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December, 2012:

Birdies for the New Year…

I was lucky enough to have some yarn amongst my Xmas presents this year

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Two skeins of sock yarn from my lovely friend Helen.

She also gave me some beautiful stitch markers

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I’ve deployed one already

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The picture isn’t as clear as I’d like, taken with a daylight bulb as it’s so dark these days, but this is last week’s project still in progress. It’s an Owl Hat by Ruthie Nussbaum, this time for me. I made three of these this year all in different yarn for friends. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to give the owls button eyes.

After Xmas of course comes the sales. Normally I hate going to town for the sales as it’s so busy. But I waited and was rewarded by being able to find these Glitter Birds in Paperchase for half price. So pleased that I didn’t give in and buy some before Xmas.

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Of course I particularly like the turquoise one…

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I also picked up two of these lovely cups and saucers today. They’re slightly more vivid in real life.

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I hope that you all have a fantastic 2013!

It was the Night Before Christmas and the needles were not silent…

I’m so glad that my Christmas gift knitting is over. It was really up to the wire and I won’t be doing that again!

 

I can’t tell you what I knit as some friends have yet to open their presents but I did start knitting myself one on Sunday night

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All I can say is that I’m making it in Cascade 220 Worsted yarn

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It’s cold so Emma has been hanging out by the radiator. She doesn’t understand that now she’s four she’s a lot bigger than she was as a kitten and can’t drape herself across it as she used to. She’s convinced that she’s still exactly the right size for it. I’ve tried getting her to use one of those radiator hanging beds but she insists that she hates them and they’re not the same as her draping. So there.

Merry Xmas, everyone.

New blog – The Perils of Christmas Knitting

There’s only one word to describe this past weekend. Frantic.

I’ve been knitting Christmas presents and cursing my slow knitting pace. Sadly, I’m not a knitting speedster. Things that take other people three hours seem to take me three times as long.

So next weekend may see me taking a little break from knitting for a few days. 🙂

Shhhhhh – Secret Knitting!

Yes, I’ve lost my mind and succumbed to the terrible fate of Christmas knitting. Life would have been so much easier if I’d just started it in August.

I was going to try and take a sneaky, non revealing photograph of some of the knitting but it didn’t come out very well so we’ll have to wait until next week! By then I’ll probably be swearing about the sewing element of said knitting. Remember, though that these things are always made with love… 😉

 

 

New Blog – Cowbridge Physic Garden

So, I’ve had a week off during which I relaxed, met up with friends, read a few books and caught up with some TV.  As well as that, I visited the Cowbridge Physic Garden

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It’s full of medicinal herbs as well as this willow structure which was built to celebrate the Jubilee

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Despite it being the very end of November there were still Welsh poppies blooming

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And before I forget, there was also a very lovely, and peaceful,  fountain.

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On Saturday I attended the NaNoWriMo TGIO meetup. It was a match day and so Cardiff city centre was full of rugby fans but a small group of us made it to the meet. Strangely enough, the entire group was composed of NaNo winners!

When I got home it was time to put my Christmas tree up which of course is never complete until graced with my hallmark Wonder Woman ornament. 🙂

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