Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Busy, busy!

The days seem to fly by at the moment.  Whilst so much time seems to be taken up with almost daily nurse/doctor appointments for the husbeast, with the added bonus of confirmed diabetes last week, we have managed to squeeze in some fun!

On Thursday, we were treated to a trip to Twycross Zoo by the husbeasts mum.  With temperatures in the thirties and me rocking a kidney infection, we were super excited regardless.  Twycross is only half an hour up the road yet we haven't been for years.  With a car laden with lots of drinks, a picnic and the 7 of us, including MIL, we set off.  As most schools hadn't broken up for holidays it was still fairly quiet but boy, it was hot, especially as I was babywearing! 

A great time was had by all and in a hugely generous gesture, MIL has got us all an annual membership so be prepared for many more zoo pics!!

I also had the opportunity to have another play with my wheel.  I decided to spin some more Whitefaced Woodland I had dyed and actually achieved a small plied skein which I am super happy with!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A bit of a new look!

I've been having a play and swapped my banner hearts for balls of yarn which seemed slightly more appropriate!!  I'm wibbling between changing my blog title to something more yarn/craft related but since I have *no* imagination in these things (hence why my user name online is always my real name!) plus I have a while before my domain expires it shall just have to stay the same for now!!

Ooo you can now also Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Sunday, 14 July 2013

In a spin

About 8 years ago, I started using wool nappy wraps and longies over Harrison's cloth nappies. I very quickly fell in love with hand dyed yarn and WAHM knitted items. It took me several more years to finally decide to take the plunge and learn to knit again after much lusting over gorgeous yarn, handspun and pretty KnitPro needles. My yarn and needle stash has come a looooong way since then but it took me until earlier this year to buy myself a spinning wheel, knowing full well I was unlikely to find time to learn to spin for a while.
Today I finally grabbed a few minutes to myself and dusted off my Kiwi. I dyed some Whitefaced Woodland back in February which, after a very naff few first attempts actually became more than green fluff!

Much more practice required at, well, all of it but squeeeee at the prospect that I might be able to produce handspun yarn one day!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

July! How did that happen?!?

I am still desperately in search of an extra 48 hours in a day.  Or maybe just an hour to do "me" stuff that doesn't requite me to sneak out of bed at 3am!  

Life has been hectically busy, as usual.  I've been frantically trying to get a host of DIY bits done around the house and after finally having new kitchen and bathroom floors laid I have spent a few sweaty, horrible days scrubbing years of previous tenants grime from every surface of the kitchen.  Vast amounts of chemicals and elbow grease, some new cupboard handles, blinds and lights and I'm finally loving the kitchen (and can almost override my desire to rip out the hideous tiled worktops!) 

Whilst we were ripping up disgusting carpet from the kitchen, the hallway got the same treatment to reveal the lovely original tiles which just need a good clean up.

I'm also midway through overhauling the front room which currently serves as a dining room, study and playroom.  My old rickety desk has been ditched in favour of a more compact desk for the kids PC and I have new wooden venetian blinds for the bay window still to go up to replace to the awful plastic curtain rail and kitten-clawed curtains!  A new coat of white paint should finish it all off nicely although I'm still tempted to go with a feature colour on the chimney wall.

The garden is still very much a work in progress with the bramble jungle growing hugely in the recent wet weather!!  At least it's now usable and a lovely place to enjoy a cuppa in between being shot with water pistols and run over by scooters...

Kid wise, we've had our home ed group sports day last week and Sunday was Vaughan's 5th birthday with his Mario plush collection increasing substantially!

Not surprisingly my crafting has been very much on the back burner and my three WIP's (Koi Garden Shawlette, Plum Island Big Baby Blanket and Helix Socks) are sadly very neglected.  Off to find those extra 48 hours a day...