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Wednesday… or Tuesday’s Tallies 9 November 23, 2011

Just a quick catchup for me this week. Lots going on and not a lot of time to spare.

Stats are: almost completed the 40th colour change! Therefore, there are 20 more colour changes to complete! Can it be done in time for Christmas?? In theory, yes, but in practise it will no doubt be with fingers crossed!

I have almost cast off the gaiter for my Grandma though and yesterday I purchased new yarn to make another for my Gran. It was a very interesting visit to my LYS with my husband. He actually offered his opinion on the yarn I chose, then suggested another that he preferred, and when I couldn’t decide between the two, he told me to buy both!! Definitely not an everyday occurrence, in fact he would usually meet up with me later. Why this sudden interest in my craft? Any ideas? Not that I am complaining at all as I enjoyed sharing the moment with him.

I’ve also been teaching my daughter and my youngest son (12 and 9) to crochet mini stockings to gift to their friends at Christmas. We’re using this pattern here and it’s going well – I’ll post some photos when the first ones are complete!

So I’m hoping to have time this evening to peep into everyone’s projects and get a quick update. Thank you so much to everyone who has commented on my posts so far. I find it really encouraging and there are definitely days where this keeps me going.

Have a great week xx


Tuesday’s Tallies 8 November 15, 2011

Filed under: Crochet,Family,Knitting,One a Day,Tuesday Tallies — vintagehomespun @ 2:21 pm
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Well well well it’s Tuesday and I’ve made it to the computer! Yet another busy week in my house. Unfortunately our car radiator decided to leak on Friday which meant an untimely meeting with the AA who thankfully got us back on the road, but now, oh dear, car in the garage for a few days, leaving us relying on friends for the school run and plenty of walking! We had a lovely get together with friends on Saturday, and then some catching up with homework and laundry on Sunday. Then Monday, back to it.

No car means less going out, especially as we are busy with the fireplace too. I spent yesterday decluttering in the bedroom and now have a dust-free tidy room – fabulous. I’m looking forward to the fireplace being finished so I can work some similar magic in the sitting room. Just now it looks like this…


Ripple in the kitchen

On the One a Day front I have managed some rows on the ripple and am now on to colour change 37. I know I am slacking in the ripple department but I’m still determined to finish for Christmas. I can’t wait to see the look on my daughter’s face when she discovers it’s actually for her. The other day she said how lovely it is, and how nice to see it spreading over my knees as it grows, and how handy that is now it’s getting colder! She doesn’t read my blog so she must read my mind! Or maybe we are just so similar. She loves crafting too, can knit and crochet, and goes to a textiles group after school. Last year she made a dress – she was only 11 – and they had an end of term fashion show with all the year 11 girls in their prom dresses. My, what an occasion. This year she is making a mini collection of 4 items – I’ll try and post some pics when it’s ready!

I’ve also cast on a scarf for my Grandma for Christmas, just yesterday. I found the pattern in a book called Knit Green and it’s here on Ravelry. I may make a couple, one for my Gran too, then find some lovely scarf pins to complete the gifts. I’m also making headway with the 2 at a time socks – great fun!

Grandma's gator gaiter

2 at a time socks

So off now to check out the other one-a-dayers over on Gingerbread Girl’s blog.

Happy Tuesday xx


It’s Wednesday Again!! November 9, 2011

Filed under: Crochet,Family,One a Day,Tuesday Tallies — vintagehomespun @ 3:46 pm
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I can’t believe I’ve managed to miss yet another Tuesday’s Tallies. But to be fair I have been distracted this week by a poorly boy. He’s back at school today but we had a couple of days of sore throat, high temperature and snuffles which meant lots of snuggles and warm drinks, even a game of Monopoly, but not a lot of crochet.

Our weekend was busy too. On Saturday we went to visit our local college to check out A level courses for our eldest to start in September. I think we all found it quite exciting. The courses all seem very interesting, in fact the A level Spanish students can go on a trip to Cuba!! It’s going to be difficult for him to decide which subjects to take, as he’s doing very well in most of his GCSE courses and seems to enjoy most things. Definitely Music though, probably Spanish, and then it’s between English, Maths, maybe a Science – there’s time yet!

On Sunday we had a lovely family day – a stroll in the sunshine and all together for dinner in the evening – simple pleasures.

Back to the business end – my ripple is packed away in the bedroom for the moment as we had to have the chimney tested yesterday meaning the sitting room was full of smoke and I didn’t want to risk contamination!! So no photo. And as there hasn’t been that much progress you’re only missing a couple of rows of colour. On to the 34th colour change now and still loving it. This morning I’ve revived my 2 at a time sock project and hopefully I’ll have a photo of that for next week.

In the meantime I thought you might like to see these…

Aaron's eclairs

My second son, Aaron, who I wrote about last week, started his GCSE courses this September and he’s doing Food Tech. And on Thursday he made eclairs, the best I’ve ever tasted. And I’m not just saying that – they were really good and I had to take this photo very quickly before they all disappeared. I’ve never even made choux pastry before!

So hopefully I’ll manage to make Tuesday next week. I’m off to check out all the other projects over on gingerbread girl’s blog now.

Have a great week x


Late Again – Tuesday’s Tallies 7 (on Wednesday!) November 2, 2011

Filed under: Crochet,Family,One a Day,Tuesday Tallies — vintagehomespun @ 3:35 pm
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Tuesday’s just seem to be too busy of late, with no time to get anywhere near the computer!

Of course, we had a busy time on Monday, what with Hallowe’en and all, supper with friends, trick or treating in the pouring rain, and these gorgeous sweet little munchkins lanterns!

Munchkin lanterns

The blanket is still rippling away, on to colour change 31 now, and still smitten.

Rippling along

I’ve also managed to knit another wash cloth so only one more of those to go.

And I began crocheting snowflakes after reading a post on Ravelry. I had my own experience of a Special Care Baby Unit when our second son was born, 11 weeks prematurely , on New Years Eve 1996. It was a complete shock for us all, and everyone was so kind and helpful. After 12 weeks of living our lives on a day to day rollercoaster ride he finally came home. It hasn’t been easy; he has cerebral palsy, with mobility problems, learning difficulties, asthma, it’s quite a list. But he is wonderful, talented and a fabulous human being. And this New Years Eve he will be 15. I don’t know where the time has gone!

Back to today, and I’m hoping that after the school run I can check out the other One A Dayers over on Gingerbread Girl’s blog!

Happy Wednesday xx


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