‘Crochet a long’ so far

When I first started reading blogs there were a few crafty terms that I just didn’t understand. What was a WIP? What Is a CAL?

Well, a CAL is a ‘crochet-a-long’. You buy a kit and then the pattern is released a week at a time and you all work on it together. At least that’s the theory. If you get behind it’s not the end of the world. A WIP is a ‘work in progress’. It took me ages to figure that out!

I am really enjoying doing the Scheepjes CAL called Hugge designed by Kirsten Ballering. It’s been great to have a timetable to stick to and I’ve learnt how to do bobble stitches and surface crochet. img_0821

This is the tension square that you start with to work out your hook size – and the following pictures are the CAL so far. Unbelievably, I am up to date. I’m loving doing cross stitch onto crochet.

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CAL

I am so looking forward to taking part in a crochet-a-long. I’ve never done one before and when I saw the Scheepjes Hygge Cal I couldn’t resist. It brings together two of my favourite things – crochet and embroidery. I wouldn’t even think of having a go if it wasn’t for the online tutorials that will be provided. I read all about the info on a lovely blog It’s all in a nutshell.

Here’s a photo of the lovely kit – it’s the jewel colourway.They are the most gorgeous colours! It’s been designed by Kirsten Ballering

I’ve also joined Slimming world – but that’s a whole other story!

catching up

There is a problem here – the last post was all about getting fit and healthy and this post will feature home baked goodies! So last week started well but ended with a day spent in the kitchen – which is actually one of my favourite things to do.

I also made a cake but there isn’t a photo! At least I have a teenage son who is always hungry.

We had a very insignificant amount of snow on Friday so no trip to the allotment. For once I was glad to have an excuse to stay at home. Life seems to have been very busy with lots of coming and going and some exam stress too. The latter in particular can be exhausting. I’d rather be getting ready for GCSE’s myself than having a teenage daughter who is worried about them.

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On Fridays we have been watching a film together as a family while tucking in to something easy to put together or a take away. I have loved being together. It makes a great start to the weekend.

morning walk

new year – lots and lots of chocolates and biscuits (christmas gifts) have been eaten (mainly just to get them out of the house!!). So walking has begun. I used to walk somewhere everyday but when you work from home it’s easy to spend a day not moving from your house. So I have found a new local park where you can do laps. People walk round and round, some run. It suits me fine.

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flowers

The garden has a few flowers during winter which is very welcome. The clematis is ‘Freckles’ (at least I’m pretty sure it is – it was here when we bought the house ). The yellow flower is winter jasmine.

So far 2017 has been all about toothache – Paracetamol is my best friend till the dentist opens tomorrow. The good thing is, I can’t indulge in all the chocolates.

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goodbye 2016 -why did you fly by?

This year has just gone by so fast! My son did his GCSE’s and we all survived. Decorating was done. The allotment weeds were almost vanquished. Our family holiday was one of the best ever. But a lot was left undone and the year just sped by. I am thinking that the years when your children are at school go by more quickly than any other part of your life.  Blogging wise I uprooted myself from my old ‘could do worse’ blog and after a few failed attempts plonked myself here.

The photos are snapshots of my year – the featured image is cows crossing the motorway. I just love it when we time it just right so that we see them. Happy 2017!