Hello everyone!!

I’ve been busy at school this past week so it’s been lovely having a couple of days off. Got a few photos off my displays which I thought you might like to see.

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Rainbow handprints! They basically cut out handprints and coloured them in rainbow colours. They then had to put these into order. They did really well. The sunset picture is one I did to show them how to do a sunset picture. (Not very good, but they got the idea and theirs were beautiful).

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I LOVE this picture 😀 Whenever the kids draw me something I always put it on this wall, behind my desk. Some of these are from Christmas, as you can tell from the left hand side, but some of them are from last week. There are a couple of unicorns and a Commonwealth ticket 😀 Haha, I love kids imaginations.

I had a sudden urge to do a bit of work on my crochet a long blanket so settled down in the morning with the two boys. Well, when they had finally settled down and stopped trying to eat each others faces I got quite a bit done.

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Lots and lots and lots of these!!! 😦 Instead of threading the needle one strand at a time, I threaded ten at a time, then sewed them in, and then another ten. I found it went a lot quicker than doing it one at a time.

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However, this was ‘helped’ by Alfie, falling asleep like this . . .

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Whereas my sweetheart Freddy lay on the floor patiently with his teddy.

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I thought it would be nice to go into town today and look into the local wool shop. I was desperate for some more Merino Superwash I had made those little cardigans into previously, but the prices were a bit too steep for me to justify paying them. Bit upset but I found something else to cheer me up 😀

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The six at the bottom are a 45% acrylic, 55% cotton mix, and I think the colours are gorgeous! The three are the back are a mix of cashmere, silk and merino. Gorgeous!! AND on sale at only £2 each. I already have patterns picked out for the bottom yarn, but not too sure of what to do with the top stuff.

Green and blue – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-coffee-bean-cardigan

Grey – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kanoko-pants

We are currently in the process of changing my room around. The large green sofa is being given to the charity furniture shop and I am having the chinchillas in my room. I need to buy Evie a new cage and myself some ear plugs! They are so noisy at night time!!  I am also going to have a table in my room, which I can’t wait for. It will be awesome to have a desk to work at, instead of lying on my bed to do work. My room looks a disgusting tip at the moment, but that will change soon!

When changing my room around I found the cross stitch Egyptian Queen my Mum had done a while ago. Isn’t it beautiful?

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I love the beading and tassels. 😀

Anyway, better go to bed now, got plenty of work to do from home tomorrow. Lesson planning never ends! Hope everyone has a good night.

xXx Love Kais xXx

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Hello everyone 🙂

This is my hundredth post!!!

Quite a photo heavy post today, but I like looking at other peoples photos, so don’t think anyone would be fussed with me putting loads up! I finished a few things off, and did some more spinning, and just had a relaxing craft time.

First things first – spinning. I used the braid that I was given as part of my Christmas Ashford Spinners Swap. It’s a beautiful Falklands handpainted 100g top, in what I think are very summery happy colours. I love the slight vinegary smell it has showing it has been hand dyed.

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I started spinning this as fractual spinning. I tore it in half and spun that on one bobbin. I then split the other half into three pieces. I haven’t started spinning that up yet, but that will be on another bobbin. I can’t wait to spin it altogether.

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I’m not too sure what to make with this, I never am. I also spun up some Jacobs fleece – fleece I had prepared myself from a fleece purchased raw at Woolfest. (Not long until Woolfest, less than eighteen weeks!!!)

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I’m getting far too lazy when it comes to my skeining. I need to get this wound up properly and the other green wool I spun last week. But this is lovely and soft and warm. Again, no clue what to make with it!

Ok… now onto the knitting and crochet!

I finished the little grey cardigan made from superwash merino and another little cardigan made from recycled alpaca mix yarn. Both were super quick knits. Well… I timed the grey one, and although it seemed to be made quickly it took about 6+ hours! I bought some buttons for both of them yesterday and I think they match pretty well. What do you think?

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Please excuse the poor photos, the lighting is not very good in here at the best of times. I love these both, and they are both newborn sizes.

I thought I would get out all the baby stuff that I have knitted in the past few years. I can remember doing each and everyone of these items 😀

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14 sweaters and cardigans. 😀 Only the two at the front are crocheted. I’m so pleased with each and everyone of them. One day my future children will be wearing these clothes and I cannot wait for the day I can see these being worn.

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One falling leaves baby blanket.

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Here are four pairs of baby socks, but I have got more somewhere. I can’t get enough of these! Knitted with Patons Smoothie 100% acrylic yarn. I cannot recommend this enough.

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Little diaper/nappy cover!

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A variety of wash clothes. Last time I checked in the bathroom there were six more hand knitted ones in there! Yes, you can see the ends peeking out from under the cloths – I hate sewing them in!

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And here is the finished pile. I feel a huge sense of pride and a happy feeling inside when I see this. It’s a little hard to think that this was all just a pile of yarn and I’ve used my skills to create something small and useable. I love knitting little cardigans, but from looking at this pile, perhaps I should try something else?? I’m thinking trousers or pants. And a few hats, and of course more socks! And some booties… and mittens… and… and… and… I have quite a few more items on my Smoby dolls too. I have been through Ravelry and queued quite a lot of items that took my fancy. Here are a few links of items I’m considering making.

http://www.ottobredesign.com/en/print/pdf/wool_diaper_cover_en.pdf

http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/angel-wings-pinafore.html

http://straayersscribbles.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/double-breasted-baby-sweater.html

http://crochetvolution.com/spring-2014/jellybean-baby-set

I love the look of the last one but in a different yarn.

I’ve realised that the last lot of wool and yarn I bought was all the way back in November I think. I just have not bought any for a long time. I changed that today by finding a different colour of Patons Smoothie that I didn’t know existed. It’s a dark brown colour and I’ve never seen it before or it would have been in my last order of Smoothie yarn. It was from the LYS in Carlisle and cost only £2 as it was on sale. It was £2.75 not on sale and I was a bit sad to find they only had two colours of Smoothie anyway, otherwise I would have bought it from them in future and not online.

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It’s not the greatest colour in the world, but it’s useful and will look lovely in knitted and crocheted items 😀 Surrounding this lovely yarn is some faux fur that I found at the local market. It is a material stall and had lots of different fabrics. These large offcuts were in a basket for a quick sale. I just loved these fabrics. One is a long pile grey one which feels amazing, and the other three are short pile ones which I just know will make gorgeous teddies! I cannot wait for the summer holidays 😀

This weekend me and A were together and we had an amazing time. I can’t wait to see him again. Anyway, I have work in the morning so I had better start finishing off. I’m going to refill my hot water bottle, get a drink and settle back in bed to snuggle with Freddy and watch some rubbish telly.

Nighty night everyone,

xXx Love Kais xXx

Hello again everyone. Just had a nice, relaxing time at A’s for the weekend. Being as it was Valentines day we obviously wanted to spend the time together. I got him a teddy, some aftershave, some sweets and a big card. He got me one of the box cards, a big teddy in a box and he treated me to a nice lunch in an Italian restaurant called ‘Romas’, in Clydebank. I had the chicken and cauliflower soup for starters (Mmmmm!) with the carbonara pasta for the main. I was stuffed! He had the tomato and onion bruschetta and chicken with peppercorn sauce for main. Looked very good. We must have finished about 3pm, but I was so full we didn’t eat anything else all night.

We must have had a movie weekend without even really realising it. We watched the following films –

  • Superman: Man of Steel
  • Dead Silence
  • Silent Hill: Revelation
  • Halloween Resurrection
  • Messenger 2 : The Scarecrow
  • Shanghai Noon
  • Shanghai Nights
  • Tall Man
  • Apartment 143
  • Seed of Chucky
  • Blackadder: A Christmas Carol

Now I have written them down that really is an awful lot! As you can see we like our horror films. :p

On the train down I managed to get quite a bit of my other blue cardigan done and on the way home I finished it. That included sewing in the ends and adding ribbon.

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It’s pretty small, so it’s definitely a newborn size. Might try it out on the baby doll later on. I made a start on the hat too. I’m not too sure the pattern will look like it matches the cardigan, so might add some shell stitches around the edge.

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I might do some more of this in bed tonight, I’m not too sure. I washed some fleece the other night and it’s been left to dry in the house. It smells a bit bad because of lying in water, so I think once it is dry it needs hung outside in a laundry bag and given a good airing! This is Dorset Down Ewe fleece I think.

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Got Freddy there doing quality control!

I bought some new shoes on the weekend. I know I said that I wouldn’t mention shoes on this blog anymore but meh! These are gorgeous. Not what I would usually go for, but I needed some more heels that would be perfect for school. These caught my eye at the very last second before I walked out of the shop. What do you think?

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I’ve had a few purchases over the week. I managed to get a photo of the books I mentioned on my previous blog post.

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Again, AWESOME books!

I was given some kool-aid by a very generous member of Ravelry. I got 42 odd packets. Look at the lovely bright colours here!

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I had a go at drinking one of the lemon and lime ones. I couldn’t believe the amount of sugar that you had to put into the drinks to make it drinkable. I think I only put in half of the sugar. It tasted… ok, but not something I would drink a lot of. I expected the sugar to drop to the bottom and stay there, but nope, it completely mixed in with the drink. Made me feel quite queasy the amount of sugar it contained. So, yep, now I’ve tried it, that’s that over with, haha. Tescos had a new American section, and I’m still hoping very much so that they start stocking kool-aid. I’ll buy it for dyeing, but not for drinking, urgh :p It’s a real shame the UK don’t have anything like this. Only packets similar to this we sell are for mini hot chocolate drinks.

Ooh, I bought some crochet hooks! These arrived on Friday, but since we weren’t in, the postman took them to the Royal Mail delivery depot and they were picked up the next day. I ordered five packets of crochet hooks at 12 per pack. Gorgeous colours!

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I plan on making a display at the Kendal Woolgathering using these hooks. I will stick them in some small metal buckets and crochet flowers to go onto the hooks (using the size hook will make different sizes of flowers) which will make them look like a small flower garden 😀 It sounds good in my head, we shall see how it looks in real life! I also ordered some crochet hooks in nice cases, but these are from China so will take about a month to arrive.

Got an amazing picture of Freddy and Alfie only a couple of hours ago. This does NOT happen often so I grabbed the camera as quick as possible!

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How cute is this?!

Here is Alfie looking all innocent and ‘I-won’t-bite-you-honest-I-won’t-I-just-want-to-eat-your-fingers’ expression on his face.

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He is starting to get a little chunkier and filled out which makes him look so gorgeous and puppyish!

Here is a favourite photo of mine of me and my sweetheart. I love you so much Freddy.

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Words can’t express the love I have for my dog. Freddy is my world, my life, my heart. I’d do anything for him.

I’d better go now, we are going to snuggle up and watch some ‘American Dad.’ Maybe do a little bit of crochet. Have a great night everybody!

xXx Love Kais xXx

Goodness, nearly a month since I posted. Quite a bit has happened since then, though sadly not a lot craft wise! 😦 This won’t be a long blog tonight as my eyes are a bit sore and tired. And it is midnight, haha. And I have work in the morning….

Well, the big news first? We got another puppy! Yep, we got a little black lab. This is one of the first photos we got of him when we got home on Thursday night.

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Doesn’t he look tiny!? I’d like to formally introduce Alfie, a ten week old black labrador. (Eight weeks old in that picture). He has settled in very nicely, and has ensured he gets a spot on the sofa every time! Freddy didn’t like him at first, and it took about a week for him to actually play with Alfie properly. Before that he just kept running away or hiding behind one of us! Now he knows how poor Bo felt when he was a baby! Alfie enjoys his food very much, and adores snuggling up to people to sleep. Seeing him half asleep looking at you just makes you go awww! We kept him a secret from everyone in the family until we actually got him. When we picked D up at the station (brother) we had literally picked Alfie up about half an hour before hand, so we had him in the car. It took D about five minutes before he realised I was holding a puppy! (Though I will forgive him for that because it was a dark night and Alfie is very black!) I also wanted to surprise A with him, so had to stop myself from mentioning Alfie at all, and not put any photos of him up on FB. A came down to mine on the weekend. He wasn’t feeling too well so I told him to go straight up to bed. I carried Alfie upstairs and stood in the doorway waiting for A to turn round. He was rather surprised and grinned when he saw Alfie. Got some lovely photos of them together.

Alfie is going to be a lovely member of this family, but he needs to keep his nipping under control. He grabs Freddy by the face, ears and neck and it must hurt Freddy for he squeals loudly and tries to run away. If I tell Fred to tell Alfie off, he will growl at him and sort of push him away with his head, but most of the time he looks to us to tell him off. I’m torn with letting Freddy tell him or always telling Alfie off myself. We shall see how it goes. He isn’t always naughty; look at this –

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Fell asleep in his dinner bowl. Bless.

I haven’t been very well the past two weeks. Those who have read my blog before might have seen that I have had an ongoing problem with my hearing. I started going quite deaf in my right ear with terrible tinnitus. Then it spread to my left ear, and then my nose was so blocked I couldn’t breathe in or out. (That’s pretty normal for me to breathe out of my mouth most of the time, but this was different).

I left work early on Friday last week as I was getting very stressed out, I couldn’t hear the children and the noise in my ear was driving me nuts. I managed to get an emergency appointment at the Dr’s and he gave me some steroid drops for my nose because he said that was what was causing the trouble. He also told me I have a deviated septum. I’ll find a simple explanation for that online, give me a second. (I’m not very good at explaining these things).

A deviated septum is a condition in which the nasal septum — the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half — is significantly off center, or crooked, making breathing difficult. Most people have some sort of imbalance in the size of their breathing passages. In fact, estimates indicate that 80% of people, most unknowingly, have some sort of misalignment to their nasal septum. Only the more severe imbalances cause significant breathing problems and require treatment.

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/deviated-septum

Anyway, being told I have this makes a lot of sense. I’ve never been able to breathe out of my nose properly, and this of course would have had a negative effect on my breathing, hence the sleep apnoea, as well as the tonsils and adenoids getting in the way. I’m glad I know what the cause of my nose problems are I know there are ways of helping this. I know you can get surgery, but I’m not too sure I want to go down that route just yet. (Believe me, the other week I would have been saying differently!) Using these drops made a massive difference to my nose, and within a day and a half I was able to breathe out of it. Not comfortably, but still, a lot better than normal. Now six days later it has made a massive difference. Unfortunately, it did nothing to my ears. Days after these drops nothing changed for my ears. I was slowly going mad. Being a teacher, I kinda need my ears! Monday was hellish at work. I could barely hear, for some reason the kids could barely hear me (they said I was speaking quieter than normal) and the ringing in my ears was awful. I think I stayed in my classroom the entire day just so at break times I could get some relief by listening to the sound of rain on my Mums MP3 player. (The only way I could drown out the ringing noise was with some sort of … whooshing noise, and rain and storm sounds helped immensely). I had Tuesday off and went to the Dr’s again. I had to ask for some decongestants (the same ones I got last time) and within HALF A DAY, my left ear went back to normal. Seriously, less than half a day. I’m gobsmacked the Dr didn’t give me these without me asking. I managed to pop my left ear this morning and I haven’t gone deaf with it again. I tried popping my ears again this evening, and both popped! The relief was immense. The ringing noise cut in half with the volume and I can finally hear again. I’m going to continue with the pills and hope that this congestion is on its way out as I have lost money from not being at work this week. It’s also left me absolutely shattered and I was literally staying in bed for days on end, being too knackered to do anything.

I’m sure a lot of people couldn’t understand the fuss I was making, but losing my hearing (albeit not going totally deaf, everything was muffled) was a horrible experience. And the ringing, oh my, the ringing. I thought I would go mad with it. Anyone had tinnitus before? I never, ever want to experience that again. I still have it now, but it’s very quiet compared to what it was. I can live with this. I could have happily gouged out my ears to stop the noise before. I’ve had the ringing since the 23rd December. I am never going to leave congested ears so long before seeing the Dr again.

So, yeah, not been a good few weeks from that perspective! Otherwise I’ve been very busy at work, trying to get as much done as possible. I’m really enjoying it still. I need to work on creating a CPD portfolio, but I always feel like I’m so busy I don’t have time to do ANYTHING else. We shall see, because I need to get that done. I have an INSET day to attend on Tuesday, and a day off on Monday, yay!

I bought some crochet hooks online for my stall in October. I know it’s a long time away, but I like being prepared! They were a fantastic price too. I’ve thought of some great new ideas for my stall too, and I’m hoping that these will work out. I’ll not say anything just yet, but I am thinking. I’m going to go to the Creative Stitches and HobbyCraft show in Glasgow in March with my Mum. She is buying the tickets as a treat for my 24th birthday. I’ll be buying the tickets into Woolfest for both of us. We are looking to see if we are getting any bargains there or any ideas for Kendal. Soooo looking forward to Woolfest, as that is where I am going to buy all of my fleece stock. Yay! Nineteen weeks to go 😀

Talking of crochet, I had a real urge to make something up quickly, so found a neat pattern online I just had to make.

http://favoritelittleprincess.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/easy-baby-sweater-and-hat.html

I used an Aran Wool mix in cream and a size 5.0mm hook. It was extremely easy to do and I’ve already picked out the yarn and hook size for the next one!

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You will see the pattern has sleeves, but I didn’t think they would go quite nicely on here. I think it looks nice without sleeves. I used some EmpressFibres ribbon to give it a splash of colour. I might change that soon though, the ribbon is too long.

This is the next type of yarn I’m using. It’s like brushed baby acrylic I think. I will be using a size 4.0mm hook, to make a much smaller size. The colour is pale blue so I think it will work for either a boy or a girl.

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I’ve done a bit of spinning on my days off. I managed to sit down and spin one of my Jacobs batts in one sitting. Sorry for the horrible looking photo.

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I also had a go at spinning up one of my own kool-aid dyed rovings. I have been too lazy to skein it up, so that is a quick job that needs done soon.

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I also got some great books in the post a few weeks ago too. I bought ‘60 Quick Baby Knits,’  and ‘60 More Quick Baby Knits.’ Both of them have some lovely designs in them, and I will definitely be knitting some of them. Some are pretty naff, but you get that with all knitting pattern books. Some you love, others not so much. I also bought ‘The Field Guide to Fleece,’ by Deborah Robson. It’s a pocket book of 100 different kinds of sheep and their fleeces. It literally does fit into your pocket, is pretty thick and full of information. It shows a picture of the sheep, as well as a page of info, and on the page opposite, it shows a lock of the fleece, and some dimensions about it. It even leaves a little space for you to write some notes, e.g. where you can buy the fleece! I was very pleased with it. All of these books were brand new and are highly recommended. I am going to be taking my Deborah Robson book with me to Woolfest, to assist me in picking some great new fleeces.

Ooh, something else I got too, which people either love or hate. For years I have wanted to try out making a reborn baby doll. I managed to buy a kit online for a fairly decent price, and it had everything included in it. It had the doll head and limbs, body, weights, paints, stuffing, etc, etc. The baby kit is called ‘Ember.’ The paint pots are tiny, but the amount you use is laughable. You barely dab your brush in the pot and you have enough to cover the entire limb! Very good value these air dry paints. I started off well with painting a little arm, but since being ill, I just lost interest, which is a great shame. I had painted the two legs in a few layers of paint, practically finished one arm and I think, I overpainted the other arm, which means I will have to strip it with nail varnish remover. The only problem with this kit is that I have to do it during the day time, as at night time the light is just far too poor. I think that is how the paint just didn’t look right on the one arm. No matter. Here is a picture of the kit.

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I can’t wait for summer where I can sit outside with the chickens and the dogs, and do my crafts in the summer sun, safely under the large swing chairs cover. Oh well, summer will be here before we know it. Talking of being outside, the weather is dreadful. Storms are coming this way and the UK is set to getting a battering. Trains have been cancelled all the way up to Preston (an hour or so down South from here) and trains in Wales have a strict speed limit. There are 100mph wind warnings and some places are on red alert. Not sure what that is, but it’s been splashed across the news and telly so it must be bad. I feel for the poor people in Wales as one of their train lines has collapsed due to horrific weather and the flooding. Flooding has been really bad in the UK. I hope this problem gets sorted soon. There has been severe flooding in Worcester too, which is very close to where my Nanny lives. I lve Worcester, I hope this gets sorted very soon too. 

Anyway, the lights have been flickering a little, so I’m hoping they won’t cut out. The wind is very noisy outside, and I hope the chickens are all ok. We have had to put weights on their hutch so the roof won’t blow off.

Right, I think I’ve pretty much said everything about the last few weeks. I apologise for not blogging earlier, but hopefully, since I’ve blogged now, I’ll try and keep on it a little bit more. Have a great night everyone.

xXx Love Kais xXx