Family & friends

Knitting related gifts 

I was very lucky this year to receive a number of knitting related gifts for my birthday. I have friends that often buy me yarn, but then they are knitters or crocheters themselves. So, my Noro from my knitting buddy Sam was much appreciated: 

And my friend Criss gave me this project bag which is ideal for a large chunky project! 

And my niece made me this pot for my crochet hooks! 

But it is extra special when family or friends who are not knitters buy you something that is perfect. When they came to visit us my step son and daughter in law bought with them this: 

It’s a Cath Kidston knitting needle case, with four sets of very nice birch needles inside. I am properly delighted with it! 


Hummingbird sock…

The yarn is called Hummingbird and it’s by Mothy & The Squid on Etsy. 

Utilising my LYS’s new yarn bag!

I’ve cast on a pattern called Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. 

The colours are lovely!

I’m using a Hiya Hiya mini circular. It’s the best one I’ve used get, with a decent point. This size are 2.25mm. 

Family & friends · Yarn


There’s the non edible type. 


Making the cakes: 

And the finished cakes! 

Back left Countess Ablaze, Lord Kitchener’s Lace in colour way Bad Girls Club; back middle, Devon Sun Yarns, Aran in colour way Spring Rainbow; back right Cat and Sparrow fibres, DK in colour way Great Ocean Road; front left Mothy & The Squid, sock yarn in colour way Hummingbird Stripes; front right Mothy & The Squid, sock yarn in Grey Skies, Rainbow Brite. 😊

And then of course there’s edible cake! 

It was my Mum’s birthday. My niece decorated the cake. She operates on the family principle of More Is More…

Yes my Mum is that age and no, she really doesn’t look it. (Side note I take after my Dad…)

Friends · Yarn

Where Claire buys yarn

Some friends came to visit today to go to the Frome Independent Market. One friend had offered for sale these two wonderful skeins of Devon Sun Yarns Aran weight, which I snapped up because I want to make my stepgranddaughter another Entrechat Cardigan in this colour way!  

While we were wandering about the market we came upon a new-to-me independent dyer ‘Cat & Sparrow Fibres’ 

There was no chance I was going home without some! I did love the pinky orange at the top left but it was lace, so I chose the blue at top right. It’s DK weight and called ‘Great Ocean Road’. Gurt lush! 

We finished the day off with flapjack and ginger cake in my garden. Just perfect. 

Crochet · Family & friends · Knitting

An idyllic summer day 

I was off work today and I invited my mum, my sister, my nephew and niece and both their dogs to join me in my garden for a pool party. 

As you can see we had to completely cover up the rabbit hutch as both visiting dogs stare  obsessively at the rabbits and we didn’t want the bunnies upset! 

The pool was a great success and the children spent six hours over the course of the day playing in it and generally having a fabulous time. At the end of the day Mum’s dog Lucy also got in it! 
In fact they were so tired they had a nap! 

The dogs had a fantastic time playing in the garden. Chilling out: 

Dilly failing to realise that I was quite cross she’d broken my Nemesia in half…! Probably what eventually did the damage: 

And while everyone did what they wanted, the adults sat and worked on projects. 

My sister is making a second crochet mermaid tail blanket. Mum is making some Jelly Roll socks (from the same designer as ‘Rose City Rollers’). And I’ve cast on some Drops Big Merino for another Darkke Hat, this time for my brother-in-law.  

We ate lunch,  we hung out, we ate dinner we hung out:  it’s been a really really nice day. 

Garden · Growing things

Garden update

I’m rather pleased with how pretty it’s looking. 

That pink in the middle on the left was from my last trip to Homebase’s reduced section. Deadheaded and planted it has flower again and cost me 50p. 

I call this new bed the Brexit bed. I dug it the day after the referendum. As I was a passionate remainer family think I’m being a bit odd, but it amuses me. My bench as a sunflower prop…

This evening I stopped by the reduced section in Homebase again. They have so many plants reduced because they need dead heading and also properly watering. I went a bit mad and spent £20 but that probably a quarter of what they would cost if properly looked after. I don’t understand how a business can afford to make such reductions. They just need a staff member to do rudimentary dead heading as they tidy the shelves up and to ensured they’re watered properly. I quite like the challenge of getting stuff in an unplanned way based on which ones I feel sorry for… 

Oh and I installed two bolts on the rabbit hutch with the help of my Mum. I’m a bit rubbish at DIY so I was pleased with myself!

Family & friends · life

The ‘paddling pool’

Tonight I expressed a mild desire for a paddling pool. Four years ago I bought my Mum one for her dog Lucy. It’s about 3 feet across and hard plastic. Perfect for dogs to lay in and drink out of. I was thinking I could get something similar but as Mollie may or may not get in it, I could paddle in it too. 

Roll on an hour and D came back from collecting my newest prescription and presented me with this: 

8 foot wide, nearly 3 feet deep….

Now I should have expected this. D is extremely generous but he does like to go big and in bulk. Remember my fabulous toolbox for my cotton yarn? He wanted to buy me one on wheels that was 3 times as big and was surprised when I opted for the one I wanted….

My Mum pointed out that I should be grateful he didn’t buy two. Very good point!

Anyway, if it’s the hottest day of the year and you have a paddling pool, you have to put it up! 

I had been laying on that towel…. Then we had to move it because the ground wasn’t even…

I’m paddling. It’s nice. I need to get my nephew & niece round to enjoy it!