Thursday, November 29, 2012

Secret Santa

This year I signed up for Marigolds Loft Secret Santa Handmade, and was given Regula as my Secret Santa.
Yesterday, on arriving home from an unsuccessful shopping trip to buy a new sofa, look what was waiting for me...

Ohh so much colour, I love colour! Rainbow is my favorite shade.
As I was home alone this morning, I had to use the auto portrait option on my camera, not the best photo I know, but I just wanted to include of picture of me wearing my beautiful new hat!

Just a few days earlier I also received this...
A beautiful necklace with a beautiful story behind it -
I recently shared with Linda from Prairie Flower Farm, the story of a tea-pot necklace that I had bought for my mother many years ago. I have no idea what became of that necklace, and don't even remember seeing it when I went through her jewelry after she died. Until reading Linda's post about a watering can necklace that her daughter had just bought for her, I must admit I hadn't really given the 'tea-pot' much thought.
So, what did Linda do?  she went out and bought me one and sent it all the way from Kansas, with a note thanking Me for being me!!!  She said that it was for me to remember my precious mother, and that it does, but also I will always think of Linda when I wear it, who I will probably never meet in the flesh, but who is never-the-less a dear friend across the miles.  
Thank YOU Linda for being YOU!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yarn Along - A new hat

Do you ever pull out last winters hat, try it on, and think to yourself  "This looks terrible on me, did I really walk around last winter in this?"  I did, just a few days ago, and although it wasn't on my 'to-do' list, I set about making myself a new one.  I made myself an new one last year, that I really rather liked at the time, but now...
...well I'm sure this one is going to suit me much better!!   for the next few months anyway...

I wasn't too sure about the 'old rose' pink at the beginning, it looked a bit lost there in the blue, but once I got to the stripes it started looking a lot better.

I came back from our local Book Club the other night with a big bag of books.  It's not one of those book clubs where everyone reads the same book and then discusses it, it's more of an english language book exchange, it keeps all us anglophones here in Chamonix supplied with books for free, and is one great night out!
I reluctantly took the three Hunger Games books, I don't like the sound of them at all but as almost all of the other book club ladies have read them I sort of felt a bit obliged to do the same.   I also took home The Year of Living Biblically (A.J.Jacobs).  The author set out to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year!  So he started by reading it cover to cover in 5 weeks, noting all the 'rules' (there are way more than just the 10 commandments).  Not shaving or wearing mixed fibers are two very easy rules to obey, however there are others which would no longer be acceptable and would put anyone who followed them, quite simply, in prison!  While Jacobs claims that most Christians believe that the crucifixion of Jesus rendered void many of the old testament rules, his still choses to follow those that are legally allowed as he wants to immerse himself to the maximum possible in living biblically.   I'm only up to month two and it seems to be quite a problematic undertaking , but very funny indeed.
Linking-up with Ginny for Yarn Along today.  For the past 3 weeks the only posts that I have done are Yarn Along, prompting Richard to remark- "woman, all you ever do is knit!"  - "no dear, I read as well!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Yarn Along - Cosy

Linking-up with Ginny for Yarn Along in the morning, and looking forward, in between swimming and ice-hockey practice, to seeing what everyone has been knitting and reading this week.
I discovered both my books, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name (Heather Lende) and The Winter Sea (Susanna Kearsley) via Yarn Along and was far from disappointed by either.  I don't have time to read durning the day but oh how The Winter Sea tempted me!! I found myself sneaking over to the stairs rationing my time to  "one page OK no more"  but as you all know, one page is never enough..
Fortunately Richard was home this week laying the new wood floor upstairs so I manage to curb my reading impulses, for what kind of wife would I be, if while he was measuring, cutting and sawing with patience and precision , I was immersed the passions and betrayals of planning the Jacobite invasion of Scotland?

Yesterday I received the latest copy of the Mother Bear newsletter, and realized that I had, of late, been neglecting my contributions to the project.  Thus I got myself back on track!  This months newsletter included and article about Mary and her two daughters (she had 11 children in all) who knit together for the project.  I would really like to knit bears with others but have had little success in getting women to join me, I mean in the physically-in-the-same-room-sort-of-a-way.  I recently had a nice chat at a party (yes I talk about knitting at parties!) with a friends husband, about knitting next to the fire of an evening, and he said he thought it sounded like a fine way to spend la soirée.  So maybe I've been barking up the wrong tree(s), and should be asking the men folk I know if they would be interested in making a few bears!
Anyways, I'm still more than happy to be 'knitting' along with all you lovely people in blog land, even if we are not in the same room or for the most part not even in the same country.

Also finished the boys bottle cosies.  These knitted up quite quickly, very easily and seem to be a great success with the little chaps!

They are knitted in almost one piece, the one side longer than the other, that is folded up to close the cosy.  The neck is knit afterwards, on a circular needle and left open for filling the bottle.  These would make great christmas presents, but I don't like the idea of knitting the same thing three times in a row, so I've put them on my to-do list for next year.  The pattern came from the December edition of  Simply Knitting.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Yarn Along - Wales

We've just returned from a lovely trip 'home' to Wales and naturally where I go my knitting goes! (well except on the plane as security didn't like the look of my 'knitpro' circular needles)
I didn't get as much knitting done as I had planned but I did manage to finish my Taproot mitts,

make quite a bit of progress on my Secret Santa, and spend "HOW MUCH!" (Richard and my father) money in a wool shop!  I treated myself to some delicious Noro yarn to make another Shalom, but this time one that actually fits.  I am at present exercising great self-restraint by not casting-on until all other projects are finished, let me tell you, it's not easy!

I also picked up some colourful yarn for hot water bottle cosies for the boys.

And of all people, my father spotted a fantastic used needlecraft book at an indoor market, so I quickly snapped it up for a small donation to the charity that was running the book stall.
The rest of our time was spend visiting local attractions, my favorite was Castell Henllys village where the boys learnt, amongst other things, to grind wheat and make bread, the stone age way!

I especially enjoyed spending time with family and my best friend (of 30 years!-makes us sound so old) and her brood...
me & Amy
...and having lunch in the Tafan Sinc
I don't think this pub has changed one bit from the days of my grandfathers youth! (well apart from the orange plastic juice bottle)
sawdust on the floor to soak up spit and spills. Lovely!
We also visited the Tregwynt Woolen mill where I had every intention of buying welsh wool to make my shalom, but at £16 per 50g I decided otherwise.  The mill had a small shop next door selling woolen bags, blankets etc but for the most part it's woolen items are all exported to the US.

Linking up with Ginny for this weeks Yarn Along.