Unseen Snippets of Summer

I don’t really remember when I stopped using my point and shoot camera all the time, but when I looked at the last photos on the memory card they are from July and August. I’ve fallen into the habit of using my phone to take photos (and that fills up ridiculously quickly and I never have enough space), and trying to use my dSLR more, but when I decided to do more blogging I felt the need for my point and shoot again.

Looking at the photos on the memory card was weird and lovely at the same time. Photos of our summer, recording moments I’d let slip from my mind. The fortnight I spent at my mum’s house I just took photos on all three cameras and I hadn’t looked at the ones on my point and shoot until this month.

Our trip to Stratford on Avon – me, my mum, and my children. Having ice cream at the ice cream place (a disappointing lack of variety in their flavours this time!), TTG trying to steal mine, TTB declaring he wanted a chocolate one but realising when he started it that he doesn’t like ice cream (so cold!) and valiantly trying to eat a bit of it despite being disappointed that it wasn’t actual chocolate. The boyband (Unscripted I think they were called) busking by the marina, sitting outside Costa to have a drink as inside was full and TTB being a total dude with his babyccino and sunglasses on. (Now I’ve just loaded that photo it’s not a very flattering one of me! Never mind!)

One of the BEST things about staying with my mum (apart from not having to cook and of course seeing my family) is her lovely garden. I wish we had a garden here! We spent loads of time outside, usually joined by whichever family was around that day. Here it looks like Alice and TTG are having some tummy time while TTB seems to be foraging for something, probably a ball, under the Japanese Anenomes.

Being outside in the garden is something I can’t quite envisage right now, in these days full of RAIN and WIND and STORMS and DARKNESS and GLOOM and WEATHER. This is my LEAST favourite time of year. HOWEVER, I am cheered by the thought that it is the 1st of December tomorrow and that means it’s only about 3 weeks until the solstice and the days gradually lengthen again, Hoo bloody rah.

“I want to wash up, mummy!” was something I heard pretty much daily over the summer. Yes of course, but keep the water over the sink OVER THE SINK for goodness sake why did you tip it ARGH? Just kidding I of course love that he wants to wash up. It’s just very wet. And messy. And I have to wash everything again afterwards. But you know, it keeps him happy and it’s free so what’s a bit of wiping up afterwards. I bought him a waterproof apron, now I just need a waterproof kitchen.

No idea when this was and I have no story to go with it other than “here is a pretty sunset wot I took a photo of” ;-)

Ah, the bucket of sand. Best £2.50 ever spent. My mum was a wonderfully good sport about the sand all over the patio and merely swept it all back into the bucket at the end of the day. This kept him so entertained he needed no input from any of us for hours at a time, he was so happy to scoop and shovel and dig and excavate and pour and tip and brush and tread in. I wanted to just hug myself with happiness watching TTB play in the sand. Darling boy. I think this is probably my top thing from summer actually.

We celebrated six years of marriage in August by going for lunch in Settle and then a walk up to the Ribble Viaduct. I like to make a number photo each year; this one was better than last year when I tried to make a 5 out of maple syrup on top of pancakes. Maple syrup was far runnier in real life than in my head!

This year is rushing past so quickly that I often feel like I’m running to keep up. It’s very satisfying looking back at photos and seeing everything we’ve done. I can’t believe the change in TTB from last summer! Growing so fast. x

Warm and Bright Blanket


It’s cold outside today. Would you like to see something that will make you feel warmer? Of course you would do!

This is my latest blanket; it’s a corner to corner blanket and for my friend who is due to have a baby in February. It’s turned out bigger than any of my other baby blankets because I was so excited about the colours and just wanted to keep going! I really love this. I’m calling it my “Warm and Bright” blanket. (For more details about corner to corner blankets plus link to the pattern etc, hop on over to this post.)

I wrote about the colours a few weeks ago, you can read that post here. I used Stylecraft Special dk on a 4mm hook and the colours are:

Sherbet, Storm Blue, Lime, Meadow, Sage, Aster, Denim, Cloud Blue, Aspen, Saffron, Spice, Pomegranate, Fondant, Magenta and Violet.

I’m SO INCREDIBLY PLEASED with these colours that I feel absolutely no guilt whatsoever about filling a whole post with so many photos of stripy crochet. I LOVE IT!

It’s just so snuggly and gorgeous. Don’t you want to just snuggle up in it?


I carefully planned out my colour order beforehand using yarn pegs to make sure that the colours would be balanced. I started with Sherbet (bottom left corner) and ended on Denim (middle stripe) and I was going to repeat that order again for the decreases but I realised when I was making the long Sherbet stripe that it would mean 8 bluey green colours in a row which, when the stripes are that long, would be a huge chunk of the blanket so I went rogue and quickly planned out another colour order for the second half of the blanket and I think it was the right decision. It’s much more balanced that way.

I chose not to add a border to this blanket as I don’t think it needs it. I love the look of the stripes at the edges too much to cover it up with a border.

It even looks gorgeous when just dumped on the arm of the sofa when I’m tidying up!

I shall really miss it from my Tower of Blankets Chair but I know that it will be really, really well loved in it’s new home. I think people like having a Heather-blanket! It thrills me that I am able to make things that people love.

OH! Yes! I am also able to tell you preCISEly how much yarn I used for this blanket. I know people ask that a lot and I never know because I never start with full balls of yarn but this time I did, and I weighed the remainder of each ball.

The blanket weighs 729g overall.

I used:

Sherbet – 44g

Cloud Blue – 51g

Storm Blue – 10g

Aster – 60g

Denim – 56g

Aspen – 65g

Sage – 50g

Meadow – 67g

Lime – 30g

Magenta – 45g

Pomegranate – 80g

Violet – 38g

Spice – 70g

Fondant – 41g

That might not total 729g but the final blanket weight doesn’t include all of the snipped off ends.


PS … I thought you might like to see some outtakes from taking these photos! Just to show you the conditions in which I have to work haha. Pesky children. I had to surrender my point and shoot camera to TTB in the end to keep him away from my tripod (SO MANY clips and windy bits that he wants to investigate!), he took the one of me and TTG which I really rather like! She kept wanting to climb/sit/crawl on/hold the blanket.

Just keeping it real!