Friday, November 09, 2012

Hello My Lovelies, if you are still out there...

Well hello Blogger, aren't you new and fancy looking!  Let's hope you will post for me today! 

I do apologize for lack of posts for so long.  It was a busy spring and an even busier summer.  Graduations, University convocation, Confirmation, our 25th Anniversary and my father's 75th birthday party that I hosted for 40+ guests.

So some pictures to show that I wasn't telling porkies.

Our resort in Jamaica, Anniversary trip we took with the kids.

Last day

So everything is good here and as I said quite busy.  I have been knitting too.  There is a baby on the way, remember the cousin that had the construction accident?  They are having a baby!  We are so excited for them.  I have started a baby blanket and already did a wee hat.  And I did another Mid-December for DN1.

Oh and the requisite Hallowe'en picture!

Cowardly Lion, haha.

I will try to be better with posting, still feel like I missed telling you all so much.  And I HAVE been keeping up with reading all your blogs.  You are all so much more talented and organised than I am!

Lisa xo

Friday, May 11, 2012


I don't know if you have access to this magazine but I can't help but think it will bring a huge amount of controversy and discussion.  How old is too old to breast feed?  When it is still mutually desired?  What if they both want to continue til the child is 6 or 8?

What are your thoughts?

Thursday, April 05, 2012


Does anyone remember what magazine this came from? The little girl looks exactly like my middle daughter, I stored it on the computer to show her and now forgot which magazine it came from!
And, best tumblr ever

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Hottie Cover Pattern/Guidelines

I know you didn't think I was coming back? Of course I promised you some guidance and here I am. Thank you so very much for all your kind words on my Quick and Easy Stripey Hottie Cover. I was away for three days but received all your lovely comments on my BlackBerry and couldn't wait to get back to hopefully guide some of you ladies! Firstly, you must look through your crochet hook collection and find yourself a 4mm hook.
After you have selected chosen hook, you are going to pour yourself a nice cuppa. Then you will take your hook and chain around your hot water bottle. That's all I did. I added a few extra stitches to facilitate the hottie being full of water (it was obviously empty when I was measuring). But the yarn will stretch. I actually started with 46 stitches for my size bottle, which I am assuming is a standard size hottie (18cm x 40cm). After you have chained your needed amount of stitches, you will join it in the round. Your objective here is to create a tube. This way there is not any seams to sew up later.
You will continue to single crochet for two rows in your chosen colour. You will change colours every TWO rows. I used the Cascade 220, which we all know is the yarn left over from my Never Ending Ripple Blanket. I also crocheted THROUGH THE BACK LOOP. This is what creates this particular pattern. You can crochet through the front loop, crochet through the back loop or crochet through both loops. All produce different patterns and textures. Please refer to my link to be sure you are placing hook through this loop.
When you have crocheted the length of your hottie you will finish, tie off and weave in all your seams. Now to close in the bottom of your funny looking tube. All I did was turn it inside out and crocheted the two sides together. I hate sewing up but I am sure you could do that as well! There is no shaping (decreasing or increasing) in this pattern. Then, for the neck, I chained 100 stitches to make the tie. I did this in a contrasting colour from where I weaved in the tie. The stitches are loose enough to weave in tie without altering the pattern at all. Tighten the bow and Bob's your uncle!
>***I am by no means, a pro at crochet, I dabble in it, that is all. This is a very simple, quick project that I created completely on my own. If you have any difficulty please contact me and I will do my utmost to try and help

Much luck,
Lisa xoxo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quick and Easy Stripey Hottie Cover

Just finished. Very quick and very easy. My own pattern. And for those followers of my ripple blanket you will notice same yarn. Had to use it up somehow! So it matches my blanket. If you are interested in the pattern I can guide you, just drop me a note. Cascade 220 yarn and a 4mm hook.
Must fly. Have to get cosy in the ripple with my hottie!
Much love,
Lisa xo

Friday, February 10, 2012

Do I Look Fat in This???

You simply must check out this site. It will totally put your weight in to perspective!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Spring Fever

I'm looking everywhere for inspiration. I am feeling a bit cooped up right now and need pretty pictures to keep me upbeat. Thank God for the internet! The cold doesn't bother me but early sunsets do as I love to walk after dinner with the dog and cannot when sunset is still around 5.30.
I finished another infinity scarf but of course, forgot to take a picture but the recipient was so terribly grateful! I am now in the midst of finishing that neverending ripple blanket!
Just fiddling with the crochet trim around to tidy it up and it will be done. Who, by the way, thought a KING SIZE ripple blanket was a good idea?
How gorgeous are these wellies? Seriously...

There she is 99% complete ;)
Have a cheery week my lovelies!!!
Lisa xo

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Back so soon?

Yes back again. Apparently, I am on a knitting roll! I am trying to de-stash and these two patterns came along so here I am. This is Mid-December by A Crafty House.
I used stashed yarn so as a result I ran one row short but who's looking right? Great pattern, very easy, so you beginners out there, NOW is the time! Knit and purl, that's all you need to know girls! What are you waiting for?

It will be a little gift to my cousin. You remember her right? She deserves a little treat after looking after hospitalized hubby for sooooo long.
Stay tuned for more de-stashing projects!
:: PS there are more details about this pattern at Ravelry

Friday, January 06, 2012

Back to my Roots

And I don't mean the dark ones on my head. This blog began as a knitting blog and that's what today's post is about. This is the GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley. This is a free Ravelry download.
Ignore the cleaning clothes sweats please, I did not dress up for you, I am sorry. See how long and lovely? A great infinity scarf/cowl. Love it! And DN1 loved it. I knit it for her. I tried a pattern last year that was a disaster. This one is scrumptious. And the yarn, oh the yarn. It is Malabrigo Pearl (3 years old) doubled, knit on 9mm circulars. (Wish I ordered from Jimmy Beans, I paid waaaay more than that!)
If you are looking for one of these patterns, it is quick, simple and lovely. Really, give it a try. Below is my gorgeous eldest wearing GAP-tastic. She asked me to deliver it to her at work. So like a good mum, I did.
I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! And I am planning on posting a few pics of the most gorgeous Christmassy things I received. Somewhere, there is a Cath Kidston stockist with very little stock!
much love
Lisa xo