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Friday, 21 March 2008

Crotchety crocheter

Or should that be crochetist? What is the correct term for someone who crochets??

I really wanted to start crocheting a granny square blankie yesterday evening, but for the life of me, I couldn't find ANY of my crochet hooks. I found all of my wools, but no hooks. Grrrrrr. I'll have to go buy some today. Then, what do you bet, as soon as I get home, I'll find the other ones. Ain't it always the way?

Yesterday's word was 'Cloth', so here's an old shot of Tim in a priest's costume (man of the cloth ... lol), for a LARP we played a few years ago. Any excuse to have another photograph of my beloved on here!

Today's word is 'Dress' and here's another oldie, taken a couple of years ago, of me wearing the Victorian gown I made for another LARP. I wish I was this size again! This dress definitely wouldn't fit me now.

I may be back later .......

Guess what? It's later and I AM back! lol

SO Tim and I went into town this morning so that I could buy some crochet hooks. We struggled against the wind to reach the wool shop and I picked out a nice selection of hooks. Then I spied the BAMBOO ones! I absolutely fell in love with bamboo knitting needles after I tried them the first time and now I would never, ever consider going back to steel ones. So of course I just had to have the bamboo hooks! I picked three and imagine my horror when the bill came to just under £12!!!! For three hooks! Even the lovely lady said she couldn't understand how something made of natural materials could cost so much. Maybe the manufacturers include the cost of replanting the bamboo? I don't know why they are so expensive, but I still bought them anyway. Or at least, Tim did. :)

I couldn't wait to get home and get started on my squares! Here are the first four ......

Sorry about the awful quality of this shot, but it was taken on my phone. I'm using leftover wools from when I knitted jumpers and cardigans for my grandchildren, when they were ickle babies and toddlers. I'm glad I didn't get rid of any.

Oh - and in my humble opinion, the bamboo crochet hooks are WELL worth the money! I love them!

Thursday, 20 March 2008


Stands for Very Bad Blogger. Very bad indeed. Truth is, I just don't seem to have the time to blog and take part in HSMS. Much as I love taking the photographs, I just can't find the time it takes to comment on everyone else's shots, so it doesn't seem fair that I should play anymore. I may still post the photographs, but I won't be posting on HSMS. Maybe someday, when I have more time and energy, I shall start playing properly again.

I have, however, found some time to do the odd bit of crafting - surprise, surprise!

Here's an ATC I made as part of a permanently ongoing ATC swap on the forum I'm a moderator on.

We had to alter a Smartie tube and fill it with ribbons for another swap recently. Here is my effort .....

Another swap involved altering four beermats. These are my four .....

We had to decorate three luggage tags of a specific size. I brayered these, then stamped the images and covered them with Diamond Glaze, added brads and sentiments and finished off with ribbons.

Finally for now, we had to make a pocket tag book. I used my Bind-it-All to come up with this.

I've been off work for two days because I've been feeling really ill. Headache, stomach ache and feeling sick. Not nice. Today, my head is still thumping, but the sicky feeling has gone, thank goodness.

I'm also trying to lose some weight. I have never been this size in my entire life and I hate it. I lost 5 stones many years ago and managed to more or less keep most of it off until last year, when my thyroid started playing silly beggars. It apparently was overactive for a long time, so when they got it back to normal, although I wasn't eating any more than I normally did, it wasn't being burned up the way it was before, so it was just being stored as fat ........ LOADS of fat. Bucketloads. Lorryloads.

So, here I am trying to make a difference. I lost 6lbs last week (my first week), so that's a good start. Trouble is, I have SOOOOO much to lose, it's going to be quite a while before I (or anyone else for that matter) actually begin to notice.