SELF-HELP #16

Not even nice weather for ducks…

Hoping the weather is better with you all. It is absolutely dreadful here. All I want to do is stay in the warm and dry and do my knitting – no change there then!!! πŸ˜†

Thursday I had the school run and it took forever to get home so many roads were closed due to flooding 🌨🌨🌨

School quiz night last night so the Xmas stocking was duly stuffed with Christmas tat and offered as a raffle prize. I have started knitting one for my sister to use for her carols and mince pie evening. The people in my team were quite clever (luckily for me) but we fell on our face in the “Fun with Flags” round. I hadn’t even heard of half the countries let alone know what their flags looked like!!πŸ€”

So the river is rising again but not in the garden yet, although the flood defences are up in town. Surely there can’t be any more rain up there???

Back to my knitting I think β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #11

And the goose is getting fat…

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So no matter how much I try to ignore it the festive season is just around the corner.

Ding dong merrily on high πŸŽ…

So I am using up red and white yarn. I love the simplicity of scandi patterns. I found the pattern for the hearts in an old issue of Knit Today (issue 91 Xmas 2013). The hearts are supposed to be done on dpns but I get into a bit of mess with them at the best of times so gave up with so few stitches. My hearts have a side seam….

The stocking is ready for a quiz night next week, this is taken from a Debbie Bliss pattern found in a Xmas Prima (2011). It is no wonder my house is such a state I don’t throw anything away!!!

I have just got to buy a load of Christmas tat to fill the stocking with so that the Parents Association can raffle it. I then have to make another one for my sister to raffle at a carols and mince pie evening πŸ‘ΌπŸ‘ΌπŸ‘Ό

Should get through a chunk of my red and white stash β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP #15

But what about my bulbs 🌷🌷🌷

My garden fence…

We have a water feature at the bottom of the garden. Not so long ago I planted a load of bulbs on the otherside of the fence – I don’t hold out much hope!!!

Our water feature!

Peaking over next couple of days and then clear up the mess. Glad I saved the grass seed for the spring….

Back to my knitting to cheer me up β™‘

SHOE BOX APPEAL

Christmas gifting πŸ‘Ό

I have made a little hat and some mittens to pop into a shoe box with some other bits and pieces for church to send off for this year’s appeal. The hat and mitts are made using aran weight wool so hopefully nice and cozy.

Child’s size age 5 – 9

There is still time to do a shoe box. The following link will tell you all about it and lists what you can put in your shoe box.

http://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk

Happy Knitting β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #10

The WIPs are piling up…

Instead of finishing things I appear to be starting new things.

Current WIP list:

– baby blanket

– child’s hat (awaiting pom pom)

– child’s mittens

– 2 x wrist warmers

– scarf (scarf-gate continues)

– Christmas stocking

– pullover

I get so excited about a new project and put everything into it until something else comes along. Concentration span of a gnat, sadly not the work ethic of an ant, so easily distracted!!! 🐜🐜🐜

SELF-HELP #14

Knit and natter β™‘β™‘β™‘

I have had a lovely, if cold, morning at my local knitting group. I took half a dozen preemy cardies in various states of completion and left 5 completed. Plenty of tea and a piece of cake what could be better.

A number of the girls were missing due to the cold. No heating in the church and the roof is dead dodgy.

Obviously I do bits for the premature baby unit – I am always going on about my preemy cardies – but the girls knit for refugee charities, the Shoe Box appeal, blankets for Africa and bits and pieces for local causes.

So a fab Monday, knitting and chatting.

SELF-HELP #13

Rugby, rugby and more rugby πŸ‰

Well guess what the cricket finished and the rugby world cup started…

We are a rugby household, my son plays school rugby U16 so I get to watch quite a lot but now it is on in the house for what seems like 24/7. Although I do find the progress of Japan quite exciting.

The weather has been good today so I have been pulling up lots of nettle roots. They are coming out quite easily today as the ground is wet. The river is very high and not far from the footpath. Managed to plant a few daffs close to the fence so hopefully my patch will look pretty in the spring 🌾

I am now nursing nettle stings on my arms and legs but it will be worth it!

I have managed a few walks this week in between shifts at work.

I started this post on Saturday and today is Tuesday and the weather is not so good πŸŒ§β˜”πŸŒ¬

I have been dog walking at a local rescue centre this morning and managed a cheeky little yoga session this afternoon and yesterday I went to my favourite craft club and sat knitting cardies for the premature baby unit over tea and biscuits – what bliss.

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