31 July 2013

Mixing it up

I had planned to make this into a couple of posts, but decided I just didn't have the time, so here you have it, a bit of everything.

As most of you will be coming here for the WIPs I had better do those first.  Work progresses and each project is getting some attention.

Laurie's ten stitch

Car seat blanket

Rachel's long top

First side of a tea cosy for the YOT pot!!
Next, my sister in law gave me these vintage magazines on Sunday, we did have a laugh, they date back to 1971/72, goodness some of the fashions.  Though we did agree, with a change of yarn some of them could work.  Here is a sample

can you imagine a knitted trouser suit!?

We liked the blue top

Thought this would work with leggings

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Like this but don't have the figure for it!  In fact don't think I ever did

Rufus would like the colour
Finally, I cannot believe a year has gone by since I posted photos of some these flowers, and here they are in bloom again. The year is flying past, autumn clothes are in the shops.

30 July 2013

KAL time

As some of my readers will know I belong to the Grandmas Hand group on Ravelry, and from time to time participate in the odd KAL (knit along).

Starting on 2 August it will be the turn of Hayley Foord to host our KAL, she has designed a scarf and is keen for us all to try it out.  The pattern is Conundrum Scarflette and it is free to use.  I am planning to use this yarn, which I was given recently.

I have no idea what the yarn is other than it wraps out at 4 ply.  It has a multi coloured metallic thread running through it, so will make a nice evening scarf.  There is 200 grams including cone, so there should actually be enough for several scarves or as this pattern is so flexible, I could keep increasing until I knit a shawl size.  We will see.

29 July 2013

Party Time

As mentioned on Friday, Laurie had his first birthday and on Sunday we had his birthday/naming party. Friday and Saturday were spent shopping and cooking, Rufus and his Daddy were camping so it was just us girls with Laurie and Pops.

Sunday morning we discovered that Rebecca had been up all night with a stomach bug, she was in a bit of a state, still being sick.  Quick phone calls to the campers trying to decide what to do.  The decision was to go ahead without Rebecca as friends had journeyed up to Cambridge over the weekend.  I have never known a morning go so quickly, time was not our friend.  Tim and Rufus came and took over Laurie whilst Rachel, myself and Peter made a start on getting things setup.  Tim's mum turned up early to help out with the boys and by 11:15 I was still whipping cream, in a frantic state.  Words were had and I apologise to anyone that came across the edge of my tongue!!

By 11:30 all was done, quick change and you'd never know there had been a panic.  By this time Rebecca had stopped being sick and made the decision to get up and have a shower to put in an appearance after the food, do her 'bit', then go back to bed.  Everyone was understanding, and I think had a good time.  The birthday boy certainly seemed to enjoy himself and the bouncy castle was a huge hit.  Our garden is just made for parties when the weather is kind.

Great grandparents

Nana and Laurie

The Jones Family

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The birthday boy

My brother Andy and niece Lucy

Lucy & Laurie

Thank you all for coming and making it such a special day.  Its just a shame that the hostess missed it all, so much work had gone into the planning but I hope that we did her proud.

NB: Rachel popped in this evening and thinks she may have pinpointed what made Rebecca ill.  A fish burger on Friday lunchtime is looking to be a culprit as she commented at the time that it wasn't very hot.