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:

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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:

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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;

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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.

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Made from a skirt.

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

 

 

 

June

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:

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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.

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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:

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A knitted tea cosy! 

And the view from the top:

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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!

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

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Again, perfect.

 

Gifts, three and four

Aw, just look at this:

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

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 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:

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

What a talented person this gift giver is.

 

 

 

 

Gifts

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:

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

Day Two:

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

Knitting

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.

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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:

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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.