Gifts 11 onwards….

I’ve kept you in suspense long enough, haven’t I?  It wasn’t done purposefully, I assure you; I’m not mean, I just haven’t had a lot of time to put this together. 

So, gift number 11, as I’m sure you are all dying to know, was this:


Another notebook!  Remember when I said that you could never have enough notebooks?  Well, it’s absolutely true.  I knew it was a notebook when I took it out of the bag, but it didn’t seem right to put it back, just because I had got one the day before, not fair to notebooks really.  I’m now wondering if there is another one in there.  Hmm – there may well be.

Gift number 12, was this lovely handmade item:Image

Knitted bunting!  Genius.  I love it.

And so on to the next one.  Another very nice item – made from scraps of material.  Can an item made from scraps really be nice?  I hear you say.  Well actually, yes, it can:


Where on earth do they get these ideas from?  I love this item too, and as a girl who also loves fairy lights, of course, I’ve done this;


Now there’s one more to go, and we’re up to date.  This morning, I opened this:Image

Is it a skirt?  A pair of shorts? No, it’s a pinny, hinny.


Made from a skirt.

Hope you’re enjoying these as much as I am…..






What is going on?  It’s freezing for June.  I read somewhere that we’ve just had the third warmest Spring on record, but I find that rather hard to believe.  It’s been wet and decidedly cool, and since June started, it hasn’t improved.

Here’s the calendar picture for June:


Last night, I went to a knitting evening in the pub, run by College Students and Staff It was great fun; knitting and chatting, and listening to live music in the pub.  We are making an installation for the end of year exhibition and there were knitters of all abilities there.




It’s only happening for three weeks, which is a great shame, as it was such a fantastic evening, and it really didn’t matter how good you were at knitting; everyone’s efforts were appreciated.  It would be lovely to carry on…

If you’re wondering what the gift was today, well, I’ll keep you in suspense a little while longer.  I’ll post two gifts tomorrow.

Gift 7

I was warned not to get too excited about some of the gifts in the bag, but so far I have NOT been disappointed.  Here is today’s offering, another hand made item; something that I’ve actually wanted for a long time:


A knitted tea cosy! 

And the view from the top:


With a crocheted flower on it!  As I would say on Twitter : #verytalented

Gift 5

Ooh look at this one:

Perfect.  How on earth did she know that I needed one of these? 

A new knitting bag!


And a sneaky peek inside now that I have filled it:


Again, perfect.


Gifts, three and four

Aw, just look at this:


A little heart shaped box, rattling as I unwrapped it.  Not smarties inside, as I thought, but this:


 A Happiness kit, no doubt to use when thinking of the Dreaded Day.  I shall make sure that I look at it regularly. 

And the other gift?  Well, it’s another knitted item; an homage to a holiday a few years ago:


Well, I never!  It’s a knitted Empire State Building!

What a talented person this gift giver is.






I have a depressing birthday coming up.  In an ideal world, I would like to ignore it, but it seems that this year, I am not going to be able to do that.  I have been given a bag of gifts.  Nice, I hear you say.  Hmm, we’ll see…..  I have been given instructions to open a gift a day until the Dreaded Day, and to post evidence somewhere.  I’m choosing to post the evidence here, so that only a handful of people in the world will witness the Great Unveilings.

Day One:


I swear they have that wrong, but I didn’t like to put them right. 

Day Two:


A knitted curling stone!  Whatever’s next?  Watch this space…….


I learnt to knit when I was a child.  I don’t actually remember when I was taught, or who taught me.  Perhaps it was at Primary School, when the boys were making toolboxes in woodwork, or something, I don’t know.  But what I do know is that I’ve never been that good at it.

So I decided to get better.  I started with a couple of easy projects, just straightforward knitting of blankets (one for me, and one for my daughter, who had cable stitch in hers, dont-you-know).  And I really enjoyed it.  So I am going to carry on.  I knitted the swimmer, and my project now is a pair of socks.  The first one is not as neat as I’d like it, but it is my first attempt, so I hope the second one will be better.


That is, if I get the second one knitted.  I hope I don’t get the dreaded SSS (Second Sock Syndrome).  It’s a real thing, apparently.

When I went to London after Christmas, I went to Liberty’s and made a few purchases.  This was one of them:


A lovely little jar of buttons, from the Haberdashery Department.  I thought I might sew a couple of them on to my socks when I’ve finished them, just to finish them off nicely.