Saturday, 31 July 2010

This will get me some Great Aunty Points...

In order to establish my 'Favourite Aunty who lives near the Beach' role, i have tried my hand at making my two nephews handmade creations, so far i have made a knitted 'SuperTed' bear, Geofrey the fleece Giraffe, a duvet cover, a multi-coloured Granny square blanket and little knitted monsters. I may have mentioned before that two of my sisters are due their second babies in December...

...Well... i think i have risen to the challenge and produced toys for the new babies that will give me massive 'Favourite Aunty' points!!!

They were a labour of love, beleive me, lots of single crochet which does my head in! But i think it is worth it in the end, they look fantastic! They have been sat together next to my TV for a few days now and each time they catch my eye they make me giggle. I adapted a basic teddy pattern to make them, which in itself i was quite proud of! If you dont realise who they are, then ask someone with young children!!!

If the shoe fits...

I have been enjoying the 2ND week of our summer holiday off work, getting lots of hooking done and preparing for our holiday to Egypt! Today i picked out all the clothes i wanted to take (2 whole weeks so this took some time!), organised washing to be done etc. The other half has also been busy trying to fit a bespoke loft hatch in the spare room (don't talk to him about it... he doesn't like it and he's not happy with it.) We've also got a few special occasions coming up in August, firstly, 2 days before we fly out to Egypt we are going to Torquay with the in-laws to watch a Motown show at the theatre. Then while we are away it is my brothers anniversary and one of my sisters too.

While i was searching through crochet patterns on the Internet i decided i would make a pair of little Mary Jane style slippers to wear around the house. It took three different pattern attempts until i found the right one, but eventually with the help of Linda i got there!

The first pair i completed for myself in purple, were such a success i decided they might be a nice gift for the ladies in my family!

They look really cute when they're on, and you can jazz them up as much as you want really! I've tried to use different bright colours that i know the girls will like and they are easily adaptable for different sizes! Well i hope you like them! These have kept me busy over the past week! BEWARE - They can be very slippery on wooden floors like mine! Linda found a product called 'Sock Stop' which is a liquid that can be applied to socks etc to make them non-slip. I might order some of this at some point and try it out, oh dear, that would mean having to make myself another pair...what a shame... ;)

Monday, 26 July 2010

Walking, Crochet & Bread Making!!

Well the time has finally come!! We have broken up for summer holidays!!! I'm sure some of you parents out there may not be so pleased but if you worked in a secondary school you would be! Its actually been quite a busy first week off for us. My in laws, Andy and Linda, came down Friday to spend a few days with us.

The old myth about not getting on with your in laws.... not true for me at all! Linda (Chalky's World) and i have quite a lot in common, crafty tendencies, the inability to sit still and do nothing (except for when I'm sleeping - i have been nicknamed 'the cat'). Thanks to Linda's patience and Passion for crochet/knitting, i am now a fully fledged crocheter! As you can see by my previous posts, i am currently on random squares for blankets, using Jan Eatons 200 crochet blocks book. Its great for me as i get bored of doing big, samey projects so different little squares is great. Anyway, I've got a new crochet project to show you but first I'll tell you about our weekend.

We live in North Devon, sometimes a really boring place to be, but when the weather is nice its great. On Saturday we went for a walk along the famous 'Tarka Trail', 6 miles we walked all together. It was a bit grey but perfect walking weather!

There is loads of wildlife along the Tarka trail, these two caught our eye.... No idea what they are, some sort of moth Linda thinks, but they were pretty cool.

Sunday we spent the afternoon at the beach. My sister in law, her boyfriend and their Springer Spaniel Buster came down to go surfing, while Linda the hubby and i went for a walk on the beach. It was quite busy and reasonably warm actually, a nice change from the horrible rainy weather we've been having lately! I would put some pictures up but i left my camera in the van!

So on to today.. the last day of Andy and Linda's stay and we're just chilling out. I did have itchy fingers this morning and fancied having a go at making some bread! Check me out attempting to be domesticated! I found a recipe on the Internet for 'Red Onion & Rosemary Focaccia'. However i don't have any red onions, so i substituted them for garlic instead. Nice basic recipe to which you could add any ingredients you like really.

I used dough hooks for the first time in my fancy mixer (wedding present) and they worked really well! 3-4 minutes in the mixer instead of 10 minutes doing it by hand! Brilliant!

Linda helped by doing all the chopping! Well it is her garlic from their house in Spain!

So this is how it turned out...

It went down extremely well with the boys and we will definitely be making this again! Tasted yummy! Especially when you get a little chunk of garlic. We had it with some cheese and ham which was lovely for lunch, but may have the rest of it with some tomato pasta for dinner tonight!
Well that's it for our escapades at the moment, next post will hopefully be about a new crochet pattern i found that Linda and i have been experimenting with!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Into the Blue...

Its been a while since my last post, I'm a bit rubbish at doing this regular blogging thing! We have been quite busy lately, we had my brother and his wife stay with us for a weekend which was nice, did lots of relaxing in the sun, had a BBQ at my parents house. My sister who is currently living in Germany (her husband has been posted there) is over visiting with her little boy. We went down to Newton Abbot to visit the in laws last weekend, had a BBQ for birthday boy Chris (my sister in laws boyfriend). Lots of food consumed by all, those of you who follow my mother in laws blog will have seen the mammoth cheesecake Briony made for the occasion! Absolutely gorgeous!!

Work has been manic too. The school we work at is getting knocked down as we have had a brand spanking new building built, £56 million worth! We are currently packing up in preparation for the big move over the summer, so September will be a fresh start in the new building for us. Exciting, but such a lot of work!

We have had a pretty chilled out weekend so far, bit of shopping, watching the Grand Prix and listening to our neighbour argue!! Bless her, our 70 year old neighbour lives on her own, and is very sweet. Her daughter comes over to see her quite often and it just ends up with them having blazing rows!! I have no idea what they are rowing about but i feel quite sorry for her!

Well, down to business... after the successful outcome of my last blanket (check out my last post), i have moved on to a blue version. All the squares are taken from the Jan Eaton book and i am working my way through the rest of the ones i haven't tried yet. I think i want this blanket to be even bigger though as i really like the colours and the green one was quite small. I'm not sure what colour i will go round each one in yet, any suggestions welcome. I thought i would show you what i have done so far, just so you know I'm not slacking!!

Linda has now got the same book so keep an eye out on her blog for similar squares. My other half thinks its hilarious that she has bought herself a copy of the book now... 'the student has become the teacher' and all that. I just think its nice that i have so much in common with my mother in law!

Oh and i have something really exciting to show you all!! But sadly, i cant until the end of December. I have made something really cool for one of my nephew/nieces due in December and obviously don't want to show it until they arrive. But do remind me if i forget cos i love it!

Well back to my hook and wool now, hope you like my new squares!