I've done some crochet. After the Skye blanket, I had a go at one based on Heather's Elmer Squares. It doesn't have a name, and both Chris and I decided that we prefer the back of it (with the cream seam grid pattern) more than the front.
|The day it arrived... Mischief approves...|
|... and so does Millie...|
My ripple blanket is over the other arm of the armchair, and the Skye blanket is on the back of it. The sofa is similarly draped in blankets (bought ones) in an effort to protect it from cat claws. And it's nice to just drag a blanket off the arm and snuggle down under it if you're a bit cold. I do think having blankets and throws draped everywhere can make the place look a bit untidy. But so can having a sofa which has been shredded by a cat who forgets where his proper scratching post is...
I also crocheted some facecloths which were given as Christmas presents to Chris, my mum and my mother-in-law, along with a bar of organic soap from The Highland Soap Company, who I discovered in Spean Bridge when we were on Holiday in June. I decided which soap to get, and then tried to buy similar shades of cotton yarn (King Cole bamboo cotton) so that it was all matchy-matchy. I had to make Chris's facecloths whenever he wasn't here, and I even took them to work to do in my lunch break. In the end, I had to work on my mum's and his mum's when he was here, and just hoped he didn't ask me to make one for him, and spoil the surprise. He was very pleased with his, and I think my mum was too. His mum said she could use her facecloth as a mat. I'm taking that as a compliment, that she meant it was so nice that she'd like to have it on show (rather than "let me hide it under the fruit bowl"). She's a pretty nifty knitter and crocheter herself so she knew it was handmade and I think she commented on how neat it was.
A few months back we went to Skipton for a wander around, and whilst there I bought two 100g balls of what I would call a 'tweedy' kind of yarn. I made a slouchy beanie hat a few weeks ago, and I've just made some fingerless gloves to go with it. I'm now about to embark on the scarf, but I've been looking for a pattern for some kind of unusual or different stitch, instead of just working back and forth in plain trebles.
I had a go at doing some special Christmas nail art; I don't have any special tools or brushes so it's never as neat as I'd like it to be.
|Santa suit nails... think I did these last year too|
|Snow and snowman - ridiculously pleased with these!|
Christmas was good, but unfortunately I couldn't get any time off work this year (apart from Xmas day and Boxing day) and you can't enjoy it the same when you know you're back at work so soon. I got some crochet books from Chris (which I'd asked for) and a couple of sewing books, because I think 2014 will be the year when I get a sewing machine. I was going to get one for Christmas, but there was a last minute change of plan. I also got some perfume, chocolates and a few other bits and pieces. We went to my mum's for a lovely Christmas dinner followed by the obligatory sprawl out on the sofa, half watching Top Of The Pops and the Queen's Speech, and half nodding off, eyeing up the chocolates on the table and telling yourself that you don't have room for any more food. My mum bought us a food processor/blender/juicer/dough maker thingamibob, so I really want to use it to do some baking, but we've got so many chocolates in the house, I shouldn't be introducing more calories. I could make some buns for work I guess.
On Boxing Day we went to Chris's mum and dad's and had another gorgeous dinner. His mum did some pork, but Chris had bought a duck crown and took it over on Christmas Eve so that she could cook that as well. There wasn't much meat on it, but it was beautiful. I've never had duck before, but I'm sure I will again. Sorry if you're a vegetarian. To be honest, I would say that I'm a very reluctant meat-eater. There is no sense or logic to my decision about what meat I will and will not eat. I'll eat chicken, lamb, beef, pork, turkey. At one point I probably wouldn't have tried duck, but for some reason I was quite eager to try it this time. I always swore that I'd never eat rabbit, until my mum informed me that I ate it a lot when I was little, but she told me it was beef! I don't like the idea of eating animals, but I do like some meat, and there's no point in me pretending otherwise. Anyway, sorry about that.
Over Christmas, I discovered two things. Celebrations have got rid of the Galaxy Truffle, which was one of the best ones, and replaced it with a Twix, which is ok, but not as good. Roses, however, now do a coffee cream, which is one of my favourites, although I know it's hit and miss for a lot of people. So, swings and roundabouts...
It was Chris's birthday just before Christmas. We went to see the latest Hobbit film, which was good but let's face it, just a filler. They could've squashed it all into two films. Afterwards, we drove to the coast (Hornsea) to have fish and chips for tea! It was dark, but we sat in the car looking at the moonlight reflecting on the sea, until all the windows steamed up from the heat of the food. We were going to have a walk around the shopping village but we got there five minutes before it closed, and the only shop that still had it's doors open was Thorntons. Oh dear. So we had to go in there and buy some chocolates for the drive home. And then we had his birthday cake to eat, a chocolate brownie one that I'd made in the morning. It was very nice, especially warm with cream...
Erm, I'm sure that lots of other amazing, interesting and exciting things have happened over the past six months, but they've just slipped my mind for now, so I think I'll leave it here. I'm off to eat some chocolate...
|New Year sparkly nails|
* I have quite long, thin fingers in real life, and I would probably say that my hands are one of my best features (there aren't many good bits to choose from), so why do they always look like a bunch of sausages in photos?