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One a Day Project – Tuesday’s Tallies 2 September 27, 2011

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Well, here we are, it’s Tuesday again and time to update.

My ripple blanket is now underway and going along very nicely! I began on Sunday and have almost completed the third colour, so that’s 6 rows. I’m pretty pleased with that – it’s a good start. It’s actually a really lovely pattern to work on, as it just seems to flow along in a gentle meandering way. And the yarn is soft which makes it delightful to work with too. As you can see I’m enjoying this immensely, in fact it’s hard to tear myself away!

My ripple blanket

The ripple begins

Thank you to all you lovely ladies who left such sweet comments last week. My husband’s hand is much better now and it’s good to know that we all share similar experiences in our day to day family lives. Until next week… xx

And don’t forget to check out other inspiring One a Day projects over on Gingerbread Girl’s blog.


Rainy Afternoons September 26, 2011

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Of which there have been one or two lately! But I don’t really mind as it gives me the opportunity to get on with some quiet crochet.

My Northern Lights shawl was cast off on Friday night and is currently awaiting blocking. Photos to follow once that has taken place. Unfortunately I couldn’t get round to it over the weekend so hopefully tomorrow…

However, in the meantime my Lucy pack has arrived so I was able to immediately begin my ripple blanket. I love it already!! I’m on to the 3rd row and I’m using the colour order from the Granny Stripe blanket as I really like that. The yarn is soft and lovely to work with and all in all it’s an absolute joy! Originally I had planned this for my cousin’s baby, due next year, but my daughter was so tickled to see my excitement when the yarn arrived in the post, and as we’re decorating her room right now, I ‘ve decided to make it for her. She’s 12 and a half, and has been involved in choosing the paint and wallpaper, a new rug, and a photo frame/wall clock too, and for me this seems the perfect gift to round it all off. I hope she thinks so too.

So, my husband’s hand is on the mend which means we should be able to start wallpapering this week. Meanwhile, I’ll keep rippling. It’s so soothing, and this afternoon, while the rain was pouring down, I rippled away watching Downton Abbey. Perfect xx

The best kind of parcel

My favourite kind of post!


One A Day project – Tuesday’s Tallies September 20, 2011

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Time to update my One a Day project with Tuesday’s Tallies

One A Day

Well I’ve done better than I thought I would and now only have 6 rows and a bind off to do on the Northern Lights shawl! I’ve ordered my Attic 24 pack and it should arrive tomorrow which means I can start my ripple blanket once this shawl is blocking!! Oh happy day!

Northern Lights - almost done!

Feeling quietly chuffed as I completed 11 rows this week in the tiny amount of time I have between school runs, laundry, shopping, cooking, etc and everything else that is required to run a home with 4 children. Plus my husband managed to trap his hand in the car door, which meant an extra trip  to Minor Injuries, x-rays, stitches, and now a one-handed partner! Lots of fussing and TLC required!

And so onward. Hopefully another couple of rows this evening, once I return from a meeting about GCSE revision with my eldest – that should be fun – and waiting for the postman to arrive tomorrow morning xx


Return to washcloths… September 14, 2011

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I was really looking forward to starting a new project but when I cast a glance into my work bags I realised how many unfinished items I already have! So, I decided it was best to finish off one or two before starting anything else.

Earlier this year I planned to make washcloths for the christmas stockings and so far only one is complete. The second was half done so that had to be first on the list. And now that too is done. Two more to go, but next up has to be the shawl. I’m pushing myself to do at least two rows a day which means it will be finished in about a week. Watch this space!

And after that, there’s another shawl, but I really want to start a blanket for my cousin who is expecting a baby in the new year. Also because I found this really great One a Day project on Gingerbread Girl’s blog and I want to join in. I really want to make Lucy’s ripple blanket and I think it would be perfect for this project.

But first, to finish the shawl. I guess that can count towards the One a Day too xx


Into Autumn September 8, 2011

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

I returned home from London on Monday evening, having spent an exciting weekend in and around the Royal Opera House, and as the train drew into the station it definitely felt like summer was over. To say that I felt a little down would be an understatement! At home I was thrust back into preparations for school the next day, a list of appointments to attend, and an overflowing laundry basket. And then I finally had five minutes to check my emails and found a cheery note from my yoga teacher, letting our class know it was about to start again, and how much she was looking forward to autumn. I immediately felt much better as I thought of all the jolly days ahead, nights drawing in, cosy fires, evenings filled with quiet reading and knitting, settling down as the seasons shift.

Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder of the positive nature of change.


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