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This is what I came home to last night

A fabulous bag from Cheeky on Etsy and one of the knitting magazines that I subscribe to.  I cannot recommend Cheeky’s shop enough.  The bags are well made with good fabric choices.  It now houses my  nanner sock in progress.  I’ve not really done much more than my last post, so no progress pics there.  Instead I have been trying to make some stitch markers to resurrect my etsy shop. 

I burnt the first two batches, but finally last night I had success.  Here is a picture of them just varnished.  Once the camera is copoperating I should be able to get them in the store – probably by the weekend.  Wish me luck!



This just arrived in the post.  It is scrummygorgeous and I can’t wait to go home and try it out.  It is from fatcatknits.etsy.com and is the Dusk colourway.


I have been doing quite a bit of finishing lately and trying to keep the starting to a minimum.  Instead of posting all the photo’s one by one, I thought I would try the mosaic maker.  It is really fun to use and very very easy.  I think it took all of two minutes for someone who has never even laid eyes on this site before to make up a mosaic. 

I thought that I would give a brief description of what each photo holds and then if you want to find out more information then you could either visit me on Ravelry  or Flickr to find out more.  My name is pretty much Welshmillie where ever I go, so friend me!

The mosaic contains pictures of some of the things that I have been upto since my last blog post.  They are pictures of knitting, purchases, growing and making. 

So lets start with the knitting.  I have been on a finishing frenzy, some were UFO’s some are items that I have been working on steadily.  First finished item is the Pedicure Socks.  These are the blue shaded socks in the middle of row 2.  They were knit with King Cole Zig Zag yarn on size 3mm needles using the magic loop method.  The pattern is just a simple sock pattern with 1/2 inch of ribbing to replace the toe.  This yarn is really good value for money at £3.50 per ball.  I also have enough left over for at least a pair of ankle socks.

Next up are some UFO’s.  Quite a while ago my nana gave me a yarn tidy with a lot of old wool in it.  Amongst it all was the cat/bear.  He looked quite sad with no stuffing or face.  I remember my nana knitting up a lot of these – possibly for Operation Christmas Child.  So I stuffed him and gave him a face and now he sits on my desk at work (last row, first photo).  I have no idea what he was knit with and nana can’t remember either.  The next picture to Cat/Bear is a Koala.  He was knit from a Jean Greenhowe book called Knitted Animals.  I have now made the full set of these animals at one time or another.  Three of them are in this office, Koala, Pig and Panda are spread between my desk and my bosses.

I have also done a bit of work on the croched Star Afghan for baby Skye for Christmas.  That is progressing nicely.  As I seem to have finished so much I decided that as a treat I will cast on the Nanner Socks from Wendy Johnson.  The picture is second row down last picture.  I love this pattern.  It is easily memorised and fun to knit up.  I am using some yarn that I got in a swap some time ago.  It is called Fall Foliage by Thank Ewe.  The yarn is lovely.  The colours are coming out so pretty and the stitches have lovely definition.

Next up is growing.  The two pictures of the plants are quite old now.  The plants fill their containers, so much so that I am going to be repotting them at the weekend.  The cat grass is a fun toy for the cats, who love going on the windowsill and chewing the cud.  More pics of these after they have been repotted at the weekend.

Shopping is a loved pasttime, but at the moment I am really into vintage shopping, so you will most often find me in a charity shop or at an attic sale.  That is where I picked up the wonderful vintage patterns that you see.  I really love them, but have no idea the time period that the patterns are from.  I am guessing at the 40’s or 50’s for the single patterns as my nana remembers knitting some of them for my dad and uncle when there were small.  If you have any more information on them please comment I would love to know.  I also managed to pick up a fat quarter of the cherry blossom material that you see.  It is lovely and the colours seem pretty accurate – on my screen at least.

Next for the making – you see the tiny soldier buttons.  I made them myself with my own two hands.  I am really pleased with how these have turned out and I am thinking of resurecting my etsy shop.  I did make another batch of tiny animals to put on stitch markers or as cell phone charms but they burnt in a big way.  So back to the drawing board for now, but will keep you updated.

What do you think?  Is the shop a good idea, please leave a comment and let me know.

Knitting, crocheting, shopping, a bad blogger, a good wife, plurking and now I am a pen pal too!

Just as I was trying and doing my bestest ever to avoid another obsession Miss Violet anounced the Plurkette Hencircle.  I joined planted some seeds, did some farmgirl stuff and joined a list for pen pal sign up.

I have just been assigned my pen pal.  Her name is Jen and she lives in the USA.  She has 4 children, all of them under 5.  I have looked at her blog and found that she knits socks.  She must be a plurkette to join the penpal sign ups and I can’t wait to get my first letter written to her!

On her blog she has a meme of things that she has done, so I think I will pinch it and we can compare – I think mine is going to be a bit boring compared to hers though!

Bold the ones you’ve done…

1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
2. Swam with wild dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula (Does it count if you held something the size of a tarantula – the last bath spider was biiiig)
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
9. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped (If I feel suicidal I can manage by myself thankyouverymuch)
11. Visited Paris (Twice Honeymoon and holiday)
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights (would love to)
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables (not quite yet – they are growing)
18. Touched an iceberg (makes me think of Titanic……)
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment (usually an at somekind of medical emergency – can’t help it, it is a reflex)
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly could
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states (never even been to 1)
41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced (too many times – remind me to tell you of DH and the Mr Potato heads)
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero (what…..I was with the nephew)
58. Sung karaoke (not willingly)
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain

65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken

69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo (I have 3, with more planned)
81. Gone white water rafting
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror.
96. Raised children.
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over (I wish)
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived.
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach (ewwww)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad – and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone’s life

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