A slight obsession with books

Reading and Fibrecrafts


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Dance on the beach CAL #9

Progress on this came to a halt a while ago as the arthritis in my thumb was playing up so I needed to give it a rest for a while. In hindsight, I maybe shouldn’t have attempted to keep up with two blankets as it’s a long time since I’ve spent that much time crocheting.

Still, lesson learnt and I’m taking it easier now that I’ve picked up the hooks again. It’ll take a lot longer to finish the blankets but at least my thumb will still work at the end of it.

I was having problems with the gauge on square nine of the Rain blanket so am carrying on with Stars for now and will try that tricksy square nine once I’ve got that caught up with Rain.

So far I’ve finished and blocked week five, the seagull foot prints in a lovely shade of purple.

Stars-wk5Also week six which is the corner to corner square. The dark brown made it harder to see what I was doing again, but I got there in the end.

Stars-wk6Week seven is currently blocking and I’m halfway through week eight, which is one of my favourites to crochet.


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Happy Birthday Sammie

Sammie is two years old today and as is tradition, is being spoilt rotten.

We had a small tower in the bedroom, but it was a cheap and cheerful thing from Lidl and just wore out. The cats got a lot of use from it though so it wasn’t by any means a waste of money.

We’ve replaced it with this, and called it Sammie’s present due to the timing.

Barrel170816-08_bIt sits nicely in the cats’ corner upstairs. It’s a Diogenes scratching barrel XL and it came from Zooplus. There was a different one that looked good but the reviews were better for this one as the two lower dens are connected for more fun. It seems very sturdy and so far, Sammie seems to be enjoying it.

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She’s got a bag of Dreamies that came with one of those balls that they have to play with to get the treats out. That was a present from Pets at Home. I love that they give your pets a gift for their birthdays. Sammie loves her Dreamies so she’ll really appreciate that.

She’ll get a special birthday dinner later of a Sheba dome and I gave her a tin of tuna with shrimp for her breakfast. She really enjoyed that.

She’s such a sleek, agile cat now that it’s hard to picture her as a kitten. She was so tiny and fragile compared to how she is now, although she still looks tiny compared to Frodo.

Here’s a wee gallery of some of her pics over the past two years.

 


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Productive garden

There’s not much going on in the veg garden at the moment, other than picking the rewards of all our hard work. We’re having to go out most days with the colander and are returning with it full of yummy veggies.

harvest140816The summer squash have exceeded all expectations. We’ve mostly harvested the pale green ones but the yellow and dark green varieties have produced a fair few as well. They’re lovely roasted!

The French beans are still going strong and we’re getting quite a few runner beans now too, with loads more to come.

We haven’t needed to buy tomatoes for a few weeks but haven’t had so many that I’ve needed to make sauce. There are still a lot of green ones though so I’m guessing the glut is waiting until after this week, as I’m on annual leave now.

We’ve worked hard on clearing out all the rubbish around the outskirts of the garden. There’s still a lot to do but we’ve made excellent progress. It’s been accumulating for decades in the various sheds and as we have Grand Plans for next year, we need it gone. Stephen has done most of the heavy lifting while I supervise, of course. (there are spiders in all that junk) I can see we’ll be needing a skip shortly to get rid of it all as there’s so much stuff that we no longer need plus one of the sheds has to go as it’s falling apart.

Right, I’d better go and pick some veggies for dinner tonight🙂


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Pretty yarn for another CAL

A couple of weeks ago I saw that Stylecraft were doing a CAL. It looked lovely but I didn’t look too closely as I’m still doing the Last dance on the beach CAL, plus I have the yarn for Lucy’s Log cabin and I’m partway through Lucy’s Ripple. I thought that was probably enough to be going on with, and not even taking into account all the yarn that seems to be accumulating under my desk.

A few days ago, I was chatting with Tree, via email, and she mentioned the CAL, which is called Carousel. I went back for another look and realised that there are two yarn options. There’s the basic version done in Stylecraft special DK. I’ve used that a lot and really like it, but the colours are very bright so that was one of the reasons that I didn’t look too closely. What I didn’t realise is that it also comes in the new Batik DK which is absolutely gorgeous. I know you don’t have to buy the packs, but I’m useless at putting colours together so I find that much easier.

Once I’d seen the Batik, I was hooked (pun intended) and I ordered my pack.

Stash-02I love the way the yarn comes when you order from The Wool Warehouse. Those bags are great for storing the yarn in.

Just look at these gorgeous colours.

Stash-01Isn’t that yummy? The CAL starts in about four weeks but I know I won’t be ready for it then as I really must finish Last dance on the beach first. I’m really looking forward to starting it though so maybe that’ll spur me on to get Last Dance finished more quickly🙂

 


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SAL – Garden Cat #4

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and page four is well under way.

I haven’t done page three yet, but I wanted to do the page with most of the cat on it first. He straddles the lower two pages so it was easiest to do him and then carry on with the flowers.

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I just need to finish his tail, put his face on and do the last few flowers on that side, and then page four is complete. I hope to have that done for the next update and maybe some of page three as well.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

Avis at Sewing beside the sea
Claire at Claire93
Kate at Tall tales from Chiconia
Gun at Rutigt
Wendy at The crafter’s apprentice
Lucy at Lucyannluna
Sue at The Magpie’s nest
Constanze at Textile Dreamer
Jess at Ever the crafter
DebbieRose at Sew Rosey
Christina at Petals and Pins
Susan at SusanPblog
Kathy at Sewing etc

Not everyone does an update each time, but their blogs are always worth a visit.

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