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The Ocean Hates Me

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I appear to have taken on way too much this year.  Turns out I haven’t read hardly any blogs since mid January (took me all day today to catch up on a months worth!) and, worst yet, I have only written 4 myself (and they were mostly in the same week). The next few will be catch-ups so I apologise in advance if I bore you.

January was the hottest it has ever been in little ole NZ.  We have spent a lot of time swimming in the ocean and outdoors.  Turns out the sea hates me and keeps throwing its creatures at me.

First proof: I had a 20 cm Kahawai swim past me in a wave.  I ~excuse my language~ shat and left the ocean.

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Second proof: Day after fishy surprise we are swimming away and a Shag popped up right beside me, looked at me, opened it’s mouth and went BEGARK very loudly. I shat and left the ocean.

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Third proof: Day after feathered surprise we are swimming away and my hand starts to sting.  Lift it out of the water and find Blue Bottle (Portuguese man o’ war) jellyfish tendrils attached.  Thank god it was missing the rest of the jellyfish.  I shat and left the ocean to go home and hop about in itchy screechy pain for several hours.  FYI if are ever in this position just go stand in a hot shower.  Its the only thing that helps.

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Fourth proof: Back in the water swimming away and nothing bad happens YAY then we get home to find I am COVERED in bites and have been attached by the Mount Mauler http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11776504 FYI: NOTHING helps for these.  You just scratch, put non working lotions and potions on hoping that layering may have an effect and await the end of the itch, approximately 3 days.  Doesn’t sound too bad does it, 3 days? I had over 50 of the bites and turns out sweat from incredibly humid nights does not diminish itch.  I was rather a Crabby Pattie by day 2.  You don’t want to know about day 3.

Fifth proof: Turns out Jellyfish stings are the gift that keeps on giving.  2 weeks after initial sting it flared up an itch lumpy weird mess.  Who knew that was a thing

When an itchy rash occurs several days to weeks after a sting, the rash may mean a delayed skin reaction has occurred. A delayed reaction can occur many times over the course of 1 to 2 months following a sting. You may have a fever, weakness, or joint stiffness or swelling. Medical treatment may ease the discomfort and prevent complications from a delayed reaction. https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/jellyfish-sting-home-treatment-topic-overview

Sixth proof: Swimming away and I look down into the beautiful clear water to see a large crab with his nippers raised staring back at me.

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I shat and left the ocean.

Ka Kete Ano xx

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Crafty Bitches January 2018

After a wee seasonal break we are back.  Unfortunately we live in a country that puts all of its public holidays together in one spot so only some of us have made it back thus far but we are working on this 😉 In attendance were Toni & Ralph, Melodie, Amy & Brett and their 6 month old snuggle butt Ben.

The food theme for the evening was Australia as my husband wanted to use the BBQ.  Great in theory but bloody hard to execute when they eat pretty much what we do.  We did our best however with fairly good results.

The tummies were full, the pav was divine and the host family ate leftovers for 3 days.

The highlight of the meeting was the cuddles from our wee Ben.  I’m pretty sure he’s the most popular member of our group.

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Mel kicked of the show and tell with her latest WIP.  She is crocheting a pashmina and has just started so not much to show but a good start has been made and we look forward to seeing it grow.

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Annnnnnddddd that’s where show and tell stopped.  Toni got sidetracked playing with the baby and Amy left hers at home so the following photo’s have been taken from the general updates on our page.

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Doctor Who scarf complete with reluctant male model.  Tiki which was a gift for a friend.

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Toy for Ben

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There was also supposed to be an update on the cross stitch but as it was left at home we will await its return in February.

Updates via the FB page are as follows:

Mel:

Lynda:

And that rounds up our month 🙂

Ka Kete Ano xx

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Our house changed colour!

Our house was dark beige when we bought it and has remained that way for the past 7 years of our ownership.

Anyone that has met us knows that we are the complete opposite of beige people but as it was fairly recently painted there was no reason to change it.

Until now that is 🙂 I’ve gone for something a little dramatic but not over the top 🙂 Tell me what you think 🙂

This is the befores

And here we have the afters 😀

Not only that but my darling husband finally finished the fence he started November 2016 🙂

Now I get to do the gardens 😀

Ka Kete Ano xx

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Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge – Post 1

I’m off to a good start 🙂 I only got one book for Christmas this year so I saved it till January 1 and read it that morning 😉

Eat

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36349240-eat

Since reading this I have made several of the recipes and its a winner 🙂 Definitely recommend the purchase 🙂

Also started on the 1st was this little beauty 🙂

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2429135.The_Girl_with_the_Dragon_Tattoo

COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! I actually finished this on the 7th and have begged the rest of the series off my neighbour.
As my neighbour was on holiday I had to wait till he got back before getting the continuation of the series so I read this one in the interim.

The Uncommon Reader

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7278024-the-uncommon-reader

Its a short story which was good as I found it rather difficult to find believable.  To believe that the Queen has never really read a book or understood what a library was for is asinine. To believe that she would put aside her duties and public for the sake of a book is even stupider let alone that the writer wanted you to believe that the royal staff would get away with hiding books to make her deal with her public and duties. Mind you, it didn’t help that Norman picked obscure books that you would not hand to a novice reader.

Once you got past that it wasn’t a bad read but it will not be appearing on the highlights list at the end of the year.

There have been a couple of edits to the expected read list and a few more possibly pending as I get excited about different books 🙂 I will do a comparison list at the end of the year to see how much changed 🙂

All in all I think that is a pretty good start to year for this challenge.  I’m still not 100% confident that we will get through the whole thing but am going to give it a good try 🙂

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen The Woman in Black
2. True Crime Dirty Work
3. The next book in a series you started The Girl Who Played with Fire
4. A book involving a heist The Hot Rock
5. Nordic noir The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Completed 7 Jan 2018
6. A novel based on a real person Florence Foster Jenkins
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you River God
8. A book with a time of day in the title I Shall Wear Midnight
9. A book about a villain or antihero A Clockwork Orange
10. A book about death or grief The Fault in Our Stars
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym The Cuckoo’s Calling
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist This is How It Always Is
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
15. A book about feminism Jane Eyre
16. A book about mental health Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift Eat Completed 1 Jan 2018
18. A book by two authors Sleeping Beauties
19. A book about or involving a sport Riders
20. A book by a local author The Halfmen of O
21. A book with your favorite color in the title Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
22. A book with alliteration in the title Déjà Dead
23. A book about time travel The Time Traveler’s Wife
24. A book with a weather element in the title Night of the Twisters
25. A book set at sea And the Band Played On: The Titanic Violinist & the Glovemaker: A True Story of Love, Loss & Betrayal
26. A book with an animal in the title Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat: 101 Stories about Life, Love, and Lessons
27. A book set on a different planet The Gunslinger
28. A book with song lyrics in the titleYou Belong To Me
29. A book about or set on Halloween Dark Harvest
30. A book with characters who are twins The Thirteenth Tale
31. A book mentioned in another book I will pick the first book that is mentioned in any of my books 🙂
32. A book from a celebrity book club The Rules of Magic
33. A childhood classic you’ve never read Charlotte’s Web
34. A book that’s published in 2018 Anne Bishop
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner Gone Girl
36. A book set in the decade you were born Go Ask Alice
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to Bridget Jones’s Diary
38. A book with an ugly cover Need to look at some covers
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library The Uncommon Reader Completed 12 Jan 2018
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges 2015-A book that has become a movie The Princess Bride
2018 Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge
1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school The Silence of the Lambs
2. A cyberpunk book Cinder
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place Need to see someone reading 🙂
4. A book tied to your ancestry The Irish Princess
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
6. An allegory Jonathan Livingston Seagull
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you Beloved
8. A microhistory Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
9. A book about a problem facing society today The Hate U Give
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Water for Elephants
Ka Kete Ano
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Christmas

My writing in the later part of last year pretty much went to hell.  I had so much going on.  I barely made it to the gym even which is weird for me. This was me and my friend Robert leaving work on Christmas Eve as I went on well needed leave until January 8.

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Randomly the only thing I was on top of was Christmas.  I eased into the season this year with a relaxed mind and a happy heart.  I can’t remember the last time that happened.

Christmas Eve looked like this in our house.

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Under that tree is, of course, the handmade gifts are under there also.  I was pretty proud of them this year 🙂

Oldest daughter is going through her hippy phase and wanted something pretty, feminine and also maybe something to do with nature.  I found the bit of drift wood when out walking along the beach way back in July or August and had it tucked away.

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She was super excited when she opened it and we had to hang it that day 🙂

Our youngest daughter is extremely into 21 Pilots so I made her this:

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Middle daughter is going through a painful stage and I have absolutely no idea what to make for her this year so she got this:

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Boys are always hard to make stuff for so after and entire year of having no idea what to do this time our son got these to go with his new home.

Then there was my lovely daughter in law and awesome trainer.

I made them fairy jars only they went COMPLETELY wrong and you couldn’t see through them in the slightest.  I was so disappointed! Rather than sit down and cry I added some pretties to them, stuck a couple of candles in them an voila, we have hanging candle lanterns.

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I will be trying that fairy lantern idea again at some stage in 2018.

So that is my crafting round-up for Christmas.  Hope everyone had a fantastic break.

Ka Kete Ano xxx

 

 

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20 Things That Ain’t None of Your Business

I found this today

http://favoritethings.danoah.com/20-things-that-aint-none-of-your-business/

Then passed it on to my girl pack

I LOVE THIS and totally agree with the guy who wrote it.  The amount of damage that I have seen idle chatter and small minded interferrance do over the years breaks my heart.

I have a fairly common conversations with people in my world (not the girl pack).  They get angry with me all the time because I don’t pry into other people’s worlds.  Things they have gotten angry about very recently because I won’t ask:

  • The last name of someone I have met – They didn’t volunteer it so I’m not going to ask.  We had a conversation not a relationship.
  • How much an aquantance gets paid – Seriously not mine nor your business.
  • What happened to end someones relationship – Even if I do know I’m not telling you.
  • The possibility that someone I know has a secret half-brother that another man is calling son – Why would I even consider asking that one?

I’m not naturally nosey.

On the odd occation I become overly curious I will tell someone that my question is very nosey and to tell me to bugger off if they don’t wish to answer it and I won’t be offended.

An example of this nosiness was very recent and still unsatisfied: Recently a house in my wee town was rammed by a car.  It reversed at speed into the lounge, drove out and then reversed back in again, 3 TIMES! IN BROAD DAYLIGHT! I have a sneaking suspision that this was not an accident. Now something has obviously gone really wrong here and I am dying to find out what but not for the reasons the rest of the town wants to know.  I’m seriously curious to find out what would cause someones brain to skip a beat and think this would be a good idea, great revenge or that they won’t find themselves in a powerful amount of trouble with the boys in blue and owing a ton of money in court fees and insurance claims.  Honestly I really am curious about that.  I would class this type of curriosity as educational.  It would help with future endeavours to know where a tipping point might be so that you could pop yourself into a time out before undertaking a mamothly stupid endeavour that could result in the long term wearing of stripey pyjamas.

I point this out as I am not perfect, nor do I try to portray myself to be.  I am, in fact, the complete opposite being as I am clumsy and suffer from ADHD so I have the attention span of a flea hoped up on cat juice and thats before you get to my abilty to swear like a streetfighter and drink like I’m the only person supporting the industry.   Not asking rude or prying questions is not a sign of disintrest or a lack of empathy on my part.  Its a sign of respect. I don’t ask questions because its just not my business and I respect your privacy.

That doesn’t mean that I’m not interested. My door is always open and there is always coffee or wine if needed to go along with the shoulder and the tissues.  Those that know me know that they can trust me becuase I ain’t telling anyone squat about other peoples business.  I sometimes even forget to tell my husband the bits that do concern him like that time I forgot to mention that the police were looking for our son. It was just as a witness after a fight at a party but it gave my husband a wee scare answering the door after loud arguements with then teenage daughter.

So some rules we could all live by

  1. If you have to start a sentence with ‘I don’t mean to be rude but . . .’ then stop talking.  You are about to be deliberately rude and that’s not ok. EVER
  2. It’s their journey you will have to ask them.  I’m not going to tell you anything about anybody elses issues, mis-adventures or challenges past, present or future.  If you want to know you can ask them yourself and they can tell you.
  3. Don’t be judgey. There are way to many people in this world that think they have the right to an opinion on what others do.  Unless they are directly impacting on you by getting stoned and playing death metal at 3.30 every Wednesday morning then you have no judgey rights.
  4. Share only the positives. Praising someones achievements and spreading the gossip of the good deeds is always ok. Where would the world be if we didn’t get holiday evny from someone elses cool adventures 🙂 my bucket list grows every time someone goes away.

What do you all think?  Do you have any rules that I should add?

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Minimal Crafty Update

I have been so slack!

For the first time in many many years I’m not crafting much. Randomly I am beginning to feel very guilty about this. I don’t think this is normal.  Hobbies should not inspire guilt if you aren’t doing them.

I have made exactly 1 knitted square for my patchwork blankie.

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The Stripey Rib Square

I have started the Dr Who scarf for my husband for Christmas.

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He has been practising his surprised face for Christmas as I have been knitting it while sitting beside him watching TV.

Finally I have started my Christmas makes.  These are some butterfly jars that I have made for my housekeepers and one of my daughters.

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I actually love these and feel the need to make more.

I have started the fairy jars for my trainer and my daughter in law and have bought everything for dream catchers and mini cross stitches.  I’ve also pickled onions for some cheese and cracker baskets I intend to do up so I am actually on track but its weird not having enough done to write about regularly.

On the other hand I am spending a lot of time outside.  I’m taking my book over to the beach and reading in the afternoons before its time to cook dinner.  I’ve completed a 5, 6 & 11km race.  Not well.  I wasn’t last but I certainly have room for improvement.  I’m catching up with friends that I haven’t seen enough of in the past couple of years.  This weekend I am having a flying lesson in an actual plane.  I’m getting out and I’m doing things! And I’m not sitting on my butt watching TV all the time.  None of this could be bad right? 😉

Till next time

Ka Kete Ano xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Popsugar Reading Challenge 2018

Things have been odd in my house lately.  I’m not really crafting, not really stitching, not really knitting.  I’ve watched a grand total of 3 hours TV in the past 2 weeks.

What am I doing?  I’m reading. A lot. And by a lot I mean A LOT.

I have finished 6 books in the past 2 week.

A Handmaids Tale (Margaret Atwood) Wow

The Lottery (Shirley Jackson) Wow. Short story. Wow

Written in Red (Anne Bishop) Favourite author so yay 🙂

Asylum (Amy Cross) No.  It was terrible

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (Max Brooks) Undecided whether I liked it or not. Very different

Murder of Crows (Anne Bishop) Continuing story of the Others so yay 🙂

I’ve joined Goodreads and update my status every day.

I am constantly wondering what I am going to read next.

In short I am adicted to reading and I am loving it.

Its not the first time I have had this affliction or more of a relapse really.

I have noticed that I am a little stuck in my reading genre’s so I did a little search and found a wee reading challenge for next year from Popsugar 🙂 Now I’m reasearching and compliling my reading list for next year.  I’m going to try to mostly use books that are already in my home which is quite a few but I know that I will need to outsource some 🙂

If you have any suggestions or recommendations please let me know 🙂  All selected books are subject to mood swings so nothing is set in concret 😀

Oh happy sunfilled relaxing summer days 😀

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen The Woman in Black
2. True Crime Dirty Work
3. The next book in a series you started Some on here are series so I will see what grips me 🙂
4. A book involving a heist The Hot Rock
5. Nordic noir The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
6. A novel based on a real person Florence Foster Jenkins
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you River God
8. A book with a time of day in the title I Shall Wear Midnight
9. A book about a villain or antihero A Clockwork Orange
10. A book about death or grief The Fault in Our Stars
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym The Cuckoo’s Calling
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist This is How It Always Is
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
15. A book about feminism Jane Eyre
16. A book about mental health Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift May end up borrowing one from the library.  My friends and family don’t really read or give books
18. A book by two authors Sleeping Beauties
19. A book about or involving a sport Riders
20. A book by a local author The Halfmen of O
21. A book with your favorite color in the title Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
22. A book with alliteration in the title Déjà Dead
23. A book about time travel The Time Traveler’s Wife
24. A book with a weather element in the title Night of the Twisters
25. A book set at sea And the Band Played On: The Titanic Violinist & the Glovemaker: A True Story of Love, Loss & Betrayal
26. A book with an animal in the title Matthew Flinders’ Cat
27. A book set on a different planet The Gunslinger
28. A book with song lyrics in the titleYou Belong To Me
29. A book about or set on Halloween Dark Harvest
30. A book with characters who are twins The Thirteenth Tale
31. A book mentioned in another book I will pick the first book that is mentioned in any of my books 🙂
32. A book from a celebrity book club The Rules of Magic
33. A childhood classic you’ve never read Charlotte’s Web
34. A book that’s published in 2018 Anne Bishop
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner Gone Girl
36. A book set in the decade you were born Go Ask Alice
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to Bridget Jones’s Diary
38. A book with an ugly cover Need to look at some covers
39. A book that involves a bookstore or library Camino Island
40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges 2015-A book that has become a movie The Princess Bride2018 Popsugar Advanced Reading Challenge

1. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school The Silence of the Lambs
2. A cyberpunk book Cinder
3. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place Need to see someone reading 🙂
4. A book tied to your ancestry The Irish Princess
5. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
6. An allegory Jonathan Livingston Seagull
7. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you Beloved
8. A microhistory Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
9. A book about a problem facing society today The Hate U Give
10. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Water for Elephants

Ka Kete Ano

 

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Adventures In Knitting

Gosh we are busy in my house over the past few weeks.  We are constantly on the go with loads of visitors when home.  Working 12 hour days and all the rest.  Why this weekend coming we are in Rotorua friday night, I have a run Saturday morning, my handsome boy and his beautiful partner are home for lunch Saturday lunch time and then we have Canadian Thanksgiving at a friends Saturday night.  Sunday will be made for sleeping I feel.

In the past month I have been knitting A LOT.

My next door neighbour was very pregnant and I still hadn’t decided on what to get her when I stopped at Spotlight on the way home from work.  They were having a wool clearance and I found some lovely soft baby chenille with a blanket pattern attached to the wrapper.  All three balls required normally $20 each but I got the lot for $15 so we had a winner 🙂

The race was then on as to who was going to be done first, me or the baby.  The baby won by a week hahaha And an extremely beautiful baby girl she is.

I discovered a few very important things while making the blanket.

  1. Chenille is bloody awful to knit with.  Learner knitters drop stitches and you can not for the love all things wooly find the dam stitches again
  2. Don’t knit chenille while sitting up on your bed watching telly while darling husband is watching sports at night with only bedside lamp on.  You will drop even more stitches.
  3. Wine makes it harder to find dropped chenille stitches. Also possibly attributes to number of dropped ones
  4. You can darn holes made by dropped chenille stitches very successfully and no one will ever know 😉 except when you tend to tell everyone
  5. Dropped chenille stitches can cause fewer numbers of actual stitches on the needle making one end of a blanket wider than another. This can not be fixed when you are finished and the baby beat you by a week and you just have to roll with it.
  6. Blankets need long needles for knitting. All those weird little bruises at the top of my right thigh are from bracing the needle to push the wool down every minute or so.  It literally took me 2 weeks to figure out what the heck was causing them hahahaha

After 3 weeks of frantic knitting we had a completed blanket that the neighbours tell me they love, flaws and all 🙂 Of course because I was tremendously nervous about the gift as not everyone appreciates home-made I had to tell them the entire tale of its birth and they laughed till they cried but they assure me they are not lying and do love it.

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In the end I was actually very happy with it considering.  There is enough wool left to make another one so I may do that next year at a more sedate pace and see if I can make a nice one 🙂

After frantic knittings of the previous 3 weeks I am, surprisingly, totally in zone and picked up my knitted squares again.  This is a weekends worth of them.

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Diagonal Striped Square

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Mock Rib with Garter Stitch Stripes Square

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Big Checkerboard Square

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Little Ladders Stitch Square

I think I am getting better at this knitting stuff.  There was hardly any back-knitting and only a couple of minor re-starts.  Might be getting ready for some real stuff 😀

Oh, and in a final word.  It was my birthday very recently and my step mother made me the most beautiful quilt.  Check it out! It’s currently residing on the back of my couch but I am going to get it dowled and hang it in the second lounge 🙂

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Ka Kete Ano xx

 

 

 

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A month without a post

Goodness! A whole month has passed since my last personal crafty post.  Have I been sitting on my laurels? Pretty much lol 😉 Yea I have not been tremendiously productive but I have done a ton of knitting.

I have nearly made my second bunny.  Just need to get my act together and sew and stuff 🙂

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I finally started my first ever jersey.  I have only had the wool about 18 months.  I have finished the back 🙂

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I picked up the stripey strip for my knitted blanket.  Its probably been a year since the last time I picked this one up BUT I have been putting some serious time into it and have knitted probably 11 stripes in the past week.

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AND I got out my diamond painting again 🙂 Not a huge amount done, but a little 🙂

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And I got a row done on my cross stitch

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Not an epic month for crafty stuff but at least we are still moving forward.

Oh dear, Christmas is coming.  I’m gunna need to get me shit together and start the presents if I don’t want to end in mad panic.

Ka Kete Ano xx