films in the cinema, and obviously watched the last in the series just before Christmas.


I really enjoyed the films (though it took a few watches for the first one to grow on me) and I have enjoyed now comparing the original work, to the Peter Jackson vision in the movies.

Whilst watching all three films, Dave told me that there were inaccuracies that really drove him mad - for example, the random appearance of Legolas, who isn't even in The Hobbit. I now share his opinion on that front! I do, however, prefer the visual style of the Dwarves in the movies, as opposed to the descriptions in the book of multicoloured hoods and the like (much like the 1977 animated version, which is a little Snow White and the Seven Dwarves for my liking!). The movies are definitely a more adult version of what was originally intended to be a childrens' book though, which is perhaps why I preferred some aspects of them.

All in all, I am really glad that I have now read the book, and am really tempted to add The Lord of the Rings trilogy to my Kindle, to read in the future; though I have been told that they are written quite differently to The Hobbit, and are quite hard work. Any thoughts on this? I have now made a start on 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne, which has been on my shelf for ages. As intended, I am alternating between physical and Kindle books, until I have finished all of my physical copies, as I have quite a few sat waiting to be read at the moment. At just 244 pages, it shouldn't take me too long though. If I finish that this week, I will take my Kindle and a few other books on my next work trip to Guernsey and Jersey, on the 2nd February, as I will be away for 3 weeks and will need the evening entertainment!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Week 3

Time for another weekly upload; and might I point out, that I am doing exceptionally well to keep up with my posts so far! Saying that, it has only been a few weeks, so hardly tasking yet. Here's my week in pictures:

15th - 22nd January

From left to right: super fluffy socks to keep my feet warm at work, my bulb teacup, reading and hot chocolate pre-work, a trip to A&E with my man, waiting at 07:00 for my IOW ferry, multistorey carparks will be the death of me, ready and waiting for work, fireworks in our street (no idea why), and the start of another green square to add to the blanket pile.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Back On the IOW

It's my first stay-away for work, of 2015, and I am spending it back on the Isle of Wight. For those in the US, or elsewhere, that are unsure of where this island lies, it can be found right at the bottom of the United Kingdom, and only takes a 45min ferry journey to get to.

Isle of Wight

I am staying in Sandown (right) and working just outside Newport (centre) for the week, and despite the stupid time that I have to get up to catch my ferry here, I do quite enjoy visiting the island. This is my third visit, since I started my job as a baby/toddler photographer, and I'm always made very welcome.

Sailing out of Lymington at 07:45, Tuesday morning

I have brought my crochet with me, but have been too tired to actually do any for the last couple of nights. However, in a couple of weeks time I have a massive trip away for work, back to the Channel Islands - one week in Guernsey followed immediately by a fortnight in Jersey, so I will have plenty of time to work on blanket squares then, on my days off! I'm quite looking forward to going back to Jersey, but the prospect of a 3 week trip away from home isn't entirely appealing. Alas, onwards and upwards! I am now going to browse eBay for some new props to use on my studio kit, as I have finally cleared out my Christmas drawer and am ready to fill it with something new for 2015!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Something For Your Home

It's always nice to display art that compliments a hobby or activity that you really enjoy, so why should crochet be any different! I've just dug through Etsy to find these fantastic pieces of crochet themed art - everything from prints, to cushions and sculptures!


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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Week 2

It's been a busy week, getting back into the swing of work again - I have been in both Dorchester and Winchester, so a bit of variety.

8th - 15th January

From left to right: amazing black pepper flavoured crisps from our local Chinese supermarket, Daisy Dream - my current fragrance and a Christmas gift from my best friend, new stripy jumper, my Simply Crochet magazine arrived, hot water bottle time, flaming whiskey whilst cooking dinner, thank you cards, my awesome free gift for subscribing to Good Food magazine, and buying cards to send to a fantastic friend.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Buttons!

Buttons are a fantastic way to finish off a project, be it crochet, knitting, or something completely different. I've always loved ceramic buttons, for their unique nature.


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Friday, 9 January 2015

This Week...

I posted up a message on my Facebook page last week, saying that for 2015 I am going to try and post a weekly collage (hopefully every Thursday, though I am already one day behind on that!) of what I've been up to. I used to enjoy doing the 365project, where you upload a photo for every day of the year, but with this, it may be a few photos from one day - just whatever I've been up to.

1st - 8th January

So here is week one, with the lowdown from left to right being: new snuggle socks, spicy pork and rice, Poole Quay bath tub race, bulbs shooting, scarf day, birthday present wrapping, welcome to our home, cooking vegetables for summer pasta, and us freezing cold on New Years Day.

Hopefully I will be able to keep uploading these every Thursday, but due to work commitments (staying away and all that jazz) it may sometimes be a little late. But without further ado, here starts one of my 2015 projects!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Bulbs

In September, I made this post about the garden, and how I had been planting some bulbs. I went out to the garden this morning, to feed the birds, to find this wonderful sight!


My fritillary and tulips are starting to shoot! Woohoo!

It's so lovely, at such a bleak time of year when the trees are bare, Christmas and New Year are over, to see beautiful fresh shoots growing out from the remnants of last years leaves. This also ties in beautifully with today's Treasury, which was based on fresh colours for the new year. I really can't wait to see my bulbs begin blooming!

Fresh Start

Happy New Year! I thought it'd be fantastic to kick off 2015 with some lovely bright handspun yarns.


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Friday, 2 January 2015

Four New Rows

I am a few days behind posting this, but progress hasn't moved on since. I spent New Years Eve attaching the next rows to Dave's blanket, and managed to get 4 out of the pile of squares that I had, before running out of yellow - boo! But the blanket is now measuring 19x15 squares, which is 285 attached, and I have 19 left in my stash, which puts my current total at 304!


I have broken the 300 square mark! That feels absolutely amazing haha! I am definitely now on the home straight, with just 57 left to go. So, with a few more balls of yarn left to order, I can really crack on with the remaining squares, and get this project finished. I can't wait! Here's a current status shot...


It definitely looks like a blanket now! And only needs four more rows (and the edging) to be finished. I like seeing it from above too, as it means I can see how the colour spacing is working out. I've tried to be random with the colourings, and am really pleased with the effect. It'll look even better when it's finished.

Row attaching, and an idea of the size!

Facebook followers will have already seen the above picture, so I'm glad to get it up on my blog as well now. You can really see the scale of the blanket - some of my is actually draped over the other arm of the sofa, so it goes on even further!

So now, without further ado...one of my aims for the new year is to get this finished for Dave's birthday in May! Game on!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year's Day Bathtub Race

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic evening, full of celebrations with your loved ones! We had an early night, but were up early this morning so that we could go to the bathtub race, at Poole Quay! We had never been before, but Dave found some information online, and we thought we'd give it a go!

Bathtub Race 2015

The event was hilarious. All of the competitors are required to build their vessel from a bathtub(s), but can freestyle it after that, from what we gather. The rules appeared to be pretty slack, but there was a big fight before the race, with all of the competitors throwing eggs and flour at each other, and trying to capsize the other boats, before everyone lined up for a race. There were all kinds of tubs, including Doctor Who (complete with Dalek and Cybermen), the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team, Titanic, and quite a few Santas and Elves. I don't know why anyone would volunteer to get soaked in a freezing cold harbour on the 1st January, but it must be the best hangover cure on the planet! Saying that, a number of the crew members were drinking as they went haha.

How have you spent New Years Day? I hope you've had fun!