Saturday, 13 February 2016

Now listen to me

* Don't eat chocolate every day.

Oh but I like a bit of chocolate now and again. It's so very more-ish.

* Drink more water.

I try but there's an awful lot of going to the loo involved if I try to drink 8 glasses a day.

* Have fruit rather than crumble and custard for your afters.

I've plenty more crumbles in the freezer to eat up. It was a good year for rhubarb, apples and plums last year.

* Don't have fried food.

Don't you just love chips and they're so easy.

* Steam your vegetables.

The steamer takes up quite a lot of room on the work surface and if I only want small portions of veg it seems silly to get it out, with all that washing up afterwards.

* Get yourself walking.

It's cold outside.

* Stop slobbing about in your old stretchy clothes.

My, they are comfortable and it's weekend.

Consider myself told off!


Friday, 12 February 2016

Today ...

… I :-

* prepared beef stew to cook in the slow oven.
* prepared the veg and potatoes.
* made bread.
* hoovered hall stairs, bedrooms, landing and bathroom.
* made some pages for my little planner. (It's much cheaper than buying them and I can make them to my own requirements.)
* made lunch (salad sandwich).
* did my voluntary stint at the CS.
* read the paper.
* cooked the veg and potatoes.
* ate beef stew, broccoli and mashed potato.
* baked the bread.
* put the left-overs in the fridge to make a pie filling for tomorrow.
* had a bath.
* started writing this post.

In a minute I aim to :-

* upload this post.
* read my favourite blogs.
* crochet.
* watch YT.
* play with my Filofax.
* read.
* watch a little bit of TV.
* go to bed.

The best bit of the day was finding a green velvet dress at the CS and buying it. It fit perfectly and I've always wanted a green velvet dress.

Tea was good too.

So was receiving a parcel in the post.

Pretty great day really.


Not everyone can find a 'best bit' in their day. I'm very lucky.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

What next?

My January blanket turned into a bag and is finished so what next? I've decided to start a 2016 blanket (good intentions) which may, or may not, end up as a blanket depending upon - 
1. how long these cones of yarn will last.
2. any whims I may have.

These cones have been hanging around way too long and so I've decided to use them up in a thick wool blanket.

Six strands and one 9mm hook are what I will work with. The start looks a pleasing colour combination so I will continue.

Let the length of the yarn on the cones dictate the size. Off we go.


PS My crocheted fan cover was snapped up by a friend at the ballroom today. She took a real fancy to it!

PPS She wanted to know where to put the batteries!!!!!


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Is it me?

I can't seem to log on to Frugal Queen's blog from the link on my side bar or from Google. I just get a blank screen. Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble?

Is it?

Is it a Christmas decoration?

Is it a mitten?

Is it a sock?

No!!! It's a crocheted fan holder.

Here's the fan inside.

I decided against pink wool to complement the pink in the fan and I only added the fuzzy wool as a bit of glitz for the ballroom and the fact that I'd run out of turquoise. :)

I couldn't find a pattern anywhere on the net so perhaps I should go into business. Crocheted fan covers for sale. I'm sure there's a market for these!


PS - Note to self: Perhaps I shouldn't have used the fuzzy wool to finish it off. Hmmm! Hope I''ve satisfied the curious commenters.

Monday, 8 February 2016


Shrove Monday
Collop Monday
Merry Monday
Hall Monday
Nickaman Night
Happy Birthday to my DIL

What a lot of celebrating today!


Edited to add:

Chinese New Year too

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Going where the fancy takes me

It started out as my January blanket and ended up as this,

… looking nothing like a blanket at all. No, it's not a blanket folded up.

It's a dance bag to hold my dance shoes, fan and other bits of paraphanalia. I was inspired part way through the blanket by this post by Tangled Happy and the fact that my other dance bag had given up the ghost.

The buttons were cut off a garment that went in the rag bag and all the wool is from the stash.

I didn't follow any pattern but just edged the part blanket in single crochet (UK double) making some button holes at one edge. The gusset is just single crochet and is attached with a contrasting wool.

I've not lined it and I don't think I will unless I find it difficult to find things in the bag. I want it to hold my dance shoe bag, fan, phone and purse. I may look as though I'm turning up with a crocheted cushion on my person but hey ho, I'm a big girl,  I'll put up with it. I've seen some ladies at dances turning up with a crocheted fan holder. I'm not going that far though as they look like ...

--- willy warmers!

(Please note that I have not supplied you with a picture.)