Friday, 29 April 2011

Happy Wedding Day!

I had a great day today sitting in front of the telly watching the Royal Wedding.

The dress was amazing. Catherine was gorgeous. William saying she was "beautiful" when she arrived by his side in the cathedral made me smile/sniffle. :o)

They're obviously a very happy couple. I hope they have a very long and happy life together.

If, like me, you didn't hive off to London for the day, take a look at The British Monarchy's photostream on Flickr. Some fabulous photos - and a few dodgy outfits and hats!!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

from the sewing room window - 26 April

A really sunny day today!

As you can see, Douglas and Rosie were out there when I took the photo. Rosie was watching a bumble bee so Douglas was watching her making sure she left it alone.

I called down to them from the window and Douglas looked up . . .

. . . but Rosie wasn't sure where my voice was coming from so she just put on a cute pose. :o)

You might wonder why Douglas is sitting out in the sun with a jersey on. Well, in Scotland, it's often the case that your front half will get a suntan whilst your back half is icy cold. Ahhh, the joys! :oD

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter!

Shamelessly reposting the same image as I posted last year because it just looks soooooooooooooo good. :o)

Saturday, 23 April 2011

St. Andrews

I'm a wee bit behind in blogging this week. (I wish my behind was a wee bit! LOL)

On Monday we took a wee trip to St. Andrews to visit the cathedral and the castle. We're members of Historic Scotland so we got in to both for free - yay!

Here are some photos of the cathedral:

Does anyone else see the face in this one?

And in this one the face has developed arms as well. The building - not Jo! LOL

We always seem to take photos of each other taking photos! Nutters! LOL

This is my favourite photo. Jo took it when her camera's batteries died. Nice one, Jo! :o)

And then we wandered along to the castle:

And this was my view as I sat and waited for Douglas and Jo to finish their explorations.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Auntie Win

I was honoured to be given these flowers which had been on the table of the church at Auntie Win's funeral yesterday.

This is a poem which Neil, one of her sons, read out as part of her eulogy. He told us Auntie Win always likened herself to the child in the poem, waiting for Leerie to nod to her. Neil said she was also like Leerie himself - bringing light to everyone.

We'll miss you, Auntie Win.

The Lamplighter

My tea is nearly ready and the sun has left the sky;
It's time to take the window to see Leerie going by;
For every night at teatime and before you take your seat,
With lantern and with ladder he comes posting up the street.

Now Tom would be a driver and Maria go to sea,
And my papa's a banker and as rich as he can be;
But I, when I am stronger and can choose what I'm to do,
O Leerie, I'll go round at night and light the lamps with you!

For we are very lucky, with a lamp before the door,
And Leerie stops to light it as he lights so many more;
And O! before you hurry by with ladder and with light,
O Leerie, see a little child and nod to him tonight!

Robert Louis Stevenson

from the sewing room window - 20 April

Thursday, 14 April 2011

finished - hexagon blankie

I finished the hexagon blankie today. I made the half hexagons from the pattern I worked out and they fitted beautifully. I then did a double row of double crochet around the outside in a pink with a bit of sparkle in it and I really like how it seems to have pulled it all together. It's a bit wavy at the edges but it's only a blankie so no blocking was done to flatten it out.

And, of course, Rosie had to check it out.

Joanna took it home with her this evening. I wonder what I'll do next? Probably something that doesn't need joined up. That gets old really quickly! :oD

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

google headers

I love the google headers. Sometimes I just have to take screenshots of them to remember them.

Yesterday's google header - first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.

And today's - Happy 240th Birthday, Richard Trevithick! :oD

And a couple I saved from earlier: 119th Anniversary of the First Documented Ice Cream Sundae

And another birthday boy - Robert Bunsen. Happy (belated) 200th birthday, Robert!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

a sunny weekend

We had a very sunny weekend so I spent a lot of my time outside. I wasn't gardening, I was sitting with my feet up crocheting!

I made time to play with one of the natives.

And I took a few photos of the garden. Things are definitely blooming now!

This isn't one of our tulips - it was a bunch I bought last week. Sometimes when tulips blow, they don't look too good but these ones looked fabulous.

from the sewing room window - 12 April

I managed to catch the train again! :o)

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

another coaster

I played around with some more scraps this afternoon and made another coaster.

And the back:

This one is 6" square for no other reason than, after sewing the strips together, I cut it that size! LOL

I tried to use the method Jenna showed in her blog post here for joining the binding at the end but didn't succeed. I need to practise some more on that - and I also need to be trying it earlier in the afternoon. I had only 10 minutes to try it before it was time to start making the tea so I didn't give it - or myself - a fair chance of succeeding.

I was also using a single binding and not a folded one like Jenna used but I'm not sure if that makes a difference. I don't think it does but that's just another reason I need to take longer than 10 minutes to try it.

Anyway, apart from that, I had fun making it and I do love the sunbursty pattern.

What do you mean "sunbursty" isn't a word? Of course it is! :oD

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

I worked it out!!

Way back in February, I showed off some hexagons which were the start of a blankie for Jo.

Well, I've been plodding on with the hexies and yesterday I counted them and had a pitiful grand total of 48 done.

I took the completed hexie blankie which I did last year off the couch to see how many hexies were in it. 81!

At the rate I was crocheting, it would take me a-g-e-s to get this one done. And, if I was getting a bit bored at 48 hexies, how bored would I be by the time I got to 81? Aaaaargh!!

Then I had a brainwave! Why not add just add these 48 to that blankie? It would make that blankie bigger. I wouldn't have to crochet 33 more. Jo would get her blankie sooner rather than later. And I'd be able to start something new much more quickly!

So, I worked out that, if I made another 6 hexies so that I had 54 new ones, I could add 6 more rows to the blankie - a decent size for a blankie. It could go over a couch or on the end of a bed or even be a picnic blankie if Jo felt the urge! Great idea!

Then I wondered if I'd be able to work out a pattern for half hexagons so I could fill in those gaps on the ends. I'm not bothered about the sides - they'll just stay as they are but half hexies for the ends? Surely I could manage to make those.

So I tried making one with 6 spokes instead of 12 but that just didn't work. I can't show a photo of it as I ripped it out before I thought of it!

Next, instead of trying it in practice, I decided to try it in theory first of all. I drew on a card, what I thought it should look like - starting from the outside "round" and working my way inwards.

Then I wrote out the bare basics of what the pattern would be:

Then I tried it in practice:

Not perfect but not far off.

So I added a few more detailed instructions on to my pattern:

And did a couple more to see if they worked better. Yep. The bottom two in this photo are a much better fit.

Now, I'm sure I could have searched online for a pattern for half hexies but I wanted it to be half of the hexie I was making - not some other hexie in a different pattern - so that's why I spent all that time and energy working it out for myself.

I only have 9 to make for this blankie - and a heckuva lot of ends to sew in on them - but I am so proud that I managed to work it out. Go me! :oD

Monday, 4 April 2011

from the sewing room window - 4 April

It looks like we had a bright sunny day today but it had been pouring rain about half an hour before I took this photo!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Happy Mothers' Day- in the UK

Joanna and I were discussing this morning where the apostrophe should be on  "Mothers" in Happy Mothers' Day. I thought it should be after the S as it's the day of Mothers. But then we only have one mother so if it's her day, maybe the apostrophe should be before the S?

We decided that on this rare occasion, it could be in either place. The most important thing is that there has to be an apostrophe! None of the "Happy Mothers Day" milarkey! :oP

Anyway, that was kind of an irrelevant tangent to the point of this post! Happy Mother's Day to all mums in the UK!

We had my mum along this afternoon for afternoon tea. As usual, we all ate too much but, oh it was good!

We had  gingerbread and Belgian loaf (plate at the back of the photo):

Tiffin and tablet on the plate at the back and Mars Bar nests on the front plate:

And scones which Jo made.

We ate them with strawberry jam - in the green dish in the mars bar nests photo and skooshy cream (not shown). Oh boy, they were gooooooood! Everything was! :oD

Friday, 1 April 2011

corned beef tin 1, Anne's finger 0

If you're squeamish, it might be best not to look at this post. Just come back next time and things will, hopefully, not be so ugly.

I had a bit of a tussle with a corned beef tin yesterday. The corned beef tin won.

I took this photo this morning - even I couldn't have looked at a photo of it yesterday!

It's not so bad now. Just a bit sore because I keep bashing it!