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Time Capsule – a bit more about me

This post was inspired by The King Crew with some fantastic blogging prompts.

Time Capsule Create a time capsule post about yourself. Current favorites, what’s going on in the world and in your life, things that are special to you, favorite item of clothing, etc. Then set a reminder to re-read it in a year!

I’m going to do a slight variation on this prompt. A bit of a past and present About Me style post. Hope you enjoy a few little sneak glimpses in my life and history.

Old Pictures of Me

A few years ago I found a stash of old family photos at my nans. They were all taken with the old film cameras and were in some old family albums. It was such a treasure trove and I wanted to share a few of my finds with you all 🙂 They’ve gone from being hidden in a draw to being hidden on my computer.

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I was an angel once – This was taken when I was in a nativity play in Pre-school
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This is one of the only pictures I have with just me and my grandad (he is still alive!) and I see him a lot. Just not where lots of pictures get taken. But I really love this picture – even though I wasn’t really helping much.
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This was taken up at a church camp when I was about 11 or 12. I think this was taken at Corfe Castle in Dorset. My hair hasn’t actually changed that much….
France 2001 (35)
I actually thought I looked amazing when this picture was taken. To my embarrassment it was then hung up in the hallway at home for years…. I don’t think I have ever worn that much pink since!
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This was a picture of me as a bridesmaid at my cousins wedding. I’ve hardly worn this shade of blue since. But I feel like I should. Knitting project!!!


Wedding Snaps – July 2012.

In July 2012, my husband and I tied the knot. It was such a fun day, surrounded by family and friends. Then it was followed by 2 amazing weeks in Disney in Florida.

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The photographer spotted what this looked like. We thought it was hilarious. I still need to get this framed.
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To be totally honest, this is one of my favourite pics of me from the day. I’d literally just put everything on and was feeling so nervous and excited about what was to come for the rest of the day. No-one can really tell you what to expect.
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I love this close up shot of our rings/hands. It’s also about the only picture that made getting my nails done worth-while 🙂
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One of the more serious style shots near the fountain. It was starting to rain, so the limo guys lent us an umbrella – which turned out to be a fabulous prop!
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I found these blue diamonte stickers on EBAY (my best friend when I started hunting for wedding goodies). They became my ‘something blue’. The shoes were found in Next and matched perfectly – especially with the butterflies.

Holiday Snaps – Portugal May 2014

Last year my husband and I went to Portual for a week. We had a fab deal for about £500 all inclusive including flights and 4* hotel. Last minute deals were a definite best friend of mine last year.

I was a great week away, really warm and some amazing memories. It was a great chance to relax by the pool, go exploring and soak up some much needed rays.

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Now – September 2015

Current favourites:

Music: Here a link to a few videos of my favourite songs on Youtube.

Colour: Red. I’ve got a love for strong colours.

Person: My husband Dan. He’s my best friend as well.

What’s going on in the world and in your life?

So just brought my first home with my husband last month. Which is a really exciting development for us. We’ve spend the last month busily decorating the inside of it and our sofa’s are finally coming tomorrow. I’m so bored of sitting on hard chairs! Most of the decoration is done now and we are so close to being able to move the last of our stuff in.

Things that are special to you?

My knitting needles. Sad I know. But I thought I’d lost them last week and I literally pulled the house apart looking for them.

My gerbils (also known as my babies) are also pretty damn special to me too. They’re super cute and really friendly. But them make such a mess.

So that’s a little more about me. Would love for you to post links to your blog below if you do a similar post. Thanks for The King Krew for the inspiration for the post.

I’m off to carry on knitting my christmas knitting. I have a scarf on the go at the moment. One of a few on the gift list.

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blog-tember day 29 // ten blog topics

Looking for some inspiration?

Here’s a great list from The King Crew if you need some blogging inspiration!

THE KING CREW

Tuesday, Sept. 29: Write your own list of 10 blog topics to inspire us next month.

The past 29 days have been so inspiring. Having a prompt given to you frees you up to think up some yourself.

Here are ten blogging (or journaling) prompts to get you rolling in October:

  1. My Favorite Place  – Write about one of your favorite places! It can be anywhere: somewhere you live, visit, where you work or read or escape to. If possible, use this as an excuse to go there 😉
  2. Share A Recipe – This could be your own, a family recipe, or one you just found on the internet that you love. Make it and share pictures or just share the link and why you love it.
  3. Ten Things I’ve Learned This Year – Write a list of ten things you’ve learned over the last year, big or small. This is…

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My Finished Objects (F.O)

Finished Object – Gift Knit – Bobble hat (with HUGE Pom-Pom)

This is a not surprise birthday present for a friend (although she doesn’t know it’s finished yet!). But she doesn’t get a lot of spare time so I might get away with her not knowing until I give it to her in a few weeks…..

This didn’t initially start out life as a birthday knit. Initially, I wanted an easy and transportable knit for our crafting evening (we try and do one weekly if we have the time). I re-found this book (Knitting with Giant Needles) during the move and it’s the first time I’ve knitted from it. It was given to me as a birthday present from my very awesome cousin last year, but still had no idea how to read patterns at that stage. There’s so really cool knits in here and I look forward to trying more from within the pages.

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We got nattering (no surprise) and it turns out she wants a new hat and the wool matches colours she usually wears. So I now have a really exciting excuse to knit this really quickly (hence the lack of blogging this week) and make sure I do it really well on the first attempt at the pattern. It’s marked as ‘easy’ though. So nothing to worry about.

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This initial pain in the arse was the ball of wall. For some reason the end of it was unravelling with the working end and they kept getting tangled. So I ended up having to unravel the ball and re-roll – a job for me during a lunch break at work this week.

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As you can see, the hat is starting to shape up quickly as well. It’s just 6 lines on repeat, with the curved shape created by turns about 2/3rds of the way thought the row.

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After a couple a nights hard knitting, I had something that was hat shaped 🙂 It fits me really well…. so I’m hoping it’s not too large for her head (mine is huge!)… I’m hoping it just fits because it’s stretchy.

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The next part of this plan is to add the bobble onto the hat. I hate making bobbles…. it just takes such a long time (especially for the large ones). This one wanted a 12cm -5cm sized one – youch. I had no compass (that’s not made it over yet), so I made a makeshift one out of wool and a pen.

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That worked pretty well. The bobble colour requested was purple glittery. But I quickly realised that a thin DK is not going to let me finish this pom-pom and let me keep my sanity.

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So, I found some complementary coloured Aran wool and the remaining wool from the hat knit. Both were a bit more on the chunky side – making the pom-pom a slightly quicker task. What do you think of the multi-coloured pom-pom? It’s the first time I’ve done a mixed colour one (I spotted a tutorial on Facebook the other month and can’t find it again – sorry!). But I love the colour mix – even though it’s absolutely huge.

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So this is a proper pic of the hat (taken by my husband, but modelled by me) with the Pom-Pom on. I do think the pom-pom looks more in proportion when on the hat on my head.

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Question: Would you pom pom? Or would you not? Discuss….

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I’ll definitely be planning one of these for myself. I’m thinking perhaps in light blue (the same as the top I was in earlier in the post) or bright read to match the wrist warmers. But that will have to wait until the birthday and Christmas gift knits get knitted….

Yay! More knitting!

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Knitting · My WIP Projects

W.I.P. – Knitted patchwork. Square 26

Spent the afternoon knitting and catching up on programs I’ve managed to miss – loved the first episode of Downton Abbey!

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Along managed to finished this really pretty periwinkle ribbed square. I love the really simple effect of the ribs 🙂

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The next pattern is a little step up in terms of difficulty. So will need to find a space of time that will allow me to focus.

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This one is going to be in this pretty grey colour. Looking forward to the challenge 🙂

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Need to take a pause of the square though and get a pair of wristwarmers knitted that I promised my grandad 🙂 Thinking I might use the thinner ribbing pattern….

Knitting decisions are always fun!!

Book Review

The Boss Killers – For when you have a bad day at the office.

The Boss Killers by Keith Gillison
The Boss Killers by Keith Gillison

In all honesty, this is not a book I would have normally picked up off the shelf in a bookstore. It isn’t my normal cup of tea in terms of plot line. I certainly wasn’t sure what to expect from the front cover and I haven’t read a kindle book on my phone for a while. However, thankfully, I was asked to read this by a friend. So, dutifully, I downloaded the book onto my phone and sat down with a cup of coffee (decaf – 2 months (ish) clean of caffeine – yay!).

I did find the beginning of the book a little intense to read. There is a lot of dark, descriptive gore in the first couple of chapters – so I wouldn’t recommend this to any sensitive souls out there. As a result it took me a little time to really connect with the tale so my initial progress was pretty slow (not helped by the knitting projects I started around chapter 4).

Really wanting to finish the tale – I’ve managed to make some serious progress on the book this week (I’ve actually managed to finish it). It has been a case of making a concerted effort to move away from my desk and actually read at lunch. But it has been so worth it. There has not been a single chapter that hasn’t made me laugh out loud at something.

Around about 40ish % through the tale a really strong plot line started to kick in. The beginning become a really solid introduction to the tale, situation and then current scenario in the backdrop of this. I had the same experience with Game of Throne (part 1) so a slow start isn’t something that should put you off. Once you reach this point, it’s difficult to find the willpower to stop reading. If you want me to pick one word to describe this tale I would definitely class it as SURREAL.

I discovered new career paths such as “Human Demolition Services” (it does what it says on the tin) and about evil organisations all set out to kill you (in a colourful variety of methods). The tale also includes many satirical characters so ridiculous that you can’t help but wet yourself with laughter at the description.

Keith has judged the amount of humour to mix into his plot line perfectly. It’s so well balanced and really contrasts from some of the darkness bubbling under the surface of his main character (Ross). It also helps release some of the dramatic tension he manages to create. In the future, I would love to see this book voiced as an audiobook. The humour and strong characterisation of Ross really lends itself to this type of medium. I can only image that it would make the contrasting elements described above even more pronounced.

I’d really like to thank Keith for asking me to read this. It was a great experience and I look forward to his future novels. Since publishing this on the kindle he has also had some short stories published. So I will find out where you can see those and insert links below later.

If you’d rather read a good, trusty paperback – you can now also have that option. Only £6.50 🙂 You can buy it in paperback or download it from here: The Boss Killers: Bad day at the office? Call The Boss Killers

Knitting · My WIP Projects

W.I.P – Patchwork square – Square 25. Skinny Rib

So I have finally finished square 24 – the banded broken rib square. Personally, I’m not overally fussed by the pattern and wouldn’t choose to do it again. I think my tension was a bit tight as well as I had to knit more bands than should have been required.

I also managed to mess up on like the final band (the peral of taking a knit break if you are mid-way through something!).

I’ll either live with it in the final project, or I will redo it at the end.

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Now to get started on square 25.

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Hopefully I will get a chance to cast on during my lunch break.

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What I do know is that I’m going to need another box to keep all of my squares in. The first one is looking rather full….

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Will catch up with you all soon! Hope you all have a lovely weekend 🙂

Knitting · Updates

Body clock reset and New routines

Morning all!!!!

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Finally starting to get back into my old routine. My old routine involved me getting dropped off to work early and that used to be the time I could use to blog.

With the change in routine it has taken me a few weeks to get back into my time zone. I want to wake up at 6am (my old time) and that is finally starting to happen again.

This gives me a whole extra hour in the morning. Today I’m getting caught up on some knitting, blogging and Holby City (my other guilty pleasure). So today is off to a good start 🙂

I’ve hardly found any time for knitting this last few weeks. Definitely getting withdrawal symptoms. All my spare time is cleaning up after plasterers (spent 2 hours hovering the dust up the other night), painting coving and tripping over decorating stuff.

Hopefully this new reset body clock will grab me some more knitting time 🙂

Hope you all have a lovely knitting day

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