GIVEAWAY!!! Double Whammy!

Just a quick reminder about there are two giveaways is running on my blog at the moment. Just go to this post here and scroll down past the bit about Portsmouth to see the goodies on offer!

A couple of points to clarify.  I am willing to post worldwide.  Also if you follow me you can have two entries.  Either both entries for one giveaway or one entry for both.  If you do this I will need you to think of two names.  I hope that clarifies things a bit.

Have a great day and Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

GIVEAWAY!!! Goodies from Portsmouth!

During Hubby’s time off we were able to unexpectedly get away for a couple of nights to Portsmouth.  For those of you who haven’t been there, there is the Harbour with a lot of sailing boats and also military boats

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and the Historic Dockyard with old boats such as the Mary Rose and Victory to view/tour,

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museums and boat tours.  We had a one year all inclusive ticket a couple of years ago and loved it there so much that we decided to return.

We didn’t do the Historic bit this time but instead we went up the Spinnaker Tower

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where we enjoyed the views,

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had coffee ad 105 metres,

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and walked, crawled, lay and jumped on the glass floor!!

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We also ate loads of lovely food, opting for a large late breakfast and missing lunch.

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A day trip to the Isle of Wight was also amazing, on arrival we alighted at the far end of this long pier

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we had fun on the beach

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and ate more food!!

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Another big attraction is the Gunwharf Quays Outlet shopping Mall.  This is a large outlet mall with lots of designer shops. I think Abi enjoys that bit the most and Josh the least and this is the one place where Hubby will actually shop! Anyway, there is a Cath Kidston shop there plus other great shops so I came back with some goodies, not just for myself but to share with you.

There are two giveaways.  One for the yarn lovers and the other for the sewers!

Firstly the yarny one. I bought myself this book

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and loved it so much that I went back the next day for one to give away.  There is also this Cath Kidston fabric ‘project basket’

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and two balls of Debbie Bliss yarn.

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For those of you who prefer sewing there is a half metre of this Cath Kidston fabric,

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this pack of five Kirsty Allsopp fat quarters

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and some pretty buttons.

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There will also be a little surprise in each one.

So many of you are cat lovers so I have decided that to win you need to think of a name for a cat, bearing in mind that Josh will choose his two favourites for the winners!  If you haven’t been with me for long then check out thisthis and this post to get an insight into Josh’s character.   Just leave a comment to say which giveaway you would like to enter and the cat name of your choice.  If you follow my blog (it doesn’t matter how recently) if you leave a second message I will enter you a second time or else enter you for both, whichever you prefer!

Have fun coming up with a name!! he Giveaway will run  from Saturday 22nd August until Tuesday 1st September.  🙂

Happy Crafting

Sharon xx

Wip’s and a Plea for Advice.

Firstly, thanks for all your kind wishes.  I am feeling a lot better now thanks, apart from it bringing on the brain fog associated with both the Lupus and Fibromyalgia!! So if this post is rather rambling and forgetful then please forgive me :-).

Well, back to business, after finishing several wips back in July, (see here and here) I was able to start some new projects and I just love starting new projects.

So, what do I have on the go now?  Firstly, some more knitting.

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Yes that’s right, more knitting!  Do you know what, this time I am really enjoying it and have done right from the start.  I am knitting the ‘So I Gather’ shawl.  I saw it on one of your blogs (I have forgotten who, if it was you, if you leave a comment I will put a link to your shawl here) and asked if it was fairly easy and after being assured that it is I decided to give it a go.. The pattern is easy, it has a 12 row repeat but with all the rows being mostly purl or knit with a couple of different stitches at the beginning and end of each row it doesn’t tax he brain too much :-).  It uses a lace weight yarn and what with this and my dottie shawl I have decided that lace weight has to be my favourite yarn to work with!  It feels so special and delicate, I love the feel of it in my hands, I just love working with it altogether.

I am halfway through Abi’s stocking pressie and have finished Josh’s so that will be something for the end of the month, which I am sure will be here in no time!..

I have started making my sewing book/case that I have been thinking over in my head for some time.  I am really loving making this.  I just need the time now to sit down quietly and do the next stage.

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I have been doing some stitching for my nieces 21st birthday, a tada post coming soon.

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You have probably noticed that I like trying out new things, well this time it is Tunisian crochet.  I got a hook and decided to just make a dishcloth to try it out.  It is different, crochet with a hint of knitting I suppose but to be honest I am not really enjoying it.

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It is harder on your hands and seems to take a lot longer as you work in one direction adding stitches to the needle and then in the other direction taking them all off again.  It is about like doing all double (single US) crochet but slower.  Having said that I do like the effect of it.  You get a much closer fabric.  I did most of this whilst stuck in traffic!

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I have started using my latest handspun yarn.

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I made a trial shrug with some yarn I had in stash first as I didn’t want to use my handspun straight away in case I didn’t like it but it turned out really well so I have now nearly finished using the yarn I spun for the second shrug.  I really love the way the colour changes are working out.

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I decided to get some more yarn on the go and have started spinning with these rather colourful wool tops!

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I wasn’t sure about it before I started but I am trying to take a couple of colours to spin together and it is coming out a really pretty colour.

There are a couple of other little bits I have made to show you soon and the mice are just waiting for faces!

Looking at that list I am really surprised as I have had very little crafting time since the hols began!

Now comes my plea for HELLLLP!!

Most of you will know by now that I am much more of a crochet person than a knitter.  I persisted with the budgies just because there was no crochet pattern I liked enough for budgies. I enjoyed knitting the slippers a bit more and I am now loving knitting the shawl.  The reason I am trying to get better at knitting is to achieve my unltimate goal…

To knit a pair of socks!  So many of you knit the most gorgeous socks and I would just love to have one pair of socks that I have knitted.  The idea was to gradually increase the difficulty until I felt ready to progress to socks but I have catapulted myself forward by one little comment on a blog post on DaniellaJoe’s Blog. She had knitted some gorgeous socks and I commented about wanting to knit a pair of socks but maybe I should crochet some and she replied she was the opposite way round and she would have to crochet some somewhen.  So I opened my big mouth (or tapped my keyboard) and said that if she was to try crocheting a pair of socks I would try to knit a pair.  And, yes, you guessed it, the challenge was taken up so here I am asking for tips.

I have a beginners book with a basic pattern but any tips would be amazing.  I mean, the book talks about different casting on methods that are good for socks and then needles!!  Do I use three, four, two circular, one circular?

So here I am, hopefully with your tips and a bit of cheering on I might end up with a wearable pair of socks.

Congratulations if you have made it this far in my ramblings!  Just to give a bit of notice, I have some goodies to giveaway and I hope to post about them on Saturday, so if you are interested just keep an eye out for it.  😉

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, the weather is gorgeous here, hopefully for you too.

Happy Crafting

Sharon xx

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Back to Normal???..

Well, Hubby is back at work and things are supposed to be back to ‘normal’ holiday mode here and instead I am in bed with a rotten cold and a high temperature!

Abi has been great, hanging washing out and generally helping while Josh has been in full creativity mode! I did venture downstairs earlier to make sure that Josh had a decent lunch and had to close my eyes to the mess!  Josh and Abi are both true creatives and work best in a mess, this time it just happens to be in the lounge, spilling into the kitchen and out to the garden :-). Still I mustn’t complain as he has been so good occupying himself today.

I have tried to catch up a bit with all the posts I missed while we had our holiday at home (oh, we did get a last minute three days to Portsmouth too where I got several goodies at Gunwharf Quays’ amazing outlet mall and I have some bits to share with a giveaway soon)!  Anyhow, I have been catching up but forgive me if any comments are a bit crazy as I am really not very with it right now.

Before I go, I promised to show a picture of Josh’s ‘big’ fish …

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he is fantastic at handling them, they are so calm with him.

If you are really pleased with your catch you can always hug it!!!

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Sometimes though I think you can get a bit too pleased!!

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Have a great week.  I have some new wips to share this week if I am well enough to get some photos and there is going to be a plea for help coming up soon too.  Until then, Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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Postcard from Sussex 3 – A Strange Day.

Well today has been a real mixture.  I know we live in England and the weather is renowned for being unsettled but today has just been extreme.  Last night and this morning it rained and rained really hard causing localised flooding. Halfway through the morning it became so dark that birds fell silent and the street lights even came on!  Storms have rolled around and a lightening strike caused a house fire nearby, the poor lady was due home from hospital today and her house is gutted!

As midday approached the  sky brightened a little, so after a quick lunch we hopefully packed a picnic and traveled to Eastbourne to meet my Sister and family at a park.

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There was a hazy sunny and it was really muggy. The children discovered that there is now a water park there and were soon soaked through and didn’t even feel cold!  We then had a walk around the lake and the children sailed my nephews remote controlled boat on the lake which had overflowed and was higher than I have ever seen it!

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I used to often come to this lake as a child and it still has lots of swans.  They used to have rowing and pedal boats for hire and was often a summer treat but they are no longer there and the lake is used as a training lake for windsurfing and sailing.

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We found ourselves on the beach for a picnic tea and the children had great fun in the water.

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The change from morning to afternoon was extreme even for an English summer!  We were so glad to be able to get out together after all!

I hope you are enjoying your summer.  The children are now halfway through the hols and it is going by way too quickly. Happy crafting if you have time to fit it in!!

Sharon xx

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Postcard from Sussex – Fishing

We had the most beautiful weather today after a rather damp day yesterday.  We went to this beautiful lake

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and I was sat under the shade of that old gnarled tree.

The lake was down a country track through fields of wheat,

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during the morning we could see the wheat being harvested and by the time we left the straw was being baled.

There was a kingfisher, buzzards overhead and lots of dragonflies,

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This is a 5lb carp that Josh caught

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he also set himself a new record with an 11 lb carp but I haven’t got that photo ready yet.

Josh also wanted me to show you these snails that were busy mating on our doorstep this morning!!!

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Abi had some good news today and has got a job in a demetia care home so we are really pleased for her 🙂

I hope that you have had a lovely day.  Off to the beach tomorrow all being well.

Happy Crafting, although there is not a lot being done here this week 🙂

Sharon xx

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Postcard from Sussex – Day 2

It’s been another windy day here in Sussex.  We went down to Hove seafront for a picnic lunch today.

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We sat for a while by this lake and watched the wakeboarders

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and then while the others went for a walk by the sea I had a nap in the car!!  This afternoon we went to a beauty spot called Firle Beacon.  It was a bit hazy so the view was not as good as usual but still lovely.

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We met my cousin, his wife and 7 children and we provided a picnic tea.  It was extremely windy up there so we sheltered behind the cars.

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They had fun with Josh’s remote controlled car (front of pic),

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the kite and playing cricket in the field.  I did some more crochet and started to teach my cousin’s wife crochet too :-).  We stayed until about 7pm when it was time to get the little ones home to bed!

Before I go just a quick pic of the rainbow yesterday evening.

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Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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