Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Worth their weight in gold....


Oops, I've been absent from here for a while. 
I feel a bit devoid of words at the moment, I'm not sure why so I will let the photos do most of the talking - with a few words for explanation where necessary. 

Fabulous fungi growing on coconut, found in a packet in one of my kitchen cupboards 
(cough, cough!)

A few of my Christmas makes - a scarf for daughter,bobble hat for son's girlfriend, 

Son's brass band played at a carol concert at St Matthew's Church in Sheffield. 
This was the only concert that son played that we attended this year. 
Before son went to University we used to attend many band concerts this time of year - we thoroughly enjoyed our one brass band outing this Christmas! 

Only one child is, well, still a child but we continue with the old traditions of pillowcases
 for a few gifts from Santa, newspaper, port, carrots and Santa's muddy footprints. 

Sons enjoying a virtual reality experience - they are on a roller coaster, using an app on their 
mobile phone. I love this sequence of photos while experiencing a 'loop the loop'.

I reduced my work hours 3 months ago, I hardly saw my daughter and as she has only 18 
months left at school we decided it would be better to reduce my income but spend more 
time at home for those last 18 months. I do appreciate that this isn't an option for some and so am grateful that we have the choice. 

One of the benefits of reduced hours means I have more time to bake and this year I made 
a Christmas cake for the first time in several years. M&S have been supplying our 
Christmas cake for the last few years. 

Younger son saw me putting the marzipan on the cake and said "I wanted to ask if 
you had made one this year but didn't like to"! 

Older son saw me icing the cake and said "Oo, homemade cake, so much nicer than shop bought".

Those two comments were worth their weight in gold, and every penny of income lost because of my reduced hours - in years to come I know the boys will remember the Christmas cakes I made - they would never remember "Oh, yes mum used to work 4 days a week"!

Yarny Christmas gifts -

I have plans to knit socks with this yarn. 

And yarn from Jamiesons of Shetland for my baa-ble hat. This is a free knitting pattern
 from Shetland Wool Week 2015. There are lots of finished examples of baa-ble hats 
here on Ravelry.  

What a super label!

Indulgent evenings spent reading craft magazines (more thoughtful gifts from children) and 
wearing my new pyjamas. 

I have wanted to buy snuggly pyjamas for several years but just never actually bought any. 
 I saw a pair reduced to half price just before Christmas and decided this year was my time to buy a pair, and I LOVE them!  

2015 has been a hard year, not so much for me directly but several friends have experienced
 quite difficult bereavements. I don't wish to say more on here. My thoughts have 
been with them over this Christmas period. 
For many, Christmas isn't the happy, jolly time portrayed all around us. 
I do hope that 2016, and the passing of time provides some relief.  

I do hope you all had a super Christmas and I send you all my very best wishes for a 
prosperous 2016!

And as always "Thank you for reading!"

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Yarn along - Bad Pharma and Folksong scarf!


Joining in with Ginny's yarn along, and because I am not working today for a
change I'm posting this surprisingly early for me on a Wednesday.
On the needles:
my second girl's chunky scarf in Sirdar Folksong.
This scarf is for daughter and so mostly gets knitted when she isn't around.
The first one I knitted for daughter was safely stored in my gifts cupboard but was
summarily called into service about two weeks ago. Daughter had been invited to a party
and had forgotten all about until a friend rang from the pizza restaurant for the birthday
 meal and asked "Where are you?"!
So we had to find a gift immediately and I suggested we gave this scarf as a gift.
Daughter of course hadn't seen it and said how nice it was, and asked whether it had been
intended as a gift for her. I had to admit that it was so I promised I would knit another one
for her. I think Sirdar have discontinued this wool but thankfully I managed to find
some more on ebay.
This should be finished in time for Christmas.
My book:
Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre.
Loving this book!
This book describes how data in medicine is misused and unused, and so doctors
 are making decisions, such as prescribing drugs without having a full picture of a
drug's efficacy and side effects.
Loved Ben's previous book too Bad Science, especially the chapter on Gillian McKeith.
Happy reading and knitting!