Monday, 30 March 2009

Can you help?

The lovely Vanessa at Bonza Blue is in need of fabric scraps and is offering a bag in return. I have one of her bags and it is lovely.

It’s 1am and I am up on the night duty again. Except Amos has been asleep on the sofa since 8.30!! I really should be in bed asleep now but I know if I move him he will wake up so I’m just waiting for him to stir. Knowing my luck it will be another few hours because I have to stay awake all day as Craig is in the office and won’t be back until 9pm. I am not looking forward to it.

While I sit up at night I really enjoy looking at blogs. Some of my favourites are listed along the side of this one, but I really must update the list as I have found a few more.

One particularly inspiring one is this one written by a very special online friend of mine. And I hope she doesn’t mind me saying this, but, very excitingly, she has a book out very soon - here Could you cut your rubbish down as much as the Strauss family have???

I’m also worryingly addicted to Time Team. Seriously! Last night I sat and watched 6 episodes and this afternoon I had to watch another one. As I type this I am really wanting to start my TT marathon for tonight. I watch a lot of them on C4 catch up and 4OD and have seen this ad numerous times which I love. But there is now another instalment of it here which is even funnier. The best ads on TV IMHO!!

Have you noticed I have finally discovered how to do hyperlinks??? Of course, if they don’t actually work I am going to look very silly!

Not a great deal has been happening here other than me sitting up all night watching people digging around in the dirt and finding bits of pot that look like a little bit of stone or something that are proclaimed to be Roman amphora or something equally impressive. How can they tell???? How do they know what that tiny fragment is, how old it is and where it was made??? Or do they just make it up?

I have done a bit more knitting and finished a pair of socks for me today. Next project is Shaun the Sheep - a kit I bought about 18 months ago with the intention of making it for Robbie for Christmas. Well, I didn’t say which Christmas!!!!

Right, off to find something to eat and settle down to Tony and co. And I wonder why I'm not losing weight???

Saturday, 28 March 2009

I can’t believe how fast the time is flying past! The Baby is now nearly 7 weeks old, and still not sleeping too well. It’s currently just after 4am and I’m up, although he is asleep in his bouncy chair and not my arms

We registered the birth on Tuesday - even when the Registrar was waiting for us to tell her the name so she could put it into the computer we were still trying to decide. And then the following day we change our minds again… We’re still not 100% sure what we want his name to officially be but whatever the birth certificate says I think he will always be Amos.

He’s smiling now which is lovely. He loves looking around, watching what is going on, and the look on his little face when he looks at me is sooo sweet. He might keep me up most of the night but I love him so much.

I didn’t get to the craft show the other week - another night awake meant it was just too far for me to travel on so little sleep. Hopefully I’ll get to one later in the year.

I have managed to do some knitting though and have nearly finished a pair of socks. I don’t know what I’m going to do next though. I really want to make a cardigan for one of my girls from the Noro I’m supposed to be making a blanket with. I can’t help feeling a blanket is a waste of all that wool especially considering how many blankets we have anyway.

Oh heck, I’ve got to go as Amos has woken up again.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Hopefully I have posted the photos in the right order!! First of all are the slippers I made before they were felted. The purply/green ones are Twilleys Freedom and the pinky ones are Noro Kureyon. As you can see they were huge before felting. The pattern is Fuzzy Feet from

Then they went into the washing machine - 2 washes at 40 did nothing to them, so I put them in one 60. One wash started to felt them so I put them in again… the Noro ones came out still too big but the Twilleys ones. Well, lets just say Freedom felts very very well. A bit too well in this case and not only were the slippers too small for Craig but they were also too small for me. They do fit Millie though. Note to self - next time make them even bigger!! The felting it lovely though, really thick and tight.

The Noro ones had another run through at 60 and are still slightly too big so I will give them another go. It doesn’t felt as well as the Twilleys, but is easier to control. I can’t remember the shade number I used but I did cut out the horrible colours in it - a really unpleasant brown and green that ruined the overall look with the lovely pinks and blues.

I had started a blanket with the Noro but loved the colours so much I wanted to make something else. The blanket is now in a bag while I decide whether or not to continue with it (I’ve only crocheted one ball of it so far) or do I want to make something else with it?

It came from a brilliant seller on eBay who sells packs of 10 balls of Noro at a start price of £37.99, which even with the £7.99 postage (he’s in Japan I think) is a bargain. Search Noro and 10 and you should find him.

I am still spending most nights up with The Baby. I think my body has switched into night mode and I find it hard to sleep at night now anyway. The few nights I have spent in our bed have been disturbed by Craig snoring. Is it just me, or does anyone else with an other half that snores finds themselves lying awake listening to the noise getting more and more annoyed as if they’re saying “ha ha, I’m asleep and you’re not”??

My night time TV watching highlight has become Time Team at around 4.15am. I’m getting addicted to it I think. I have even found myself lying in bed thinking “shall I get up and watch Time Team?” when awake at 4ish.

It has reawakened an ambition of mine from years ago to be an archaeologist though. I used to want to be an Egyptologist and archaeology is one of those things I always wanted to do but always thought I wouldn’t be able to. But why not? Why can’t I do a course and become an archaeologist? My night time reading has involved several history books as well and I have realised just how much I love history (it hasn’t helped with my search for a name for my baby despite learning that Louis XV was born on the same day and Victoria and Albert married on that date too - but I have learnt some new things).

So I am going to look into it for the future. I might never get round to it, or I might find something else I’d rather do, but there is no reason why I can’t.

No naughty purchases this week!! But I am planning to go to the Sewing for Pleasure and Hobbycrafts show at the NEC this weekend. Well, I say planning, I mean hoping. I depends what kind of nights I have and how tired I am by then. It’s quite a drive from here so I need to feel up to it. I’d be disappointed not to be able to go though - not that I should really. If I’m going all that way then I’d have to buy things to justify it wouldn’t I????? We’ll see anyway.

That’s it for now I think. I have currently got a rare 5 minutes with no baby in my arms - might try and get a few more rounds of the sock I have on the needles at the moment.

Take care.