Published December 28, 2011
Tags: 2011, achievements, recap, review, success
While sitting down at Christmas dinner we some how got started discussing the past year, and what each of us were proud to achieve. For some it was graduating, others lowering their golfing handicap. It’s funny that you don’t have to do something monumental in order to have real pride in an achievement. I forget that sometimes and I get bitterly disappointed at missing out on that ‘epic’ achievement and don’t enjoy the quiet little successes enough. This year I did my best to get through Project 2011. There were a fair few I didn’t get round to, but I’m OK with that. Its not supposed to be strict, just a little reminder of some of the things I would like to aim to achieve. A push in the right direction really.
This year I’m proud of alot of things – I graduated (again), I passed my driving test (OK so I consider that one epic), I got a job (WOOOOHOOO!), we got a new (to us) car, we got a new kitchen (I’m in heaven), this little blog of mine has had over 120,000 visitors (I am gobsmacked), I discovered Pinterest and now have over 70 amazing followers. I did some terrifying things like I was photographer at a friend’s wedding (yipes), I went to see some incredible live music, we got a new member of the family and another relation parted ways, I spent time with friends and even made some new ones. And I’m only touching on some of that things that happened this year. I really hope next year gets close to how good this one was.
P.S. to celebrate the end of an amazing year I’m having a big sale in my Etsy Shop – pop over to see some of the bargains to be had.
Published December 26, 2011
Tags: baby, cardigan, easy, free, Hat, Knitting, mens, Pattern, pickles, plain, slouchy
Published December 13, 2011
Tags: baby, booties, boots, easy, free, Gift, knit, Knitting, Pattern, unisex
Well I promised it and here it is – my knitting project that I undertook during my month (which actually turned out to be much more than a month) without baking. I just needed something little to start me back into the knitting season (does anyone knit through Summer really?), and luckily all my friends seem to be having babies. It is definitely baby season in this part of the world! And it is always nice to give a little gift but as I am both cash and time poor, it has to be a very small gift. Luckily these booties fit the bill. They only use ends of other balls of wool and take only a night to whip up (minus the making up. Bah! I HATE making up). So to add to the rush of babies here, no one seems to be finding out the sex. So I am left with the dilemma of what non-gender specific colors I should knit up. No pinks or blues here. But I think the green actually worked out rather well. They are quite cute, if I do say so myself.
If you fancy giving them ago, you can get the pattern for free (yippee). It’s the Baby Bootie Pattern by Saartje Knits. There are plenty of step by step photos to help you if you’re feeling nervous about taking them on. I’d say give them a go. I think I may even knit up a few pairs in preparations for what is only going to be more and more babies (oh, am I getting that old…?)
This month’s object of desire is a mix of Christmas, baking and knitting (all the best things which feature high in my December), it is these knitted cupcakes (£10 for four) from Paperchase. I haven’t even put up our tree yet so I don’t have anywhere to hang them. Hasn’t Christmas just crept up on you this year? Getting my present shopping sorted is far higher up my priority list right now. So maybe those more fortunate among you, those of you with your shopping all done and tree all lit up can celebrate with these softies. I however, have not earned them… I’d better head into town to get started…
This weekend I was in much need of some slobbing around time. Between kitchen organising and the fast approaching Christmas holidays I am stressed. So this weekend I kicked back and put my feet up for a few hours. I made gallons of warm tea in my new ‘E’ mug (I love it! and it is nice and big), ate one or two shortbread biscuits (well this is Scotland afterall) and tucked in to my ever growing stack of books and magazines. Bliss! Just to torment myself while my oven is still out of commission I brought myself a copy of the Primrose Bakery Book. I can’t wait to have everything back to normal here and I can celebrate by trying out their yummy cupcakes, like these marshmallow & chocolate cupcakes or these mini carrot cupcakes. Oh if only things would hurry up!
Meanwhile I’m also ploughing on with my Christmas Knitting. I’ve cast on this Plain Vest from Pickles for my niece. I can’t wait to finish it, by the way if you’re looking for an easy-peasy children’s knit, this is it. There is no making up at all (Hooray!) I hope you did the same this weekend and took a little ‘me’ time 🙂
I love Christmas. And when it comes to about October I’m already making my grant plans for all the homemade and lovely crafty things I’m going to make to celebrate. But every year I bit off more than I can chew and generally end up having a slight meltdown when I can’t knit/cook all the gifts I wanted to and make all the new decorations I was hoping for. And coming up to Christmas, stress levels are generally running high even without all the crafty hassle. So I’m making a resolution. Not to give up having a crafted Christmas but just to concentrate on one or two nice things to add to the collection. That way over the years everything builds up to a nice collection. So if you haven’t chosen your crafty projects for this Christmas, have a look below at some of my favourites.
1: Take your pick from the numerous garland tutorials from A Beautiful Mess. 2: Have a go at making your own Christmas cards like Linzie Hunter. 3: Get ready for Santa with this rustic Stocking Pattern from Kirsten Makes ($5.00). 4: Cheer up your teapot with this Christmas Tree Tea Cosy Kit (£25.35 for pattern, needles and yarn). 5: Make your own bauble wreath using this easy DIY from Everything Fabulous. 6: Decorate boring brown paper by making pencil eraser stamps with Crature Comforts for unique wrapping paper. 7: Craft your own felt mistletoe with Stay at Home Artist. 8: Knit yourself a nativity scene with this pattern from Alan Dart (£2.50).