Monday, 31 January 2011

Bugs Blankets

Yay! I finished it! I am so happy. I was determined to have it finished in January especially as I have joined Annies make a month! This is my January make and I am sooooo pleased with it and more importantly so it bug!



Such bright happy colours were a pleasure to work with, I don't know how long this blanket will last with little bug already dragging it around

The yarn is bargain acrylic so this beauty can be washed and dried to my hearts content which is perfect for bug blankies :)

So onto Februarys make I think
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend xxx

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Yarn Love

I am in Love with wool. I have been crocheting for a year next month and I have realised that although I adore the easy care, colours and price of acrylic(and the fact that I don't get shouted at as much for buying it!) I really do love wool. Unfortunately the price tag that comes with it my purse does not like. I worked out that I have spent over £350 in the last year on luxury yarns. Now I have probably spent about £200 on acrylic but obviously got a hell of a lot more for my money but the main difference is the LOVE, enjoyment and pleasure I get from working with wool. I have told myself that until I have made a lot more items with what I have I am not having any more but I spend hours browsing the web gazing at all the gorgeous yarn, I even find the colours I want and put them in the basket, so close to clicking the purchase button, but I don't. I think about it and stop myself. The other day when I bought my latest haul I must have spent a good half hour(with 3 kids in tow) touching, gazing, smoothing all the gorgeous yarns but I put them back and told myself another day. My latest love is this 
This is 'exclusive to Fyberspates' hehe! It is called Scrumptious!!! Scrumptious...Doesn't the name say it all???
55% Merino wool 45% silk
I WANT IT!!!
It is £12 a skein though and I cannot see that happening any time soon, so I just drool and long for and hope that my lovely husband(he is sat next to me...hopefully leaning over my shoulder reading this) will think of me leading up to Mothers day ;)
The site I like a lot lately is this one
I also really like this wool and I have a sneaky suspicion it is going to get awfully popular soon!

Oh and whilst he is out of the room I can tell you I am a mini bit excited because after 4 years of not so great Valentines(due to my hubby not being 'into all that') I have seen a CK order page on the history bar!!! I was very good and didn't look but I am excited :)
Shhhhhh....


Sunday, 23 January 2011

Yarn and Time

Hello there, and Hello to my new followers this year, so nice to have you aboard the loony train. Actually it is not too loony at the moment but it is pretty rammed with this and that!


Right first things first. Zumba! Well I have attended 2 lessons now each with a different instructor and I must say even though the second time was harder and faster it was still a lot of fun. The point is as long as you are moving and building up a sweat it doesn't really matter. I cannot really do much as with arthritis, slipping discs etc I am a disaster waiting to happen but I like to join in and have a laugh and do what I can(take a towel it creates a sweat)
The other exercise I am doing at the moment is pilates I AM ADDICTED! It is incredible. Four sessions over the last 2 weeks and already a huge improvement. I have bought dvds and a ball and look forward to the next lesson as soon as one ends. Now I will say that unlike Zumba ANYONE can do pilates. If you have any ailments let the instructor know and they will accommodate. Oh and it is HARD! Really, really hard. No point me lying to you. Any of you that have tried it will know what I am talking about, but it really is addictive because it is worth the pain. It is a really rewarding exercise. 

As some of you may know I started a fitness group up based on the Biggest Loser. We work in teams to lose weight over a 10 week period. The team that loses the biggest percentage gets to chose the trip the lot of us go on at the end. There are 3 groups and I am so pleased to say that my group 'The Skinny Lattes' beat the other 2 this week(the first week). Between 9 of us we lost over 20lb. I personally lost 5lb!!! I am very happy and just hope I can keep up the good work.

Now on to some crochet and yarn. I went yarn shopping yesterday, nothing posh which meant I had a HUGE load of yarn for about £20 bargain!


Yep lovely new yarn, and I do have a plan of action for it. Another blanket will be made and completed this year and all going well by the summer! 
As my last post said I am so busy lately I have had no time at all to do anything and sadly this means that my little bugs blanket has not progressed very far, but we have got over the half way mark. I plan on spending a lot of time on this today as next week is an even busier week as I have a buffet for 70 people to cater for, for the community resourse centre grand opening! No pressure then hehe!

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I am off to plug my headphones in and crochet. Oh Stephen Fry I love you!
xxx

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

How many hours...

...in the day???
Answer...NOT ENOUGH!
I am missing you all and hope to be back soon. I keep having great ideas for posts but never the time to do them. I will make time because I am missing it so much.
I am also missing crocheting :( hardly done any in the last 2 weeks. No fair man! Being busy sucks sometimes(also means I live in a permanently messy home!!!) Will get use to the newest routine soon enough I am sure and will take it in my stride until another group is started and I get nominated to run it!!!
Hope you are all well, I will be blog browsing soon
Big Hugs
Emma x

Friday, 14 January 2011

Exhaustion!

Complete, utter, total and absolute exhaustion! That is the only way I can describe what I am feeling right now. My first week back at the kiosk and boy what a week. Who would have thought volunteering could be so tiring??? I have started yet another group with the community development officer called 'Ringlands Biggest Loser' hehe! It is a slimming club where we work in teams to lose weight and get fit. Our community is fighting laziness and has been for a while now and it is going great. There are fitness classes popping up everywhere. I am thrilled to say that Pilates has now started in our community centre, it is the one exercise that will actually help rather than hinder my conditions and get me back on the road to healthy living. I have had 2 classes this week and 1 Zumba(beginner level!). Mix that with running a cafe 4 days of the week(I also got a new office which is AWESOME! But meant moving into it), community meetings, kids taekwondo, 3 boys etc, etc and you can see why I am now sat in bed ready to drink this hot cup of tea...

I treated the hubby to this(yuk!)

So I treated myself to this 

So whilst the husband is working I plan on watching this in bed and hopefully falling fast asleep. Sadly I haven't had time or energy to do any of this...

or check up on all your lovely blogs but I am planning on a VERY lazy Saturday morning enjoying some blog browsing :)
Happy weekend everyone x

Sunday, 9 January 2011

I love them...


My children
Children give to your Mummy just a little bit of slack, my head really hurts from last nights medicinal Jack which I had to consume because of the pain that you caused me when you decided that magnets are attracted to telly, when you fed the dog loo blocks and the cat goldfish jelly. You have taken the head off my last china doll and the porcelain was valuable before you glossed it green. I know that you were just practising your art technique when using the scissors but did you really have to cut up the curtains? Please let Mummy have one day off, she feels a bit weak from all of this stuff like emptying the toilet of towels and fluff, from cleaning the windows, the walls and the rug. I love you so much and tomorrow when rested we will do it again with gusto and spirit, but for now let me sit and enjoy this old book let me put up my feet and show me some love. I just want to enjoy some tea that’s not cold and watch a little something that’s not singing with clowns. My dear children to me you are life, your antics make memories that compare to no others, your smiles make my life so worthwhile. You are the air in my lungs the blood in my veins but unless you want the white coats to take me away you need to relax and leave Mummy to breathe. 




Saturday, 8 January 2011

Come Join the Circus...


...Like you wanted to when you were a kid!
Oh I love Barnum, but my love of camp musicals is not why I am posting today although my love of musicals does deserve a post of it's own one day! No today I want to share with you my latest project. I am so excited about it. I have been working on a baby blanket for my little Brother(Whose name is officially Alfie not the fore mentioned Thomas!). I have made similar blankets in the past and I do love the repetitive relaxation of it but the colours are a little bleurgh for me at the moment. The weather has enough bleurgh in it at this time of year I don't really want it in my crochet. Anyway this is my little baby Brothers little blanket...(well a quarter of it hehe!)

I used Wendy Peter pan dk for this blanket and it is so, so soft was gorgeous to work on in the cold nights.

So on to the clowning around with colour ;)
My smallest bug got a lovely gift from Father Christmas this year, he got this little circus...

Now when little bugs are this young wonderful age they are surrounded by bright bold colours and I always wonder why the colours darken or become more dull as children age but they do and I always miss this wonderful colourful stage filled with limitless imagination.
When we take little bug on walks in his push chair his Dad always manages to grab the plainest, most boring blankets to wrap round him in the wind! I have had enough of this so taking my inspiration from the gorgeous bright colours of the circus I have started a Zig Zag blanket for him and I am LOVING it. I love blankets anyway but doubly so when they are bursting with colour...
I am following the chevron pattern in this book, I must say though it is quite ripply in a way. I have decided that I am going to make a few more zig-zaggy things in the future and experiment to find the right pattern.

Unlike the ripple you decrease by completely missing 2 stitches. I am hoping to keep the speed up on this project as I cannot wait to take my little man on colourful walks. I am even using one of my colourful hooks to work it, what childlike excitement!

Stylish Blogger Award



I have been awarded the Stylish Blogger award by the the lovely Debi, go take a look at her wonderful crochet filled blog if you haven't already. Thank you so much Debi, I love awards hehe!

So now I have to say 7 things about myself...I will try to make them new!

1. My favourite 3 musicals are
          1. Blood Brothers
          2. Wicked
          3. Witches of Eastwick

2. I am totally and utterly rubbish at diets, we just DO NOT MIX!

3. My eldest Son was going to be called Pierce until the last minute and now I am Mrs Pearce!

4. I am a mini bit addicted right now to buttons and have to force myself to stop buying any at all as I really don't need them!

5. I am so, so, so bad with money. Having Bi-polar Affective Disorder(that's right I am BAD!) doe's not help this problem at all.

6. I make the best brew in the world(cup of tea) this is a fact ;P

7. I am insecure about my Mothering skills and question myself every day but I try and look on the positives.

So there we go a few more bits about me!

I would like to pass this blog onto

Paisley Jade
The Reed Life
Corn Poppy Girl
Suz Place
Claras Crochet Room

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Things to Love

A new blanket perfect for afternoon snuggles...

New Mugs and yummy cake making a little break Extra Special...

Friendly giants who pop by and leave Big smiles behind...

Wonderful friends that know what a Great Christmas gift is...
Home made :)


And crochet for my sweet baby Brother. Love in every stitch x

Sunday, 2 January 2011

New Year Ta-Dah

You may remember a few months ago I posted about a new project my Autumnal Blanket? Well it has been picked up and put down so many times since I first started it. I would look at it longingly whilst finishing one order after another or making pressies for others. I wanted to spend some time building up my colourful lovely. Well I have sorta finished it but I have changed it's name to the seasonal blanket. 
As I was working the colours of this big granny square my mind kept wondering to each of the seasons that the colours reminded me of::

Yellow-Summer
Browns, Pinks, Reds-Autumn
Purple-Blue-Winter

So this is why it is kinda finished. I am going to have to add a Spring and then maybe a border of colour. I am totally in love with it and it is just the right size to carry around the home and snuggle under whilst reading stories, crocheting more goodies and of course getting some game console action in hehe! 
Anyway you want to see it I'm sure...



This blanket has used 16 balls of Rowan Pure Wool DK so far, I will probably use another 10 balls on it by the end of this year. 

Blanket Love!

My first blanket just for me. I can see myself spending more time on this little beauty making it bigger as the seasons progress, but I must say I am very much in love with my new snuggle blanket and can't wait for quiet time later making other hooky things whilst it keeps me warm :)


Saturday, 1 January 2011

News Years Day

Hi all!
Did you all have a fabulous night? I did. In the end I never did get 'punch drunk' hehe! My hubby walked in at 9.30pm so we had a few drinks together but then got involved with Monopoly streets(we are a little addicted even though Santa brought it for the children!!!)


It is available for other consoles too and if like us you love board games then you should really consider this, it takes out all the arguing about banking and cashing up and houses and lets you get on with the game. A massive hit in our home it has been hehe!

We then ordered a chinese and brought in the new year pigging out :)
There were loads of chinese lanterns released at 12 here and I must say they looked really beautiful in the sky and we were thinking of getting some for next year and some fireworks for the boys(obviously Dad would be in charge).

Today we have had a looooong lie in and we loved it. Even little bug slept late allowing us to enjoy a rare day with absolutely nothing to do. Don't you just love those days? In a world of rushing and deadlines and pressure we treasure everyday of nothing. 
Mid afternoon we decided to take the dog for an extra long walk and play(forgetting how early it gets dark), and I must say it was really wonderful until on the way home my arthritis decides to play up...grrrr!!!




little bug enjoying the stroll in the deep, dark...field!





Really was one of those lovely days.

Now I am going to end an almost perfect day with some crocheting and pigging out(it is healthy) on my husbands lamb curry mmmmm.

Hugs Emma xxx