Friday, 22 August 2014

I've Made Friday Week 115


Morning everyone.
I hope you are all having a good week. 

Autumn has set in.
The weather is cold and wet.
It's been nice snuggling up on the couch
with my little man.

We've watched some of the Harry Potter films.
Read some books and generally had a lazy week.

I am super excited!
I have finished my


I loved making this shawl.
It's the perfect size to wear as a neckerchief.
In fact I'm wearing it at the moment :-)

I actually feel like a knitter now. 
I now say I crochet & knit :-).

I also finished my tea cosy



Summer may have finished but hopefully
this will brighten up my Gran's birthday.

Number One son has now asked me to make a
"boys" tea cosy.
He reckons a transformers would be a good theme.


I finished listening to The Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith
I really enjoyed this book.
This is the first in the Cormoran Strike series.
Cormoran was injured whilst being in the army.
He has lost a leg and now he is setting up his own business.
It and him aren't doing well but this case
is the one that sets him off on his and Robyn's journey.
His temp assistant helps in the case and she finds herself.
His case is an apparent suicide but her brother
wants him to investigate it.
He suspects it's murder.
I really enjoyed the story and the characters.
I did have a few niggles but these didn't stop me from
enjoying the story.
I would give the book 4 out of 5

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Baby Blanket Borders Thread Crochet Patterns ePattern ~ Book Review



available in Ebook format from LeisureArts.com

Sometimes in life there just isn't enough time
to crochet a whole blanket.
In these times this set of ePatterns comes to the rescue.
You can make a blanket more special, personal & unique
by adding a beautiful edging.

The patterns are all in written format.
And are fantastic value for money!
At the time of writing the post it was only $2.99!

Lorraine White has designed 5 different edgings
to use with 36" flannel squares.
You can however adapt them yourself to fit any size.

They make fantastic gifts and are perfect for any baby shower!


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However all opinions expressed are my own.
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

What You Doing Wednesday Week 113


Good Morning everyone.
I hope your week is going well.

This last weekend was amazing!
As it was our anniversary last week we decided
to celebrate at the weekend.

Hubby took Friday off work and took Little Red out.
They went and watched the latest Transformers film.
They both loved it and I loved the peace.
I love Little Red but he does waffle a lot about minecraft.
The peace and quiet was brilliant and I managed to finish
off my shawl, pictures on Friday :-).

On Saturday morning we visited Martin Mere.
I took some pictures so I'll do a separate post about that :-)
It's fantastic as everything is on the flat and there are
loads of benches.
Little Red loves going and loves feeding
all the birds.

Then Little Red went off to Nana's for the night.
We went out for a meal.
It was fantastic!
I started with melon and port and then had
fillet steak with bacon, mushroom & a red wine sauce.
Hubby had muscles in a cream sauce with smoked salmon
and the same main meal.

We then had a lovely lie in on Sunday
and then off to pick off Little Red.
He wanted to go to a restaurant so
decided to treat him.
We went to the coast to coast restaurant.
It was a lot more expensive than we thought it would
be but the food was really good.
Little Red had burger and chips,
hubby had a baby rack of ribs with bbq sauce.
I had chicken breast with bacon and cheese melt with
bbq sauce.

Our Presents to each other:



My mum made me a card and my mum and dad gave us
a beautiful tin of biscuits:

I had some good/bad health happenings.
On of the vertebrae in my neck has stuck out slightly for over 10 years.
It aches every so often and I often get migraines starting from it.
It wasn't me just imagining it, hubby often said it was weird
and when I went for acupuncture they said I needed it realigning. 
Anyway I was massaging it the other day and there was
a sudden clunk!  It popped back into place.
It was amazing.  That was the good news.
The bad news was within a couple of days the tissue around swelled up.
This has trapped the nerve in my neck.
I am still really happy about it even with all the pain.
I know when the swelling goes down it will be fine
it's just very painful in the meanwhile. This has meant less makes.

I have got one thing I'm making:
I started it off thinking I was going
to make a rug but I think it may end up being a blanket
for Benji.
When we sorted out the back garden we found his plastic bed
that he had in his kennel.
Benji destroyed the kennel by sitting on top of it till it collapsed.
I cleaned it up and put it behind the couch, which is his favourite hiding spot.
He has really enjoyed it whilst it's been hot as the plastic has stayed cool.
Now we are coming into Autumn (it arrived early in the UK)
I thought a nice blanket in it might be nice for him.

Whilst I've not been able to do anything I've been doing some thinking.
I'd heard that Facebook had been getting more and more access
to things on phones so I decided to take a look.
When you install the app you get the permissions button you have to accept.
I don't know about you but I don't really read them.
I decided to read them but it said "other".
Anyway looking further in the app you can see the full permissions.
I was shocked!!!
Device & app history, Identity, Contacts/Calender, Location, SMS, Phone, Photos/Media/FIles, Camera/Microphone, Wi-Fi Connection Information. Device ID & Call Information, Other - if you take a look at other it says prevent phone from sleeping, change your audio settings, read google service configuration, full network access, change network connectivity, connect & disconnect from Wi-Fi, read sync settings.
I am disgusted! 
I have instantly deleted it from my phone.
There is part of me would like to remove myself from the program as well
but being disabled it can be isolating and it's a good way to connect with people.
It does get you thinking about what permissions you are giving for companies
to access you life.
Someone said well if you've nothing to hide.
It's not that, I don't want a company I have no control of having
access to all my data.

I've had some fun this week.
I decided to read the Harry Potter Books again.
I'm really enjoying it.
I forgot just how much is missed in the films.

Now it's your turn to share what you are doing.
It doesn't have to be crochet, anything you are making
is perfect.
Please add the pin to your post & check out a couple
of other people that are sharing their work 
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Knits From the North Sea ~ Book Review


Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)
lace in the Shetland tradition
By Carol Rasmussen Noble
& Margaret Leask Peterson
ISBN: 9781564778321
Publisher: Martingale
Publication Date: July 21st, 2009
Photographer: Brent Kane
RRP: £20.99


I love the way lace can look when knitted.
The designs that can be created
are amazing.

Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)

The book is packed full of beautiful designs.
At the start the different techniques are explained
and there are clear pictures where needed.

Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)

The patterns cover many different levels so no matter
what you level you should find something to make.

Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)

The basic part of the pattern starts in written format
but the main lace design is in chart format.

Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)

There are just so many patterns packed into this book!
They would make fantastic gifts from friends and family.
There is something special about giving a scarf or shawl.

Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)

Knitting these will be a pure joy and they joy will be 
passed to whoever receives the project.
The book includes: shawls, stoles, scarves, and triangles.

Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)

Along with the patterns for 16 projects, 
the authors share a wealth of lace-making knowledge 
and techniques gained over decades of plying their needles.

Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)

If you want to knit lace style garments then this book
is a good one to add to your collection.

Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Knits from the North Sea (Print version + eBook bundle)

A fantastic mix of designs!



Knits from the North Sea available in book & eBook format


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Monday, 18 August 2014

Cute Crochet World ~ Book Review


by Suzann Thompson
ISBN:  9781454708063
Publisher: Lark
Publication Date: August 2014
RRP: £12.99


This is another fantastic book by Suzann Thompson!


This book is packed full of fun and interesting designs
that you can either use on their own or add
them to a project.


The book is split into six sections
and then there are loads of patterns within each section.
The sections are:
  • Critters
  • Food
  • Growing Things
  • Seasons
  • Toys, Tools, Transportation
  • Home


With over 50 patterns you'll be spoilt for choice.
The patterns range from easy to intermediate
so there is something for everyone to make.


Each of the patterns are in written format and
have a little personal note by Suzann.
The instructions are easy to follow.
There aren't any pictures showing you how to put
them together which is a shame
but the instructions are clear and easy to read.


I think they would be brilliant to use on a blanket.
You could make a beautiful story just
using each of the designs.


The patterns also cover different seasons 
so can be added to Christmas project etc.
They would also make fantastic decorations on
the Christmas tree.


Both kids and adults, boys & girls will love the designs.
They are fun and interesting.


I would highly recommend this book!
It's jammed backed full of fun and interesting designs.




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