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2017 Plans to knit and to sew and to create not just think about it !

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I just read Jenny Stilwell’s blog and it made me think how I didn’t keep up with my own 2016 plans.

I quote ‘Sewing has really fallen by the wayside in 2016 and in the coming year I will be sewing a minimum of 4 hours every week. This will be put in my calender as a normal appointment and I plan on treating it as a work date so cannot be cancelled unless I am away.’

What a great idea.  I have often felt guilty to put my creative time above other things and although I have crafted a lot over the years, I have never formally made time for it unless it has been at a club outside the home.  I have for 2 years given myself ‘me time’ at a lovely craft and coffee club on a Thursday morning – it’s a great meet up of like-minded crafters and we have crafted together and sunk many a cappucino whilst putting the world to rights.  However, it isn’t intense crafting time, distractions are indeed welcome and indeed meeting the others during that time in part is for companionship and inspiration is plentiful.  I do not give up my Thursday mornings unless there is an emergency! However, I just don’t seem to get enough actual crafting done some weeks.  I shall seriously think about popping formal crafting time into my diary just like a work appointment.  Thank you Jen, I feel almost like I have had permission to do so!  Thursdays may become the day for myself and my needles, be it knitting or sewing ones.

Saying that… I haven’t been idle since 2017 began.  Last weekend I made the most gorgeous baby blanket.  I loved it! I loved the yarn! I loved the pattern! I love the finished item!  I feel I have found delight again in knitting.  I have knitted for years, have many WIPs, have had successes and disasters, but this one project was such a pure pleasure to make. It was quick, it worked, it is a gift ready well before the gift date. It is the first of many new projects for 2017.




We still actually like each other after 25 years

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I just read someone else’s blog post about celebrating being a twosome after recently becoming parents. It was great to see some people don’t lose sight of who they were before the family came along.

I am at the other end of parenthood to this fellow blogger,with my son recently becoming an independent adult and leaving home for university. I look forward to his homecoming for holidays at ends of terms and even, if he wishes to do so, his return to the nest when the course is over in 4 years time.  However for now, we are a couple at home, not a threesome.  We are discovering what it is like to live once again just considering each other.  I am lucky to say we actually still like each other and find plenty to talk about, occasionally even surprising each other with things we never knew about the other. That’s not bad 25 years after we met, after 24 years of living together and 23 years of marriage!

When I think back to the heady first years of our relationship I have wonderful memories.  After a few years we were fortunate to become parents, something we yearned for for a long time before it actually happened and the memories of that time and the following 18 years of being parents are wonderful too.  I am not kidding myself, there were challenges along the whole journey, times when life seemed really difficult and frustrating, but we have always recovered with love and laughter.

We have enjoyed plenty of time together ‘a deux’ during the years.  We can reminisce, we giggle about the past, things we have done, people we have met, places we have been to.  But we are talking about the ‘now’, about the future, things we want to do, places we want to visit.  We have just returned from a romantic break away, a week of indulgence for the two of us, somewhere we hadn’t been before, meeting new people and we are already talking about the next trips away.

I am onto the next great chapter in life and that is truly cause for celebration.

Fireworks as we celebrated our son’s 18th birthday this summer, before he left for his new journey too.sam183

Working Week Over, Yahay to a few days r&r, Fleeing the nest syndrome

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My short ‘real’ working week of two days is over – hip hip hooray! I got over the sleepiness of the first 40 minutes of the first working day this week (see last blog post).

I am not always so celebratory but we might not be at home too much for the next few days.  No 1 son (and only son, say those who know me) has recently fled the nest (boo hoo for me but hooray for him).  After the first week and a half away at University we have finally had an actual online chat (with video) with him rather than barely-there texts.  I was feeling neglected, I had a six word text after 5 days (I remember when he only knew six words!)  He looks ok – tired – still getting over freshers week (in the UK at most Universities this means a whole week of boozy partying).  I think he has been taking freshers seriously (seriously partying….!).

So what are mum and dad up to (that’s us)?  Occasionally wandering around the house wondering what this ‘new’ life of ours is all about.  Starting to enjoy it a bit. Not that he was ever in the way, of course.  But, as other parents of teenagers will confirm, they get to a certain age when they lounge around a lot and stay up later than you!  It’s been a summer of lounging and late nights (him, not us!).

So, ahead of us for the next few days lie long walks on a beach (weather permitting, love a bit of breeze or sunshine, or both, but not walks in the rain).  Good food, the odd tipple and lots of knitting in front of a log fire when the chilly evenings kick in.  Bliss.

Will post pics of knitting next week.  I aim to finish at least one WIP.  It could be the going away blanket I never finished – and it is promised for the next time we actually see No 1 son (hopefully before Christmas if he can tear himself away from the really cool friends he’s already made at Uni.  Oh to be that age, but with my knowledge.

What’s This Blog About ANYWAY?! | New Adventures in Vulnerability…

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Hey, looks interesting already.  My blog has definitely been more sporadic and unplanned!  As for parenting expertise – still practising and my son is 18 years old not 18 months!  he he he

A Long List of Oh So Cute Baby Hats to Make

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Always lovely to see more baby hat patterns. One day I shall make some to have in reserve for babies coming along – I always leave gift knitting to the last minute! Love the last pumpkin hat pattern in particular.



I want to make a couple of baby hats for friends who are recent grans, for the first time.

Of course, the hats are actually for the babies, not my friends. LOL

I’ve been looking at some knitting blogs in search of those oh, so fun baby hat patterns that are “transformed” into things like strawberries, pumpkins…and found this post.

I thought it was very helpful and so nice that this blogger atChemKnits took the time to assemble all these patterns in just one post.                

In case you’ve never seen one of these hats, here’s a photo of one fromFlickr



So adorable I think!

And the only time in life any of us would actually look cute wearing a fruit or veggie hat. 🙂

I guess the guys who wear real hollowed-out watermelons at football games would tend to disagree. LOL 😉

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Perhaps I should have gone to sleep earlier last night

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I just saw this and thought ‘is it naptime already?’

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I have only been working for 40 minutes!  Not a good sign for the long day ahead.

More later ….

A garden in a chair, Seven Dials, London

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A busy busy time for weeks and weeks, with work, home, crafting, being a mum, generally juggling life.

I now work in London two days a week – it was three short days, now it’s two slightly longer days. It is exhausting but sometimes can be fun. One of the best things, oddly enough, is walking from Charing Cross station to the top of Oxford Street. I wiggle my way there through Seven Dials and often admire the shops and cafes. It feels very continental with pavement tables and chairs and little boutiques. At the moment there are flags strewn across the main road and it is quite festive – think of summer fetes, though the sun isn’t always shining! A few weeks ago there was a lovely display outside Gudrun Sjödén Ltd at 65-67 Monmouth Street (in fact their windows and displays are often fabulous!). This one was so nice I had to take a snap. A garden in a chair – a great idea that I would like to emulate one day too.
When I have had time I have been sewing and knitting to my heart’s content. There are still many WIPs but I have actually finished a few things too. I shall pop pics on here soon. I now work for a knitting online retailer – can you imagine what a ‘sweet shop’ it is for me?! So many yarns, so many projects ….. colleagues are now suggesting a KAL called After The Rain. I might just join in, though what colour to choose to make it in….after the rain  Perhaps something cool for next summer, like a cotton/linen mix.

So away to click the needles on my current project that needs to be finished by the time No 1 son starts Uni in September.  One more UFO becomes again a WIP which means I can consider a new project!