Posted on 06/11/2013 by cathy's blog
Kirsty, my daughter and youngest child got married to a wonderful man, Gavin in August.
I was chuffed to bits when Kirsty and Gavin asked me to be involved in the preparations of their wedding. I had previously been asked by my two sons and their wives to help with their wedding preparations, so they had been a ‘warm up’ for my only daughter’s wedding.
As with all wedding preparations it is not always a smooth journey. I admit I had let Kirsty and Gavin start off by making their own plans as they were keen to make the event a very personal one, by including events along their journey to marriage.
Then with work commitments and the general chaos of life it was clear that they needed some help and soon. Luckily they were relieved and not at all upset that I had volunteered to get their arrangements on track and we started by sharing an online diary, to record appointments and arrangements as we went along. Living over 200 miles away could have proved quite an obstacle but we managed to get round that.
Kirsty and Gavin both have a love of squirrels, long story, so I won’t bore you with the details. They wanted to have a squirrel cake topper and a squirrel ring-bearer cushion. We scoured the Internet between us and nothing suitable surfaced. I did though, find some handmade squirrels that were for sale on Etsy, an online shop selling items handmade by artisans worldwide. To be honest I nearly fainted a the price so I contacted the seller to see if she would sell me the pattern. She replied to say that she had just published a book, with that pattern in it. Bingo!! I sourced it from Amazon and then the worry kicked in. Would I be able to recreate these beautiful squirrels?
This was the book that I got the pattern from;
How to Make Stuffed Animals: Modern, Simple Projects, Patterns, and Instructions for 18 Animal Friends by Sian Keegan
So, the first squirrel was made, albeit with some final alterations/additions to be added and if I say so myself I was rather pleased with it.
to be continued ……..
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Posted on 04/11/2013 by cathy's blog
It has been a long time, some would say far too long, but I am back. I am now the proud owner of an iPad, which was given to me by my family. My daughter came to join us on our break in France and hand delivered it. No excuses I have been told and so I will make an attempt to update you on my latest creations and adventures.
There, I’ve said it and written it, so no going back.
Too late in the day now, so I’ll be back tomorrow.
My daughter and I trying out the iPad lens, scary eh?
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Posted on 10/08/2012 by cathy's blog
Well the hat is finished in time for me to wrap it up. First hat done in the ’round’ by me, not too bad I suppose. Love the wool, it reminds me of the North Yorkshire Moors all covered in heather.
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Posted on 10/08/2012 by cathy's blog
Never thought a hair cut could feel so good. 10 weeks since my last cut and for short hair that is definitely a no-no.
Ruth at Saks in Darlington is a genius at work.
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Posted on 09/08/2012 by cathy's blog
It will be very good friend’s husband’s 50th birthday later this month. Couldn’t let the milestone go without some form recognition. So just for a ‘larrrrrrrrrrrrrf’ as Sean would put it, I am knitting him a beanie for the chilly morning walks with Rufus, their wonderful lab.
Birthday Hat for Sean – work in progress
One day later………
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Posted on 08/08/2012 by cathy's blog
Today we have been continuing the pace of sorting things for the cycle ride that my husband and daughter are about to undertake.
But you see, once you get started on twitter and blogs, the time just whizzes by and before you know it, it is nearly sleep time. ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz
Must get up earlier tomorrow and make hay while the sun shines.
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Posted on 07/08/2012 by cathy's blog
Ravelry is a brilliant site for us knitters to publish our finished projects.
You can also search for patterns for everything you could possibly want to knit, some are free.
It has a forum section where you can ask for help, should it be needed and swap ideas with like minded people.
To take a look tap in http://www.ravelry.com and you can find me under jaspersmum.
Be warned, I have spent many an hour trawling through patterns and looking at wonderful projects.
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