Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Hello Ladies,

I hope you all had a good a lovely Christmas.
Ours was full of family get togethers, food and drink.
I ate too much and drank FAR to much, but it's only once a year
that we indulge as such and now I'm all Christmased out. So
I'll be back to my Fat Club come the 6th Jan.

I started crocheting again roughly about February/ March 2013
time. The reason being was my son and his wife were going to
have their first baby, our first Grandchild and I wanted to make a
blanket for him. It was a very exciting time.
The last time I had bought any yarn was when my 3 kids were babies
and now I was going to be making something for my sons baby and that was
a good 20+ years ago.I remember going to pick the yarn and just standing
there looking at it all on display in there little cubby holes.
Trying to take in all the different colours.
Some were plain, some were
multi coloured. There was Acrylic, there was cotton, there was
pure wool, a linen blend and then there was all the different textures.
It was like walking into a sweet shop.
Have you ever been somewhere or seen something that so
overwhelms you, that you can't take it all in? That was what I was
like. The lady in the shop must of been used to having people like me,
cooing and aahing over the different yarns. In actual fact I think she
made me worse, by pointing out more lovely yarn that I'd missed.
I remember finally choosing some yarn and getting it home and
wondering if I'd remember HOW to crochet.
Well that was the start of what I now call my hooking addiction.

I've looked back over the last 10 months of crocheting and I'm really
surprised at the amount I have done.
I didn't start blogging till I'd finished my second piece, which was about
June time and I made a Wrap for a friend of mine, so please excuse
the first few pictures.
One thing blogging has taught me, is that I need to try and take a
good photo and take my camera everywhere as you never know
what may catch your eye.
There are 3 baby cardigans in my photos that I knitted as well
and I've included them as feel they were part of my yarn journey
of 2013.
I am really looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings.
I have so many projects wizzing around in my head and see so many
ideas out there in magazines and blogland. I think I've also
learnt loads this year, all the different patterns and motifs
that can be put together to make something special.
Crochet has come such a long way. 20+ years ago.
It was mainly Doileys and Granny Squares and although I love
both, especially the Granny Square I'm enjoying trying different and new
things with my hooks.
Thank you to all of you that sent me get well wishes, I was truly overwhelmed
by your thoughtful comments and they certainly made me feel better.
Take care

Monday, 23 December 2013

Nearly Ready.....

Hello Ladies,

We're nearly ready but not quite.
I haven't posted for over a week and I even missed my CAL with Chrissie,
Marianne and all you other lovelies who are in Bloomin CAL.
But I have been poorly. It was a stuck in bed, don't want to see,
do or talk to anyone. Then when I had the energy to move from my bed,
It was just to the sofa.
I did try a couple of times to write my blog, but my head didn't want to
behave and concentrate.
My poor crocheting, I look at it, pick it up then after about 5 or 10 mins
I have to put it down. I really miss not doing any. It always gives me a
feeling of peace and relaxation. Maybe I should just try some in the morning
and some later in the evening.

Sorry if I haven't replied to your comments, but I will try and do a catch up
sometime over Christmas and Thank you for leaving one if you have.

So with Christmas looming, I did begin to worry, would I be fit enough for everyone
to be here Christmas day. The thought of a full house (12), with all the prep and
cooking was quite daunting. But Helpful Hubby decided to take on the chief
Christmas Elf role and with chit chats and lists he decided Christmas would
continue as planned :)
Together, we prepared and made the 3 Christmas cakes that I'd started
( 1 for us, 2 as gifts). I was supervisor, he was gofer.
He measured, mixed and baked. When it came to the marzipan, he
rolled, cut and covered the cakes.
Normally I would make my own icing for the cakes, but this year
we bought ready rolled icing (which actually doesn't taste to bad),
and Helpful Hubby iced our cakes. I was over the moon, I thought
they were never going to be finished. I was able to do a simple decoration
on them, so with Helpful Hubby's help, we had 3 wonderful finished
Christmas cakes.
We shopped together online and got the last of the presents
And now all we have to do is wrap them and get the last of the food
shopping. I now know that we will all muddle through and Christmas will
be perfect :)

I want to take this time to say a big Thank you to all of you who read
my blog and take the time to leave their lovely comments.
I started my Blog in June this year and I have met such a
wonderful group of people, that are willing to help and advise when you are
stuck or unsure about a project, cheer you up on your down or difficult days
and even share personnel tips or tricks that help life or crafting easier.
I have enjoyed sharing my projects and some of my family
joys or sagas with you all, especially the birth of our first Granchild Flynn.
I have learnt tons of new stuff to do with crocheting (and other things
to), that had I not got into the blogging circle would never had
known about. It has given me confidence in my projects and confidence
in mixing with other bloggers.
I wish all you lovely people a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year and look forward to sharing 2014 with you.

Take care
Sally xxx

Friday, 13 December 2013

Bloomin CAL

Hello Ladies,
I went away on Holiday with projects to hand and in mind.
I'd finished my Mums blanket and had really enjoyed making it.
When I came back I wasn't happy with the projects I'd taken, I kept
laying them out, trying to get motivated. But they ended up being
undone or shoved in a basket to deal with later.
Then I decided to do some Christmas motifs.
I sat and did them on
and off for a few days, but even them I couldn't settle too.
Even though I'd made enough for some bunting I just put them away
In a Baggie.
I wondered if it was because I had too many projects wizzing around
in my head and I had crochet overload. I even went and got all
my yarn out and sat in front of it. Pondering.
I looked at all my yarn, I have so much, all different colours and
textures. I needed to make something with what I had and there
be no buying involved ( well maybe a little if I have to add to it).
Then I remembered that when I joined Crissie and Marianne's CAL
they originally started Bloomin CAL with a hexagon flower motif from
Nicki Trench's book "Crochet with a Flowers".
So I went and dug out my copy, found the flower motif and made one.
This was it, this was what I needed to crochet. They are so lovely to do
and they look amazing.
I would like to make enough for the double bed, in the girls old room.
Haven't yet worked out how many I would need, but I would like to think
I'll stick at it and finish it.

Have a good weekend everyone.
Sally xxx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Deck The Halls

Hello Ladies,
This is why I love Christmas and the lead up to it.
First it was my Mums birthday on Saturday and as some of you may
know she has Alzheimers. She's not at the stage where she
doesn't know any of us yet, but she does have the most oddest
of ideas and come out with the weirdest of comments.

I made her a Lap Blanket for her and backed it with fleece,
because at the moment she believes if it's not fleecey it's not warm.
And I'm glad to say it passed with flying colours. So pleased with it in
fact she wanted to throw her other one out, but we managed to convince
her it might be needed at a later date. We quietly folded it and put it
away in the cupboard.
 Secondly, I put the tree up Saturday afternoon whilst watching Muppets
Christmas Carol. This was always the kids favourite Christmas film
And every year it went on while decorating tree and house with mugs
of hot chocolate. Now they're grow and have places of their own, but both my girls
own a copy of this film and on it goes when they put their tree up. The only
difference was I had a large glass of red wine instead of hot chocolate.

Sunday I was up early making my Christmas cake.
Quite a few years ago, my friend gave me a recipe for a Christmas cake that
could be made last minute and it has become a huge hit in the Hill house.
The fruit is soaked in Cointreau for a couple of days and the cake mix is a light
mix instead of a dark fruit mix. Which I find much nicer as it's not so rich.

Then late Sunday morning my Dad came to visit. We don't get to see my
Dad often as he lives quite a distance to us, so it's always lovely when we do
get together. This time was also extra special as this was the first time he got
To see his Great Grandson Flynn, who is now 14 weeks.

We booked a table for Sunday lunch and  all the kids and
their partners were able to come as well.
So at the table was this family of 4 generations.

At some point through the meal, I sat back and watched my family
and realised that no matter how much crap I have to deal with
and we all know that life isn't perfect, how lucky I am to have such
a loving, caring family.
And that is what I love about December, we all make that extra effort
to see family or friends, that for some reason or another we haven't seen
for a while.
See you all soon
Sally xxx

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Bloomin Scarf

Hello Ladies,
Bit behind on this weeks CAL.
The days are rushing past and it's as if I lost some, one moment it's Monday
then the weekend is here again.
So for this weeks Bloomin CAL I have a scarf to show you.
I wanted to make a scarf for my son as part of his Christmas
presents, but couldn't really see anything I liked out there that
seemed manly enough. Then while I was out I spotted a scarf thar was grey,
black and purple. This was the scarf I needed. So I came home and dug
out my yarn. I had it all except for the purple, which going online and
ordering doesn't take long. 
So after undoing this, which was my holiday flop.

And adding my other colours, I made this.

It's made using 4ply Merino and half trebles.
As I wanted the stripes to go length ways I made a chain of 380 and just
half trebled away, making my stripes various widths.
It was lovely to work on, not a lot of concentration needed.
So with this probably being the busiest month of the year, it
was nice just to sit down of an evening relax and watch a bit of T.V.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Sally xxx

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Woo Hoo for December

Hello Ladies

It's December, I love December. This has to be my most favourite month.
I love the lead up to Christmas.
Getting my cards and wrapping paper and any present decorations
that are needed.
Getting all my tree decorations and all my house decorations.
Inside lights and outside lights.
Getting them all together and seeing if they still work or are still
in one piece. I try every year to be careful with my wrapping and putting away
of the decorations, but there always seems to be one casualty.
There are also a couple of birthdays to celebrate.
It was my eldest daughter Jess's birthday at the weekend
and she lives just over an hour away, so it was really nice to go
visit and have dinner with her and her partner.
I even made her a birthday cake, which to be honest I was a bit disappointed in.

It's a recipe that Sue from Sweetpea Family posted about one time,
called Lime and Coconut cake. It comes from the Carnations condensed
milk website. Now I've made it before and it is beautiful, so moist, sticky
and yummy. But...... this time round I didn't take into consideration
that I have a lovely new oven. I have always had gas hob, gas oven,
but when we had our new kitchen put in, back in the summer, I went
for gas hob, electric oven fan assisted. And this lovely new oven cooks
a bit quicker than my old one. So my cake came out slightly darker than
I wanted. But my Helpful Hubby, assured me that once I'd drizzled it
and put some decorations on it, it would be fine.
And to be honest it tasted no different to the ones I made before.
Jess loved it and was cutting into it, 10 minutes after us turning up and
there wasn't much left when we left her, later that evening :)
One of the presents she got was some Yankee Candle goodies.
When we walked in, her house smelt beautiful. I do love the smell of scented
candles and Yankee Candle do have such a lovely range of bits.
I already have some of their oils and a couple of their jar candles, but Jess had these.

Now I have always thought that these were just little candles, similar to the tea lights.
But not so. Many of you probably already know this, but this is new to me and I was impressed.
They are called Tarts and you put them in the top of your oil burner, light a tea light
underneath and the wax Tart melts, giving off whatever beautiful smell you have
chosen. It's a brilliant idea, so much less messier than the water and oil
method. So I came home dug out my oil burners from the back if the cupboard
and on Monday went shopping and treated myself to some Tarts.

Now my house smells all Christmasy and tonight my Helpful Hubby will go up
In the loft and get all my decorations and lights down.
And tomorrow I can spend the day decorating the house.
Take care everyone
Sally xxx