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 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.



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.  

December (3)

Well, the dreaded ‘O’ word is over, just in time for the end of term, and Christmas.  We did well.  Everyone worked so hard and pulled out all the stops.  So, time to relax – at last. 

Look what I got for my Secret Santa:


A bouquet of handmade paper flowers!  Made by the very talented Suzi Mclaughlin

Check out her work – it’s stunning.


Now for a weekend of Christmas shopping, and other nice things…


Here we are again – December!  I need to stat looking around for a new calendar.  December picture:Image

I love the little birds in this image.

I’ve been really busy in the past month.  I got my novel finished.  Maybe, one day, it will get published, who knows?  I made my secret Santa, for my swimming buddy at work:


Turned out better than I thought, seeing as I’m not really a knitter.  It was really good fun to do, though, and my swim buddy liked it.  I thought that I would be able to relax this weekend, take it easy, eat chocolate, drink wine, but NO, not to be…….

We’ve got the dreaded ‘O’ word next week.  New mantra ‘Deep breaths now, and get plenty of swimming in to destress.’


I can’t believe it’s november.  I’ve been very busy, with not much time for blogging.  Since we’ve been back at college after half term, there doesn’t seem to have been a spare minute. 

I’m keeping up with the swimming – twice a week after work.  It helps to have someone to go with because neither of us wants to let the other one down. 

I have to finish my daughter’s Christmas present before the beginning of December, as we are going to get together then as she can’t come down for Christmas. 

I also have to finish the Secret Santa present by the beginning of the month – I’ll post a picture when it’s done.

And finally, I have only gone and entered that idiotic novel writing competition again this year.  I have to finish the novel by the end of the month.  So, not much time for blogging. I’m afraid.

I found this beautiful tortoiseshell butterfly at the landing window:


I managed to put it outside, but I don’t really know if I should have done.  It won’t survive, I know that, but should I have let it stay in the warm?  Well, it didn’t seem too happy, it kept flapping its wings as if it wanted to get back outside, so, I let it out.

November picture on the calendar:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI can’t believe it’s November.