Friday, 16 October 2015

The Highland Shawl From 'That' Show

Ah, Friday nights, they are great aren't they. I now have to work on a Saturday so its not the same as it used to be, but there are no classes in the studio its just my little shop open. I have some great Autumn projects in the pipeline including some knitted items inspired by one of my favorite TV shows, Outlander, (FYI, yes a bit saucy and a bit bloody, but very Scottish and a visual feast of the landscape I know and love). Anyhoo, first up, this amazing shawl designed by Carolyn Macpherson who blogs at THE NEXT BEAUTIFUL THING.

Carolyn has very kindly given me permission to make up shawl kits using yarns I have for sale in the shop and print off and pop the free pattern into each bag. I have just knitted one up for myself in an alpaca and wool blend and its super yummy. Keep a look out on the shop site for more details about the kits HERE

So, yes, back to Friday night. I am going to do a spot of knitting (what else), treat myself to a wee bar of M&S white chocolate (because I am allergic to milk and dark chocolate). And watch a wee bit of Highland high jinx

Unluckily for me I don't have to fight off the unwanted advances of a big kilt wearing red headed Scotsman. Life is not without its dangers though. There seems to be a merciless attack coming from the south !

Have a great weekend

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Wave Of Light

Its that sad day again today, babyloss awareness day.

For my little Ellie-Rose

2 Corinthians Chapter 1

3 Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Great Start

Yesterday was a great day to start the week. Oscar was off school, I was off work, we didn't set the alarm clock and eased ourselves in. What made this past Monday better than most is that we have snagged a new flat in the same area we live now. I cant tell you what a relief it is to have a new home to move to. Our moving date is October 31st. Let the packing commence.

FYI I wouldn't recommend a kitten for company when trying for a lie in. Tilly divided her time between pouncing my feet and chasing a light spot on the wall.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Get Thee Behind Me Oh Hideous Week

This week has been a total stress pot from start to finish, the highlight of which saw Oscar pulling a refrigerator shelf out by accident and spilling full pots of cream, yogurt and sour cream onto the kitchen carpet (who thinks kitchen carpet is a good idea!). It in itself would be fairly stressful, however since it occurred the night before our flat inspection the stress levels hit the roof.

We are in need of a good tenant recommendation because the landlords have decided to sell and we need to move out (by November 10th). It is a nightmare property hunting here because there are so few places available. On the day we got our notice the local paper headline said 'No New Properties Built In The Last 3 Years, Despite 7000 Families On The Waiting List'  

I have spent the week trying to give my kids, my flat, my shop, my family, my friends, my church and my God a fair share of my attention, and really I feel spread too thin. Throw in a parents evening with one parent absent, and a no show (or as it turns out late show and incomplete), amount of child support, the constant battle of bed times V's video games/Facebook/Skype/You Tube/messenger, and I am done.

Here I am now, lying on my bed in my work clothes too tired to even get undressed.

Not yet totally defeated however, I am still able to dig deep and count some blessings,

  • an excellent parents night report
  • Aimee has a job interview
  • I got trendy new glasses for next to no cost
  • I had freezer meals made to cover the gap
  • I saw a potential flat
  • the landlords said the flat 'seemed ok'
  • the kitten survived her holiday at my sister's
  • and on checking my phone I found Oscar had taken some pictures after dinner at my Mother's house

And if you are a member of MY CHURCH then you will be like me and looking forward to General Conference weekend.
Have a great week END.