Tuesday, 26 October 2010

26th October 2010

Not so long ago a friend of mine asked if I would knit her baby son a bunny for Christmas . I wanted to make something a bit different from my normal bunnies and knew the exact pattern I wanted to use.
Now I've never used this pattern before and for once I actually went out and bought the recommended yarn ,which is something I never do. It was also advised that I use 4mm needles , nah way to big, so I dropped a size .

As I was making this bunny something just didn't feel right and after I made the head I realised that the yarn was just way too dark, you can't even see his facial features and also the knitting was far too ' holey'.
The pattern itself is okay but it's not a favourite . I will probably make this bunny again but with a different yarn and I'll definately drop another needle size.

He's now been christened Benny and is sitting getting told a story off Gabe .
As for the bunny for my friend , surprisingly enough I do have more bunny patterns !!

Monday, 25 October 2010

25th October 2010

Sometimes you feel so small in the grand scale of things ..............

Sunday, 24 October 2010

24th October 2010

I tried to take some photos of Milo throwing leaves in the air , we failed miserably ...... but it was good fun trying .

Saturday, 23 October 2010

23rd October 2010

Trying to be arty !!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

19th October 2010

Believe it or not this is the first tea cosy I've ever made and when you consider how popular they are at the minute I don't know why I haven't.

Maybe it's because no-one in this house likes tea or maybe it's because I never realised just how quick and easy they are to make . The teapot is on loan from a neighbour if you were wondering.

This one is on it's way to Australia where a lady is going to get a surprise birthday present from her lovely partner.

You know what goes well with tea , or so I've been told anyway ..... cakes.
I said I would do a post about my new cupcake book a while ago and completely forgot . It doesn't help that I've lost nearly all the cake photos I took !!.

The ones above are Blueberry and Polenta and are most definately Hubs favourite , definately a hit at breakfast time . I'd never cooked with polenta before and I have to say it was a really nice surprise adding that little bit extra crunch.
The boys liked the banana and chocolate chip and the double choc ones ( lost photos), no surprise there then.

The ones below are my favourite , Carrot and raisin with a orange flavour soft cheese topping yum yum. These are the easiest and by far the tasties carrot cakes I have ever made or tasted.

Think the oven is calling me ...............

Sunday, 17 October 2010

17th October 2010

Last weekend I was doing a bit of blog reading and most people from the UK were talking about how lovely the weather was, how warm and sunny it was for this time of year. Not so here in the North East of England - here it was dank, drizzly and grey , perfect weather for shrooms.

This weekend was the exact opposite, it looks as though we were having some of the warm sunny weather finally ... which was probably why I couldn't find any shrooms .

It didn't matter though , it just meant I wasn't on my knees so much taking photos , instead I spent more time looking up at all the gorgeous colours the leaves were turning.
These leaves were lying on an old tree stump riddled with bug holes but the patterns on the stump were like marble - it was beautiful.

A few of you have asked what camera I use , and for the friend who said she imagined me wandering around with zoom lens' hung around my neck I can tell you it''s just a little point and click Nikon Coolpix S203, slimline fits in your pocket no fancy lens's or anything.

I couldn't resist taking this pic of the old man sitting on a tree stump , he was actually watching his dog but I think it was the plastic bag that he's carefully hung on the tree that got me .

Saturday, 9 October 2010

9th October 2010

Just thought you might like to see a few photos from our walk today.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

6th October 2010

Edit - Pip has now been sold - thank you Katherine

So, Monday morning I drag myself out of bed after spending half of the night in the bathroom !! Get myself and the boys dressed and head off to school.

As we enter the classroom Mrs K takes one look at me and says " go home " ,,,, I did.

So for the past couple of days I've relaxed and done as little as possible , apart from make this little Pip for a customer . Well, I did once the dizziness and queasiness had passed.

I've still got sniffles and a bit of a cough but feel loads better now and will be going back to school tomorrow . I felt awful that I've just started and already I'm on the sick so to speak...

I showed Pip to the customer today and ........ she doesn't like him " not the right colour grey and not cute enough "

Not cute enough ........... just look at that face !!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

2nd October 2010

A little while ago the lovely Nina from Tabiboo gave me a Versatile Blogger Award. Now with this award I have to tell you 7 things about myself that you don't already know , believe me , it's a hard thing to do and it's taken me quite a while to try and think of some things.

1 ) I have asthma and have done for about 25years ish . I was initially misdiagnosed and the Dr told me I suffered from hayfever !! Normally I don't have any problem with it but today it has reared it's ugly head, which leads me nicely onto number 2.

2) After six and a half years we've finally had new carpet put in our bedroom and got rid of the dreadful lilac shag pile . We've also had the boys bedrooms and the stairs done at the same time so lots of dust on top of a little cold lead to not being able to breathe . So number 2 is- I hold my hand up and admit to having lilac shag pile.

3) As much as Summer is definately my favourite season I have to say that Autumn and Winter are my favourite for taking photos. You'll probably notice that during these months I tend to show lots of shrooms and naked trees. I just love the shapes and textures and bare branches against the different colours of the sky . Have you seen the sunsets the past few nights ? Awesome...

4) You all know that I'm desperate to move house and that my reason for wanting to move is that I really would love a garden but there are another few stipulations that our new house must have . When I say a garden I mean a garden and not just a tiny bit of grass , I need a sink that faces a window as when you do as much washing up as I do it tends to do my head in just staring at a wall. There must be a separate shower or at least room to build one , neither me nor hub do baths and lastly I would love to have some sort of a view . Where we live at the minute from the front we look directly into a neighbours sitting room and bedroom and at the back its just walls and rooftops . Hub says the distance from the front of our house to the houses across the street is only about 23 ft. Oh , and how could I forget -- a parking space ..

5) Television wise I very rarely watch english programmes , I much prefer American ones , my current fave is Parenthood but I also like NCIS, Glee, Gossip Girl, Criminal Minds - too many to list . I am also proud to say I have never watched an episode of X-Factor and don't intend to.

6) I have to admit that if I had never had an addiction to magazines I would probably have never found blogging and would more than likely not have taken up knitting again. I know I've mentioned this before but it's something I'm very thankful for. When Cherry Menloves house was featured in a magazine she mentioned she had a blog , I looked up the blog found a link to Little Cotton Rabbits and the rest is history .... Julie is my inspiration and if it weren't for her I would more than likely have not started knitting again. One of my wishes is to own one of her gorgeous creations .

7) This one is a bit of a cop out but even though we've all just filled up on takeaway pizza for tea I'm debating wether or not to run round ( or should it be wobble round ) to the shop for some chocolate . I probably won't but the thought is there hmmmmm ...

So there you have it - 7 things about me and now I'm going to pass this award on to everyone in my blog list. Even if you've done something similar before remember you always get new readers and maybe they didn't read the last one so go on , give it a go .