30 December 2014

December sunset

We have had a lovely, though chilly walk into St Ives today. A spot of lunch and a pint or two. A quick hello and happy New Year to the Dolphin knitters; then home in time to catch this beautiful sunset.

The photos are in reverse order, as the sunset was the most important.

Hoping for a trip to the coast if the weather holds out, so I will make sure I take my camera.

29 December 2014

How was your Christmas?

Another Christmas is done and dusted, long in the preparation but short in the execution.

Our Christmas was a bit different this year.  For the first time in 34 years Peter and I woke to Christmas morning completely on our own.  It felt very strange, but actually quite pleasant.  No mad dashing about trying to get everyone to breakfast before presents were unwrapped.  Just leisurely.  Rachel, Stu and Jess came over around 10am to open presents, Jess got right into it.

A little snack to help the unwrapping go along, you can see there is a theme to her presents

Then great grandma and Pat arrived for lunch, Jess helped with the ribbons before going to her Nana's for lunch.

So just the 4 of us for lunch, again a bit strange, but I still had to cook the same amounts as I was told there had better be plenty of leftovers!

The Jones' arrived just after 5pm for their extended stay. I didn't actually get any photos of them unwrapping their presents as the light wasn't very good.

Boxing day was lovely, all the family together, we make quite a houseful now.  Lots of fun was had.

These two are quite competitive

More snacking, those homemade cheese biscuits went down a treat with the children

Laurie decided he would try out his astronaut suit and everyone had to wear a hat.........

Saturday Beck and Tim left for home leaving the boys with us, we've had a good time, tiring, you really do forget as you get older just how much work children are!! There was plenty of lego, crafting, fighting and general merriment, and on occasions some quiet time. Television does have its place.........

They have now gone home, the house is put to rights, but its so quiet......................

24 December 2014


As Christmas day looms large, I am pleased to have 2 orders completed, not that they were needed for Christmas thank goodness!

Here is a quick share before I commence on the cooking and baking.

The pattern is Aloha from Sublime #623 knitted in King Cole Big Value DK, size 20". I down sized the pattern by one size and it worked well.  I also added 6 rows of garter stitch for the borders as when I made this before it rolled badly.  I also knitted the front bands as I went along

The headband is just a simple double rib, knitted in aran yarn, the mum wanted one to match her daughter's, happy to oblige.

Next is Boater Bob from Sublime #634 knitted in Sirdar Snuggly size 22".  The mum wanted a striped jumper.  It looks very long but I think the rib draws it in and looks bigger than it is, well lets hope so, if not he will grow into it!

I have a pair of mitts and a cardigan to do, then back to work on a cardigan or 2 for Jess.  But right now the kitchen is calling.

Have fun x