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Here again!

I’m here again at the beautiful campsite in cornwall. This time my husband is here which is lovely; we’ve done a bit or busking and I’ve done a whole load of knitting. We’ve eaten ice cream, played push-penny in the arcades, bought tat and today, best of all went to The Monkey Sanctuary. (Seriously, who the hell keeps a monkey as a pet!?🤬)Oh and we had a wonderful Indian meal out.

I’ve finished knitting a scarf and started on a child’s version of the same; can’t promise these items won’t have bits of grass knitted into them and I’m pretty sure they’ll smell a bit of wood smoke! Seriously I wash stuff before I sell it!

Right now I’m laying in our tent listening to the rain… I love that sound. We’ve been visited by a huge hedgehog and the little one has made friends with a bunch of kids also staying here. She’s asleep next to me as there was a spider in her tent. My baby, brave enough to sleep in her own tent, except for tonight when she was chased out by s spider! 🕷 She’s growing up so fast.

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R&R

I’m having a wonderful time with our little girl camping. It’s a fantastic site, right by a river in the woods… fires allowed and a toilet and shower block, what more do you need?

Last night after setting up camp we went for a riverside walk in the wood. We ate the sweetest blackberries (which we had with our breakfast) and then we saw real live, flapping around our heads bats 🦇😁.

Today little one has made friends and is running around have a ball and I’m taking in the view while I work up the ‘Flame’ scarf in a different yarn, seeing how the pattern works and how much yarn it takes. I love this bit of the design process, it’s always more interesting that the first time around, sometimes making little adjustments, sometimes frogging because it just doesn’t work for some reason 🐸.

Life is good.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day. The shelves have been full of weird cuddly toys and sloganed tat for weeks now. I’ve said it before, no mother wants that, of course they’ll appreciate the thought, especially if the little angel has chosen it themselves (one time my little one bought me a paw patrol figure and vehicle – don’t ask me which one – I have no idea). I feel so lucky, the school helped the little one make a lovely card and she went to the trouble of hiding it until today. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I love working in greens, it’s my favourite colour… the colour of the heart chakra, it resonates with me. And look – not only some glorious tulips but some sumptuous yarn to play with. I’ve already started a boho hat in the light green. Mine. Not for sale. I might even get some leg warmer mojo on the go. Also not for sale.

Anyway, best crack on … stitches to knit, work to admire!

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Keepin it loose…

I’ve had this lovely black and green yarn for ages, my husband bought it for me. It’s DK so I’ve not been sure what to do with it.

Anyway I’m trying out my Boho hat in DK on larger needles that the recommended 4mm. The trick here is to keep the tension consistently gentle…. let’s see how it works out….

In other news I sorted out some of my yarn stash…..

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I know how to partay!!!!

No really, I’m just some kinda wild child. Somebody hold me back …. yeah!!!!

Because only the coolest, badass party animals take blondies, knitting and decaf tea bags to a party….oh and did I mention, we sorted buttons into colour tones. I was dressed like some one out of Dexy’s Mindnight Runners and believed (while stone cold sober) my host when she said she’d been out with Ant from Ant n Dec- I had a BRILLIANT time!!!!! THANK YOU!

It reminds me of the parties I’d have back in Cornwall when, come a certain hour people would start sorting the bottles and stuff into the recycling and start washing the dishes…..

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Vintage!

A super successful trawl through the charity shop button box! A bit of a clean and they’ll look good as new. These are quite different from the buttons in the shops right now and often things like this inspire the designing process.

Next time you’re out why not nip into your local charity shop. They often have all sorts of haberdashery items and knitting needles at a fraction of the price, saving precious world resources AND you’re helping a good cause.

A friend of mine buys pure wool jumpers and unravels them to make new ones, now that is commitment! The only thing I steer away from is old balls of wool which could be riddled with moths etc. Having said that I take yarn in that I know I’m never going to use rather than it sitting in my stash reminding me of my bad yarn choices!

Also, lots of the charity shops have knitting groups making things to sell in the shop. Often they’ll stash the yarn that people bring in and dish it out to the knitting groups to use. Everyone’s a winner!

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Always learning

We bought this beauty after Christmas. I’ve had a few plays with it but that’s about it. To avoid arguments it’s put away while the girl is around …. (I’ve just deleted hundreds of pictures of Mia and Me on the tv, chins, noses, random carpet shots… etc etc for my phone, and wiped the weetabix off the screen)

So anyway, after making a clothes drying rack which I’ve been meaning to do for ages I’ve made a nice cup of earl grey and got the camera out. I’ve already failed on two counts, the book says have the manual alongside the book and the battery is really low. Still undeterred I’ve had a bit of a read in the peace and quiet of the wood and played around with the settings to see the difference it makes.

I’ve watched some YouTube tutorials and info on the camera and I think I’m getting to grips with the different terms, what they mean and what they do… mostly in theory! And now I’m reading about white balance….

All of this might seem a bit off subject but since I take most of the photos of my stuff myself I want them to be the best photos I can achieve. And anyway I love learning, even when I don’t get it, even when the words swim around the page, even when it feels like a foreign language I keep going because slowly but surely things fall into place.

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Off topic but you’ll thank me!

So today has been punctuated by delays and minor, first world inconveniences… I got stuck in every traffic jam on every journey (in the van that works, is safe and I can afford), they didn’t have any of the books I wanted at the book shop (so I ordered them and they’ll be in tomorrow probably) the guys at the tip charged me for getting rid of some stuff (which is fine as seriously how else am I going to get rid of insulation off cuts) anyway… I came home and just needed to make something… NOW!!! Something I could do while sorting out the kitchen and other little jobs.., something yummy! So, given that chocolate gives me migraines welcome to the world ..,

CARAMELIES!!!!

160g caramac buttons

160g butter

250g sugar

3 eggs

120g plain flour

80g broken caramac buttons

Turn oven to 180c

Melt the butter and the 120g of caramac

Beat the eggs and the sugar together and add to the cooled melted stuff. Mix up properly and add the flour mixing that properly too.

Pour into a lined baking tray 20x30x5 ish and scatter the remaining buttons over.

Bung in the oven for 20-25 mins.

Cool a bit a cut into very small pieces

Read through the ingredients list every time you want one just to remind yourself that they are not in any way low calorie and then go ahead and eat one very small piece, mindfully!

Anyway now to go pick the girl up!

You’re welcome!

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You know what you know

I’m on a mission to learn some cool new knitting tricks. I’ve got my books out and sifted through the pages; maybe this is the year I knit socks? Just no!

1) I really cannot relax when using dpn. I’ve tried, really I have and every time my jaw aches with the concentration and effort . Not really what I’m after when I knit.

2) There’s 2 of them. Even if I start them both at the same time the thought doesn’t fill me with joy because ….

3) 4 ply!! What the hell! Just no!

So no to socks. Well not all new stuff needs to be difficult, it just has to be something I’ve not done before…. Reversible knitting.

I’m having a go, revisiting my baby bunting. Each little triangle is 2 triangles back to back. I’ve got to be honest, it’s not going so well. Maybe small triangles isn’t the best application for this… maybe the bigga bunting would work better … pots maybe… I’ll give it a real good go.

Maybe I’ll grow to love it… because I don’t love it right now. If not I’ll try something else. Because life’s like that!!

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We’ve turned the corner’

My wonderful little angel shrieked with joy when she opened the front door this morning. “Take a picture!” She insisted.

Just look at that sun on the bare winter trees! Moments later it was gone but how welcome! We have officially turned the corner towards longer days. Also I’ve finished work now for Christmas 🎄😃😃.

Last market✔️

Last busking ✔️

Last project✔️

All done.

And now is time to kick back and enjoy the Christmas preparations with Alice. The shopping is mostly done, the woods is just about ready so it’s mainly wrapping and finishing touches. Jerri, my husband will be back Christmas Eve and then it’s properly the holidays! Family time. Time for friends.

And then it’ll be time to reflect on the year. The progress made, there’s plenty to be proud of. But also what’s important for the coming year, what I want to do more of, what I want to change.

If I don’t get around to blogging before Christmas Day, which I might not have a wonderful time. 🎄❤️🙏🏼