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March WIPS

Progress updates:

WIP 1 Knitted Spring Bunting

This is almost done, just one triangle to go. Will post more pics when ready, not much change since last update.

WIP 2 Lizzie’s Housewarming Blankie

I am nearly finished first ball of wool and onto second, it should take about 3 200g balls. Good but slow progress, no pics yet because it’s not finished!

WIP 3 Knitted Wristwarmers

Back in November or December I started a pair of knitted wristwarmers and I had to adapt the pattern big time and make it up as I went along. I haven’t done any more to them, but want to get them off my needles and finished so I can use the needles for other projects!


As you can see from picture before – no progress. But the yarn is pretty and now I realise this type of yarn you have to wind into a ball before you start…not really used hanks before, well lesson learned!!

WIP 4 Crochet Stormtrooper Blanket

I am exactly 6.4% of the way through as I calculated this morning. Had a sausage butty in café this morning and managed to get 3 squares done there! In case you are wondering, 6.4% of 625 squares is 40, so not bad at all I think. No pics as it’s all just what you’ve already seen….white, grey and black squares. So this one is a positive.

WIP 5 Use up all old stash

I am making even more granny squares when I have a spare minute to use up old wool and the freebie wool you get with magazines but never end up doing the projects (I hate just throwing it away!). I have donated a huge bag of this type of wool to a charity shop before as they want crafty stuff, but this time I’m going to use it all up productively, maybe into a blanket, maybe donate the squares to charities that make and donate blankets, I don’t know yet but this is ongoing with no end date.

I know Woolly Hugs accept squares in UK and possibly Post Pals too, I can’t remember.

Actually Post Pals is a really sweet (but often sad) charity. Basically they have a list of very sick children (and their siblings who can often feel left out) and sometimes terminally ill children too. People write letters to them and send little packages, maybe little toys, homemade things, if it says on their profile page that the child likes lego then there are lots of small figures/ kits to send. You get the idea, Fearne Cotton is patron of this charity. Here is the link:


I can’t get onto the woolly hugs site, I think they are experiencing problems with their server, but they have a variety of projects, they make blankets for children in UK hospitals, blankets for children of Chernobyl who visit each year and other things like baby memorial gowns -I think. I may have posted about it somewhere else on the blog, can’t remember, but anyway two good charities to send things to.

Ideas for future projects:

Use spare wool to knit myself a cowl

Make another cushion

Knit that double knitting star wars scarf on ravelry

Knit a hat and socks which I am dying to do and I found some sock yarn today as well, so I know where my local shop keeps it now!

Knit/ crochet a shawl


Ellen xx


2017 so far

A while ago I posted these tiny goals for 2017

  1. Publish a pattern on Ravelry – free or paid
  2. Crafty goals – knit a hat and a pair of socks, crochet a corner to corner blanket, sew an item of clothing – Use up my crafty stash – fabric, wool etc.
  3. Start doing Yoga again
  4. Write 500- 1000 words every day
  5. Keep up with technology (those who know me are shouting HA! right now) and learn to use EXCEL and ACCESS properly
  6. Blog more often and take better photos and learn how to edit them

So progress? I have definitely blogged more often in the past couple of weeks and seen page views rise correspondingly. It’s kind of nice to have a distraction from stuff that’s going on here at the moment. I haven’t taken better photos I don’t think, but I am looking at websites with free photo editing software and thinking about trialling one or two.

I have written a list of things I have knitted last year, thinking about Ravelry and there isn’t really anything appropriate to put on Ravelry yet, but I am thinking about it, as I am with Yoga – the DVDs have moved from upstairs to downstairs so that still counts right?! lol!

One thing I have made progress with is the writing. For a long blog post with just writing and no pics, then yes, easily 500 words. But I have written close to 4000 words today and yesterday in an hour a night. I am writing a story that’s been in my head for ages, but we will see if anything comes from it…after all, how can you be a writer if you don’t write?! How can you ever hope to publish a book one day if you don’t put pen to paper and get some words down? So at the moment, the writing is going well.

I am finding that when it comes to writing, just getting down what is in my head is easiest, rather than thinking it through too much and spending ten minutes per sentence. I can always tidy it up later. I think I will write out the whole story or as much of it as possible before I start to properly edit and polish it. But it’s just a tiny snowball at the moment…I will see whether or not it ever becomes a giant one.

The rest of the goals…on my to do list!

Ellen x

Bye Bye 2016 and Hello 2017!

Hello and Happy New Year!

It’s been a while since I last posted but you know…Christmas and all that! Who wants to blog and be online at this time of year? There is such a thing as focusing on what is happening in the moment and if you can’t do that at Christmas then when can you?

I’ve just looked back and the last post was December 13th…eek! So, to briefly summarise the last month or so…

– Making mince pies and yummy rum fruit cakes (keep meaning to put up recipe for those)

– Rogue One with Angela and Dan – because for the next few years Christmas won’t be Christmas without Star Wars! Or Angela and Dan – yay! (You two are NOT allowed to see the films with anyone else!)

– Knitting like a crazy person!

– Job Interview preparation – bleurgh

– Moaning about how bad the TV is this year – seriously the only good film on was Zathura!

– Reading the Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking whilst drinking tea out of my new big mug and with the fire on and a mince pie close at hand

And pics? I have to get some in quick before the festive times are forgotten and fed up with…





That’s the stocking Lizzie made me a few years ago btw – it comes out every year now! 🙂

And as for 2016?

Once again, I didn’t meet the 52 books in a year target, although after August I kind of drifted off reading. Only managed 28 I’m afraid but on the plus side there were lots of library books. If you don’t use your local library, local authorities will see no reason to keep them so I try to borrow one set of books a month (I can get up to 10 at a time…just have to write it on my calendar otherwise I forget and have big late fees).

This is what I managed last year (2016)r:-

  1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  2. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  3. The Story of English by
  4. Allain Quartermain by H. Rider Haggard
  5. The Sty’s the Limit by Simon Dawson
  6. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  7. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  8. Easy Knitting: Country
  9. Easy Knitting: Vintage and Retro
  10. Easy Knitting: Weekend
  11. Arm and Finger Knitting by Laura Strutt
  12. Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done by Adrian Tannock
  13. Country Skills and Crafts by Maureen Little and Craig Hughes
  14. Just the Job by John Lees
  15. 201 Knitting Motifs, Blocks, Projects and Ideas by Nicki Trench
  16. The Knitter’s Bible: Knitted Throws and Cushions by Claire Crompton
  17. Selling Online 2.0 by Michael Miller
  18. A Woman’s Guide to Working for Herself by Sandra Hewett
  19. The Crafter’s Year
  20. Knitting in the Details by Louisa Harding
  21. 100 Colourful Ripple Stitches to Crochet by Leonie Morgan
  22. Knitting Basics by Tracey Lord
  23. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  24. Knitting Smitten by Jessica Biscoe
  25. Learn to Knit Block by Block by Che Lam
  26. How to be a complete and utter failure in life, work and everything by Steve McDermott
  27. Yoga for runners by Lexie Williamson
  28. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I have a shelf with books which I have had for years and not got round to reading so I think my reading challenge for this year would be a more attainable goal of reading what I have rather than aiming for a number. That means that the books still to be read are:

  • War and Peace
  • Anna Karenina
  • Ivanhoe
  • The Mill on the Floss
  • Cross Stitch
  • 20000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Rob Roy
  • The Return of the Native
  • Women in Love
  • The Riddle of the Sands
  • Vanity Fair
  • The Woman in White

Only 12 but 12 LONG ones! We shall see…

As for 2017?

I am starting the new year as I mean to go on…

Yesterday I had a job interview so fingers crossed for that.

As for resolutions…I think too many and you won’t keep them. So here are 6 (sort of) resolutions for this year.

  1. Publish a pattern on Ravelry – free or paid
  2. Crafty goals – knit a hat and a pair of socks, crochet a corner to corner blanket, sew an item of clothing – Use up my crafty stash – fabric, wool etc.
  3. Start doing Yoga again
  4. Write 500- 1000 words every day
  5. Keep up with technology (those who know me are shouting HA! right now) and learn to use EXCEL and ACCESS properly
  6. Blog more often and take better photos and learn how to edit them

A little random and a mixture but personal ones for sure.

And this post is a whopper so I will sign off and say Happy New Year and wish you lots of good stuff and goodness to come!

Ellen x

Sunday update


Sorry for the absence this week, it’s been a busy fortnight. Lots of health stuff got sorted, some didn’t – had chronic back pain for several days which always throws me off kilter.

I started a scraps scarf. It is in my favourite crochet pattern of basket weave stitch in black, grey, beige and blue. Because OMG I am running out of room! Need to whittle down stash. I absolutely HATE colour changes though so it is taking a little while, but nearly done. Just a few pattern repeats then weave in all the ends and double (single) crochet around the edges.

You’re only getting a close up coz it’s not finished!

close up basket

I will do the Friday Follow post tomorrow I think, since haven’t been online for a week or so and honestly, I’m not in the mood now! Just about to have a slice of apple pie from the BEST APPLE PIE SHOP IN THE WORLD! So, you know, no offence, but between blogging and pie? I think pie wins! (And the shop is called The Apple Pie Shop in Ambleside, Cumbria if you are interested).

Last month I wrote the post below with a few things I wanted to achieve.


So here is an update:

Walking. As of 3 days ago I am officially on 1 crutch and can get in and out of the bath by myself (no bath board to sit on). Which in my book equals progress. It’s slow going and since April I have been quite patient and sensible, but I think another 6 weeks or so before I can properly walk unaided with confidence. So a result in my opinion!

Finishing WIPS etc. I finished my Dictionary of Cake cross stitch. I have one more cross stitch thing to do, which is a MASSIVE balloon cross stitch pattern I have had for years. A couple of years ago I got all the ‘ingredients’ for it and it is in a folder waiting to be started. And reading? Of that list I have only read David Copperfield and 1Q84 so far…but they took long enough! And if I want to actually complete my 52 books this year I should probably be a little more proactive in my reading!

Decluttering. SUCCESS! I hardly recognise my room. So much has gone. I am in the process of whittling down my language and grammar books with a couple of boxes ready to go to fellow nerds and language teachers. I also have another bag ready for charity shop and a bag of craft papers I am not sure what to do with. So that’s good.

Gym etc. I’m not quite there yet. A tad overambitious maybe? But it’s on the horizon.

New crochet techniques. I have experimented with colour more. I have also done quite a few granny squares which was something I hadn’t really been interested in before now. Likewise I have made a ripple blanket which I had never tried. So, slow progress but that’s ok.

Needle felting and Gutenberg Project – I just haven’t got around to. But I will!

Win lottery – I would have to play first!

Which about sums up where I am at the moment. Some things completed, some things started.

So, lots to get on with methinks!

To the pie!

Dark Granny Crochet

Hello and what a happy Monday it is!

Sorry for being Missing In Action last week but it has been rather eventful. Last Thursday I finally had my cast off my foot after almost 15 weeks. Feels good. And…wait for it….I have had not one but TWO baths since then. I’m clean and it feels so good! (Obviously had showers etc. between baths you know, I’m not totally gross). And since I walked the furthest I have for a long time on crutches basically Friday and part of Saturday were spent sleeping as I was plum wore out!

I have also been crocheting like mad in between times. I finished a granny square lapghan which I call The Dark Granny, it’s made in primary colours and I’m not entirely sure about them but the wool is so soft and smooth it’s lovely and warm. It’s Deramores Studio DK and it might just be my new favourite.

Here are a couple of pics. I am not the worlds best picture taker and I don’t know whether to add border or not. It’s just the right size for my lap…old granny that I am!

dark granny2

dark granny1


I have also started another granny blanket because I’m on a roll now and another crochet project which shall remain secret for now.


Now that the cast is off and it’s high summer I feel like it’s time to set some targets and goals. I love this time of year, the harvest is just starting to be gathered in and the nights slowly but surely getting darker earlier (which I have noticed lately because it means less crochet time in natural light!).


  • Obviously relearning to walk is a big goal. Everything looks good so far on all the x-rays because I am not rushing and taking it all at my pace (which is slow). So that is a major issue in my life right now.
  • With everything that is outstanding or hanging over me I want to finish and make a clean start. This involves finishing all WIPs and my cross stitch project and reading all remaining books on my shelf which haven’t been read due to studying some of which are:- David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, War and Peace, IQ84, Cross Stitch, Moby Dick, Vanity Fair, Anna Karenina, The Story of English, The Woman in White, The Mill on the Floss, The Return of the Native, Allain Quartermain, Bleak House, Chocolat, The Lollypop Lady, Atonement, Women in Love, Tom Jones, Rob Roy…
  • De-clutter. I have that much stuff and manage to accumulate more without even trying. Over the past year I have taken 7 bags of DVDs and books and stuff to charity shop, 2 bin bags of clothes to charity shop, done a car boot sale at Christmas, and I still have no room to put anything!! Whilst I am not a follower of Feng Shui, I understand that having a clean and clear space to work is much less stressful and more productive than a dark cluttered one.
  • Go to the gym when I can move my foot. Maybe go on a bike or do some weights. Do a yoga video. Eat healthier.
  • I want to try new crochet techniques like hairpin lace, broomstick crochet, Bavarian crochet, ripple / chevron (can you believe I have never tried this?), use alpaca yarn, use a lace weight light yarn, a corner to corner blanket, one thing I will NEVER do is amigurumi…hate doing the fiddly buggers.
  • Needle felting…I have wool roving and the needle and the brush thing (don’t know the technical terms) will have to have a go…like the idea of needle felting something ONTO a crochet something…hmmm
  • Have you heard of the Gutenberg Project? I want to get involved in this. They are scanning out of copyright books so that they are accessible to millions of people for free on the internet. They need volunteers to help proofread the scanned copies vs the computer generated text. https://www.gutenberg.org/
  • And of course get rich by either winning the lottery or opening a crafty online store that makes a lot of money…one is more likely than the other at this stage…

Once everything is ‘done’ I can make a new list and see what needs prioritising. Obviously this isn’t everything I want to do…that list would go on for about 20 pages. But it’s a start.


See you soon

Ellen xx