Evening Another busy a week or so - and I am not quite sure where the time has gone! Work, sport for Matt (including a full day hockey tournament), more birthday celebrations for Mark - I guess that's it really. And once you add in the ordinary stuff that still has to be done, I suppose that's where my days have disappeared to. I have found time to start a new crochet project though - the as we go stripy blanket. I haven't managed to get as much done as I was hoping, but am enjoying the process so far, and learning some new stitches along the way.
I loved Yarndale in September and bought a few skeins of the most beautiful yarn. However, finding the "right" project for it has proved trickier! I have never spent that much on a single ball of wool, so the hand dyed, silk skein needed special treatment. Having only bought one skein, my options were a little limited - but I could only really justify buying one. I settled on this pattern - available on ravelry. Sorry about the photos, there hasn't been much good light for photography recently. I am quite pleased with the wrap, which I shall mainly wear as a scarf. I have never used silk yarn before, it definitely needed blocking. It was more than a little scary, soaking my hard work, and then stretching it out across the hall landing for 48 hours! But it was worth it. I don't think it was my favourite to crochet with, but it is very pretty - if I do say so myself! The little beads are so unusual, and I have already worn it to work.
So, that's my first project completed. I am already working in the next. I'm just starting a new blanket! It definitely feels right to be starting a new big project at the start of the new year. x
As I said, last weekend we celebrated Mark's 50th Birthday. We spent last Saturday with friends and our siblings in Brighton. We met in the afternoon at a hotel for a slice of birthday cake and later more friends joined us for supper. It went brilliantly - if I do say so myself. Mark's organising paid off. It was a little bit of a worry that friends were coming from different parts of our life, but everyone got on really well, and it was so nice of people to write and email to say how much they had enjoyed themselves, and particularly when they had not known each other beforehand. Here are a few photos of the occasion.
An uncanny likeness I think! :)
Having fun with a friend.
It rained all of Saturday, but Sunday morning was beautiful.
I love living in the country, but there is something glorious about waking up be the sea.
Sorry I've not been around much - not posting nor commenting. As I mentioned in my last post, it was Mark's birthday on 1st January, and we have done a lot of celebrating. However, it was back to the routine this morning. Although it would have been nice to have a couple more days to get over the late night on Saturday, in some ways it was nice to get back to "normal" today. Everyone up, and out of the house at a sensible time. I've cleaned through - and it stayed that way for a couple of hours. I've almost caught up with the washing. So next on my list is to catch up with blogging. I've been reading them on my phone, but commenting is trickier! Anyway, this was the school run this morning - or was it a swim?
This isn't a stream, but the footpath! Oh well - it was a good work out too! :) Hoping I will be organised and back to posting and commenting by the end of the week at the latest. See you soon. Sara