Tuesday, 31 January 2012


It seems I have less and less time for hooky stuff at the moment, but I have managed to crochet some squares for a blanket I am doing.  This is from a lovely book that I treated myself to last year and I want to make most of the things in it.

I have really enjoyed hooking these little square, but I have been a wee bit lazy in sewing in the ends.  So this will no doubt prove to be a bit of a task at the end of this project, but hey at least I will be warm in the process.

One of the things I wanted to do this year is to concentrate on knitting, so I have started a hooded top for my youngest Son (15 months).  This is knitted on circular needles from the yoke (top) down.  This is a new technique for me, but I am really enjoying it.  I love the fact that I can see the whole garment take shape without piecing lots of bits together.  I am just hoping that he won't be sixteen by the time I get it finished.  The pattern is really easy to follow and I am even managing to adapt it as I go, nothing too technical just the stitches used.  I  don't really want a ribbed waist on it, so I may change that as yet. I am thinking rows of garter stitch might make it a bit of a modern twist.

Can you see little mans hand in the last photo.  He many have to wait a while as yet.

The pattern is Everday Toddler Hoodie by Megan Goodacre and it can be found here Tricksyknitter

 have managed to add some items to my etsy shop today,  my little shop

We also have a fluttering of snow at the moment, but those skies are threatening more!  When D left for work this morning he threw a snow ball at the living room window.  Fun you might say, apart from the dirty mark left on my window, it frightened little man so much I don't think he will ever want to go out in it!

On a sadder note our lovely hens are having a run of bad luck.  It started with Lady our white hen pecking Ginger (yes she is ginger - a brown nick to be precise), she kept going and we had to separate them.  Mum knitted a jacket for ginger as she had lost a lot of feathers, and she needed to be kept warm.  She is also sleeping on a crochet blanket, I know spoilt rotten, well she is on the mend and looking better, but Lady had been poorly and not walking very well, end bound I thought, so I did everything I was supposed to do, but nothing worked, she has now gone to the better hen house in the sky.  I know it is silly but I do miss her.  She would be the one to wait at the back door and peck it when she wanted a treat.  In the summer they all pay visits from time to time.  One afternoon last year one ventured in as far at the living room!  So they are now a family of three and not four!

Well i'm off to make something scrummy for the boys as they are both home today with terrible colds.

Take care
C x

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Resolutions of a sort

I don't generally do new year resolutions, why?  I'm not very good at sticking to them.  But this year I am making an achievement list, which is simple really.  Our aims are:

8. START MY OWN BUSINESS (already underway and separate from our existing business)

Well, when I look at that little list I know that it is all achievable and hopefully enjoyable.

I do have some personal goals like, being more organised, getting fitter, dropping a dress size and improve my knitting.  But not resolutions these goals are with me pretty much on a permanent basis.  I would really like to concentrate of greener living as well (which is included in the above achievement list).

I did start yesterday with being a bit more organised.  I purchased a slow cooker on sale £27.00 (love a bargain).  I did have one many moons ago and used it a lot.  I think this will get a lot of use and will help to organise my daily routine and busy schedule.

So I will hopefully start meal planning, which should help to trim the food budget (No. 2).  Yesterday's fare was not bad we had butternut squash bake (I will share the recipe for this) and today we are having vegetable stew.  By the way we are vegetarians so this new purchase should help with trying new things too.

I am off to do a couple of hours work on the existing business and will hopefully start working on my new website tonight.  In-between looking after my two poorly boys, both have temperatures and snotty noses today!  

I will be back with pictures and recipes for the slow cooker soon.

Clare x

New Beginnings

I haven't blogged in such a long time, and felt very guilty for it.  Then the realisation hit.  I don't need to blog often just to please people.  My reasons for blogging are simple.  To create a little book of life's ups and downs for our boys to look back on in time and hopefully enjoy and remember!  So if you fancy popping by from time to time, then pour a cuppa and take the weight off your feet for 5.