Sunday, December 20, 2009


The WIPs on my Ravelry project page are gradually reducing in number. I seem to be so slow at the moment at finishing things off, but I suppose there's quite a lot going on, so it isn't really surprising.

The Jitterbug gloves that I have so far failed to picture on here are finished. Just in time for the snow on the journey to work. I was very glad I had them then as they're lovely, warm and squooshy.

Narvik is also finished (the last few knitting group meetings I've just been sat sewing in ends and sewing things together). But I've only just got round to blocking it. I cheated and blocked it after sewing it together, as recommended by Debbie Stoller in Stitch N' Bitch.

I can't decide what to do about the wrapover cardigan in Freedom Spirit that I was knitting. I started it when I was living in lodgings nearly two years ago and was feeling very miserable so it has some bad associations. Plus I've put on weight since then so I'm not convinced it will fit. But how life has moved on in the space of 18 months!

On Friday we completed the purchase of our new home. It needs a lot of work doing to it, so we won't be moving in for a couple of months yet. But it was still very exciting to get the keys and have a wander round planning things (and panicking when we couldn't initially get the boiler to do anything!). It needs a new boiler.
It has an absolutely enormous L-shaped living room/dining room, with a lovely parquet floor.

The amount of space is amazing! Just think how much yarn I could fit in here! (did the OH read that bit?).

It needs totally re-wiring and the bathroom is a real 70s avocado delight.

If you think those tiles are interesting you should see the downstairs loo...

There's a small garden too, although we're a bit hampered at the moment by the sudden snow. The flat roof has a leak and needs replacing but is currently hidden underneath all the snow! But there should be room to grow some vegetables and have a compost bin.

I'm won't be online over Christmas and, as usual, I'm massively behind with blog reading. I hope everyone has a great Christmas!


Heather said...

A happy home-owner Christmas to both of you :)))

Mary Anne said...

I love your new home pics! Your gloves are so pretty and warm looking.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! (that includes Monkey, of course).


Heather said...

Finished projects look great, and congrats on the house! The parquet floor looks lovely, and the bathroom slightly frightening!

acrylik said...

Love your finished projects - just beautiful - and very warm looking :)

Congratulations on your new home, fantastic news :) The tiles in our bathroom aren't too dissimilar to yours! Unfortunately as our place is rented we just have to live with them ;)

Have a wonderful Christmas :)

Tabitha said...

Love you new house. It it lovely even with the retro avocado bath.

Ascasewwen said...

Love the house. The bathroom could be worse- at least it isn't 70s pink.

Some of my friends at church last night were very jealous of your snow in England, and lamenting that they weren't there. Both have been in the UK around Christmas during the past few years and were disappointed to not get any snow. The idea of snow at this time of year, especially over Christmas, is very exciting for Australians, lol.

sue said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Congratulations on the purchase of your new home, how exciting for you both - and you wont need to move for a very long time! It would be nice just once to have a white xmas but we just get sunburnt, lol! Your gloves look fantastic, I am thinking of attempting to knit some next year.

littlelixie said...

*Love* those tiles!

Anonymous said...

Your new home looks lovely - lots of work to do, but you'll manage! Have a great Christmas and a fantastic start in the new year!

Linda said...

Have a lovely Christmas time! Linda

Steph said...

Merry Christmas! Congrats on buying your new home. :)

nocton4 said...

wonderful, love to you darling

dreamcatcher said...

Hope you had a great Christmas! Your new house looks lovely, definitely plenty of room for yarn in there, I would say :-)

Banina said...

I saw an ad about the Staines Knitting Club in Tatters today and would love to find out more about your monthly Sunday meetings.