Thursday, 27 August 2009

Summer Spa Swap

I recieved my Summer Spa Swap from Lessie a day or two ago. Lessie sent me two cloths - a white one with feet on, a chocolate coloured one with a paw print, two sachets of foot scrub and cream, toe dividers, chocolate colour nail varnish, a milan file and a tub of foot cream. Now I can't wait to give my feet a good pampering!! Thank you very much from me and my feet!!

Friday, 14 August 2009

Birthday Day Out

The 6th of August saw my Birthday. I was ThirtyEleven, if you're curious! We went out for the day, with a picnic and headed off to the Peak District in Derbyshire. We stopped first at Dovedale. Dovedale is very beautiful and was very full of children having fun and splooshing in the water.

As it was lunchtime when we arrived, we had the picnic in the car. It was a good job we had it there really as if we'd carried it to the Stepping Stones then there would have been nowhere to sit on the ground as it was very busy!This photo slipped in! Nothing to do with the day out, just pressed the wrong button! The cloth is called 'Baked With Love', in Peaches & Creme 'Butterscotch'. I made it for the Cloth and Cookies Swap.

One of the views down Dovedale. This is before the Stepping Stones. They were actually flooded, so techinically they couldn't be safely crossed and so you couldn't access the rest of the walk.
The flooded path, the water was clear and cool to walk in, needless to say I had a good paddle in it......... Derbyshire Ducks on the River

Three crows in a tree
Me! I did want to totally stand on the rock, but it was very wobbly so tried to keep one foot on a soggy terra firma, I was expecting to fall in!

Coming out of Dovedale, heading up hill towards the Ashbourne Road, Cows!!

From Dovedale, we drove to Bakewell, being mindful that the Bakewell Show was on. Luckily Bakewell wasn't that busy at the time we got there. But for some reason, probably best known to the gaggle of Civil Enforcement Officers who were stood by the main car park in the town, the car park was closed. There is limited parking here anyway. So why close a car park on the busiest day?? I don't know. I was therefore denied my trip to the Pudding Shop and the Needlecraft Shop.
From Bakewell, we headed down the road to Caudwells Mill for a mooch round. The gift shop seemed to have changed most of the lines they sell (read behind the words!), so I didn't part with any of my Birthday Pennies! However we did see the ducks and ducklings and a big fish in the river!
After that we headed home, as I was getting quite tired. It was a lovely day out and the weather held good. Smiles all round!

Garden Harvest

The garden has been quite bountiful of late! Even the Tomatoes have just started to ripen. HobbitKeeper was quite worried that all the fruit wouldn't see the sun, but some of them have and have since been eaten!!

Here is Nogs on the front path. He likes being out the front with us, seeing the world going by! Cheese and Onion Bread made for a picnic, very scrummy!
One of the biggest courgettes of the year, with a few spuds on the background.

Rhubarb, Rubarb Rhubarb!


I finished my Cerulean, a Shrug. The pattern is from Lets Knit. I made it with Twilleys Freedom Spirit. I graded it up from the original pattern as I thought it may not fit me. However it has come out a lot bigger than what I hoped it would. It is still a wearable thing and probably a lot more practical and functional - not a bad thing!!
It's a good pattern and will lend itself to messing with, ie with different sizes and weights of yarn. It's on my list on 'Might Do Again'!

Rhinog having a fuss and trying to muscle in on the action!

Me still showing off, half looking at the the tomatoes! Not quite a catalogue pose!

Pre Chirstmas Swap

Last week I recieved my swap from BettyBoo, for the Pre-Christmas Swap. BettyBoo excelled herself and made me a Mr& Mrs Claus Cloth, a small cloth in feather and fan, a mini pair of mittens, a mini hat, a christmas tree bauble and a candy cane!! Thank You!
They are all very lovely and have been put with the rest of my Chirstmas Cloths and Towels, roll on Christmas!

My Postie has been busy this week!

My Postie has had a ver busy week this week, I'm sure he lurves me to bits!! I've had three swaps sent me!!

This first one is from CyberGran, in the Cookie and Cloth Swap. Cybergran and I share Birthdays, so Happy Birthday to you!

CyberGran sent me - a pretty crochet cloth, organic decaf coffee, Rwandan Coffee, a ball of Noro Kureyon Sock yarn is a scrumptiouss colourway, a Frixon pen, a recipe book to put my own recipes in, 30 yummy things to bake, a temp guide spoon, an olive oil dish, Fanny's Survival Kit, 2 Fanny's fam tea bags, Mr Whisk, a very pposh flower power dish brush,a Victorian Reigate Tea Towel and loads of Florentine Biccies!! YUm YUm!

I'm in the Peaches & Creme International Dosie Square Swap. My first cloths, from Sigakplori, arrived on Wednesday. Really pretty! Plus a ball of Mission Falls! And a copy of one of the patterns.

Then on Thursday the dear Postie delivered a pakage from Bzachau, my second set of cloths and a postcard from Houston, Texas. Again very pretty, I can't wait to use them!

So Thank You Ladies, for being lovely swappers!!

Monday, 10 August 2009


This is 'Ziggy' by Woolly Wormhead. It is the next intalment of my very new knitted hat collection! I have been toying with this pattern for a short while now. I was going to cast on 'Cambria', a shawl, but...... that will be the next project to run along side numerous cloths for swaps! I can't wait to start that, but shall tell you all about that and the special yarn I shall be doing it in, in another post..... I digress.....

Ziggy is being done on 4.5mm needles, named 'Purple Heart' all the way from Books, Yarn & More in Montana, USA. They do awesome needles, take a look! I got the yarn from Joyce Cook at WonderWool Wales 2009 (unfortunately I don't have a link), the yarn is hand dyed. It is DK although the pattern states Worsted weight, I may have to jiggle things, I shall have to see when I get closer to the end!!
It's an enjoyable pattern to do. It is done on a pair of straights with a few short rows thrown in for good measure. I shall keep an eye on Ms Wormhead and her work. The pattern is available on Ravelry and Knit On The Net. Hopefully It shouldn't be too long before it's finished!!

Extreme Shepherding!

I was sent this - it's brilliant!

It's the first link as such I've done on here, and well worth it - please take a look, it'll be worth doing, I promise!