Monday, December 3, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012


I had a beautiful photo to post today, but unfortunately my account tells me I am out of space.  I have the choice of 'buying' space each month or bringing this blog to an end.  This Mister thinks this blog is silly and will never agree to buying space, even for just $2.50 a month :-(.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  I don't think I'm ready to quit just yet.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Patching & Catching

Just trying to make sure that magical day next month doesn't sneak up on me!
Can you believe how fast this year has gone by?
Too fast....better get back to my stitching.
Toodles...L x ♥

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I Made These Tea Leaves!

Yes!!! It's done.  My lovely Tea Leaves Cardigan is FINALLY finished.
Thank you Regula, for that little push of encouragement, couldn't have done it without you!

I had many more lovelier photos of my Tea Leaves, but blogger decided to load them all sides.  No idea what that was about.
Anyway, I love my new cardi. The yarn is Lion Brand Tweed Stripes.  It's probably a bit too chunky for this pattern and the cardi is a wee bit big, but ever so soft. Honestly a bit of a bugger to knit with too - very splitty.  I have discovered that knitting sleeves on DPN's is a pain in the @rse and purling on them is some form of torture.  I struggled with the front bands, three attempts to get them even.  Next time I think I might just include them in the body.  The buttons are vintage ones from my stash, they came with the machine.  Not too sure if they work. They look better in real life - what do you think?
I will definitely make another Tea Leaves, I love the pattern so very simple.
Of course, my flowers scarf is patiently waiting for three more flowers.
Toodles...L x ♥
P.S. Thank you for all your support with your lovely comments on my blog, I do appreciate every single one of them. Special thanks to Jane and Regula for their words of encouragement on my Middle J still being out at sea.  Yesterday, via the ship's newsletter, I got my first photos of him working hard on the ship.  Suddenly made it all very real that he's not longer my little boy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Six and Eleven

Happy November.
I don't know where October has gone, it slipped by quietly and far too quickly for my liking.
Nothing exciting has happened to explain my absence. 
Just life.
I am sad to say that while the leaves have been turning, my Middle J has not returns from the seas. 
Within hours of receiving the official "we'll be home on this date" notice via snail mail, we received an email and were told it was not to be.

 Fingers crossed the notice we received this week stays true and and my Middle J will be home before Christmas, but not Thanksgiving.
Our leaves are no longer this beautiful. 
That naughty storm Sandy came and blew them all away.  Despite some frightening winds and mega snow fall on our mountain we survived with only outages on our cable TV/Internet.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors to the north who did not fair so well.
 Before the storm we enjoyed some glorious weather and a trip up the mountain to Oakland, Maryland.
We enjoyed their beautiful, although no longer functioning train station.
 A fabulous, although rather long parade.  I love parades, but the exhaust fumes from all the cars should come with the surgeon generals warning!  I could barely breathe, I felt like I had a two pack a day habit!
 We had a purpose for enjoying this parade, although before the our highlight of the parade whizzed by our viewing spot the camera died. Typical
See those tiny little yellow cars at the top of the photo down there?
The Mister is driving one of those little yellow addition to being a Master Mason, he also belongs to this group.  The cars may be a little silly, but this group does wonderful things for unwell children
Shame the camera didn't cooperate, those cars really are a hoot!
 As the weather is getting colder, freezing cold today, frost on the car windows and a frozen fish pond, I've gathered some lovely lovely lavender from my garden.
 We spent last weekend tucking the caravan up for the winter.  Although I've told the Mister that the minute we have our first proper snowfall I'd love to spend the night in our caravan.  Fortunately he doesn't think I'm bonkers!
 My crafting mojo has been up and down.  Since the news of my Middle J's delayed returned I've found myself somewhat restless.  I've flitted back to my flowers scarf. (I started this sooooo long ago I can't even find first post about it!!!) 
I hope to have a little 'Ta-Dah' finally this week. 
 I'm been officially working from home full time now for five months. 
I *think* I love it? 
I certainly enjoy the extra few minutes in bed each morning and greeting Little J when he arrives home from school (no more childcare, yippee!)
Although I have nipped into the office once or twice and enjoyed the company of others. Tea Leaves cardi......seriously fantastic pattern.
 If you can believe it, it's just waiting for another sleeve. Actually the second sleeve is half way done.
Now if I could just get my bum in gear to finish it!
 I've found myself, whilst thinking about my Middle J, jotting down little houses.  One day I hope to make these houses into little applique pictures.  Right now they're stuck on paper.  In case you may not have noticed, my head is in a little muddle without my Middle J.
Once he is back on American soil, I know my mind will be at ease.
I'm counting the days now, not much longer I hope!
What have you been up to?
Did your October slip by as quietly as mine?
Toodles..L x ♥

P.S.  I've just read over this post.  Seriously the most disjointed post I've ever written!  My pea size brain is all over the place at the moment.  Congratulations if you made it to the end!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

:: Log Cabin Squares ::

I can't decide....

 Should I make another quilt with these blocks?
Or a curtain for my stairwell to replace this one which is long gone?  Our stairwell is very bright and I thought these colours would look lovely with the sunlight shining through?  But then I thought it would also make a fabulous quilt for the caravan.
What do you think?
Toodles...L x ♥

Monday, October 8, 2012

Eighth of October

I hope your Monday is treating you well.
The weather here today is cold and wet.  A bit miserable really, but better than the hot weather we had this summer.
As you can see the leaves are slowly beginning to change.
I love my view, perfect for weather watching.
Although, I would LOVE to have this view.
This picture hangs in my dining room. Painted by my uncle, my Mum's brother.  I often admire it and wonder where he was when he painted this.  He lives in Suffolk, England, but I don't recall there being many hills of this size in Suffolk.
It's beautiful, isn't it?  One of my favorite things.
I realized today that the colours are quite similar to one of my recent makes. 
 I love this range of colours, I think they are 'me'.  I could wear them or stare at them day after day and be quite happy.
 Of course my latest make is a Lucy Bag. I love this pattern, I could make a dozen of them and never be bored.
The perfect size for the standard cr@p you carry and a little extra for a small knitting project.  I made this bag from Cascade 220 yarn. I LOVE this yarn. I've not used it before, but for the price and colours this is some seriously scrumptious yarn.
Well I must be off, homework is calling early tonight. Which really means Little J is itching to get homework done so he can squeeze in some video game action before bedtime.
Toodles...L x x3

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Arlington National Cemetery

Sometimes there are no words needed. 



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fourth of October

It seems likes the days of October are slipping by fast.  I looked forward to this month, the cooling down and the leaves changing but so far there have been few smiles in this house this October month. 

We said good bye to our sweet Jack Russell last Saturday, it brings tears to my eyes to type those words, even though I know he is in a better place now after a long difficult year. 
To try and keep the tears at bay, I've been buying pumpkins that remind me of home....I'd never seen an orange pumpkin till I came to this country.  I have intentions of making soup, or roast pumpkin, but so far the motivation to do so has evaded me.....

We've been fancying up the house with new windows...not so much to make it fancy, but to keep out the winter chill before the weather cools down too much.

 I've been sorting through Halloween scraps......
 Making halloween pinwheels.....with the best intentions of making a festive table runner for Little J's birthday.
 But the sadness keeps hanging on, my sewing was short lived and was quickly slung onto my now very messy sewing table.

I miss that little guy.
Sorry if this post is glum, but I have actually found it helpful to put these words down.
On a more cheerful note I've just found our my boy Middle J is coming home soon.  
Very soon. 
He's done babysitting those naughty folks in the middle east who can't behave, done floating around the Arabian Sea hunting pirates and sailing his way home on that big ship.  I can't say when, because he can't say when, but big thanks to Little J for being born on a 'special' day so his brother can cryptically tell me when!!!! 
I'm smiling now, thinking of seeing my boy again.  God love these blogs and the special 'therapy' they can provide when times get tough.
Thank you for listening, it means so much.
Toodles...L x ♥

P.S. Blogger has been a bit of a b*gger this evening with my photos.  So rather than fighting a losing battle, I've found lying on my side is helpful in viewing some of these photos ☺

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

On the go...In my basket

The light is fading fast these days. Autumn is definitely upon us.  The nights are getting very chilly and I can feel the end of the year drawing close.  I love this time of year. I love sitting on my front veranda enjoying the cool evenings.  Taking one of my many project baskets out into the cool evening and working on one of my many many projects.
Would you like to see the current items in my various W.I.Ps. baskets?
Another scarf.  Intended for my boss' birthday, but not yet finished.  Her birthday is long past.
 My diagonal stripe blanket. I routinely fall in and out of love with this blanket. The colours are iffy and the pattern isn't very fluid - meaning the stitches don't flow very easily, if that makes sense?  I contemplated abandoning it, but Big J said he liked the colours, so I persist in the hope it will live on his bed.

A few little knitted squares made from left over granny stripe yarn.  I pick this up when I am bored with all my other projects and need something mindless to work on.  It's perfect crafting whilst watching Doc Martin or Midsomer Murders.  I never seem to be able to just sit and watch the TV anymore, my hands always have to be doing something.  

My scrap blanket.  Made entirely from scraps occasionally emerges from its  little tartan suitcase.  I frequently forget about this project. I've started edging it, but have decided it's too small and needs more squares.  Now I look at the photo I don't know why I forget about this project so much, it really is quite lovely. FAVORITE project.  A lovely tea leaves cardigan.  I'm really starting to get the hang of this knitting business.
 This is lion brand tweed stripes yarn. Snugly soft with a tiny hint of stripey goodness.
 Last, but not least my ripple.  Make from the yarn I purchased for two failed cardigan attempts.  I know I'm going to need more yarn to make this a decent size blanket, so I'm eeking out the yarn I have by only working on it occasionally. I love the ripple pattern (by Lucie @ Attic24 of course).  It has such a soothing rhythm.
Well that's it!  Mostly yarny projects on the go right now.  Far too many of course, but that's how I roll.  It used to bother me that I had so many going at once, but now I just accept that it must be the way I like things?
Toodles...L x ♥