WIP Wednesday: Halloween, Bonfire and Christmas, Oh My!

Oh my giddy Aunt! Where has the time gone? I did actually write a blog all about Halloween but somehow it got eaten by my phone before it was posted.

The only reason I’m getting round to writing this is because I’ve ended up on a detour on my way home and have no knitting/crochet/craft of any description! Disaster! However it does give me time to blog.

So Halloween. The jumper I made was finished. Yes I was making it on October 30th but it was finished by Halloween. I wore it pretty much all day at work and most of the time on my night out. Want to see a picture? Well unfortunately WordPress is not been my friend today so I will have to paint you a word picture. It was the brightest Orange, with large puffy sleeves and a snuggle polo neck. Tonight Matthew I’m going to be Velma from Scooby Doo! (If you don’t get that reference go google old episodes of Stars in Their Eyes. It will be he best thing you do all week. I occasionally watch the old episodes on the channel Challenge, it makes me thankful I avoided most of the 80’s, that went off topic quickly….) Edit: WordPress is my friend again and is letting me post pictures but the chat about Stars in Their Eyes was too good to be edited out

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So yeah Velma! It was awesome I think I lost a stone in sweat One of the best nights out ever how I did not pass out I do not know My jumper got a million lovely comment bloody hope so too the effort I put into it However as great as the night out was its unlikely I will wear this jumper on a day to day basis, it was just too warm! You know those jumpers you wear on days at home when it’s cold and a little drizzly? Well it’s become my stay at home jumper.

Then it’s the husbands birthday and Bonfire Night! And almost on schedule I got a horrible chest infection and end up on a nebuliser. This is both horrible and good. Bad; I don’t like been ill and off work; Good; I get to knit more!

I even managed to complete a couple of small projects. I made some very bright, rainbow coloured socks for the newest member of the family. She is uber adorable and her mum, my cousin, was ecstatic for something not pink! Gender colours are something that is actually mentioned quite a lot at KNN on Thursday and while I think it’s occasionally nice to see a girl in a pretty pink dress the sheer amount of pink that I was confronted with when I went to buy an outfit for new member of family was overwhelming. Eventually I found a little denim dress with a yellow t shirt and tights but it was very difficult. And from the excitement of my cousin when she finally received something not pink I’m going to try and not stick to gender colours for any new arrivals.

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I have also almost finished my hearts and flowers top. The shoulders have been seamed and buttons bought. However at this late stage I don’t want to show half a seamed top so the next photos will be of it finished and on my and Bernadette (yes my dummy is going to wear it as well)

So for the husbands birthday (and before the terrible Chest Infection of 2014) we went to the theatre to see a musical performance, a full review will happen at some point in a Fun Friday post. We have also managed another musical performance and a gig since I posted so they will be getting posts soon as well, as well as the long overdue reviews for The Eagles and The Perfect Murder.

And now, well it’s only 4 weeks til Christmas you lucky, lucky people. Is Santa bringing you fruit or coal this year? I think he is bringing me yarn. Well I’m hoping for yarn. He also brought me an early Christmas present in the form of the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show. I didn’t actually spend that much, my biggest purchase been MillaMia Country Escape Booklet and the yarn for the striped pattern. I also treated my Toyota sewing machine to a cosy new bag.

The husband was my partner in crime for my day in Harrogate and convinced me to buy this pattern and the yarn for the adult jumpers. He’s hoping I will have at least one done by Christmas!

I’ve also been neglecting my sewing for the longest time so treated myself to some fabrics to make my sister an apron for Christmas (the chances of her reading this and finding out are minimal so I can reveal all on here) and a Gorguss cross stitch, which I was so eager for I’ve actually started work on it last Sunday during a film marathon (it was the Tinkerbell films, I’m both ashamed and not ashamed by that fact)

I also treated myself to a workshop, Make a Vintage Clutch Bag. Whilst I do have a bag it is not photo worthy. In the slightest. Maybe one day I will pluck up the courage to show the world but that day is not today. I did really enjoy my time on the sewing machine and it gave me another pattern to work with that I know I will be confident to do, just needing a little more than two hours to complete it in.

And that just about brings me up to date. Work is mental again at the moment as half the staff are on holiday (again, we always seem to plan our holidays together) but next week so am I. Hopefully by then WordPress will be my friend again and I will be able to update with lots of pictures and blogs of my adventures.

Stitching Sunday: Updates, WIPs and Yarndale!

Good Morning!

It was the end of which most people would class as an extra hour in bed but due to a horrible nights sleep I spent more time of the sofa and not really asleep. Oh well.

Onto the updates!

The that I posted about on Monday not looks like as a jumper.

I hoping this will be finished by Friday because it is going to form part of my Halloween costume. No I’m not going to be a pumpkin. If I get everything sorted I’m going to post pictures on Friday.

The jumper was actually a Yarndale purchase. Which believe it or not was actually 4 weeks ago. Doesn’t time fly when you’re working ridiculous hours having fun!

In fact when I saw the jumper it was a moment of pure love. I spotted it across the pens, a deep orange exactly like one I had been searching for, not knowing if it actually existed. And then when I held it, oh my giddy aunt, it was just so, so soft. was a shop I had never heard of before Yarndale but now I can’t recommend them enough. Even after spending about 15 minutes trying to make the payment I was still excited about the wool. Yarndale in general makes me happy but I felt like was walking on air by this point.

I also got several other Yarndale purchases;

Wool from Susan Crawford (possibly a knit for NaKniSwaMo, its only 5 days away people. She also reconised me from last year due to my awesome Lady and The Tramp jumper. Did I mention that she is my favourite designer??

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Cascade Jumper

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More badges.

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Wool from Baa Ram Ewe (my LYS)

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Toft (For a Giraffe! And other animals.)

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Originally I wasn’t going to get anything from Toft but then just three days before Yarndale Edward’s Menagerie landed on my doorstep and I just had to get started on it. And it was another case on when I felt the wool I fell in love. ITS SO FLUFFY!

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Totally what I act like.

Sparkleduck wool AND A DUCK!

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With some knick nacks.

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And so far I have been really good and only cast on the orange jumper because I wanted to make that for Halloween.

Last year Yarndale had some teething issues but they honestly seemed to be all ironed out this year. Yes you still had to queue to get in or to use the toilets but the cafes were much better and there was more choice in terms of stalls. Bring on an even bigger and better Yarndale 2015! If next year is more awesome I may combust from my squealing just so you are all aware.

Well as for my other WIPs I finally made a decision on the neck of the little boys jumper I’m making.

As I had enough yarn to make them with the hood and wouldn’t have had a clue what I would have made with the leftover wool (at the time, I’ve found a perfect stash buster) I decided to go with the hood. And I’m very impressed with the way they are looking. When I was having a bit of a blog tidy up I also realised that I never tracked the day of when I bought this yarn.

It was on Knit In Public Day and to celebrate a few of us from KNN made a journey to the next town over and made a visit to Texere. T was a great day out, I think we ended up spending about 2 hours there is the vast warehouse of a shop.

The yarn used to make the jumper was heavily discounted and I bought the two colour ways I am using for the jumper along with another two colour ways for other projects. One is for a Cardie for the goddaughter and the other I bought just because it was adorable and I couldn’t leave be last two balls looking sad and alone in the basket, so I bought them. Tell me honestly could you leave this all alone in a basket?

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So ok I had no idea what to make with it but then I’ve had a lot of friends announce they are pregnant and decided to have a bit of an experiment. And for a change it worked!

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Teeny Tiny Baby Socks! And my first successfully pair of sock (we are not talking about the socks in this post) In the future I can quickly see these becoming my go to project for quick, simple present and to use small leftover bits of yarn. Best of all it’s a free pattern of Ravelry.

Talking about patterns take a look at these I also got at Texere.

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And the large amount of yarn.

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I have also started to work on some of the poor neglected WIPs. Take George the bear. I don’t like sewing up. So I left him my needle bag for many months in many pieces but yesterday for no reason Ok that’s a lie I was fed up of the orange monster I decided to work on sewing him up.

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So he’s still not finished but he is looking more like a bear.

I also had to pause briefly on my Fair Isle top. As much as I wanted this to be completed by September I had an accident on the train that resulted in the needle been snapped. Now I’m not completely blaming to woman who rammed into me as the cause of the snapping but I totally am. Whilst it would be classed as murder it is definitely manslaughter! For an equally disastrous needle story read my friends blog here.

Finally had any one been watching the celebrity version of Great British Sewing Bee!? I think it has been marvellous and of course it is all in aid of a great charity. I think I am most certainly adding Pam Ferris to my list of people I would like to have a tea and Craft afternoon with, even if she did scare me half to death as Miss Trunchbill in Matilda when I was little (Shotput, Javelin, Hammerthrow)

Congratulations if you got to the end of his post, you also deserve a tea and craft afternoon.

Fun Friday: Gig Review: Katy Perry supported by Icona Pop at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.

A week ago today I went to Sheffield Arena and saw Katy Perry. As is becoming more common with my Gig Reviews this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. Whilst I enjoyed a couple of songs from One of the Boys I could not stand the majority of Teenage Dream and really, really dislike California Gurls. Just ugh.

However when my friend have my a free ticket I thought why not. And was actually was really looking forward to seeing Icona Pop. Whilst I only really knew one song of theirs, they really did get the crowd warmed up and I am now liking their songs like mad on spotify.

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Here’s a good point to show how excited my work bestie was.

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As I said I was looking forward to the night but she was hyperventilating with excitements at some points. And at some point in the night I got swept up too!

The show was split into parts, something even I was aware of as Ms Perry had posted this to her Instagram.

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Just my personal opinion but I enjoyed the Egyptian section the most. It also had the most unusual backing dancer I had ever seen in the form of hugely distorted Egyptian Mummies. I couldn’t get any clear photos of them but if you can google then the. I would highly recommend having a gander. The golden horse was pretty impressive too.

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I also admit I squee’ed at something probably no one else even noticed in the course of the show. At one point Katy entered the stage on a Giant Purple Ball of Wool! With HUGE knitting needles! Unfortunately this was the best photo I could get of it.

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The internet doesn’t really have any pictures either. It was also during this section I became slightly convince that I had somehow ended up at a production of Cats. You know the musical one. With tap dancing cats. Singing about Memory. Well honestly if you were there you would have felt the same.

Katy Perry has also been criticised in the past for her shaky vocals whilst singing live but I can honestly say that I didn’t notice any flat or bum notes. This could have especially stood out in the acoustic section of the night but if anything the singing became stronger. I especially like the mash up between The One That Got Away and Thinking of You in this section.

All in all a fantastic night was had. The only decision that I have made is that I am now too old to stand at large concerts. In total we were stood in an area that we were unable to move from for about 4 hours.

Here have some more pictures!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 reasons Easter is fantastic!

Easter weekend is nearly here so I’d thought I’d celebrate with a list.

10. The mornings are brighter and the nights are shorter.

Ok so technically this is a Spring thing but I only really start to notice it this week. Maybe it’s because It felt like the clocks changed later this year but bright mornings make me feel better for the day.

9. Better Weather

Honestly this is as separate point. You can have the sun rising earlier but it can still be drizzling. But this week, The week before Easter it’s really brightened up. I’ve put away the big woollen winter coat and rainjackets and have managed to just wear a cotton jacket and been comfortable on my walk to work. Please let the nice weather stay.

8. Easter bonnets

Did you ever do this at school? I know I did.

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(I’m the one in the bonnet if you didn’t guess)

And talking about putting children in stupid outfits….

7. Easter outfits

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From here. Ok so less stupid and more very, very cute.

6. Easter holiday

I have a feeling Americans call this Spring Break. Whatever it’s called it means that children and students get 2 whole weeks (here in the UK) to enjoy the first sun of the year (or for those with exams spend 13 days in the library and then cram two weeks of fun into one day)

5. Passover

Ok so I know j was talking about Easter but let’s make this diverse. Passover started yesterday evening and it will fit into Point 1 below.

4. Easter Egg Hunts

Who doesn’t like to spend a couple of hours (or more) looking for….

3. Chocolate Easter Eggs

Yes I know how childish but I don’t care. Easter egg chocolate is the best thing ever. Especially if you have up chocolate for Lent.

2. Time for Reflection

I couldn’t write about Easter without mentioning the true meaning. Yes it’s not a big part of it for me but I will go to Church and just take a moment to reflect on…well everything.

1. Family Time

As my family gets older we seem to spend less time together. Yet we make an effort for occasions over the year. So this Easter I will be sitting down to a Easter dinner with my immediate family (possibly minus the husband who may be working 😞) and we will drink, eat and be merry. And the add to the fun adults also get two bank holidays to make it an extra special long weekend, so it’s not just the children who have time off. This means I get to spend Friday and Saturday with my little sister and Sunday with the family. Hopefully I will also have time on Monday to see a friend. So I get to see all my favourite people in one weekend.

Isn’t Easter just the best?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Great Things About Tuesdays!

Let’s face it, Tuesday is a bit of a flat day. It’s not the start of the week or the middle of the week or the weekend. Most people would say Tuesday has no good points. But I disagree. Here are 10 reasons Tuesdays are Awesome!

10. You get a list from me
And I get to think of one too!

9. Deliveries!
Look what I got today!

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I order this lovely package of goodness from Minerva Crafts on Saturday. Let’s face it Royal Mail would never get it here on Monday morning so Tuesday deliveries are best!

8. Everything’s Tuesday
No I’ve not gone mad. It’s the name of a song! Look honestly a song!

7. Food places are empty
Nobody treats themselves to a lunch treat on a Tuesday. Which makes it the perfect day to go. And my personally suggestion at the moment is Harajuku Kitchen in Trinity Leeds. It’s only here until Sunday so go try then really quickly!

6. Traffics not as bad
You can pretty much guarantee traffic jams on Fridays and Mondays. But Tuesdays not so bad. My train was even on time today! My train is always at least 3 minutes late!

5. Super Tuesdays!
No this isn’t something I’m making up either. Go to your local Vue cinema and you can get a third of the regular cinema price! Who needs orange Wednesdays when you have Super Tuesdays!

4. Again the same for the theatre
Here in Leeds a lot of the productions only have one week runs. Mondays opening nights and Saturday and Sunday Matinees are normally crazy. So go on a Tuesday. Often you get upgraded to a better seat and have the choice of better seats when booking. Double awesome.

3. Sometimes Tuesdays are Mondays
Ok so I’m stretching the credibility here a but but when you have a Bank Holiday Monday how many people (if you work in an office) say “Ooh it’s like Monday today, but it’s only a four day week, how lovely!” So sometimes Tuesdays can be Mondays.

2. Monday, Tuesday, Happy Day!

I just wanted an excuse to link this! How can you not smile at this?

1. Sewing Bee Day People!
Best TV day of the week! Pjs on, needles out, chocolate and wine at the ready. Bring on the Bee!

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Stitching Sunday: Sleepy Sunday!

What a weekend! I feel like I could do with another one with the amount that I managed to fit in. In fact I don’t know I how I managed to find time to finish an item but I did. Yes it has the nickname that hideous pink cardie but now it all sewn up I’m very proud of it. It just needs a wash and it will be ready to proudly show off. I’m also pleased because it has been finished well in time, it’s not actually due as a present until June.

In other news I have very swollen feet from dancing all night so I treated myself to a foot massage and heated soak. Yes I had to massage my own feet and the heated soak just consists of my coarse salt in warm water in the washing up bowl but it was heavenly. My feet hurt because of the awesomeness that is The Wendy House. This is just another small part of my life which is a little bit of a contradiction. Yes I’m a geeky knitter, I’m also the history obsessed classicist, I’m also the OCD housewife. Another part of me is the crazy alternative girl who listens to metal. But it’s fantastic to have so many different interest and anyway normal is overrated. However staying up til 4am does tend to make me sleepy the day after.

I also had a fantastic pub lunch at the local pub today and some quality time with the family. It’s not often we all just have a natter and dinner out. We occasionally eat at the parents but with me and my sister both having moved out of the parents house (and with her having gone to The Other/Wrong Side of the Pennines) it’s rare for us all the be in the same place at the same time. The reason for all of the above. It’s my birthday tomorrow! Yay! I won’t have time tomorrow with the family because they are all working. And my comment about having another weekend? Well it’s going to happen because I have the week off work and going for a few days in the Yorkshire Dales to rest and relax. Hopefully there will be crafting too!

Lent Update: Still no Coca Cola. I was slightly naughty today and had a Lilt but whilst it was fizzy it had no caffeine and I didn’t even finish the can. Looks like my cravings have well and truly disappeared.

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 ways to get a good nights Sleep.

I’m not an expert or anything. This post just popped into my mind last night whilst trying to get to sleep.

10. Don’t eat Cheese

They say it’s an old wife’s tale but just to be sure.

9. Have a warm bath

Light some candles, play some nice music, feel those muscles unwind, just don’t actually fall asleep in the bath.

8. Have a hot chocolate

With marshmallows and cream. Yum!

7. Actually just have any hot beverage

except coffee. No coffee

6. Set up a regular bedtime

Parents are always talking about the importance of this for children so surely it should work for adult too. Except we are adults and don’t have a bedtime. And I can’t go to bed until all the chores are done. Remember the time we all wanted to be grown up because we had a bedtime.

5. And breath out

And in. And back out for two.

Ok so for a time I did do a wind down yoga session before bed but then I grew up and had a job and that thing called spare time just disappeared.

4. Put fresh sheets on the bed

And freshly washed pyjamas on the radiator! Isn’t it jut the best when it’s new bedding night? I want to come to bed early.

3. Settle down with a good book

You can guarantee when I start reading in bed I will wake up in the middle of the night been smothered by said book.

2. Banish the snoring partner

I share a bed with an adult male. This means I regularly have to deal with snoring. The best way to get a good nights sleep? Make him sleep in the spare bed, or before that make him sleep on the sofa.

1. Counting Sheep

A little old fashion I may admit but it works. If you want to make it more interesting start naming the sheep breeds.

Blue Leciester.

Wensleydale.

Welsh Rarebit.

Wait I’m just naming food?

In that case if all else fails go raid the fridge and have a midnight snack.

Just remember to avoid the cheese!

Mini Monday: Or Should I Say Manic Monday.

Totally singing The Bangles now.

This weekend has been mental. A gig, some shopping, time with the family, lots of food and barely a moment to breath.

And today is totally the same! I’m actually starting a new job today but have decided before I go I need to do something for myself.

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Oh yes I’ve decided to crack out my sewing machine for the first time in over a year. I think my crazy just levelled up.

I don’t really have the time for a full update, it will probably have to wait for Wednesday. Enjoy the Manic Monday!

The Big Bang Theory Recap: Sheldon and Amy Take a Really Big Step

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE……….

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The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Amy kissThis Thursday on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Amy Farrah Fowler received perhaps the most unexpected Valentine’s Day gift ever.

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“The Locomotive Manipulation” opened with Amy guiding her beau of three years through their annual State of the Relationship Summit, during which they failed to agree on his pet name for her (“Gollum” was shot down, again) and then tackled the sticky wicket of Valentine’s Day plans.

Amy proposes an idea they’ll both enjoy: a weekend at a bed-and-breakfast in Napa Valley. Yet even after Amy addresses Sheldon’s assorted concerns (eating with strangers, claw-foot bath tubs, etcetera), he must wonder: What’s in it for me to enjoy? Her comeback: They’re traveling to Napa on a fully functioning vintage train — more specifically, an Alco FA-4 diesel locomotive leading meticulously restored 1915 Pullman first class…

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Stitching Saturday: The yearly spring clean.

Oh My Giddy Aunt!

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Once every 6 months or so I decide that I need to have tidy reorganisation oh who am I kidding it’s a stocktake of my crafty supplies.

Does anybody else do this? Or is it just me?

I’ll update tomorrow with the hidden gems I forgot about as they got buried under new purchases.

EDIT: This is my 100th post! Double Oh My Giddy Aunt!