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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Look

Anyone noticed my new look blog? I think I quite like it. I especially like having two sidebars to put stuff in. I need to re-organise them a bit more. It'll gradually get that done over the next few weeks.  Thank you to those who volunteered in the previous post to knit for me. I'll be in touch. French Natalie, can you give me your e-mail address and I'll get in touch. I still need some more volunteers though so if you fancy some knitting, read the post below and leave me a comment. I remembered I need a new version of Strawberry Patch knitted up too. the original went to my sister and I'd love a sample to take to shows with me. Any volunteers?

On Saturday I spent some time doing my 'domestic goddess' again and chopped up and cooked the rest of the big washing up bowl of apples I'd picked the weekend before. I've made and frozen apple pie filling in portions. so when we fancy an apple pie I've got the filling all ready. Okay, perhaps I'm not quite a domestic goddess yet after all.

I've also done lots of knitting. This mohair project is off the needles, blocked and ready to post.

Which left me free to start knitting with this gorgoeus yarn.

I love it. It's a silk blend and almost knits itself. Pixie started it but the stitch pattern was causing her some pain so I took it over. I'm pleased i did as while I was knitting yesterday I looked at it and thought it looked a bit big. So  I double checked my tension and it was a bit off. This is the problem with some stitch patterns. Sometimes the tension can be different on a small 10x10cm square compared to a size 10 width. you get a more accurate tension reading if you measure it over a larger piece of knitting. Some yarns also stretch, especially silk yarns. So I recalculated and re-started. I've not frogged the original yet but I will later today. Sorry Pixie. I've nearly caught up to where Pixie stopped though so not too much time lost.

On Sunday I watched the Formula 1 Grand Prix and was pleased Louis Hamilton won although it was a shame that Jenson Button went out, he is my favorite. While watching TV I worked on my crochet shawl. I decided on which colour to use to work the small squares between the hexagon shapes. I need to make some small alterations but I did fit one in to make sure it fitted okay.

and a close up
Pictures where taken with the scarf on the armrest of my chair so it's not veyr good and colour is way off.

I've still got 2 or 3 hexagons to make and then I need to work out how many small squares I need. And decide how to finish the scarf off. I'd like to finish it this week but definitely before we go to London next week.

One thing I've never been happy with are my pattern photos. I keep taking new ones and never getting it qutie right. the ones I took recently of my new Simplicity shawl looked much better and i used Simon and Vanessa's SLR camera for that one .I did some with my camera too and the SLR ones were much better. I had hoped there would be a photography course in the local adult education booklet but havent found one yet. Anyway, I had a photoshoot in the garden yesterday using the SLR camera. I'm wondering whether finding someone to model for me would produce better photos but for now I've used my trusty dress form.
Here's a selection of photos:

Midnight Stole:
I acutally managed to capture the beads which I'm pleased with.

Another version of Midnight Stole without beads.

I'm also working on updating my patterns wiht new photos and Knit Visualizer charts for those that don't have them. I also want them to follow my new pattern style sheet. A lot of work so I'm chipping away at it between other jobs.  I'm also trying to set up E-junkie to sell downloadable pdfs on my website as I'm not happy with hte system i have now. Still got lots of patterns to upload too and I'm keen to get it all sorted by the end of September.

The yarn I dyed on Friday dried on the line this weekend as the weather was mainly dry. I've not had time to take photos today but I will do tomorrow and do an update tomorrow. Just a small one. Expecting a big order of yarn tomorrow so a bigger update with lace and sock yarn next week.
Here's a sneak preview of what was drying on the line this weekend (I do wonder what my neighbours think when they walk past my washing line, it normally has more yarn on it than clothes).

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Knitters needed

I need some old samples knitted up in new yarns. So if you fancy a bit of lace knitting let me know. Now the terms. I need it by middle of October so I can block it and take it to Fibre Flurry on 30 October. I can't afford to pay in cash but I will pay in yarn. for a shawl the payment will be 3 skeins of yarn of your choice. volunteers must preferably live in the UK or at least close European countries. the shawls I'm looking to be knitted up are Two of a kind in Pure Silk Lace or my new Silken Lace. Sophia in Supreme or Bambino Lace. Ocean Waves in one of my sock yarns. Trinity in Ocean Silk or Silken Sock (a new yarn). Regatta and Diamonds are Forever (which has lots of beads added using crochet hook).

 I'd also like new samples of my Fern and Fame hand warmes knitted up in one of my sock yarns. The payment for each pair will be 2 skeins of yarn of your choice plus you get to keep the left over yarn from the handwarmers (they only take less than 50gr and you'll ge 100gr to knit with - not much but enough to knit yourself a pair if you wanted to).

Any volunteers pm me with details of your preferred knit and your e-mail. I won't publish those comments, just file the details for my own use. And you will need to return the samples for me to keep to use at shows. I will pay for return postage.

It's sunny today and I have yarn drying. The little bit of Ocean Silk I dyed yesterday looks beautiful and I want to keep them all for myself. LOL. That's not good business is it?! I've got lots of little jobs in the house to do, lots of knitting to do and I would like to sit outside in the sunshien for a bit. Right now I'm having a break and watching Formula 1 qualifying. I'm a big Formula 1 fan so my plans tomorrow afte church is to come home and watch the Formula 1 race while knitting. The perfect Sunday for me!

Have a lovely weekend x.

Friday, August 27, 2010

We have yarn!!

Finally, a shop update. there isn't much but I do have some Ocean Silk:

Some Pure Silk Lace:

and some Silky Camel:

I just love those vibrant Silky Camel colours.  Especially this one. I may keep one of these for myself.

You can find them all here. As you can see from the photos I arranged some of the skeins differently from normal as my right shoulder was in agony when I was twisting the skeins.

I've just listed a new club too - The Easy Lace Club- which is a course in lace knitting suitable for knitters who can knit and purl but no previous lace knitting experience is necessary. The club membership lasts for 3 months (October, November, December) and each month you will receive a skein of luxury 4ply/fingering weight sock yarn in an exclusive club only colourway and a pattern designed to teach you the skills you need for successful lace knitting. You will also receive a tutorial sheet. And there may be dvd clips available too, if I can work out how to do it. The skills you will learn include how to read a lace chart, yarn overs and directional decreases, different shawl shapes, provisional cast on and how to work an applied/knitted on border. The projects will be slightly more difficult each month and some months there will be a choice of two patterns. I will be available for support too. Sounds like fun? Then sign up here . spaces are limited and the next chance will be January.

I'm just about to send out a newsletter (Friday evening) with a special offer. See the sidebar to sign up for the newsletter.

I tried to pick out a skein of Ocean Silk to go with my crochet hexagon scarf. The wound ball is my current yarn and I want a complimentary colour. Here's my choice:

I did dye some more Ocean Silk today and have tried to dye a rich purple and if it comes out like  I hope I may choose that one instead. I love both the purple and the blue skeins though and if I don't use it for the hexagon scarf I will use it for something else. I've reserved one skein of each for myself.

One secret project went in the post today and another is almost off the needles. I'd hoped to finish tonight but I've been struggling today with tiredness and pain. today has felt like an uphill struggle. I stayed up far too late last night but got quite a bit of computer stuff done. I have done quite a bit today as well really, it just feels like I haven't.

The weather looks like it might improve a bit for the weekend so perhaps I can sit outside to knit for a while. My tan is fading fast and could do with a top up. it's a long weekend this weekend and I'm looking forward to lots of relaxing knitting although there are a lot of jobs in the house that need doing.....

Nite x

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thank you

A bit thank you for all the birthday wishes on here and on Facebook. I actually checked my Facebook wall yesterday for a change. I'm not very good at keeping up with Facebook.

I had a mixed birthday yesterday. There were great bits and not so good bits. The great bits were my presents:

I had this beautiful Murano cross from the girls, they bought it at a market stall down by the marina in Alicante.

I bought this beautiful Murano bracelet from the same stall.

They did necklaces too and I said to Vanessa as we walked away that perhaps I should have bought the necklace too or I'd regret it. And guess what?! I do wish I'd bought the necklace too. I'm thinking of asking my Mum who's going to Spain next week if she can buy me one.

Simon got me this fake pandora bracelet, also bought in Spain at Bijou Brigitte. Vanessa bought one too.

Simon also bought me a book and a silver photoframe.

I also got money, chocolates, sweets and some lovely toiletries. On Tuesday night I was browsing the sale at Purlescense and spent some of my birthday money on this gorgeous Namaste Hermosa Bag:

It was half price and I've had my eyes on it for a while. I would have preferred a purple or green one but only the black one was in the sale. The bag is huge, too big for a day to day handbag so it'll be used to carry my knitting and essentials when I'm going to knitting events, teaching workshops etc. Sort of like a knitting briefcase.

I've also had my eyes on Artyarns delicious but very expensive yarns for ages too. And as those were in the sale I treated myself to a skein of Silk Rhapsody which is a silk/kid mohair blend:

And beaded silk which is pure silk wiht beads:

I'm not sure what to do with them yet but they will be combined into one project.

The other good bits was a meal at Nandos and then cinema to watch 'Knight and Day' which was much better than I thought it would be.

The bad bits were the horrendous traffic jam to get into the centre of Plymouth. What normally takes 5-10 mins max, took an hour!! We then headed straight to Marks & Spencers to buy school uniforms for the girls. They had hardly any blazers left at all but we did eventually get one that looks huge on Emily but it was the best we could get, two pairs of trousers and 4 shirts for Em and 2 shirts for Ness. Why do none of the school uniform suppliers seem to cater for the older kids. Vanessa is 15 and nearly as tall as me (I'm 5ft10) and there are nothing in her size. I'll have to look online. only a year left of her wearing school uniform and I'm very relieved. The uniform shopping ended up being quite stressful.

We then headed off to pick Simon up from work and sat through another traffic jam. On the way to the cinema the traffic was still bad and the cinema car park looked packed so we found a space in a street nearby.

After our meal we headed into the cinema (which was next door) about 10-15 mins before the film was due to start and there were hardly any seats left. The girls got 2 seats together and Simon and i ended up sittting in the seats right at the front were you have to tilt your head to see the screen. Tilting my head like that really hurts my neck and it's still painful now. So although I enjoyed the film I didn't like where we were sitting. My cinema knitting project last night was the silky camel shawl

I did a couple of repeats last night and one at knitting group this morning so it's grown a little bit but not enough to take a new photo.

So a few lessons learnt after yesterday's events: 1. Do not go uniform shopping on my birthday. 2. do not head into the city centre of Plymouth after lunch on a wet summer holiday weekday. 3. get to the cinema earlier.

I've drawn a winner from yesterday's orders who will receive a £10 gift voucher. the winner is Sallly. I've e-mailed you.

I've nearly finished my current secret project. 1 1/2 repeat to go and then the border. I'm desperate to try to finish tonight but it may be difficult unless i have a very late night and i'm tired from a bad sleep last night as my neck was hurting after the cinema. So it's more likely it'll be finished tomorrow. Then I'm on to another piece of secret knitting using this gorgeous luxury yarn.

I'm not telling you what it is though but i'm looking forward to knitting with it.

The yarn I dyed the other day is nearly dry and I'll do the update tomorrow. i'll also be dyeing more yarn tomorrow. Silky Camel, Ocean Silk and Pure Silk Lace will be listed some time tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A birthday treat

Tomorrow, 25th August, is my birthday. Yeah!  As I'm feeling generous I'm going to include anyone who places an order tomorrow in a prize draw to win a £10 gift voucher. so if you place an order which is dated 25 August you will go in a draw for a £10 gift voucher, if you live in a different time zone and it's still 25th with you, leave me a note with the order and you'll be included too. Ofcourse there isn't a huge choice right now as the yarn i dyed yesterday still isn't dry. It looked hopeful today as it was dry and windy but I've just got the yarn in and it's still quite damp. The Silky Camel may be dry enough to take photos tomorrow but it's doubtful.

Anyway, there will be Silky Camel, Ocean Silk and Pure Silk Lace coming as soon as it's dry, probalby Thursday or Friday. I've got some more Ocean Silk to dye as well as some Merino Plus Sock. I'm hoping to dye this on Friday together with some fibre. And I need to place an order for some new yarn as my stock of un-dyed yarn is almost non-existent right now.

I took some pics of the yarn on the washing line today. Want a peak?

Aren't those colours beautiful?

I did some machine knitting today and finished the sleeves on my silk sweater. I had hoped to finish this before we went to Spain but that didn't happen. I've made it up tonight and just need to do the neck band. I'm doing that by hand as doing it on the machine is too fiddly for me, also I want to do a few rounds, probably 4 or 6, of garter stitch. As this yarn came un-dyed on cones I knitted it straight from the cone. Once I've done the neck band I'll dye the sweater. I'd hoped to get it done and dried so I could take it to knitting group on Thursday but it's not enough time. It'll take at least a couple of days to dry for starters. I can't wait to show off this sweater, I'm so proud of it.

My parents gave me money for my birthday and I spent a little bit of it on a bracelet in Spain and the rest I spent at Purlescense last night. I got some great bargains in the sale and had an e-mail today saying it's been posted so I'm hoping it may arrive tomorrow. I'm off for an early night. I'm tired and my back is not good and I've got a new Debbie Macomber book to read.

Nite x

Monday, August 23, 2010

knitting update

As I said in the last post I didn't get as much knitting done a I thought I would on holiday but I did do a bit. Most of my progress was made on this semi-secret project for the Little Knitting Company.

 I've done quite a lot of this over the weekend too and I've only got 3 or 4 repeats to do  (each repeat is 50 rows though) I had hoped ot finish it over the weekend but it didn't happen.

I had a bit of bag parade of new knitting bags before we went ot Spain and I'm happy to report that all the bags were brilliant on holiday. Just before we went I found another great bag in Accessorize. It's probably a toiletries bag but I decided it would be perfect as a waterproof knitting bag for the beach. Isn't it cute?

Most of my beach knitting was on the Fantasy cables sock. Last September I did lotso fk nitting on the beach but this time I did very little. it was just too hot and I had to make frequent trips to the sea to cool down. Also we spent more time by the pool and I took the sunbed down to the pool to lie on and kept falling asleep. On the beach I used a recliner chair and that was quite comfy for a snooze too and I also got a little bit hooked on the book I was reading. But I did get the heel flap and half the cuff done.

I didn't do much work on my Carmen shawl. A few repest although it doen'st look like it's grown much at all. I love knitting wiht this yarn and would love to spend more time on it. Once my current deadline projects are out of hte way I'll give it some more attention.

Look at the texture of this yarn. Look at how squishy it looks. The finished project won't look like that though as it'll be blocked.

I did do quite a few crochet hexagons for my Ocean Silk Scarf. I had orginallly planned to do half the scarf lilc and half in a pale green colour but decided I didn't like the colours together so I got rid of the green ones before we left. Had only done a few anyway. I've dyed some more Ocean Silk today and have got some gorgeous purple to go with the lilac in this shawl. I'm planning to make smaller squares with the purple yarn to go with the hexagon ones.

Here's what each hexagon looks like.

I bought myself a new handbag in Spain. There is a little accessories shop in Murcia that I just love. I always find a bag there I like. This time I walked out without buying anything. nothing really that I fancied then I changed my mind and went back in and found this bag and I love it.

It's big but not too bit. Slouchy but not too slouchy. Got two outside pocket and one inside one. And it has room for my knitting. It's a dark blue. And it was cheap. 10 Euros in the sale. Vanessa bought herself a bag too.

Lots of blogs are full of gorgeosu gardening pictures this time of year and they always make me feel quilty as I scroll through them looking for knitting content. Our garden is a complete disaster zone. I like to say we have a wildlife garden but it's just very badly neglected but we do have 3 or 4 small apple trees growing along our fence. Our first batch of apples are ripe and some of them were quite big. They're much sweeter than usual too. I picked a washing up bowl full yesterday.

We have quite a few more coming too. I made two apple pies yesterday and the filling for a 3rd one which I've put in the freezer. I'll probably make apple pie filling with all of it and freeze it

. Last summer we ended up eating a lot of applie pie but you can have too much of a good thing and it's nice to have some applie pie with out own apples in the middle of winter.

I was a real domestic goddess yesterday as I cooked a full roast dinner in addition to making the apple pies. I made roast chicken, roast potaotes and yorkshire pudding. They don't normally go with roast chicken but my kids love them and want them with all roast dinners not just beef. Okay, full disclosure here, I did use frozen pastry for hte apple pie and I bought aunt bessie's yorkshire pudding batters. So perhaps i'm not a domestic goddess  quite yet. I'll have to work on it. Off to cook dinner now.

Friday, August 20, 2010

It's COLD!

We're home from Spain and it's COLD. I've been freezing since we came home yesterday afternoon. we returned home to 'winter' weater. It's cold, raining, foggy and did I mention it's COLD. Spain was ofcourse very, very hot. It started out at high 20s (I'm talking celcius here) in  the shade about 8 in the morning. By mid morning it was up to 40 degrees in the semi-shade on my parents balcony. I dread to think what the temperature is here.

yes we got to Spain but it was not without problems. In fact we had a series of problems the weekend before we left for Spain. I'm not going to share all of them but it was a very stressful weekend. On the Sunday night before we left we had a disturbance outside our house which ended up in me calling the police at 1am. they had to take statements and left at 3am on Monday moring. I got up about 8am. At 9am I was on the computer to check in for our Ryan Air flights which were scheduled to leave Bristol airport around 7 am on Tuesday morning. I got to Emily's passport details and noticed her passport had expired in July. After a large amount of screaming and crying. I was seriously panicking. We took some deep breaths and  i called the passport agency desperatelyh asking if they could renew Emily's passport on the monday afternoon. I figured we could get to the Newport office in Wales before closing. I was told the first appointment was on Wednesday. I broke down and cried again adn handed the phone to Simon. He managed to get an appointment booked at the London office on Tuesday 8.30am. So now we just had to work out how to get Emily and Simon to London for 8.30 the next day when we shuld be flying from Bristol at 7am that same day.

After hours of internet work and phone calls, we had a solution. Our first problem was to work out how to get Simon and Em to London. I tried to book a bus from Bristol airport but it was full and eventually managed to get a bus for them from Swindon. So we drove up to Swindon overnight, arrived there at some time in the middle of the night. Simon and Emily caught the bus to London and arrived about 6ish am.  They went for their appointment nad was promised the passport within 4 hours - 12.30pm.  I had booked them on the Gatwick Express from London Victoria for a flight around 3pm ish.  So they didn't have much time. If anything went wrong they would have missed their flight. The passport was ready early and they jumped on th train to gatwick and made it in time for the flight. Ryan Air normally want you to check in online at least 4 hours before departure. Simon couldn't do this because he didn't have Em's passport 4 hours before departure. So Ryan Air should have charged him £40 to check in at the airport but the wonderful check in clerk didn't. He said he should but for some reason the didn't. Answer to prayer! After the money we had spent, £40 wouldn't have made much difference but ti was still nice not to pay it.

In the meantime, Vanessa and I drove back from Swindon to Bristol (we had already passed Bristol on the way to Swindon) and checked in for our original flight. We arrived at Girona airpot at 10am, ontime. For the first time every I would have been happy for the flight to be late. Much more to do at Bristol airpot than Girona. What boring airpot. There were a newsagen and rubbish coffee shop and a restaurant which was equally rubbish. the hire car was in Simon's name so we coudn't even collect that and go off for some sighseeing while we were waiting. Simon and Emily arrived at 6pm. Vanessa and I spent the day moving between differetn seating areas at Girona airport, ate some disgusting food, ate some sweets and Vanessa did quite a lot of sleeping

 and will kill me for posting this photo if she ever finds out. I also nervously awaited the text from Simon saying they had the passport and would catch their flight. We were already in Spain by the time they ahd the passport. While Simon and em waited for the passport they walked to Buckingham Palace and relaxed in Green Park and were planning what they would do if the passport wasn't ready in time and they would miss thier flight and spend two weeks at home in cornwall.

when Simon and Emily arrived, on time too. We collected the car and drove into Barcelona and found our rented apartment without too much trouble. We were so exhausted by the time we arrived. Simon and i left the girls in the aprtment while we went out hunting for some food. The local supermarkets were closed and our landlord had given us a city map and marked the nearest 24 hours supermarket for us. WE tried to find it but nearly got lost, okay we were probalby lost. We didn't find the supermarket and started arguing and ended up going back empty handed. We all went to bed hungry and slept like logs.  On Wednesday i went out to the local corner shop and got some breakfast and we headed out to explore Barcelona. We were close to a local metro station and close to centre of town.

We headed to this cathedral first

 and I'm sorry but I can't remember the name of it. It's an amazing building which still isn't finished. There was a very, very long queue to get in so we didn't bother. Too hot to be standing around all day. While Simon and the girls walked around the building I sat in the park across the road and knitted.

Then we got back on the metro and headed to Las Ramblas where we had a McDonalds for lunch. We ate it ouside in a square. Then walked down Lad Ramblas which was very crowded. there were street stalls selling small animals like birds and hamsters. I must admit we were shocked at animals being sold like this and the cages they were in were far too small. Emily was deseprate to buy a pet or two though. I forgot to get my camera out.

We walked through the old part of Barcelona and stopped at a few squares and ended up at the Picasso museum which Simon and Vanessa enjoyed more than me and Em did. No photos here either. After a hot day we headed back to the apartment. We did talk about havingt something to eat and then walking down to the beach which was only abougt 10 mins walk from the apartment but we were too tired. So spent the evening relaxing in the apartment instead.

On thursday we had planned to spend the morning in Barcelona but decided instead to start the long drive south to Costa Blanca. we stopped at Tarragona to look at the ruins of the old Roman amphi theatre.

 There were lots of other ruins and Roman stuff there too but we only did this one. It was very very hot and Vanessa was not feeling very well. She had a cold and a temparature. Em loved walking around the ruins though.

We then drove down to Torrevieja and arrived at my parents flat in the evening. The drive took longer than we expected so we were again exhausted. For the first few days all we did was relax by the pool. Didn't get a pic of that either. The girls love the pool and would spend hours playing and swimming. Most of our days were spent like this: get up late (Simon and girls, not me), go to the pool, come back to apartment for lunch and a siesta, about 3pm, go back to pool or beach. 7-8pm home for a snack and relax. some days we mised it up and went to the beach in the morning. We didn't do much sightseeing because it was too hot to do anyting other than sunbathe/swim during the day and because there isn't a huge amount tosee in the area and most of it we have already seen. But we did visit my favorite city, Murcia, one evening.

I love Murcia's narrow streets and gorgeous shops. There is one shop in particular where I always end up buying a new handbag and this time was no different. I wasn't quite as impressed with their selection this time but I still bought a bag. We then went to 'Sirvent' for ice creams.
Here's mine:

the girls banana splits:

and Simon's  'healthy option' which included a lot of fruit and frozen yoghurt:

Italy is well known for their delicious icecream but I think Spanish icecream is equally gorgeous and thouroughly enjoyed my treat. Yes those ice creams were huge and yes we all finished them.

One evening we went to Alicante, antoher town I love. Last year when we went Simon and I discovered a lovely little Pizzeria in the old part of Alicante. We couldn't remember the name or exactly where it was but we did eventually find it and had lovely pizzas again.

This time I wrote down the name, 'Sale & Pepe' so I won't forget it next time we go. Bad picture but it was dark.

Alicante has a lovely seafront with a wide pedestrian area and marina. We walked along looking at the market stalls and I bought a beautiful glass beads bracelet and the girls bought me a pendant for my birthday next week. I'll get pics of the braclet for the next post.

the main attraction on the southern Costa Blanca is the beaches and there are lots of fabolous beaches along this coast line. Our favorite one is the long beach at Los Alcazares/Los Narejos on the Mar Menor. The beach goes on for miles and the water of the Mar Menor is a few degrees warmer than the Med and it's very shallow and calm.

when we first went here 7 years ago there were mainly Spanish tourists using the beach but these days, alhtough it's still mainly a Spanish beach there are lots more Norther European tourists.

It's also a very busy beach. This pic was taken at 8pm one evening just as we were about to leave. I was trying to capture how busy the beach still was but as I wastaking photos looking straight at the sun it didn't work too well.

We went to this beach on our last day too and it was incredibly hot and busy. The Spanish don't like leaving much space between themselves and their neighbours on the beach. This is the view either side of my beach chair.

Last year when we went I did a lot of knitting on the beach but this time I mainly read (read two books on this holiday and one of them was the thickness of two books) but I did do some knitting too.

We did visit some other beaches too and this is another favorite and one of the nearest beaches - Cala Capitan:

On the last night Emily had her hair braided.

And finally the view from our balcony:

I love getting up at about 8am every morning and sitting out on the balcony enjoying the peace and quiet and knitting or reading. I also like sitting out there in the evenings. The view isn't the greatest but it is very quiet. We can actually see the sea from the roof terrace but the roof terrace is too hot to use in August.

Thank you for reading and looking at my holiday pics. I did do a lot of knitting too and I will share some of that in my next post. I also had to do some work and spent quite a few hours in the end at the local internet cafe. After a rather stressful start to our holiday we did enjoy ourselves and have come home relaxed and ready to get back to life. I've got lots of designs due in the next few weeks and plans for new yarn clubs. More on those next time. The first two clubs to launch will be a crochet club and the Easy Lace club. I've also decided I will finally do something about my book plans and actually get working on my book proposal. I've been thinking and talking about it for  at least 2 years now. Although it's lovely to be home I do wish the weather would improve and quickly.

Our next trip will be to London on 9th September for my teaching gig at Iknit Weekender on 10th. Book your place now. Simon and the girls are coming and we will spend the Saturday doing some sightseeing together.