Sunday, 7 September 2014


Today has been 

Walking in the park...

Sewing in the afternoon... 

Last bbq of the summer?

Celebrating Colin the Cat's birthday!!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Lace knitting - taking the plunge...

I have skirted around the idea of lace knitting for a while, and some of you may remember the cardigan I knitted that won star knit in Yarnwise magazine last year,
but I have shied away from a full on lace shawl despite numerous hours lost drooling over the patterns on Ravely!

Until now...

A free pattern by the wonderful Heidi Alander, from Finland. A talented knitting designer who very generously offers many of her patterns for free on Ravelry.

This one is called Eyeblink, and I think you will agree, it looks rather beautiful!

Photos by Tiina Rammo from Ravelry
I am going to be using some left over yarn that I have squirrelled away in a heathery purple colour. I can't even tell you what brand it is (the label and yarn have parted company) but I can tell you it is lovely!

This will be my first attempt at following a charted lace pattern, and to be honest I am more than a little apprehensive...

I am anticipating many questions to my fellow knitters on the beginners lace forums but I am sure this one is do-able!?!

Perfect for a thundery Sunday afternoon, curled up on the sofa watching re-runs of Midsomer Murders!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Slimming continued...

Well it was my second weigh in today, and I've lost 6lbs in 2 wks, not bad, but could probably have done better if I am honest!

Anyway, today I bought the latest Slimming World book

'Little Book of Light Bites'

I have bought slimming world books in the past and have always been really impressed. In particular, their 'Little book of Sauces' is excellent, but that is another blog post!!

Anyway, back to today and my new book. Our Slimming world consultant asked that I share some of my experiences of using the recipes in this book at our next meeting.

Today : Day 1

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Its a simple recipe to say the least, but the results were pretty good. I'm afraid I don't have a picture of the finished article as they were not exactly photogenic!? But I will try tomorrow to do better...

Now I am going to watch some historical documentaries and do a spot of knitting...