Monday, 26 August 2013


A few years ago I went on a pattern calculating course run by Amy Twigger-Holroyd, look her up she's an inspiring (soon to be Dr in knitting) knitter. It was a great two day affair held at her Keep & Share studio in Hereford. It culminated in a pub lunch with the other very interesting & eclectic students.

I haven't used the technique for a while, but essentially it uses calculations & observations on construction of ready made items (why reinvent the wheel as Amy says). So I dug out my course notes & got on with working out a pattern for a cardigan given to me a knitting group friend. It's for her elderly mother-in-law who loves the cardigan but has lost the pattern. My "Yes! moment came when I finally cracked it this afternoon & I could send the pattern to Julie.

Thanks to Amy Twigger-Holroyd for teaching me this fab technique. Knitters are great people; I'm so pleased to be in their collective. Now that I've revised my knowledge I shall certainly be using it again soon, watch this space.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

August days roll into one

Time with friends is sacred, to share experiences, hear them laugh & catch up with those I see often & some less often is such an important part of my life, especially given that I live far from family. They have become family.

So here we are, Sunday afternoon enjoying a wonderful afternoon tea in the countryside made mostly by Sarah - notice the 5 tier cake stand! I did contribute some buttermilk scones made from a Peyton & Burne baking book recipe, which I was really happy with, they are so light & fluffy.

It wasn't at midday or on Sunday morning (see suggested August Break themes) but it was sacred time out & i figure, hey it's okay to go off piste for a few days.

Friday, 23 August 2013

August Break Mash Up

After a few busy and stressful weeks I'm so happy to have the bank holiday weekend at home with very few plans, including an afternoon tea and a BBQ with the best neighbours in the world (it's their offical title). I've also been having fun putting together my new schedule for the next 6 week children's craft club starting September 7th. Take a look at my workshop pages and Leicestershire Craft Centre website for more details.

Since we returned from our hols I've been to an English beach which was stunning after a week of too hot to bear sand in Portugal and I've caught up with lovely friends from our days down south. I've been knitting like a demon and this week I had news of even more babies arriving in the next year so back to the knitting straight after this entry. This gorgeous knitted and felted deer head by Claire Garland is right up there on my list!

I've been loving the August Break photo challenge but what with the holiday and very little internet access my days have become a bit messed up. So to just about catch myself up, here are days 17 to 21 with 15 thrown in there for good measure.

Day 15
Whilst we were on holiday I read a great Agatha Christie and most of the new Dan Brown.  Now I know many people hate and laugh at his books, but I don't care, they are good, interesting and sometimes thought provoking stories.  Okay so his plot techniques and twists and turns are rather contrived and perhaps even getting a little predicable but hey, I couldn't do any better. That said I didn't photograph either book and instead this is part of my book cabinet at home- many other lesser titles are used to partially hold up our bed.

Day 17 & 18 Touch & Looking down
Taken whilst having a leisurely Sunday stroll on Poole beach with my lushious buddy Jules.


Day 19 White
Not quite white sand but just look at those beautiful white tipped clouds and the cute gulls, both of which I missed in the heat of Portugal.
Day 20 Taste
Living in a village has many, many benefits which I bang on about a lot here, but in the summer one of the best is coming home to find a bag of local alloment grown veg left on your doorstep by a kindly villager, it's just lush!

Day 21 Something Old
My favourite old thing (besides my Gran ;-) is my antique wedding ring that belonged to a wonderful lady I was lucky enough to call Great Aunt Grace. It's a constant reminder of my family, where and who I came from.
Tomorrow I'll do Midday and Sacred, hmmm I feel a doubler coming on again, namely photographing my LIE IN which is both sacred and may just end about midday!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

August Break 14th to 16th

Stillness, books & floral, hmm... Stillness is evading me somewhat. Holidaying with the out-laws & petit monster-P is not very relaxing or calm but Mr P & I have snuck in a few quiet hours together
Books; I'm reading something trashy & besides that life is devoid of books just now.
Floral= tick! I enjoy taking pics of flora & fauna & I really like the results. All but one of these pics are without a filter, just for a change.

Home tomorrow- yippee!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

An actual break in August

We're on holibobs. We caught up with the out-laws & the petit P so it's not entirely relaxing, but I write this whilst sipping a spritzer looking out over an Algarvian golf course & mountain-scape, so I don't feel too sorry for myself.

Here is an August Break blog pics catch up.


Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Day 7: Skyline

Ploumanac'h, Brittany. Where Mr P & I got married over 4 years ago. Such a beautiful place.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Day 6: Diagonals

I struggled with today's suggested theme but here goes. I'm more of a vertical stripes kinda gal.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Close Up - Day 5 The August Break

This first pic is of my latest crochet Mandala, inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a workshop I'm running at 78 Derngate, Northampton on 2 November 2013. (See Maker Workshop page for more details).
The beautiful orchids on my kitchen window ledge. I always have orchids in the kitchen and luckily my Mum is magician at getting them to re-flower.
This close up was taken during our Monday night knitting group.  It features my great friend Sarah Cant (milliner to royality although she'd never boast about this, I do...frequently) completing another beautiful piece from her new 2013 collection.  I'm lucky to have had a sneak preview and I have my eye on several hats. Three of Sarah's hats were featured in Vogue's top 100 hats a short time ago and she also features in this slightly less read (!) blog in my first ever post The Milliner's Assistant.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

August Break Day 4: Love

Percy & Tabs are our 7 year old Siamese cats, we've had them since they were kittens & since before we were married, they are so precious to us. They somehow embody very many wonderful memories of our relationship, we'd be lost without them.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

August Break Day 1: Fishing for Breakfast

I admit it, I've lost my blogging/social media mojo a little, I won't go into why, but I know it's for good reason and I also know it will come back. I can already feel it (the mojo that is) ebbing back in & nagging at me in a nice easy, 'now come on, you love this' kind of way. So when I read about The August Break from one of my favourite blogs, iMake, it felt like just the ticket to coax myself back into the water. The August Break has been running for several years apparently and a visit to Susannah Conway's blog tells you just why it's so popular. It's a relaxed, friendly, understanding and approachable place. She runs courses on blogging and photography and blogs about things like "But sometimes I also need to retreat and remind myself to plug into my own wise counsel. The truth that I see with my eyes. That I feel in my heart. No Facebook updates required." It reminds me somewhat of my last blog post, in fact her poem The Permission Slip very much resonated with me.

Anyway the idea of a month's 'allowed' break from proper blogging with suggested topics of photos to take each day is very appealing. I'm quite aware that I have had almost a month off already but who's counting? I've even joined Flickr and the August Break group, I know, get me with all the tech (?!). So here is my first pic, my nephew's fish enjoy their fish food breakfast. We are fish-sitting with him being away all August. Now that's an August break of another kind, of the quiet house, thank goodness for some rest from teenage angst variety.

See you tomorrow.