14 months

Hello to anyone still getting updates and popping in from time to time!  I can’t believe it has been 14 months since I stopped writing my blog.  I know I tried writing another blog and I quite enjoyed it, but when I reflect on the last 14 months I now see that life got very busy and I felt under a lot of pressure to make lovely things and take gorgeous photos and write fascinating blog posts and I just didn’t have it in me anymore!

So, I deleted my blog and I didn’t even say goodbye or anything.  It was terribly rude, I know that. 

In the last 14 months KB and I adopted a new fur baby who couldn’t be more different to his big brother Raymond.  He is the loveliest, cuddliest tabby who we named Martin.  He had a serious weight issue when we adopted him, tipping the scales at 7.5kg (yes, that’s not a typo, he was ENORMOUS!) but has been on a diet and now weighs about 6kg.  Still large, but not life-threateningly large.

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I’ve been working hard and crafting hard, knitting up a storm… crochet and spinning have fallen aside lately due to not having enough time to devote to everything I love to do….

I’ve knitted about 6 million monsters…

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And I’m still loving dyeing yarn, not fibre so much anymore due to issues I’ve been having with the fibre felting during the process. I never had that until I moved up North and I wonder if it is the heat or the water?

Anyway, my sock yarn stash has exploded and now I’ve just discovered how to dye self-striping yarn which is hard work, but the results are awesome.

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So that’s what I’ve been doing… still striving to live a peaceful and crafty life!  What have you all been up to?

Lately I’ve been thinking of re-starting a blog but I’m easing myself into it.  I joined instagram a week ago and do you know what?  I LOVE IT!  It is like mini-blogging and is so much fun.  I’m not really one for looking at photos of people’s families and kids, but I love to look at knitting and other yarn related things, and there is plenty of that on there.  I’ve “met” a few people who remember Raymond and me and it is cool to reconnect, so I thought I’d pop in here and say that if you are an instagrammer, look me up!  My name is auntyalicelovestoknit and I’d love to see you over there, and see what you’re making for a change!

Wishing you a very blessed Christmas and start to 2014, I hope that 2013 has been everything you wanted and more.

Much love from Alice.

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Missing in Action Part II

Gosh it has been quite some time since I have popped in… I hope that you are all well and continuing to live happy and creative lives.

Life has been OK for us, Winter has been a hard season and I’ve found myself quite flat and not feeling creative at all.   Unfortunately KB and I had a sad loss, our special little buddy left our little family about three months ago and we have been missing him so very much.  We tried everything to get him back, including fliers in all our neighbours letterboxes and going back to our old house, but in the end we have accepted that he has gone.  We always said that Raymond was his own self and had his own life journey and that we would enjoy him while we had him.  He was after all, 10 years old when we adopted him from the SPCA so who knows how many homes he had during those first 10 years?  We loved him during the three years we had him and always allowed him freedom rather than locking him away because we were afraid of losing him.

So obviously, I’m not going to be writing this blog anymore, because the main star is no longer around it doesn’t make sense, plus I’m enjoying creating for the joy of creating rather than feeling like I have to make something to blog about.  I do miss popping in and have started a new blog which I’ll tell you about in due course, if I feel like it.

I don’t know if I’ve been successful, but I’ve tried to close the comments on this post, I know that all of Raymond’s loyal fans will want to say how sorry they are but I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t leave any messages and also request that you please don’t try to contact me on Ravelry or anywhere else.  KB and I are very sad and we don’t want to talk about it any more so if you do leave a comment please don’t be hurt in that I won’t be reading them.  Also, we have tried everything and don’t want to be told that we should try this or that or that we should have done this or that.  Raymond was our little friend and he was loved so much, I can quite honestly tell you we tried everything.  Instead of leaving a comment we would appreciate it if you could join us in sending some love into the Universe for our little mate who was so popular and made so many people happy.  We hope that he is having a blast on his latest journey.

I would of course like to send you some gratitude and say thank you so much for the fun times we have shared throughout the last few years and this blogging time has been great fun.  Wishing you all much love.

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Missing in Action

Waking up very early on a Saturday morning does have it’s advantages, such as a beautiful sunrise like this!  Although, I’m concerned that the pink in the sky means it is going to rain today and I have loads of washing backed up, filling the laundry which I am hoping to get dry today… hmmmm… maybe.

I’m having to take a break from blogging for a while, some of you may have noticed my posting has been sporadic over the last six months and the main reason for this is that  don’t have as much time as I used to.  Suddenly my job (which I love, and I’m not just saying that because one of my managers is a Crochet with Raymond follower- hello J!) is the focus of my time and I’ve had to re-adjust everything else in my life to make sure I am maintaining my home life with KB and Raymond and making sure I’m looking after myself properly and exercising and spending time with my good friends and fairy god children as well as knitting, crocheting and fulfilling my creative fantasies. 

 In short, something has had to give in my life and sadly it is my blogging.  But on the other hand, I have been blogging up a storm for over two years now and it is time for me to have a break and as I remember the lovely Lucy from Attic 24 saying once, close the door to my world for a little while.  My apologies to my friends who I have met through the web, but Raymond and I will be back again and I hope that you all continue to find inspiration and happiness until we pop in next!

Lots of love XXX

 

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Mousing

Raymond and I do not have a lot in common other than our mutual adoration of the lovely KB.  He loves meat, I’m a vegetarian, he loves lying in the sun and I don’t, he enjoys killing small animals and I strive to practice ahimsa (non-harm), and of course, he licks his arse on a daily basis, something I er… don’t….

We do have, however, a deep and profound love of rag rugs.  I love rag rugs, only the beautiful ones made from recycled saris and the beautiful ones (I’m not partial to a cotton rag rug personally) are very difficult to find.  I love the way they make a room instantly “hippy-fied” the moment you lay them on the floor.  You can imagine my joy a couple of months ago when I found a big colourful pile in a shop while I was on a work trip, I opened about 20 of them out and picked the most beautiful one I could find.  It looks absolutely stunning in our new home and I love it.

Now Raymond has a deep love for rag rugs too.  He loved my previous rag rug to death… literally.  Ripped it to shreds, despite my best efforts to protect my beautiful orange rug, in the end it went in the bin because he ripped it apart playing with his mouse.

Rag rugs, it seems are perfect hiding places for mice.  Being that he has already pulled about 10 strands loose with his claws in the last two days, I’m going to have to train him not to play in my rug… as funny as it is, I’d rather he didn’t destroy my things…

I think this is going to be a battle of wills…. and I bet I’m going to win!

 

 

 

 

 

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New beginnings at the end of May

There is a strong possibility I am going to need a wheelchair tomorrow… it is a shame my sister lives an 11 hour drive from me, I’m sure I could otherwise borrow hers until my body recovers from a 90 minute Iyengar yoga session on Monday and then moving house today.  Every time I bend over I just about fall over, so we’ll see how things pan out tomorrow!

Raymond has coped remarkably well with the move, although I had forgotten exactly how indignant his meow can be when he is locked in a bedroom!  He spent the day upstairs while we moved and cleaned and unpacked.

I’m going to be honest here, I hate moving.  Absolutely hate it and I have been stressing about it for days, even waking up in the middle of the night, panicking and not being able to breathe.  We moved again because the house we rented when we moved towns was just not to our satisfaction and we decided the day we moved in that we would leave as soon as the lease ended in six months.  Such are the dangers of taking a house without being able to view it, but that was what we had to do at the time!  So we looked around and found a place that suited us just perfectly and costs a lot less and we are very happy to have moved in.  Within a few hours the above mess became out daybed…

A bit wrinkly, but our beautiful daybed anyway!  As well as being a lovely little home, we have a view we are just loving.  As you look at it, imagine the sound of birds and a river and that lovely still sound of silence to go with it.

Yes, we are going to be very happy here.

So to round off this post, my May mosaic.  May feels like it has been a really long month!  I’m loving the Autumnal colours of this mosaic, so much yellow and orange is quite spesh and quite unlike any other mosaic I have made over the last 17 months.  I am loving it.

Included in this mosaic are some yarns I bought in Wellington and also, down the bottom there, on the right… yes, that is a rainbow set of knitpro needles there… *love them!*

And there went May!  June is set to be a busy month in my little world, I’m travelling to the big city of Auckland TWICE for work, as well as settling into our new home and continuing to settle into our new city. 

June is also going to be the month I start my next granny square blanket which I am MOST excited about… as you can see, the Gypsy Caravan Blanket is on our daybed, so our bedroom bed needs a blanket of its own.  I’m going to do a lovely big multi-coloured higgledy-piggledy blanket and I can’t wait to get started.  Being that my swift is packed and the yarn I am making it with is all in skeins, not balls, KB is in for a mega-wool-winding-weekend.  I’m betting she is quite excited about that!

What has June got in store for you?

I’m off, I need to find my work clothes for the morning!

Love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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Thread

In my last post I told you I would show you a WIP I had been working on for about 10 weeks. 

Don’t be fooled by the amount of time I spent making it, thinking it is going to be some enormous amazing project!  I got bored of it and it became a very tedious project and consequently ended up in my basket, totally overlooked!  It really was a most disliked project, because not only did I not like knitting it, it became very annoying in my knitting basket as it got all tangled up with other things too!

Am I alone here?  Has this ever happened to you?  You start something with wonderful intentions and it ends up being nowhere near as fun and exciting when you make it? 

Well anyway, after I completed my May socks and a few baby hats for friends, I picked up the project and finished it, and was tremendously excited, because it turned out just lovely and KB adores it which is a bonus too!  Would you like to have a look?

It is quite the exciting ta-daaa moment, bcecause the moment I sewed in the last end, I loved my cushion and am so glad I kept plugging away at it.  I am calling this my Scrappy Handspun Cushion, made from bits and pieces of handspun yarns.  When I am spinning two-ply I ususally end up with a bit left on one bobbin, and because spinning is time-consuming, I don’t like wasting that tiny little bit.  So I navajo ply it and collected the bits and pieces to make a stripy happy cushion.  I made it up in my mind and can’t remember what I did to write it out I’m sorry about that.

So there is my ta-da, and now I am going to introduce you to Thread.  While I was away in Wellington, KB found Thread at a second hand shop.  Apparently he was surrounded by bright and modern toys and he looked like he needed a good home.

Meet Thread.

He is so old, the only suitable name for him is Thread Bear and we think he is quite fabulous.

I get a bit sad when toys are blind…

So I gave him some eyes!

Much better!  Thread is enjoying the gift of sight and looks much cuter with little beady eyes.  Someone must have pulled his eyes out as he has little holes in his face which I stuck some toy eyes into.  They are just sitting in there so a bit delicate, but Thread is in toy retirement now, so it is unlikely his eyes will fall out.

Raymond of course would like to remind everyone that this is his blog… not Thread’s…

We’re packing to move again in the middle of next week, into a much lovelier house so we are quite excited.  I’ll catch up with from there!

Enjoy your week,

love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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Lucky

I’m feeling like quite the lucky one today…  Two gifts in two days!  People who know me well will know I LOVE presents, both receiving and giving, it’s all good in my mind!

Yesterday my lovely KB bought me a beautiful Rununcula…

Which is brightening up my kitchen no end.  It’s cold and dark here now that Winter is just a week away and a lovely injection of bright yellow sunshine is just what I am needing.

The second gift arrived in the post today…

Cue *SQUEE* moment… The lovely Sabine sent me a surprise gift of some sock yarn she dyed.  She said that she thought of my monthly mosaics when she saw the way the colours turned out and wanted to send me a gift.

I was so excited to see what these colours were…

*swoon!*  A total colour buzz, I am in love with theis skein, thank you sooooooooooooooooo much Sabine!  You may remember that I made my third pair of socks from some of Sabine’s hand-dyed yarn I bought from her felt shop.  (Felt.co.nz being the New Zealand equivalent of Etsy)  I am so excited by this gorgeous yarn and I will be making my June socks with it, from a pattern from this gorgeously gorgeous book which I bought while I was in Wellington.

Sabine’s online shop Curiouser and Curiouser is particularly scrummy and I have just found a skein of sock yarn I must have.  (If that link is void it is because I have already purchased it!)

And her finishing touches are just divine… so coming home to such a lovely gift made the day much more exciting.  I love hand-dyed yarn and we are very lucky in New Zealand to have such talented dyers selling their wares.

I’m off to finish a WIP that has been driving me nuts for about 10 weeks… I could not be more excited to be casting off right now, I’ll show you it on the weekend!

Have a great Friday,

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