Thursday, 27 March 2014

hunkering down

It has really been a day for hunkering down today.  After such a warm star to March, today we have had thunder and hailstorms.

The last couple of weeks have seen me desperately trying to finish the blanket I started in October. 

Also I've been admiring how my yarn looks in these little wire baskets,  which were a recent purchase.  They are so handy as yarn tidies in the living room.

After having spent most of my money over the last few months on furniture and sensible things like getting the hot water tank fixed, its nice to finally have some money to spend on something frivolous again!

Have a lovely weekend!

Xx xx xx xx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Can can shawl

Life has been crazily hectic again over the last couple of weeks.  That seems to be a state that is here to stay. 

I think I'll just have to get used to it.

I have finished another shawl though- this is French Can-can, you can find the pattern on Raveley. I think I need to have this in a few more colours!


Sunday, 16 March 2014


Hello everyone, how are you? I hope you are doing well! We have been enjoying some lovely weather here in the UK - today we had 18 degrees C - in March! I hope it continues!

Well, I've been very busy over the last week or two, that's why I haven't been able to stop by here for a while. But, I'm back now, and have a few things to share.

Nature really has been bursting back into life here. There are flowers everywhere, it's lovely. These crocus are growing on the green at the top of the high street near may patch.

I took these blossoms in Greenwich Park in London yesterday. I know to a lot of people, daffodils say spring, but for me it's cherry blossom. Nothing screams spring as loudly as the sight of gorgeous fluffy cherry blossoms showing pink and white against a blue sky.

Having said that, I do love daffodils too - I associate them more with Easter than with spring in general - not sure why.

Last weekend I finished my song of the sea cowl. This was the first project I started after trawling Ravelry and Pinterest for knitted shawl patterns. I really enjoyed knitting it, though I did find the smaller waves in the pattern a little fiddly.

 You can find the pattern here.

Hope you've all had a great weekend. See you again soon.


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Sunday, 2 March 2014

pretty patterns

Hope you're having a nice easy Sunday.

Normally at this time on a Sunday I would have my nose in my laptop and a pile of research articles,  studying for my PhD.  However,  I had a meeting with my supervisors last week, where the results of a couple of months of hard work were discussed.  They seemed pleased,  and I feel like I have made progress,  so as a reward I'm giving myself the weekend off. I also have a day off work tomorrow,  to sort out new curtains for my flat, so I feel an absolutely luxurious sense of unhurried-ness with hours of free time still stretching ahead of me!

I have been nesting this week, buying and working and thinking on things for the flat. Firstly these lovely bowls, which are so bright and pretty.  I love the pattern. 

A lovely tea cup- the print inside was the detail that really stole my heart.

My lovely new china also inspired me to crochet some more table mats and coasters to complement it.

Have a restful day,  see you again soon.