Sunday, 12 January 2014

A two and a half year blogging holiday! Part 1

My blogging mojo has returned after a lovely comment on a very old post of mine. Initially I felt awful for taking such a long break from blogging but then I decided to just get back into it :) I am going to try and summarise what has been going on in the last two and a half years. I realise this is too long for one post so I am going to split it into several posts.

Craft

My love for crochet has grown exponentially and in some sort of timeline order here's what's been going on (the first instalment anyway!):

Some crocheted slippers for a friend's 30th. This was a free pattern on Ravelry and was incredibly easy. I haven't made any more as they are for small feet but I do hope to adapt the pattern in time.



This is the start of a new crocheted blanket for another friend who was expecting. This photo was taken in a cafe in the Peak District, UK.



I really enjoyed working with this yarn. It is Sirdar Calico and is a lovely cotton mix. Here is the completed blanket:



It was soon realised that my yarn stash was getting out of control and it had no order at all so one afternoon I emptied all of the yarn I could find onto the spare bed and set about organising it. Here is the before picture:



This was all bagged, labelled and boxed up. Very satisfying!



Life

Wow! Going back over two and a half years worth of photographs makes selecting key moments very challenging. My first instalment captures autumn/winter 2011 through to summer 2012.

We spent Christmas 2011 in Canada on Vancouver Island. It was a magical experience as I had never been to Canada before. I was sold with the flight in!



I have far too many pictures to share here but suffice to say it was truly beautiful:



I would love to return one day... when we've saved all of our pennies!! On returning home and a few months along we spent a weekend on Exmoor in the UK and visited the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Trust. This is well worth a visit if you are ever in the area. We loved it and will most definitely return again. Here is the view we had whilst we had lunch:



And here is one of the stunning owls, a barn owl:



Summer 2012 saw us holidaying in the Peak District. We stayed on a working farm and visited many attractions, mostly wildlife based. Here are a few pictures from our visits.

A beautiful deer:



Bottoms up! From a trio of otters:



An otter who was so full of character:



A young great grey owl:



So until next time where I'll give you more crafty and general updates :)

Toodlepip!

2 comments:

  1. Nice to have you back x

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  2. The Wittering Knitter13 January 2014 at 07:18

    Thank you Amanda :) x

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