This and That!

Do you remember my last Wips post?  Well, after I wrote that, my body took fright and mounted a protest.  My neck made the most fuss and decided that it would force me into a crochet break!  Thankfully I had just finished the beret for Abi



and the first of the shawls on my Christmas makes list.   The shawl is the same colour as the one I made myself and I am still enjoying crocheting the same pattern which is surprising for me as I easily get bored of repeating the same thing over and over, I wonder if the enthusiasm will last to shawl number five?


The yarn is a delight to work even though it is lace weight, it is just so soft. (I’ts made from baby alpaca and mulberry silk.)

So, what did I do with myself? Well, the usual housework and mothering continued, all be it at a slower pace.

I gently wound some of the yarn for the other shawls despite a little neck protest,


I added a strip of scrap card to the ball band so that I could put it around the yarn cakes


I love the pattern the yarn winder makes!


I also made a few more balls of tarn


and as things improved I turned the heel on my second sock (Yay!!)


Don’t look too closely, I’m only learning!!  😉

Then there have been evening stories and cake outside by the fires Josh has made in an old barbeque.



Being a boy there is a lot of  poking about in the fire and lighting sticks.


This fire burnt so hot that some of the flames were green but I couldn’t catch it on the camera.


As the wood burned it looked fascinating, almost like a fiery landscape.


Josh has decided he would like a bonfire party for his birthday this year.

There has been lots of list making, trying to get my head around all that I need to do and buy to get all my gifts made.

The scrabble letters have been back out,


sorted and measured.


I am short of a letter H but when that is rectified I can get on with these presents.

I have signed up to Sheila’s Blog Secret Santa, which I am really looking forward to.

Oooh yes, also, before I had to stop the crochet, I made a quick scarf for a niece for her 11th birthday. In honour of the effort to be more creative I made up my own pattern.


I used some yarn that I found in a charity shop, it has short bobbly sections and longer fine sections in the yarn.


I was really pleased with it and will share the pattern with you sometime.


I left the tassles long so that she could choose to cut to her own length.


I have also embroidered the faces on my mice and rabbit pyjama cases.


Just a little more embellishing and they will be finished.

Oh yes, the ‘turbie’ towels are finished too.

So hopefully a few finished objects to show you soon.

I hope you all have a very happy weekend.

Happy Crafting

Sharon xx

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24 thoughts on “This and That!

    1. It’s really pretty, that is about the 4th beret I’ve made Abi. I think it’s based on a vintage doily pattern. The stories round the bonfire have been lovely, it’s nice to have some special time with Josh as he is off outside playing with his friends every daylight moment there is 🙂 Thanks, my neck is improving, I just need to get back into the crochet slowly! x

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      1. I started on the beret. its quick, fun and pretty. Your son sounds like he’s having a good, old fashioned and healthy childhood.. playing outside with his friends! Glad to hear you’re on the mend. Must be frustrating dealing with the neck pain and having to hold back on your crocheting.

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        1. That’s great Cynthia, it’s one of those patterns that I don’t mind making again and again 🙂 Yes, we don’t have a tv and computer time is limited so that makes a difference I think, plus he just loves being outside. It’s good to be doing a little crochet again, I’ve just got to make sure I don’t push it too far too soon 🙂 x

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  1. Wow! You are so productive, despite your neck’s protests. Is it temperamental due to autoimmune issues? I ask because I have trouble with my neck too – apparently there is damage and now arthritis in C2 – but a physiotherapist told me that problems with hips and shoulders and neck area are a typical pattern for people with MCTD. I wonder if this is the same for people with a straight ‘lupus’ diagnosis (although I don’t think there is a ‘straight’ version of it). I do hope your neck settles down and allows you to get on with more activity soon.

    The patterns in your berets and the shawl look so intricate. That silk/alpaca must be divine! I am so impressed that you are onto your second sock already! Well done! 🙂 Take care xx


    1. Yes, my neck does flare up from time to time. I’m not sure if it’s the Fibromyalgia or the Lupus (I have Systemic Lupus) or something else!! I have now been referred to a back specialist as I get a lot of dizziness with it. My doctor didn’t really know where to refer me, rheumatology, vascular, neuro or orthopedic but she settled with the back specialist and said he can always refer me somewhere else! I am mostly affected in knees, hips, shoulders and neck.
      The beret is really pretty, I love the pattern. Thanks, I am really enjoying the sock knitting. You take care too. xx


    1. Thanks, I was very pleased with my yarn find, it works up beautifully. Hopefully my neck will settle down soon, it did a improve a little but I have gone back again today, it’s something that happens from time to time 😦 There is something so special about sitting round a fire! x


  2. You are just so busy making so many beautiful things!!! I do understand needing a break – especially with the neck – I’ve had to take a break from hand embroidery. Feel better hon – love that bonfire, too!

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    1. Hi Allie. I was just trying to reply to your other comment and somehow made it disappear 😦 So in reply to both. Firstly thanks for your lovely comments on my award. You are so right, it is amazing to be part of the creative community and to connect with other creative people, I always find everyone so positive and kind. I love your blog, and so many blogs, there is so much inspiration and sharing out there.
      I have always loved making things and loved being busy so when I became less mobile I just started to keep busy creatively 🙂 I hope you are soon able to get back to the embroidery, take care Allie and have a great week. xx


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