Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Spinning and crochet

A little bit of this and that!
I noticed the other day that I haven't posted anything crafty for simply ages.
This doesn't mean that I haven't been doing any, of course I've always got at least two projects on the go. It's just sometimes I forget to photograph them and then the moment passes, you know what I mean I'm sure. A day without any crafting is NOT a good day in my book!
So anyway let me share a few things I've been up to.
Look at this glorious squidgy Corridale roving, it's what I made my beautiful shawl with and I have plenty left, it spins beautifully, fine and soft, dreamy, dreamy cloud grey heaven.


I've spun a couple of bobbins without really thinking what to make.



I've also spun some Blue Faced Leicester bought from the talented 
Patricia at Yummy Yarns.
Hmmmm I wonder.............


...............Plied together, a subtle heathery marled yarn which 
I LOVE!


I have an idea to make a jumper or cardigan with some Fair Isle edging.
I'm thinking of using a Kaffe Fassett inspired pattern for a border, something like this pattern.


Haven't decided properly yet but I'll see what emerges!
 I like to let the yarn tell me what to do.
Ha ha that sounds completely crazy doesn't it, but I think you crafty lot will know what I mean!
I'm also making a little purse, here is the yarn being blocked.


And just as a relaxing project I've been making a V stitch blanket.
Have you tried this stitch yet.
DO IT it has to be one of the most relaxing pretty stitches ever.
I found the pattern on Pinterest (of course) and just for a change I'm not using white or cream at all.
I am loving the jewel bright colours.
LOVING


LOVING
LOVING
LOVING IT
So now we're all caught up. 
What projects have you all been enjoying recently?
Are you like me a crafting butterfly flitting from one thing to another?
Or do you stick to one thing at a time keeping going till it's finished?
Do share! 
See you soon.
Love
♥Sue♥






Friday, 20 February 2015

Five Photo Friday

Wow that week whizzed by, I love holiday time, 
having time to just mooch is very restorative.
Here is a little flavour of my week.
A Valentine walk to Halnaker windmill.


An early morning stroll on Milton Common, beautiful blue skies.



Finally capturing a bird on camera!



A sunset walk!




Eastney Lake boathouses


An altogether sparkly week!


I'm so lucky to live in such a pretty place.
Today is wet and grey so I'm planning to spin and crochet. 
I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment, I'll tell you all about them next time.
Have a weekend.
Love
♥Sue♥


Monday, 16 February 2015

Getting Organised

Well it's Monday, it's the half term holiday and I'm getting organised.
Firstly it's off to the vet for Howard.
Annual check up, which he hates, they'll be sweaty paws and lots of wailing!


Then it's some yarn sorting and spinning, I have some rather gorgeous Corridale which I've already made into a shawl but there's more and it's a dream to work with fine, soft and a beautiful dreamy grey, perfect for today in fact.



And finally I've restocked my Etsy shop, go and take a little look if you like, I'm hoping to add some handspun to my listings this week too..............If I get organised!

Hope you are all busy crafting and making and imagining great things.
Love
♥Sue♥





Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday

A beautiful day here in Portsmouth.
A hint of Spring in the air and the first outdoor spinning of the year.


It felt good to be outside listening to the birds and soaking up the warm sunshine on the deck.



The cats thought so too!
Ghetto having a stretch.


Lord Howard(as he is now known!) relaxing!
After an hour sitting in the sunshine it was on with my walking boots and off to the sea.


First stop Milton Common, the sky full of Brent Geese chattering as they flew overhead.


The Solent was particularly sparkly today.


The Hard in Old Portsmouth looked higgledy piggledy and colourful.


Then a final treat as I wandered home, a glorious sunset.
A day to lift the spirits and make me glad to be alive!
Hope you've all enjoyed a wonderful weekend too.
Love
♥Sue♥



Thursday, 22 January 2015

Five Photo Friday


Well it's been all about the sky this week, 


I love this time of year for the pure drama of the weather.


Gorgeous clouds


Amazing colours



Rays of light


Cold light.
All beautiful.
Hope you've had a glorious week
Love
♥Sue♥

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Creative 2014

It's that time of year again, I'm looking back at all that I've achieved creatively,
 somehow I don't feel as if I've managed to get much done. It's been that kind of year, a constant feeling of not enough time coupled with general blehhhhh has resulted in not as much as I'd hoped!


What I have made has pleased me hugely though, and my spinning has come on really well.
I'm now able to keep a consistent thickness most of the time! I really enjoy the whole process and am now hankering after a drum carder to blend my own yarns on.


Of course my creative time has been used up by a couple of major DIY projects.
THE DECK
An impulsive project that took alot longer than we expected, but was so worth it since we now pretty much live out there.

And
THE BATHROOM 
which if you read my blog regularly you'll know was a VERY tricky project, especially as we weren't supposed to be doing the work at all! You can read the sorry tale here.


2014 has been a year of just ticking by, of somehow not quite getting there, of a little bit under par.
I feel as if I'm coming through it a bit now, maybe.
I'm hoping that 2015 will see a return to my old self with the energy and enthusiasm to get stuck in to life a bit more whole heartedly. In the meantime I'm cosy and comfortable surrounded by my lovely family and friends and just making the most of this quiet time............I'm daring to have a few little dreams...............I'm getting ready.
I think 2015 will be a good year.
I hope that you're lives are full of love and contentment and that all your wishes for 2015 come true.
Much love
♥Sue♥


Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Venetian Adventure!


Hello, how are you all? Ready for Christmas? No me neither.
If you've been reading my little ramblings for a while now you'll know that this time of year is a bit of a birthday fest!
Mine included.
This year Lovely Man really excelled by whisking me away to Venice.
 I know AMAZING.
There was alot of cloak and dagger stuff beforehand, I variously thought I was going to Bognor, Paris, Barcelona, Ireland........pretty much anywhere.
 I only found out my true destination at the airport.
OMG
What a weekend, so magical.
Venice is simply incredible, this weekend the tides were very high so the water flooded everywhere.


Everything took on a surreal look and feel. 


Life seems to continue as normal even though the shops and cafes are filed with water!


We wandered the lanes and soaked up the atmosphere.


The buildings seem to be sinking into the water, gently decaying, gracefully.



And then there are the gondolas, so beautiful, so elegant, so we went in one of course.
INCREDIBLE!
If you ever go you simply MUST go in one, save your pennies it's pricey, but just save them.


Everywhere we went beautiful architecture made our eyes pop, literally made me gasp. I think I must have said WOW about a million times.
WE didn't manage to get to Santa Maria della Salute.
We'll have to go back then.


Could there be a lovelier building.


Could there be a lovelier sunset.


I don't think so!
I took so many photos.


How could I not.


We did visit most of the 'must see' places, although we didn't have chance to go inside.
We'll have to go back then!


Actually, looking at these photos makes me want to go back very soon.


I hope you've enjoyed my little trip to Venice.
 I had the most glorious weekend. Spent with an amazing wonderful person.
I'm so thankful and blessed to have such beautiful and special people to spend my life with.
Back home now I'm relaxing in my PJs and feeling life is good!
Now to prepare for Christmas.
Enjoy your weekend, are you putting the tree up?
I'm not, not yet, one more birthday to go first.
My gorgeous Dad, on Monday............his special day.
Thanks for stopping by see you all soon.
Love
♥Sue♥