Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The Great British Granny......

Well this has doubled in size since last you saw it. I have to say, I'm really enjoying the gentle rhythm of this one, it's very user friendly after the hexies. I took some of the yarn along with me to a Local Ravelry meeting. There were only five of us, but that was plenty. While we chatted I hooked together one and a half squares.
It was nice to meet up with others and see what they were up to. One lady was knitting socks, another was inventing a duck!! A third had brought several items and did a mini show and tell. The last lady is a novice, she didn't bring anything along, but enjoyed seeing what we were doing and had a quick impromptu lesson on Granny Squares! We're going to try to meet regularly. 
The Indian Banquet was very nice. With six different dishes on offer. Ranging from the sweet and tasty to the hot and fiery. We had a lovely evening. 
We also had fun the evening I cooked for friends, the Italian meal I prepared was lovely I was told I could make that again! Especially the cheese cake. LOL
Today I'm meeting up with my Brother and his wife during their lunch hour, my Tony is coming along too, we're off to the Caff for lunch. Later this week We're off out for dinner again, one of Tony's colleagues is paying as a thank you for a few hours of IT know how a couple of weeks ago. Tony never accepts cash payment when he helps out like that. Sometimes he comes home with tins of chocolates or bottles of wine. This is the first time we have been taken out for dinner as a thank you. Very nice.
Sunday will be a busy day, we have the annual Legion boat race. It's a charity event held to raise money for the local branch of the Royal British Legion. This year my Tony will be crew in one of the boats.That should be fun. I may throw a casserole in the slow cooker rather than try to cook a roast that day.
Phew, all the things I missed out on working full time shifts!
Dear son Jiffy has been working hard, while the weather is settled, there is lots of fishing. Problem is that means very little time ashore, he did squeeze in time for a visit last night when he presented me with a bag of laundry, thanks son, I love you too. 
Good thing it's a nice day, I'm off to peg, peg, peg.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Another new start.

Well I was making Hexies, but I got fed up with them and really couldn't settle. I think because each round was a different stitch and I couldn't get into a nice rhythm. There is also my difficulty in deciding which colour to use next and where it will be placed in relation to others....I may come back to it at some point and finish it into a crib size blanket, but for now it's lying neglected......
 Because I have a new start. Back to my limited colour palette, which I'm very much more comfortable with and the gentle rhythm of the good old granny. :-)  I'll plod along with this for a while, I really am enjoying it.
I did come across my cross stitch while hunting for something else to do, and it called to me, but alas essential items like my work stand and my magnifier are buried.  The family are coming next weekend to sort through some of mums belongings and make decisions on their fate, so maybe after that I'll be able to get at my lamp and do a little cross stitch. That may be a relief, it's getting warmer here each week and soon it will be too hot for sitting under this blanket.
I seem to have a very busy social calender at the moment, who knew that being out of work could be so hectic. I'm double booked this evening, it's a friends birthday and he's hoping we can join him for drinks in town, but I also invited other friends around for dinner! (The dessert I made yesterday, it needed to chill overnight. The chicken is in the slow cooker and a simple salad starter I can throw together as they walk through the door. )  Tomorrow I'm meeting up with the Ravelry and facebook groups Manx Yarnies, there is a get together here in town. That should be fun. We're out for dinner on Sunday night, an Indian buffet with an old colleague. Phew! Next weekend promises to be just as busy. 
Till next time.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Slow progress.

Things are moving along slowly here. I have continued to make little hexagons and have quite a bundle of them now, so I couldn't resist putting a few together to see how they would look. I'm rather pleased with how they are turning out. 
 I couldn't resist getting the camera out the other day when I caught this pair sat on the stair. Jiffy and Ailsa are great friends. She knows that he will always make time to have fun with her and take her for long walks and sometimes even a swim. Sadly she will be going to her new home soon, so we're making the most of the time we have with this wonderful, beautiful little friend. 
Tony and I did consider taking her with us to NZ, but that wasn't what Mum wanted, besides neither of us was happy at the thought of her making the long journey and then having to go into quarantine. :-(  Always do as your Mother tells you right?

Thursday, 11 April 2013


As you all know, a finish is always rewarded with a new start. (See previous post) I can't get near my sewing machines or any fabric at the moment, so I'll continue with the crochet theme for a while longer. I have a basket full of odds and ends here and I'm busy making hexies. 

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Little dogs know.

There are some things a little dog knows. She was so funny and so cute the other day. She knew that the little box contained treats and she was itching to get at them. She inched her head as far onto the table as she dared.
 She ran around from one side to the other, I guess trying to get closer to the box. Every so often she would come to one of us and offer up her paw, that's Please in Ailsa language.
LOL Yes, she got treats. Lots of them.
I'm going to call this one finished. It's a nice size for snuggling on the sofa. I think I'm going to give it to DS Jiffy, he's just moved into his own place.
That of course means a new start! :-)
Not sure what at the moment though. I see a day of playing with yarns, leafing through books and browsing Ravelry.