Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Matching pair

These are beautiful and matching
and finished
Loads of yarn left over

Another start, this is a jumper for Will, my 1st time with a knit down from the neck pattern.
I have ordered more wool, I think I am forming a wool habit, I was checking my wool stash and I have to admit, it's growing, lot's purchased online and sale prices, I have loads for socks, which I am loving to knit.
Can't wait to get my feet into the above socks, they look so colourful, it' a German yarn, which I have never used before, loads of yarn left over, I will add it to the leftovers for my granny square blanket. 
Now I am focusing on Will's jumper, I have never knitted a neck down design before and on circular needles, so no sewing together, in theory for me a perfect knit, I have four colours to use in wide stripes. 
Yesterday was a day at home, I did get my haircut, so I'm feeling good, I also spent loads of time finishing my socks, tonight I hope to have time for Will's jumper.
Will slept over last night, mummy and daddy had a night out with friends. We love having Will here, he is such a cute, good boy, and he is instantly forgiven for waking so early in the morning, his cot is still in our room, we not happy for him to sleep downstairs, whilst he is still young. We have found out all Bob the builder toys, Will is helping the builders next door.
My new steam floor cleaner arrived, I'm so glad to have this replacement, the floors come up so much better with steam, the old one lasted for years, so I hope this one will be as good. January is an expensive month, I am watching youtube video's for an expensive purchase.
Nothing much planned for today, knitting, a day at home, it's wet outside. 

Thursday, 17 January 2019

In the garden

Only one of my Helebours have flowered this year, the second plant in the garden is looking weak. The plant I put into a huge pot last November is small and behind. 
 Still I have flowers on my geraniums, these grow in a chimney, so raised off the ground, the others planted in the ground don't have flowers on. 
 Yesterday Will came to play, last minute visit, he stayed whilst mummy went supermarket shopping. The rain stopped for a while, so we went out to play, The fake grass is great allowing all the rain to soak through and not be too wet. 
Will is almost 2, and looking so grown up.
 This is the view from our kitchen window, the extension went up this week, it looks tidy and should stay tidy looking. But it has cut out loads of light, it sunny here this morning, but you would not think so. This extension now makes the kitchen dark and that stops light filtering into our dining end of our living area, yesterday we had the dining light on all day.  We don't spend too much time in the kitchen, so the view does not bother us, but the loss of light will. 
I enjoyed time in the garden yesterday, it was good to get out, not much to do, I still have not cut back my summer plants in the side garden, some have flowers on, and loads have seed heads, I will leave them until the end of February, unless the bulbs push through.
I planted another Amayllis for the sitting room, I have not grown many this year, I replanted my bulbs to save money, but only one grew and only leaves.
I have finished knitting my socks, just need to finish the toes off, photo's next time.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Colour in a grey season

1st sock finished

First great customer service, back in 2014 I purchased a new tree in the January sale, half price from Christmas Tree World, even at half price it was still expensive. Last December when I put up our tree, the bottom plastic ring into which you slot the branches broke. Hubby spoke to them on the phone, after emailing them a photo of the broken bit , just a week ago, they promised they would help. Yesterday in the post arrived the replacement bottom section of the tree, all FOC, no bother, no stupid demands from them, just the replacement part to enable us to use the tree this year. Great service.
I have done loads of knitting on my socks, should really be doing a jumper for Will, but I am loving the colours from the yarn, Opal, glitter 4ply. I have just started the second sock, ensuring the colours match.
My daughter had her staples removed from her knee on Monday, I thought she was really brave, we had a coffee out, before heading back home for her to rest, we had fun knitting and chatting together. Will and mummy came to check she was OK.
Tuesday again sign class, we are now two groups, our group is leaning new things, whilst the other group is redoing the classes from last year. The lesson was fun and will become more conversational, everyone enjoyed this morning.
We have had some rain overnight, not much, we could do with more for the pots in the garden, it's still so very grey here. Yesterday I had words with the builders next door asking them to clear and clean the shared drive and to stop leaving dangerous tools outside when they go home, I'm glad I did otherwise the drive would be a sea of mud.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Catching up

Daughter got me a coffee plant, she has one as well
  Can you see the bean/seed

I have said before it's a busy time here, nothing fantastic going on, I'm just spending more time out than at home.
Friday we popped to our local garden center, it's Will favorite place because it has a full size old tractor for the children to play on, he was the only child in the play area, so he had plenty of fun, hubby spent time with him. Youngest daughter and I took a tour through the final Christmas sale items, a few things dropped into my basket. I got 2 packs of 6 Tom Smith table crackers for less than half price, they still cost £10 per six, but I do hate a cheap cracker. I got two packs as the hope is our Spanish friends will have Christmas with us this year, if not they will last a couple of years. I also got a mistletoe reed room scent again less than half price. All have been packed in the attic with the decorations, so I can find them in December. the only plant I came home with was the coffee plant my daughter got me, I have looked on the inter net and know what it needs to live. Friday night I did some more sock knitting.
Saturday morning was spent cleaning, the floors are really dirty and loads of dust everywhere, the builders next door are creating both, but they only should be here for a couple more weeks. We have asked them to clean before they leave each night, they do have a habit of down tools and walk away.
We had a lazy afternoon, an ex work friend popped over, we went out for a meal to a local Thai restaurant, loads of chatter and catching up, she has moved back to her family in London. Shame she had to drive back to town the same evening, but the meal was great.
Sunday was another lazy day, after lunch I managed to do some knitting, I am loving these socks, but I really must start Will's jumper.. 
Today I'm with eldest daughter, she is having the clips removed from the wound on her knee, if we survive it we hope to have a coffee together before taking her home. 

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Weaving tools

My 3 shuttles arrived on Monday, so I had time to wind yarn, for this first go I am using the left over 4ply from my ripple blanket. The shuttles feel very smooth to handle and it doesn't feel to large at all, it's 8' or 20cm long and holds a good amount of yarn. 
Very basic and large loom, chosen for me to be able to practice and perfect my weaving, before purchasing a loom for much thinner yarns and finer work.
I checked out on Youtube and saw how to string the loom for warp thread, really simple instructions. The bar which turns the warp threads fits easy into the threads, but each time I turn it I have to put each thread in the slot before weaving, which is irritating. 
 The shuttles with the wool on only fit tight through the warps, I do need to be careful not to pull the warps out of their groves, but I did not like the idea to use a needle and long threads. 
I have made my 1st colour change, it's simple to do, no knots, just a bit extra weaving. I am going to have to watch the edge as my work is pulling it in slightly. This loom is extendable, so after I threaded it I was able to extend the loom to ensure the warp was tight.  
I am loving this weaving, but it's all a bit bulky for me, my plan is to use a very thin cotton thread, and make fabric pieces with a design in. This is a really good fun, I will fill the whole loom and then see what I think of the item made.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Stash enhancement

My wool order arrived.
 These 4 shades are for a jumper for Will, I'm doing a knit down design, which I have not knitted before, the pattern I am following uses 4ply yarn, I will use these as a first knit, then I should be able to adjust the pattern for the DK yarn I have. 
 I fell for the glitter yarn for socks, 
so I had a sneaky cast on yesterday
 1st read of the year.
It's been a busy few of days, with the postman calling twice, I also have my weaving loom, but I will post on it soon. I spent yesterday with my eldest daughter, who is still resting after her knee operation, we did a bit of housework and then we sat, chatted and knitted, hence the start of a new sock.
My daughter has had her 40th birthday, I have no idea where the years have gone, I can hardly believe I am now watching our grand sons growing up, my age is no reflection of the person I feel I am.
Tuesday's sign class was good, loads of fun catching up with everyone, and hearing the plans for this term. As well as learning, it's a very social time, we spent loads of time just chatting about our Christmas break.
I found time to read my 1st book of this year, I have as always a pile of books to read.
Today we are meeting Will and mummy at a local garden center, it's the one with the tractor in the play area, I have no plans to purchase anything other than lunch.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Three cheers

It's finished, and I love it
 Really nice size,
I am so glad to started this second blanket
 Loads of overhang at the bottom
 Ripples are so pretty
 It must be winter, no gardening,
so I have nails with polish on. 
Bed dressed, the two cushions are handmade, cross stitch by me. 
Left over yarn, to be made into small granny squares
Just a reminder of the yarn I used, this brand gave me so many wonderful colours to use on the blanket. 
I started this on 13 November, so a couple of months to complete, I did have more time for crochet, as I sat most afternoons with hubby as he recovered from his operation, giving me at least 5 hours to work on it most days. 
Can you feel the grin on my face, this is the biggest thing I have ever made, very relaxing to do, only problem as the weather is getting really cold, I will have to find another blanket for my lap in the evenings.
On the plus side, Grace my cat can come back and sit on my lap, she knows she not allowed to sit near my work, most evenings she walks by to see if there is any chance of a cuddle.
My sister sent me a photo of her using the 1st ripple blanket I made, she looked snuggled and warm.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Tractor day

 Tractor on You Tube
Next door is having ground works done in their back garden, Will was the happiest boy ever, he watched them for hours, loving when the big lorry arrived, every little boys dream day. Will calls everything a tractor.
We watched The Favorite at the cinema, a period drama with a difference, the acting was good, Olivia Colman's performance as Queen Ann was brilliant, did I love the film, it was different, hubby flipped between bored and simply not understanding what was going on.
Olivia Colman is the inn keepers wife in Les Miserables, shown on BBC1 on Sunday evenings, this is the story taken from the book, no music. I love the musical, hated the movie, but I am loving this series.
All my time is spent on my ripple blanket, soon it will be finished.

Monday, 7 January 2019

1st finish

The train set has a nice new bag for storage

 A smaller bag for the people, animals and trees.
I enjoyed a sewing session on Saturday afternoon, Will's train set is now packed away tidy, and fits into his toy box. I have more sewing to do, but it can be done at another time.
I've finished sorting here in my craft room, I have done the last huge drawer, this is where I keep cards, envelopes and other card making items, I have had a huge sort out and passed on loads of cards I have made but will never send, my taste have changed so much since I started making my own cards, having less means I can see what I have.
I also sorted my fabric stash, but as I knew, I have just put it all back neat and tidy, I was looking for a piece of fabric, which I found, but was too small for the task.
On the plus, I found some thin yarns which I can use for weaving, I have 7 lovely colours, so I will be able to play, plus cotton I can use for the weft, I purchased them in Spain years ago, just because I loved the colours. I have ordered a loom and a few shuttles, should be here in the next couple of days. I will start watching you tube for tips. I have added the cost to my stash list.
All the left over yarn from the ripple blanket is popped into a soft bag, I can pull it out when I want a simple craft to do, I will use it all up on small granny crotchet squares.
Saturday night we were at neighbours house, it's the annual eat it up supper with added extra of wine, we had fun it's good to catch up, plus so much wonderful cheese.
Today I have Will for the day and hubby is back to his small driving job, he now just takes two disabled boys to school and then takes them home later, just 3 days a week, so everything is back to normal. Sign class starts back tomorrow, it will be lovely to catch up with everyone again.

Friday, 4 January 2019


From this
 to sorted
 Junk drawer
For me January is the sort out and planning month, planning is very easy, I make list, I love a list, at work I was always know as queen of excel, if ever we had a meeting, it was always left to me to make a spreadsheet, play around with the figures showing the best and worse of our results, it was always a labour of love. So it's no surprise I still keep spreadsheets, thank you for your many comments regarding my targets, with years of working in sales I find a target keep my mind focus.
I also love a tidy home, and sorting the bottom big drawer with my stash of magazines in brought to the fore front, how much money I have spent on magazines, I threw loads away, I did offer them free on our local facebook page, but no takers. I don't throw much away these days, simply because I don't buy so much, which has been our driving force for a couple of years, we both love life without the clutter. Enjoying our savings with the unspent monies.
My mind is turning to cleaning the kitchen again, I did a huge clean beginning of last year, with the promise I would do it again in September, which did not happen, I am mainly talking the top of the kitchen cabinates, dirty but necessary job, on my list to do this month.
The builders from next door are making a mess of our shared drive, they are digging out foundations for a conservatory, and are going to pave the whole garden, they have already been erecting 6' wooden panel fences, which won't impact on our sitting area, it will be nice to have our garden private again, we don't mind in a few weeks they will be gone and the peace will return.
I had a fantastic afternoon with Josh and Sam on Friday, we went to Lee on the Solent, it was a cold sunny day, we spent some time in the amusement arcades, they had cake and ice cream, followed by a nice walk along the water edge. Perfect way to spend time with my eldest grandsons.

Memory lane

I made this silk arrangement from my Christmas decorations, 
I like it on my kitchen windowsill 
I have had these books for year, 
the patterns inside are from when my daughters were babies, 
loads of happy knitting memories.
 The blue jumper was my 1st item I made myself, 1 was 17 
 Knitting for tiny tears and dear old postman Pat
 My older sister gave me these old patterns, 
I am tempted to make one, the yarn is very thin.
 Yarn for Will's jumper
Having purchased the Aran yarn to make a new cardi for myself, I spent a lovely afternoon wading through my patterns, I do have a choice of designs I can use. I pulled out my knitting pattern books, I love the two above, which are filled with all my old patterns, all kept for the 70's and 80's, I also have a few bigger sized booklets. Some many patterns I have loved knitting. I found the graft for a leaping fish, I put that on the back of a jumper for my Godson, when he was about 10, he is all grown up with his own family now.
I will make a couple of striped jumpers for Will first, they are so small and will knit up quickly, plus I can add the the body length, he is a tall boy.
I am not doing much craft, other than crochet, my ripple blanket will be finished in the next couple of days, I will have yarn left over so I will make more small granny squares for a blanket, which I started back in August with the leftover sock yarn, I love the idea to be able to use all of my 4ply in this way.
It's a very cold sunny morning here, I have a couple of drawers to sort, I am working my way through my craft room, removing lots of stuff I know I won't use, today I am looking at cross stitch magazines, I have a huge drawer fill of them. Later I am taking Josh and Sam out for an hour, their mum, my eldest daughter had a operation on her knee and needs to rest. 


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