Archive for July, 2011

The third sea-creature-creation

July 30, 2011

It’s Fish!

Other knitting has been very boring (not to me, you know, ’cause I’m really enjoying it…but nothing exciting to show at this stage).  Some progress on forest path stole, more on the current shawl, a few more blanket squares made.

In other news, not much there really either.  The only thing I can think of is that we have hedgehogs!  I mean we have hedgehogs visiting our garden on an almost-nightly basis to scoff the mealworms we are still putting out for the birds even though the birds no longer seem to want them.  Hooray!  That’s the first mammal (apart from damn cats) we’ve enticed into our tiny little semi-wild space 🙂

This week promises to be fairly quiet, apart from a night out tonight, but next weekend it all kicks off and gets a bit manic for a while.  Probably.


He’s her lobster!

July 23, 2011

Need  I say more?

(Probably, but I’m not going to!)

Size what-now?!

July 16, 2011

I’ve made a very exciting discovery (not this week but very recently)…I have lost enough weight to fit back into size 12 clothes!  For the first time in over 1o years 🙂

I’d given up on ever being this size again, and gave away all my size 12 stuff to charity shops some time ago.  It’s miraculous and I’m really happy about it 🙂 🙂 🙂

Of course, this has resulted in several over-excited and expensive shopping trips.  Yes, I could wear the size 14’s which still (of course) fit, but I don’t want to!

How have I achieved such marvels?  Partly thanks to last year’s hysterectomy…I have a lot more energy than I have had for the past few years and walk miles each week.  We still walk for a minimum of 45 minutes every day, usually after dinner in the evening, but we also walk a lot further some evenings and for hours at weekends.  In addition I have dug out the stepper-exercise-machine-thingy, and jump on there whenever I feel the need.  I am currently calorie counting, but in a really easy, no hassle way on  It’s so simple and quick to use and I’m keeping it up daily.  I know it is not a permanent or even long-term solution, but I’m hoping that while I use it I can learn to control portion size, cut down my junk/snack food habits and get a balance between food and exercise.  It’s brilliant being able to see, with just a few clicks, how much exercise I really need to do to offset the chocolate ice-cream I couldn’t resist.

I don’t feel like I’m going without anything I want, but treats are earned and it’s obviously working.

That said, I have another stone or more to lose to get to a healthy weight/BMI.  A is starting to complain that he can feel ribs and he doesn’t really want me to keep losing, but as long as I’m not unhappy he’ll support me.

Anyway, other stuff has happened this week…had a filling on Monday…had a sore mouth/face all week…went to see Mrs Jarge again last night, she’s much better :)…work stuff…

And knitting.  The forest path stole is back in hibernation, simply because I am doing too many things at once and not making much progress on any of them.  The other shawl I started last week is coming along nicely though, especially since I discovered that the pattern is simple enough to cope with while on the stepper!  I have also completed some blanket squares.

The main news is project Sea Creatures:

This is Crab.  He is blue, and why not?  Crab will soon be joined by Lobster, although my first attempt at Lobster came up way too small, so attempt 2 is under way with doubled-up yarn.  Eventually the trio will be completed by a Funky Fish.

For some reason I can’t settle on a single project though, every evening I spend half an hour on one thing then switch to something else for a short while.  Not like me, but what does it matter?

So, onto the week ahead…tonight we have Gethin.  Work as usual.  And not much else that I can think of.  Fingers crossed it stays that way!

Ups and downs

July 9, 2011

More ups than downs, I think:

  • Saturday we went to Gethin’s birthday party, but didn’t stay long as we were both struggling to get our energy back after a nasty stomach bug earlier in the week;
  • Sunday we took A’s Mum out for the afternoon, to visit her parents’ grave in a nearby town then for a walk around a pretty lake and back to ours for Sunday dinner;
  • Monday I worked in Bristol, because Theresa came in to visit, with baby Mia.  Our team went out for lunch together, probably for the last time before the current reshaping process takes hold;
  • Monday night I was in bed by 8.30pm with a killer migraine, didn’t wake up until 8.30am on Tuesday when I felt better (no migraine) but wiped out;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday I was swamped with work stuff, which was not going well thanks to technical issues.  I didn’t get to knitting at the library;
  • Thursday I went back to Bristol, found out my new job role.  I got my first choice of the options available, but am not really sure what that means as yet;
  • Friday we re-arranged furniture slightly so I now have my Nan’s old writing bureau next to my desk in the dining room.  I moved all my work books and folders on to it, so I have an office corner.

Today and tomorrow…no plans at the moment.  I’ve started the week’s washing, but I’m not hopeful that I’ll get far with it as there are showers forecast.  We’ve got a few bits of shopping to get, but not much.  Other than that, we’ll hopefully have time for walking.

In knitting news, more ups and downs…finishes and lack of interest in ‘what next’ and sudden inspiration followed by a lot of starts.

Finishes first:

Those are my blue fluffy bedsocks, mostly knitted on train journeys.  I have to confess that I’m finally getting a little bored of plain socks…complicated patterns aren’t really good for train journeys, and that’s when I knit socks these days.  I’m running low on really good sock yarn too.  So I’ve started making mitred squares for a lightweight blanket – they are really airy and loosely knitted, and I should hopefully have enough of the cheap Lidl sock yarn to make a single blanket if not a double one.

Also finished…

This is a baby elephant, made using the same pattern as previous elephants (from but using sock yarn instead of heavier stuff.  It turned out about 2/3 of the usual size and looks really cute.  I have sent it to Theresa for her birthday – she loves it!

Also started this week…another shawl and a selection of sea-dwellers for Isla’s first birthday.  Obviously!


Happy 1st Birthday Gethin-Baby!

July 2, 2011

I suppose I should call him Gethin-Toddler or even Gethin-Boy now!  It’s frightening, how fast he has grown:

That was Gethin at 4 days old, meeting Uncle A for the first time, when he and his parents drove down to Southampton to meet us from our cruise last year.  You can see the big, big boat in the background.

Gethin at about 5 weeks old, with knitted/stitched gifts.

Gethin at 7 months, giving wet, sloppy kisses.

And Gethin eating toast with jam (get a look at Uncle A’s expression…he isn’t so keen on jam, or half-chewed toast for that matter), just a few weeks ago.

I’ll try to get a pic or two at G’s party this afternoon, just to complete the set 🙂