Sunday, 23 March 2008

Y Pasg Hapus (Happy Easter)








Happy Easter to you all whether you celebrate it for what it is or drown in chocolate, it's a good excuse to have fun!
The above pictures are from the Easter Bonnet Parade we had on the last day of term, and yes the staff have to join in too, hence my very quickly put together Easter headband, notice the stitch markers!

The kids made all these themselves, apart from a little help given to the little ones, who needed pointers on where the glue was meant to go!

Jasmine, being in the junior class, was too old for Easter bonnets and their Easter task is to decorate an egg, this year I left it completely up to her, and not very surprising, this is what she came up with...



*rolls eyes*

On the knitting front, there's no knitting front, it's more like a lagging behind. I've not had a great deal of time to knit, although I am hoping to get this cardigan finished for church today.



The Pinwheel Sweater knitted in Posh Yarn's Eva (Blue Murder) and Splish Splash cotton on a size 4mm circular.










It was actually a very quick knit and I've only had one sleeve to do for about 2 weeks, which has been totally frustrating!
I've only got about 10 rows of garter stitch to do now.

I'm leaving you with my favourite song of the day , yeah and it's only 5am!!

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Monday, 10 March 2008

The Kindness of Strangers

I received my UK Swap Parcel on Saturday, and what a wonderful package it was.
This was a person who really thought carefully about the contents, the yarn, the treats, everything. She said in her note
"I decided to make the parcel a bit of a luxury for you as it seems you spend a lot of time doing things for other people".

And that it was:



The items came from all over the world, Clare, for a start is an Aussie originally. I had German orange flavoured bubble bath, French biscuits, Italian sweets (I still have no idea what the packaging means, and if anyone would like to tell me, feel free!) which are a bit like the Parma Violets you get here.



A beautiful pair of hand warmers knitted in Rowan "Calmer", so soft and came in nicely with the storms we're having here at the moment.



And, oh, the yarns...



100g of Artesano 100% alpaca in the most wonderful colour green. I can't wait to knit this one up and I don't care how much it hurts! Not that I feel any less about the other.
100g of Natural Dye Studios alpaca/silk sock yarn in a beautiful blue (I've actually been eying this one up for a while).

And last but certainly not least, a CD of music from Australia and New Zealand, it's fantastic, I particularly like "The Cat Empire" and will definitely be looking them up on iTunes.

Such a wonderfully thoughtful, interesting, amazing package (you can stop worrying now Clare) and I can't thank you enough, consider yourself hugged and kissed (if that's ok with you!) Clare.
Go check out her blog!

I can only hope that the package I have sent is received in the same way (I hope so Heather!)

Talking of Australian musicians, I had another lovely treat this weekend, J surprised me with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds new album:



Oh Yeah!

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Now playing: The Cat Empire - Sly
via FoxyTunes

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Now playing: Nick Cave - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
via FoxyTunes

Friday, 7 March 2008

Feeling pleased with myself...

This morning I have shaken off the poo feeling, I have no aching in my shoulders and I feel I can relax again.
World book day was, I feel a success in the Harwood house.
Dylan got to go as a Thunderbird (although my argument with him still stands - it is not a book!)
I had a bit of a Blue Peter moment and cracked open a new pack of sticky-back plastic and unused boxes - and this emerged from the mess...



Good fun, well I'm sure it would have been more fun if I wasn't doing it in the middle of the night.

Jaz went as Dr Who... Which was easy enough



No need to make, fix, sew anything here, just a bit of ironing (shock, horror!) Which was lucky really as most of my time this week was spent making these...



Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle.

Mavis' skirt was an old one of Jasmine's, shortened and white petals (made from a white shirt) added. Ollie had the biggest make over, with a red comfort blanket made from an old shirt of J's, little bells were sewn onto the inside, so it jingled when he shook it. His trousers were made from 2 pairs of pyjama trousers, one sewn into the other and a little rattle sewn inside, so when he shook his leg, he rattled, (just as Iggle Piggle does) and finished off with their new hats.



(some have asked for the pattern - they can be found here).

To add to the feeling of self gratification, I have, for the very first time won a prize:



A Sheep tape measure from Lantern Moon, Sheep Stitch Markers from Viking Knits, and some pampering goodies.
Thank you so much to the UK Swap girls.

And, yep, there's more... I have received two awards from the most wonderful InkberryBlue,
the "You Make My Day" award and this one:



The Art Award.

"Post the award on your own blog.
Indicate its original link and link to that site.
(The Award originally came from http://artepico.blogspot.com/ from Uruguay)
Give the Award to 5 other blogs that you enjoy, find creative and inspire you."

I forward the Art Award to Artis-anne, Black Dog Knits, The Hook and I, Quartodeideias, and last but not least, Napkin Please.

Have a wonderful weekend.