Week in the life 2018 - Tuesday

Sharing my words and photos from Tuesday.

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Checking the weather app first thing, just to confirm that the rain is staying away!

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My drive to work through a country lane. (it was very quiet so I stopped to take a photo, I need a dash phone holder)

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Number plate recognition entry into work.

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At my desk. I spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen and spreadsheets during the day. This isn't a manic busy week for me in finance, that was last week, doing month end.

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Using a reusable water and coffee cup. I use my get to work book every day to track both work and home life lists. I have two 'today' rulers, one to mark the current week and one to mark my current project page, this week it's notes for the WITL project.

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I put fuel in on my way home from work today. Generally I top up the fuel twice a month with around £40 a time. This fills the tank to just over half. Today I also picked up a salad bowl and a box of biscuits from the M&S at the fuel station.

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I also picked up an in car phone holder from Halfords. Apparently Siri can take photos so I can be hands free but still document my journey. That sun though!

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Loved being able to take photos of my journey today. So lucky to drive these quiet country roads.

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A bit of traffic as I neared home as we travelled behind a cyclist. Big plus to cyclists is they slow the traffic through our village.

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We have so much braai meat left over from the weekend, what is it with South African men and their desire to grill way too much! Salad, hummus and warmed steak for dinner.

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I am so loving documenting the normalness (is that a word?) of my days, while being mindful of what fills my days.

C xx


Week in the life 2018 - Monday

This week I am following along with Ali Edwards and The Week in the Life project. This is my first time and although I'm excited to be doing it I'm also a little nervous. So in light of that I'm going to follow along quite closely for these first few days, just until I find my rhythm. All photos will be with my iPhone unless Stuart takes any for me with his Samsung.

Each day I'll be sharing my photos and words from the day before so that next week I can work on the actual album and use these entries as a reference and jumping off point for my stories.

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Monday 1

It's a bank holiday here in the UK today and I decided to have a little lie in. Stu was up early to go to a friends and help out with a little plumbing job.

That pile of clothes on the carpenters chest really annoys me. Urging myself this week to clear it up and keep it clean.

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I don't know if it's age or the British way of life rubbing off on me but I'm totally obsessed with checking the weather app every morning, just to check that it's the same as it was before I went to bed! A few rainy days forecast, mmmmm, this is NOT the same as the Sunday forecast.


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Perfect day to strip the bed to let it dry in the sunshine, plus it's really time to get the summer linen on the bed.


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We have enjoyed such beautiful weather over this bank holiday weekend. I can't actually remember the last time it was so lovely for all three days. Little breeze today though, thankfully! Not ideal for knitting with wool but the shade of the buddleia helped.

I have way too much yarn so this year is all about tackling those projects that have been languishing in a drawer for way too long.


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I can't stop looking a the colour of the sky. I'm totally loving that we had three days of cloudless blue skies over our sweet little home.


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John and the girls came round for a braai (BBQ). They're lovely girls with opinions and ideas of their own and I still battle to get my head around the fact that they are so grown up. Where have the years gone? They are typical teenagers though, with a little attitude thrown in for good measure!

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I love eating outside, especially when it's salad and braai meat!!


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So glad we bought ice-creams at the weekend.


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I took my toe polish off on Saturday with the idea that I would paint them again but didn't get around to it until tonight. To celebrate the blue skies and bright sunshine I'm going for the brightest colour in my polish box.

I'm desperate for a pedicure but when I went to make an appointment last Thursday, there was nothing available for two weeks! Isn't that insane?

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In the comments on Ali's blog people are leaving links to their words and photos for the day, and I'm loving the sharing of ideas and inspiration.

C xx


May Yarnalong

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It's a rainy miserable May day Yarnalong here in Hertfordshire, England today. But we are hopeful that the weekend, a holiday weekend, will be warm and sunny. Perfect for a spot of gardening and hopefully a braai (BBQ to non South Africans) or two. And maybe a few pages of my latest read, Philip Pullman's, The Book of Dust.

I am working on tiny crochet hexagons in a lovely baby bamboo double knit that I had lurking in a drawer. I'm not sure what it will be but I am hoping it will stretch to a little pram blanket, and will likely go into the village fete raffle draw. It's growing pretty fast and single colour hexi's mean less ends to sew in when I'm done!

Speaking of ends...................VOILA!!

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My little circles became a blanket! I used the join as you go method taking a row at a time off the bed, until they were all joined up. I loved watching the finished pattern effect emerging with each added circle. The edging isn't overly complicated but I couldn't resist a little picot 'edge of the edge'.

As usual I had the best intentions of sewing in my ends at the end of each joined row, but excitement took over and then I was faced with just over 300 of them to tackle. Ho hum. I was doing a few each evening until my husband reminded me that there is a little girl waiting for her blanket!

I absolutely adore how it's turned out :)

What are you currently working on? Thanks for stopping by

C xx


A spring day yarnalong

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At last the sun has got his hat on! And these happy circles are reflecting the bright mood that comes with that sunshine. Over the past 3 weeks I have been working on creating little crochet circles out of my extensive stash of Rowan handknit cotton and Debbie Bliss cotton DK. And last weekend my husband and I started to split them up into blanket size bundles.

The top photo shows an ombre'ish rainbow colour wash blanket layout which was the idea that started this flurry of circle making in the first place. And to test the 'circle to a square join as you go' round, I made a rainbow pram blanket. Ahem, what you can't see in that photo are the million ends still needing to be sewn in! Oh happy (NOT) days.

Last night I managed to get two rows of the top blanket joined so I'm hoping to be able to start the edging by this time next week. I wanted to try that continuous granny join but just looking at the instructions frazzled my brain.

And with what's left I will get one single bed or two pram/cot blankets made. These along with the rainbow pram blanket will go into our village fete raffle. We are raising funds for some much needed refurb work to our lovely old village church.

I can't wait to photograph these blankets in the sunshine!

C xx

 


March Yarnalong

March yarnalong

I'm so glad that yarnalong is back, but so far this year I've not participated much. In January I joined the link up but didn't have time to look at any of the other blogs due to work commitments. I missed February yarnalong as I was on a lovely holiday to New Zealand. And I'm late for March. Ho hum! Must do better.

Anyway I am here and even though I have been busy and trotting all over the globe, I have been busy with yarn craft.

This wonderful basket of lush handknit cotton will be a blanket for our great niece who we met last month in Auckland. I wanted to take a blanket to her but wasn't sure if her mom and dad would like that sort of thing. It hard when you don't know people and as it was my first time meeting them and at least 21 years since my husband had seen his nephew, I just needed to be sure they were into handmade.

I'm getting 12 circles from each ball of yarn using a 4.5mm hook. I'll make all the insides then do a join as you go when I turn them into squares with a linen colour. The idea is a rainbow ombre like this one.

I do have a couple of newly finished projects to share so i'll get to that soon!

Thanks for stopping by.
C xx


Welcome 2018 and welcome back to Yarnalong

Jan yarnalong

I spent the last 13 days of 2017 (and the first 5 days of 2018!) with a cold. A yucky cold that is like a boomerang and keeps coming back. Blog plans had to go on hold!

Anyway on to today and the first yarnalong of 2018. Thank you to Ginny for bringing it back to your lovely blog.

I am currently knitting the Kim Hargreaves Darkness Hoody. I made a summer version back in 2016 and had always planned to do the winter version. I've started with the sleeves, 2 at a time, as they are my least favourite part of a garment to knit.

Thanks as always for visiting.

C xx


A round up and saying goodbye to 2017

Handmade by Caroline Label

These last few months of 2017 have flown by and come the 1st of December I had to make a very big effort to slow time right down. Christmas is my very favourite season of the year and I wanted to soak up every last little drop of the festivities.

In October I started a Christmas gift blanket and finished in good time to get it wrapped and under the tree leaving me to enjoy slow and relaxed stitching during December.

We organised a village Halloween party which was a fabulous success and such fun. I'll try put a post together with decorating, catering and games ideas in plenty time for next Halloween.

I also hosted a trick or treat with hot dogs and wine (for the adults!) at home on the 3rd of November for my lovely neighbour who wasn't able to bring her boys on the 31st.
We attended a fireworks night at a friend, and although I have a love/hate for fireworks, it was pretty spectacular.

At the end of November, Stuart and I took the train up to Edinburgh for a long weekend and my mums birthday. We had the most beautiful weather, and treated ourselves to afternoon tea in Edinburgh Castle, mum to birthday shoes and a coat, and a day in the Christmas market.

December has been pretty busy and I have been following along with Ali Edwards, December Daily project to record our festive adventures.

And now I'm looking at closing the book on 2017. Thinking about the holidays and trips we've taken, the memories we've made and so importantly, the memories I have recorded in my Carpe Diem memory planner. This method of memory recording has worked so well for me!

I will share my 2017 projects over the remaining days of this year and what's happening in 2018.

C xx


Frog it

Frogging post

When I removed the Winter Whispers cardigan from the blocking board I knew straight away that I was going to frog it. In fact I should have done it when I joined the arms to the body. Before the 40 odd yolk pattern rows. I knew then already.

Knitting and crochet is not a cheap hobby, not if you use small batch 100% hand dyed wool. Wool for a cardigan like this one can set you back in the region of £160.00. So getting it right is absolutely key!

I'm pretty sure that everyone coming across my blog is already a member of Ravelry (cause you probably came here from Ravelry!), and know the benefits of the magical resource that it is. And this resource can save you time and money if you just use it. This of course I should know having found wonderful advise while knitting Dear Husbands Ranger Cardigan (see previous post). But for some reason I didn't trust the notes people had written on their project pages for this Winter Whispers cardigan. For that I apologise. Whole heartedly. Because of course here I now sit, re knitting a cardigan that WAS ALREADY BLOCKED, and ready to wear.

So, why did I frog it? Well it was pretty unfortunate that the photo of the cardigan on the lovely model was in fact 2 sizes too big and I thought that this was the fit of the cardigan. ie you knit it in your size and the ease is built in. Now normally a pattern does talk about ease, this one didn't. Assumption = frogging a cardigan that WAS ALREADY BLOCKED, and ready to wear.

Having two skeins of yarn left when you've finished knitting is normally a sign that something in WRONG. Being on top of your yarn usage {as you knit} is kinda important.

Taking the time to measure and check the cardigan schematic before you settle on a size, saves time and money. Laziness = frogging a cardigan that WAS ALREADY BLOCKED, and ready to wear. 

Are you getting the picture?

Now I don't mind making mistakes, when it doesn't cost me too much time and no money. This one cost me a bit of time but really in the grand scheme of things it's really not a biggy. No money was lost as I have rewound the yarn and have started again. Did I learn a lesson? YES.

In fact I learnt a few and am pretty proud at how my knitting ability (the actual knitting) has come a long was in the past year and a half. And sometimes those wins over shadow the mess ups that we occasionally make.

I'm so looking forward to adding this lovely cardigan to my wardrobe. I'll be sure to share when it's done.

Thanks for stopping by.

C xx


Ranger cardigan for darling husband

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Ranger cardi 6
Ranger cardi 6
Ranger cardi 6
Ranger cardi 6
Ranger cardi 6

In May, just in time for the warm weather to arrive, I finished darling husbands Ranger Cardigan. This was such a great knit with lots of learning. I'll admit to being very nervous about making a garment for DH, I was worried about fit and if he would even like the finished article.

So here are the details:
Ranger cardigan is from Brooklyn Tweed and can be bought from Ravelry or the BT website.
I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn, in colour Truffle Hunt bought from Loop London.
Gauge was set by the pattern and I used the recommended needle sizes, without making any changes to the numbers of stitches or advised measurements.
Top tip: Read the whole pattern including the notes on the last page before starting your cardigan. I had a tough time figuring out how to keep the pattern when increasing the sleeves and abandoned sleeve one to work on the body having only knit about 10 rows.
On my Ravelry project page I have referenced a lovely knitter, who has the most comprehensive notes, without whom I might not have finish this project.

I'm so thrilled with how this cardigan turned out and it has given me a good sizing reference for future projects.

C xx


Another happy hippopotamus

Happy hippo 2
 Happy hippo 2
Happy hippo 2

It's been ages since I last blogged! I've not stopped creating over the summer though so i'll share what I finished over the next few weeks.

Starting with this cutie pie! I made one last year and only managed to take one photo of it, so this time I was sure to get more.

A few details:
He's made with Scheepjes sunkissed cotton. I chose six colours for the flower part of the shape, using a dark grey for the last joining round.
I used a 2.5mm hook.
It's the hippy happypotamus pattern from ravelry. This is a very well written pattern with loads of step by step photos.
The toy stuffing is from hobbycraft.
I chose to just shape his eyes rather than use button or safety eyes.

This is such a fun make, really did enjoy it!

C xx