A Quick Apology

Hi all! 

Just popping in to let you know I havent forgotten about you – I have just been distracted.

I havent posted since November – I am sure many of you will find that at thid time of year blogging takes a back foot as the crafting a preperation take place! I am no different and am spemding every spare moment I have crocheting lile there is no tomorrow – I had hoped to be finishing the final rows of the border of my partners Christmas gift by now but I am still 12 amd a half squares short so really do need to get a wiggle on! 

Anyways I promise I will try my hardest to get around all of your blogs very soon, and will try to make a few more posts by the end of the year. 

How are you all getting on – are you finished christmas prep or are you still miles off. Personally its just the crafting I have left to do, all the presents habe been bought and wrapped and under the tree since December 4th! When will I learn to start crocheting earlier!

Finally, please enjoy this little pic of my kitty, who has already attempted to destroy my christmas decorations about 90 times

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My Birthday Celebrations

Good afternoon! How are we all? Today I am just popping by to share with you some of my birthday snaps. My birthday isnt for another few weeks but this was the only suitable weekend to celebrate, so off we went to liverpool to celebrate!

My primary reason for visiting was to get a tattoo from a wonderful artist called Sam at Idol Hands in Bold Street, Liverpool.

Isnt it sweet? It is Chi the cat from Chi Sweet Home, a Manga/Anime that I love.

Our secondary reason for visiting liverpool was the Southport Musical Firework Championships. We both absolutely love fireworks and these were without a doubt the best we had ever seen! There were so many colours and types we had never seen before and for just £16 for 7 displays of 18 minutes each, it really is worth going! You will be amazed! 

We had Icecream on the southport sea front!

Irn Bru and Rhubarb Custard icecream to be precise! (I also had ferrero rocher, bounty and coffee icecream but I didnt photograph them).

We took a wander down the peir, where there was an antique penny arcade!

In order to play you had to convert your modern money into old style pennies. 

And we did a little exploring along the coast (right at the start of the trans penine trail)

And to finish we visited a friend of my partners in Manchester who hasnt been well recently. We spent a total of 5.5 hours on the train yesterday, from southport to Manchester Vic, Manchecter Picadilly to Chester, then Chester to London Euston, across london then from London Vic to home! Phew! 

All in all we had a lovely weekend. It was cold and rainy and windy but it was great!
(If you got this far you may realise it is a bit late – I thought I published it but had actually only set it as draft, hence why you have only been notified now!)  

September Goal Review

My word. We are now 2/3 of the way through the year! Wow! Its flying by isnt it!

I thought I should have a little look and see how I have progressed on some of my goals for the year!

Blogging Goals

I am hoping to hit 10,000 views

BEHIND – So far, I am just under 6000. Still over double my last years figures but not on target yet.

I am also hoping to hit 100 subscribed followers

ACHIEVED – I hit 100 this time last month!

I also had in my bullet journal goals to hit 500 likes and 500 comments

PARTIALLY ACHIEVED – I have surpassed the 500 likes mark by at least 100 already but I am about 70 short on comments. Easy to acheive by the end of the year.

Another bullet journal goal was to have created and published 15 new recipes.

ON TRACK – I am currently at 13 with another in the pipeline, so this is easily doable, especially with christmas coming up soon!

Crafting Goals

The first is to finally get around to taking up spinning.

ACHIEVED – I did indeed manage to start spinning. I spun my first ever hank of yarn in the most wonderful autumnal colourway. Unfortunately my spindle then broke, so now I am looking for one thats a bit more robust!

My second goal is to crochet 6 miles (tracked Via Knit Meter).

ON TRACK – I am currently sitting JUST UNDER 4 miles. I am almost 2/3 of the way there of the way there, 2/3 of the way into the year so I am pretty much on track to acheive this goal! 

My third goal is to learn some basic knitting skills

BEHIND – I have yet to start on this. But hopefully soon. My other half is still really interested in making socks but lacks confidence. So we have devised a plan to get us both motivated to learn!

To have created at least 12 new crochet patterns by the end of the year.

ON TRACK – Once the chevron hat and scarf patterns are published this week, I will have hit 11, so just one more to go!

Lifestyle Goals

My main goal here is to reach a goal weight of 80kg

CANCELLED – Yeah… Not gonna happen. Whilst we are making some healthier life choices, moving house put a huge dent in out attempts to shed a bit of weight – Maybe next year eh? It would be unhealthy of me to loose this much weight in such a short period of time but I will continue to slowly and surely lose a little at a time. 

Financial Goals

Within the next couple of months I hope to clear most of my debts

ACHIEVED – I actually managed to acheive that in february!

Once that debt is clear, I hope to start saving a significant amount of money per month, to begin to save to buy a house!

ACHIEVED – I am indeed managing to save a significant amount. I recently reached the one year anniversary of sticking my middle finger up and quitting that toxic job I was in where I was constantly sick stressed abd angry all the time. I wasnt even being paid fairly so despite regular 40 to 70 hour weeks I was completely unable to pay off my debts or save any money at all, so the fact that In the space of a year, I was unemployed for 3 months, then managed to pay off my debts and am now saving to buy a house makes me feel really proud of myself!

Relationship Goals

As you will probably already be aware, my partner proposed to me back in October! Yay! We had always wanted to get matching engagement rings custom made for us, so within the next few months I would like to have that ring on my finger

ACHIEVED (SORT OF…) –  Funny story… so all of the prototyping went well, we came up with something lovely that meant a lot to us and when we received the final casting we loved them. That was for about two weeks, at which point, we found out I was allergic to silver. I came out in a really gross row of blisters. So I did manage to get my ring. But then I had to get it redone in new less allergy inducing metal. They are winging their way back to us now, So I can still call this a success, despite the fact I dont actually have the ring on my finger.

By the end of the year, it is also our hope that we will have booked a venue and will therefore have a set date, even though we do not wish to marry for a few more years

ACHIEVED (SORT OF…) We visited our dream venue back in May. It was lovely and we are definately hoping now to get married here. Unfortunately it is not actually possible to book as far in advance as we would like, so we habe to wait for 2018 for the 2021 price list to be released. We are however on their list, with our preferred date noted down so we have done as much as we realistically can now. We have also talked to the bar regarding our plans to brew a wedding ale, and have tried a few of the different caterers, and have set up our costing and timescale spreadsheet, so things are well on track. 

Hobby Goals

It is my aim to broaden my film and literature horizons this year. With that in mind, I am going to aim to read 15 new books and watch 15 new films this year!

CANCELLED – I am miles off! I have still only managed approximately 4 films (those being Deadpool, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Karate Kid and The Martian) and I still havent managed even one book – I got so close to finishing The Trouble With Lichen an Metro 2033 whilst on holiday but then we moved house and the books got lost until yesterday when we finally erected a book shelf to put them in. Sad times. So this is now not acheivable and I wont stress about it.

In my bullet journal I had also planned to play 28 Video Games. 

ON TRACK – I am currently on 20 so am well within reach of this target. 12 of those are complete, and another 3 of those are close to completion. I have a week off now then 2 weeks in and then another 3 weeks off so I can easily tick of some more soon!
So there we go. I dont think I am doing too badly. I have achieved 7 of my goals, and am on track to complete 4 of them with ease. There are only 2 on which I am behind so I will have to pick up the pace a little, and then 2 which I have cancelled. I think it is important to realise when you have set yourself an impossible goal, so you dont have to stress over it, so this doesnt upset me too much. 

How about you? How are you doing so far thid year. Have you acheived what you hoped or are you still making up lost ground? Do you even set yourself goals or do you just take it as it is? Let me know. 

Aaaaaaargh! CAT-astrophy

You will remember I showed you a cute little vid of my cat on wednesday, and I am always sharing pics of her. On the whole, she is an angel. But not today…

I walked into the room where I store my yarn. I have this basket thingy with little holes in the top to thread the yarn.

I keep my Cascade 220 yarn in here for the Simply Crochet CAL that I still havent gotten around to completing. I noticed a red thread coming from the hole. How strange, I thought. So I opened up my bag of neatly wound cakes and the sight that greeted me was enough to make you weep. 

Here are some of the lovely cakes of yarn all wound up and ready for use. 

And here is the ball that was right at the top of the bag. LOOK AT THR STATE OF IT! It appears that my cat has been amusing herself by putting her little paws into the top of the bag via the slits and has been clawing at my lovely yarn. Its a mess! Cheeky little moo. I was horrified when I saw the state of my yarn. The whole point of this bag was to be a cat safe method of working with large quantities of yarn without her clawing at the ball as I work, but clearly, Max isnt that easily outsmarted… Sigh. 

Luckily for her it is impossible to stay mad at such a lovely little fluffy face! Just look at it. The face of an angel!  

Any of you have similar troubles. What methods do you use to stop your cat ruining your yarn? Let me know. 

Yarndale 2017 Project

Just a quick one today. I am sure many of you will already know of this but if not, please visit the yarndale site here to find out how to take part in yarndales creatibe community display. 

Thid year they are doing it in support of Mind, which is a charity close to my heart so I will certainly be contributing a heart! I hope you can too! There are some lovely patterns on the Yarndale page. 

Half Year Thank You

Wow! Hasnt this year flown by! We are already half way through 2017! 

I set myself many goals for the year, big and little. Some of the ones you know about and some you may not. But I feel I am doing quite well at acheiving most of my goals. I am past the half way point on my goal to crochet 6 miles. I am past the half way point to on my published patterns goal, I have acheived one of my two new skill goals (to learn to knit and to spin). Another goal I have is to complete 15 video games. I am so far at 7 …(If you are interested, these are Final Fantasy 15, Watchdogs 2, Far Cry 4, Life Is Strange, Yakuza 0, Destroy All Humans, and most recently Republique) Which will soon be 8 as I am nearing the end of Red Dead Revolver. 

I am still a while off my reading a film goals, as well as my weight loss goals, but I have already competed my financial goals. And most excitingly my blogging goals are being smashed!

So I am popping in to say thank you so much! All of you who take the time to read my posts and like and comment. Your support makes me so happy – and I love that I can leave my ideas here on the web and inspire other people without even knowing it! 

I had hoped to reach 100 followers by the end of the year, and I am already just 2 or 3 away.

I have also been lòoking at my stats, and I have already surpassed the numbers of Views, Visits and Likes from last year with 6 months to go, so it looks like I am on track to double the sucess of my little blog in 2017.

And as for Comments! I have already almost doubled the number of comments from last year!

Again I am blown away that you continue to follow me and to know that you like what I write. And of course I love reading all of your blogs too – so much inspiration to be found! 

As a thank you, please enjoy a photograph of my cat.

And here are two more, just for good measure!


So how are you doing now we have hit the halfway mark? Have you achieved everything you had hoped to achieve by now? 

The Leibster Award

Yay! Thank you to Clear Water Craft for my nomination! 

Here’s how it works:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer

First up – the questions given to me:

1.What are your hobbies?

As well as crocheting, card making, baking and other generally crafty hobbies, I also like to read science fiction books, fly kites, take photographs, ride trains, visit museums, going to comedy math and science gigs and I play an awful lot of video games. You may be surprised to hear this, but I actually consider Video Gaming as my no.1 hobby!
2.What’s your favourite colour?

Purple, then green, then orange.
3. When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Many things. I wanted to be the worlds strongest man or a wrestler, and actor or a singer.

4. Lunch and dinner, or dinner and tea?

Lunch and Dinner. I am as southern as they come.

5. Do you speak/sign any languages other than English?

I can say mouse and elephant in danish and wheres the toilet in finnish if that counts? No? Well I can speak a little french if I absoulely have to but I am really rusty as I stopped studying it about 10 years ago.

6. Do you have a favourite number?

I do indeed. In fact I have 2. 220 and 284. They are a mathematical rarity called amicable numbers. This means that if you take all of the numbers that multiply perfectly into 220 (1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 11, 22, 44, 55 and 110) and add them all together they add up to 284. And if you take all of the numbers that multiply into 284 (1, 2, 4, 71 and 142), you get 220. The next closest example of this rarity is 1184 and 1210, and so far, the largest example to be found by mathematicians so far is so huge, that each number in the pair has 24073 digits! Wowza!

7. What’s your favourite smell, and why? 

Cinnamon because it smells like all things Christmas!

8. Are you a book sniffer? (I know I’m not the only one!)

Not particularly. The smell of old books is interesting but I wouldnt say I go out of my way to sniff books. 


9. Do you blog to a schedule or just whenever the muse takes you?

I try to do a couple a week, but creativity comes in peaks and troughs so sometimes there is a week between posts and sometimes there is barely an hour between!


10. Would you rather be rich or famous?

Rich. If I was rich I could open a cat dog a goat sanctuary and do all the things I want to do to make the world a better place!


11. What’s your favourite type of weather?

I find the rain so romantic. Walking through the city at night, all of the twinkling lights reflected in the river and the puddles and on the shiny pavements, colourful brolleys bobbing along in the rain. And the streets are so much quieter and more serene! Its so beautiful!
Now for 11 facts about me!
1. I am mostly british but I am also part Danish. 

2. I have a degree in television production

3. I work in the railway industry – I am a railway nerd and one day I hope to drive trains!

4. I collect beer matts

5. I also collect plush rainbow foloured alpaccas

6. My dream holiday is to Japan. I love all things japanese!

7. My favourite food is crisps

8. I have 6 tattoos with a 7th booked in for july

9. When I was a kid I was obsessed with the power rangers and backstreet boys

10. I once ate over 25 doughnuts in one sitting

11. I was going to be called Kitty Elisabeth but my dad decided at the last minute that he didint like it because all of his friends were suggesting I would get called kit kat at school and that was somehow a bad thing!
Now to nominate 9 other blogs – I tried for 11 but as it turns out I dont know that many! You dont have to respond if you dont want to!

Paperfluff

Missys Crafty Mess

Knits and What Knots

Wee House Of Crochet

Tanglewood Knots

Gladerider Crafts

Costal Crochet

Craft and Other Crazy Plans

Cobweborium Emporium
And Finally my questions for you:

1. What is your favourite food?

2. What got you into your chosen craft?

3. What were you obsessed with as a kid?

4. Do you collect anything?

5. Whats the strangest injury you have had?

6. What is your favourite time of year?

7. What is your happiest memory?

8. What did you want to be when you were a child?

9. Sweet or savoury?

10. Early Bird or Night Owl

11. What do you miss most about childhood?

Have fun all!