Crochet creations this year.

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March: The first baby blanket I ever made, for my friend Anika’s new baby boy.

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I wish now that I had taken the time to crochet a proper border for it, but I was so excited to get it finished and give it to her that I left it.

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June: another baby ripple blanket, for another work friend.  She didn’t know if she was expecting a baby boy or girl so I tried to keep the colour scheme suitable for either.  I just LOVE this colour combination!

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I finished this properly with a border, to give it that complete look and straighten the ends.

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I had a proper love affair with this blankie and had a few moments when I thought I might just keep it for myself, but it was finally posted off to it’s intended destination, and it arrived just after her new baby boy.

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June: sat  out in the garden one very HOT HOT afternoon, I found myself whipping up some circles…with some vague idea of wanting to make circles within squares for my next blanket…

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July: a spot of bunting…

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August: then ANOTHER baby ripple blanket for a work frien of Mark’s new baby boy.

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And I bordered this one properly too,

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August: I bought some really fine cotton in the most amazing colours.  I still haven”t decided what to do with these yet.

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August: a little hooky project for my Mum!

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August: I treated myself to this AMAZING Rico Creative Cotton in the most mouthwatering colours, which I have used for various little projects but had intended to make some cushions covers for the lounge –  maybe another project for 2014?  I’m after a more homespun look in the lounge next year so this would be perfect.

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Ah, BEAUTIFUL colours!

2013-08-25 19.16.30August: the baby ripple bordered and finished.  I had a few heart pangs when this was sent to it’s new home!  I seem to become very attached to these blankets over the weeks/months that it takes me to complete them.  I tale them everywhere I go so I can whip them out and crack on with them at every opportunity, and always feel a little bereft after they’ve gone.  There’s usually a little gap before I really get my teeth into something else.

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End of August: I started this random granny square baby blanket, with no proper colour scheme in mind.  I haven’t really been feeling the love for this blanket.  Maybe it’s just the colours that aren’t quire right.  Not sure really.

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And there was a lot of ends to sew in that I hadn’t, of course, sewn in as I crocheted.  Live and learn, eh?

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It’s still not finished,  I intend to surround the whole thing with small blue squares, just to make it a little larger.  But it’s still not finished!


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November: I started a granny square ‘Elmer’ style blanket for Lily which I’m really enjoying as its nice to be able to grab it and just do one extra square whenever I have a few spare minutes

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This is the blanket that is finally finished, that I started with those random circles in June.  It’s been edged in a prettier, more wavy way as this blanket if for a little baby girl bor to another work friend.  The nurses on my ward and producing babies at a higher rate than me and my blankets can keep up!

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Ive been struggling to get some decent photos of this blanket though, mainly due to the low light levels and constant rain.  I managed to get a couple of snaps while the sun shined yesterday.

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December: on boxing day I decided to try whipping up a couple of Christmas decorations with the Rico Creative Cotton I bought earlier in the year.  They turned out really well so I must get a couple of snaps of them.

I’m surprised at how little I actually completed this year, as I feel I have been constantly hooking away during every spare moment.  But I still LOVE hooking away and that is the main thing I guess!


Stand firm!


So getting rid of the car is a good move. Isn’t it? It’s pouring with rain and howling a gale and I’m waiting at the bus stop to catch the bus to my fifth night shift in a row.

At least it’s not too cold.

And if this turns out to be the lowest point in my new adventure into clearing off our debts then I guess I can count myself lucky.

In the meantime I might indulge myself in a small bout if the poor-me’s!


I have a rather swollen face, having just been to my first of four dentist appointments for root canal filling and crown.  Ouch – on the wallet and in on the gums!  But it has to be done.  While I was in town I finally made a start on my Christmas shopping and picked up a few bits for the kids.  I also popped into the local greengrocer.  I think this man might possibly me the most grumpy man on the planet, but with such low prices I can forgive his complete lack of conversational skills!  I got all of this for £6.  And for that I don’t care if he is a miserable old goat or not!


I’m still really enjoying my reading now that I’m back into the swing of it.  The library has really come up trumps and I’m getting emails most days to say that some of the mahoosive list of books I have reserved are ready for collection.  I finished Lady of the Rivers, by Phillipa Gregory which was BRILLIANT.  It has made me want to reread The White Queen as I missed most of the recent TV series.  And then I was onto this book…


…I LOVE Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum novels are probably my most favorite series on the plant.  Ever.  But I’ve really been enjoying this series too.  Carl the monkey makes me laugh in every chapter!  I devoured this cook over a couple of days and then moved onto this book, which I think was the first book I ever put on my kindle wishlist after I got my kindle for Christmas a couple of years ago.


This novel isn’t quite what I was expecting and I’m a little tempted to move onto one of the other novels I’ve got sat waiting in a pile.  But I think I’ll persevere a little longer.  Lily has turned back into a book worm again (which is lovely to see) with books from the teen section of the library and Paddy has been showing a little more interest in having a go at reading different types of books.  I explained to Lily that he is really struggling with his reading and she is going out of her way to encourage and cajole him into it.  On Friday night we all piled into my bed and with a little help from Lily and I he managed to ready most of a Dr Zeus book ‘And to Think I say it on Mulberry Street’.

I’ve also picked my crochet back up again and an making some progress with Lily’s blanket although with the weather due to get chillier I really should think about starting the wrist warmers that I’ve been thinking about.

We’re planning to get the Christmas tree and decorations up tonight – I’m looking forward to starting to feel properly christmasey as I’ve been so busy that it’s mostly passed me by this year so far.  So dinner tonight will be something quick and easy.  I’m going to make a big pan of soup with any veggies in the fridge that need using up with some chopped up chorizo or garlic sausage.  And then we’re planning to make homemade thin crust pizzas using this recipe which looks easy enough.

I’m still catching the bus.  I don’t mind catching it to and from late shifts and night shifts but I have to admit that I’ve been sorely tempted to throw the towel in and admit defeat when I have to get up extra early (5.30am!) to make it to the bus stop in time for the first bus to get me to an early shift.  The first morning I did it I nearly missed the bus.  I swear it came about 3 minutes early!  So I had to leg it down the road, looking like a giant plum tomato in my huge red puffa jacket – NOT a pretty sight!  As I skidded to a halt just as the bus doors were starting to shut the bus driver looked a little startled as I hurled myself in – ha!  That’ll teach him to leave early!