Friday, 31 October 2008

I'm BACK!!!!! 10,000 hits and I missed it!!!

Had a lovely break at my parents. We were very lucky with the weather and Sophie was a little star all week. My blog had to take a back seat for a week but I needed the rest from everything. Well, now for some catch up time....

My charity knitting has grown since this picture but I was unable to upload it the other day, but to just prove that I have not been sitting idle (I wish) here is Tuesdays picture...
As you know I am not the worlds best knitter and I am trying to get better and practice makes perfect (better anyway) right? So with this sponsored scarf I am also trying out a few stitches, some I know some I am trying. I have used Moss stitch before and it is one of my favourite stitches (look at the chunky knit tutorial to see my bag) so trying double Moss stitch seemed the next step. So my Mum pointed me in the right direction and much of the greeny blue section has been done with this stitch.

Double Moss Stitch

Row 1: PI K1 repeat and end on P1
Row2: K1 P1 repeat and end on K1
Row3: K1 P1 repeat and end K1
Row4: P1 K! repeat and end on P1

I hope that I have written this down right.
I have some spare wool for my never ending knitted blanket so I will do a square of this stitch.

I have recycled some leftovers that Mum had fm other projects so it is looking a bit like Doctor Who's alternative scarf. Pity David Tennant is not going to play that part anymore after next year, isn't it? Sorry getting side tracked. As I said the other day my knitting was about 1 metre long but it is now longer than that.

I missed my 10,000 hit which was a pity as I was going to have a landmark giveaway. So I have decided to leave it and either link it to my birthday in December or nearer New Year instead when we are all experiencing post-festive blues. I will get back to you on this later.

Having the chance to visit different craft shops is always fun and once I have taken some pictures tomorrow I will be able to show you my new items that I found when I was away. They all have a use, the Quilties swap, Christmas swap, the blue and quilt I am making, a bag for the works do in December and some items for my Etsy shop. Now I was thinking about my website and Etsy shop, due to the economic climate it seems daft to even have these online shops. I am hoping that buying something online will save petrol, parking money, stress of walking round and having the chance to think about it before clicking yes to anything. I have made more use of mail order, online shops etc this year for many of the above reasons and so far I have not been disappointed at all. I am open to custom orders and I can be emailed etc for this. My Etsy shop has a few things that I have but listing it is not one of my favourite jobs. Does anyone else feel like this? I will continue though and see what happens over the next few weeks.

We did a little National Trust visiting whilst we were away and the crisp weather was just right for picture taking.

We visited Anglesey Abby which is in Lode, Cambridgeshire and could not resist taking some lovely pictures, take a look at these.
I thought this looked a bit Christmas like. It was growing just outside the main house.

This is a lovely colour berry, could not see a name for this but Sophie was quite taken with it as well.

Walking through these silver birches was very surreal and I am going to use this for my Christmas cards this year. A lovely walk and Sophie was really impressed with this group of trees.


Of course, I simply had to find some fresh holly as well.

More pictures tomorrow.

Take care

PS: Saw this on Purple and Paisley and it made me laugh!!


XX

9 comments:

wonderwoman said...

what lovely photos, especially the silver birch.

many congrats on 10,000 hits - thats amazing! your blog is such fun and soo helpful!

xx

Nan said...

Congratulations on the 10,000 hits!
I'm glad to hear you had a lovely time on your get away.
I'm going to ask a favor of you, can you go to my blog and go to the contest voting in the second post down, and vote for me? The contest ends in 6 hours and as soon as I get ahead by a little all of a sudden, mysteriously I am behind by 10 or 12 again, in like NO time at all, I am getting suspicious! So if you haven't voted for me, I'd love you for EVEr if you do it! Thanks! Nan

M.Kate said...

congrats and many more to come, have a great weekend :D

Sandi said...

The silver birches are beautiful and will make a lovely Christmas card. I like the holly. I wanted to dig up our holly plant before we moved and bring it here but that didn't work. Next summer we are going to start plantings around our house (we will be here two years in December) and I will definitely have some holly in the garden!!

Sandi said...

The silver birches are beautiful and will make a lovely Christmas card. I like the holly. I wanted to dig up our holly plant before we moved and bring it here but that didn't work. Next summer we are going to start plantings around our house (we will be here two years in December) and I will definitely have some holly in the garden!!

Carol VR said...

Congrats on 10,000 hits.

Keep up the great work!!!

Kitty said...

Congratulations on the 10k of hits. Beautiful pictures - I love the silver birch one in particular.

Glad you had a nice half term - it's been a good one here too (although cold!)

x

Primrose Corner said...

Wow! 10,000 hits. Glad to see you back. I'll try that double moss stitch out it looks really good. I think those lavender/purple berries are spindle berries - we get lots about here. Consult Wikipedia for an explanation of why they're called that .... hint: spindles....If you see them in flower you get orange flowers and the purple berries together. A strange looking thing. They almost look man-made.

JuliaB said...

WOW!! I love those Birches!!! they are beautiful aren't they? There is a very etheareal birch in the garden across the road from my garden .. i love it and have long admired it, but a whole lot of them looks even more spectacular!! Glad you had a nice break. x

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